• eHealth Radio Networks interview with Dr. Anjali Butani, MD

    Dr. Anjali Butani, M.D. Founder and Developer of ANJALI MD Skincare, a Cosmetic Dermatologist & Surgeon joins eHealth Radio and the Dermatology & Health News Channels.

    Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Anjali Butani discuss the following:

    • How has your family background influenced your dermatology practice?
    • What is your philosophy on skincare? Why are ANJALI MD Skincare products different from other competitors/brands?
    • How involved are you in the research and development process of your products?
    • You have an extensive product line. What would you recommend to someone who wants to start a skincare regimen?
    • What is Laser Eye Lift? And how does it work?
    • What is one thing that you want your clients to take away with them after a visit with you at your dermatology practice?

    Duration: 6:54

    Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon Anjali Butani, M.D., founded ANJALI MD Skincare because she sees beauty in every person and every thing. Her core philosophy, “Beauty goes beyond the physical, Beauty empowers,” translates to every aspect of her life and her approach to skin care.

    Often referred to as “the Doctor to the Doctors,” Dr. Anjali has practiced dermatology in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, California. She continues to see select clients at the ANJALI MD Dermatology Institute in Orange County, California while constantly advancing research in skin care science.

    Her years in private practice, skilled surgical hands and meticulous knowledge of cosmetic dermatology are augmented by the inspiration of her grandmother’s expertise in the centuries-old art of Ayurvedic botanical treatments, giving her a deeper, multi-dimensional understanding of beauty that has earned the trust of high profile clients and fellow physicians.

    Dr. Anjali’s novel approach to beauty is founded on her belief that beauty matters, and skincare has the power to transform lives through increasing confidence and empowerment.

    Dr. Anjali Butani is an experienced dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, laser specialist, facial rejuvenation expert, skin care formulator and educator. She earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University and then completed her internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center.  She finished her Dermatology residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  She then completed a fellowship in Procedural Dermatology at Northwestern University, with a focus on cosmetic procedures, laser treatments and Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery.

    She has authored a medical book (Evidence-Based Procedural Dermatology) chapter on eyelid rejuvenation and co-authored several dermatology articles for such medical journals as Journal of Cosmetic Laser and Therapy, Clinics in Plastic Surgery, and The American College of Physicians Handbook of Women’s Health.



  • ANJALI MD Featured on THE LIST - How to get rid of Acne Scars

    How to get rid of acne scars

    Acne is not a small problem. In fact, a whopping 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 are estimated to have experienced acne at least once in their lives, and it affects up to 50 million Americans alone every single year. No matter how common the problem, though, it's still shrouded in negativity and is usually a shameful experience for those suffering through it.

    Anyone who has ever experienced acne knows the effects are not just physical, but mental as well. Those who have dealt with the sever inflammation to the skin of the face, neck and shoulders know that the embarrassment can also lead to sever mental stress — and that has lasting affects.

    And the worst part is, even when you think it's over, it's not. It's hard enough to clear up acne, but even when the sores are gone, you're often left with scarring that can be just as depressing. It's just one hurdle after another, right? Luckily, most of those scars don't have to be permanent. I spoke with a few skincare experts who were more than happy to share their best tips on how to send those acne scars packing, for good. 

    Types of acne scars


    All acne scars are not created equal, according to Erica Parker, director of education and on-air celebrity aesthetician for Michael Todd Beauty. "The term 'acne scar' means something different to everyone," she said. "Some people refer to an acne scar as the post-blemish hyper-pigmented skin that stains the skin after a particularly aggressive blemish." These hyper-pigmentations are not technically scars, since they do eventually fade away, but they are none-the-less frustrating, especially for the person suffering through them.

    There are four main types of acne scars.

    • Icepick scars: narrow but deep divots in the skin that resemble puncture marks.
    • Rolling scars: shallow but wide indentations in the skin, sometimes with a gentle, rounded appearance.
    • Boxcar scars: very deep depressions in the skin with sharp edges, these may be round or square.
    • Hypertrophic scars: raised acne scars that may be firm or rubbery.



