Posts in Category "Ask a Skin Care Specialist"

Skin Care for the Fabulous Forties

In our 20s, we were busy figuring out "who am I?". We were going to school, going out on the town, going on dates, selecting our chosen careers and deciding what direction our lives should take. There was a lot of uncertainty—and there should be at that age. It was our time to make mistakes, fall down and learn how to get back up...

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Understanding and Treating Acne

Whether you suffered from acne as a teenager or knew a friend plagued by frequent breakouts, chances are you’ve been affected by acne at some point. Over the years, many patients have shared stories with me—tales of skipped proms, missed dates, or painful recollections—that have one common theme: Acne can have a devastating effect on self-confidence that lasts a lifetime...

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Does Your Dermatologist Make the Grade?

Just like any other part of the body, the skin requires preventative and specialized care to look its best. Healthy, beautiful skin is best achieved with the guidance of a dermatologist or skin care specialist. Whether you’re taking a proactive step toward healthy skin by scheduling an annual skin check or are interested in a cosmetic procedure, here’s what to look for when selecting a doctor.

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Spotlight On: Volume Restoration

Look at an array of youthful faces, and they’re bound to have one thing in common: volume. This look of fullness results from skin having the necessary structural support to look smooth and supple, and to reflect light. And while the etiology of volume loss may be attributed to many factors, modern, integrative approaches to volume restoration address both the underlying cause and visible effects...

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Steam, Sauna and Hot Yoga: The Effects of Heat on the Skin

When the mercury starts to dip, heat seekers looking for a warmer-weather fix can head indoors: to a sauna, a steam room or even a hot yoga studio. Not only do these practices relax the body, reduce stress, and release endorphins essential to proper nerve function, they increase circulation to the skin to improve its health—and appearance...

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Improve the Appearance of Sun Damage with Post-Summer Peels

As we say hello to fall, it’s a prime time to address the signs of damage accrued throughout the summer months. Despite the efforts of even diligent sunscreen-wearers, environmental assaults and UV radiation can cause the complexion to become visibly dry and uneven. Post-summer peels not only help repair this damage, but they also prevent accumulated damage that may necessitate additional therapeutic treatment in the fall and winter months...

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Exercise Your Way to Better-Looking Skin

In addition to boasting a slew of proven health benefits for the body and mind, regular exercise can help to improve the skin’s vitality and radiance. Exercise stimulates the lymphatic system and increases blood flow, helping to carry oxygen and nutrients to the skin and translating to visibly healthier skin overall.

Exercise also helps to decrease the cumulative impact of stress on the skin. Widely recognized as an aggravator of numerous skin conditions including acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema, stress causes hormone levels to rise, in turn increasing inflammation…

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How to Avoid Acne Scars

Almost all of us have experienced acne at some point. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s the most common skin condition in the country. For some patients, severe acne can lower self-esteem, and acne scars only prolong these emotional side effects. Fortunately, through prevention and treatment, it is possible to improve acne and reduce the potential for scarring...

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Why Sunscreen Is Hot Anytime of Year

It’s the dead of winter in most parts of the country, when low temperatures dictate certain skin care choices: intensified moisturizers, more emollient lip balms. And while sunscreen may not be top-of-mind, UV rays are just as present in the winter months, making sunscreen a must-have in winter and throughout the year...

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A Closer Look at Professional Peels

The chemical peel is one of the best anti-aging tools in an aesthetician’s arsenal. Professional peels not only enhance the texture and tone of the skin—they also help the skin to look and act younger over time. During a professional peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove its outer layers. As dead skin is sloughed away via the chemical exfoliation process, new skin cells emerge resulting in a luminous, healthy glow. Peels also help to diminish a host of visible skin imperfections including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne bumps and even scarring...

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