Hello and happy Monday my loves! It has recently been brought to my attention by some of my favorite dermatologists that they are seeing patients come in with botched (and sometimes dangerous-having counterfeit product injected!) injections due to their going to someone who was “cheaper”. Let’s talk about this! 1. Good injections aren’t cheap, and cheap injections aren’t good.  If you see a Groupon or some type of “deal” on injections that claims an incredibly low price (like, under $200 for the entire forehead, for example) stay away! You should expect to pay between $10-20 per unit of Botox. This is industry standard. The forehead is an averageRead More →

Dear Ashli, Lately this winter has been absolutely awful on my hands. They are cracked and red and burning constantly and I feel like they are always dry. This is mostly on the backs of them. I’ve been diagnosed with eczema on them in the past by a dermatologist and she prescribed a steroid cream that I ran out of. I know that the steroid cream works but I’m more interested in preventing this from happening! Any suggestions? Sincerely yours, Sad Winter Hands   Dear Sad Winter Hands, You are not alone! I suffer the same! Especially since when I am in the treatment room IRead More →

TGIF!! Now, this may be poor timing of this post if you indulged in some pumpkin pie yesterday (Sorry!!), but going into the holiday season I would like to talk about the effects of consuming sugar on the skin. You may have heard about this in the media or on social, as there is a buzz around everything nutrition nowadays. Here are the facts you need to know (and why I avoid processed sugar almost always!)   This is what actually happens to the skin when glucose is floating around without protein or carbs to bind to! As glucose moves through your bloodstream in abundance (which also includesRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving already! I hope everyone has a great start to their week and hopefully having some relaxing time off! I thought I would share my philosophy to flawless skin- I will share more in depth in future posts. Here are my keys to beautiful skin at any age: A proper, nutritious diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals and fatty acids (A paleolithic diet is ideal); appropriate water intake (you should be drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of H2O per day and eating at least 6 servings of water based vegetables) You can read my postRead More →

TGIF y’all!!!! In today’s post I am going to share some very safe alternatives to Retinol and Salicylic Acid to use as an exfoliant during pregnancy! This is by no means an exhaustive list but these are my favorites! Mandelic Acid Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds. It is also an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Its molecules are very large which makes it take longer to penetrate the skin, causing less irritation. This is my absolute favorite acid for pregnancy related acne. It also helps to control pigmentation and lessen fine lines and wrinkles. I use pads soaked in a Mandelic Acid solution that we carry at the spa in ourRead More →

Happy Fall y’all! Today I am sharing my tips for transitioning your skin into the season.  Fall is a great time for… Adding Retinol back into your regimen, as well as Hydroquinone if you are dealing with pigmentation Retinols, whether prescription or nonprescription are best avoided when you are being exposed to the sun regularly during the summer months. Where I live in NC, people LIVE at the beach during the summertime, so I typically will have my patients go off of their retinol for the summer. Hydroquinone, a skin lightening agent that targets melanocytes is also best avoided during the summer. It can beRead More →

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 →

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 →