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Hydration — it's what skin needs

One of most common skin conditions that we see is dehydration. Some — yes, even some dermatologists — think that people with acne simply need to dry their skin out.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Dry skin often becomes irritated skin, and irritated skin leads to redness and inflammation — just the opposite of what you want to achieve. Most people's skin needs more hydration, not less. But everyone's skin is different. We have a variety of products to keep your skin clear, healthy, and moisturized. It's a major step toward clearing acne and keeping your skin youthful.

Some people think they're oily, so they over cleanse. In the process they strip the skin's protective oils, then oil glands respond by going into "overdrive" in an effort to keep the skin hydrated.  Others think their skin needs more moisture, when it actually needs less.

The operative word here is "balance." An experienced skin care professional will explain the difference. After an evaluation, they'll guide you to the right products to us, and the ones to avoid. This is critical, because if you don't get the balance right, getting your skin on the right track will be difficult.

When in doubt, schedule a consultation. You will benefit from a thorough evaluation of your skin, and the various factors that contribute to your skin condition. Our existing clients can always request a "follow-up" appointment to evaluate the progress you're making with your  current skin care regimen. Think of the consultation as an investment in yourself.

Proper hydration is really important, whether you're an acne or anti-aging candidate. Without it, your skin can go into a vicious downward spiral; with hydration, your skin can perform all the essential and protective functions it was designed to.

Home Care & Clinical Treatments
together, they're greater than the sum of their parts
The most important part of skin care is home care - using the right products for your skin condition and type is critical to achieve clear, healthy skin. Every once in a while a client wants to save money and only do the home care program, and skip the clinical treatments.... then, they complain that their skin isn't clearing fast enough.

The combination of home care and clinical care is very powerful, and it's especially important at the beginning of your skin care program. They reinforce each other, and together they're greater than the sum of their parts. At the beginning, the primary objective is to get the skin under control and to stop the cycle of infection and inflammation. You can do it with home care products alone, but it will take much longer. In fact, it may take so long that you don't even notice the improvement. The fastest and best results come when you combine them. It turns out to be the least expensive path, as well.

Looking at it another way: imagine just doing clinical treatments without any home care. Your results would be about the same, because all the benefit of the treatments would be undone by the lack of home care. You wouldn't think of doing that and wasting the money you've spent.

The most important time to maintain clinical treatments is in the first three to six months. It depends on the individual. Everyone's skin is different — some will clear in three months; some in 4, 5 or 6, depending on several factors, like your skin condition when you started, how diligently you do the home care, as well as your nutritional and eating habits. Besides speeding up the clearing process, clinical treatments also insure the investment you've made in your skin care products. In the long run it actually saves money. Then, when you see the results you're looking for, back off to a maintenance program. No one's skin is perfect, and you'll need an occasional boost. When you do, by all means, come in for a treatment.

The program works, so give it a chance and be patient.  Clear, healthy skin doesn't have to cost a fortune; following your skin care professional's recommendations is the most cost effective way to get the results you want.

Dealing with Acne
When treating acne, it's really important to stay ahead of it. If you allow inflammation to get the upper hand, your acne will be much more difficult to treat.

Regular, consistent skin care is best. Keep up with your home care and clinical treatments, and avoid your acne triggers.

Do not wait until it's an emergency! But, if it does become an emergency, stop guessing and overcompensating. Instead, get help from a skin care professional. They'll get you back on track.

Everyone's skin is different. A few people can even keep acne in check with proper home care, alone. Clinical treatments are a powerful booster that kicks your home care program up a notch. They help keep skin care emergencies from happening in the first place, and make your acne more controllable.



Zinc: An Essential Mineral for
Healthy Body, Mind and Skin
Colloidal ZincZinc is an integral part of the structure and function of every cell membrane in your body — especially your skin. It plays a critical role in cell production, and takes part in over 200 enzyme processes in the body.

Acne, dry skin, and psoriasis are correlated with insufficient zinc levels in the skin. About 20% of the Zinc in your body is in the skin, where it functions as a powerful antioxidant that protects you from environmental pollutants. Zinc also plays a role in the regulation of oil glands, and reducing p. acnes bacteria and inflammation.

A zinc deficiency affects ion channels, which are openings in cell membranes that allow ionic nutrients in, and waste materials out of cells. This also affects the transmission of nerve impulses. Consequently, when ion channels don't work, memory and learning ability are impaired. Zinc facilitates glucose transport into cells giving them fuel to manufacture energy and reducing glucose levels in the blood stream.

