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Since we, “the new kids in town” opened in June of 2012 we have been growing and garnering recognition as the “place to go” for corrective skincare, injectables and esthetic services in Spokane and the surrounding areas.
We’ve added some services including eyelash extensions and spider vein treatments. Plus, you’ve been telling your friends about Dr. Gwyn’s skills at BotoxTM, JuvedermTM; and removing age spots and other sun damage with her special treatments.
Now we are entering into another phase of our evolution: A new location! We couldn’t be more excited about joining the premiere businesses at the Wandemere Village West (picture Starbucks, Mel’s, Sweet Frostings…) We expect to transition to the new space in mid-May. We will be expanding our available days, hours and staff once we are in our new home.
We are grateful for your friendship and support–and definitely enjoying this ride. Come join in the fun!
You have become our friends and cheerleaders. We are so grateful for your respect and confidence in referring us to your friends and family… these are true gifts.
We are especially excited we’ll get a chance to hang out with you at our open house on Thursday, December 12th from 4-6 pm. AKA, “the gratitude party”. We want to treat you to special deals just for you, swag bags, chair massages, cool demos and groovy prize. There will be some yummy snacks and champagne (which is always a plus.)
Let’s celebrate a year’s hard work and joy moments, and toast a new year of fabulous, healthy skin.
Can’t wait to see you there!
–Dr. Gwyn, Kim and Chris at Rejuvenate Rx
Glabellar lines (also called frown lines) are vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows as we get older. Over time, repeated muscle contraction combined with less skin elasticity results in those lines becoming visible even when we are not frowning. As we age, muscles may also develop some residual tonicity (incomplete muscle relaxation) that makes the creases visible even when we are “relaxed.”
What to do about it?
Refraining from knitting your eyebrows is one technique for avoiding glabellar creases. This may work for those of us who are able to employ this strategy. I tend to knit my brows at the slightest need for concentration (epic fail on that one although I did try.)
Proper skin care, good hydration, sunglasses and healthy lifestyle choices may help decrease the appearance of the lines once they appear however there is no evidence to suggest that they are treatments for glabellar lines in and of themselves.
A neuromodulator such as Botoxtm is far and away the best treatment for glabellar creases. These medications block nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions and allow the muscles to relax. The overlying skin is then able to smooth out; improving or eliminating those glabellar creases. A typical treatment with Botoxtm for the glabellar area is 20 units for women and 30 units for men; but remember that the amount of Botoxtm needed to achieve the desired result varies from person to person.
You should also know that Botoxtm takes 3 days to take effect and 14 days before the full effect is reached; therefore, you should always return to your injector after two weeks to determine if your results are optimal or if a little more medication is needed. Once you are optimally treated, the effects of Botoxtm will generally last from 3-5 months, depending on how actively you contract your muscles and other factors such as exercise and metabolism. You can plan for treatment 3-4 times a year as a guide.
“I have never met anyone who’s had Botoxtm done well who didn’t want to do it again.”
–Dr. Gwyn @ Rejuvenate Rx—your prescription for healthy skin
Crisp air, warm fireplaces, beautiful foliage, acne breakouts……Yes, fall is the season of acne flares. The cooler, drier weather pulls moisture from the surface of the skin. Oils become a little more viscous and sluggish when moving up through the pores. The result is more dead skin cells on the surface and more plugged pores below; not a good combination for those of us who are prone to acne.
I would like to share some tips for curbing the willingness of our skin to misbehave in the cooler weather.
#1—Don’t over-dry your skin. I know the tendency is to use harsher, drying acne formulations when our skin is breaking out. But don’t! This only increases the amount of dry skin cells on the surface. Your skin senses dehydration and produces even more oil which promotes bacterial activity. Use low foaming or even lotion cleansers.
#2–Exfoliate but don’t traumatize your skin. Use smooth, round exfoliating beads rather than sharp, ground seed pods (like apricot shells.) Use salicylic-acid products to promote gentle cell by cell exfoliation without over-drying your skin. Now would also be the time to get a professional facial that includes a mild chemical peel.
#3—Moisturize your skin. Use a light moisturizing lotion for daytime and a heavier, more emollient moisturizer at night. Apply the moisturizer after cleaning your face while the skin is still damp to seal in precious moisture. I prefer to skip the moisturizers that have alpha-hydroxy acids in them; instead I prefer to use cleansers that have salicylic or alpha-hydroxy acids (that are then rinsed off.)
#4—Spot treat with formulations that contain salicylic acid rather than benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid penetrates the spot without over-drying your skin the way BP can.
If you are still struggling with unresolved complexion issues please give us a call (509)290-6149 for other treatments, including prescription solutions. Consultations are always complimentary. At Rejuvenate Rx we love working with you to clear up acne and promote beautiful healthy skin.
Enjoy every season!
We are very excited to offer sclerotherapy services at Rejuvenate Rx. Sclerotherapy is an injection therapy that works to eliminate unsightly spider veins on your legs or just about anywhere else.
