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  • The Right Time to Begin a Skin Care Regimen

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    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 should start early. Patients with certain skin types, like fair skin, are prone to showing signs of aging earlier than patients with darker ...

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  • Scarring After Surgery: Management and Treatment

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    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 judgment, follow the patient closely and intervene as soon as possible if signs of problematic scarring occur. As a surgeon, my first priority is to ensure the best medical and aesthetic outcome for my patient. This may mean making a larger incision in order to achieve a better ...

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  • Travel-Friendly Skin Care

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    Planning a vacation this summer? Don’t slack on skin care while you’re away! Instead, make your regimen travel-friendly by packing sample or travel sizes of your favorite products, or transfer your skin care products to mini plastic bottles (three ounces or less, per TSA regulations). In flight, take steps to avoid dehydration, since airplane air is notoriously drying to both body and skin. To counteract the effects of this dry environment, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Spritz a refreshing facial mist onto your skin and reapply moisturizer before, during and after your flight. SkinMedica Rejuvenative Moisturizer is a perfect sized 2-ounce product to stash in your carry-on bag. ...

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  • What's the Perfect Skin Care Dose?

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    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 products are not applied in controlled doses, the skin may react by becoming dry, red and irritated. Retinol is arguably one of the strongest—and most efficacious—topical skin care ingredients on the market. When using retinol or a prescription retinoid, only a pea-sized ...

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  • 411 on SPF: New FDA Sunscreen Regulations

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    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 over-the-counter sunscreen products, requiring sunscreen manufacturers to comply with numerous labeling and testing mandates. Under the new guidelines, ...

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  • The Importance of Mole Checks

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    Panos Vasiloudes, MD, PhD, FAAP, FAAD; Dermatologist, Academic Alliance in Dermatology, Tampa, Fla. Skin cancer affects over 2 million people each year, making it the most common form of cancer. Accordingly, every patient should make mole checks a priority at least once a year. A mole can be more than just an aesthetic nuisance: Though often benign in nature, moles are a very specific type of lesion that may require medical assessment. The term “mole” is used generically to describe many types of spots on the skin—freckles, beauty marks, sunspots and birthmarks, to name a few. Clinically speaking, a mole is a lesion comprised of melanocyte cells (the cells responsible for producing skin ...

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  • What are the Benefits of Mineral Makeup

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    NewBeauty magazine has called mineral makeup “makeup with meaning,” and I couldn’t describe it any better. With its numerous skin benefits, I consider mineral makeup to be an extension of skin care. As a devoted mineral makeup user for nearly 20 years, I have seen its benefits not only in my own skin, but in hundreds of my patients. Working in a dermatology practice, I treat patients with various skin issues, from excessive sensitivity and acne to problems with uneven pigmentation. Many of these patients have experienced challenges with traditional makeup. The dilemma: Aesthetically, makeup helps to cover skin imperfections, but it can clog pores and make many skin conditions worse. Mineral ...

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  • Choosing the Right Skin Care for Men

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    Kevin L. Smith, MD, FACS; Plastic Surgeon, Charlotte Plastic Surgery, Charlotte, NC Men often don’t mind confessing to their age—or looking it, for that matter. But at any age, men want to appear vigorous and healthy, not run down and tired. That’s where a good skincare routine comes in. Long gone is the stigma of women’s-only skin care—in fact, a recent NPD Men’s Grooming Consumer Report shows that nine out of ten men over the age of 18 use a grooming product (including facial and body skin care). And while a man’s skin tends to be thicker than a woman’s, it is just as responsive to proper care. The tendency for higher levels of environmental exposure throughout a man’s lifetime—a ...

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  • Skin Sense: What Factors Impact our Skin?

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    Sarah A. Haydel, MD; Dermatologist, Haydel Dermatology, Houma, LA. Every day, we make decisions on behalf of our skin: How to protect it, how to care for it and how to treat it. The skin is also faced with numerous challenges, starting with external factors we encounter every day—like sun exposure and pollution—and lifestyle decisions we make that can contribute to the aging process. The biggest way that external factors affect the skin is through the breakdown of collagen. Think of youthful skin as a hard mattress: It contains strong collagen fibers to keep it supple and firm. As we age, that mattress becomes soft and squishy as the skin loses collagen. Gravity takes over, causing sagging ...

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  • Seeing the Light: Red and Blue Light Therapies for Acne

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    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 cells, resulting in a “plug” in the hair follicle. Accordingly, the most effective acne treatments target bacteria and the painful ...

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