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Ah autumn! (And Acne?)

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!

–Dr. Gwyn

Chemical Peels, the Unsung Heroes in Skin Rejuvenation

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

 

Exfoliation Exposed

We are always eager to increase the turnover and sloughing of dull skin cells that are sitting on our skin’s surface.  There are right ways and wrong ways to attempt to do this.

Mechanical exfoliants such as scrubs and exfoliating “gadgets” can provide exfoliation, however if the superficial skin cells are too adherent to the surface, you will end up disrupting the skin’s barrier, leading to moisture loss and further exacerbation of your rough or dry skin condition. Worse, if you use scrubs made of shells, seeds or other “non-smooth” substances you add scratches and abrasions to the mix of already unhappy skin.

Your best bet is to seek consultation with a skin care specialist who can evaluate your skin type and condition to develop a program of clinical and home-based skin care solutions.  Give us a call if you would like to know more. 

–Dr. Gwyn @ Rejuvenate Rx 509-290-6149

Virgin coconut oil bests mineral oil for dermatitis, xerosis

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.

04/16/13  

 



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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.

The MicroPeel Deal

skincare2I recommend MicroPeels to anyone who wishes to combat skin damage and intrinsic skin aging.  You will love how your skin looks and feels after each and every one!

There is absolutely no down time for healing.  There is no soreness, no redness, no flaking or sloughing with a MicroPeel.

The MicroPeel is both a rejuvenating and correcting skin procedure that is performed in a medical setting. It is a patented, three-step process.  First, a physical exfoliation removes the superficial layer of dead cells. Next, a chemical peel specifically tailored to your skin type is applied to promote the second exfoliation. The treatment is completed with Cryogenic Therapy which exfoliates the just-treated epidermal layer and soothes your skin.

The MicroPeel performed in a series of 4-6 procedures has been shown to have clinical results comparable to a high-cost mid-dermal chemical peel; yet at a much lower cost and without any downtime for post-procedural healing.

A MicroPeel series is one the most effective, most convenient and most cost-effective methods of skin rejuvenation that I have seen since I became a medical skin specialist.  Call us if you would like to know more. 

-Dr. Gwyn

“Arrrgh” is for Rosacea!

If you have Rosacea, you have sensitive skin.  Not just sensitive skin–Hyper–sensitive skin.  I’m not talking sensitive in the usual sense of eczema or allergic skin types.  I’m talking exaggerated skin responses to substances and products at which normal skin might merely scoff.   This is why we get inflammation in structures of the facial skin.  That is also why our skin reacts in a “bad way” to many treatments that we have tried. Whether it’s excessive redness, soreness, flaking, bumps, cysts or pimples; Rosacea is physically and emotionally distressing.  Untreated, Rosacea causes the skin to thicken in some areas like the nose and forehead;  it also causes excess surface blood vessel formation on our faces; and don’t forget the permanent scarring and/or hyperpigmentation from inflamed cysts and pimples.

Rosacea is more common than you think.  It reportedly affects women three times more than men; however this may be due to the fact that men typically do not report the condition.  About 10% of people in North America are affected to some degree with Rosacea.

All people with Rosacea suffer embarrassing skin changes depending to the extent that their skin is affected.  All forms of Rosacea are challenging when it comes to treatment.  Forms of Rosacea that mimic acne conditions can be extremely troublesome to control, especially given their psychological effects.

At Rejuvenate Rx, we take your skin seriously.  We have expertise in managing all forms of Rosacea.  We will work closely to help you find which products and treatments work best for you.  Because we have a licensed physician on site, we are able to provide a fusion of prescription and non-prescription clinical care that is the right mix to help control the Arrrgh’s.  –Dr. Gwyn