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Vaccine against ACNE is a step closer after scientists block bacteria which cause swelling

A vaccine to treat and prevent acne could be a step closer to reality after a study revealed a way to block bacteria which damage the skin. Scientists have, for the first time, successfully targeted a type of bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes (p.acnes), which lives in the skin and stopped it producing toxins which cause inflammation. The discovery could be a ray of hope for the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who suffer from the unpleasant skin condition.

Yoga face-toning might compete with fillers and facelifts

To his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-aging treatment: facial yoga. Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-age women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks.The results surprised lead author Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Teenagers' blood being sold for £6,200 a shot

Transfusions of teenage blood are being sold for £6,200 a shot, with a US company claiming it may have anti-ageing properties.  More than 100 people have undergone a clinical trial at Ambrosia, a start-up in San Francisco founded by Stanford-trained doctor Jesse Karmazin, in which they are injected with two and a half litres of plasma, the liquid portion of blood which remains after other cells are removed. 

Warning: Thread veins are more than just unsightly!

Linda Geddes, from Cambridge, has always had spidery thread veins on her legs - but, while she always hated them, they helped her avoid venous reflux.This is a painful leg ulcer which can reduce mobility and also affects circulation

Low vitamin D does not raise risk of asthma or dermatitis, study shows

Previous research has suggested that a low level of vitamin D may raise the risk of asthma, dermatitis, and certain allergies. A new study looks at the genetic data available to see if genetic variations support the conclusions of previous research.

France bans extremely thin models

A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect.Models will need to provide a doctor's certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI) - a measure of weight in relation to height.

Anti-pollution is massive but complicated. Here’s why

The anti-pollution trend is possibly one of the hottest topics in the beauty industry right now, but as it continues to boom its evolution is far from being clear cut.

Blue and infrared light: anti-pollution skin care

The impact of infrared and blue light (from screens) on the skin is an area that the anti-pollution trend is tipped to move into next: we ask an expert about its potential.

Drug 'reverses' ageing in animal tests

A drug that can reverse aspects of ageing has been successfully trialled in animals, say scientists. They have rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function. The team at Erasmus University Medical Center, in the Netherlands, are planning human trials for what they hope is a treatment for old age. A UK scientist said the findings were "impossible to dismiss", but that unanswered questions remained.

Sedentary lifestyle speeds up biological aging, study finds

A new study looks at how a sedentary lifestyle, with little exercise, affects telomere length and leads to biological aging in older women. As we age, so do our cells. In fact, we can safely say that cellular aging is aging, as cells make up every organ in our body. However, the rate at which our cells die varies from person to person.

Doctors issue new year detox health warning

Doctors have issued a warning about the potential harms of undertaking a radical new year detox. They highlight the case of a woman they treated last year who became critically ill after taking herbal remedies and drinking too much water.

Are YOU plagued by varicose veins? From relaxing hot baths to underfloor heating, expert reveals how winter can make your symptoms worse...

Dr David West, an interventional radiologist and founder of Veincentre, a specialist vein removal clinic based in London, reveals the most common triggers of vein issues during winter.

Patients should stop using e-cigarettes before plastic surgery

Cigarette smokers are at increased risk of complications after plastic surgery. Could e-cigarette users face a similar risk? Evidence and recommendations related to e-cigarette use by plastic surgery patients are discussed in a new paper.

Evidence does not back vitamin D supplements says BMJ

There is not enough evidence to support taking vitamin D supplements, according to an article in a leading medical journal. Earlier this year Public Health England (PHE) warned that people were not getting enough vitamin D from sunlight during the winter, and advised people to ensure they were getting 10 micrograms of it per day and to consider taking supplements during the autumn and winter.

Hair removal injuries rocketed NINE-FOLD since 1991

Hair removal has seen a revival in recent years. And with it, the trend has brought some painful consequences. The number of razor- and wax-related injuries in the US rocketed between 1991 and 2014, a new study reveals. In 23 years, hair removal injuries in hospital emergency departments increased nine-fold. For those aged 19 to 34, the pubic region is now the most commonly nicked.