Growth and healing require zinc for the production of new cells, and will deplete the body's stores of the mineral. Deficiencies are associated with retarded growth and dwarfism.

Zinc interferes with the replication of bacteria and viruses, and thereby support the immune system — an attribute that may be particularly helpful during cold and flu season. In the 1800's, colloidal zinc was used in surgery because there were no modern antibiotics to prevent post-surgical  infection. You, too, can use it topically to help prevent infections from cuts and scrapes.

ADHD, dyslexia and autism have also been associated with zinc deficiencies, as well as PMS and morning sickness.

Zinc deficiencies are associated with macular degeneration, cataracts, and possibly optic nerve problems. In 1998, A.H. Shankara, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition "Night blindness is one of the clinical symptoms of marginal zinc deficiency."

So, you can see there are many good reasons why zinc is classified as an "essential mineral."

Minerals like zinc are best taken in colloidal form, as the body absorbs 100% of them. When taken in tablet form, our bodies only absorb about 15% of minerals; and when trying to make up for the lack of absorption, zinc tablets often lead to stomach upset. Only a teaspoon of colloidal zinc per day is necessary to maintain adequate levels of zinc in the body.

Seasonal Changes and Your Skin
It's inevitable:  Seasons change, and so does your skin. In fact, the skin is constantly adapting to its environment, internally and externally.  Temperature and humidity, shorter days, longer nights, seasonal hormonal changes, sleep, diet, nutrition and stress: your skin has to adjust to all these factors.

Sometimes these variations are overwhelming, especially when they gang up on you. When that happens, your skin care needs to adjust accordingly, or you will experience problems, like acne breakouts. Maybe you need to use less of one product and more of another. Sometimes, it seems like more of an art than science, but when you understand your skin and the effect seasonal changes have on it, it's a science. Your skin is just asking for what it needs, so learn to speak its language.

Spring and Autumn are particularly challenging times of year because in the Northern hemisphere the climate is warming. In the Southern hemisphere, of course, just the opposite is happening. The point is, the climate is changing, and internally, hormones are preparing our bodies for the new season. We also eat different foods as the seasons change. Our skin needs skin care products to address the hormonal changes, and either more or less hydration to help prevent irritation and breakouts. You may need to change your exfoliation regimen, too — some will need more exfoliation; others, less.

So, if the seasons are changing and your skin is breaking out ask your skin care professional how to adjust your home care program to adjust to the climate changes so your skin will remain clear and healthy throughout the year.


Skin, Moisture & Hydration
Just like us, our skin needs water to perform its vital function of protection, transpiration and waste elimination. Without moisture, the skin begins to shut down, and all kinds of problems begin, especially for acne sufferers.

Dry skin will start a vicious cycle of irritation and inflammation. Yet many people with acne resist using a moisturizer for fear that it will make their acne worse. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the dry red irritated skin that acne suffers often experience is their skin's way of saying "I'm thirsty!" You wouldn't deny a parched mouth — why would you deny your skin?

While it's not as much of an issue in the warmer months, in the Winter, air contains less moisture because cold air has a lower capacity to hold water. When we heat the air up to make our indoor climate more comfortable, it becomes even drier, and dry air sucks needed moisture out of your skin. High altitude and Southwestern climates magnify this effect dramatically all year round.

For healthy, vibrant skin, it's important to add moisture with an appropriate moisturizer or hydrator, such as Sociιtι's Transforming Skin Complex, Skin Hydration Complex, Intense Firming or Triple-C. CosMedix offers six moisturizer/hydrators: Affirm, Emulsion, Phytoclear,  Phytoharmony, Restore and Mystic.

The result will be healthier skin. You'll look better and acne symptoms will diminish. And, over time, you'll look younger because your skin won't develop the wrinkles that go along with dry skin.

 Want to Look Younger? Drink Water!
Speaking of hydration...
Water is essential for optimal health, and that includes your skin. Water isn't just "good for you." It plays a critical role in every process in your body. Drinking an adequate amount — 8 to 12 ounces every day — suppresses hunger, aids digestion, improves liver and kidney function, helps burn fat, and renews your skin!

You'll look younger and increase your energy level. So, for clear, healthy skin, be sure drink your water!


