How Skin Care Specialists Are Helping Trans Patients Undergoing HRT

During Sophia Hernandez’s transition, her skin underwent a massive change: the content creator and activist stopped growing facial hair and started breaking out non-stop.

“It’s been a journey to get my skin to where it is now. When I first started taking [hormones], my skin just went wonky,” Hernandez tells Bustle. “It was hormonal and I was breaking out back to back. It was literally just a painful time because you’re lowering the testosterone and raising the estrogen.”

Every skin type typically undergoes an adjustment period after an increase or reduction of hormones, so skin changes are expected when trans patients begin their transition. But these problems aren’t just surface-level issues. A 2019 study shows that skin concerns and diseases often go undiagnosed and unrecognized in trans patients, which will then lead to significant impairment to their quality of life and mental health. It concludes that “greater recognition and implementation of dermatologic care will improve overall clinical outcomes of gender-affirming care” in this community.

Hernandez considers herself lucky to have found a great doctor who was kind and helped her through every step of her transition. (“I loved every moment with [my doctor],” Hernandez says. “She made me feel so comfortable in my skin [and] did not make me feel judged. It was just like talking to a friend.”) Others are oftentimes not as lucky.

“I think someone [who is] 30 or 40 [going through transitioning] might [have] tougher skin, but someone [who is] 18 and just starting out, [when they] hear all these scary medical terms, [they] might stray away from doing what they want to do,” she says.

She credits doctors today for being more aware than before about the language they use, saying her younger friends tell her about their positive experiences in transitioning. While her

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6 Pairs Of Earrings That Won’t Turn Your Ears Green

Anyone who has bought cheap-but-fun jewelry knows the heartbreak of having it turn your skin green after just a few hours (or days) of wear. Earrings, specifically, seem unusually vulnerable to this. When you’re shopping for earrings that won’t turn your ears green, you need to know a little chemistry.

Let me explain: The naturally occurring acids in your skin (or in your lotion or perfume) interact with the metals that you wear. This is why some jewelry turns skin green. Some of us have more or less of these acids than others, which is why earrings that don’t trigger a reaction for certain people, might leave a stain on someone else. This greenish coloring is generally harmless and goes away on its own, although that doesn’t mean it’s not irritating to deal with.

What To Look For When Shopping For Earrings That Won’t Turn Your Ears Green

First, it helps to understand the types of metals to avoid. As far as what metal turns skin green, there are a few repeat offenders. Copper is a common additive that is responsible for those notorious green hues, but silver can also stain your skin dark green or black as a result of the same chemical reaction. Gold may turn your skin green depending on what metal alloy it’s mixed with.

The metals that are least likely to turn your skin green include options like platinum and rhodium — both precious metals that do not tarnish (platinum never needs to be replated, though rhodium will after a few years). For the budget-minded, stainless steel and titanium are nice picks as well.

In a hurry? Here are the best earrings that won’t turn your ears green:

1. A Pair Of Classic Cubic Zirconia Studs For Extra Sparkle: Amazon

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Tier Goes From Brooklyn To Los Angeles With Its First Streetwear Pop-Up

There is a bit of irony in starting a streetwear brand in a city on one coast and opening up retail space on the opposite coast. But the Brooklyn-based line Tier has done just that, in the midst of becoming a New York City stand-out streetwear line. On April 15, 2022, Tier opened its first brick-and-mortar pop-up not in The Big Apple but in the Beverly Center, located in Los Angeles, after seven years of growing its presence in the New York City streetwear scene.

Founded in 2014 by Brooklyn Natives, creative director Nigeria Ealey, finance director Esaie Jean Simon, and art director Victor James, Tier represents a city of art lovers and creatives that see fashion as a vehicle of expression and for building self-esteem. Tier creates staples

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Pucci’s Fashion Experience; Alexander McQueen’s London Show; Mother of Pearl Launching Sustainable Capsule

The Pucci Experience: While practically synonymous with beach holidays, Emilio Pucci has roots in the mountains, too — a fact the Florentine house will bring to life in St. Moritz this winter.

