Happy Saturday! Welcome to Part Two of my healing journey- I am going to share with you what I did, how I healed, and how my life is changed to this day! My Healing Path For my follow up with Dr. Y, we went over all of the test results I mentioned yesterday. It was time for me to completely change my lifestyle, habits, diet, and approach to life. Some of the different foods I tested sensitive to were; Blueberry, Black Pepper, Black Tea, Coffee, Clams, Cow’s Milk, Brewer’s Yeast and Baker’s Yeast, Asparagus, Barley Malt to name a few. This was going to mean some MAJORRead More →

TGIF loves! I consider myself to be a very holistic clinician. I do not have a degree in nutrition which is why I will interview qualified professionals to share their pearls of wisdom with you. Today I want to share a personal experience that I had with Integrative and Functional Medicine, and tomorrow I will share how it changed my life and made me who I am today.  First of all, What is Integrative Medicine and What is Functional Medicine? Integrative Medicine is the practice of looking at a patient’s lifestyle and environmental factors such as nutrition and then customizing a treatment plan to focus onRead More →

Dear Ashli, I love your blog posts! I’m a senior in undergrad and just applied for medical school, so I love seeing all the different types of jobs involved with medicine and particularly with the skin! I have a question about my own skin! I live in a very humid climate (around 80% or higher most of the time) and the skin around my nose is extremely dry. The dryness extends to underneath my eyes. Nothing seems to help! It peels off in flakes. 🙁 What kind of cleanser/moisturizer combo do you recommend? I’m a college kid with a tight budget so I’ve been usingRead More →

TGIF! We’re back today with Dr. Shari Marchbein, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology talking all about female adult acne! Ashli: “What are some of the causes of acne in adult females?” Dr. Marchbein: “So, there are four main causes of acne, and this is whether you are a teenager or a 40 year old woman. The first is bacteria on the skin, called p.acnes (or, propionibacterium acnes) that contributes to acne. Then, there is local hormone production (as well as systemic hormones) that bind to the oil glands. Third, there is clogging of the pores, and lastly, there’s inflammation. All four of those factors contribute, andRead More →

Happy Thursday!!! For today and tomorrow I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Shari B. Marchbein, MD-Board Certified Dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology! Her positivity is infectious and she is so incredibly passionate about her field- she’s wanted to become a doctor since she was a little girl, and today she’s sharing one of the conditions she is most passionate about treating: Adult Acne in Females Ashli: “Thank you SO much for taking the time to chat with me today! Acne is such a HUGE self esteem buster for those who suffer from it….” Dr. Marchbein: “Acne can affect people’s quality of life in a really severe way andRead More →

Who Are The Skin Sisters? Ever wish you had a sister, or best friend, who could give you inside access to the world of dermatology? Look no further, because Brooke & Lauren are The Skin Sisters. We are true sisters who have over a decade of professional dermatology experience. Both Brooke and Lauren are board-certified dermatology Physician Assistants and have expertise in all aspects of dermatology from skin cancer surgery to cosmetic procedures! Let The Skin Sisters be your source for the inside scoop on all things skin, hair, nails and products – no appointment necessary! What type of cosmetics derm procedures can PA-C perform?Read More →

TGIF!!! Today I am answering your burning questions about a career in Aesthetics/Medical Aesthetics! Q.Do you have to go to school for Esthetics? For how long? What “title” do you have after this? A. Like any specialized skill or training, you do have to go to school and study Aesthetics. Programs can range from 200-1000 hours depending upon your state and their requirements for licensure. This can take between 2-12 months to complete depending upon your class schedule. After you graduate you take your state board exam (in most states) which is written as well as practical (you perform a facial, waxing, and a makeupRead More →

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! For today’s post, I wanted to share what a typical day in the clinic looks like for me. Later in the week I will answer your questions about the field of Medical Aesthetics! *please note, in order to comply with HIPPA and to protect my patients’ privacy and confidentiality, no names will be used and treatment examples will not be detailed as to reveal any patients’ identity. A Typical Day An average shift is about 6 hours (I work longer on the weekend) and this allows me to accommodate 5-7 patients per day. I arrive at leastRead More →

TGIF! Yesterday we discussed what Melasma is- today we are going to talk about different options for treatment! Your Regimen, Your First Line of Defense Repeat after me: SPF is your BFF. Melasma can be exacerbated by sun exposure and heat. What this means for you is that you need to protect your skin from direct sun as well as from heat that can get trapped in the skin. Choose a mineral sunscreen only. A mineral sunscreen is a physical block, which repels heat. The mechanism of chemical sunscreens is such that UVA and UVB rays do reach the epidermal junction where they get shattered or dispersed.Read More →

Happy Thursday loves! Today we are going to delve into Melasma. What is Melasma? Melasma is a discoloration of the skin, typically displayed as gray or brown patches, most commonly found on the face. In melasma patients, the melanocytes (cells responsible for the skin’s pigment) become enlarged and the number of melanosomes (the site of melanin synthesis, storage and transport) are increased. It can affect the forehead, cheeks, around the mouth (like a mustache) and on the arms. The cause of melasma is unknown, and studies have shown that genetic predisposition, prescription drugs, hormones, heat and sun exposure play a large role in triggering melasma.Read More →