Spider veins or telangiectasias are small thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin; although they are considered mainly a “cosmetic” problem, they can cause sensations of burning or itching at times.
Sclerotherapy is the method for eliminating superficial spider veins by the injection of a “sclerosing” agent directly into the affected blood vessels using a very fine needle. The result is closure and the eventual disappearance of the spider veins.
Most of the time you will require several sessions to achieve your desirable result; although certain blood vessels will be successfully treated on the first session, there are usually many vessels that need treatment over a few visits. The number of treatments you need depends on how many areas need treatment and how many blood vessels there are.
To help achieve the best results we will meet with you at least 1 week prior to your first procedure to review medical history, discuss the procedure and review aftercare protocols.
We look forward to seeing you. Give us a call at (509) 290-6149 if you want to know more about what we can do for you at Rejuvenate Rx!
Acne breakouts are caused by blocked pores (follicles.) We don’t know all the reasons that the follicles become obstructed, but when they do oil that is produced in oil glands cannot exit the pores to moisturize the skin effectively. Instead, the sebum (oil) along with skin cells along the pore becomes trapped. The combination forms a sticky plug which effectively traps bacteria in the pore where they multiply and cause inflammation.
One of the most effective treatments for acne, used alone or in combination with other therapies is chemical peels.
At Rejuvenate Rx, we specialize in both chemical peels and other acne treatments. If you have been frustrated by acne we would love to help you. Call (509) 290-6149 to learn more. –Dr. Gwyn
They may have fallen off the radar screens among those sexy sounding laser procedures for skin anti-aging techniques; but the simple truth behind the power of chemical peels is “They work.”
Chemical Peels have been clinically shown to build collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin. The dermis is the layer of skin that “plumps from within.” Chemical Peels also cause rapid exfoliation of millions of layers of dead skin cells and speed cellular turnover—hence the radiance and glowing complexion. Over time, chemical peels are your best ally against hyperpigmentation and blotchiness, especially when specifically formulated with anti-pigmentation ingredients. Acne is another condition that benefits greatly from clinical chemical peels.
An even nicer truth about certain chemical peels such as SkinCeuticals MicroPeels TM is that they leave your skin smooth, hydrated and glowing. There is no down time. There is no redness or flaking.
Last, but not least: The cost of a series of MicroPeels is much less than a single laser treatment and certainly less than a series of laser treatments.
If you would like to know more about our anti-aging treatments at Rejuvenate Rx, please call us at (509)290-6149. –Dr. Gwyn
As we get older, hair starts to grow in all sorts of places that one could consider unsightly. Unfortunately, this hair can also be difficult to remove. Nose hair is a very common area of unwanted extra hair growth. This can be improved by waxing the hair instead of using alternative methods. Although you have other ways of removing nose hair, waxing truly makes the most sense.
Nose-hair trimmer. This will give you quick results but you will be left with stubble and the hair will begin to grow back almost immediately.
Scissors: With this option you are again left with stubble and the hair grows back quickly as well. Accidental cuts are common.
Hair removal creams: Not recommended for the nose due to a high probability of chemical burns in the nostril and respiratory side effects.
Tweezers: Ouch! This will take a long time if you are removing a large amount of hair. It will also be painful as you are pulling hairs out one at a time or a few at a time at best.
Electrolysis: This involves a needle that penetrates the skin and is placed next to the hair follicle. It then sends an electric current to destroy the root and the dead hair must then be tweezed. The needle must be inserted into every single hair follicle which is hard to do with a small area such as the nose. Prepare for hours of pain.
Waxing: This procedure literally takes about a minute per nostril. You get long-lasting results because the hair is removed in its entirety. A new hair must grow back in its place which will take weeks. Our esthetician has great technique for this procedure—don’t watch internet videos, she uses a very different technique which we would be happy to explain to you on the phone or in person.
Instead of incorporating a hair removal method that requires everyday management, choose waxing and get back living life without worrying about those unattractive nose hairs. Kim Jarrell our licensed esthetician at Rejuvenate Rx is well-known for her gentle touch and expertise in waxing. Make an appointment for services or complimentary consultation at (509)290-6149.
Interesting article on how foods can help protect our skin from sun damage—Dr. Gwyn
Skin of Color
Skin of Color – A tasty twist on sun protection
May 17, 2013
By: NAISSAN WESLEY, M.D., Skin & Allergy News Digital Network
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In an effort to improve sun protection and curb skin cancer, dermatologists are doing a better job of educating patients of all skin types about the consequences of UV damage. Sunscreen manufacturers also continue to develop more elegant formulations of both chemical and physical blockers that do not leave a whitish hue on darker skin.
But what about some other, lesser-known innovative ways we can protect ourselves without looking chalky?
Just in time for summer, here’s some food for thought.
