The Truth About Acne

June is Acne Awareness Month.

Here are a few tips on managing this common skin concern.

• Wash your face with luke warm water twice a day using a gentle cleanser. Perspiration can make acne worse, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.

• Gently pat dry your skin. Avoid scrubbing or using anything abrasive, this can cause acne to flare.

• Don’t pick or poke! If you pick, pop or squeeze your skin, it will take longer to clear and may increase scarring. Make a conscious effort not to touch your face throughout the day.

• Gently exfoliate once a week. A Clarisonic brush is ideal!

• Avoid excess exposure to sunlight and don’t use tanning beds. Tanning damages your skin. In addition, most medications given for acne can make you more sun sensitive.

• Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid processed foods such as cakes, pastries and white bread.

• Drink more water and avoid sugary drinks.

Consult with your dermatologist if your acne makes you shy or embarrassed, products you have tried haven’t worked, or acne is leaving scars or darkening of the skin.

With same day appointments available at most locations, Skin Speaks medical providers can quickly help you identify the best treatment options for your specific skin.

Raisin vs Grape

So many times, clients ask about the little fine lines around their lips and are annoyed that their lipstick bleeds and many times wondering why and when this happened.

So, why the RAISIN vs the GRAPE? Well, I often times find myself referring to this analogy. In our youthful years I like to think of our lips as full, soft and smooth, or what I refer to as the GRAPE.

It makes perfect sense….. As we chronologically age, our lips lose volume, the border is less defined, and soon after the annoying little lip lines are there. That’s right! Our lips are behaving like a RAISIN!

By delicately infusing a small amount of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler such as JuveDerm Ultra Plus XC or Restylane-L is the key to re-hydrate the RAISIN. Adding back volume and hydration will provide support that will uplift the corners of the mouth resulting in more youthful lips that look naturally fuller with a subtle pout.

SPF Basics

How much do you know about your SPF?

What does SPF stand for?

•Sun protection factor- which is determined by comparing the length of time it takes skin to burn with sunscreen protection to the length of time unprotected skin to burn.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

•UVA rays- are long wave solar rays that penetrate the skin more deeply; this is considered the chief culprit when it comes to the “photo aging” of skin such as wrinkling and leathering of the skin. These are also the rays that can penetrate clouds and glass, so they are at equal intensity; all hours of the day; year around.
UVA rays are what contribute to tanning of the skin whether you are tanning outdoors or indoors. Over time tanning causes cumulative damage to the skin. Having exposure to UVA rays cause an injury to the skin’s DNA and in turn darkens the skin to prevent any further DNA damage.

•UVB rays- are short wave solar rays that penetrate the epidermis, the superficial layers of the skin. These are the rays that cause sunburn, and play a key role in the development of skin cancer. The intensity of UVB rays varies by season, but is the strongest between the hours of 10AM and 4PM.
What is the difference between Sunblock and Sunscreen?
Sunblock (Physical): reflects the sun’s rays, so they never reach your skin. They are made up of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are very effective when it comes to protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays. Sunblocks often appear white on the skin, so sunscreens are favored because they appear to be less visible.

Sunscreens (Chemical): contain benzophenones, cinnamates, and salicylates; which also protect against UVA and UVB rays by absorbing these harmful rays before they reach the skin, but these ingredients break down after a few hours of sun exposure. So you would have to remember to reapply throughout the day.

•If your sunscreen states that it is “broad spectrum”, that means that you are protected from both UVA and UVB radiation.