    When to treat acne scars


    It's completely understandable that anyone suffering from acne scars would want to start steps to get rid of them right away, but that's not the best way to approach it. The first step is to clear up the acne, and then to make sure it isn't going to make a comeback.

    "In my dermatology practice, I advise clients to make sure their acne is under control for at least 2 months before seeking treatment for acne scars. This ensures any inflammation in the skin caused by acne has reduced and the skin is calm and ready for scar treatment," said dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Anjali Butani, MD. "This is also the perfect time window to start scar treatment. The skin is actively producing new collagen, trying to correct scars. The longer the scar is left untreated, the harder it is to treat."

    Dr. Michael Rains, board-certified dermatologist with Westlake Dermatology, said the first step in getting acne under control is setting up a visit with a dermatologist. "A dermatologist can devise an effective acne regimen. Once the acne is under control, then there are multiple treatments, from topicals to lasers, that can be effective in reducing the appearance and severity of acne scarring," he said.



    Topical treatments

    "There are times that redness can be replaced with dark areas (called post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation) that require brightening products," he added. "There are over-the-counter, safe products that include natural-based lightening ingredients, including vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin A (retinol), kojic acid (derived from mushroom extract), or arbutin (bearberry extract). A dermatologist can prescribe lightening medications that include hydroquinone, if needed. However, over-use and long-term use of hydroquinone can cause paradoxical darkening of skin, so it is important to be followed closely by your dermatologist if using hydroquinone products."

    Rains cautions that choosing the right products for you can be difficult. "Scar topical products are plentiful; however, it is difficult to decipher through effective topical products over the less effective products. Studies have shown sun protection in addition to silicone-based topicals or pads can enhance scar remodeling and reduce overall scar appearance."




    Thousands of tiny needle holes in your skin doesn't exactly sound like a walk in the park, but this process, called micro-needling, is quickly picking up steam as en effective way to treat acne scars. The procedure uses a wand-type tool with 11 very small needles at the tip. Your dermatologist can adjust the height of the needles according to your skin and scarring levels, and will use the tool to create tiny punctures in the top-most layer of your skin.

    "I perform a lot of micro-needling. It's a simple concept with huge benefits," said dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Anjali Butani, MD. "We're making thousands of microscopic fine wounds in the skin in order to induce collagen formation. Just like when you cut yourself accidentally in the kitchen sometimes, the skin is smart. It recognizes the injury and rushes nutrients and fibroblasts (new skin cells) to heal the area." These micro-needling tools are often used together with medical-grade products containing growth factors to speed healing.

    Dr. Jack Zamora, MD, a Denver-based oculo-facial plastic surgeon, says micro-needling is not as painful as it sounds. "A micro-needling treatment is safe and effective for scars on the face and body. A series of five to six treatments is recommended and more may be needed depending on the area being treated and desired result. Patients are numbed prior to treatment and then the wand is passed over the treatment area several times," he said. "Most patients don't experience any discomfort. The treatment takes about an hour including numbing time. Micro-needling is ideal for all skin tones as well as those who are sensitive to heat (from laser treatments) and prone to melasma and rosacea. Downtime is minimal — patients may be red and slightly swollen post treatment but this subsides within 24-hours."



    Derma roller

    For the more adventurous (and very brave) acne scar sufferers, an at-home version of micro-needling is available in the form of a derma roller. A less-extreme version of in-office micro-needling, derma rollers can be ordered online and used as much as once or twice a week. Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou says their results can be positive. "The use of a derma roller for at-home micro-needling can be beneficial over the course of months and years to help reduce the appearance of pitted and depressed acne scarring," she said.

    But some doctors caution against their use as they can leave you more susceptible to infections and more scarring. Speak to your doctor before you begin at-home derma rolling, and only preform the process on clean skin, with a high-quality derma roller for best results.



