Is Cosmetic Surgery the Same as Plastic Surgery?

We are often asked by our clients, is cosmetic surgery the same as plastic surgery? Though the term plastic surgery is often used interchangeably with cosmetic surgery the nature of the two surgeries are in fact different. Though both types of surgeries can be geared at changing the appearance of the patient they are each done for different reasons. Continue reading “Is Cosmetic Surgery the Same as Plastic Surgery?”

The pH Factor of Youthful Skin

The complexion we all crave starts from the inside out!

The pH of our bodies plays a huge factor on our internal workings, and affects our bodes largest organ – our skin. The pH scale measures from 0-14, 0 being the most acidic and 14 the  most alkaline. Ideal pH for the human body is almost in the middle, leaning more towards the alkaline side being in the range of 7.3 -7.5. Many factors, such a diet and lifestyle habits affect our pH level. An acidic environment is a breeding ground for disease and bacteria, while a neutral to slightly alkaline environment is resistant to bacteria. For example, when the body is alkaline your risk of catching a cold from the person who sneezes on you on the subway drastically decreases. When your body has an acidic pH, your body is vulnerable to bacteria, disease and premature aging.

So how can we improve our pH to a neutral/alkaline level? The first step is cutting out  acid-contributing food and beverages! Limit alcohol, processed sugars, artificial sugar substitutes, refined white flours, animal products (especially dairy)  -all of these foods are gluten and acid-forming. Another tip? Eat your leafy dark greens just like your mom used to tell you;) Green vegetables are especially alkaline to not only balance your pH but also to create  the optimal environment for bright, radiant skin. A good rule of thumb for  fruit is the brighter the colour, the more antioxidant and alkaline packed they are.

Another external factor that lower our pH levels is a lack of sleep -its easily accessible to everyone and doesn’t cost a dime! Often underestimated, getting proper sleep creates an environment for your body to focus on cell regeneration. The popularized term “beauty sleep” could not be more true. A restful nights sleep can often elude us – but before heading to your doctors office for a prescription there are many plant-based supplements which can help coax us into a restful nights sleep.

Magnesium is an extraordinary mineral which most of us do not get enough of. Magnesium can help ease away tension and stress at bedtime as well as hugely improve bouts of restless leg syndrome. As it so happens, magnesium is also one of the most highly alkaline minerals in the body. Not sure if you’re getting enough? A simple way to tell is by checking the tops of your fingernails. Often times ridges in the fingernails are a sign of a magnesium deficiency. There are countless wonderful sources of magnesium as well including the afore mentioned leafy greens such as spinach, kale and bok choy, soy beans (order a helping of edamame and your body will thank you!) avocados, whole grains (such as brown rice), bananas -however your best bet is to sneak them in while snacking on nuts and seeds -especially pumpkin seeds (pepitas, which are also excellent sources of iron for all of us vegetarians who are prone to being anemic) followed by sesame seeds, brazil nuts, almonds and cashews.

Making positive minor changes in everyday life can reap huge rewards in our overall well-being not only in how we feel but how we look. So do yourself some good and visit the produce aisle to help balance out your pH before getting a restful nights sleep -your skin will thank you for it!

 

 

 

 

The Difference Between Physical and Chemical Sunscreens

Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays, while chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays. Some chemical filters can scatter sun rays, but still mostly just absorb them.

All sunscreens have an active ingredient (also known as a UV filter) that protects you from the sun.

Physical UV Filters:

  • Titanium dioxide (TiO2)
  • Zinc oxide (ZnO)

Chemical UV Filters:

  • Octylcrylene
  • Avobenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Homosalate
  • Helioplex
  • 4-MBC
  • Mexoryl SX and XL
  • Tinosorb S and M
  • Uvinul T 150
  • Uvinul A Plus

Stability

You want to choose a sunscreen which has active ingredients that are photostable, meaning they retain their stability upon exposure to sunlight and are unchanged. Physical UV filters are generally stable, however you do want to be careful when choosing a chemical sunscreen, as not all of them stay unaffected with sun exposure (avobenzone, for instance, is notoriously unstable).

