Posts Tagged ‘vitamin C’

Rejuvenate Rx’s Holiday Open House— we are so thankful for YOU!

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

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

Major finding: Key numerical finding (e.g., number needed to treat to prevent one death/event; number lived or died as result of intervention). Data source: Include type of study (e.g., randomized, placebo controlled trial; retrospective case-control study).

Disclosures: Sponsor of study, funding source, relevant disclosures. If author has no relevant disclosures, “Dr. X reported having no financial disclosures.” If necessary, “Meeting Y did not require reports of financial disclosures.”

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.

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.

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.

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

Nail Advice

As a skincare and medical professional, I am often asked about nail health. I found a good article recently that had some great guidelines to protect your nails and the skin around them. – Dr. Gwyn

Patient Advice for Healthy Nail Care

1. Purchase a set of your own instruments and take them to the nail salon for the technicians to use; especially
if you visit the nail salon regularly.

2. Chemicals, detergents, excess moisture, and trauma are harmful to nails. Avoid them when
possible.

3. Wear gloves for household chores, gardening, and mechanical manipulations.

4. Avoid overaggressive nail technicians; remember the cuticle protects the nail matrix which when
injured, results in a damaged and/or weakened nail plate and could even cause permanent scarring.

5. Nails are not screwdrivers, scrapers, or staple removers; do not use them as such.

6. Use caution with extra-long nails; they may easily result in substantial injury to the nail unit
and its components.

Source: Cutis Volume 89 April 2012

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.
http://www.the-calm.com/events/put-your-best-face-forward-spend-an-evening-with-dr-gwyn/

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.

Rejuvenate on the road!!

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

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