    Chemical peels


    Another popular way to deal with acne scars is through chemical peels, the method of using chemicals to remove the top layer of skin to reveal the smoother, less-scarred layer underneath.

    "Chemical peels can be used for residual hyper-pigmentation, redness, or to help reduce depth of acne scars," said Dr. Michael Rains, board-certified dermatologist with Westlake Dermatology. "One technique, called the CROSS method, uses a strong concentration of trichloroactic acid (TCA) that stimulates inflammation with resulting collagen synthesis to aid with acne scarring remodeling. There is minimal downtime with small scabs that typically fall off after four to seven days. On average three to four treatments are required with treatments performed every three to six weeks."

    According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, there is some pain associated with chemical peels, mostly described as a short-term burning feeling during the process, followed by a less intense stinging sensation. Ice or cold compresses can sometimes help, as well as pain medication after deeper peels.



    Laser therapy


    Laser therapy is another effective treatment against acne scars, and is most successful with scars that are more shallow.

    "Laser treatments can treat initial coloration (redness and hyper-pigmentation) and resulting scarring. One example is the V-Beam Perfecta that targets new blood vessels, which can reduce the redness appearance of remodeling scars with minimal downtime," said Dr. Michael Rains, board-certified dermatologist with Westlake Dermatology. "If the redness has faded, but there is residual scarring, then a laser that targets resurfacing is warranted to help stimulate collagen synthesis to decrease scarring appearance. There are different types of resurfacing lasers that your dermatologist can discuss with you, depending of the severity of the scarring, downtime and cost."



    Soft tissue fillers


    Soft tissue fillers are a fasting-acting option for filling depressed acne scars, but they're also less permanent than other options. Using this technique, fillers are injected directly into the scar, raising the surface and helping it blend in with the surrounding area.

    "Soft tissue fillers can reduce the visible appearance of deep scars; however, it typically requires repeated treatments every four to eight months, as the fillers reabsorb into the skin," said Dr. Michael Rains, board-certified dermatologist with Westlake Dermatology.



    Time to heal


    As hard as it is to be patient, it's important to allow your skin time to recover and not expect results immediately.

    "When scarring does occur, it deserves special attention because scars leave an impact both physically and emotionally for many years to come," said Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon Anjali Butani, MD. "That's why I've committed a great portion of my clinical practice and skincare research to this area of dermatology. I believe with consistent, non-invasive treatments and skincare that contains cutting-edge ingredients, there is hope for the improvement of acne scars."

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  • Anjali MD Skincare Introduces Scientific Breakthrough in Revolutionary Non-Surgical “Laser Eye Lift"

    Immediately reduce bags and puffiness under the eyes with a breakthrough scientific innovation ANJALI MD Laser Eye Lift ™

    ORANGE, CA, October 25, 2016 – Anjali MD Skincare announced its latest brilliant skincare innovation powered by rare ingredients: “Laser Eye Lift,” a breakthrough in the non-surgical reduction of puffiness, bags and wrinkles under the eyes. Eyes immediately look younger, less tired, more refreshed and rejuvenated.

    “I’ve worked with lasers and light energy for years and I’m thrilled to give clients another option and introduce a product that gives laser-fast results without laser surgery,” said Anjali MD Skincare Founder and Developer Anjali Butani, M.D. “I’m very proud of the results we’re getting with Laser Eye Lift, which can take years off the eyes in minutes.”

    After applying Laser Eye Lift, Anjali MD Skincare clients report looking more refreshed, more alert and more youthful within minutes. In two weeks, studies demonstrate reduced wrinkles, less puffiness and reduced bags under eyes.

    “Beauty goes beyond the physical. It has the power to transform lives,” said Dr. Butani, whose skill and expertise have earned her the trust of high profile clients and physicians (and the nickname “the Doctor to the Doctors.”) “This is my passion. To bring confidence and empowerment through beauty,” says Butani, “At Anjali MD Skincare, we bring the best of modern science together with the best of botanicals and create brilliant skincare innovations, powered by rare ingredients.”

