Posts for tag: About Your Skin
Happy Father’s Day from A E Skin. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss skin care for men. While the majority of cosmetic treatments are done by women, men are more frequently doing such treatments and using skin care products. Most men want an easy skin care routine. The most basic product to use is a sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 and it should be applied daily, year round, even when not outdoors, and even if it is overcast. Men love the Elta MD UV Clear because is goes on easily, provides moisturization, and does not leave a thick white residue. Other simple products to add are face wash and moisturizer. The Elta MD Foaming Facewash is a gentle facial cleanser that can be used twice daily. The Elta MD AM moisturizer is light and good for daytime use, while the Elta MD PM moisturizer is heavier and perfect for nighttime use. The Micro Laser Peel is the most common treatment we perform for men because unlike the Forever Young BBL IPL Photofacial treatment, there is no risk for hair removal. The Micro Laser Peel will remove a thin layer of dead skin cells from the surface, giving a soft and smooth texture and allowing for a closer shave. Most people do a series of three to six treatments at four to eight week intervals. After that, maintenance treatments are done every three to six months. Soft people choose to combine the Forever Young BBL IPL Photofacial treatment with a Micro Laser Peel, a treatment designed by Dr. Alex called the A E Skin Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
The importance of using appropriate skin care products after treatments such as chemical peels, Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatments, and other laser treatments can not be stressed enough. From time to time I have patients concerned about redness, irritation, discomfort, and rashes after such treatments. In almost all of the cases it has to do with what they are applying to their skin after a treatment. With so many products out there it can be confusing as to what is good for the skin after a treatment. I always recommend discussing all products you use regularly before a treatment to determine if they should be used for the week or so after the treatment. The most common mistake I run into is that people think that just because a product is over-the-counter, it is safe to use after a treatment. It is important to look at the ingredients to make sure the product does not include potential irritants such as retinoids, hydroxy acids, and hydroquinone. While these products are great for daily skin care regimens, they should be avoided for a few days before a treatment and a week after. I recommend using a gently face wash such as the Elta MD Foaming Facial cleanser, bland moisturizer such as the Elta MD Intense moisturizer, and physical sunscreens with zinc or titanium. Intense moisturizers go on best onto wet skin; the Avene thermal spring water is perfect to apply just before a moisturizer. The most important thing is that if you are unsure as to what you should use after a treatment, ask. Please contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Spring is finally here and we are all excited at A E Skin. As the weather is getting warmer it is time to make sure we are taking care of our skin by using the right products and doing the right treatments so it looks its best. Sunscreen is always a must to protect from sun damage. The Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen has been a traditional favorite and the new Elta MD UV Daily Tinted is quickly becoming just as popular because of its outstanding hydration along with a tint so it works as moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation all in one. The Elta MD Lip Balm is perfect for hydrating and protecting the lips. The Elta MD UV Aero is a spray sunscreen the rubs in easily and is perfect for exposed areas of the body from the neck down including the upper chest, arms, and legs. It is important to both protect these areas from sun damage and correct damage from past exposure. Treatments such as the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial are perfect for dark spots and discolorations on the chest, backs of the hands, and forearms. Leg vein treatments work well to get rid of those veins you wear longs pants to hide. Now we even offer toenail fungus treatments to make your toes look perfect. But perhaps the most popular treatment right now is body contouring with Freeze the Fat (Coolsculpting by Zeltiq). This will improve excess fat on those resistant areas such as the muffin top as seen in these Freeze the Fat before and after pictures. Since it takes a few months to see the results, patients are lining up for treatments in the spring to prepare for the summer time. And with the Barclay Card you can look and feel your best by financing your dream treatment with zero percent interest (credit permitting) for 12 months. We can’t wait for the summer and are helping many people prepare now. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
May is skin cancer awareness month and it is a perfect time to learn about skin cancer and how to prevent it. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and there are two forms: melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Melanoma is more serious but non-melanoma skin cancer is much more common. Some types of skin cancers are genetic, but the majority are due to lifestyle choices. Sun exposure and tanning beds are most frequently linked with skin cancer. It is therefore important to protect your skin by applying sunscreen every day, even if it is cold or overcast. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more with UVA and UVB protection. When outdoors, try to stay in the shade and avoid being outdoors in the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest. If outdoors for long periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours and also after water exposure in a pool or large body of water. Using products such as antioxidants daily will also provide protection from the sun. In addition to causing skin cancer, sun exposure also leads to other signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, redness, broken capillaries, and leathery skin texture.
