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A new EWG analysis of serums and essences, popularized by Korean beauty, or K-Beauty, finds that about 40 percent of the products were formulated with less hazardous ingredients. U.S. sales of K-beauty products have increased by almost 300 percent in the past two years alone.

EWG researchers analyzed 352 products in the Skin Deep database from U.S., European, Korean and other Asian companies, looking at the hazards posed by the ingredients and the price point per fluid ounce. Skin Deep assesses products based on the hazards associated with their ingredients. Consumers often assume that more expensive skin care products are made with healthier ingredients. This is not always the case. Many of the green-scoring products we assessed cost less per fluid ounce than did products with worse scores. Some of the most expensive products – costing as much as $640 per fluid ounce – scored in the red range.

“We analyzed the ingredients used to make the serums and essences based on their hazard scores in Skin Deep,” said Kali Rauhe, an associate database analyst at EWG. “Sixty-six of the products met the strictest criteria for health and transparency, to earn the EWG VERIFIED mark. Five of these EWG VERIFIED products made our Best Bets list, meaning they are less hazardous for you and your wallet.”

EWG researchers found that companies can make a trendy personal care product that also meets the rigorous standards for health and transparency dictated by the EWG VERIFIED program.  “We wanted to highlight that product marketing, packaging and cost often have very little to do with the safety of the ingredients used in the product,” said Nneka Leiba, director of EWG’s healthy living science program. “Consumers are drawn to the design and price point without realizing that the information on the front of the package is not vetted by the Food and Drug Administration, the agency governing personal care products. So a company can claim almost anything and use almost any ingredients without penalty because they’re so poorly regulated.” Read more of this story »


A scar is the result of an injury where a wound has not healed completely and fibrous connective tissue (collagen) develops.  While some scars are flat (cicatrix), others are raised (hypertrophic), depressed (atrophic), or extreme, such as keloids and contracture scars.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association laser and light treatments have become the go-to procedures for most scars because often they can often diminish the redness of some scars, reduce pain and swelling, and can increase a patient’s mobility.  Injections of triamcinolone (cortisone) or 5-fluorouracil are frequently used to reduce the size and/or flatten raised scars and keloids.  But what happens when you’ve tried those treatments and are still unsatisfied?

We visited The Basma Hameed Clinics in Beverly Hills to learn about a procedure called, paramedical micro-pigmentation.  The medical tattoo procedure, which has been successfully performed on more than 10,000 patients, was developed by Hameed as a teenager.  Having suffered a traumatic childhood accident, which severely burned forty percent of her face, she underwent numerous surgeries and laser treatments to improve her appearance. Told as a teenagers that there were no further treatment options, Hameed began experimenting with micro-pigment implantation on herself.  So pleased with the results, she continued to develop the procedure with patients in the burn unit of Toronto’s Children’s Hospital.  Hameed’s pioneering scar camouflage treatment has transformed the lives of people suffering from visible scars (above), burns, birthmarks, hair loss, and stretch marks (below) from her two clinics in the US and Toronto, Ontario (Canada).

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