    Anjali MD Laser Eye Lift is a breakthrough scientific innovation which immediately reduces bags and puffiness under the eyes. This revolutionary formula combines neurotransmitters, energized minerals and hyaluronic acid to tighten puffy skin and relax wrinkles. A warming sensation signals the lifting and tightening of fatigued skin under the eyes. Collagen and the molecular matrix rebuild for long-term visible results. Within minutes, eyes appear refreshed, rested and younger.

    The sleek design of the Laser Eye Lift precision applicator echoes Anjali MD Skincare’s careful attention to detail. With one pump and one sweep, eyes look awake, alert and refreshed.

    About Anjali MD Skincare

    Anjali MD Skincare was founded by dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, facial rejuvenation expert, laser specialist, skincare formulator, and educator Anjali Butani, M.D. to create brilliant skincare innovations powered by rare ingredients. Anjali MD Skincare combines rare botanicals and beauty secrets from around the world with the best of modern science to unlock their full potential. Anjali MD helps clients achieve flawless skin and reignite the radiant glow of youth. Headquartered in Orange, CA, Anjali MD offers a full line of skincare products at Anjalimd.com, including Laser Eye Lift, Rapid Brightening Serum, and A+ Plus Clear Adult Clarifying Cleanser.

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    FYI: You're Showering All Wrong

    And other things you should probably reconsider.

    Wrong No. 1: You Clean Your Entire Body

    Believe it or not, you don't need to give every spot on your body the squeaky-clean treatment. "Do not wash all over, vigorously, every day," says Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a dermatologist for Advanced Dermatology PC in New York City. "By washing and lathering all over, including areas that aren't necessarily 'unclean' [e.g., your pubic area], you are drying skin that cannot be hydrated by moisturizing alone."

    Wrong No. 2: You Wash All of Your Hair Every Day

    Clean hair isn't really about how often you wash, but about whether you're washing correctly. "I always tell patients to make sure they lather the shampoo in their hands before they put it onto their head," says Dr. Anjali Butani, celebrity dermatologist and founder of Anjali MD Skin Care. "Then work your fingers deep into the scalp, because it's not really about cleaning the hair as much as it is about cleaning the oils and dirt off of the scalp." Focus on the roots, people!

    Wrong No. 3: You Refuse to Take Cold Showers

    We get it—cold showers are unpleasant, especially in fall and winter. However, Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, dermatologist and founder of Epionce Skin Care, says that cool water is quite beneficial. "A cold shower is good for the skin because it helps improve firmness and closes pores, which reduces the ingress of pollution into the skin," he says. "I recommend taking a warm shower, then finish off with a cold blast of water for the last few minutes."

    Wrong No. 4: You Loiter

    It's easy to slip into daydreams during a shower, but make sure you're limiting the amount of time you're in there. "Five minutes should be enough time to accomplish what you need to do in the shower," says Dr. Papantoniou. "The longer you stay in the shower, the more dried out your skin can become." She also recommends only bathing once a day. That is, don't shower after your workout in the morning, and then again at night because you feel like you need to de-stress.

    Wrong No. 5: You Use a Loofah


    This isn't the first time we've heard a couple of derms speak out against the use of sponges and loofahs, but here's another reminder. "Avoid harsh tools like any brushes or loofahs, as they can be breeding grounds for bacteria," Dr. Butani says. "If you're prone to dry skin or eczema, these cleansing aids can strip the skin of the necessary barrier structure and oils that it needs to stay healthy," Dr. Papantoniou adds.


    Wrong No. 6: You Use Cheap Soap

    There's nothing worse then realizing the products you're using are the reason your skin is feeling rough and uncomfortably tight. Even when you stock up on moisturizers, it's important to know that good skin care starts in the shower. "Bar soaps tend to be more drying than shower gels," says Dr. Craig Kraffert, dermatologist and president of Amarte Skin Care. If you absolutely want to use bar soap, Dr. Kraffert suggests bars with emollient glycerin, natural oils, and low pH levels. Gels can be beneficial to those with fussier complexions. "If you have delicate, dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin, shower gel may be better: it is usually more pH-balanced and moisturizing than bar soap since it can be enriched with ultra-calming and soothing ingredients," Dr. Kraffert says.