Strawberries, as well as other darker-colored berries, are known to contain polyphenols that are antioxidants. Researchers in Italy and Spain tested a strawberry extract on cultured human fibroblasts to see whether there was a photoprotective effect. They added strawberry extract in different concentrations (0.05, 0.25, and 0.5 mg/mL) to all but the control group. They then exposed the samples to a dose of UV light “equivalent to 90 minutes of midday summer sun in the French Riviera,” said lead investigator Maurizio Battino. Strawberry extract, especially at a concentration of 0.5 mg/mL, provided UVA protection, and not only boosted cell survival and viability, but also minimized DNA damage, compared with the effects on control cells (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2012;60:2322-70). Perhaps there will be topical sunscreens that contain strawberry extract in the future.
Other foods high in antioxidants that have been considered to have potential sun-protective benefits include bell peppers (red, yellow, green) and yellow squash (high in carotenoids); tomatoes and watermelon (high in lycopene); dark berries such as blueberries, acai, blackberries, and cranberries (rich in anthocyanin); turmeric root (curcumin); pomegranate (ellagic acid); green and black tea (catechins); dark cocoa (flavenols); green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale (xanthophylls, oxygenated carotenoids); and fish such as mackerel, salmon, trout, herring, and sardines (omega-3 fatty acids).
Of course, just because certain foods have protective benefits does not mean we can advise patients to eat some fruits and veggies and then go lie in the sun sans sunscreen. These foods are not a replacement for the more common methods of sun protection, but they certainly contribute to overall health and, by extension, to healthy skin of all types.
This column, “Skin of Color,” appears regularly in Skin & Allergy News, a publication of Frontline Medical Communications. Dr. Wesley practices dermatology in Beverly Hills, Calif. Scan the QR code to read this column online at skinandallergynews.com.
Here is a great article on virgin coconut oil as therapy for both eczema and xerosis (very dry skin) – Dr. Gwyn
By: SHARON WORCESTER, Skin & Allergy News Digital Network
MIAMI BEACH – Virgin coconut oil is superior to mineral oil for lessening both the signs and symptoms of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis in children and senile xerosis in elderly adults, according to findings from separate randomized controlled studies.
In the pediatric atopic dermatitis study, 117 children were randomized to receive 8 weeks of twice-daily topical application of either virgin coconut oil (VCO) or mineral oil. Of those treated with VCO, 93% experienced improvement on the Scoring Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) index, compared with 53% of those treated with mineral oil. An excellent response, defined as 75% or greater improvement on SCORAD, occurred in 46% and 19% of the patients in the VCO and mineral oil groups, respectively, Dr. Mara Therese P. Evangelista reported at the annual meeting of the American Contact Dermatitis Society.
The children treated with topical VCO were 85% more likely to experience treatment success than those treated with mineral oil, said Dr. Evangelista, a resident at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila, Philippines.
Like mineral oil, VCO has both occlusive and emollient properties. But unlike mineral oil, it is believed to have both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, Dr. Evangelista said.
In this double-blind study, the VCO was significantly more effective than mineral oil on all subjective and objective measures, including SCORAD, transepidermal water loss, and skin capacitance, she noted.
Treatment was safe and well tolerated; no differences were noted between the groups with respect to adverse effects.
VCO, which is readily available in health food stores and in many Asian food markets, represents an effective and inexpensive alternative to other commercially available moisturizers for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in children, Dr. Evangelista concluded.
Similarly, in the senile xerosis study, 148 patients with mild to moderate leg xerosis were randomized to receive 2 weeks of twice-daily application of either VCO or mineral oil. The therapeutic response rate was 32.1% in those treated with VCO, compared with 8.9% for those treated with mineral oil, Dr. Mariecon Escuadro reported in a poster at the meeting.
VCO treatment was associated with significant improvement on most subjective and objective measures used in this assessor-blinded study, including the Overall Disability Sum Score (ODSS), patient-assessed efficacy, corneometer reading, and sebumeter reading (relative risk reductions of 60.5%, 27.6%, 51.75%, and 55.5%, respectively), said Dr. Escuadro of the University of the Philippines, Manila.
Scores on the Filipino Dermatology Life Quality Index did not differ significantly between the two groups, nor did adverse events.
VCO in this study was associated with effective and immediate improvement in senile xerosis of the legs in elderly patients, Dr. Escuadro said.
The ACDS Annual Meeting Review Committee reported resolving any real or apparent conflicts of interest prior to presentations being made at the annual meeting.
Major finding: Children with atopic dermatitis treated with VCO showed a 93% improvement in the SCORAD index, versus a 53% improvement for those treated with mineral oil. Therapeutic response rates in elderly adults with senile xerosis were 32.1% and 8.9% for treatment with VCO and mineral oil, respectively.
Data source: Two randomized controlled trials.
Disclosures: The ACDS Annual Meeting Review Committee reported resolving any real or apparent conflicts of interest prior to presentations being made at the annual meeting.