If You’re Curious About Nonsurgical Facial Procedures…

More and more people are trying nonsurgical procedures to improve the appearance of their skin lately.  At the Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics we educate and train people to perform procedures like some listed in the article below every day.  If you want to learn about things like microneedling and laser treatments before trying them, then this article by The Chronicle from Harvard Women’s Health Watch is a great read!

Want to take years off your face? These treatments can rejuvenate your skin

An increasing array of nonsurgical products and procedures aim to reduce the effects of time and sun exposure

PUBLISHED MAR 19, 2017 AT 6:01 AM (UPDATED FEB 27, 2017)


It’s often said that our lives are written on our faces. But if you feel like doing a little editing ? erasing a few fine lines, softening a deep furrow, or evening out some patchy spots ? there’s an increasing array of products and procedures to help rejuvenate skin worn by time and sun exposure.

“When it comes to skin treatments, there’s lots of good news in therapies for medical conditions as well as cosmetic concerns,” says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, adjunct professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

A growing population of healthy, active older women who want to look as young as they feel has spurred the development of skin rejuvenation techniques that are more subtle and have much shorter recovery times than facelifts.

“It’s important to choose your treatments with care and to check and double-check the reputation and accreditation of clinicians performing invasive skin procedures,” Dr. Arndt says.

You may want to consult a dermatologist to weigh the possible risks and likely benefits of various treatments. Cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance, so cost might also be an important factor in choosing a skin rejuvenation procedure.

The most common proceduresThe following are several often-used techniques to remove fine wrinkles, scars, uneven pigmentation, and other imperfections.

Botox. Injections of botulinum toxin ? a category that includes Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin ? are relatively affordable, have very few risks, and require no recovery time. And they’re quite effective at temporarily smoothing a wrinkled face, brow, or neck.

Soft tissue fillers. Injections of soft-tissue fillers under the skin can add height to cheekbones, improve the jaw line, diminish acne or surgical scars, restore fullness to hollow cheeks and eyes, fill fine vertical lines, resculpt lips, and fill in nasolabial folds (the deep lines that run from the outside of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth). Some fillers, such as hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid, are eventually absorbed by the body. Others contain tiny beads of solid materials suspended in gel. The gel is absorbed over time, and the beads form a scaffold for collagen growth.

Chemical peels. Peels are used to treat wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, precancerous skin growths, and superficial scarring. An acid solution?usually glycolic, salicylic, or trichloroacetic acid?is applied to the skin, dissolving skin cells and removing the top layers of the epidermis. The effects vary based on how deeply the peel penetrates, which is determined by the type and strength of the solution used.

Microdermabrasion. In this procedure, the doctor or aesthetician sands an area with tiny aluminum hydroxide crystals to create smoother-looking skin. It’s relatively inexpensive, and no recovery time is needed.

Microneedling. This technique ? in which a doctor repeatedly applies an electric or battery-operated instrument containing multiple small, thin, sharp needles to the skin ? isn’t as painful as it sounds. The needles cause tiny injuries that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Therapeutic substances, such as hyaluronic acid or ascorbic acid, can be applied before or after needling so the substance penetrates deeply. This procedure is relatively risk-free and inexpensive.

Laser therapy. Lasers can remove moderate to deep lines and wrinkles and significantly improve skin tone, texture, and tightness. Lasers’ ability to target specific types of cells in distinct skin layers enables them to treat conditions such as port-wine stains, pigmented birthmarks, and spider veins. They can also erase acne pits and many other scars. Your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can help you determine which type of laser therapy is best for you.

Yes, you can try these at homeHome chemical peels and micro-derm-abrasion kits generally have the same ingredients as medical professionals use, but in lower concentrations. There are also a variety of home microneedling rollers that can be used to deliver retinols, moisturizers, and other compounds into the skin. Home laser, LED light, and ultrasound devices are also less powerful than professional equipment, but they can be effective if you have the patience to perform treatments on a frequent basis for many weeks or months.

These products and devices can remove dead skin and diminish scars and fine lines safely for a fraction of the cost of professional treatment. Because the results are less dramatic, nonprescription options work best for minor skin flaws. Be sure to read and follow directions to use them safely. 

Source: Harvard Women’s Health Watch: hsph.harvard.edu


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Skincare Myths Debunked

It is easy to want to try every skincare tip you hear about without doing any research.  Companies are always announcing the latest and greatest methods for keeping great skin with use of their products.  We are here to tell you that there is a lot of false advertising out there!  Alex Hendrickson of Style Blueprint compiled some of the biggest skincare myths juxtaposed with their truths in the article below.  Read the first few and then follow the link to read the rest on their website!

Don’t Fall Victim to These Skincare Myths!

Alex Hendrickson | Style Blueprint

Rumors are flying and misconceptions are being shared about skincare. With all the products available and advice being doled out, it?s easy to get overwhelmed and, frankly, confused about what?s best for our skin. In an effort to mitigate the chaos, we tapped into six of Nashville?s most knowledgeable skincare experts to set the record straight. They shared the most common myths they hear and debunked them with actual truths. Read on to see which mistakes you have been making and what you should be doing instead.

MYTH: The most important thing is to cleanse and moisturize.