A Money Saving Skin Care Tip
Less is More
Facial cleansers may seem expensive, but they will actually save you money. First, make sure it's the right one for your skin type and condition (the wrong one isn't just a waste of money; it will set you back), then, think "less is more" when measuring it out. Figure out how little it actually takes to cleanse your face, and you'll be surprised how far that bottle of facial cleanser will go. You'll find it just takes a couple of drops, plus or minus a drop, to cleanse your entire face. Any more than that, and it's just money going down the drain.


Acne Scarring
Prevention and Treatment
Inflammation and infection associated with acne can cause mild to severe scarring when left unchecked. The resulting scars or "pock marks" vary from "ice pick" to larger and deeper "boxcar" and "rolling" indentations, or hypertrophic scars caused by cystic acne.

Home Care Programs
After an acne blemish heals, the lesion often darkens or becomes red as the it heals and collagen in the dermis is remodeled. At this stage, it's important to support the healing process with appropriate skin care products that keep skin follicles clear and free of bacteria. These products range from cleansers, to topical anti-bacterial agents like Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO), exfoliants (like glycolic acid, and a-retinol), and hydrating and moisturizing products containing protective antioxidants. A sunscreen is strongly recommended. Diet modification can be helpful, too. Minimize saturated and trans-fats, while you increase antioxidant and anti-inflammatory consumption with vegetables and fruits.

Naturally, it's important to avoid or minimize re-infection or re-inflammation which can lead to subsequent long-term damage and scarring. The healing process takes anywhere from six to twelve months. During that time blemishes often become darker (any kind of trauma to the skin, physical or environmental, can cause it to hyperpigment), in which case lightening agents are recommended to inhibit melanin production to prevent further darkening. It's also helpful to limit sun exposure or use adequate topical sunscreen during this time, as UV exposure will darken traumatized skin that has a natural tendency to hyperpigment.

When acne breakouts interrupt the healing process, the formation of scar tissue can result. Scars vary in size and severity, depending on the nature and extent of the damage to the underlying skin structure. Last, but not least, acne scars cause confidence and self-esteem issues, which often compound the problem.

Clinical Skin Care for Acne Scarring
There are several very effective clinical treatments for all degrees of acne scarring. We recommend CosMedix' Timeless Peel and, for severe scarring, the VI Peel. Each has been proven to be very safe and effective in treating to mild to severe acne scarring — they're very cost-effective, too, when compared with a laser alternative. Only the VI Peel has any downtime, and it's only 2 to 3 days. It's very manageable with the post-peel kit provided. And the cost of these peels is a fraction of laser without laser's potential complications, one of which is a triggering of your acne. However, if you are considering laser, be sure to ask your dermatologist or physician of the complications that can result from a laser treatment. There are some you should know about, and should probably get in writing.

Keep in mind that some peels may not be appropriate for your skin type and/or sensitivities, so be sure to consult your skin care professional for the peel that's right for you.

So, don't let acne scars ruin your day. There are ways to prevent them from forming in the first place, and if you already have them, there are safe and effective ways to correct acne scars.


Preventive Maintenance
7 Steps to Healthy, Youthful Skin

Everyone wants beautiful skin, and you can achieve it. Prevention is better and less expensive than the cure, and you look better, longer. Here are seven ways to keep your skin healthy and youthful for years to come:

· Eat anti-oxidant-rich foods, like vegetables and fruits. Minimize sugars and fatty foods; maximize the good oils like Omega 3, flax seed oil and olive oil.

· Minimize stress. Stress creates cortisol, "the stress hormone," and it will age you faster than you can imagine. Relax, and practice UNDER-reacting to life events. Vitamin C is a cortisol scavenger, so be sure to get 500 to 1000 mg of vitamin C every day (the time-release tablets or capsules will minimize any stomach irritation.)

· Get plenty of sleep. Sleep rejuvenates you, and neutralizes stress hormones.

· Avoid sunburns. Sun exposure is normal and healthy as long as you don't burn. Overexposure to UV rays, including tanning booths, accelerates aging and increases the risk of skin cancer.

· Don't smoke. Non-smokers avoid a BIG aging factor. The difference between a smoker and a non-smoker is spelled W-R-I-N-K-L-E-S. Tobacco smoke contains toxins that reduce blood flow to the skin. That diminishes oxygen and nutrients the skin needs to grow, heal and be healthy.

