Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Teen Acne

As true now as it was in the past, acne is a struggle for many a teenager.   Acne can hurt physically as well as emotionally.   Quite a few young people have come to talk with us recently, because their acne has been very difficult for them and has sabotaged their self confidence.    The same question comes up from every parent, what can we do to help?  What products really work?  Should my child have a microdermabrasion facial and will it make a difference?

The first thing to think about is that each person's chemistry is different.   It's important to get to know your own skin.   The suggestions we are offering here provide advice for a simple program, utilizing some tried and true ingredients.   We have seen some wonderful results, but everyone is different, so keep that in mind if you are trying any of the products listed.  Second, yes, exfoliation through microdermabrasion has shown some fantastic results and can help your skin achieve its healthiest state. 

If you are ready to try microdermabrasion, my first piece of advice is to start searching for a groupon.  Many dermatologist offices and skin treatment spa's offer fantastic groupons for a series of microdermabrasion, making the treatment affordable.  This will also give you a consultation with a licensed aesthetician; this is a great opportunity for your teen to learn about their skin.  NOTE:  If you are already seeing a dermatologist, be sure to ask them first if microdermabrasion is compatible with any medication you are on or see if they offer the procedure. When under a Dr.'s care it's important to always consult them first prior to any changes in routine.   

Now, which tried and true ingredients work and what steps should I take? *Here is a simple AM and PM program to try, that we have found shows good results for most teens.   

Step 1. Gently wash your face with a GEL cleanser, such as Cynergy Purifying   Cleanser or Neutrogena Gel cleanser with Salicylic Acid.   

Step 2. Apply a non comedogenic, oil free moisturizer with an SPF (you still need      moisture) such as Jack Black Daily Moisturizer or Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Oil free

Step 1.  Gently wash your face with same GEL Cleanser 
Step 2.  Apply a Salicylic Acid spot treatment to affected areas such as Jack Black Clear Complexion or any topical medication your physician has prescribed. 

Be sure to drink lots of water everyday so that your skin is hydrated.   A green tree spritz, may also help calm the skin.  Brew green tea, then pour into spray bottle and place in the fridge to get cold.   Once cold, spritz skin in the evening or any time your skin feels inflamed.

For tough acne cases, this is where you will add in the microdermabrasion.   Your aesthetician will recommend what series is best for your skin after your initial consultation; however, an every 10 day to 2 week treatment for a total of 4 treatments will usually do a wonderful job. 

Check in next week, we are going to blog with before and afters of a specific case, so you can see results.

*Please note:  We are not physicians nor offering these suggestions as any sort of prescription or guarantee of results.  These are personal observations and suggestions, based on experience within the skin treatment industry and do not work for everyone.    

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Revitalizing + Cleanser


with glycolic, lactic, & salicylic acid; fortified
with meadowfoam seed oil extract.
Bottle 7 oz.

What is it?
Revitalizing+ Foam Cleanser is a revolutionary take on skin
cleansing. This unique cleanser begins working
immediately to help lifelines and removes/dulls stains. As winter turns to spring our skin need help to feel nourished and clean. Revitalizing + is a refreshing skin cleanser that will help rid the skin of dirt and oil as well as fight acne breakouts all while keeping your skin moisturized, soft and smooth without drying or irritation.

How can it do all that?
The amazing special combination of two alpha-hydroxy acids and one beta-hydroxy acid, as well as meadow foam oil. The glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid, uniquely rids the skin of dirt and oil, while also enhancing exfoliating effects. The meadowfoam seed extract is a revolutionary moisturizing and skin health improving ingredient. This combination works synergistically to give your skin the latest in anti aging skin health benefits.

What is Meadowfoam seed oil?
*Meadowfoam seed oil is an extract is pressed from the seeds of Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba), a plant which received its name because of its resemblance while in bloom to the white foam blowing on the ocean. This seed oil extract binds with the lipids in the skin to
reduce drying and preserve moisture in the skin. It has proven exceptional skin health advantages.

· Moisturizes the skin
· Rejuvenates skin
· Ultra-violetprotection (sunscreen applications)
· Non-greasy feeling, soaks into the skin easily
· Reduces wrinkles and signs of aging
· Adheres well to the skin

Saturday, October 15, 2011

"Feed Your Face" for Healthy Skin

My new book, "Feed Your Face," is a fun and easy guide to getting the best skin of
your life - no expensive products or prescriptions required. In addition to the
delicious 28-day meal plan it features, the book is packed with yummy,
face-friendly snack ideas, a Restaurant Guide, and real-life stories (including
those of some celebrity friends). Here are my top five tips:

1. Be sure to eat a good breakfast. This helps keeps your
blood sugar stable the rest of the day, so you're better able to fight wrinkles,
breakouts, and rashes. Plus, it also means your body will be less likely to
store fat, so your clothes will fit better. But this doesn't mean you can have
just anything for breakfast (so no, I'm not giving you permission to eat donuts
and danishes). Instead, be sure to include protein. For example, add peanut
butter to your toast or lox to your bagel. If you have time in the morning,
scramble some eggs and slice a tomato on the side. For breakfast on the go, try
Greek yogurt topped with berries (tastes like cheesecake!) or order an oatmeal
topped with almonds at the coffee shop.

2. You can eat pizza! But not the greasy, deep dish kind
piled high with bacon and sausage. Instead, ask for thin crust, preferably
whole-wheat; get it light on the cheese, and add protein (like grilled chicken)
as well as green and yellow veggies to fight crow's feet. For an extra dose of
antioxidants, have a glass of red wine on the side.
Order Dr. Jessica Wu's new book,Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days

3. For clear skin, stay away from dairy. Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and other dairy products have been linked to acne breakouts. In recent years, research has shown that dairy is inflammatory, which means that it leads to redness, swelling, and pus-all of which can worsen pimples. Even if you choose organic milk products, which are made without bovine Growth Hormone, all milk products contain intrinsic cow proteins that can have a hormonal effect
on your skin and lead to increased oil production and clogged pores. Try switching to soy milk or almond milk. If you do, just make sure you're getting your calcium another way.

4. Eat tomatoes every day to fight sun damage. Tomato paste has been shown to protect from sun burn and sun damage. This is because tomatoes contain a high concentration of a substance called lycopene, which is an antioxidant. This means it helps protect skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. Make them readily accessible by adding them to salads, sauces, and

5. Steal this celebrity trick: Before a party or event where they'll be serving food, pre-eat before you leave so you won't be hungry for fattening, collagen-busting snacks upon your arrival. Some ladies carry baggies of snacks in their evening bag. I'm a fan of walnuts, baked green beans, and
fruit with almond butter.
For more from Dr. Jessica Wu, visit DrJessicaWu.com

Friday, September 9, 2011

New!! - Skin Science Troubleshooting Video - Crystal Clog

This video is a Microdermabraion technical support video covering low or no crystal clog.
It teaches you what to do if you have no crystal flow in your microdemabrasion unit. It shows you
how to clear the clog.  Visit the web site for more!

Thursday, August 25, 2011