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All EltaMD sunscreens at NewDermaMed are formulated with zinc oxide, which is the most photostable sunscreen ingredient.

Comedogenicity

Many people with oilier, break out prone skin tend to stray away from using an SPF because they worry it may worsen their skin. Chemical filters tend to be more irritating to the skin, and in some cases, may even cause allergic reactions. Those with problematic skin will want to choose a sunscreen formulated with zinc oxide, as it is generally safe and can be used even on the most delicate skin. Titanium dioxide can cause problems for some people. If you break out from mineral makeup, it’s the titanium dioxide that could be the culprit.

Protection

Chemical filters generally offer more coverage against UVA and UVB rays than physical sunscreens, but the range of protection will depend on the photostability of its active ingredient. Because your skin needs to time to absorb chemicals, you need to wait 20 minutes post-application for effective sun protection.

Titanium dioxide protects against UVB rays, but not the full spectrum of UVA rays. Zinc oxide is the most photostable sunscreen ingredient, and protects against the entire spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. All physical sunscreens begin protecting you immediately upon application.

Texture

Physical sunscreens are thick and opaque, and can sometimes leave a white cast or tint on the skin. It can rub off more easily and must be frequently reapplied. Chemical sunscreens are colorless, odorless, and usually runny. They can even double as a makeup primer, depending on the active formulation.

Safety

All physical sunscreens have been deemed safe and are completely approved by the FDA. While chemical sunscreen are generally safe, some chemical filters can actually generate free radicals, which can cause skin damage, irritation, and even aging. Many chemical UV filters have not been approved by the FDA, but are commonly found in sunscreens sold in Europe and Asia.

Photoaging and UV Exposure

As part of the Ontario Skin Cancer Prevention Act, youths under the age of 18 have been banned from using tanning beds as of this past Thursday, May 1st – perfectly timed, considering May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of the legislation is to protect young people, who are especially vulnerable to damage from UV radiation leading to skin cancer. According to the World Health Organization, the use of tanning beds by individuals under the age of 35 increases your chance of skin cancer by a whopping 75%. In fact, the WHO classifies tanning beds among its highest risk category, which includes tobacco and asbestos.

Aside from serious health effects, long term exposure to UV rays has been proven to cause photoaging by damaging the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres, resulting in premature wrinkles and fine lines. Other side effects of prolonged UV exposure are as follows:

  • Both UVA and UVB cause damage to DNA, with UVB in the epidermis and UVA deeper in the dermis.
  • This damage causes mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene, a gene responsible for repairing damaged DNA (if possible), or discarding cells that are damaged beyond repair.
  • If p53 doesn’t function properly, these highly damaged cells continue to multiply.
  • Around 50% of skin tumors have this mutated p53 gene in them.
  • UVA penetrates deeper into the skin reaching the dermis where collagen, the structural scaffolding of the skin, is located. This causes the skin to sag in places leading to wrinkles.
  • Both UVA and UVB cause the number of Langerhans cells, an important part of the immune system, to decrease, lowering immunity.
  • UVA increases the number of inflammatory cells in the dermis.

Generally, the effects of UV exposure on the skin are permanent, however, thanks to scientific breakthroughs and advances in medical grade technology, they can be minimized and in some cases, completely reversed. Professional treatments like IPL Photo Rejuvenation and Laser Genesis are specifically designed to treat the most common age concerns that are so often a direct result of excessive tanning in our youth, such as deep wrinkles, fine lines, loss of skin elasticity, uneven tone and texture, redness/Rosacea, freckles and age spots, etc;

Taking simple precautions in your everyday routine, such as wearing sunscreen, can also have a hugely positive effect on the overall/longterm condition of your skin. Always choose an SPF formulated with zinc oxide, which is far more photostable than any other sun protecting ingredient.