Tattoo inks can give you cancer - and one colour is the most dangerous

Tattoo ink used to create designs for millions of Brits could increase the chances of getting cancer and should be banned according to research. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has warned that tattoo inks are potentially toxic, according to a study which could see many of them banned. According to the report the inks can cause skin problems, from allergic reactions and painful itching that can last for years to an increased risk of cancer.

Ibuprofen does not increase bleeding after plastic surgery, study says

Although doctors are cautious about the use of ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, for plastic surgery patients because of the risk of bleeding, a recent study shows the concern may be overblown.

Air pollution linked to facial liver spots

Traffic-related air pollution and gases associated with air pollution may lead to the formation of dark spots on the skin, known as lentigines, or liver spots, says research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Mathematicians dispute claims that the 'golden ratio' is a natural blueprint for beauty

Experts blast 'myth that refuses to go away', saying that sums alone cannot define which faces are easy on the eye. Revered as the formula that defines beauty, the golden ratio is a mathematically derived principle claimed by many to be embodied in objects as diverse as a spiralled seashell and the Parthenon.

Shrewsbury student dies after taking 'online diet pills'

A woman has died after taking suspected diet pills bought online, police said. Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury, died in hospital on 12 April after becoming unwell. Police said the tablets were being tested, but are believed to contain dinitrophenol, known as DNP, which is a highly toxic industrial chemical. Her mother Fiona Parry said there was "no great panic" until a toxicology report revealed "how dire her situation was" because there was "no antidote".

NHS neglecting mental health of skin patients, warns leading disfigurement charity

A lack of mental health care services for people with skin conditions is a 'slowly ticking timebomb' for the NHS, a charity has warned. Changing Faces, which supports people with disfigurements and campaigns for 'face equality' and better quality of life for patients, said that whilst the cost of skin disease is relatively low at 2.23% of the NHS budget, the likely associated costs in mental health, or 'psychodermatology', are much greater. A survey by the charity found that only 11% of patients were offered psychosocial care by a health professional.

Genetics’ effect on skin ageing is limited, finds Olay

Olay has conducted a study into whether cosmetics products can overcome your genetic make-up, by using pairs of identical twins to trial their ProX range. The global P&G-owned skin care brand conducted a study in which 21 sets of identical twins aged between 20 and 53 years old were divided in half, and one of each pair put on the ProX regime, while the other was not.

NHS blows millions on boob jobs and facelifts

Despite a looming financial crisis, the NHS in 2012/13 found the money to carry out 1,137 facelifts – costing taxpayers up to £8.5million.Tens of millions of pounds are being spent every year by the NHS on cosmetic surgery, figures reveal. Taxpayers are forking out vast and growing sums for facelifts, nose jobs, liposuction and breast augmentation – at a time when patients are being denied life-saving cancer drugs. The number of facelifts and operations to increase breast size have more than doubled over the past decade, while there has been a 40 per cent rise in liposuction.

Do YOU have 'porexia'? How almost HALF of women are fixated by the size of their pores

Nearly half of all U.S. women feel that their pores are too large and would make big sacrifices to have smaller ones, a new study claims. They women surveyed said they would give up social media, alcohol and shaving their legs in exchange for smaller pores.

Photos show smoking twin looks older, research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Researchers have interviewed 70 pairs of identical twins and found that the twin who didn't smoke had far less wrinkles and looked younger. While we all know that smoking ages a person's skin, the photographic evidence when researchers put the non-smoking twin's picture next to a shot of the twin who smokes shows a significant difference. They found that the ageing effect was most prominent in the lower two-thirds of the smoking twin's face.

Needle risk over beauty treatments

A health watchdog is concerned that people having beauty treatments like Botox could be at risk of infection from dirty needles. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says growing numbers of people are injecting tanning agents, dermal fillers and Botox at home and in salons, and some are lax about hygiene. Sharing needles can spread blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. Nice is updating its advice for England and Wales accordingly.