    Wrong No. 7: Your Water's Too Hot

    Don't turn that knob all the way up! Steaming hot showers can worsen dry skin and lead to eczema. "Warm showers are better for the skin, because the temperature will help open up your pores, increase circulation, and clean the skin more effectively," Dr. Butani says.

    Wrong No. 8: You Exfoliate Too Harshly

    We do love a nicely scented body scrub, but it isn't always the best way to removing parched, flaky skin. "People love to exfoliate, which is really good if you have dry or rough skin, but it has to be done correctly," Dr. Butani says. "Exfoliate with a glycolic acid-based cleanser, instead of a beaded or salt scrub." She suggests doing this about three to five times a week.

    Clarifying Cleanser, $29, ANJALIMD.com

    Wrong No. 9: You Neglect Post-Shower Care

    "After a shower, pat the skin dry with a towel, rather than rubbing, and moisturize within the first three to five minutes," says Dr. Butani, adding, "This is your opportunity to lock hydration into the skin. Even after doing it for a week, you will see a difference."

    Also, when the temperatures drop, switch to coconut oil. "In the winter, coconut oil-based products help skin retain moisture," says Michele Saunders, an esthetician from Suede Salon and Spa in Marlton, New Jersey. Other natural products that are great this time of year are shea butter, jojoba, argan, and olive oils.


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  • Anjali Butani of ANJALI MD Skincare Featured in SELF Magazine

    Sorry, But Your Loofah Is Probably A Cesspool Of Bacteria

    ANJALI MD featured in  - SELF Magazine By Claire Hannum It's nothing to freak out over, but it IS kinda gross. Over the past week, the internet has descended into what appears to be a major freak-out over some unpleasant scientific findings: As it turns out, most shower loofahs are pretty gross. Those cute little scrubbers can be a prime location for hosting and transmitting bacteria. They also have a tendency to collect dead skin cells, so each time you use yours, you may be spreading dirt you removed from your body during yesterday's shower right back onto yourself. (Gag.) Neither of these are particularly dangerous, but they are kind of, well, gross. "Ick" factor aside, it's worth noting that the findings everyone is concerned over are from a study that took place back in 1994. Many dermatologists have been advising against their patients using loofahs for decades. So, while the internet's current concern may be a tad excessive, it does have a bit of truth to it. "Loofahs are very unhealthy for the skin," Anjali Butani, M.D., cosmetic dermatologist and founder of ANJALI MD Skincare tells SELF. "They fill with dead skin cells and bacteria after just a few uses." The warm, wet environment inside your shower is a major culprit in maintaining a loofah's nastiness. According to Butani, those surroundings, paired with "all those dead skin cells trapped in the nooks and crannies" come together to serve as the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. "Instead of cleaning your skin, you end up adding germs and bacteria to your skin." That in itself is probably enough to make many of us avoid loofahs for the foreseeable future, but it's not the only downside of using them: The sponges can also irritate sensitive skin. Going too hard on the loofah can invite redness and flare-ups of conditions like acne and rosacea. Again, none of this is worth panicking over, but it's worth being aware of. While it may be time to part with your beloved loofah, the good news is that you've got a much simpler way to cleanse right at your fingertips. Butani suggests that anyone mourning the loss of their favorite shower accessory should simply switch to applying a cleanser with their hands. "In my practice, I recommend using a cleanser with glycolic acid instead of physically exfoliating with harsh tools like loofahs. I tell patients to use their hands in a soft, circular massaging technique to exfoliate and stimulate circulation." With this method, you can get clean without getting grossed out by your loofah. It's the best of both worlds! Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to toss my loofah in the trash.

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