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Posts for: January, 2014

By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
January 29, 2014
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin cancer   wrinkles   Retinol   anti-aging   sunscreen   fine lines  

With the New Year upon us, we've made resolutions. Some of us want to be healthier or make more money. Perhaps your resolution is to take better care of your skin! I hope that it is! You may not know where to begin though, with all of the different products that are on the market. You may also wonder how to start a skin care regimen without spending alot of money, as some products are very expensive. I am going to share with you how to begin a skin care regimen that will cost about $100!

Skin care doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. The first product that you should invest in is a good sunscreen! It is a proven fact that sunscreen not only prevents skin cancer but slows down the aging process of our skin. You should use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide alone or in combination of at least 6%. These are mineral sunscreens that sit on the surface of our skin and don't disappear until we sweat, swim or wash them off. We carry a very elegant sunscreen made by SkinMedica. This sunscreen also contains antioxidants that help fight free radical formation on our skin. We carry a variety of other sunscreens as well by Blue Lizard and Solbar. All are inexpensive and you can pick them up in our office, no appointment needed.

The second product you should invest in is a retinol. Retinols are commonly used anti-aging products. They are a topical form of vitamin A that help to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, help smooth the skin, even out pigmentation and give you more radiant skin. We carry three prescription strength retinol formulas in our office made by the company SkinMedica. If you have sensitive skin, you should slowly begin using a low strength retinol. There are many retinols that are over-the-counter as well. The retinols we carry are inexpensive and prescription strength but you don't need a prescription to pick them up in our office. Retinols can make your skin more sensitive to a sunburn so, it is very important that you use your sunscreen everyday!

These two products are the best and most inexpensive way to begin a skin care regimen. Together these products are about a $100 investment! By using these two products you'll be on your way to beautiful, healthy, glowing skin!


By Emily E. Gottstein, RPA-C
January 08, 2014
Category: Skin Care
Tags: anti-aging   antioxidants   food   skin   vegetables   glow   fruit   healthy   vitamins  

Happy New Year! Hopefully, one of your resolutions is to take better care of your skin this year. It is after all, the largest organ of our bodies. Our skin helps to keep us warm or cool us down and protects us by helping to keep out bacteria. So, we should try to protect our skin! We talk a lot about taking care of our skin by moisturizing it and applying sunscreen regularly, which continues to be vital to skin health. The health of our skin also relies on the nutrients that we put into our body. Eating well is equally beneficial to our skin! Here is a list of some foods that positively impact both our overall health and the health of our skin.

Avocados- This fruit is placked with Biotin, which helps keep your hair, skin and nails strong. They also contain a high amount of vitamin E and the good-for-you fats that help keep the skin supple and moist!

Carrots- This delicious vegetable is packed with beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in our bodies! You may have heard that Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that can help fight free radical formation in the skin. Therefore, it help decrease sun damage. Topical forms of vitamin A (also called retinols) are used to treat many skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis and also used as a powerful anti-aging product.

Kiwi- This furry fruit contains vitamin C which helps keep the skin bright and wrinkle free. It can encourage your skin to repair itself better and can even stimulate some collagen growth. Collagen is vital to the elasticity of our skin!

Radishes- This veggie is packed with vitamin A and C, phosphorus, zinc, folate, calcium, selenium and silicon. Some of which helps fight free radical formation on the skin and some just help with a healthy natural glow.

Green Tea- Green tea is full of free radical fighting antioxidants and Polyphenols.

Oysters- Though not liked by all, oysters contain a lot of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal!

Almonds/Walnuts- Nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, all which keep your hair shiny and your skin smooth and soft.

Tomatoes- You are probably aware that tomatoes have lycopene, which is a great antioxidant for the skin. They also contain asthaxanthin and carotenoids, which help maintain skin elasticity.

Eggs- Lutein is the nutrient present in eggs that is great for the eyes but, lutein also maintains skin elasticity.

Artichokes- Artichokes contain a ton of antioxidants and aid with skin luminosity.

Blueberries- Delicious and they contain tons of antioxidants to help fight premature skin aging!

These are just some examples of healthy foods that can provide positive benefits to your skin! Some foods are more tasty than others... enjoy!

