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Are Hair Supplements Necessary?

Carolyn Jacob, MD, founder and medical director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, tells WebMD, "Any vitamin deficiency will cause hair loss. All the vitamins are important -- B, C, E." But that doesn't mean, as she and other experts point out, that you need to buy special supplements for your hair. "The best source for the nutrients you need," Jacob says, "is a true, well-balanced diet." If you are going to take an over-the-counter supplement, Jacob says, talk with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure you're "getting a high-grade women's multivitamin that will ensure you get what you need."

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April Healthy Skin Recipe

This month's recipe comes from WholeLiving.com. It's a Curry-Rubbed Salmon with Napa Slaw. Curry Rubbed Salmon with Napa Slaw Ingredients 1 cup brown basmati rice Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 pound Napa cabbage (1/2 head), thinly sliced crosswise 1 pound carrots, coarsely grated 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil 4 salmon filets (6 ounces each) 2 teaspoons curry powder Directions In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil; add rice. Season with salt and pepper, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, mint,

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May’s Healthy Skin Recipe

May's Healthy Skin Recipe is a Walnut-Crusted Chicken Breast from Whole Living. Enjoy! Walnut-Crusted Chicken Breasts Ingredients 2 slices whole-wheat bread, dried 1/3 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 large egg white 4 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless (6 to 8 ounces each) 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil Lemon slices, for serving Seasonal green salad Directions Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor, combine bread, walnuts, and Parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Process until fine breadcrumbs form. Transfer to a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat egg white until frothy. Season chicken with s

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Tips for Coping with the Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that results in the buildup of skin cells over time, creating dry, red patches of skin that can cause discomfort. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, your dermatologist can help you control your symptoms for maximum comfort and healthier skin. What Are the Symptoms of Psoriasis? The symptoms of psoriasis may vary in type and severity from person to person, and they may go into remission and return many times over the course of your life. In general, the symptoms of this dermatological condition include the formation of silvery scales and red patches of skin. These patches may become dry, itchy, and cracked, or even bleed, and may be accompanied by

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The Basics of the miraDry Procedure

Excessive underarm sweating can cause embarrassment and stress. Sweat also ruins clothing and may negatively affect your work and social life due to decreased confidence. Fortunately there is a non-surgical solution to combating excessive sweating that offers permanent results. How miraDry® Works: The miraDry procedure available from your dermatologist uses specially targeted electromagnetic energy to destroy the sweat glands under your arms. Because these glands do not regenerate, they will no longer be able to produce sweat, making this procedure ideal for permanent relief from underarm sweating. Only 2% of your body’s sweat glands are located beneath your arms, so you will notice no

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Visit These Sites For Helpful Information About Your Skin

Your skin is your largest and most visible organ, and taking good care of it will allow you to look and feel great. Take a look at these sites to learn more about treatments for skin conditions such as psoriasis and hyperhidrosis: Psoriasis may be triggered by a combination of genetic predisposition and outside factors. Learn more about known psoriasis triggers on Psoriasis.org. In some cases, psoriasis is accompanied by arthritis or joint pain and swelling. Find out how to recognize this condition early on Health.com. Learn more about how and why the body sweats on the website of the International Hyperhidrosis Society. Does underarm sweating negatively affect your life? Find out if mir

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A Drink of Water For Your Skin: Hyalis

Ever feel that your moisturizer isn’t giving you enough hydration? Has your skin ever felt dry even though you have just applied a moisturizer? If you have answered yes to either of these questions then I recommend you give Hyalis a try. When you apply this fabulous serum underneath your current moisturizer it will deliver immediate moisture for youthful, radiant looking skin. It’s a must have product if you travel on a regular basis and your skin suffers from constant dryness. If you’re just starting off on topical retinoid such Retin-A, it offers instant relief with surface dryness and redness. This is often a common side effect when just starting off on topical prescriptions crea

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Meet A Member of Our Staff – Julie Blecker

Julie Blecker has been part of the Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology team since 2010. With over 12 years of aesthetics experience, she is a great resource to anyone who has concerns or questions about their skin. As a licensed, medical esthetician she’s seen it all. Julie has always been fascinated about skin conditions, treatments and skin care products. After attending college for a few years and being undecided on what path she wanted to take, she went back to her first love, skin care and enrolled in aesthetics school. Since graduating from aesthetics school she’s become an expert in product ingredient knowledge and worked with a variety of different pharmaceutical grade co

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Meet A Member of Our Staff – Dr. Niki Christopoulos, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

You know that Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology has excellent dermatologists but did you also know that we offer aesthetic plastic surgery procedures as well? Dr. Niki Christopoulos is a plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic plastic surgery of the face, breast and body. A Chicago area native, she completed medical school at Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete an intensive seven year surgical training at Rush University, one of Chicago’s leading university centers. She is Board Certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as the American Board of Surgery. Aside from her impressive credentials, what sets Dr. Christopoulos apart from other plas

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Julie’s Favorite Product: Clarisonic Pro Face & Body

One of my favorite products is the Clarisonic brush. I’ve been asked by many patients whether it really works. My answer is always, YES! I have seen dramatic changes in my patient’s skin in texture, skin tone, brightening effects and significantly reduced number of breakouts.The Clarisonic has micro-vibrations that gently loosen dead skin cells and makeup making it more effective than manual cleansing. Clarisonic is the only brand that has been approved to be used after a chemical peel during the post care period. The Clarisonic brand sets itself apart from all other brands on the market because of its superior quality. One of the best features of the device is the choice of brush hea

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Recent Blog Posts

Announcing Online Product Pickup

Online ordering is now easier then ever, because we are now offering product order pickup with our
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Now Introducing Microblading with Lizz Malave, Microblading Specialist!

We are excited to announce a brand new service to CCSD, microblading! It is a form of eyebrow
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Women’s Health Event

Our annual Women’s Health Event will be on Thursday, May 16th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This
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