Let’s Talk Excess Hair…

IMG_5097Aside from paying your taxes and the fact that we are on this earth temporarily, another solid truth is that many of us don’t like excess hair. In fact, laser hair removal has been proven to be one of the most psychologically rewarding cosmetic procedures due to its impact on how we feel about ourselves. When we were babies, we had terribly cute Vellus Hair, which is simply the baby fine colorless hair that covers our body. But then comes puberty and hormonal changes in our body and as a result, some of this vellus hair is stimulated by androgens (hormones) to become darker, curlier, and coarser. We call that hair Terminal Hair.
Hirsutism is unwanted terminal hair from excess androgens or increased sensitivity of hair follicles to androgens. Many times hirsutism is stimulated by hormones, with common causes including congenital adrenal hyperplasia, polycystic ovary syndrome, tumors, cushing’s syndrome, and medications. Other times the cause of hirsutism is unknown and that is considered idiopathic hirsutism. While we can try to correct the excess hair with birth control, or medications such as metmorfin, or spironolactone; we usually need to tackle this situation with other alternatives of which I believe laser hair removal is one of the most effective ones.
However, in the process of getting rid of that unwanted hair, we cannot forget to take care of our skin. In fact, our skin needs to be managed.
The goal is to control the products that we use in order to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation, bumps, redness, and irritation. In this sense, remember to avoid sun protection and fade products that are “skin friendly”, to protect the skin barrier, and to not use irritating products. Instead, we recommend you use chemical free sunscreen, avoid antibiotics and irritating chemicals, and use sulfate free cleansers. Don’t use sunscreen with SPF above 40 because these may contain too many u/v absorbing chemicals resulting in a higher risk of hyperpigmentation. Some other examples include Kojic Acid and Hydroquinone, which are u/v sensitizers that make the skin more sensitive to sun exposure.
When in doubt, just call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402. You can also email us at info@medaestheticsmiami.com or look us up online at http://www.medaestheticsmiami.com

Vitamin A Based Cosmeceuticals

Vitamin A Based Cosmeceuticals – Why?

Every day when I wake up, I organize my to do list and write down my priorities and activities for the day and beyond. I make sure I have gas in my car, I pay my electricity bills, I buy food, and so on. However, it was not until a few years ago that I seriously started taking care of my skin. In other words, I began putting quality products on my skin, eating the right ingredients, exercising, and so on to produce beautiful healthy skin throughout my life.

Of all the ingredients that my skin factory needs, Vitamin A is the magical secret needed to improve it and keep it healthy. Vitamin A is crucial to your skin factory from its raw material to much more. Without Vitamin A in large quantities, your skin will age, because low doses will mostly satisfy the needs of your internal organs without reaching the skin.

Important molecules like Vitamin A require special gates to enter the cells, which tend to disappear with sunlight. However Vitamin A is the stimulus needed to make more gates. With time, lines and wrinkles, as well as photo damage are all improved with the continuous and appropriate use of Vitamin A. Vitamin A rich skin makes it really hard for cancer to take hold of it. It also helps with psoriasis, acne, and more. Scarred for life is no longer a predicament.

So how do we apply it? Initially, your skin should receive low doses of Vitamin A to help normalize it and then go on to higher doses as it gets used to it. The reason for this is that damaged skin loses its ability to use the vitamin A normally. That’s why initial accumulation of vitamin A can cause irritation. For more information, call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402…

Nutraceuticals: Are They for Real?

I happen to believe in supplements. While there has been controversial evidence as to their effectiveness, I have felt better when I take supplements, especially when I’m too busy to focus on eating healthy, or when I crave that piece of cake. Given the importance of nutrition in our body, and in our case the skin, I found the tofood-picturepic interesting. After all, “there are several legs in a stool” and many wellness and skincare weapons in our arsenal.

After doing some research, I particularly enjoyed reading Dr. Steve Chaneys’ conclusions from a couple of his studies. The first concerns personalized nutrition and the second, the role of vitamins in the aging process. In his words, I have included them below:

“1)    A recent study showed that personalized nutrition recommendations based on a simple online survey were much more effective than standardized dietary advice at getting people to improve health-related eating habits.

2)    Adding information on blood biomarkers and genetic tests did not enhance the effectiveness of the personalized nutrition recommendations at changing health behaviors. This may change in the future as we improve our understanding of genetic influences on disease risks.”

“1)    Telomeres are the tips at the end of our chromosomes that protect the chromosomes from unraveling.

2)    Our telomeres get progressively shorter as we get older.

3)    Recent studies have shown that our lifestyle can influence the rate of telomere shortening.

4)    Recent studies have also shown that optimal intake of certain nutrients can influence the rate of telomere shortening.

5)    There is a lot that we do not know about telomere length.

6)    In either case, anything we can do to reduce the rate of telomere shortening is probably a good thing.”

I hope you find the information helpful. It is not intended as advice, but may help you as you make your own decisions. As always, you can reach us at info@medaestheticsmiami.com or by phone at 305-356-7402. You can also find us at www.medaestheticsmiami.com.

Many Legs To A Stool

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Down To The Basics

Every morning when I wake up, I look in the mirror and wonder how my skin is doing. I don’t think I’m very different from most of you in that my face is my window to the world, and as such I am keen in making sure it always reflects who I am. However, being in the industry gives me an advantage and that is the possibility to take the time and study the skin extensively inside out.

While there are many little things that we can do every day to help our skin, we have to remember to start with the basics. When talking skin, the basics start with nutrition. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and as such, it reflects a lot of what is happening inside our bodies. There lies the importance of eating well and applying the appropriate topicals to our skin: topicals that actually penetrate the skin barrier giving it the nutrients it requires.

What topicals is a completely different matter. My goal here is to stress the importance of giving your skin what it needs. Regardless, I would like to emphasize the role of Vitamins A, C, E, and your fatty acids. Vitamin A helps with the overall functioning and communication of the skin cells. It is considered a “normalizer” of the skin, with protective metabolic activity. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system, even out the skin tone and stimulate collagen. It is an antioxidant essential in the protection of fat structures; while Vitamin E is another antioxidant, which enhances the effect of sunblock and protects collagen. Regarding your fatty acids, these help with the skin membrane and have an overall impact on the health of the skin.

Lifestyle also matters. In other words, late night meals can result in less absorption of nutrients. Diseases and medications can have a similar effect. We also have to watch other factors such as getting enough exercise and hydration, the number of meals we eat, fat free diets, number of takeaway meals a week, and more since these all can affect how well we absorb important nutrients and the state of our skin. So while nutrition and topicals are important, there are other legs to a stool.

Stay tuned for more on this topic. If we can help answer your questions, please contact us at info@medaestheticsmiami.com or by phone at 305-356-7402.