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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A clear, radiant complexion at any age

SkinMedica’s anti-acne arsenal relies on key ingredients that have been proven to banish breakouts

Hormonal fluctuations, stress, and genetics are among the main culprits behind breakouts. The key to treating and preventing blemishes is consistent use of anti-acne active ingredients that are strong enough to stop the breakout cycle, yet gentle enough to not cause additional redness and irritation. The SkinMedica skin-care range features 4 such products that work synergistically to stop acne at the source.

The first step in maintaining clear,…

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Chemical peels offer minimally-invasive solution to facial rejuvenation for all skin types

The words "chemical peel" could make those unfamiliar with the procedure's benefits anxious; however, chemical peels are really just a form of exfoliation, a minimally-invasive and essential component of facial rejuvenation. Chemical peels optimize skin health and are beneficial for all skin types, skin colors and ages.

Peels help remove damaged outer layers allowing a fresh, new layer of skin cells to naturally emerge. This results in both a renewing and therapeutic experience for the patient. If this renewal process could be achieved for every organ in the body,…

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Sun damage and how to treat it.

Photoaging refers to the damage that is done to the skin from prolonged exposure, over a person's lifetime, to UV radiation. Sun freckles (also known as liver spots, although they have nothing to do with the liver), irregular pigmentation and dilated blood vessels (often referred to as "broken" blood vessels) are some examples. Other examples of photoaging include fine lines and laxity from the loss of elastic fibers and healthy collagen.

To understand the difference between photoaged vs non-photoaged skin, look no further than your arms and chin. Notice how the…

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What should I look for in an Aesthetician?

Aestheticians can play an essential role in maintaining and improving the health of the skin. Since each patient is unique, I often stress the importance of cultivating a long term relationship in order to maximize the effectiveness of treatments. The first step is finding one you love. Here are five qualities everyone should look for:

  • Knowledge - She should have a thorough understanding of conditions, procedures, medications, products, ingredients and all things dermatological.
  • Communication Skills - She should be able to understand …

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What is Thermage?

Thermage is a non-invasive treatment that applies radiofrequency energy to the skin. It works by heating the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers to tighten existing collagen and tissue and stimulate new collagen production.

Thermage products permit me to lift, tighten and contour in a way that nothing else currently can. Just one session is all it takes to see significant results in my patients. And best of all, there is NO down time.

It's commonly used on the face to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours. It's also an excellent solution for cellulite and…

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What's the biggest skin care misconception?

There are two categories of skin care issues, those affected by genetics and those affected by the environment. Patients often don't understand the difference between these two categories which leads to incorrect product choices which only further exacerbate whatever issue it is they're dealing with.

Take for example dry skin vs. dehydrated skin. Dry skin is genetically predetermined and is characterized by insufficient oil gland activity. Dehydrated skin is characterized by lack of moisture due to such factors as climate and over cleansing. So even oily skin types can …

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