AUGUST 2019

Time sure flies when you’re having fun, which explains why it seems August came out of nowhere! As we enter the tail end of summer, we hope you’ve been making sun protection a top priority—and if you could be a bit more careful, it’s never too late to start!  

Did you know that August is also Hair Loss Awareness Month? Millions of women and men experience hair thinning and loss, but there are several ways to slow its progression and restore a full head of strong healthy hair. Early intervention is key, so if you’re noticing more hair than usual in your brush, shower drain or on your pillow, schedule an appointment ASAP so we can help determine the cause of your hair loss and get growth back on track!

 

The healthy hair diet

There’s no disputing that the foods we put in our bodies have an impact on our outward appearance. The scalp and hair follicles require several key nutrients for optimal growth, and vitamin deficiencies can cause thinning, shedding and compromised hair production. Dr. Boakye advocates a “Monday to Friday” clean-eating approach that allows for indulgence on the weekends (or other special occasions) and loading your plate with these follicle-friendly foods can help maintain a healthy head of hair.

Cruciferous greens
Iron deficiency is a major contributor to hair loss, and vegetarian sources such as kale, spinach and Brussels sprouts deliver hefty helpings of magnesium, calcium and potassium as well. An adequate amount of iron ensures a healthy scalp environment and promotes the production of sebum that lubricates the follicles, in turn allowing them to produce strong, healthy hair.

Eggs and dairy
The hair is comprised mainly of a protein called keratin, and the body needs nutrients like vitamin B12 and omega-6 fatty acids to produce it. Eggs and dairy products are rich in both, making these foods important for a good hair day every day.

Nuts
Nuts are a wonderful snack that can benefit your body inside and out (just limit your intake as not to overload on calories). High in protein, biotin and magnesium, eat a handful here and there or sprinkle them on top of a salad to optimize scalp health and boost hair production.

“Good” fats
Fat has been the subject of a lot of scrutiny over the past few decades, but “good” fats are finally getting credit for their health benefits again. Avocadoes, olive oil, chia seeds, oily fish (like salmon), eggs and nuts are among the best sources of the omega fatty acids our cells need to thrive. 

A tip from Dr. Boayke: In addition to benefits for hair, snacking on cruciferous vegetables and nuts also helps sustain insulin levels throughout the day, which helps avoid cravings for not-so-healthy sugar-laden and other processed foods. 

 

How’s your skin handling summer?

If summer’s heat is taking a toll on your skin, restore lost moisture to your hands and body with Karité Shea Butter! Formulated by Dr. Boakye with unrefined shea butter sourced from Ghana, organic coconut oil and an antioxidant-rich blend of botanical extracts (and very little else), the Hand Crème and Hydrating Body Crème are just what your skin needs to weather warm-weather months beautifully and comfortably! Ideal for all skin types and extremely effective for problem spots like knees, elbows and feet, they're also safe for soothing eczema symptoms.

 

A warning about coconut oil

Coconut oil has been touted as a natural moisturizer, skin soother and even a way to optimize oral health (Google oil pulling). In many cases, coconut oil has lived up to its hype, but if you have acne-prone skin, you probably want to stick to the actual skincare aisle at the grocery store. The fats found in coconut oil are more likely to clog pores and lead to breakouts, which is why it’s important to avoid using it on your face. Those with acne-prone skin should take care when using coconut oil as a hair treatment as well to prevent pimples on the chest and back—but if you must, be sure to wash your body thoroughly after rinsing coconut oil out. 

 

Ask Dr. B.

Question: I’ve started to notice that my hair is looking dull and drab—and I’m also seeing a lot of breakage around my hairline. Could my haircare routine be to blame?

Answer: More often than not, a majority of hair issues are caused daily wear and tear rather than an underlying medical condition. Environmental factors such as UV light can lead to dryness and brittleness, and the simple act of styling can stress your strands as well. Here are my top tips for keeping your hair soft, smooth and shiny.

Wash less: Your hair’s natural oil (also called sebum) helps condition the hair and protect against environmental damage. Shampooing too frequently strips the hair of beneficial sebum and leaves it vulnerable to dryness and damage—especially if you use products that contain sulfates.

Avoid over-processing: Bleaches and most dyes contain strong chemicals that alter the hair structure. Same goes for straightening treatments, relaxers and perms, which is why it’s essential to take steps to protect and reinforce processed hair. And if you subject your hair to multiple chemical treatments, it’s best to space them at least two to four weeks apart.

Be careful when brushing: Brushing the hair while it’s still sopping wet is a main cause of breakage and damage. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair before rinsing conditioner out, or wait until your hair is about 50% dry before brushing.

Minimize heat styling: Heat-styling does more than dehydrate and damage the lengths of the hair, and hot tools such as hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons can take a toll on the follicles and affect healthy hair growth. Allowing your hair to dry naturally and limiting the use of hot tools can help, but if blow-drying is a must, be sure to use a heat-protection product.

Reconsider your hairstyle: Tightly-pulled styles put tension on the hair follicles, and braids, taut ponytails and hair extensions can cause permanent hair loss over time. Technically called traction alopecia, it’s best to give your hair periodic breaks from these styles to prevent the damage to the follicles that can lead to permanent hair loss (or avoid them altogether).

 

We moved!

Thanks to loyal patients like yourself, we outgrew our old office and moved to a brand-new, bigger space! (But don’t worry, it’s just down the street.) Please take note of our new address, and we look forward to seeing you in our new location!

473 Sylvan Avenue, Suite 110
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
201.567.SKIN

 

Make an appointment on your own time

We know how busy you are, and sometimes there aren’t enough hours during the day to cross everything off your to-do list. We’ve added an online booking tool that allows patients to view our schedule and make an appointment, even if our office is closed. Click here to check it out!

 

Bergen Dermatology Rewards

We appreciate it when our patients help spread the word about Bergen Dermatology, and we like to say thank-you for your continued support. Refer a friend or family member and you’ll receive 10% off your next cosmetic treatment—and they’ll receive 10% theirs!
 
Have you heard about our VIP Program? For $250, this annual membership entitles you to savings on skincare products and cosmetic treatments…

  • 15% off all cosmetic procedures

  • 10% off all product purchases

  • Free shipping on BergenDerm.com product purchases of $100 or more

  • A complimentary chemical peel and Bergen Dermatology product for your birthday (a $200 value)