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Posts for: July, 2014

Natural and botanical skin care products have become very popular in recent times because many think that the do not contain synthetic chemicals and provide benefits superior to products produced in a laboratory. Many people are surprised to hear that many of these products undergo a significant amount of chemical processing before they are incorporated into skin care products, which affects their activity. Additionally, there are many things that occur in nature that are dangerous when applied to the skin, for example poison ivy.
Many so called laboratory grade products, both prescription strength and over-the-counter strength, are originally discovered  in naturally occurring products. For example, retinoids such as retin-A and retinol are vitamin A derivatives. Hydroquinone, the strongest available brightening agent, is found naturally in coffee, beans, beer, wine, and vegetables; we consume it daily. Other naturally occurring skin care product ingredients include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid, and hyaluronic acid.
The most important difference between natural or botanical products and those developed in a laboratory is the consistency of the active ingredient. Laboratories have very sophisticated testing measures to ensure that the product is both pure and free from contaminants and at the exact strength required. There is a high degree of variability of active ingredients when they are derived from plants. This is due to inconsistencies in the plant source (leaf, root, fruit, etc.), growth conditions (soil, water levels, climate, etc.), harvesting conditions including transportation, and preparation method (crushing, boiling, distilling, etc.).
Another important difference between plant derived skin care products and those produced in the laboratory is that plant contain many other ingredients in addition to the active ingredient, some of which may not be beneficial. Laboratory grade products are pure and contain no other ingredients except those required for stability or cosmetically pleasing effects.
Finally, there is a tremendous amount of data to back products that are produced in the laboratory. This is due to rigorous testing requirements set forth by the FDA. For instance, some of these required tests compare patients who use the product with those that do not. Additionally, the products are tested to make sure they do not cause allergic reactions. It usually takes a few years before a product is approved by the FDA. Botanical products are not subject to these testing requirements and often there is little to no evidence that they actually work.
Be sure to understand the difference between "natural" ingredients and laboratory grade ingredients when choosing skin care products. Contact Dr. Alex (818-835-1833 for a free consultation.


Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial before and after
Before and After 2 IPL Photofacial Treatments
The A E Skin IPL photofacial experience is fast, safe, and comfortable, with minimal downtime, and outstanding results. We start by washing your face and taking baseline photographs to monitor your progress. Then we apply some numbing cream to keep you comfortable and let that sit for approximately 15 minutes. After that we'll clean off your face with water, then alcohol, and apply some eye protection over your eyes. You will see the bright light. Just keep your eyes closed; you'll be fine. We'll apply cold gel and cold air on your skin to keep you comfortable, and when we do the treatment it feels like a hot rubber band snapping. It takes about five minutes. People tolerate it just fine. After we're done, we'll take off your eye protection, clean off your face, and allow you to cool off with the cold air for about five minutes. We'll give you sunscreen and you re good to go. Repeat treatments are typically done at four to eight week intervals with an initial series of three to five treatments. After that, maintenance treatments are done once every three to six months. Contact Dr. Alex (818-835-1833 for a free consultation.

July 29, 2014
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Dr. Alex and his assistant Nora
A E Skin held its first Summer Soirée on Tuesday June 25, 2013 from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Encino office. It was a packed house with over 30 people attending the event. One night only promotions were available on all skin care products and treatments. The most popular product was the A E Skin Brightening Cream that everyone was raving about and the most popular treatment was the IPL photofacial. Everyone in attendance received a beautiful gift bag with many different skin care products. The highlight of the night was the raffle. Prizes included skin care products by both Elta MD and A E Skin as well gift certificates to Nuts N Berries Café and treatments including IPL, Micro Laser Peel, Red Carpet Peel, and Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation. Everyone won a prize! Support was generously provided by Merz Aesthetics, makers of Xeomin, and Allergan, makers of Juvéderm. Representatives from Revivogen and Clarisonic were also in attendance to speak about their products. Catering was provided by Nuts N Berries Café. The Summer Soirée was a tremendous success and we look forward to our next event in September, the second annual Red Carpet Event.

