Preventing Dry Skin: A Guide

Most people experience dryness during the winter months, but severe dryness can have some not-so-fun consequences! This can make it seem like you can’t win, but there are some steps you should be sure to take during the winter months to ensure your skin stays healthy and moisturized. Taking steps to keep skin moisturized and hydrated, no matter the climate, is important to prevent signs of premature aging, as well as discomfort. These are some of the best ways to prevent painful, flaky, and cracked skin.

Consult your regimen

Like your wardrobe, it’s common to switch out your skincare regimen as the seasons change. This is because different seasons bring different concerns. If you find that your skin has become dry and flaky, it might be time to take stock of your moisturizer and any actives you’re using. If your moisturizer doesn’t seem to be doing enough, you should consider finding a heavier alternative (non-comedogenic, oil-based moisturizers containing humectants can retain moisture better, in some cases). If your skin is acne-prone, however, you should be sure to get a recommendation from your dermatologist first. It’s also important to assess whether any active ingredients in your regimen like retinols or BHA’s might also be contributing to dry skin as well, and consider changing them out for gentler grades or stop using them. If your skin has become flaky, you might benefit from physically exfoliating regularly to ensure that your skin can effectively absorb your moisturizing products.

Change your habits and environment

Even though you might not be able to change the weather, you can make sure your home environment is one that can benefit your skin. Most patients benefit from a humidifier in their sleeping area so that the air doesn’t become overly-dry. Additionally, avoiding smoky fireplaces can be a good step in ensuring your skin isn’t exposed to more dry air. Although it can be tempting to take a hot, steamy shower, intense heat from showers or baths can break down the moisture barriers in the skin. This can contribute to a loss of natural moisture, leading to increased dryness. So, try to keep your showers or baths short, or stick with warm water. And, as always, drink plenty of water!

Don’t forget your sunscreen

Although many people don’t consider it, you can still be exposed to UV rays during the winter. It’s always important to wear sun protection factor, but it’s especially important during the winter when sunburn and sun damage can contribute to dryness and make it difficult for your skin to recover its natural moisture. This becomes even more important if you’re traveling to higher altitudes for the winter— many skiers experience sunburn in the winter because of being closer to the sun, a thinner atmosphere, and the misconception of not needing sunscreen. Don’t forget to make sure that your lip protectants also contain SPF.

Reduce itchiness

Where there’s dryness, itchiness usually follows. However, this can create a vicious cycle where itchiness causes additional flakiness and dryness. For this reason, it’s important to avoid further damaging the skin by applying plenty of unscented moisturizer and anti-itch ingredients like hydrocortisone. It’s best to do this immediately after bathing or washing so that your skin still has natural moisture from water that can be sealed in by your skincare products. For even more effective treatment, a layer of petroleum jelly applied over top of your moisturizer can help prevent its effects from being lost to dry air. Many patients benefit from doing this as an overnight treatment to avoid bothering the area.

Find the right mask

If you regularly treat your skin with masks, or even if you don’t, it can be worth it to find one that provides a moisture boost with the right ingredients. The best ones provide plenty of vitamins and oils, hyaluronic acid, and can help boost your skin’s collagen and elastin production— all of these things contribute to healthy, moisturized skin. If your skin is sensitive to dryness and irritation, masks containing oatmeal can help sooth the skin and reduce itchiness. These mask treatments can work best when paired with your exfoliating treatments or as a sleeping mask to help rejuvenate your skin overnight.

Try professional treatments

There are a few professional-grade treatments that can help to repair your skin, restore moisture, and augment your at-home care. Deeply-exfoliating treatments like chemical peels or microdermabrasion can help remove dead, dry skin cells, revealing healthy ones underneath. This means your skin can better absorb moisturizing products and repair itself more easily, so regular treatments can help you maintain healthy skin over the course of winter.

Meet with our skincare specialists

If you’re experiencing extensive dryness and cracking, a skincare consultation with our experts can be a great step towards healing your skin. We can assess your at-home regimen, recommend professional treatments, and create a treatment plan using our physician-grade skincare products. To schedule a consultation at our Jupiter office, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

What You Should Know About the IPL Photofacial

The IPL photofacial is a skin laser treatment that is used to penetrate into the skin and treat blemishes and pigmentation, among many other concerns. This treatment is gentler than other skin treatment options, but is still highly effective for skin conditions such as facial flushing, rosacea and reddening, age spots and sun spots, enlarged pores, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. Based on your skin condition, your dermatologist will determine if the IPL photofacial is the optimum solution for you and your skin. Here are some important things to know about it.

What is the IPL Photofacial?

The IPL photofacial, sometimes called IPL photorejuvenation, is a laser treatment that can effectively treatment pigment and unfavorable blemishes. It does this by delivering intense pulsed light deep beneath the skin where it can constrict blood vessels, destroy cells that produce melanin, and jumpstart your skin’s collagen production. It doesn’t require any downtime and you can immediately return to your regular schedule, making it preferable to other resurfacing laser or skin treatments.

