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Most of us have heard a women say they won’t leave home without their makeup applied. Women wear makeup for a variety of reasons. In their teens, makeup constitutes a sort of “rite of passage” into womanhood. For many, makeup can reduce or hide flaws like acne, rosacea, and pigmentation. As a woman grows older, makeup can help aging skin looking younger and fresher. With makeup being used by so many, does medical grade makeup make any difference to your skin?
Typically, over the counter cosmetics contain parabens, dyes and fragrance. These ingredients can result in skin irritation and redness. Often the look from over the counter makeup is more of an unnatural face mask: thick, chalky, or pancake-like in texture (think “stage make-up). Women may desire to cover flaws, but a more natural result creates a more youthful image with less skin irritation.
Medical grade mineral cosmetics were developed to help HEAL and PROTECT the skin’s natural barrier. They also offer other benefits:
- Light-weight & Water Resistant
- Requires only small quantities for effective coverage
- Act as a sunscreen
- Can reduce facial redness
- Free of sensitizing chemicals
- Appear more natural on skin
- Ideal coverage with optimal protection from UVA/UVB
- Soothe skin
- Tested for allergies, bacteria, and sensitivity
- Doesn’t promote acne (Non-comedogenic)
Healing and protecting the skin are important uses for medical grade makeup. For example, the Oxygenetix brand of medical grade makeup was invented by a physician for immediate use after laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and cosmetic surgery. Oxygenetix reduces redness or irritation, aids in cell repair, in addition to minimizing wrinkles and spots on the skin.
The choice to use medical grade makeup brands such as Oxygenetix or Colorscience should be easy. Medical grade mineral makeup provides barrier protection and natural coverage at a reasonable cost. For about the same investment, your skin can be healthier and better protected with medical grade makeup!
Ask your Aesthetician to recommend the best products and color selections to keep your skin young and vibrant all Spring and Summer long.
Rosacea is a skin condition experienced by many people, but understood by very few. On a very basic level, it is when a person’s face is red and blotchy continuously, regardless of whether they are hot, angry, or even awake! It commonly covers the cheeks, nose, and forehead of the person suffering from it. For many people, this condition can be incredibly embarrassing, but it can also be very sore, especially if it develops on the eyes.
But what causes rosacea? Although the skin condition is three times more common in women, men suffer from it, too. Rosacea typically strikes people between the ages of thirty and sixty. Unfortunately, there is such a wide variety of causes that no one can possibly avoid them all. Possible causes have been identified by scientists as:
- sun exposure,
- extreme heat,
- alcohol consumption,
- hot baths,
- certain cosmetics that cause a reaction, and
- even dairy products!
For some people, developing rosacea is a natural part of their life. A 2008 survey by the National Rosacea Society found more than 50% of the 600 rosacea respondents had a relative who suffered from the condition. Many even recalled a grandparent afflicted with some form of the facial disorder.
Keeping rosacea, on the other hand, is a choice. There is something that can be done to treat it, but the embarrassment of having the condition often prevents people from asking for help. In fact, leaving rosacea untreated actually means it could get worse, and potentially lead to permanent scarring. The sooner you consider you may have rosacea, the sooner you will go to your dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
There is no cure for rosacea, but it can be kept under control and suppressed by avoiding triggers, certain medications, and laser therapy. Some of the most popular treatment of rosacea are creams and ointments. Although this may help in many cases, creams will not cure rosacea and often just temporarily cover it up. The three most popular and medically sound treatments for rosacea are behavior therapy, medications, or laser treatment. The behavior therapy aims to remove any trigger factors that may be exacerbating the condition. The medications will be carefully formulated for your skin, and so will not damage the delicate cells. Laser treatment is fast becoming the most popular treatment, as it has a very high success rate.
Don’t be frightened about the idea of having rosacea. Bill Clinton and Princess Diana both lived with and conquered it, and so can you. If you have symptoms of rosacea, be sure to schedule a visit to your Newport News dermatologist today.
Fractional CO2 resurfacing is the physician’s choice for turning back the clock on aged skin. CO2 laser resurfacing decreases wrinkles and improves texture creating healthy radiant skin. While one of the most popular skin tightening and skin rejuvenation treatments, fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing can also be an effective treatment for scars from burns, acne or other trauma. One of the advantages of using Fractional CO2 Laser is the ability to target multiple cosmetic problems afflicting facial skin at the same time:
- Uneven pigmentation from UV damage and aging
- Loose skin on neck and lax skin about the eyes
- Deep creases around the lower face and mouth from age or scaring
- Fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks
Time Tested Therapy
CO2 lasers have been around for over a decade. In that time, CO2 laser technology has improved in effectiveness as well as dramatically reduced negative side effects. With Fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treatments, longer recovery times are no longer necessary. Results can be seen soon after treatment and continue to improve during the coming months.