By Susan Peterson, RPA-C
January 08, 2014
Category: Skin Care
Tags: sunscreen   tanning   myths   laser   acne   antiaging  


Skin Care Myths and Beliefs

We always hear about new, must-have products, antiaging treatments and skin care advice.  It is often difficult to separate hype from reality.  Here are some facts to aid you:

Belief:  Tanning booths are safe as long as they don't contain UVB rays.

We all know that tanning in the sun is unhealthy and can lead to skin cancer.  But what about tanning booths?  Many tanning booth companies say that they filter out the sunburning UVB rays.  When you go to a tanning booth you are still being exposed to UVA rays.  UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and cause damage that can lead to premature aging and skin cancers. 

So avoidance is best.

Belief:  The higher the SPF, the better the protection.

UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply enough to alter pigment to produce a tan.  UVB rays are the rays that are primary for producing a sunburn.  These rays also damage DNA to cause photoaging, pigment changes and skin cancers.  There are also UVC rays that are absorbed by the atmosphere and do not make it to the ground.

The SPF on a sunscreen refers to the amount of protection against UVB rays abd sunburns.  Most sunscreens now protect against UVA and UVB rays.  That is why on the package you will read broad spectrum.

When purchasing a sunscreen, look for an SPF of 30 containing 6% zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for maximum protection.

Belief:  You don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day.

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth's surface.  So sunscreen is a must each and every day.  Reapplication is also important especiaally after perspiring heavily or swimming. 

Remember that make-up that contains SPF is not enough.  Make-up should be applied over your sunscreen.  Most make-ups would require that you use about 15 times the amount of make-up that you normally do to provide the labeled SPF coverage.

Belief:  Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and acne free.

When you scrub your face you actually remove some of the protective oils and barriers.  Instead use a gentle cleanser and your fingertips and followed by a moisturizer if needed and then your sunscreen. 

You will never scrub away acne.

Belief:  It is better to get the pus out of a pimple by popping it.

It feels really good to release the pus from a pimple, but unless done properly it can be pushed deeper causing further inflammation and possibly scarring. 

If you absolutely feel it is necessary to pick at a pimple, use a comedone extractor.  These are inexpensive and can be purchased at your local pharmacy.  The proper way to use this instrument is to apply it firmly and roll it across the pimple.  This will help to prevent further damage, inflammation and spread to adjoing pores.

Belief:  Facials are good for your skin care routine.

Facials may actually cause acne breakouts in 80% of people.

Facials feel great and offer an advantage as far as relaxation, but exfoliation of the top layer of the skin by microdermabrasion and peels do better for revealing healthy skin and clearing pores of oil and debris.

Belief:  Expensive skin care products work best.

Most active ingredients found in over the counter products are similar whether purchase in a local store or a fancy boutique.

Physician strength products will be more beneficial because of higher concentrations of active ingredients.  These can be purchased at your dermatology office usually.  The cost may appear slightly higher, but usually less product is necessay to achieve effectiveness.

Beliefs:  Antiaging products and wrinkle creams can erase wrinkles

Most creams for antiaging and wrinkles simply hydrate the skin.  This plumping by attracting moisture to the area will make lines appear better temporarily.

However, products containing reinols and retinoids have science behind them that will reverse some fine lines.  These products penetrate the skin and increase cell turnover.  They will also be effective against acne and cause some reversal of photoaging or sun damage.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C will also help in the prevention of environmental damage.  Sunscreen applied daily and year round will prevent the signs of aging due to UV exposure.  Many physician strength sunscreens include antioxidants.

Belief:  Lasers can make you look 20 years younger.

Lasers have improved over the years, but patients need to be realistic about what can be achieved. Most lasers specifically target certain aspects of photosdamage. Some will target dark lesions, while others may be more specific to vascular or red lesions. Some lasers will penetrate to deeper tissue in an attempt to stimulate collagen to diminish fine line and wrinkles.

Some lasers require healing time, while some will have lessened healing time. Be aware of what your desired goal is and remember to include sunscreen as a strategy to prevent damage and to continue to look as young as possible.

By Emily E Gottstein, RPA-C
January 07, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

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