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Skin Care


Skin care is one of the most important things to do to keep the skin healthy and looking youthful. This daily routine, which should begin as early as adolescence, not only helps with the skin’s complexion, but it also protects from skin cancer and other skin diseases.

Just like our fingerprints, we each have a unique skin type that requires certain products and treatments to maintain a healthy appearance. The five basic skin types include normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. No matter what skin type you have, an at-home skin care routine should include cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and protecting. While most people find their at-home regimen to be very beneficial, others may need a physician’s treatment to achieve a better appearance. These treatments may include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, lasers and/or injectables. Depending on your skin, age and lifestyle, a board certified dermatologist can examine your skin to determine which type of skin care routine is best for you. It’s never too late to start a skin care routine or improve your current routine!

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Sunscreen and other specific skincare products for skin of color

Sunscreen and other specific skincare products for skin of color
There are lot of misconceptions about skin care in people with skin of color. Dr. Lupo clears some of these misconceptions and talks about her top picks when it comes to skincare products for people of color.


There’s been a little bit in the media recently about whether or not patients with darker skin tones, known as skin of color patients, do they really need sunscreen? The answer is, absolutely yes. Although darker skin types are less likely to get skin cancers, it is not a zero risk. And importantly for many of my patients who have darker skin tone, they really dislike irregular pigmentation. Often, when they get acne, the acne inflammation will result in some pigmentation. So some of the things I recommend for my darker skin patients with acne, EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 is a particularly nice product, aesthetically for darker skin tone. Fine chiffon (not sure of the name) which is actually FDA approved for Rosacea is an excellent treatment for acne with pigmentation and finally Tazorac which is tazarotene is one of the best treatments for darker skin patients with acne and pigmentation.

Washing and moisturizing your hands to stay safe

Washing and moisturizing your hands to stay safe
With the increased importance of hand washing in our daily lives due to COVID-19, Dr. Lupo talks about the importance of hand washing and moisturizing thereafter.


So today you are going to see what I do for hand washing. I wash my hands all the time, especially during flu season and before every patient. But, certainly I think all of us are paying a little bit more attention to our hand washing that we ever were before because of COVID-19. So let me tell you what I think is important. First of all, you want to get your hands wet. I am using CLN a lot. Because CLN’s active ingredient is Sodium Hypochloride. Sodium Hypochloride is the same ingredient in bleach which kills just about everything. Notice that I am getting between my fingers. I am getting on the tops of my hands, the wrist, the sides and then you want to make sure you are getting in the fingernail and cuticle area and believe it or not when you do that, it does take a good 20 seconds. And then you want to rinse it really good. Keep lathering up. And rinse away. And then go ahead and dry your hands. Notice I kept my rings on. So I think it’s important to go ahead and wash your jewelry, your rings. Yes, it might get a little soap film on you but you can always clean them later and certainly we know, and now I use my tissue to turn the water off. Certainly we know that you can germs on your jewelry as well. And then one of the things I love is to use this particular product. This Eucerin has a great source of extra ceramides and the reason you want to do this and I use so much, I usually have to wipe a little off. The reason you want to do this is you don’t want to get little cracks in your hands in the skin of your hands. Because those cracks can be a portal of entry for viruses, bacteria and funguses etc. So you want to make sure that you are hydrating and replenishing the compromised barrier of skin which is compromised by all of that washing. So keep washing and keep moisturizing.

How does stress cause hair loss

How does stress cause hair loss
Dr. Lupo talks about how stress can cause hair loss and discusses the usefulness of the Nutrifall supplement in tackling hair loss.


When people are under a lot of stress, many things bad can happen to their system. A lot of this is the result of cortisol. Now, when we are under a lot of stress, either emotional stress or true physical stress like childbirth or surgical procedures or illness, you can get a condition called tiligative fluvium. Telogen effluvium results when the hairs of your scalp, which normally cycle in their growth phases. Androgen is the growing phase and telogen is the resting phase, where the hair actually gets shed and a new hair replaces it. But under conditions of stress, the androgen phase can be cut short and too many hairs can be triggered into the telogen phase at the same time. This can often result in clinically visible thinning of the overall hair and then generalised shedding. Often people will notice that they see their scalp a little bit more than they used to. So what can you do when you are under real stress to prevent Telogen effluvium from causing your hair to fall out which will cause you more stress. Well, one of the things that’s very important to do is to watch your diet. I recommend that you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables because the nutrients that are in there are very good for hair growth and overall health and your immune system. Also meat is good because of the iron. Iron has been found to help the hair grow. And the other thing that I am doing is I am increasing my dose of nutrifall. Now most of you all know that I have been on nutrifall for a long time. I started it many years ago, about four or five years ago and I started with the full recommended dose and I used to for about a year until I saw my hair doing what I wanted it to be doing. But when it got there I actually decreased by dose to a maintenance dose. I was taking a half dose. But during these times of stress, as a preventative, I have increased my dosage back up to the usual dose of four per day. So what I want you all to do is to do everything you can now that you are prepared for coming back and having the world see you looking as beautiful as possible. So take your supplements, eat right, try to get enough sleep, meditate or pray or whatever makes you handle stress better. And we will see you on the other side of this pandemic crisis.