Safer Than Traditional Laser
Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is safer than traditional laser resurfacing treatments. During treatment, no oral medication, injections, or sedation is required due to minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic is applied to your skin to make the procedure more comfortable during treatment. Patients are treated faster and more precisely because the doctor has much more control and customization with the fractional CO2 laser. While delivering excellent results, this therapy is minimally invasive and extremely safe.
Shorter Recovery Time
With Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing the laser creates thousands of tiny pin points into the skin but leaves the skin around each point intact. This allows for more rapid healing. The fractional CO2 laser can also be customized to allow variable levels of penetration. But even with the most aggressive settings healing is rapid and similar to that of a chemical peel. Minimal redness and swelling only last a few days making the recovery time relatively short.
The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing transformation is truly amazing and tightens skin in a way that the other treatments cannot.
To see if fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is for you, contact our office for an appointment today.
New prescription Mirvaso cream to treat Rosacea may help.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a commonly found skin disease typically causing redness or eruption on the face. It is inclined to affect the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. While rosacea is a chronic condition, the severity tends to come and go based on the individual. While mostly affecting middle-aged (40-60 years old), light-skinned people, it is found predominantly in women though it tends to be more severe in men. Outbreaks of rosacea are characterized by a tendency to blush easily as well as redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots. It is not uncommon for suffers to experience facial itching, burning and stinging.
Rosacea is not contagious and no scientific studies have been done to determine if rosacea conditions are hereditary. However there have been some surveys by the National Rosacea Society that indicate the condition may be inherited.
What Causes Flair Ups?
The exact cause of rosacea is not yet know. Flair ups can occur suddenly and without any forewarning. However, many patients discover over time that their rosacea is triggered by unique factors to them. Flair ups may be triggered by environmental factors, immune response, stress, or lifestyle habits. While there is continuing research into these areas, none has yet to be proven.
Rosacea can affect people in several different ways: acne and tender inflamed bumps on the face or neck, irritation and sensitivity of the skin of the face and redness with easy flushing of the skin. People can suffer from a combination of any or all of these conditions.
While the acne lesions and bumps can be treated with topical creams and/ or oral medications as recommended by your dermatologist. The redness typically required laser treatment, until now…
New Mirvaso Cream May Help Ease Redness
If you use makeup or coverups to hide the redness on your face, you may want to consider using the new Mirvaso Cream. Mirvaso doesn’t just cover up your rosacea flare ups, it treats the underlying cause by reducing. Clinical studies showed reduce redness for up to 12 hours in patients using Mirvaso.
For our Hampton Roads Rosacea patients, Associates in Dermatology is excited to offer this new treatment. We currently have it available.
Learn more about Mirvaso on their website at http://www.mirvaso.com
Have you ever notice how long and beautiful a child’s eyelashes are? As we age, our lashes begin to thin out, regardless if you are a male or female. Just like in animals, who may not be able to shield their eyes, lashes are a protective mechanism meant to keep debris out. Eyelashes also “frame” our eyes and add beauty.
Should I Be Concerned Regarding My Thinning Eyelashes?
Your eyelashes naturally thin as you age. For the most part, you shouldn’t be overly concerned with it. Your lashes are like the hair on your head. It grows, rests, shed’s, and regrows. Your lashes grow through your eye follicles. The older we get, the slower our growth process becomes. This is how your lashes start to thin out.
Other Reasons For Thinning Eyelashes
If you’re reading this and saying to yourself how you’re not old enough to have thinning lashes, there are a few other reasons your eyelashes could be thinning. Constant rubbing along your lashes or eyelid can cause thinning. This is especially true for women who wear eyeliner and mascara. When you rub to take your makeup off, you are irritating your lids and your eyelashes.
Another reason for thinning of your lashes is simply having eye irritants. If you rub your eyes constantly, you eventually will irritate the follicles. Also, there is pure scientific reasoning of thinning lashes including family heredity, taking certain medications, and certain medical conditions. For any major concerns regarding your eyes, you should always speak with your primary doctor or optometrist.
What Are Home Treatment Options For My Thinning Eyelashes?
You don’t have to live with thinned lashes. There are home remedies that can help you achieve the look of beautiful eyelashes again. Most are temporary, but you will feel great about them and possibly fool everyone around you. Whatever method you choose, be sure to give your lids a breather.
Wear eye makeup such as mascara. There are so many mascara products on the market now such as thickening or extended lash formulas.
False lashes are a huge hit in today’s beauty era. You can find eyelash strips to apply yourself at home or go to your salon professional for strand by strand extremely natural looking lashes.
Are There Other Options For My Thinning Eyelashes?
There is also a prescription treatment available and you can speak to your dermatologist about it. It’s called Latisse. Latisse is FDA approved to assist in growing long, healthy, and fuller lashes in approximately 16 weeks.
There is extreme process that only your doctor or dermatologist can determine is right for you. It’s an eyelash transplant. This procedure involves transferring your scalp follicles to your eyelids.
Now that you are aware of all your options regarding thin lashes, you can make an informed decision on what to do about them, if anything at all.
