Posts Tagged ‘inflammation’

Summer Skin Tips

Warm temperatures and longer days keep your mood light but acne flares can become an issue in the summertime.

Higher temperatures can increase facial oil production which can lead to clogged pores; contributing to black heads and breakouts.   Sweating also contributes to inflammation which can worsen acne.

A few simple changes to your skin regimen can help control summer skin problems.

1)      Gentle yet diligent–Wash your face with a non-drying foaming or lotion cleanser twice a day.  Avoid harsh soaps and toners which can dry out the superficial skin layers and stimulate more oil production.  You may want to let your cleanser set on your skin for a minute or two prior to rinsing.

2)      Unplug—a quality clay mask a few times a week is great for absorbing oil and clearing pores.

3)      Go lightly or skip—a lighter moisturizer or hydrating gel is usually enough to keep your skin happy.  Many skip moisturizers altogether in the summer.  Drinking plenty of water will help  keep your skin plump and soft.

4)      Protect—Use a gentle facial sunscreen daily.  Choose a product with an SPF of at least 30.  Try a tinted mineral sunscreen.  Mineral sunscreens are great because they reflect UV radiation rather than absorbing the rays and causing heat damage to the skin.

5)      Seek guidance—Come see us at Rejuvenate Rx for a little help if your acne continues to bother.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

–Dr. Gwyn

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

Break the Acne Cycle

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

 

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

The Destructive Duo: Blemishes and Aging

Many of us suffered through acne during our teen years with reassurances that the acne would “only be for a few more years.”   “It’ll go away soon dear,” was the advice we heard from our parents, family members and even our doctors.

For some of us, those reassuring words were true.  For others of us…..not so much.   For some reason we continue to be plagued with the acne scourge well past our teens, twenties and even into our thirties, forties and fifties.   Somewhere in our thirties and forties onward we also have to pay more attention to sun damage and other skin changes associated with aging.

SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Defense serum is a novel acne treatment that pairs blemish therapy/prevention with the benefits of anti-aging properties.  The formulation has been shown to reduce sebum production, decrease the growth of P.acnes bacteria, minimize hyperpigmentation and fight inflammation.  It also promotes efficient and uniform exfoliation of dead skin cells, and thus keeps pores clear and complexion bright.  In fact, in a recent head-to- head study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in June 2012 Blemish and Age Defense out performed a popular prescription acne therapy.  Blemish and Age Defense  is a great therapy for teenagers as well; after all, it’s never too early to prevent skin damage!

For more information, call us or visit our website at Rejuvenate-Rx.com   –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