Using our own blood to heal our bodies is not only a hot trend, but it actually is something I use in my office in many different ways (and have for years). The key here is – of course, a seasoned practitioner to ensure safety — but also, to be sure that the “blood” you are using has a chance of working and actually being effective.

We are not talking about taking your blood and applying it directly onto your face or putting it directly into a cream. Instead, as I explained this morning on Good Morning America, I work with “Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or “PRP.”

How this works:

I take a small sample of your own blood from your arm and then I place the blood sample in a special tube that has a plug, then pop that tube in my centrifuge. The centrifuge spins down the blood, separating it into the PRP on one side of the plug, and the white and red blood cells on the other.  I use a patented system called Selphyl to completely separate the platelet rich plasma or “PRP” from the remaining blood, so I know the PRP I’m using is pure.  I then stabilize the growth factors in the PRP using calcium chloride, so the PRP I use during my in office procedures contain growth factors that will continue to work on the skin and the hair follicles for 7 days even after the procedure.  That pure, stable PRP is then used in a number of different procedures, which I will explain in more detail below.

But first, color counts when it comes to plasma. Your plasma should be yellow or straw colored. That means it is not contaminated with your red or white blood cells. If it is yellow, you can use it. If it is red or pink, you should not allow anyone to use it for a procedure.  If even a drop of red blood cells make their way into your PRP, it could stain your skin! And white blood cells contaminated your PRP can CAUSE inflammation and negate all the benefits of the growth factors!

Products and Procedures using your plasma:

(1) Blood Creams: I cover this topic right here: link to segment

(2) Vampire Facials: I cover this subject in this morning’s Good Morning America FB Live and also in this in-office FB live.

(3) PRP for hair growth: Many of my patients are experiencing hair loss and thinning. This treatment works equally effectively for men and women and for all ethnicities. If you are sensitive to pain, we often use a form of laughing gas in my office during the injections to help ease the pain and anxiety.  Read more about this procedure right here.

Key Questions you Should Ask your Dermatologist:

If you are planning to get one of these PRP procedures involving your blood, you want to ask the following questions:

  1. What system do you use to purify my plasma?
  2. Can I see my plasma before we use it? (Check for color!)
  3. Ask who will be performing your procedure and their level of experience (We are talking about blood, here, and safety is always critical).

I can’t wait to share more information with you on achieving your healthiest, most radiant skin. More to come!

Dr. Whitney

All summer long, we eat blueberries. We even go blueberry picking as one of our favorite family traditions! Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants which fight free radicals to help protect your skin from premature aging! Plus, I have a serious sweet tooth, so fresh blueberries and a dash of toasted coconut really satisfy my sweet tooth without spiking my blood sugar.

Oatmeal, almond milk and coconut milk are all low in glycemic index, so they won’t trigger inflammation in your skin. It’s easy to find a blend of almond and coconut milk, just make sure it’s unsweetened! Some of these brands pack in the sugar, so you have a mistaken belief that you are drinking something very healthy. Check your labels, guys.

Chia seeds are rich in skin-healthy omega-3’s,and fiber to keep you full.  Although chia seeds have some protein, I like to add a scoop of plant-based protein powder to ensure my skin, hair and nails are getting the building blocks they need.

I make a big batch of these on Sunday night and portion them into jars. That way, my family has grab-and-go breakfasts for the week. My daughter and I can’t get enough of them and I hope you love them too!

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup coconut milk (you can also use an almond/coconut milk blend instead of separating them)
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, plus more for serving
1 scoop plant-based protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut, toasted

To make:

Mix all ingredients – except toasted coconut – in a small bowl. Portion into smaller mason jars and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, stir everything together to make nice and creamy. Sprinkle each portion with toasted coconut, a pinch of cinnamon, and a handful of fresh blueberries.

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