Q: My skin is looking dull these days. I am in my mid 30’s. I want smooth, glowing skin again. What can I do?
SkinMD Answer: There are a handful of options to get the glow back to your skin depending on your skin type and skin color. After proper cleansing, SkinMD recommends a retinol or alpha hydroxy acid product to help with skin cell turn over. Add to this an antioxidant moisturizer and an SPF 30+ sunscreen. Remember that for best protection, your sunscreen should be applied generously in the morning, before UV exposure and re-applied every 2-3 hours throughout the day. For those of us who wear make-up, SkinMD loves Colorescience Sunforgettables SPF30 retractable brush. With this brush, you can maintain optimal sun protection through out the day, while keeping you make-up light and natural.
Expect to see results in about 6 to 8 weeks.
Q: I want to get rid of sun-damage and these fine lines I am starting to see on my face. What can I be doing now so the lines do not get worse?
SkinMD Answer: Depending on your skin type and color, cleanse your face with a Glycolic Cleanser, using a Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. SkinMD likes the ease of use and clinical benefits of TNS Essential Serum used twice daily. Add a retinol cream at night and watch those fine lines smooth away.
As always, SkinMD advises you to use an SPF 30 sunscreen through out the day. It is your best defense from sun-damage and your number 1 anti-aging product.
Q: My skin is dry, and I have brown splotches on my forehead and cheeks. I also have wrinkles. Please tell me how to make all these go away?
SkinMD Answer: A simple at-home regimen would be to start by cleansing your skin with a gentle or milky lotion cleanser. Use a Vitamin C cream along with your antioxidant moisturizer and SPF 30 sunscreen in the day time. At night, after cleansing, use a Retinol cream and an emollient cream for added hydration. SkinMD has her favorites.
You can improve both wrinkles and brown splotches and boost your at-home results by adding in-office peels or vibrafacial with infusions for added hydration, exfoliation and lightening.
Q: I am in my 30’s. I am starting to see lines around my eyes and my forehead. I also breakout occasionally. What can I do?
SkinMD Answer: Depending on your skin type and color, use an appropriate cleanser, followed by an antioxidant moisturizer, then SPF30 sunscreen. In the evening, after cleansing, use a retinol followed by your moisturizer.
Botox is a great addition to the regimen I outlined above. After thorough evaluation, SkinMD will let you know if Botox is appropriate for you.
Q: I am in my late 40’s. I have started noticing red splotches and blood vessels around my nose and across my cheeks. I do not have a lot of wrinkles and use sunscreen everyday.
SkinMD Answer: Kudos to you for daily sunscreen use! SkinMD advises ALL our patients, regardless of age or ethnicity, to use a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen daily. 24/7/365 is our drumbeat. After assessing your current skin care regimen at home and making sure it is optimized, SkinMD recommends a series of photofacials , also known as IPL or fotofacial treatments. This will target the blood vessels and red splotches you are noticing. IPL, photofacial treatments will also address brown spots or pigmentation from sun damage for those whom this is a concern.
Typically, three to five IPL treatments will be needed, along with once of twice yearly maintenance, depending on home care, any underlying cause of the redness and blood vessels and sun exposure.
The answers above are general recommendations and do not/ should not replace thorough medical evaluation by and consultation with a medical professional that specializes in skin health.
For individual, customized care and recommendations, please call SkinMD at (206) 525-0903. We will be happy to assist you in scheduling your visit and giving you the best skin care solutions to fit your needs. Visit SkinMD at www.skinmdseattle.com for details on many of the services and procedures we offer.