· Use skin and hair products that are good for you. The wrong products and ingredients play havoc with your skin. Over-the-counter products contain a lot of the wrong ingredients. Plus, most people don't know their own skin type, so they don't pick the right skin care products. Let a skin care professional give you some recommendations, and stick with them. Consistent skin care with the right products will show the best results. Meanwhile, resist the temptation to experiment.

· Clinical treatments are a great way to get your skin on the right track. And, a periodic "tune-up" every one to three months is a huge boost to your home care program to keep your skin on track.

It’s never too late to start! Regular and consistent "preventive maintenance" will keep your skin clear, healthy and youthful for years to come.


Buyer Beware:
Are you getting "discounted" BOTOX?
Skin care is competitive and everyone wants to save a buck. But sometimes the effort to save ends up costing more. A good example is when you receive BOTOX at a "discounted" price of $10/unit, or less, or an offer like "buy 10 units, get 10 units free."  Consumers should be aware that discount means one thing — it means  they're injecting over-diluted BOTOX. That's bad for you in three ways:

1) BOTOX is BOTOX. If you need 20 units of BOTOX, you will need perhaps 25 or 30 units of over-diluted BOTOX to get the same effect. In the end, the BOTOX that was supposed to save you money ends up costing significantly more.

2) When over-diluted, a greater VOLUME has to be injected to get the same effect. That puts you at risk for dissipation and potential migration of the injection. That means it has a greater tendency to spread to areas that were not meant to receive BOTOX. That can cause unintended and undesirable results.

3) Over-dilution may also mean the injector is inexperienced. It takes years to become proficient in BOTOX injection — if there's any place you want experience in, it's in BOTOX. Ask your practitioner how many years they've been injecting, and what level of certification they have. With ten years minimum, you can be assured of safe, effective and economical BOTOX injection. Also ask the dilution ratio — 1 cc/vial is normal. More than that is over-dilution.

Simply stated, BOTOX over-dilution is trickery, and possibly a violation of professional standards. Those kind of business practices don't benefit you — they only benefit the practitioner. So, buyer beware — don't trust your skin care to that kind of "professional."


Is Your Makeup Contributing to Your Acne?

If you have acne, it's very possible that your makeup is helping cause breakouts and blemishes.

We always recommend that our acne clients use mineral makeup. True mineral makeups are pure minerals and are "non-comedogenic"  — that's our way of saying they don't clog pores and contribute to acne.

Mineral makeups are not all created equal, however. Some have additives and others don't use the right minerals, or process them improperly.

Here's a simple test to determine if the makeup you're using is right for your skin: sprinkle some makeup powder in a glass of water and stir. If it floats, it's good; if it muddies the water it's bad, because it can't form a protective barrier for your skin. Instead, the ingredients blend with the oils and moisture in your skin, and end up clogging your pores. We don't need to tell you that's bad.

We sell only mineral Jane Iredale makeup at Eastbay Acne & Skin Care Clinic. Iredale makep is non-comedogenic and actually good for your skin.

Put your makeup to the water test!

Considering Laser or IPL? Important Questions to ask...

Clean Skin
It's the first step to healthy skin. But it's important to be gentle, especially with facial skin. Wash your face with clean fingers, or a brush specifically designed for facial cleansing, like the Clarisonic brush.  When you use washcloths or buff-puffs, you actually damage delicate skin tissue, and that's not good. Damaged skin can become dry, inflamed and infected, then it forms scar tissue. Scar tissue thickens and hardens the skin over time as collagen and elastin are diminished, giving you an older, more "weathered" look.

So, when cleansing your face, and other parts you want to keep beautiful and youthful, use the right products for your skin — never alkaline bar soap or abrasive products — and, above all, no scrubbing!


Some is good, so more is better, right?
Wrong! Products are most effective when used in the right quantity and frequency. Use your home care products as recommended by your esthetician. If your skin gets dry or irritated, your skin is telling you to back off a bit. Also, don't mix ingredients from competing products in the hope of accelerating your skin care, because it will probably have just the opposite effect and take longer to clear.

Conversely, you maybe tempted to use less product in an effort to economize. The problem is the active ingredients won't be present in sufficient quantity and frequency to overcome the root cause of your skin condition. In the end, it can actually cause your skin care to be more expensive, not less, because your skin condition lasts longer and its successful treatment takes longer. That's definitely not the objective.

