Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness or blushing. Usually residing in the center of the face (nose and cheeks), it may spread to other areas of the face and body as well. There are many different things that can trigger a rosacea flare-up according to the National Rosacea Society and they include:
• Sour cream
• Cheese (except cottage cheese)
• Soy Sauce
• Yeast extract (bread is ok)
• Broad-leaf beans and pods, including lima, navy or pea
• Citrus fruits, including tomatoes, bananas, red plums. raisins or figs
• Spicy and thermally hot foods
• Foods high in histamine
• Alcohol, especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka or champagne
• Hot drinks, including hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee or tea
• “Lift and load” jobs
• Hot baths
• Simple overheating
• Excessively warm environments
• Strong winds
• Topical steroids
• Frequent flushing
• Chronic cough
• Caffeine withdrawal syndrome
Skin care products
• Some cosmetics and hair sprays, especially those containing alcohol, witch hazel or fragrances
• Hydro-alcoholic or acetone substances
• Any substance that causes redness or stinging
Understanding what can cause a rosacea flare-up is key to prevention.Contact our office today for more information about this relatively common condition.
Lip lines can be described as folds or wrinkles that develop around or by the mouth. They can be caused from many years of smoking or prolonged exposure to the sun. With both of those things contributing to the breakdown of collagen (a naturally occurring protein found in the body that gives skin volume), those lip lines can become more prominent.
Here are a few tips to prevent and/or reduce lip lines:
• Avoid smoking. This one may be listed above, but it is very important.
• Avoid unnecessarily puckering lips. Puckering or pursing the lips (done when drinking through a straw or whistling) can actually cause lip lines to form.
• Hydrate your lips from the inside and out. Try drinking lots of water and applying a lip balm. The PCA Skin Peptide Lip Therapy is a great option because the peptides it contains can help to stimulate collagen production in the lips, promoting a fuller, smoother appearance.
• Try a treatment. Treatments such as injectable fillers, rf skin tightening, and chemical peels have been known to effectively smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Lip lines can be relatively tough to manage, so if possible, preventing them may be the best option. Learn more as to what options may be available for you by contacting our office today.
Spring is almost here, and that means more time spent out in the sun. Since the sun is a major source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, exposure to it can pose serious risks to our skin.
Although there are three types of UV rays, UVA and UVB are of the most concern. UVA rays are long wavelengths that penetrate deep into the dermis causing skin aging and wrinkles. UVB rays are shorter wavelengths that are more superficial, causing damage in the form of redness and sunburns. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer.
The first step you can take to protect your skin from these harmful rays is to use a broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum sunscreen. Make sure it’s an SPF of at least 30, combined with ingredients titanium and zinc dioxide. Reapply every two hours.
Next, avoid the sun and seek shade when the UV rays are strongest. This usually is between 10am and 2pm.
Lastly, try taking one aspirin an hour before going out in the sun to avoid a potential burn. If you do contract a sunburn however, try taking Advil or Motrin. This will help minimize the pain and inflammation associated with the burn.
These precautions will significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, while allowing for proper exposure to the sun. If you do notice anything suspicious on your skin, contact our office immediately. Early detection of skin cancer is crucial.
Laser hair removal is a common treatment that permanently reduces the growth of unwanted hair. Usually addressing areas on the lower face or body, the hairline specifically has become a more popular treatment area as of late.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian had her hairline altered with laser hair removal a few years back, and it’s quite remarkable to see what a difference it made. As you can see before, baby hairs in the front left her hairline looking irregular and asymmetrical. After the treatment though, she obtained a cleaner, more uniform look.
“The hairline is important, it really frames the face” says Neiman Dermatology nurse Lauren Paella. “I have a lot of patients lately wanting to come in to even out their hairline, it really can make a big difference.”
For laser hair removal in general, most areas need a minimum of 6-12 treatments. When it comes to the hairline however, a few more treatments are needed. This is because the hair there is much denser than others. Treatments are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart until the hair growth cycle starts to slow. After that, maintenance treatments are done twice a year or until the patient is satisfied. It is also important to avoid sun exposure pre and post treatment.
As an effective option for reshaping the hairline, laser hair removal provides patients with optimal results. If you are interested in learning more about the process or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact our office today.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps retain moisture in the skin. As skin ages, the production of this natural moisturizer slows, dehydrating the skin, and causing it to lose elasticity. This is why using a product that contains hyaluronic acid is crucial in maintaining youthful-looking skin.
The PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum available at our office is a great option. Being one of the only hyaluronic acid serums for all skin types, this advanced formulation provides instant and long-lasting hydration. It does this on three levels: on the surface, deeper in the skin, and by increasing the skin’s own hyaluronic acid production. Regular use not only protects the skin’s natural collagen/elastin, but also defends against environmental damage.
To learn more about it, or any of the other skin care products containing hyaluronic acid we offer, contact our office today.