Foods to Avoid for Healthy Skin

As with most health benefits, healthy skin comes down to lifestyle, rather than how many creams and serums you decide to slap on everyday. While the regular use of sunscreens and anti-aging creams are continuously proven to help slow down the skin’s aging process, what goes inside our bodies also plays a significant role in maintaining a youthful glow. In general, the things you can do to beautify your skin are remarkably similar to what you can do to strengthen your heart, control your weight, lift your mood and improve your overall well-being: Regular exercise, enough sleep and a balanced diet.

Your intestines are made up of approximately 25 feet of spongy tissue, which absorb nutrients into the bloodstream and transfer them to essential organs to be used for nourishment and energy. Without proper nutrition your largest and most visible organ, the skin, does not receive the essential vitamins and minerals required to fight aging and prevent skin conditions such as acne. Eliminating foods that are difficult for the body to digest, process, and eliminate is crucial for maintaining and improving our complexions.

Listed below are some of the worst foods that are likely taking a toll on your skin:

Milk

Several studies have found that milk, regardless of the fat content, is associated with increased acne. 80%-90% of milk comes from pregnant cows, and research has found that naturally occurring growth hormones found in cow’s milk is responsible for the stimulation of acne. Milk is solely intended to build the skeletal structure during development and becomes unnecessary once your body has developed enough to absorb whole foods on its own. We are the only living beings in the animal kingdom that not only drink milk past infancy, but drink another living creature’s milk as well.

By now the majority of us know that Vitamin A is like gold for our skin. Vitamin A that is derived from a plant source (like carrots) is very beneficial to the skin, however, animal sources of Vitamin A (such as milk) are far more acidic and have been linked to skeletal deterioration. Your skin’s pH is naturally on the more acidic side (5.5). Oilier, more acne prone skins are further along the acidic side of the pH scale than their dryer counterparts, and this added acidity from animal sourced Vitamin A can wreak havoc on our sebaceous glands.

For more reasons to avoid milk, check out our post on Avoiding Milk for a Clear Complexion.

Shellfish

Non-fish seafood is loaded with high levels of toxic mercury. Shellfish like shrimp and lobsters can be contaminated with parasites and resistant viruses that may not even be killed with high heat. These creatures, considered scavenger animals, consume foods that are not only detrimental to your skin, but harmful to your overall heath as well.

Crustaceans like shrimp, crab, and lobster are naturally high in iodine, and having too much of this element can lead to acne. Omega-3 rich fish, such as salmon, trout, and halibut, actually improve skin conditions like acne, so consider eating more of these sources of fish rather than shellfish.

Sugar

Sugar has been shown to be just as addictive as stimulant drugs, like cocaine. It is impossible to 100% remove all sugar from diets, however, even the sugar found in fruit need to be eaten in moderation. Processed sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup, and sugar substitutes such as aspartame, should be eliminated altogether. Once its been metabolized, sugar leaves behind an acidic residue that lowers the body’s pH, which can be quite detrimental to the skin.

Research has shown that a diet high in sugars has a similar effect on the skin as a lifetime of lying in the sun. The particular process linking sugar and premature aging is called glycation, which is a chemical process that occurs when blood sugar levels spike. Sugar molecules circulate in the blood and bind to other components to form substances known as protein-sugar complexes – also called advanced glycation end-products, or AGEs. Molecules in your face that are meant to keep you looking young and taut are very vulnerable to sugar. Collagen and elastins are turned into AGEs, and their soft, supple fibres become rigid, leaving your skin saggy and wrinkled.

Salt

Salt (sodium) is a nutrient that is vital in order for your body to function normally, however, eating too much of it can lead to some pretty unpleasant side effects such as bloating and dehydration, which can be very detrimental to your skin. Salt makes us retain water, which leaves our faces looking bloated, puffy, and causes unsightly eye bags which make you look older and tired, even though you may not feel that way. Skin also becomes dry and cracked, and begins to produce overproduce sebum to make up for the lost moisture, which ultimately leads to breakouts and an uneven, blotchy complexion.