Bone strength and calcium to slow down the ageing process

Bone strength and calcium to slow down the ageing process
Dr. Lupo discusses how the signs of ageing are partly caused by the loss of calcium. She also explains the importance of calcium supplements and talks about the one that she herself takes.


Ageing is a very dynamic process and it is important to understand all the things that really do age our faces. So we all know that dischromia and collagen breakdown and fine lines and wrinkles are caused by sun damage. If you sleep on your face, that can also accentuate lines. If you are a smoker, if you have a poor diet, all of these things can affect your skin. In addition as we age, there are changes to the fat pockets on the skin and the deflation and shifting of fat pockets actually causes the face to descend and to sink in, in some areas and give you a very tired or gaunt or aged appearance. But the third thing that’s very important are the bones. Now everyone knows that when you are post menopausal that you need to take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis which can cause the spine to shrink and cause hip fractures and wrist fractures. But when you lose bone, it can also affect your face. Now, you want to define a high cheek bone and a distinct and defined jaw line and the way to continue that as you get older is to take a very good calcium supplement. Now, I recommend and take Cardio tabs for bone health and the reason I have chosen that after a lot of research is because of the microcrystallized calcium form of it allows lower levels of calcium in the blood stream. Blood calcium can cause calcifications in soft tissue where you do not want calcifications. You want the calcium to go into the bone. So when you use a calcium like this you will get decreased calcifications of your arteries, your coronary arteries, your carotid arteries and a decreased risk of kidney stones. I also like that this formula has vitamin D. Remember vitamin D is extremely important to the overall health of everything in your system, your hair, your skin, your bones. Even your immune system. So take a good supplement. Know what you are taking and make sure that you are always taking care of yourself. Not just now during a pandemic but everyday because doing little things disciplined and everyday are really what make you look better when you are in your mid sixties like me. So take care, be well and let’s all get through this pandemic without any more deaths and illness. Bye!

Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin Cancer Awareness
Dr. Lupo talks about the importance of sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.


Good morning! It is Melanoma Monday. Do you know where your sunscreen is? The most important part of skin cancer prevention is the daily use of a good, broad spectrum sunscreen, preferably forty SPF or higher. You must do it everyday. There is no excuse.

How do Sunscreens work and why the Eryfotona line is particularly effective

How do Sunscreens work and why the Eryfotona line is particularly effective
While emphasizing the importance of sunscreen Dr. Lupo explains how sunscreens work. She also talks about her top sunscreen recommendation, the Eryfotona line from Isdin and why she recommends it.


So happy Memorial Day and I hope those of you who are outside joining the sun which is a great thing to do if you are using sun protection. Because when you are out in the Sun, you are usually doing wonderful things like interacting with friends or doing exercise which are both very very important. But I want to talk to you about the Eryfotona line from Isdin. Because my good friend Molly Kimball posted about it and tagged me and I have gotten a lot of questions about it. So I want to give you the details about these two products. So, the first one I started carrying is the Eryfotona Actinica. And what I want you to know about this product is it has a Zinc SPF 50 and I think that’s important because Zinc is an inorganic sunscreen that’s not easily broken down. So it is very substantive and it lasts. And gives you very very good broad spectrum protection in both the UVA and UVB category. It is 11 per cent which is great. But in addition to that, there’s antioxidants. But the most important ingredient is their DNA repairsome. This is a DNA repair enzyme of phytalase that actually finds and cleans damaged DNA that causes skin cancers. What I was particularly impressed when I learned about this line is the clinical study that was done in Spain. They took 50 patients who had a precancer skin condition called Actinic Keratosis and they treated all fifty with the same treatment modality which is photodynamic therapy which treats both visible Actinic Keratosis and what are called sub-clinical inivisble soon-to-be coming out Actinic Keratosis. And they cleared the field. Then they took the 50 and they divided them in half. They took 25 of them and gave them the Zinc portion of the Eryfotona Actinica and then they took the other 25 and they gave them the Erftona Actinica full formula that also had the DNA repairsome. They then followed these patients prospectively for one year and monitored how many new skin cancers and pre cancers the patients got. And what was found was a statistically significant decrease in new actini keratosis in the patients who had been using the full formula. So that’s why I started using this formula. But unfortunately, this formula is not cosmetically acceptable to all patients. Well, last year, I am happy to report that they come out with a new product called Eryfotona Ageless. Now this has a slightly lower Zinc percentage. It is 10.7. But it has the DNA repairsome and it has antioxidants. It has Vitamin C and it has Vitamin E. And it also has collagen stimulating penne peptides and tri peptides which also make it an anti-ageing product. It also has a lovely tint which believe it or not is even good on skin of color patients. My good friend Peterson Pierre in California who is an African American board certified dermatologist and a good friend of mine was actually the one who turned me onto this product and told me how wonderful it is on his darker skin. And sure enough I found that in my patients in my practice they like it just as much. So, this is why I love these two products. The DNA repairsome is anti-ageing and anti-cancer. And these products really deliver for me, for my patients who either have skin cancers or who have concerns about skin ageing.