NICE consults on update to guidance for limiting harm caused by injecting drugs

Tens of thousands of people across England and Wales inject drugs like heroin and anabolic steroids each year, with others turning to Botox or other cosmetic injections like tanning agents. Now, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is updating its guidance on how best to provide needle and syringe programmes to encourage people who use these drugs to access other health services and prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. A consultation has begun on the provisional update so organisations can have their say.

Postoperative complication is significant predictor of hospital readmissions after plastic surgery

For patients undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures, obesity, anemia and postoperative complications - especially surgical and wound complications - are independent risk factors for hospital readmission, reports a study in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Vitamin drip: firms rush to cash in on the fad that`s tipped to be as big as Botox

Jess Lavers paid £225 for a cocktail of vitamins and minerals to be pumped straight into her bloodstream. Welcome to the surreal world of the drip spa - the latest health and beauty fad to arrive in Britain from the U.S. where the steady growth of intravenous (or IV) `bars`, `spas` and `cafes` looks set to make this once alternative medical treatment as de rigueur as having a manicure.

First genetic study of stretch marks

23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, has conducted the first genetic study of striae distensae (stretch marks). Researchers at the company identified four genetic markers significantly associated with the development of stretch marks that inform why some individuals are more susceptible to the skin condition.

We inherit wrinkles from our mothers: Ageing process runs through mum`s DNA

Scientists suggest that how fast we age depends on our mitochondria - known as the cell powerhouses - which are inherited from the female parent. If those fine lines on your face appear to be multiplying, it may be that your mother is to blame. Scientists have found a set of genes passed down only by mothers that appear to influence the ageing process.

Sleep deprivation linked to skin aging

In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center found that sleep quality impacts skin function and aging. The recently completed study, commissioned by Estee Lauder, demonstrated that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Poor sleepers also had worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance.

The anti-wrinkle pill: more women than ever are turning to supplements to defy the ageing process

The idea of eating ourselves beautiful is not new. But could the key to keeping wrinkles at bay be found in a tablet rather than a face cream? In the past year, nutraceuticals – dietary supplements, which were once a niche area of the beauty industry – have begun flying off the shelves.

Herbal Supplement Use By Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Patients Could Increase Complication Risk

Preoperative evaluations before facial cosmetic surgery find that about half of patients are taking herbal and other supplements, reports a study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Computer Model Reveals Secrets Of Skin Ageing

We constantly grow new skin and slough off the old. Until now, scientists have never agreed on exactly how this works, but new research from the University of Sheffield may provide the answer. Engineers and biologists at the University of Sheffield have shown how a recent theory - that skin has 'sleeping' stem cells which can be woken up when required - best explains how our skin constantly regrows.

Five Types of People are Not Good Candidates for Plastic Surgery

Realistic motivations and expectations are key to successful results, according to Atlanta plastic surgeon. The choice to have plastic surgery is a personal one, and patients who have reasonable goals generally report satisfaction with their results. However, if a prospective patient has unrealistic expectations for plastic surgery, she or he should be asked to reconsider the decision to move forward.

Resistance training headgear claims to tone up saggy faces

The latest product to hit the market promising a youthful complexion may leave even the most dedicated beauty disciple at a loss for words. In the same way that you can lift weights to tone up your sagging arms, you can now exercise your facial muscles using a `Face Trainer.`

Jab that kills pain for 3 days may help save millions from distressing side effects of powerful meds

A new anaesthetic injection may help save millions of patients from the distressing side effects of powerful painkilling medication. The astonishing effectiveness of Exparel, unveiled last week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons, could mean up to a third of those who undergo surgery need no opiate medication during their recovery.

Do Stem Cell Claims in Aesthetic Surgery Hold Up?