Alcohol

Aside from robbing your body of the nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that specifically help it to produce collagen and regenerate new skin cells, drinking too much alcohol also causes your facial blood vessels to dilate, causing uneven tone, rosacea and spider veins to appear. Because alcohol is a diuretic, it causes dehydration and limits your body’s supply of the oxygenated blood that keeps your skin glowing and moist. Drinking can affects hormone levels, which can stimulate excess oil secretion and make you break out more.

Alcohol can increase psoriasis flares, especially in women, and the dry skin patches associated with psoriasis worsen, due to alcohol’s dehydrating effect. Additionally, alcohol can reduce the effectiveness of certain psoriasis drugs.

White Bread

Certain carbohydrates, like the ones with no nutrients in white bread, can cause acne and break down collagen. These types of carbs can spike insulin levels, leading to inflammation. When sugar enters the bloodstream, it attaches to proteins and forms molecules called advanced glycation end products (or AGEs) which damage collagen and elastin and also deactivate protective antioxidants.

Some loaves marketed as “wheat bread” can be just as bad. Oftentimes products will say they’re made from wheat bread, but will contain enriched flour, which is loaded with sugar and not good for skin health. Stick to bread that is 100% whole wheat.

Spring Towards Healthy Skin!

With the season changing, so should your skin care regimen. As we head into the warmer weather, your skin care routine needs to be adjusted in order to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.

Lighten Up

The heavy moisturizing cream that you used in the wintertime may be a little too heavy during spring and summer months. Instead, switch to a sheer, lightweight moisturizing sunscreen, such as EltaMD’s UV Daily SPF 40. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, it increases skin’s smoothness and significantly decreases wrinkles over time, while the 9% transparent zinc oxide offers some serious broad-spectrum UV protection without the pasty white, chalky residue – it’s so light, it’s almost invisible! For those of you on the more sensitive side, this moisturizer is also fragrance-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic.

Makeup palettes should lighten up as well. Set aside your dark lipsticks and shadows and opt lighter neutrals and soft pinks. For daytime use a lip gloss rather than a lipstick, and replace your heavy liquid foundation with a mineral powder or tinted sunscreen (EltaMD’s Tinted UV Physical SPF 41).

Scrub Down

Sloughing off dead skin is a must in any skin care routine, regardless of the season. Regular exfoliation helps you get a closer shave, prevents in-growns, and allows your serums and moisturizers to penetrate deeper. Stay away from products with large, jagged granules, which are quite harsh on facial skin and cause little microscopic scratches on the epidermis, which can lead to a multitude of issues such as broken capillaries, scarring, and hyperpigmentation.

Professional microdermabrasion devices use fine crystals, which pass over the skin with a vacuum or air pulsating wand. This process gently “sandblasts” dead skin cells and rough patches left behind from the dry, winter air, leaving you with a noticeably refreshed complexion immediately after your treatment.

Chemical peels are ideal for eliminating surface-level blemishes and imperfections. A peeling agent (aHA or bHA) is applied to the skin and as a result, the uppermost layer of dead skin slowly peels off. In just a matter of days, dull, rough skin is replaced by a smoother, more radiant complexion. There are a number of at home products that can be used to maintain the results of your chemical peel in between sessions that contain aHAs or bHAs, depending on your skin’s needs. Drier skins, for example, may want to opt for products containing lactic acid (a hydrating aHA derived from milk), like the PCA Nutrient Toner, while those prone to break outs should look for ingredients like salicylic acid (a bHA derived from willow bark that works against P. acne bacterias) such as Circadia’s Cleansing Gel with Salicylic Acid.

Rehydrate From the Inside Out

Those of us with dry skin know all too well how miserable of a feeling it is to have skin that feels less like a baby’s bottom and more like a sheet of sandpaper. Dry/dehydrated skin can cause all sorts of discomfort, such as peeling, flaking, cracking, redness and itching. The good news is you can avoid that all-over itchy feeling by taking time to keep your body well hydrated from the inside out.

The obvious solution to dry skin is to slather on a good moisturizer or hydrating cream, but we often forget that what we put into our bodies is just as important (if not more) as what we put on. By consuming at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day (or more, for people who are highly active and sweat a lot), not only are you flushing out toxins and other impurities from your body, but you are also maintaining your skin’s hydration levels and elasticity — remember: dry skin ages a lot faster!