Our IPL photofacial system uses the Lumenis M22 system, which allows us to perform many different laser treatments, including vein treatment and laser resurfacing, with only one system. This laser system comes with changeable handpiece filters and guides, allowing optimal treatment of your unique areas. This handpiece also contains sapphire lightguides to cool the skin as it comes into contact with the light energy, meaning the surface of the skin is not affected by heat. This makes our IPL photofacial treatments comfortable and worry-free– and with great results, of course.

Candidates For IPL Photofacial

Patients who wish to improve their skin drastically with a gentle treatment and no side effects should consider themselves as prime candidates for the IPL photofacial. However, patients who are very tan or have dark skin can experience complications and hyperpigmentation with this procedure and may be dissuaded. It’s important to cease using any Vitamin A products on the skin before this treatment, since this can cause complications (if you have any hesitations about certain products, be sure to ask). Certain active skin conditions can be cause for delaying this treatment, as well as any recent sunburn or sun damage. For the best determination of your candidacy, you can meet with our skincare specialists who can professionally recommend the best skincare treatment for you.

The IPL Photofacial Procedure

During this procedure, only the damaged skin is targeted and unwanted melanin is eliminated. This occurs through very quick pulses of intense light, which affects only the deeper layers of the skin. This is a fairly quick procedure and requires only around 30 minutes to complete, depending on your treatment area. Patients with lower tolerance may experience some discomfort during this procedure, but we can supply a topical anesthetic if needed. Most patients report feeling something similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. This can be accompanied by a warming sensation as the light energy is applied to the skin, but a cooling gel is also applied to prevent too much heat and allow the handpiece to pass easily over the skin. Protective eyewear is required for this procedure, and you will need to remove any contact lenses if you wear them.

Results and Recovery

You may experience some mild redness and swelling afterward, but these symptoms can be easily controlled with the help of an ice pack. You can return to your regular schedule immediately. Most patients undergo a package of 3-5 treatments for best results, spaced about 4 weeks apart in order to give your skin time to recover. It’s very important to care for your skin during the first few days after recovery, most importantly with the use of an SPF30+ when going outside, since your skin will be photosensitive during this time. It’s also important to keep the treatment area moisturized and avoid certain products like skin makeup or Vitamin A, as well as avoiding sweating, perspiring, or exposing the skin to hot water. As with any skincare treatment, do not pick or scratch the treatment area, as this can cause infection. After the initial recovery period, most patients see results with just one treatment.

If you’ve been struggling with pigmentation, wrinkles, scars, or acne, the IPL Photofacial may be your best option. To see what this and other skincare treatments can do for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our dermatologists who can recommend a treatment plan.

 

Microneedling: What You Need to Know

Microneedling, a new technology in cosmetic surgery, actually dates back to 1995. Microneedling is a helpful and especially effective solution for individuals wishing to remove mild scars, boost hair growth, or increase collagen production. Dermatologists have performed extensive research on microneedling to decipher the multi-purpose treatment.

Microneedling produces microscopic punctures in the skin

This unique technique rejuvenates the skin by embedding very fine tiny needles into the skin that do not cause wounds, but enter the skin deep enough to stimulate your body’s healing process in deader layers of the skin. A roller containing the many tiny needles will be rolled across the skin to create these micro-punctures. Once the healing process is stimulated, new collagen and elastin are produced over time, leading to stronger, youthful-looking skin with improved blemishes. The dermaroller is a safe and effective microneedling device comprised of micro-fine needles that range from 0.5 – 2.5 millimeters in diameter.

Microneedling offers fairly immediate results

The results of microneedling are virtually immediate, causing the skin to look luminous, radiant, and supple for a few weeks by increasing blood flow to the area. The inflammation from the needles delivers a glow to the skin in addition to a superficial swelling. The skin will be left feeling soft and hydrated, especially with the use of an aftercare moisturizer and other skin care products.

Microneedling promises improvement over time

After your microneedling session, new collagen and elastin will continue to be produced, leading to improved skin over time. It can take several months for the full results to be seen. A 2008 study reported that four microneedling sessions a month increased the elastin and collagen to up to 400%. The results become prominent six months after the completion of the treatment sessions. As new collagen is generated, the skin becomes stronger and younger-looking with improved elasticity. After optimal treatment sessions, patients can enjoy fewer fine lines and wrinkles, improved acne scars and blemishes, and better skin tone and texture for overall facial rejuvenation.

Microneedling arouses dormant hair follicles

When performed on the scalp, microneedling can stimulate the healing process, leading to increased blood flow and cell regeneration. This can lead to an increase in hair growth to treat thinning hair or balding. A research study conducted on 100 people divided into two groups proved the significant role of microneedling in hair growth. The first group was treated with minoxidil lotion, while the second group was treated with minoxidil lotion and microneedling. 82% of those in the second group reported a 50% improvement in hair growth as compared to the first group where hair growth is reported by only 4.5% of participants.