...When traveling through airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires all liquids be enclosed in a ziplock bag, and the containers of those liquids must be less than 3.4 fluid ounces. It doesn't matter if the container is
8 ounces and there are only 3 ounces of product left in it — they will confiscate it!

So, remember to pack the larger bottles in your baggage in plastic bags to contain any leakage. Repackage any carry-on products so they'll pass TSA requirements!



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Skin Care Treatment
No matter what your skin condition, it's always good to keep your skin hydrated, but there's so much more to that advice than just applying a moisturizer. Especially if you have acne, you may be tempted to scrub, scrub and scrub some more in an effort to remove the blemishes quickly and permanently. Isn't that what cleanliness is about? No, not at all! When we over-cleanse, we strip away the skin's natural defenses. Then, the skin tells the oil glands, "hey, I'm dry! Send some oil up here!" and the oil glands go into overdrive. At the same time, the skin's natural inflammatory response makes the skin red and irritated, and your pores close up. It gets complicated and messy, very quickly, as this vicious cleanse-and-irritate cycle progresses. Meanwhile, your skin looks worse than ever!

The moral is "cleanse, but don't overdo it." Dry skin is often red, irritated skin which soon becomes oily and/or blemished skin. So, be gentle and don't over-cleanse. There will always be times when your skin gets dry, and when it does, moisturize with a non-comedogenic (non-acne causing) moisturizer so it doesn't make your acne worse by clogging pores and making your skin red and irritated. Remember, the objective is to make your skin better!

Is your skin reacting
to a skin care product?  Sometimes it's hard to tell which is causing a reaction when we use multiple products. Here's a way to find the offending one: Dab a bit of one behind your left ear; dab another behind your right ear. If the spot becomes red, itchy or irritated you've found the culprit. Now you just need to remember which one you dabbed behind which ear!

Miracle Skin Cures
As much as we'd like to believe it, there are no one-time, "miracle cures." No matter what your skin condition, the best results come from regular and consistent care, with products and treatments that are right for your skin type and condition.

CosMedix Lightning is a wonderful and effective product that targets hyperpigmented skin, for more even skin tone. You can extend its application by mixing it with CosMedix Mystic.  Place a portion of Lightning in the palm of your hand and thin it out slightly with a spray of Mystic. Blend, and dab the mixture on affected areas.  You don't need to be precise in the application of Lightning because the active ingredients target the melanocytes, leaving normally-pigmented cells alone.

Give your skin a fighting chance and maintain your home care program! It's been proven time and time again that home care and clinical treatments complement each other for clear, healthy skin.

 Have you just had an exfoliating facial? It's important that you let the peel take it's course. Cortisone creams, such as our Aloe Cort cream, will calm the skin, but it will actually stop the peeling process. So, you should avoid using Aloe Cort for 3 to 7 days, depending on the peel, and let the peel do it's work. To alleviate any dry skin during that time, use an ultra-light (oil-free) moisturizer, instead.

Want your skin to look better, faster?
Be persistent and consistent with your skin care program, to achieve the desired results. When you stray from the prescribed schedule, you give your skin condition an opportunity to reestablish itself.  Also, your skin won't become acclimated to ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid, as quickly. This prevents full-strength application of those ingredients, and can prolong your treatment.

Remember, you'll save time and money by sticking to the prescribed clinical and home care programs, and your skin will look better, faster!

Are you using Retin-A, AHA or Glycolic Acid products?
These products increase the skin's sensitivity to Ultraviolet (UV) rays and should be used in conjunction with a sunscreen to minimize skin damage and premature aging.

We recommend a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30, or higher, be used on a daily basis.

Using Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) on Dry Skin can be difficult.  BPO tends to dry and irritate your skin, while moisturizers applied to alleviate the dryness aggravate the condition for which you are using BPO.

We recommend you gradually acclimate to the BPO by applying it in the evening for 10 minutes to an hour. Then, wash it off and apply a glycolic and Age Intervention Serum. After one to two months (longer in the Winter) your skin will become acclimated to the BPO medication, and will not be so dry. An application of the Age Intervention Serum two or three times a week will keep your skin hydrated, and the inflammation under control. The goal is for you to be able to use glycolic acid and wear BPO medication nightly without redness, dryness and irritation.


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Acne and Protecting Your Skin from UV Rays
Everyone knows it's important to protect their skin from UV rays. That's especially good advice for people with acne, but what's up with that?

