Seeing the Light: Red and Blue Light Therapies for Acne

Acne can range in severity from the occasional breakout to the ongoing eruption of painful, swollen cysts—and as any sufferer of severe acne knows, it can be debilitating. Fortunately, advanced light-based technologies are making the battle against blemishes easier for those who have not seen results from conventional therapies.

Whether caused by hormonal shifts, excess oil production or multiple factors, the best way to fight stubborn forms of acne is to attack it at the source. An acne lesion forms when bacteria (called p. acnes) and sebum mix with dead skin…

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Preserve Your Procedure with At-Home Care

Anita Saluja, MD; Dermatologist, MIMA Dermatology, Melbourne, FL

In the dermatological field, modern technology has afforded us the ability to affect real change in a patient’s skin with just one in-office procedure. But the treatment doesn’t stop at the office. When patients expand the treatment protocol to include proper at-home care, they not only play a role in their overall outcome but can enhance their results, as well.

As I often tell my patients, it’s important to remember that cosmetic or anti-aging treatments are first and…

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The Essential for Healthy Skin

You have a multitude of skincare concerns, so you need a vast array of products to treat them, right? Not so fast. With a do-it-all treatment like the SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum®, you can undergo a skin transformation with just one product.

TNS Essential Serum has won multiple awards, and for good reason: This first-of-its-kind serum combines powerful antioxidants, anti-aging peptides and an exclusive blend of growth factors to…

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Not All Peels are Created Equal

Chemical peeling is not a new concept. Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have looked to chemical substances to rejuvenate the skin. The original chemical exfoliants were natural acids: During ancient spa days, nobles created beauty treatments from lactic acid (found in sour milk) or tartaric acid in red wine. According to legend, Cleopatra even bathed in sour milk to brighten her complexion.

Modern-day chemical peels utilize a variety of peeling agents—acids derived from natural sources, such as salicylic, glycolic or other alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) along with…

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Natural Skincare Ingredients: The Truth Behind the Buzz

Michelle C. Turley, Managing Aesthetician for The Skin Institute at Savannah Plastic Surgery, Savannah, GA

As an aesthetician, I’m regularly exposed to the latest advancements in the skincare field—and that means navigating an increasingly abundant selection of options. One current buzzed-about concept in skincare is the use of “all-natural” and organic ingredients. As consumers continue to focus on healthier lifestyle choices and analyze what they put into their bodies, they are developing an increasing interest in what they use externally, as well.…

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Commit to Healthier Skin This New Year

We often think of increasing exercise or losing weight when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but why not focus on the health of our skin? As the largest organ in the body—and one of the biggest age revealers—it’s certainly worthy of a tune-up.

A visit to your dermatologist is a great way to start the year. Your dermatologist should be board certified, meaning that he or she has been certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in dermatology and has undergone extensive training in skin health and related disorders.

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Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out

The old adage “you are what you eat” has stuck around for a reason: Poor diet has been linked to disease, obesity and decreased energy, while good nutrition has been shown to have innumerable health benefits. When it comes to the skin, research also shows that making nutritious choices can directly affect your complexion by fighting the signs of aging and improving skin conditions like dryness and acne.

Antioxidants are all-stars in skincare products—not only do they protect skin from free radicals, but they help counteract the breakdown of collagen. Eating…

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Sunscreen in the Winter—Why You Still Need It

It’s no secret that regular use of sun protection not only exponentially decreases your risk for skin cancer, but will also keep your skin smoother, healthier and younger-looking over time. Yet one of the biggest misconceptions about sunscreen is that it isn’t necessary aside from, say, the beach or pool. When patients ask me whether they need to wear sunscreen during the winter, I always respond with an emphatic “yes.”

First, it’s important to understand the difference between UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays—the kind that penetrate the skin…

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For the Love of Lasers

Richard Fitzpatrick, M.D.; Dermatologist, GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, San Diego, California; Founder, SkinMedica

I met my first laser in 1962 as a freshman at Princeton University, and as soon as I started playing with the then-brand-new argon laser in physics class, I was instantly fascinated by the fact that you could concentrate a beam of energy so perfectly. Although no one had any idea how to use this innovation at the time, I immediately saw the…

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Behind the Scenes at Fashion Week

SkinMedica® was on-hand at the VIP Styling Lounge to educate and provide treatments

New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is all about looking good, and skin is no exception. SkinMedica’s very own Senior Clinical Aesthetician Lora Colvan set up shop at the exclusive VIP Styling Lounge at Manhattan’s Empire Hotel, where she provided celebrities and the fashion world’s bold-faced names with skin care consultations and performed SkinMedica’s most popular treatments. So we had to…

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