Everyday when I wake up, I try to do so with an open mind ready for the new possibilities that that day will present to us. And just like reseting our computers are key to make them work properly, waking up with a clean slate is key to maintaining that freshness and curiosity that allows us to get rid of that anxiety and feeling of overwhelm, letting us stay on track.
Well, I would like to apply this to our skin and wellness routines. Many times my clients come to my office with pigmentation from melasma, coupled with feeling loaded with futile attempts that have cost them precious time and money. Unfortunately, melasma takes time and discipline and commitment to a routine. While, we many times want to make magic, believe it or not magic may require work and time. So next time you try to manifest an even pigmentation, think vitamins, nutrition, products on your skin, treatments, and last but not least, making sure your are compliant with your after care requirements. Regarding treatments, we try to avoid harsh treatments. We usually start with scheduling several peels, coupled with microneedle or light fractional radiofrequency treatments. In the case of melasma, while we can’t control our hormones, we can affect how are skin reacts to these, and, yes, we can help and improve it, but it’s a long road ahead and it never goes away.
As usual, please call us with your questions at 305-356-7402. As always, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
Now that summer is getting closer, some clients are starting to get that shine again. And while the shine is not welcomed, it usually comes with other accompaniments such as greasy skin, oil build up, breakouts, enlarged pores, acne scars, and more…
There are many reasons behind this, starting with overactive sebaceous glands, as well as environmental pollutants and dirt that can get trapped by oil in the pores and cause those blackheads. To make matters worse, bacteria can get trapped, resulting in acne. Unfortunately this affects both men and women, specially men given their thicker skin, excess sebum production, and day to day grooming regime, which by stripping natural oils from the skin, signals the skin to produce more oil. Hormones are a big culprit behind this too, specially when under stress.
However, not all is bad…Oily skin gives us increased protection against the harmful U/V rays and burns less than drier skin types. Oily skin gets less wrinkles and ages at a slower rate. The solution is to keep that oil in check.
So what should we watch out for? To keep that sebum production in check we should find ways to manage stress, eat healthy and drink lots of water, Why? Because there are some foods that will cause our sebaceous glands to produce more oils and because by drinking water we keep our bodies hydrated and help ourselves get rid of those toxins. There are also treatments and products that can help.
For more information, call us at Med Aesthetics Miami, 305-356-7402. As always, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
When my son’s friend came to visit him recently, I couldn’t help but notice the scars on his skin. Of course I had to bite my tongue to not say anything, but teen acne and acne in general is a major concern for many of us and rightly so, because those pimples can result in scars and pigmentation. In the case of teens, these can even cause them to withdraw from social activities, including social media.
Extracting acne lesions from the skin without creating damage is key, but however there is a fine line. Too much pressure and leaving bacteria behind can cause bruising, more scars, and it can leave the problem unresolved. Furthermore, not all acne is the same. For example, some is caused by constant pressure, friction or trauma, such as when using the phones. In this case, an adequate professional treatment coupled with good home care can probably resolve the problem. Whereas in the case of pseudofolliculitis barbae, caused by hair, we may need to extract and use salicylic or other chemical at the office depending on the skin and even the climate.
There’s really no simple solution, since as always many variables are involved and no one size fits all treatment exists. It is really the client’s skin that should dictate the best approach. As always, call Med Aesthetics Miami for more information and remember…”Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
Many times when my clients come to my office, they ask me what products they should be using. Other times, they don’t ask for fear of costly recommendations. The truth is that a beauty routine should be designed to fit the person’s lifestyle and budget. However, these “skin care maps” when accompanied by treatments should always include pre-treatment options, as well as “at-home” options for better results. If any of these two are missing, the treatment results may not be the same. When I design these plans, and if a client is on a budget, I always try to incorporate what he/she recently purchased even if these are not exactly what I would recommend and even if they don’t support my skin care goals fully (I do make clear what my recommendations would be): we do have to respect financial limits.
Having said that, there are some basic ingredients that I like to include in a skin care routine. For example, Vitamin A will help us treat most skin malfunctions, including wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, by working with the DNA of the cells. Vitamin C (and Vitamin E) are powerful antioxidants. They also help us stimulate collagen production. To support the vascularity of the skin, Vitamin K is key. There are other possibilities, but we would need more space to discuss the different alternatives. Different areas of the skin will have different requirements.
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Recently I noticed many of my clients were going through life changing circumstances such as divorce, losses, and the like. Questions about their appearance and weight which resulted from these circumstances, had a direct impact on how they saw themselves.
Yes mental health matters…and it matters both ways: on how we see ourselves and on how we tolerate and react to the treatments. For example, my young client, who came with her mother for laser, started screaming when she saw the machine angled towards her as a result of anxiety. Furthermore, mental health affects how we take care of ourselves in terms of sleep, food and exercise, and these have a direct impact on our skin. In other words, unhealthy eating habits where we fail to take our essential fatty acids, vitamins A / C / E, choline, etc; and lack of sleep, will not allow our cells to perform its functions to the best of their abilities, and therefore result in suboptimal skin.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, there are many legs to a stool. Taking into account the different legs will make a sturdier stool. Next time you look in the mirror, don’t just think about the treatment you just had, but instead think about those other variables within your control that affect your skin, and that when paying attention to them will maximize the results you get from the treatments.
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Why peel? Chemical peels have been used for a very long time for exfoliation of the skin, for removing dead cells, and for helping in the skin’s natural processes. Peels can help treat different conditions from acne, scars, hyperpigmentation, and more. They have been very popular because of their effectiveness and lower cost relative to other procedures.
While there are different types of peels with different components ranging from mild to deep, in my opinion several milder peels are better than one deep one. To me these peels, preserve your epidermis, yet result in excellent benefits to your skin. Mild peels will exfoliate superficially, while medium peels will reach the dermis with potential excessive peeling and downtime.
So which peel should you use on your skin? Lactic, glycolic, TCA? There are many different peels used to treat different conditions, but they each have a place and time. The ideal one for you, as well as the frequency, can be determined during the consultation. Make sure you don’t forget to discuss any allergies you may have and other lifestyle factors. After the peel, sun protection, and high grade products with antioxidants are a must. After care is key to achieving optimal results. Just remember, you may experience to different degrees redness, dryness, sun sensitivity, and some scabbing, swelling and peeling.
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Did You Know May Is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month? Ever since President Reagan began advising the people to stay out of the sun in 1985 after his surgery to remove a basal cell carcinoma, the American Academy of Dermatology has been conducting free skin cancer screenings. The reason behind this is that skin cancer outweighs all other types of cancer combined. Only this year, there are an expected 5.4 million new cases of diagnosed skin cancer. Our goal today is to increase awareness, so that our readers can try to avoid the risks, which helps us stay healthy. Some risk factors include, having actinic keratosis, past treatment with radiation, a weakened immune system, been exposed to arsenic, a fair complexion, been exposed to sunlight over long periods of time. Other factors include having a few large or many small moles, a family history of unusual moles or melanoma, and a history of many blistering sunburns. An individual whose skin freckles, tans poorly, or burns easily after sun exposure is particularly susceptible to developing skin cancer. While many people with Caucasian skin are aware of this risk, many darker skin types are not equally aware that they too are at risk and should take the necessary measures to protect their skin from the sun. For example, darker skin types tend to have lower levels of vitamin D, for which a supplement is recommended. Our last thought by detecting any changes in tissue early on, it may be easier to treat these…Screening does help! For more information, call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402, by email at info@ medaestheticsmiami.com, or you can look us up online at http://www.medaestheticsmiami.com