A fashion “experience” has been scheduled for Dec. 8 to 10 at the glamorous Swiss ski destination, WWD has learned.

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“The main idea is to emphasize the position of Pucci for wintertime,” said artistic director Camille Miceli, who unveiled her first designs for the storied Italian brand last April in Capri, the jet-set island where founder Emilio Pucci opened his initial boutique in 1951.

Pucci, who died in 1992, was known for his athletic prowess and was a member of the Italian Olympic ski team in 1932. In fact, he was “discovered” as a designer while skiing and by chance met fashion photographer Toni Frissell, who asked to photograph his ski outfit. As legend goes, when she discovered he had personally designed the collection, she asked him to make some women’s skiwear, which was later shown in Harper’s Bazaar, and a career was born.

He began designing skiwear out of jersey fabrics in 1947 and opened his house in 1949, which quickly became famous for colorful, graphic motifs.

Miceli is still shaping the program for St. Moritz, but will surely conjure many Instagrammable moments as she did in Capri, where models lounged on towels doing synchronized leg lifts, and guests participated in yoga classes, lunches and dance parties.

A seasoned creative who was accessories creative director at Louis Vuitton before joining Pucci last September, Miceli said she prefers to “show things in a different way and surprise people. We are a resort and lifestyle brand: We show the clothes in a context.”

Pucci also unveils collections on a see now, buy now calendar,

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Amazon says carbon emissions rose 18% in 2021 as Covid drove upsurge

Amazon vans line up at a distribution center to pick up packages for delivery on Amazon Prime Day in Orlando, Florida.

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Amazon’s carbon emissions jumped 18% last year, as the company reckoned with a pandemic-driven surge in e-commerce and grew its business to meet that extra demand.

In its annual sustainability report issued Monday, Amazon said its activities emitted the equivalent of 71.54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2021. That’s up 18% from 2020, and an increase of nearly 40% from 2019, the year Amazon first began disclosing its carbon footprint.

Amazon lowered its carbon intensity, which measures emissions per dollar of sales, by 1.9% in 2021, compared with a 16% decline in 2020.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to a massive influx of orders at Amazon and other e-commerce companies. Many consumers, flush with stimulus check money, opted to do their shopping online to avoid risking exposure to the virus.

That wave of demand pushed Amazon to expand its logistics network of delivery vans, planes and trucks. It also rapidly opened new warehouses to process the stream of orders. During the year ended 2021, Amazon doubled the size of the fulfillment network it had built over the previous 25 years, the company said.

The company also added more data centers to support Amazon Web Services, as the pandemic sped up corporations’ shift to the cloud.

Amazon unveiled its “Climate Pledge” in 2019. As part of the plan, the e-commerce giant has committed to be carbon neutral by 2040, and it purchased 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian Automotive that it expects to have on the road in the U.S. by 2030. It also launched a $2 billion venture capital fund to invest in new climate technologies, partly so that they

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Best Dermatologist Beauty Products, According to Editors

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If there’s one group of people you can trust most with your skin, it’s dermatologists. They come with years of expertise and medical knowledge, making them not only the best source for all of your most burning skin-care questions but also product recommendations. The market is oversaturated with skin-care brands, but dermatologist-owned skin-care brands are more few and far between.

As far as derm-owned brands go, you have the big ones like Murad, Dr. Brandt Skincare, Dr. Barbara Sturm, and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, which have been around for years, but more recently, more doctors have been launching their own lines, and our editors have been very impressed with the results. From ultrahydrating cleansers that melt away every trace of makeup to at-home peels that reveal brighter, smoother skin and serums that banish breakouts seemingly overnight, we all have our favorite dermatologist beauty products we can’t get enough of.

If you’re in the market for some new products, we have just the thing for you. Ahead, our editors are sharing the best products from dermatologists’ brands that deserve a spot in your vanity. Keep scrolling to shop the product picks.

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