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The ABCs of BB Cream from a Gottlieb Dermatologist

MELROSE PARK, Ill. - The $43 billion skin-care market now features a new product called BB cream that has some serious skin in the skin-care game. 
“Beauty Balm, or BB cream, is a facial skin cream that has a moisturizing component, a pigment or tint that blends into all skin tones, as well as a sunscreen,”  said Julie Anne  Moore, MD, dermatologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. “The cream is usually mineral-based."

BB creams contain ingredients such as peptides, antioxidants, vitamin C, E or A, which are all proposed anti-aging components.

“Many have soy or licorice, which are natural ingredients that are effective in lightening skin pigment,” Moore said.

BB creams are available in a wide price range, from $10 drugstore varieties to luxury brands costing more than $100. “Several of my employees wear this type of product to work daily because it is not heavy and gives them good coverage without that thick makeup look,” Moore said. “A dusting of light powder completes the look."

Moore said BB Creams are ideally suited for women on the go. “A person who doesn’t like numerous steps to put on makeup and doesn’t have a lot of time will like BB cream,” she said.

With the full range of makeup bases now mineral-based, and available with sunscreen and moisturizers, Moore doesn’t see BB creams as being that unusual. “They are likely more moisturizing than a regular base,” she said of the difference.

But they are not ideally suited for everyone.  “BB creams do not give complete coverage for scars or pigmented areas (red or brown) on the face,” Moore said.
Of the global cosmetics market, skin care is the largest segment at 31 percent. The United States is the biggest cosmetic market in the world with total revenue of $53.7 billion reported in 2011.

Moore has been a dermatologist for 23 years and said she sees an increase in patients requesting skin-improvement treatment.

“Skin damage that is caused by exposure to the sun or tanning beds plus natural aging are remedied through readily available office procedures ranging from chemical peels to injections such as Botox,” she said. “Skin care is popular because more treatments are available plus people are living longer, are in better health and continue to be socially active.  Especially in today’s competitive job market, men and women feel more confident when they look their best.”

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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