(New York Times 4/11). Long chemical names on labels can be hard to decipher, even for Doctors. There can be a common name, a chemical name, and a botanical name, and it is difficult to know all the names for an ingredient. Canada and Europe mandate products to give clear common sense word warnings for potential allergens. The U.S. labeling laws are much more relaxed, and many skin and hair products are filled with potential allergy triggers, and the “green and organic” versions are the worst offenders. You may think CAMELLIA OLEIFERA is a nice flower; did you guess instead that it is a name for green tea? For example, some lip balms don’t list tree nuts in any ordinary form of English, but hide it in a complicated chemical name. People who are allergic to tree nuts, and ingest the lip balm can have anaphylactic allergies that can be life-threatening, or many people have common skin contact allergies, and upon exposure, can develop horrible eczema.*** IF YOU HAVE SERIOUS ALLERGIES DON’T ASSUME A “GREEN” PRODUCT IS SAFE. IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND AN INGREDIENT, TELL THE PHARMACIST YOUR ALLERGIES AND ASK HIM TO DECIPHER FOR YOU. IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO TOPICAL NEOMYCIN ANTIBIOTIC, WHICH IS QUITE COMMON, WOULD YOU PICK UP ON IT BEING LISTED AS AMINOGLYCOSIDE? NOW WHY WOULDN’T THEY JUST CALL IT NEOMYCIN? YET A KITTY LITTER BOX HAS A WARNING NOT TO FILL IT WITH WATER AND SUBMERGE YOUR HEAD, AS IT MAY RESULT IN DROWNING!!! GO FIGURE?!
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.