Posts tagged "spf"

The Right Time to Begin a Skin Care Regimen

Angie Scott, Medical Aesthetician and Owner; FACES Corrective Skin Care and Permanent Cosmetics, Lambertville, Mich.

We hear so much about prevention when it comes to skin care, and for good reason: By taking care of our skin early on, we can help to preserve its youthful appearance for years to come.

Most skin aging starts at a young age. The sun can begin to degrade collagen in the early childhood years when sun exposure first begins. In fact, a smattering of freckles is often a child’s first visible sign of sun exposure.

The commitment to sun protection…

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Scarring After Surgery: Management and Treatment

The skin is amazingly self-sufficient. Though it requires lifelong care and protection, it has its own complex healing process to deal with trauma. Scar formation is a normal part of the skin’s natural healing after surgery, and with proper care and vigilance by both patient and doctor, this healing process can be monitored without damage to the skin.

My philosophy for scar management is three-fold: Use proper clinical…

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What’s the Perfect Skin Care Dose?

In an effort to maximize the efficiency of skin care products, it’s often tempting to slather on creams and serums with abandon. But to achieve the best results from your skin care, how much is too much?

Often, the answer is quite simple: A little goes a long way. Clinical skin care products are typically formulated with high concentrations of potent ingredients like retinol, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids. When these…

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411 on SPF: New FDA Sunscreen Regulations

Google “sunscreen” and you’ll find that it has been in the news rather frequently lately: Recent media reports debating the validity of sunscreen manufacturer’s claims prompted the American Academy of Dermatology to issue a response calling sunscreen “ … an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.”

New FDA regulations aim to eliminate common sunscreen misnomers and better protect consumers from sun-induced skin damage. These regulations impose new guidelines for all…

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The power of pairing procedures and skin care

If you’re thinking about a cosmetic procedure such as laser resurfacing or even surgery, those few hours you spend in the doctor’s office are just a small part of your journey to beautiful skin. The process of skin rejuvenation is a long one, and it starts with solid skin care. But proper skin care is not a single product—it’s a comprehensive regimen combined with healthy habits. When these align, it’s possible to reverse signs of aging, improve symptoms of sun damage and even prevent future skin damage from occurring. The ultimate goal is to find the right…

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Even more reasons to use a retinoid

Few skin care ingredients have been as extensively studied—and proven—as retinoids, and these vitamin A derivatives have skin benefits that range from improvement in visible signs of aging to reduction in acne.

The brainchild of dermatologist Albert Kligman, MD, tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A) was first introduced as an acne treatment in the early 1970s. But when researchers noticed improved skin firmness and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles in acne study participants, the anti-aging chapter in the retinoid story began.

The primary effect of…

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Retinoids: Improving skin from the inside out

Few skincare ingredients have as storied a history as retinoids. These vitamin A derivatives first found fame as a novel and effective treatment for acne in the early 1970s, until older patients found it to have aesthetic anti-aging benefits as well. As a result, Retin-A received the FDA's first anti-aging approval in the early 1990s. Today, retinoids are considered by many dermatologists to be one of the most effective topical ingredients for treating symptoms of sun damage. Found both in prescription and over-the-counter creams and gels, retinoids are available in multiple…

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