About two thirds of the skin is made of water, and it is important to make sure that you are getting enough water into your skin and keeping it there for proper skin function. There are three basic steps in this process. First be sure that you are drinking plenty of water each day. Most doctors recommend drinking at least eight cups of water a day. This means you need to drink water even if you are not thirsty. An easy way to tell if you are drinking enough water is by looking at the color of the urine. It should be almost colorless if you are drinking enough water. If not, your body is telling you that you need to drink more water. When you drink the water, it goes into the blood and gets to all the organs. To make sure that enough water gets into the skin from the blood supply, use a humectant such as hyaluronic acid found in the A E Skin Hydrating Serum. Humectants draw water into the skin. Once the water is in the skin, the third step is to trap that water in the skin and prevent it from evaporating. This is done with moisturizers. Lighter moisturizers such as the Elta MD AM Moisturizer work great for the day because they allow the skin to breath and heavier moisturizers such as the Elta MD PM Moisturizer are better for evening use. For mature skin that dries out easily, the Elta MD Intense Moisturizer retains the water very well. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex to discuss a regimen for you.
The Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser is an outstanding product for any skin care regimen. It is a gentle enzyme cleanser used to clean the face twice daily. The face should be washed twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. This allows for removal of oil, dirt, debris, makeup, and sunscreen. It allows the skin to breath better and allows for better penetration of skin care products. Clean skin is healthy skin. Studies have shown that facial cleansers should be in contact with the skin for at least 30 seconds for best results. The Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser foams to give you this indication. To use it properly first wet the face, then apply two pumps to the palm of your hand. Rub it between your palms and massage it gently and evenly to the entire face. Allow it to sit for at least 30 seconds until it foams. If it does not foam by this time rinse the face and repeat. Once it foams rinse off with lukewarm water. The Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser is safe for all skin types, oil-free, pH balanced, and gentle enough for use twice a day. Once of the ingredients is bromelain. This is an enzyme found in pineapples that decreases irritation and inflammation in the skin. It gives the product its foamy texture and gives the skin a silky and smooth feeling. For even better results, apply the Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser to the face and use the Clarisonic Pro with it. The Elta MD Foaming Facial Cleanser and various other products in the Elta MD line are available at A E Skin. Contact A E Skin (818-835-1833) for a free consultation for recommendations specific to your skin.
Treatment Differences with Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin
With all of the new cosmetic products and treatments now available it is hard to know the similarities and differences between them all. A category of treatments is called neuromodulators, which are injected to address certain wrinkles on the face. These are purified proteins that relax muscles that cause wrinkles. The three products that are currently cleared by the FDA for cosmetic use are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. The most common areas that are treated are the horizontal lines on the forehead seen when raising the eyebrows, the vertical lines between the brows seen when frowning, and crows feet around the eyes seen when smiling or squinting. Improvement is seen in three to seven days after treatment and last for three to four months. Botox (Allergan, makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, and Latisse) has been used the longest and studied the best and is therefore the post popular product. Dysport (Medicis, makers of Dysport and Restylane) is newer and has little more spread, which can be good or bad depending on the area treated. Xeomin (Merz, makers of Xeomin, Radiesse, and Belotero) is the newest one and is a cleaner protein with a decreased risk for allergic reactions. Being the newest Xeomin currently has the most competitive price point. The other difference is that the unit dosing is not necessarily equivalent between the three products. One unit of Botox is approximately the equivalent of one unit of Xeomin. However, one unit of Botox or Xeomin is the equivalent of 2.5 to 3 units of Dysport. All three of the products work, but some people prefer one over the other. It is like comparing Coke and Pepsi. Most people will try two or three of them and see which works best for them. For a free consultation with Dr. Alex, please contact A E Skin (818-835-1833 firstname.lastname@example.org).
February is Black History Month, making it a perfect time to discuss treatments and products for those with dark skin. The most common concern for people with Fitzpatrick skin types V and VI is dark discoloration or hyperpigmentation, usually from sun exposure. Therefore the most important product to use is sunscreen daily with an SPF of at least 30. Brightening products containing hydroquinone, kojic acid, and alpha-arbutin as well as antioxidants such as vitamin C provide further improvement. Certain treatments such as IPL photofacials and certain resurfacing treatments should also be avoided in these skin types. Full field and fractional resurfacing with CO2 lasers (such as Fraxel re:pair) and YSGG (Cutera Pearl) create a lot of heat in the skin and can lead to worsening of the discoloration. However resurfacing with an erbium laser such as the Sciton Pro Fractional does not create heat and is safe for dark skin types. Such resurfacing can provide improvement for texture and color concerns. Light chemical peels work well too. Please contact us for a free consultation (818-835-1833 email@example.com).
The skin on the hands tends to be thicker than the skin on other areas because we use our hands to do so many things. This leads to a rough texture on the surface. A simple way to exfoliate and get a soft texture is with a physical exfoliant like salt. This smoothens the skin like sandpaper smoothens the surface of a table. Wet your hands with warm water and place a teaspoon of table salt in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together for 30 to 60 seconds. Then rinse of all the salt thoroughly with plenty of warm water. After drying your hands apply some moisturizer and voila, soft hands. Do this every four weeks for maintenance. It can be done on other areas such as the feet. For the face, use other methods like exfoliating serums, laser peels, chemical peels, or the Clarisonic brush.