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SUN DAMAGE RECOVERY: PART 2 Understanding Hyperpigmentation

Your skin is your largest organ. At The Skin Center, we strive to help you develop a healthy relationship with your skin. Our goal is not only to treat skin problems, such as hyperpigmentation, but to help you prevent them. And since knowledge is power, it helps to understand some skin basics. The undisputed #1 cause of premature aging is… Read More »


SUN DAMAGE RECOVERY – PART 3: Treatment with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Real treatment for sun damage? Sign me up! Faced with the good fortune of choosing between the top two technologies available for the treatment of hyperpigmentation—Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Fraxel Laser Resurfacing—I had a tough decision to make. Or did I? After some serious discussion with the experts at The Skin Center about the benefits of each… Read More »


SUN DAMAGE RECOVERY – PART 5: Review of Results with IPL vs. Fraxel

Final Results! After several months of treatments—alternating between Intense Pulsed Light (IPL and Chemical Peels on the right side of my face and Fraxel on the left side of my face, Nellie and I are finished with our Sun Damage Recovery experiment. I’ve now had a series of three treatments on each side of my face plus Fraxel on… Read More »


The Strongest of Light Chemical Peels – “VI Peel” Review

You might think that because I am the Director of Marketing at The Skin Center, I’m used to (or have even done) all the different treatments. Not so! Just like so many of our clients, I too, am curious about which products, treatments and services are right for me. Being a freckly-faced red-head, I have lived… Read More »


Best Sunscreen: Are SPF Numbers Misleading?

When looking for the best sunscreen (or “best sunblock”) you might think that an SPF protection of 60 is twice as good as SPF 30 sunscreen, right? Nope. Logic fails us when it comes to this numbering system. While it makes intuitive sense that choosing an SPF 60 over an SPF 30 would be the… Read More »


AFTER THE BURN: Sunburn Treatment Strategies That Really Help

So you forgot your sunscreen. You need sunburn treatment—fast! It happens to the best of us. We can be soooo diligent to guard against sunburn and BAM—you get caught with your guard down. Maybe you forgot to reapply your sunblock. Maybe you forgot it altogether.  And (uh, oh!) you suddenly notice that unwelcome hue of… Read More »


Retinoids, Retinol And Retin A: Things You Should Know

Hands down, retinoids are considered the most effective, proven topical treatments for your complexion. Retinoids are a class of compounds structurally-related to vitamin-A. For decades, they have been working wonders to treat acne, diminish wrinkles, reduce skin discoloration, improve skin texture and prevent “photo aging” (a fancy term for the signs of aging caused by… Read More »


My Blepharoplasty Before and After, Post-Op Care & Results!

At The Skin Center Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, Blepharoplasty surgery is one of Dr. Brandy’s favorite procedures to perform.  Dr. Brandy told me lower eyelid surgery is relatively simple to perform (I’ll take his word on that!) with a relatively simple recovery when post-op instructions are followed (I can attest to that!) and that his patients are always so… Read More »


Skin Exfoliation: 5 Things You Need to Know

Did you know that men are said to look three to five years younger than their female counterparts?  Why is that, you say? It’s because of the daily shave!  Shaving is a manual form of skin exfoliation.  Not only does shaving remove unwanted facial hair but it also removes the top layer of dry, dead… Read More »


Dermal Fillers & How to CALM Bruising

When a patient comes to The Skin Center and says, “Help! My face is melting,” our providers know just what to do. “More often than not, the answer is dermal fillers,” says expert injector, Kathy Allen, RN, “to replace the volume loss that comes with aging.” It’s true… Nothing drags a face down more than lost facial volume. Unless… Read More »