If you’re looking for an instant fix, oxygen facials are the way to go. Popular amongst A-list celebrities (some self-confessed fans include Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow), oxygen facials use fine mists of oxygen infused with medical grade hyperbaric oxygen and vitamin serums to instantly plump, hydrate, and smooth skin. The germicidal action also makes it extremely beneficial for acne sufferers, and the lightening and vaso-constricting capabilities give instant results for rosacea. The procedure is a quick 30 minute procedure that is beneficial for all skin types and can be repeated as often as once a week.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

When was the last time you looked at your makeup bag (and I mean really looked at it)? Some important factors to consider while debating whether or not it’s time to toss and replace a beauty product are the type of makeup, how it’s been stored, and whether or not you’ve had any cold sores, skin rashes or eye infections. Some cosmetics shouldn’t be kept longer than 3 months, while others (such as nail polishes) can be stored for a couple of years. The following is a general guideline for how long your makeup should be kept:

  • Mascara: Three months
  • Lipstick: One year (some people say longer, so do what’s comfortable)
  • Powder: Up to two years (but wash your applicator regularly)
  • Foundation: 12 to 18 months (oil-based products last longer)
  • Eye and lip pencils: Up to three years (sharpen regularly)
  • Brushes: Wash every 2 to 3 weeks
  • Sponges: Wash weekly, discard monthly

Shave Smart

Let’s be honest here — how many of us actually took the time to shave our legs in the winter as often as we do in the summer? After all, if you’re covered up all day or snowed in from a polar vortex, why bother?

Before you grab the razor, take a few extra minutes to exfoliate your entire body to remove any dead skin from your neck all the way down to your toes. Once you’ve finished shaving, apply your moisturizer while your skin is still a little damp, which helps to lock in moisture and greatly reduces your chance of getting razor bumps.

For those of you who are tired of shaving everyday to avoid that cactus-like feel, laser hair removal is a permanent solution for unwanted hair. Modern, high tech laser treatments can painlessly reduce hair growth on any area of the face or body is as little as 4 to 6 sessions. Designed to be the most outstanding laser hair removal system of modern cosmetic laser technology, the Cutera CoolGlide Nd:YAG at NewDermaMed is the only laser technology that is safe and effective for all skin types. Staying true to its name, the CoolGlide handpiece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin, greatly reducing any feelings of discomfort during the treatment.

Preventing Spider Veins

If you’re under the impression that spider veins and varicose veins only happen in your later years, think again. Contrary to popular belief, visible leg veins are not exclusive to women of a mature age and most of us (yes, men too) will get–at the very least–spider veins at some point in our lives, if not varicose veins as well. From pregnancy to exercise and even sun exposure, spider veins are very common to see on women in their 20s and 30s, and in some cases, as early as their teens. While spider veins in younger people are usually not as serious, that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with and nor should they be ignored.

Known officially as telangiectasia, spider veins are the more common “little cousin” of varicose veins. While spider veins are painless and the result of enlarged venules (very small veins), varicose veins are very dilated, rope-like veins that are often quite painful. The main causes of spider veins are typically weight gain, hormonal changes, genetics or anything that puts pressure on your legs, such as standing for long periods of time.

Taking simple precautions will help to reduce their appearance and lower the risk of the spider veins developing into varicose veins:

  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and to limit spider veins.
  • Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation, and vein strength.
  • Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
  • Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
  • Avoid the habit of sitting with your legs crossed.
  • Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible.
  • If you must stand for a long time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes.
  • If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around or take a short walk every 30 minutes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings and avoid tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin, or legs.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Lower-heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles to help blood move through your veins.
  • Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber, like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain. Eating fiber reduces the chances of constipation, which can contribute to varicose veins. Eating less salt can help with the swelling that comes with varicose veins.
With new advances in laser technology, both spider veins and varicose veins can be safely removed in as little as one treatment at NewDermaMed. By delivering a pulse of laser energy, the blood within the vein coagulates, which destroys the vessel and is harmlessly reabsorbed by the body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.

