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Chemical Peels are a great way to treat discoloration, sun damage and some scarring. This time of the year is optimal to have them performed. Call for a consultation today.

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Courtesy of College Fasionista

Courtesy of College Fasionista

I recently came across an article regarding a college fashionista, Micaela Rae, who has an amazing spirit and is committed to bringing an end to domestic violence. What I love about her is that she is gorgeous not only on the outside, but also on the inside. Over the past year, I have learned about her passion for social justice and raising awareness of wrongful incarceration and sex trafficking. She is trying to make a difference on tough issues that many individuals unfortunately face. Thanksgiving reminds us of all the wonderful blessings in our lives.  It is important to be compassionate, respectful and develop a godly character. With a positive outlook,  your stress levels decrease and your skin condition has a tendency to improve.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Naana Boakye: Dermatologist with a mission

Written by Tania Greene

For African-American skin, it can be hard (sometimes impossible), to find a dermatologist who understands your skin and can treat it. That's why doctors like Dr. Naana Boakye exist.

Dr. Boakye, who specializes in surgical, medical, and cosmetic dermatology, is a board-certified dermatologist that is an assistant clinical professor at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and leads her own practice at Bergen Dermatology in New Jersey. She strives to stay on top of the latest in procedures and medicine to offer patients the best treatments available.

"I recently had a patient struggle with acne for years where she was prescribed various medications and did not note any improvement. Over the course of three months with a strict acne regimen, her acne is now controlled and she is ecstatic about not only her face, but feels confident at her job and in her personal life. My goal at Bergen is not only to treat the condition, but to try to learn about the individual and to give advice in their current situation", explains Boakye.

Dr. Naana Boakye patients are diverse and she welcomes her services to all races and skin types. She's in the process of developing her own signature skin and hair care products that will be created using concentrated and rich natural ingredients. Currently, she's undergoing a study looking at the efficacy of of micro-needling and chemical peels in darker skin types over a three month period.

Struggling with your skin or just want to learn more about this young, new skin guru? Go to

What The Heck Are Parabens, And Why Are They In Our Beauty Products?

Whenever someone says the word "parabens" in our office, editors start scurrying in all sorts of directions. Brands developing paraben-free lines have got us all thinking about why this stuff is even in our beauty products. Not to mention that alarming 2012 study that made the correlation between parabens and incidences of breast cancer is starting to push us in the all-natural direction with our skincare regimen.

We've gone dizzy trying to delve into medical reports to get the lowdown on parabens. Luckily, we have a much clearer concept after taking our concerns to two board-certified dermatologists and a cosmetic chemist. Here's what we uncovered.

Parabens are chemical preservatives used to extend the shelf life of beauty products and prevent the growth of microorganisms.

Parabens were introduced as a preservative back in the 1930s, according to Dr. Naana Boakye, a New Jersey-based dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Commonly found in shampoos, moisturizers and lipsticks, they are colorless, odorless and tasteless. Read more