Best At-Home Facial Device Zoe Bliss Sonic Cleanser

Best At-Home Facial Device Zoe Bliss Sonic Cleanser
Dr. Lupo shows how she carefully individualises a non-surgical eyebrow lift procedure to ensure that her patient receives unique and aesthetically pleasing results.


So during the pandmic and isolation at home, I posted about eyebrow shaping. Now, one of the things that’s important with a patient is to look at their natural brow position. Notice that they are a little too low, also notice that they are asymmetrical and that this goes down too far on this side. So we are going to do a combination of neuromodulator to give her a brow lift but also physically elevate the lateral brow with a filler. And we are going to do this all at the same time. Now this is not meant to be an instruction for everyone. This is a very individualised treatment for this patient and her unique anatomy. So what we have done is we have used the Acuvane to make sure she doesn’t have any big blood vessels where I am going to be going in. So we use this to help us with safety and preventing bruising of our patients. In addition, I always have an assistant who is going to hold pressure immediately after an injection. So, we are going to go ahead and we are just going to inject this side and the neurotoxin on camera and do the other side later so I don’t have to move around as much. So we are going to go in and the most important thing in this area is to do a little bit of a reflux and we are actually going to put a little strip of filler to give a little bit of lift to that lateral eyebrow and then Stacy is going to hold pressure on there for me. Then what we are going to do in this patient’s case is she has very low medial brows. So we want to relax her corrugators and her procerus. So we know that she is got a very strong proseras and make her smell something nasty and she has a very strong nasalis and procerus. Relax. So we are definitely going to inject those areas as well. Because that helps to lift the medial brow in this patient. In addition, we are going to do a little bit of a..We are jusing Jeuveau here because of its precision. I also like Botox and Xeomin for more precise injections. In addition, we are going to put some in the tail of her brow here and we are going to put a little bit in this area here because we noticed earlier that she was stronger on one side than the other. And a little bit higher on this side and then last, we are going to put a little in the tail over here. And by doing it this way, she should notice a lateral eyebrow lift over the next week.

Importance of At-Home Skin Care Products

Importance of At-Home Skin Care Products
Dr. Lupo recommends a range of at-home skin care products to enhance treatment results and to also extend the longevity of the results. Dr. Lupo talks about how she cherry picks these products for her patients.


Patients often ask me how do I choose the products that I recommend from the office. As you know, we do quite a bit of skin consultation at the office. And what people want to know is how do we make our skin look brighter. How to make scars look less noticeable. And how to get rid of some of the sun damage. Now the truth is that products can never act as a total substitute to the procedures that we do in the office. But they can definitely supplement what we do. So for example, we will often like to use a retinoid before we treat a patient because retinoids before procedures have been shown to improve the result. Then once a patient has been treated we use products that help to maintain that benefit longer. So, I always look for companies that do a lot of good science on their products, they actually do clinical testing and they publish those results. So that you know when we recommend a product that’s available either at our office or on our website, it is because we have evaluated the company, the product and we either use it ourselves or we recommend it to our friends and family.

Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses for sun protection

Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses for sun protection
Dr. Lupo talks about the importance of a hat and sun glasses to protect yourself from the sun, in addition to sunscreen!