Acne sufferers are always at risk for scarring from inflammation and infection, and scar tissue is more prone to hyperpigmentation, a darkening of the skin. Sun and UV exposure increase the tendency for skin to hyperpigment. When scars darken they really stand out and become noticeable. Then, you feel more self-conscious by their appearance.

That's why we always recommend a safe and non-comedogenic (not-acne-causing) sunscreen as part of your home care program: to block UV radiation and prevent hyperpigmentation.

Sunscreens may not seem that important, but they are part of the program to acheive beautiful skin. After all, beautiful skin is what it's all about!

If you get a sunburn, bathe gently in cool or tepid (lukewarm) water using a gentle cleanser, then apply a cortisone cream or Karin Herzog's 3% Oxygen Body Cream.
Over the next 12 hours, apply cold compresses and take an oral, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory*.  Do not cover the affected area with oily, occlusive preparations like butter or petroleum jelly - they restrict oxygenation and slow healing.

Discontinue use of potentially irritating glycolics and benzoyl peroxide preparations (for treating acne) until the burn has healed. If sunburn or inflammation is painful or severe, consult your physician.

As always, observe all warnings and precautions when taking any medication.

SPF 30 isn't always SPF 30...
Sunblock/Sunscreen ratings are based on a very liberal application ~ much more than the typical person applies at one time. To be sure you are getting adequate UV protection, apply a second layer of sunscreen after the first layer dries.

Sun damage is a leading cause of prematurely aging skin.
Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protector Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher every day!  Remember to use sunscreen in the winter as well as summer; on cloudy days, as well as sunny days. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is reflected off of shiny surfaces such as snow, sand and water.  Shade is not adequate protection from the sun.

Make it a habit to check for localized areas of sun damage.  These often appear on sun-exposed areas such as the bridge of the nose, above the eyebrows, and the arm that sticks out the window while driving.
See our article,
"Prevent Skin Irritation and Promote Healing" to learn about clinically proven treatments for controlling and repairing skin damage.

Skin cancer rates have increased dramatically in recent years, so be sure to protect yourself.  The reason for the increase is partly environmental and partly lifestyle. The way to prevent skin cancer is clear: use a sunscreen!  The #1 cause of skin cancer is excessive and/or unprotected exposure to the sun's (or other source's) UV radiation, so be sure to apply sunscreen to your skin every day.

When it comes to your skin, the "Golden Rule" applies!

According to the British Journal of Cancer, using a tanning bed 5 times in a year makes you 4 times more likely to get melanoma (skin cancer).

Is your skin reacting to something?
Sometimes the bumps, pimples and dry patches of skin are reactions to the soaps and shampoos we use. Try to isolate them, one by one, to determine which one is irritating your skin. It could be the ingredients, a reformulation of an old product, or the essence or perfume in the product (try an unscented version, if available). Shampoos are often the culprits, as they contain multiple ingredients for everything from cleaning to conditioning, that can clog follicles as the shampoo drains off your head to the rest of your body. It could also be your water. If you suspect a higher than normal level of chlorine and/or salts in your water, install a filter on your shower head.  If it's not from outside, could it be a change in your diet? Remember that skin responds to environments both inside and outside our bodies.

Moisturizers act as a barrier to water loss through evaporation.  Phospholipid molecules hold moisture in the skin for up to 2 weeks.

Winter skin care is a challenge because of the low temperatures and low humidity. The combination adds up to dry, irritated skin. Make sure you keep your skin calm and hydrated. If you're an active winter sports person, be sure you protect your skin from UV radiation which, with snow reflection, can be particularly intense this time of year.

Your skin will look its very best when it's kept hydrated and protected from UV radiation!

For more helpful tips 
on keeping your skin healthy and beautiful, see our skin care
Information, Articles and FAQs.
Fine skin care products, including
cleansers, hydrators, moisturizers
and anti-bacterial products
 can be found online at
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 Lifestyle, Nutrition and Diet
Holiday diets can be a challenge for our skin. The foods we eat this time of year tend to be much higher in fat and sugar, and we eat fewer fruits and vegetables. Such high inflammatory diets cause breakouts and wreak havoc on the skin. It's also a high stress season, which makes our bodies create cortisol, a stress hormone that just adds to the inflammation. It can become a vicious cycle of stress and eating.

As you eat all the rich, delicious Holiday foods, don't forget your antioxidant friends: fruits and vegetables. They reduce inflammation and lower cortisol levels. And, try to relax, and remember the reason for the season.

