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The Violet Files, March 2019


The surge of hormones that pregnancy brings can manifest itself on the skin in a variety of ways. A major one, says New York dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades, is melasma, the hyperpigmentation known more ominously as the mask of pregnancy. “What makes it the biggest problem is the fact that it’s intractable, so it typically doesn’t go away after you give birth. You’re limited in the ingredients that are safe to use to treat it during pregnancy,” she explains. Increased dryness, which can result in more overall sensitivity, is another issue, says Dr. Shereene Idriss of Union Square Laser Dermatology. “And the increased blood volume that pregnancy brings, along with an increase in estrogen levels, can also result in more redness,” adds Idriss. And, of course, there’s acne. Considering how hormonally driven acne can be and the drastic changes happening in your hormonal milieu during pregnancy, it’s a less surprising—although no less annoying—skin side effect. “I never had acne growing up, and when I got pregnant I suddenly had breakouts,” shares Vicky Tsai, founder of Tatcha (the entire line is formulated to be pregnancy safe). But here’s one upside: “People who typically have very bad acne before pregnancy tend to clear up,” says Alexiades.

March 14, 2019 by Macrene Alexiades

NYTimes.com, March 2019

There are many gua sha methods, but the basic principle is to lift muscles and stimulate lymphatic drainage to clear out excess fluid. Most experts agree that a hydrating serum or face oil should be applied first to provide slip and seal in moisture. Start with your neck and gently run the smooth edge of the stone up and down with firm but not aggressive pressure. Repeat this five to 10 times, then move on to your face, slowly working from the center outward in zones (chin, cheeks, forehead), repeating each motion five to 10 times: “You cannot rush work with stones,” says the New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades. Read the story: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/t-magazine/stone-facial-tools.html

March 11, 2019 by Macrene Alexiades

HarpersBazaar.com, March 2019

18) Macrene Alexiades
Macrene Alexiades is a board-certified dermatologist in both New York City and the EU, and the founder of the popular skincare line 37 Actives. She's also the Associate Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and Director and Founder of the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center of New York.
March 11, 2019 by Macrene Alexiades