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Costmetic FAQ

Costmetic FAQ

  • I have rosacea on my nose and it is very hard to keep under control with overheating from walking and exercise. Do you know of any way to help prevent the worsening of the rash?

    Rosacea can be difficult to control. It does exacerbate when exercising, drinking alcohol, eating spicy or hot foods, sun exposure and sometimes stress. Sun protection is very important i.e. hats, sun glasses, clothing and zinc oxide. The best treatment at this time is Metrogel. It is a topical treatment and available by prescription only. You may want to ask your doctor about it.

  • What do you know about micro dermabrasion? How does it compare to CO2 lasering?

    Microdermabrasion is a very superficial peel removing only the Stratum corneum, which is a layer of dead skin cells ready to slough off. There is no down time involved in this process and it’s a nice superficial peel. Useful for fine lines, discoloration and acne. A series is usually necessary (6-10) for satisfactory results. Co2 laser resurfacing is considered a surgical procedure. It is a deeper peel, sometimes removing part of the dermis, which is the second layer of this skin. This is for moderate to deep wrinkles and severe sun damage. The down time involved can be as little as 2 weeks and redness can persist for months.

  • My doctor gave me a prescription for Renova. I started using it at night, but my skin became pink and irritated. I would like to continue the use of Renova because my doctor said it may help get rid of the brown spots on my face. Do you have any suggestions to decrease the irritation?

    Renova is a trade name for tretinoin (Vitamin A acid). Renova can be beneficial for improving the overall appearance of the facial skin, decreasing fine lines, and fading dark discoloration. The best way to acclimate your skin to the use of Renova is to begin on a gradual basis, i.e. two times a week., then every other night, and every night, as tolerated. It may take four to six weeks before you can tolerate it on a nightly basis. Use a regular moisturizer on the nights you don’t use Renova. Most importantly, wear a sunscreen or sunblock daily, as Renova will increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun’s rays.

  • I like the look of a tan, but I am concerned about the skin damage the sun can cause. What is the best way to use a bronzer without looking like I have a fake tan?

    You are wise to be concerned about the skin damage UVA and UVB can cause. 80% of skin damage is caused by the sun. The bronzers available today can create a very natural looking tan. Most contain the same basic ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone. The key to having a natural looking tan is to purchase the right color for your face. In other words, don’t buy a bronzer for dark skin if you are fair — it will look fake. Secondly, exfoliate your skin with a washcloth or loofa to remove dead skin cells and make the surface smooth. Apply evenly to your skin like you would a lotion. Do not put any clothes on for 20-30 minutes. This will ensure an even application, plus, some bronzers can discolor clothing. Here are some of my favorite bronzers you may like to try:

    1. Go Bronze, by Este Lauder
    2. Long’s Drug Store generic self-tanner
    3. Clinique Self-Sun Body Mist

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