ASK INES: Your Anti-Aging Questions Answered!
Cara: Curious about the real difference between Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels. Do I buy a package of dermabrasions or just do chemical peel?
Ines: Cara, very good question! The main difference is that Microdermabrasion removes the layer of skin during the treatment itself. With Chemical Peels, the skin sloughs off in the days following the treatment. To get an even deeper treatment, you can do a Microdermabrasion and immediately follow with a peel. I always suggest that you do these types of treatments in a series of 4, because you will see the most improvement in their skin tone and texture. It is for this reason that we offer an Every Day Savings for peels in the form of a package that is buy 3 Peels and get one FREE!
Allison: I have horrible rosacea!! Often have pimples and constant red irritated skin. Suggestions?
Ines: Allison, it sounds like you should come in for a complimentary consultation! But, based on what you’ve told me, I would recommend that you have a series of IPL or Laser treatments, along with a series of peels. This may also include a regimen of topicals to ease the symptoms of Rosacea.
Ines: Hyperpigmentation due to sun damage, post acne, and even hormone related can be treated with a prescription product called Hyroquinone Cream that comes in different strengths. Not to get too technical, this is used to suppress the out of control melanocytes that is causing the pigment to come to the surface causing the “spot.” For those of us that don’t want to use Hydroquinone, I would suggest the use of a medical grade product such as Skinmedica’s Lytera, or Neocutis’ Perle. These topicals along with the use of Retin-A, or a Retinol for those that want to start with a non-precriptive, will speed up the process of lightening the spot. There are also Laser and Light treatments that can be done in conjunction with these topicals to speed the process even further!
Darlene: Hoping you do the Question & Answer session again…soon.
Ines: Yes, Darlene, we are planning another ASK INES Facebook session! Until then, if you have any question please comment here, message us or post to our Facebook page and we will be sure to respond! Thank you!
Dawn: Best blackhead treatment/prevention?
Ines: Dawn,the best way to prevent and treat blackheads would be to use Glycolic acid exfoliator, daily, as opposed to a “granular” exfoliant which can abrade the skin.
Melissa: What is the best form of weight loss and toning? I’ve had 3 babies and can’t not lose the belly weight! It seems to get worse as I get older. I’m 37.
Ines: Unfortunately, my expertise is in skincare not weight loss! I do know that if diet and exercise are not getting you the results you want (which is not unusual after having three babies!) then you may want to consider CoolSculpting Fat Reduction which is a non-surgical, non-invasive med spa treatment that uses very cold temperatures to freeze fat cells; resulting in permanent fat reduction. Other body sculpting options are surgical and may include SmartLipo which melts fat and tightens skin, conventional liposuction for larger volume fat reduction or tummy tuck surgery which eliminates excess skin and fat on the belly and re-contours the midsection. All of these options are available at The Skin Center Medical Spa.
Dawn: What is cell turnover and how do you make that happen faster? Why is it beneficial? What types of skin benefit the most from it?
Ines: Cell turnover is the best thing that we can do for our skin! It causes you to lose the dead skin cells that keep your complexion dull and flaky, and replaces them with younger more luminous cells, while replenishing collagen and keeping your skin plump. The best way to help this process along is to use Retin-A to increase the cell turnover process, and glycolic acid to exfoliate the dead skin cells. All skin types will benefit from this process.
Jill: What’s the best antioxidant? What’s the difference b/w Vivite Daily Antioxidant(w glycolic acid) Serum and Revision Glycolic Acid? Vivite contains 30% glycolic acid. I’ve been told this % of glycolic acid is too high for daily use? Somewhere b/w 5-10% glycolic would be better for maintenance, thoughts?
Ines: Antioxidants play a huge role in the skin’s ability to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. Top Antioxidants are Vitamin C, E, Green Tea, Ferulic, Phloretin. You really should treat the inside of your skin and the outside of your skin, so using antioxidants as a supplement and topically will put you ahead of the game. You also want to make sure that you have the peptides in there to help strengthen the structure of the skin. While each company will say that their product is the best, it is important that your skin can tolerate it so that you can use it daily as part of your skincare regimen. You should come in and talk with one of our Skincare Providers and get the whole scoop!!
Ines: Jill, I also want to touch on your question about Glycolic Acid. It is important to understand that while Vivite’s line may contain a 30% glycolic acid, this formulation is buffered so that you can tolerate such a high concentration. You would never be able to tolerate a straight 30% solution of glycolic acid on a daily basis, this is the strength you would get if you have a glycolic peel. Formulation of a product is key to understanding why it works, and how your skin will tolerate it. As for the comparison of the Vivite Antioxidant, and Revision Antioxidant it is all about their formulation and what their key ingredients are, and how well you tolerate them. I would not use them together, it might be too harsh for your skin.
Ines: Thank you all for the great questions and for making our first ever Facebook chat a HUGE success! Please know that this information is meant to be informative and is not intended to diagnose any skin related issues. In order to properly diagnose your skin issues, it is important to visit one of our centers for a free skincare evaluation and consultation!