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.

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!

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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!

Skin Resurfacing with the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional

From wrinkles to stretch marks and everything in between, Pearl Fractional is the “one laser” to choose to renew the surface of the skin with instant and noticeable results after just one treatment. Fractional skin resurfacing uses micro-beams of laser energy to create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis into the dermis. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger looking skin.

Pearl Fractional laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns on different areas of the body, such as:

  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Stretch marks
  • Surgical scars
  • Enlarged pores
  • Moderate to severe acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Moderate to deep wrinkles
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven pigmentation

When compared to traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, Pearl Fractional produces similar results with much less downtime and significant results after only a single treatment. A recent comparative study to other fractional devices demonstrated that Pearl Fractional was a more comfortable patient experience; further, the treatment is possible with only topical anesthetics.

Because of the intensity of skin resurfacing, we strongly advise patients to consider laser skin resurfacing during the winter months to avoid damage causing UV ray exposure from the sun on newly resurfaced, fresh skin.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for Pearl Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.

Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 is essential for overall health and vitality. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids enable the reduction of acne and improve the health of the skin cell membrane, by providing a barrier against harmful properties resulting from the environment. The membrane is the powerhouse of the cell’s ability to hold water and thus, yields moister within the skin for softer, more robust and wrinkle-free skin.

Amongst the many benefits, omega 3 aids the delivery of nutrients to effectively enter the cell, while ensuring waste is properly discarded. This process helps to guard the skin against becoming acne-prone or rosacea prone, and further promotes “anti-aging” properties. Its anti-inflammatory traits have also been linked to mood-enhancing benefits.

To maintain a healthier skin complexion, make sure to incorporate foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include seafood (especially tuna and salmon) as well as walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed.

For individuals that want to consume omega-3 in the form of supplements, intake a tablespoon of fish oil. Make sure there are no added preservatives or fragrances, and the oil has been purified to remove any mercury or other toxic substances. If you prefer tablet forms, intake 200mg DHA and 300 mg EPA omega-3 pills daily.

Individuals suffering from skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, melasma, skin aging, hyperpigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, should avoid foods that spike insulin levels, including sugar, white flour, simple carbohydrates and starchy goods. Insulin is directly linked to spike in inflammation, which can irritate and worsen any skin condition.

For more information on how to maintain healthy skin, as well as to treat any existing skin conditions, contact NewDermaMed Cosmetic and Advanced Laser Clinic. Our board-certified medical professionals will be happy to provide you with a free consultation with the VISIA Complexion Analysis. With this revolutionary medical technology we are able to assess your current skin condition and effectively assist you with all your inquiries and concerns regarding your skin care regimen.

Avoiding Milk for a Clear Complexion

It is often recommended to drink 3 glasses of milk a day to promote growth and help keep our bones healthy. Milk is rich in proteins, fats, calcium, sugars, but there is also the abundance of precursors of testosterone, progesterone, insulin as well as other growth hormones that can contribute to acne prone skin.

Milk tends to be an active part of our North American diets – from cereal in the morning to our coffees throughout the day. Some ways that milk triggers acne are:

  • The testosterone in milk activates sebum glands to overproduce oils, therefore resulting in oily skin and the blockage of pores.
  • Insulin in milk has an affect on the adrenal glands, which produces more oil and also impairs immune responses and low-grade inflammation from chronic stress.
  • Testosterone and milk together, as a result, causes severely blemished complexions.
  • The milk in sugar, known as lactose, spikes our insulin levels. This harbours perfect conditions for acne.
  • Milk causes a massive surge in insulin, which contribute to the increase in insulin and basal insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) plasma levels.
  • Increase insulin and IFG-I activates acne target genes, which in turn activate androgen receptors.
  • As a result, comedones (also known as black heads and white heads) are formed, followed by the over production of oil in the sebaceous glands, and the inflammation of follicles.

Whether it is milk you bought at the grocery store, or organic milk, the overall composition of milk carry acne triggering compounds. In addition, the abundance of growth-promoting hormones present in milk are unsuitable for humans, which can cause other complications such as; obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

To reduce your acne, it is advised that you remove milk and other diary products from your diet. The restriction of milk consumption can increasingly contribute to attaining a clear complexion and increased health. There are a variety of other ways to intake calcium into our bodies, such as vegetables and beans.

For other acne preventative measures and to treat your current acne, contact our medical professionals at NewDermaMed and schedule your complimentary skin analysis today. We can help you get to the root causes of your acne and provide you with effective medical solutions to treat it.