July 29, 2014
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UV photographs before and after
one IPL photofacial treatment demonstrate
the improvement in the level of sun damage.
Clinical photography is critical when undergoing cosmetic treatments because it monitors your progress. Photographs demonstrate the level of improvement achieved. Standardization of the photographs is very important so before and after pictures can be compared. For example, it is not a good idea to compare one photograph where makeup has been applied to one without makeup, as the one with makeup will almost always look better. Also, the skin will appear different depending on the lighting, so consistent lighting is important. Traditional photographs will demonstrate what is apparent on the surface of the skin. A new type of photograph used at A E Skin with the Canfield Visia imaging system is ultraviolet photography, or UV photography. Unlike traditional photographs, UV photographs will show skin defects that are deeper in the skin and are not visible by the naked eye. The most common defect is sun damage in the form of dark discolorations. By taking UV photos before and after a treatment we can see the level of improvement achieved with the treatment. For a free consultation, contact Dr. Alex at 818-835-1833 or

A common question is whether IPL photofacial treatments can be done on Asian skin. There are six Fitzpatrick skin types: I through VI, and a person's skin type depends on the amount of pigment it contains and the person's reaction to sun exposure. Asian skin is usually type III - V. With the exception of skin type VI, all others can be treated with IPL photofacial treatments. People with darker skin have an increased risk for discoloration after the treatment. Treatment with brightening creams is recommended for four to eight weeks prior to the treatment to minimize these risks. Also, the settings are adjusted for each person's skin. We use more conservative parameters for those with darker skin and more treatments are recommended for those with darker skin. Contact Dr. Alex (818-835-1833 for a free consultation.

July 27, 2014
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Dr. Alex and consultant Jay Shorr with the Aesthetic Practice of the Year award on the red carpet in the Wynn in Las Vegas for the Aesthetic Show 2014A E Skin has been awarded 2014 Aesthetic Practice of the Year by THE Aesthetic Show. This is an annual award recognizing the outstanding efforts of a team to build and grow and exceptional aesthetic practice. This award is unique in that the winner is determined by the total number of public votes recruited by the practice.

A E Skin won the regional Best Aesthetic Practice award at the Aesthetic Academy in Beverly Hills in 2012 and also won Best Medical Spa in Encino in 2013 and 2014. We are proud of our accomplishments and we know that it is only possible through providing the highest quality service and having so many happy patients.

A E Skin is a professional medical spa located in Encino, CA offering a variety of skin care treatments and products including Painless Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, Juvederm and Restylane, and laser services such as the Forever Young BBL IPL Photofacial and the A E Skin Ultimate Rejuvenation. The A E Skin philosophy is to treat each patient individually. After all, everyone’s skin is different. Following a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD designs a personalized plan specific for each person.

At most medical spas, patients are treated by nurses or aestheticians, but at A E Skin patients see the doctor every time. Dr. Alex has performed thousands of treatments and his goal is to make people look and feel their best using a non-surgical approach, leading to outstanding results with minimal recovery time. A E Skin focuses on providing outstanding results as seen by our Before and After. Additionally, patient satisfaction is a top priority, which is why we have so many outstanding reviews on sites such as Yelp and Google Plus. Comfort, convenience, and customization are what sets A E Skin apart from other medical spas.

Dr. Alex and his staff are wonderful!!!  They are professional and invested in providing top skin care to their clients.  The results I have seen from the IPL treatments have been excellent.” Bridget G., Pacific Palisades, CA

“I am so glad that I listened to my friend about seeing Dr. Alex for my skin.” Aimee W., San Francisco, CA

“I finally found a great facility and doctor who has great products. I've had three IPLs and have seen dramatic improvement in my skin. I've also been using Dr. Alex Eshaghian's brightening cream and it has significantly improved the scars on my face from acne, and other sun damage. Simply wonderful - thank God!!!” Renee N., Los Angeles, CA

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By Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
July 21, 2014
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photograph of Dr. Alex on the Red Carpet with the Aesthetic Practice of the Year awardDr. Alex attended The Aesthetic Show at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, NV July 10 - 13, 2014. This was the fourth year in a row Dr. Alex attended this conference, and it has grown each year. It brings together doctors, nurses, and ancillary staff from multiple subspecialties such as dermatology, plastic surgery, gynecology, and more to share what's new in cosmetic medicine. Dr. Alex attended lectures on topics such as lasers, facial rejuvenation, injectables, and marketing. The exhibit hall was full of booths, and exhibitors included laser companies such as Sciton lasers, injectables such as Allergan (makers of Botox, Juvederm, and Voluma), skin care products such as Elta MD, and much more. The highlight of the weekend was The Aesthetic Awards ceremony on Saturday night, which showcased the best of the best. A E Skin was honored by receiving the Aesthetic Practice of the Year award, a unique award that is determined by voted from patients.

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