So everyone knows they need to use sunscreen everyday. But let me tell you a few other important tips. Wear a hat, preferably one that has a wider brim to protect the sides of your face. Wear sunglasses so that you don’t squint and get those little tiny wrinkles around your eyes. And no one likes to reapply sunscreen during the day. So I get a powdered SPF 50 that I can not only reapply my sunscreen but touch up my makeup at the same time.

Using Retinoids on Sensitive Skin

Using Retinoids on Sensitive Skin
Retinoids are an absolute essential for any one who is looking for relief from acne. Dr. Lupo shares some tips on how to tolerate retinoids and how to ease them into your skincare routine.


have a number of really good new retinoids available. There is a Raslow, there is Eltrino and there is Acleave. But a lot of people, no matter how gentle the retinoid is, sometimes have difficulty tolerating retinoids initially. So let me give you a few tips on how you can tolerate your retinoids so you can be more compliant and use them so that you can acne cleared faster. The first thing you can do is alternate the nights that you start the retinoid. In other words, use it Monday, Wednesday, Friday or use it only on odd days or even days. That’s one option. Another is to put a lightweight moisturizer on your face immediately before you put on your retinoid. The newer generations of retinoids are still effective if you use the moisturizer first. Finally for people who are super sensitive, you can do what I call ‘the mask therapy.’ That means you actually put your retinoid on but you only leave it on for three to five minutes. After which time you take a lightweight moisturizer and some water and mix it on your face and wipe off the product. So you are only using retinoid for a short period of time like a mask.

BodiFirm: Top Tightening Product

BodiFirm: Top Tightening Product
Dr. Lupo offers specific insights about how BodiFirm can help in skin firming and tightening by specifically targeting fat cells.


Our product of the month, this month is BodiFirm. The reason we love it is because BodiFirm does two things. It not only firms the appearance of the skin but it also has ingredients to improve fat cells. To let them excrete the fat more easily. It is particularly good this time of year when we are all interested in the appearance of our thighs and our buttocks and our upper arms. We use this especially in conjunction with procedures to improve cellulite and skin firmness on the body.

CLn cleanser preps skin before injectable treatment

CLn cleanser preps skin before injectable treatment
Dr. Lupo discusses how CLn is more effective than alcohol in cleansing the skin as prep before fillers.


My last step before I do filler injections is I take Cln and I clean the area off instead of using alcohol. It is less irritating to people’s skin and the antiseptic action of the Cln gives me the safety that I want to prevent infections and biofilm from fillers.

Importance of Vitamin D for skin and hair health

Importance of Vitamin D for skin and hair health
Dr. Lupo talks about the importance of Vitamin D to your overall health and in particular the health of your hair and skin.


There’s been a lot of information in the news media about the importance of Vitamin D and our immunity. And our resistance to diseases. But vitamin D is also very important in dermatology. Low vitamin D levels can be associated with hair shedding in females. And a very very common problem, severe acne. It has been linked with low levels of Vitamin D. Now as dermatologists we don’t want our patients getting a lot of sun because of the risk of skin cancers. The UVB light is what produces Vitamin D in our skin. So in order to prevent our patients who are using sunscreens as we wish them to use to prevent them from getting Vitamin D deficiency, we stress the importance of taking oral Vitamin D daily. Be sure to get your Vitamin D level checked especially if you have any inflammatory skin diseases such as Rosacea, Psoriasis, severe acne and always be sure that yur Vitamin D level is normal.

Sunscreen Tip: how to apply a mineral-based sunscreen without the white pasty look

Sunscreen Tip: how to apply a mineral-based sunscreen without the white pasty look

Skin care for darker skin and pigmentation conditions

Skin care for darker skin and pigmentation conditions

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Dr. Mary Lupo discusses the order of application for skincare products

Dr. Mary Lupo discusses the order of application for skincare products

Dr. Lupo’s Top Sunscreens

Dr. Lupo’s Top Sunscreens

Dr. Lupo’s Top Products to Complement Procedures


Dr. Lupo’s Top Products to Complement Procedures

We love to start the day with Revision Intellishade SPF and then reapply with the Avene compact or the Colorescience brush on the go

Start the day with Revision Intellishade SPF and then reapply with the Avene compact or the Colorescience brush on the go - Dr. Mary Lupo

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Dr. Lupo discusses the benefits of Skin Care

Dr. Mary Lupo discusses the benefits of Skin Care

How The Skin Depend On Basic Daily Care

Dr. Mary Lupo discusses about daily Skin Care

Meet one of the countrys leading experts in the field of non-surgical skin rejuvenation.

Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology
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Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.

Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.

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