Age Spots – January 2017

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Age Spots?

Cleansing and moisturizing is often not enough to keep your skin looking its best. Over time, sun exposure can lead to areas of hyperpigmentation. Known as age spots, sun spots or liver spots, these flat dark brown or grayish areas are commonly found on the hands, face, shoulders, and other areas frequently exposed to the sun. The brown pigment in age spots is lipofuscin, a complex mixture of fats, proteins, and metals, especially iron. It is waste from worn-out cellular structures that the body cannot easily eliminate, and it piles up inside cells. In the skin these accumulations create a cosmetic problem.

Because there are many types of hyperpigmentation and many possible causes, treatment can be challenging. Over-the-counter preparations rarely help. Common skin treatments such as laser therapy or chemical peeling may worsen some conditions. Therefore, one of the most popular treatments is a compounded topical skin lightening cream, which can be customized for each patient’s skin type and problem. Medications can be compounded to be free of allergens, dyes, fragrances and preservatives. Our pharmacist will work with you and your doctor to formulate the best preparation to treat your specific condition.

It can also help to take antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E in appropriate doses. Ask our pharmacist which supplement and dose is best for you.

Other types of skin spots, such as freckles or birthmarks, may be present at birth or develop over time. Medical conditions can also cause dark areas of skin. Even if you decide to live with your age spots, it’s a good idea to see a dermatologist to be sure they are not precancerous or cancerous lesions that have to be removed for medical reasons.

Our compounding pharmacist can work with your doctor to provide the best remedy for difficult-to-treat dermatologic problems.

Example Preparations:
Azelaic acid 10%/Tretinoin 0.025%/Estriol 0.1% in Nourish cream base
CoQ10 0.2%/Alpha lipoic acid 0.2%/Estriol 0.1% in Nourish cream base

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PRESS RELEASE: Pharmacy Solutions Receives 2016 Best of Ann Arbor Award

Ann Arbor Award Program Honors the Achievement

Pharmacy Solutions has been selected for the 2016 Best of Ann Arbor Award in the Pharmacies category by the Ann Arbor Award Program.

Each year, the Ann Arbor Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Ann Arbor area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Ann Arbor Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Ann Arbor Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Ann Arbor Award Program

The Ann Arbor Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Ann Arbor area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Ann Arbor Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Ann Arbor Award Program

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