Spider veins don’t go away on their own, and can worsen over time because of the already weakened vein walls. Laser vein removal is a fast, painless procedure with little to no downtime. It is important not to let spider veins get in the way of your regular routines. Unless it gets painful, you shouldn’t stop exercising or living a healthy, active lifestyle. While we cannot avoid spider veins, they shouldn’t get in the way of your daily life, and can be treated very easily.

NEW PRODUCT: EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46

We’re very excited about this new product! Leading sunscreen maker EltaMD has released a hydrating sunscreen specially formulated for acne prone skin. With an SPF of 46, this oil-free, noncomedogenic moisturizer leaves no residue, while calming and protecting sensitive skin types prone to acne, rosacea and discolouration from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This silky, lightweight formula can be worn alone or under makeup.

All EltaMD sunscreens are formulated with a natural mineral compound called zinc oxide. Unlike some chemical ingredients that may degrade, zinc maintains its protective ability in the sun, making it far more photostable than any sun protecting ingredient. Zinc blocks the widest spectrum of UVA and UVB rays while keeping the skin from burning and minimizing the premature appearance of aging and risk of skin cancer. Zinc is safe for even the most sensitive skin types!

Image via EltaMD.com

Remember: The risks associated with sun exposure are not exclusive to the summer season, and protection from UV radiation is important all year round. UV rays from the sun can reach you even on cloudy days, and also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow.

How to Minimize Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea is a disorder that causes redness, dilated capillaries and sensitivity in the skin. It can sometimes be accompanied with inflamed blemishes that are often mistaken for acne, however they are usually more red and don’t result in blackheads or whiteheads. Because of the sensitivity associated with rosacea, it is important to avoid acne medications as they can be too harsh on the skin and worsen the condition. Those with a combination of rosacea and oily skin tend to experience flakiness as well, but should consider using an enzymatic exfoliant rather than strong acids and physical scrubs.

Although it can occur at any age, rosacea typically begins in your 30s or 40s. If left untreated, it can get a lot worse with age. Rosacea begins on the nose and cheeks and moves outward overtime, progressing more rapidly on women in menopause. This is due to the fact that estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory, thus, when estrogen levels drop during menopause, symptoms of rosacea increase. Delicate, more fair skin types are more susceptible to rosacea than others. Thicker skin types, such as those of Mediterranean descent, have more of a protective barrier in their skin, which makes their skin more resilient and far less prone to rosacea. Sadly, there is no magic cure for rosacea, but by identifying and avoiding what triggers your rosacea, it can be controlled and maintained.

Triggers of Rosacea

Extreme changes in temperature, high levels of stress, strong chemicals and certain foods and drinks need to be avoided as mush as possible. Below is a  list of common triggers:

Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Sun Exposure
  • Strong Winds
  • Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Humidity
  • Dry Heat
Lifestyle Stressors
  • Emotional stress
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Hot showers
  • Spicy foods
  • Certain medications
  • Certain medical conditions
Dietary Stresses
  • Alcohol consumption (especially red wine and beer)
  • Caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee and soft drinks)
  • Citrus fruits
  • Dairy products
  • Hot foods and drinks (that make you flush)
  • Spicy foods

Many people prone to rosacea swear by an alkalizing diet, which consists of reducing acidifying foods that change the body’s pH levels to become more acidic. Foods that should be avoided include meat, processed grains and sugars, soft drinks and caffeine. Stick to more alkalizing foods such as fruits (except for citrus fruits), vegetables and sprouted grain. The idea is that rosacea is the result of too much acid in the body.