School is stressful!  Life is hard on the skin, especially in the teen years. As you know, hormones can wreak havoc with skin, and stress contributes a hormone of its own, called cortisol, that is a very powerful inflammatory agent. So, it's important to stay with your skin care regimen of home care and regular clinical treatments to keep ahead of any breakouts that come your way — and, believe us, if you are a teen, breakouts are probably headed your way.

Follow these simple steps and you'll enjoy many years of blemish-free skin without scarring:

  • Keep your skin clean with a pH-balanced cleanser.
    No bar soaps and no scrubbing!
  • Use the appropriate skin care products regularly and consistently
  • If you're out in the sun, protect your skin with an SPF 30, or higher, non-comedogenic (one which doesn't promote acne) sunblock.
  • Don't pick at blemishes! Picking only makes them look worse than they already do.
  • Eliminate (or at least minimize) your junk food consumption. Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruits. Avoid fried and greasy foods.

If you don't know what products are right for you, come in for a consultation. We'll be glad to help get you and your skin on the right program.
Be good to your skin, and it will return the favor.

Healthy skin starts within
Include lots of vegetables and fruit in your diet — foods that are high in antioxidants and low in fat. Eating these low-inflammatory foods will be reflected in your general health and your skin.

Rosacea has a reputation for flaring up after eating certain foods, especially spicy foods, but the triggers vary with each individual.

If you have rosacea and are not sure what foods are triggering it, keep a food diary. This will make it easy to identify the foods that trigger your rosacea so that you can avoid them.

Are You on Cholesterol-lowering Medication?
These drugs will tend to dry your skin out.  If so, increase your intake of essential fatty acids by eating more oily fish, like salmon, or take an Omega-3 supplement.  Flax seed oil is an excellent source of this oil. Omega-3 supplements will not impair the function of your medication in any way, nor will it increase blood cholesterol.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important part of everyone's diet, and  especially for those taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Remember to Moisturize! 
Not just externally, but internally, as well.  Health experts recommend that you drink 8 to 10 glasses of pure water per day.  High water intake is good for your health. Your skin, in turn, reflects your general health.

Eat right, sleep tight, exercise and avoid stress!
Remember, your skin reflects your general well-being — good health care habits are good for your skin!

Vitamin C is strongly recommended in a daily dosage of 2000 mg to help you maintain your good looks and prevent the appearance of broken capillaries.  Vitamin C is one of the building blocks of blood vessels and helps strengthen them. The result is more resilient skin.

Do you have fragile, superficial blood vessels?
Avoid or cut down on caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, spicy foods and extreme temperatures if you   This will reduce dilation of the blood vessels in response to these stimuli, and helps reduce stretching the superficial blood vessels which may not spring back to their original shape and size.

Use only your own clean hands to wash your face. 
Never use harsh or abrasive cleansers or puffs which aggravate fragile blood vessels.  The skin on your face is thinner than skin elsewhere on your body and cannot tolerate harsh treatment.

Skin cell production slows down as we get older. 
This leads to a build-up of dead skin cells in the top, outer skin layer.  Harsh scrubbing damages the skin and dulls your complexion. Chemical exfoliation safely restores a youthful glow to your skin.

Our lips have no oil glands...
and only a very thin keratin layer to prevent moisture loss. Lip products, including balms, which contain petroleum derivatives actually draw oil out of the lips. Petroleum products are also easily assimilated into the body over time and can build up in your body tissues. In fact, if you use a lip product every day, you will eat two tubes a year!  So, we think it's important to look for products with natural oils like vitamin E, castor oil,  avocado oil and natural crystals which have small molecules that are easily absorbed into the lips and help to moisturize the tissue naturally. Beeswax and Carnauba wax have larger molecules and form a needed protective barrier against moisture loss and the elements. We can recommend the following three products, all of which can be used on a daily basis to protect and heal lips:

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 Looking for the Right Plastic Surgeon?
An effective way to minimize your risk is to ask the following questions when selecting a Plastic Surgeon:
  • Is the doctor "Board Certified"? A five-year residency is required by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Has the doctor applied to a hospital's review board for surgical privileges?  If the answer is no, it may mean the doctor's credentials are sub-standard.
  • Don't choose a doctor based on price alone.  Low fees may mean the doctor is cutting corners on treatment, or expensive life-saving drugs and equipment.

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