Make sure to talk to your dermatologist before applying any unnatural treatment to your eyelids.
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Summer brings time off from school and work as well as the opportunity for some outdoor fun. Since many of us spend most of our times indoors while working or at school, it’s important to be aware of your skin as you travel and play outside for your summer vacation. Protect your skin with sunscreen while you’re having fun.
Tip #1: Seal up your sunscreen
The last thing you want when you arrive at your long-awaited vacation destination is to discover soiled or ruined clothing. Keeping your sunscreen in a zip lock bag in your suitcase will prevent this sad event. A sealed zip lock back is particularly important when you use spray on sunscreen or check your luggage. The spray on sunscreen can easily get jostled while the baggage handlers are tossing your luggage.
Tip #2: Purchase travel -sized sunscreen
With the hefty baggage fees on many airlines, if you’re like me, you’re traveling lighter nowadays with carry on luggage. TSA requires all liquids and gels in carry-on baggage to be in 3.4 oz bottles (max) and be in one quart-sized bag. But even with this requirement, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen. Many sunscreen brands offer travel-sized alternatives. If you have a specialty sunscreen, consider putting them into travel-sized containers you can purchase at your local drugstore.
Tip #3: Bring along your hat
Hats are gaining popularity as a fashionable accessory again, but while it may be popular, wearing a hat in the sun can also be life saving. With sunscreen maybe your first defense, wearing a hat protects your head and your neck from any sun exposure. Make it special by having a hat you use just for vacations. Better yet, start a collection of hats you purchase on each vacation. Hats are popular tourist items with the name of your favorite vacation spot. And don’t forget to wear the hat you brought on vacation.
What summer travel tips would you share? Let us know in the comments below . . .
At first glance, the sunscreen bottles, tubes and canisters on store shelves this spring may not look much different from what consumers have seen in the past.
Take a closer look. Gone are the misleading terms such as “waterproof” and “sunblock.” Added are warnings that some products don’t protect against wrinkles and skin cancer and that others do so only as part of a larger sun-protection plan.
These changes and others are the result of new labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration. The long-delayed rules cover all sunscreen products shipped by large manufacturers since mid-December.
Although consumers may still spot some old products shipped before the deadline, most of the 4,500 or so re-labeled products should be on shelves now or very soon, says Fara Ahmed, who represents sunscreen makers for the Personal Care Products Council. The switch is a hug undertaking, she says, because it includes not only beach and sport products, but every makeup, moisturizer or lip balm that carries an SPF (sun protection factor) number.
Will the new labels help consumers better protect their skin from damage?
They will, skin health experts say – if consumers take the time to read the fine print and then choose and use the products wisely.
Still, limiting time in the sun, especially at midday, and wearing long sleeves, pants, hats and sunglasses are probably more important than any sunscreen, says Sonya Lunder, analyst with the Environmental Working Group. The group has been critical of what it says are hyped sunscreen claims and unproven safety.
The FDA, the industry and many dermatologiest say that the products on the market are safe and effective but that the advice not to relyon sunscreen alone is important.
“Sun protection is a total package” and includes shade, broad-brimmed hats and “common sense,” says Henry Lim, chief of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
“We’re not anti-sun,” says dermatologiest Ellen Marmur of New York City. “You can go out there and have fun. But there are ways to make it safer.”
SPF numbers still matter.
This is the number that tells you how well a product protects you from sunburn, caused by ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. The numbers range from 2 to 100 or more. For a good margin of safety, choose products with SPFs of at least 30 to 50, says Henry Lim, chief of Dermatology at Henry ford Hospital in Detroit. Keep in mind that you get the promised protection only if you apply the product liberally and often (at least every two hours).
Low SPFs now come with a warning.
Products with SPFs below 15 must carry warnings that they protect only against sunburn, not skin againg or skin cancer. Such products, often sold as “tanning lotions,” are not recommended by dermatologists but “there’s definitely a market of people in suntanning denial who are still using them,” says Ellen Marmur, a New York City dermatologist and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology.
Water-resistant does not mean waterproof.
Labels can no longer say that sunscreens are waterproof or sweat-proof, because all of them wash or wear off. The new labels can claim water resistance, but must tell consumers how often to reapply the product when swimming or sweating – every 40 minutes or every 80 minutes. Those claims also must be backed by testing.
Broad-spectrum claims are backed by testing.
Dermatologist have long recommended broad spectrum sunscreens, those that offer significant protection from both UVB and UVA rays. Both kinds of rays contribute to wrinkles and skin cancer. Now products must pass a standard test before they make that claim.
Sunscreen is never enough.
Broad spectrum sunscreens with SPFs of 15 and above now carry labels that say they “can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging” if used as directed – in combination wiht limiting your time in the sun, especially at midday, and wearing long sleeves, pants, hats and sunglasses.
This article was written by Kim Painter for the May 22, 2013 issue of USAToday.