TRUTH: Grayson Woods, M.D., of Woods Aesthetics, notes that many of her clients think if they are using a good cleanser and moisturizer then their skincare is covered. In fact, it?s the exact opposite. ?If you?re on a budget and need to skimp on anything in your regimen, let that be your cleanser and moisturizer. Your money is best spent on the products containing medical-grade active ingredients,? she says. ?Vitamins and antioxidants, retinol, pigment-treating products and growth factors are just a few of the products to invest in that produce amazing results. We recommend CE Ferulic by SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica Retinol Complex and SkinMedica Lytera, and a great all-in-one with growth factor is SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. If you invest in your active ingredients and need to save a little, head to your local drugstore and purchase a simple cleanser and moisturizer with limited ingredients such as CeraVe or Cetaphil.?

MYTH: The higher the SPF in sunscreen, the better.

TRUTH: This is actually true to an extent, says Jennifer Lee, M.D., of REN Dermatology. ?Studies have shown that SPF 15 blocks approximately 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. There is no sunscreen that can block 100% of UV rays,? she explains. ?Over SPF 50, the added benefit of a higher SPF is minimal. I recommend using SPF 30 on a daily basis (to help protect from sun damage throughout the day) and SPF 50 for outdoor activities. Again, re-applying sunscreen every two hours while you?re outdoors is very important. Also make sure you are using enough sunscreen to adequately cover your body and get the full SPF effect. If you are applying sunscreen to your entire body, an easy tip is to use 1 ounce, which is equivalent to one shot glass.

?It is also well established that people of all skin colors get skin cancer,? Dr. Lee continues. ?For instance, the skin cancer rates in Hispanics in the United States grew by 43% from 2000 to 2010. More often, their skin cancers, including melanoma, were diagnosed at a later stage and were more advanced. Despite your perceived ability to tan well, it is still important to use sunscreen for skin cancer prevention!?

MYTH: More is better.

TRUTH: ?Why waste time and money on a million steps when you can get fabulous, better results using just a few high-quality professional products recommended by a skincare professional?? asks Tami Sprintz Hall of Escape Day Spa + Salon. ?When you use too many products, you also run the risk of over-sensitizing your skin. Keep it simple and quick ? think quality over quantity.?

Don’t Jump on the Drinkable Sunscreen Bandwagon

A new type of sunscreen is in the works with the idea that you’re supposed to drink it. Sound too good to be true? The Iowa Office of the Attorney General says it is. A lawsuit has been filed claiming it isn’t safe at all. We are all about protecting your skin from the sun, especially here in Arizona. But we think you should stick to your normal sunscreen. To learn more about this sunscreen and the dispute read the article below.

If slurping down a bottle of water to shield the sun’s harmful UV rays sounds too good to be true, well, it probably is. At least, the Iowa Office of the Attorney General thinks so.

On Tuesday, a consumer fraud lawsuit was filed by the Iowa Office of the Attorney General claiming Osmosis Skincare and Harmonized Water?two Colorado-based brands owned by a doctor, Benjamin Taylor Johnson?manufacture “drinkable sunscreen,” that are “seriously flawed” and “flat-out dangerous.” The lawsuit alleges that the products, which were advertised as being formulated with sun-shielding properties to protect users from UV light, “recklessly gave consumers hollow assurances that they were protected from known health hazards.”

The products, dubbed the “world’s first drinkable sunscreen,” are said to be formulated with a form of radio frequencies, called scalar waves, which, when ingested, “vibrate above the skin to neutralize UVA and UVB [rays], creating protection comparable to SPF 30,” according to Osmosis Skincare and Harmonized Water. But Iowa’s Attorney General, Tom Miller, isn’t buying it. “We allege that Johnson and his companies put consumers at considerable risk by claiming that spraying UV Neutralizer into their mouths will provide hours of sun protection,” he said in a statement. “It’s flat-out dangerous to consumers to make them think without any proof that this water protects them from what we know is proven?potentially cancer-causing exposure to the sun.”

If you think that sounds fishy, too, we’re right there with you. Which is why, when we reported on the concept a few years back, dermatologists were hesitant?even then?to jump on board with the idea of ingestible sun protection. “Some supplements have been shown in clinical trials to minimize the harmful effects UV light has on the skin,” Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, previously toldAllure. “They work by helping to boost the skin’s ability to fight off damage and by enhancing antioxidant activity. No supplement, however, should take the place of traditional sun-protection measures, like wearing sunscreen, and exercising sun-protective behaviors, such as seeking shade between peak hours of 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and wearing sun-protective clothing, hats, and glasses.”


More sunscreen facts to know:

  1. A New Sunscreen Study Finds That It Can Reverse Signs of Aging
  2. Many Sunscreens Don’t Meet American Academy of Dermatology Standards
  3. Everything You Need to Know About Sunscreen Serums

To add more to the sunscreen saga, Johnson, the doctor behind both drinkable SPF formulas, has been in trouble with the law years prior. As Buzzfeed reports, Johnson surrendered his Colorado medical license after patient complaints and was caught selling Viagra online?without offering medical exams?in 1999. He continues to hold his medical license in the state of California, and told Buzzfeed he believes in his products, and claims the lawsuit is “full of falsities and misleading statements.”

“I think it is important to note that we have been selling this remarkable product for about five years,” Johnson told Buzzfeed.”We have had thousands of re-orders. Surely people understand that as a successful skin-care company it would make no sense that we would sell people a fake sun protection water?.and if we did, how long does one think those sales would last?”

Suffice to say, there’s a lot happening with this lawsuit. No matter if you believe the drinkable sunscreen products work or not, without having tested the products ourselves, we can’t make a full analysis of the success (or lack thereof) of them. We will say, though, you should always wear your daily SPF?broad spectrum SPF 30, at the minimum?whether you’re guzzling something extra or not.

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Now, here’s a recap on the history of sunscreen:

Source: http://www.allure.com/story/drinkable-sunscreen-lawsuit