Posts Tagged ‘topical vitamin c’

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

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

Skin of Color – A tasty twist on sun protection

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.

ACNE Talking points

Just as our approach to skin rejuvenation is multifaceted; at Rejuvenate Rx we approach acne care from several different directions.
Home skincare combined with prescription care is a good foundation, however in my opinion all individuals with acne can benefit from office procedures.

Chemical peels, cryotherapy and other acne procedures are extremely helpful in controlling and clearing acne.   They help to clear pores, increase cellular turnover and speed resolution of stubborn acne lesions.

Good to know as well: There are quick fixes even for problematic acne lesions the day before a big event.

Combined with the proper skincare program, corrective procedures and professional maintenance have proven to be great strategies to get your skin clear and keep you clear for the long run.

If you would like to know more about acne treatments at Rejuvenate Rx call us at (509) 290-6149 or find us on Facebook.

Eyelid Eczema- Consider the Source!

When you have eczema your skin is more sensitive than someone who doesn’t have it. Eyelids are more susceptible to eczema than most areas on your body because eyelid skin is thin and very reactive to irritants.

It is important to know that the rash didn’t appear because your eczema “felt” like flaring up. Something triggered it.

In many cases, that “something” is coming in direct (or indirect) contact with the skin around your eyes. Think about metals such as nickel, tin and gold (yes even wedding rings.) Consider chemical ingredients found in shampoos, laundry detergents, skincare products, makeup, rubber gloves, sunscreens and nail polish. Sometimes winter dry skin is all that is needed to increase your sensitivity to a metal or chemical that never caused any problem before.

We at Rejuvenate Rx are ready to help figure out the cause of the problem when it starts. However, you can start your investigation right away by eliminating (or changing) some of the items above for 2-4 weeks at a time—keep track of any changes you’ve made on your calendar. If you are still stumped, come on in for help! –Dr. Gwyn

Rejuvenate on the road!!

The mobile spa will be at Custom Weddings on January 19, 2013!

More on Topical Vitamin C

It’s not just for breakfast anymore.  Not only does topical vitamin C provide added protection against damaging UVA and UVB radiation, but it has many other benefits.  Topically applied vitamin C reduces skin inflammation, promotes collagen production, strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, reduces healing time after corrective procedures and reduces hyperpigmentation.    The result is younger appearing and healthier skin.
SkinCeuticals has the only vitamin C preparations that have been proven to absorb properly into your skin.   In fact, research has proven that the bases used by many other companies block the effective absorption of the vitamins and nutrients in their products.

In my opinion, anyone who is interested in protecting and preserving the health and appearance of your skin should be using a proven formulation of topical vitamin C every day.  I have several different formulations of topical vitamin C from SkinCeuticals available at Rejuvenate Rx.

~Dr. Gwyn

It’s not the heat, it’s Infrared Radiation…..

Our skin can’t stand the heat — or too much of it on the skin’s surface.  All warm or hot objects are giving off infrared radiation.  This is not a bad thing.  Our skin uses antioxidants (such as vitamin C)  to protect itself from cellular damage caused by heating the skin.  Skin cells, collagen and elastin sustain damage when there exists an imbalance between the amount of infrared radiation absorbed by our skin and the amount of antioxidants that are present for protection and correction of damage.
Infrared radiation causes free radical formation in the layers of our skin.  Free radicals set off a cascade of events in our skin that leads to premature aging.  Our natural skin-defenders are equipped to handle a moderate amount of infrared radiation without upsetting the balance that leads to skin damage.  Unfortunately it is all too easy to overwhelm our skin’s supply of protective antioxidants. Heat from the sun is the major cause of excess infrared radiation on the skin’s surface.   It is already well-known that sunscreens are incapable of blocking infrared rays.  Recent research has proven that superficially applied infrared energy depletes antioxidants in the skin while increasing levels of substances that contribute to skin damage and aging.

Our body’s ability to deliver dietary antioxidants in the form of diet and nutritional supplements to the skin’s  surface is limited by nature.  The best known method of supplementing our skin’s ability to neutralize damage from infrared radiation is the application of topical antioxidants; especially Vitamin C, Vitamin E and some specific plant antioxidants that have been scientifically proven to penetrate and protect the skin.

Phloretin CFCE Ferulic and other SkinCeuticals antioxidant formulations protect your skin against damage from not only UV radiation but also infrared radiation.   This translates into younger looking skin and a lower risk for many skin cancers.  I have several antioxidant formulations available for sale at Rejuvenate Rx.  Call (509)290-6149  if you would like to know more.

~Dr. Gwyn