Products and Treatments to Avoid

  • Soap (drying and irritating)
  • Granular exfoliating cleansers (too rough on the skin)
  • Cleansing with hot water (heat is a trigger)
  • Wash cloths (too rough on the skin)
  • Toners with alcohols (drying and irritating)
  • Occlusive ingredients (petrolatum, mineral oil trap heat in the skin)
  • Physical scrubs (too abrasive)
  • Microdermabrasion (too abrasive)
  • Cleansing brushes (ex: Clarisonic)
  • Perfumes (known irritant)
  • Strong alpha hydroxy acids (ex: glycolic acid)
  • Benzoyl peroxide (very harsh)
  • Using too many products at the same time (sensitive skin can react)

Quick Tips for Managing Rosacea

  1. Immediately after finishing a strenuous work out, rinse your face with cool water. This will help to subside  the redness and flushing that can occur after physical exertion.
  2. When removing unwanted facial hair, opt for tweezing or threading rather than waxing. Waxing can cause redness, burning and inflammation, and those with thinner or ultra sensitive skin can also experience scabbing and ripped skin.
  3. Gentlemen, opt for an electric shaver instead of a blade, which minimizes unnecessary friction against sensitive skin.
  4. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Besides the obvious reason of shielding your skin from harmful UV rays, ingredients such as silicone (commonly listed asdimethicone or cyclomethicone) can actually reduce inflammation associated with rosacea.
  5. Many people with rosacea shy away from wearing makeup, for fear of further irritating their skin. Rather than staying away completely, look for cosmetics without added fragrances that are formulated for sensitive skin.
  6. Choose a moisturizer with soothing, anti-inflammatory properties such Circadia’s Rose-Ease Relief Cream. This calming, lightweight moisturizer was specially designed to help combat rosacea while promoting moisture retention and supporting skin’s protective barrier function.

These extra precautions can be especially effective in reducing symptoms of rosacea when combined with advanced treatment methods. At NewDermaMed, we have a broad range of laser treatments available to address the redness, flushing, and broken capillaries commonly associated with rosacea. Because different skin types have different needs, our clinic offers complimentary consultations using our VISIA Complexion Analysis to determine the exact underlying cause(s) of your rosacea, allowing us to provide you with a customized treatment plan.

Schedule your appointment with one of NewDermaMed’s medical professionals today and see which rosacea treatment is right for you!

Stretch Marks

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks (also known as striae), are formed when the connective collagen fibers of the dermis are stretched beyond their capacity, which essentially tears the skin and causes scarring. Typically found on the stomach, hips, breasts, arms and thighs, stretch marks are usually caused by weight gain, pregnancy, puberty or other hormonal changes. Although they are completely harmless, they are often an embarrassing concern for both men and women.

90% of women will experience stretch marks during their third trimester of pregnancy. Lighter skin types tend to develop pinkish stretch marks, while those with darker skin are likely to have stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.

Factors that influence whether or not a pregnant woman will get stretch marks:

  • Heredity: If your mother had them, it’s likely that you will too.
  • Ethnicity: Women with lighter skin tones are more prone to them.
  • Water: Keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day decreases your chance of getting stretch marks.
  • Scratching: Itchiness may occur as your stomach expands. Use a rich moisturizer instead of scratching to alleviate itching.
  • Exercise: Sweating frees the body of toxins, and helps to keep your skin supple and soft by improving tone and elasticity.

How can I treat my Stretch Marks?

Up until recent times, the only way to remove stretch marks was by going under the knife and having cosmetic surgery. Now, thank to technological advances in the cosmetic industry, stretch marks can be removed with both the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional laser and Cutera™ Laser Genesis (depending on the type and severity of the stretch marks) in as little as an hour with minimal downtime or discomfort. Laser pulses are penetrated deep into the dermis to stimulate the production of new collagen and repair stretch marks and other imperfections. Maximum results will be visible within one to three months of treatment and as your body continues to produce collagen, your healthy, new tissue will begin to reveal. In short, laser therapy actually “fills in” your stretch marks during the treatment process!

How long do the results from laser Stretch Mark removal last?

Laser therapy is a permanent solution for stretch marks, but more than one treatment may be necessary to completely diminish the appearance of deeper stretch marks. New stretch marks may occur with pregnancies or weight gains, but they too can be removed with Pearl Fractional.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for laser stretch mark removal? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.