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Beauty Break Newsletter
March 2010
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THREE is your lucky number this month!  March is the third month of the year; there are three weeks left until the beginning of Spring; there are three weeks' worth of BeautyScoop packets in every box; and, BeautyScoop targets three areas - skin, hair and nails!  Take advantage of our March 3-2-1 countdown promotion and put a little spring in your beauty regimen!

Also in this issue, Dr. Yagoda shares some information on drug-induced hair loss in women.   If you  or another woman you know has thinning hair, we invite you to sign up for the BeautyScoop clinical hair trials.  If selected, you will receive a complimentary 9 week supply of BeautyScoop.  Contact to request an appointment with Drs. Shalita, Lewis, Kroeskop or Heugenot.

Our featured guest interview this month is with Santa Monica's "green" celebrity nail artist, Jenna Hipp.   Read about her secrets for keeping nails long, strong, healthy and beautiful.  Then, after an update on recent press and events, why not fix yourself a "Real New Yawk Egg Cream" by  recipe-of-the-month contest winner, Kitty Finnegan of Brooklyn, NY.  Please
submit your favorite BeautyScoop recipe to and you will be automatically entered into our monthly drawing to win a free box of BeautyScoop!  
Beauty is Power!  Drink it in.
The BeautyScoop Customer Service Team
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A Plastic Surgeon's Perspective: 
Drug-Induced Hair Loss in Women



1.  What Types of Drugs Can Cause Hair Loss?

  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
  • Antidepressants   
  • Birth control pills
  • Blood thinners/anticlotting drugs
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs  
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system like steroids
  • Drugs that treat breast cancer 
  • Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
  • Hormone replacement therapy  
  • Mood stabilizers  
  • Parkinson's disease drugs  
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs

2.  How Is Drug-Induced Hair Loss Diagnosed?

A.  The History - questions should include the following:

  • When did the hair loss start?
  • How quickly has the hair been falling out?
  • What other symptoms do you have, such as scalp itching, burning, or tingling?
  • What drugs were you taking in the four months leading up to the hair loss?
  • What other illnesses do you have?
  • Have you made any changes to your diet or hair-care routine?

B.  The Physical Examination - examination of the scalp to look at the pattern of hair loss.

C.  The Tests - may include the following:

  • Thyroid function tests to look for thyroid disorders, which can sometimes cause hair loss
  • Hair shaft exam to look at the shape, length, and fragility of the hairs
  • Pull test: gently pulling on about 60 hairs to see how many come out. (normal is 103 hairs)
  • Biopsy: removing a piece of scalp tissue for examination
  • Hormone tests (DHEAs, testosterone, androstenedione, prolactin, follicular stimulating hormone and leutinizing hormone.)
  • Serum iron, ferritin, total iron binding capacity
  • Complete blood count and VDRL (screening test for syphilis)
  • Densitometry - a handheld magnification device is used check for miniaturization of the hair shaft.
D.  The Proof - it may be difficult to prove which drug is causing the hair loss, or even that a drug is to blame.  Sometimes, you may be asked to stop taking one drug at a time to see whether hair loss stops, but it can take two-to-three months after stopping a drug for hair loss to end. 

3.  How Is Drug-Induced Hair Loss Treated?

It's important to review any medications you take, and discuss their potential side effects with your doctor and pharmacist. When hair loss does occur from a drug you're taking, there is a good chance that the hair will grow back on its own after you stop taking the medication. If stopping the drug does not improve hair thinning, you may need to be treated with prescription medications that slow hair loss and can stimulate new hair growth.  Examples include Minoxidil 2%, spironolactone, cimetidine, cyproterone acetate, hormone replacement therapy, low androgen oral contraceptives, ketoconazole and Propecia. 

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Egg cream
Shake Your Beauty! 

by Kitty Finnegan, Brooklyn, NY

  • 4 oz. organic whole milk
  • 4 oz. seltzer from newly opened bottle
  • 3 Tbsp. Fox's U-bet Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 packet of BeautyScoop


1.  Add BeautyScoop to milk and mix thoroughly.
2.  Pour into a glass and add chocolate syrup.
3.  No additional mixing is necessary. 
4.  Add seltzer and drink immediately!

* An egg cream is a classic beverage consisiting of chocolate syrup, milk and seltzer, dating from the late 19th century.  Associated with Brooklyn, the home of its alleged inventor (candy store owner, Louis Auster), Egg creams contain neither eggs nor cream! 

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