Posts Tagged ‘treatment’

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


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

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

Acne from all Angles

Acne can affect you no matter what your age. Acne is different for different people and skin types.

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. 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 learn more, give us a call at (509)290-6149 –Dr. Gwyn

Night at The Calm, an evening with Dr. Gwyn

Dr. Gwyn is looking forward to her “night at The Calm”. She’s ready to share some skincare secrets, tips, and plenty of joy.

Join us: April 11, 2013 @ 6:30… feel free to arrive when you are able, and join the conversation.

In first person, from Dr. Gwyn:
The earlier we start caring for our skin properly, the better. Skin care isn’t something you can take for granted. Many of us go along with our daily routine, then wake up one day and look in the mirror and say “wow” I really need to do something. That level of “awakening” varies from one person to another and affects individuals differently at various ages. Fortunately there are measures we can take to improve our skin, regardless of age.
I love being in a relaxed and fun environment where we can share knowledge and experiences. Sharing demonstrations always evokes such positive and enthusiastic responses, like “I didn’t know you could do that!”

When I’m at the Calm I feel at home with friends. It’s a warm, inclusive atmosphere that we have always enjoyed. It provides a safe space where it’s okay to explore and ask questions. And we can provide the answers.

No More Hyperpigmentation Here!

Age spots, giant freckles and dark patches can be very frustrating for both patients and the skin specialist. One, because improvement takes time and two, if not done correctly, therapies such as laser and microdermabrasion can actually cause more hyperpigmentation.

Treating hyperpigmentation is a multifaceted process.  First, we must block or slow down the process of melanin production; second, we interfere with the delivery of melanin to skin cells and third, we break up the existing pigment clusters on the skin’s surfaces.

Vitamin C contributes to the first step of the treatment process along with antioxidant side-benefits. A pigment regulation medication comes next.  In the past, dermatologists used hydroquinone 4% to block pigment formation, however questions of long-term toxicity are now cause for concerns (and bans in Europe.)  I recommend SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator which covers all three steps of the treatment process.  To augment the exfoliation process, retinols can be added to the treatment regimen if your skin tolerates them.  They contribute to the interruption of the melanin clusters and they accelerate epidermal cell turnover. Sun protection is the final, essential step in any treatment and prevention program for hyperpigmentation.

Topical, at-home treatments work gradually.  The process of hyperpigmentation occurred over many months and the time-frame for an at-home treatment is the same.  Be patient and persistent with your treatment program.  The good news with Pigment Regulator is that it can be used as a maintenance therapy year-round as part of your regular skin regimen if you are at high risk for hyperpigmentation.

Clinical epidermal peels in series can be very effective for most pigmentation issues.  Combined with home therapy, pigmentation can be improved greatly. We have peels specifically designed to treat hyperpigmentation at Rejuvenate Rx.

Call us if you would like to learn more!  Consultation is complimentary.  –Dr. Gwyn

National Healthy Skin Month

… perfect timing!

It’s National Healthy Skin Month, let’s celebrate! Dr. Gwyn and her team at Rejuvenate Rx are giving away gift certificates on 92.9 ZZU. Listen to Dave, Ken, and Molly during your morning drive, next week (Nov. 12-16).

Innovations in skin care mean it’s now even easier to improve your health, confidence, and appearance. This is the perfect month to raise awareness and educate the community about gaining healthier skin and protecting your youthful glow.

Dr. Gwyn says, “By November, we’re coping with all kinds of sun damage when our patients haven’t used enough sun block or kept themselves hydrated. Plus, we have to prepare and protect our skin for the harsh winter months.”

Reminders to keep your skin rejuvenated:

  • Sunblock & lip balm
  • Balanced diet (fruits and veggies!)
  • Increase calm, decrease stress (or at least engage in positive techniques to more effectively manage the stress)
  • Hydrate
  • Moisturize
  • Visit Dr. Gwyn at Rejuvenate Rx!

 Read this blog for more information on National Healthy Skin Month

Thank you, Erica Hallock…

Erica Hallock is praising Rejuvenate’s team… for the first time in years, she is acne free! Rejuvenate Rx is now part of her regular routine! “I always look forward to my visits at Rejuvenate Rx, because everyone is so friendly, and I love the work of Dr. Gwyn.”

Some pray acne will end after the teenage years, but unfortunately, many of us know that is not the case. Erica has suffered from acne for most of her adult life. Her acne became even more advanced after she gave birth to her kids. Erica has been working to resolve her acne for eleven years, but nothing seemed to help until she found Dr. Gwyn.

Medically directed, SkinCeuticals MicroPeels are a solution for Erica and her acne. She reveals, “…my face transformed immediately! I had thought a MicroPeel would leave my face hurting, and instead it feels as soft as baby’s skin. Amazing. Instant. And a lot of my skin problems are just gone immediately.” After Dr. Gwyn’s treatments, Erica is bump free for the first time since before she had kids fifteen years ago! She even noticed the MicroPeels helped diminish her wrinkles.

Erica says, “My skin is something that’s been weighing on me for most of my adult life. Dr. Gwyn took the time to figure out what was going on with my skin and devised an individual plan to improve it.”

Erica works in the non-profit industry. She spends a lot of time public speaking and visiting with potential volunteers and donors. She knows that first impression is important, and her skin impacts her self-esteem. She affirms, “If I feel better about myself, I am going to do my job better.”

Rejuvenate’s team is also grateful for Erica, she’s been promoting Rejuvenate all on her own and now she’s part of Rejuvenate’s stories on the radio. Click this link to hear Erica Hallock share her experiences at Rejuvenate Rx, and tune into 92.9ZZU. (Click here to listen)

“I think as moms, as working moms, a lot of times we put everyone before ourselves. It’s the little things that make a difference… and we owe it to ourselves,” continues Erica, “Definitely visit Rejuvenate Rx.”


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