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Skin Care Tip of the Day: 10 Tips to Help with Rosacea and Other Inflammatory Skin Conditions
It has been reported that 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, an inflammatory skin disorder that can cause redness, pimples, and broken capillaries. Then there are those of us, who do not suffer from rosacea, but have visibly red skin on a daily basis. We will be discussing what can be done to help reduce the red appearance and improve skin irritation.
First and Foremost, you should consult your doctor before beginning any OTC/home care plan to make sure it does not contraindicate with any of your medications. Here are some tips to help combat and calm irradiated skin. The first two must be done by a doctor and the rest can be purchased OTC.
1. Oral Medications- If you are suffering from rosacea or suspect rosacea, consult your physician or dermatologist for medication to aid in your treatment.
2. Topical Medications- Many topical medications can be prescribed by your doctor and will greatly help reduce skin inflammation.
3. Redness Relief by SkinMedica. This is a great product that has been proven to show visible results in redness reduction in two weeks. It is available for $80 in our office and it should last you over 3 months. Redness Relief has CalmPlex™(4-Ethoxybenzaldehyde) to reduce the appearance of visible redness, and Niacinamide to enhance the barrier function of the skin. It can be used as your moisturizer and treatment cream.
4. Stay away from products that have known skin irritants such as alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint and eucalyptus oil.
5. Life style changes can significantly reduce the amount of flare ups. Avoid excessive sun exposure, heat, wind, and alcohol.
6. Reducing your emotional stress levels has also proven to be helpful in over 79% of rosacea patients surveyed.
7. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46. Broad Spectrum protection and niacinamide to improve barrier function of skin.
8. Keep a food diary to link any foods consumed to your flare ups. Spicy foods are known to make rosacea worse.
9. Stick to 1 or 2 skin care products unless directed to use more by your dermatologist. Too many products actually irritate sensitive skin, causing rosacea to become inflamed.
10. Pay attention to your skin. Note any changes in irritation and inflammation, and record and new products or food consumed that day. The more information you can provide your dermatologist with, the better he or she will be able to prescribe the best treatment for your individual rosecea.
It is important to remember that no two patients are exactly the same, and what triggers your rosecea may or may not trigger the next persons. The more detailed reports you can keep on your level of irritation, the better idea your dermatologist will have when it comes to helping you. Take pictures between appointments of good days and bad days and make sure you document your diet, sun exposure, and products used on those days.
Facial masks are a great way to treat skin specific concerns, and many great facial masks can be made from a few simple ingredients from your pantry! Here are the recipes of some of our favorite masks to treat oily, combination, dry, and sensitive skin.
Oily Skin Mask: 6 non-coated aspirins 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil Crush aspirins into a fine powder and mix into a paste with lemon juice. Add fractionated coconut oil and mix well. Apply to entire face and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse well and apply moisturizer. DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT, ALLERGIC TO ASPIRIN, OR CURRENTLY ON AN ASPIRIN REGIMEN.
Combination Skin Mask: 2 tablespoons Greek Yogurt 1 tablespoon warm honey 5 drops lemon essential oil 1.5 tablespoons ground oatmeal Mix ingredients until well mixed and rub into face for 3 minutes. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse well. Follow with hydrating moisturizer.
Dry Skin Mask: 1 chopped carrot (steamed and soft) 1/2 of an avocado 1 tablespoon warm honey 1/2 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil 5 drops frankincense essential oil 1 egg yoke Mix in food processor or blender for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well and apply hydrating moisturizer.
Sensitive Skin Mask: 1/2 cup plain oatmeal (blended into fine powder) 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil 1 teaspoon warm pure organic honey 1/2 banana 1/3 cup organic milk Blend oatmeal in food processor into fine powder. Mash banana and combine all ingredients into small bowl. Mix until creamy and apply to face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
I hope you enjoy these easy to make facial masks. Check back for daily skin care tips and specials!
Skin Care Tip of the Day: Keratosis Pilaris aka "Chicken Skin"
50% of women suffer from KP and it can be embarrassing and frustrating for anyone who has it. Simple exfoliation isn't enough to calm the bumps and often make them worse. Today we will examine some treatments and products that will help you control and conquer your KP.
Keratosis Pilaris appears on the back and outer sides of the arm , and can also occur on the thighs, hands, tops of legs, sides, and buttocks. When the body produces too much keratin (a type of hard protein), it gets entrapped in the hair follicle and causes the pore to become clogged, resulting in unsightly bumps. Keeping your skin hydrated and exfoliated is key.
In Office Treatment
1. Chemical Peels will greatly reduce the appearance and bumpy texture of KP. A series of 4-6 chemical peels one week apart is recommended. Chemical peels for KP range from $60-$80 and are preformed by our medical aesthetician.
1. Glycolic exfoliates and lotions.
2. Applying lotion immediately after a shower, and no more then 3 minutes after a shower.
3. Using a chemical exfoliate body wash.
I recommend using VI DERM
™ EXFOLIATING BODY LOTION WITH 15% GLYCOLIC ACID & RETINOL $40 in office & VI DERM™ BODY WASH WITH 15% GLYCOLIC ACID & AZELAIC ACID $30 in office.
For questions or to get more information contact Allie at 951-672-4200.
Many of you have been asking what you can do about blonde fuzzy hair on your face, so I wanted to share some popular treatments and discuss the risks vs benefits of each treatment.
So what exactly is vellus hair and why do we have it? Vellus hair is short, fine hair that develops on most of a person's body from his/her childhood. It is most noticeable on women and children, because they do not have terminal hair (dark thick hair ) to cover the vellus hair. Vellus in Latin means "fleece" or "wool". The reason we have vellus hair is pretty simple. Vellus hair provides both thermal insulation and cooling for the body. This insulation regulates body temperature.
Now that you know a little bit about vellus hair, you are probably wondering what you can do to remove it from your face. Here are some of the most popular options available to treat the appearance of vellus hair.
1. Dermaplaning by a licensed aesthetician. Dermaplaning involves the removal of the top layer of the epidermis and vellus hair with a surgical blade. It does not hurt and it is a great form of exfoliation. The only risks involved are the chance of nicks and skin sensitivity. The hair grows back in 3-4 weeks and the price varies from $60-$120 depending on the area. We offer dermaplaning for $75.
2. Depilatory Creams can be used to remove vellus hair by dissolving keratin (the hard protein) in the hair, making it easy to wipe off with a wash cloth. Depilatory creams are an inexpensive way to remove vellus hair, but they should be used with caution. Due to the harsh chemicals contained in the hair removal creams, there is a significant risk of skin sensitivity, redness, and chemical burns. You should not use depilatories if you are going to be exposed to the sun for any length of time. Sun protection must be worn, and failure to due so could result in permanent scarring and hyperpigmentation (brown spots).
3. Waxing is another way to remove vellus hair and the results will last much longer because you are removing the hair from the root. If you have oily or acneic skin, you should avoid waxing your face because the trauma to the sebaceous glands will result in breakouts. Facial waxing ranges in price from $30-$80.
4. Threading is similar to waxing in that it removes hair from the root, and if you have acne it can cause breakouts when preformed over the entire face. Threading is a process in which a thread is used to remove hair by wrapping around a few small strands of hair and pulling the hair from the root. Facial threading can be quite uncomfortable depending on your pain tolerance, but is relatively inexpensive and is usually around $30-$50.
Before you have any vellus hair removal, it is recommended that you patch test any hair removal creams before using them, and that you speak with a licensed aesthetician about the best hair removal treatment for your skin type. Call 951-672-4200 to speak with our aesthetican for more information.