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Dec
05
2007

FDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Sunscreen Rule

Extension to run through Dec. 26, 2007; agency seeks to balance industry concerns and the interests of public health to ensure that sunscreen products properly inform consumers of the level of protection...

Dec
05
2007

2 in 1: Makeup Meets Skin Care

By Sara Mason

Makeup’s dynamic sales growth is, in part, a reflection of the demand for added benefits and natural ingredients, challenging formulators to continually work toward ever-more sophisticated products.

Dec
03
2007

Senators Join CSC in Requesting Lipstick Testing

Senators John Kerry, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have joined the interest group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) in questioning the levels of lead in lipstick.

Nov
28
2007

Face to Face Subject, Tracy Brennan, Shares Her Skin Care Secrets

By Abby Penning

Learn the methods this month’s Face to Face subject uses to overcome her skin difficulities.

Nov
20
2007

Color Cosmetics: A Comeback Story

By Briony Davies

Color cosmetics is forecast to keep pace with the overall cosmetics and toiletries market at a steady 3% per year through 2011. This resurgence in the segment is driven both by manufacturer innovation and consumers demanding better results from makeup.

Nov
20
2007

Low Glycemic Diet Can Help Decrease Acne

The findings from a new study suggest another reason why diets that contain low glycemic loads may be of benefit. Not only can they improve insulin sensitivity, this type of diet also appears to clear up acne as well.

Data from earlier studies suggest that dietary factors such as the glycemic load are involved in the pathogenesis of acne. Therefore, changes in diet could impact symptoms of this common skin disease, the researches hypothesize.

Foods that produce a high glycemic load—or high levels of blood glucose—such as white bread and potatoes tend to cause a rapid surge in blood sugar. Conversely, other carbs, such as high-fiber cereals or beans, create a more gradual change and are considered to have a low glycemic index.

Dr. Robyn N. Smith, from the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues assessed acne symptoms in 43 male patients, between 15 and 25 years, who were randomly assigned to a low glycemic load diet or a normal diet for 12 weeks. The intervention diet consisted of 25% energy from protein and 45% from low-glycemic-index carbohydrates.

The findings are published in the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The low-glycemic diet was associated with a significant reduce in total acne compared with the normal diet. In addition, the low-glycemic diet produced significantly greater reductions in body weight and body mass and a greater increase in insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body’s cells become insensitive to the effects of insulin, so the body’s response to a normal amount of insulin is reduced. As a result, higher amounts of insulin are needed for this hormone to work in the body.
Smith and her associates point out that this study is the first randomized controlled trial to examine the influence the effects of glycemic load on acne.

“Although we could not isolate the effect of the low glycemic load diet from that of weight loss,” they add, the findings support the hypothesis of a relationship between acne and high insulin levels.

Reuters, July 20, 2007

Nov
15
2007

New Yorkers Look to Facial Yoga for Natural Lift

Botox and plastic surgery may promise to reduce wrinkles and worry lines, but some New Yorkers are turning to facial yoga to achieve a youthful appearance.

Nov
14
2007

Rosacea Can Be Caused by Excess Protein

Researchers now believe they have found a key mechanism that drives rosacea.

Nov
12
2007

Researchers Map Genes Causing Dandruff, Other Skin Conditions

A team at Procter & Gamble Beauty sequenced the genome of Malassezia globosa, a fungus that grows on the skin of between 50-90% of the population.

Nov
09
2007

Testing Well-Being Effect of Cosmetics

The R&D department of the Dermscan Group has developed a series of new tests that evaluate the well-being effect of beauty products on a consumer.