Are “stem cell facelifts” and “stem cell breast augmentation” better than traditional procedures? Although stem cell therapy may be promising for a variety of medical conditions, the jury is still out on whether stem cell-based treatments are of benefit in aesthetic medicine.

New Data Support The Benefits Of EXPAREL For Postsurgical Analgesia Following Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Procedures

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have announced results from EXCLAIM, its Phase 4 prospective, observational study to assess the use of EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) for postsurgical analgesia in patients undergoing four common plastic surgery procedures.

Long-Term Study Looks at What Really Happens to the Face as We Age

Special presentation at ASAPS Annual Meeting reviews early results of first comprehensive study to scientifically document facial aging. Despite the availability of many cosmetic surgeries and procedures to treat the aging face, there is still little understanding of how the face grows older.

10 Things To Consider Before Cosmetic Surgery

Deliberating a subtle sculpt, a cheeky plump or the slightest of lifts? Jess Lacey can help you do your surgery homework. The cosmetic treatment industry remains largely unregulated, meaning that serious problems can arise for even the most sensible of women. As a result, Marie Claire has launched the Take A Good Look Campaign, which aims to empower and inform women.

REVEALED: The slimming, sleeping and anti-ageing pills Hollywood stars are popping

Hollywood's hottest are resorting to a cocktail of super-supplements for everything from stopping cellulite in its tracks to getting rid of wrinkles. Popular supplements include probiotics and fulvic acid. Slimmers use a combo of polyphenols and green coffee. Bloat-beating Epsom Salts are also staging a comeback.

Psychologists Confirm Long-Term Positive Effects Of Plastic Surgery

In a long-term study, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Margraf, Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the RUB, investigated the psychological effects of plastic surgery on approximately 550 patients in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Basel. Patients demonstrated more enjoyment of life, satisfaction and self-esteem after their physical appearance had been surgically altered.

Research group unearths new info on photo-ageing damage

Scientists have provided an objective index for evaluating the degree of progress of dermal tissue changes caused by photo-ageing and revealed for the first time that elastin abnormality develops in the lower dermis during the early stages.

Regulator Of Skin Aging

Despite progress in regenerative medicine, with age, the skin loses its properties in an irreversible manner. The ATIP-Avenir team "Epidermal homeostasis and tumorigenesis" directed by Chloe Feral, an Inserm researcher at the French Cancer and Aging Research Institute (Inserm/CNRS/Universite Sophia Antipolis), has just defined the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in maintaining skin cells and skin healing in advanced years.

Scientists Can Now Gauge Skin's True Age With New Laser Technique

Wrinkles, dryness, and a translucent and fragile appearance are hallmarks of old skin, caused by the natural aging of skin cells. But while most of us can recognize the signs of lost youth when we peer into the mirror each morning, scientists do not have a standardized way to measure the extent of age damage in skin. Now a group of Taiwanese researchers has used a specialized microscope to peer harmlessly beneath the skin surface to measure natural age-related changes in the sizes of skin cells.

In the Flesh: The Embedded Dangers of Untested Stem Cell Cosmetics

Unapproved procedures and skin care products endanger consumers and clinical research. When cosmetic surgeon Allan Wu first heard the woman's complaint, he wondered if she was imagining things or making it up. A resident of Los Angeles in her late sixties, she explained that she could not open her right eye without considerable pain and that every time she forced it open, she heard a strange click—a sharp sound, like a tiny castanet snapping shut.

The Wright Initiative launches the PaPPS Initiative

New initiative examines psychology behind cosmetic surgery. What motivates someone to seek cosmetic surgery – Aesthetics? Self-esteem? Or do the reasons lie deeper than that? These are the issues that one therapeutic expert is pondering.

BBC Wales X-Ray highlights children's hair straighteners concern

A hospital consultant has highlighted safety concerns from children's use of hair straighteners after seeing a rise in burns admissions. The number of cases has risen from four to 26 at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Swansea's Morriston Hospital since 2004. BBC Wales programme X-Ray shows how some products are aimed at children.