Microneedling works well when paired with other skincare treatments

Microneedling alone offers long-lasting results, but is optimized further when coupled with lasers and topical treatments. Some anti-aging preparations work well with needle punctures. Microneedling creates channels in the skin to allow products to be more effectively absorbed. You can get the most out of your skin care products and treatments by receiving microneedling first. Microneedling can also be combined with PRP therapy, where your own blood cells are used during the microneedling process. your blood cells contain growth factors that can help you regenerate new skin cells, strengthening the skin. Combining microneedling with radiofrequency can also optimize tissue tightening.

Once-a-month Microneedling plan

For significant skin improvements, microneedling can be done once a month. Treatment sessions will be spaced out to give your skin enough time to heal. Your dermatologist can determine how many sessions you will need to reach your goal results. For more sever skin concerns, you will likely require more treatment sessions to see optimal results. Microneedling can then be performed in the future to maintain the strength and youth of your skin.

To learn more about microneedling or to get started with your treatment plan, contact our office today!

Get the Most out of Your Chemical Peel Treatment

Chemical peels are a great way to rejuvenate your face or improve more severe skin concerns by removing damaged layers of skin, revealing healthy skin underneath. When it comes to treatment, there are a few things you’ll want to ask yourself when choosing the type of peel that’s best for you. By considering these questions, you can get the most out of your chemical peel treatment:

Do you have a skin condition?

Common skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea can be worsened by a chemical peel. If you suspect you have one of these or another skin condition, you might not be the best candidate for any type of chemical peel. However, you can talk with Dr. Mejia about other treatment options!

What are your concerns?

The next thing you should consider is how severe your skin concerns are. If you experience mild pigmentation concerns, rough texture, or an over-all dull appearance to your skin, you could benefit from a superficial peel, the mildest formula. If you have severe symptoms like deep wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots, you might require a deep peel for the most significant improvement! If your somewhere in-between with moderate signs of aging and blemishes, a medium peel might be just-right for you.

How much time do you have to recover?

The deeper the chemical peel, the more side effects, recovery time, and post-op care required after treatment. So, if you want to rejuvenate for an event in the near future, you might want to choose the superficial peel to get glowing skin without any severe redness or peeling. If you decide to go for a medium or deep peel, just keep in mind that you will likely experience more swelling, redness, and peeling after treatment. Many patients like to avoid social events until their skin has healed. No matter which type of peel you choose, be sure to avoid sun exposure for the first month or two as your skin will be extra sensitive while it heals.

Our board-certified dermatologist at Jupiter Dermatology can examine your skin and discuss your concerns to determine which type of peel is best for you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ricardo Mejia, contact our office today.

A New Treatment Has Emerged for Seborrheic Keratoses Removal

Seborrheic keratoses are benign skin growths which typically occur on the trunk and extremities. They typically are classified as waxy barnacles that grow on the skin. I like to refer to these growths as wisdom spots; the more you have the wiser you are. However, most patients do not like to have these growths on their skin. Consequently, there a lot of cosmetic skin treatments that can be used to remove them. Eskata™ is a topical lotion that can be used to help remove them. It is not covered by insurance.

What is Eskata™?

Eskata is a topical cosmetic liquid created for the removal of Seb K. This new cosmetic treatment is very simple and only consists of the applying the product directly to the affected area four times, approximately one minute apart. While this is only a topical liquid, due to the concentration of hydrogen peroxide it must be applied in office by a trained professional. Many patients that participated in clinical trials saw full results within two office visits. Because it is not covered by insurance, the cost per liquid applicator has been reported that the applicators will cost between $200-$250. The approximate use that one could get out of one applicator is enough to treat seven large spots or ten smaller ones for one office visit. Most patients would be able to see full improvement in two visits; however, some may need a touch-up visit. This touch-up visit would most likely only use a small amount of the liquid, leaving a decent amount wasted.

What are My Other Options?

Other treatment options include light scraping or curettage, electrodesiccation, and liquid nitrogen treatments. At Jupiter Dermatology, all of these treatments are performed carefully by our dermatologic team; and can provide very good cosmetic results at a much more reasonable cost. Overall, it is great to see new innovations develop in the field of dermatology. On some occasions, if a sebirrheic keratosis is bleeding or causing significant pain in an area, it may be covered by your insurance.
If you are interested in learning more about the various options available for the removal of seborrheic keratoses and to see if it is covered by your insurance, call our Jupiter, Florida office today to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists.
To see the different treatment options, click the link below for the video on seborrheic keratosis.

What’s the Difference Between Psoriasis & Eczema

When it comes to skin conditions, identifying them and understanding the difference between them can be hard when many of them are physically similar. However, treatment can be quicker and easier when you have a proper diagnosis. One of the most common skin condition misperceptions is understanding the difference between psoriasis and eczema. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms and treatment of these conditions.

What is Eczema?

Eczema or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that can be characterized by red itchy skin in people of all ages. While there is no cure, there are some medical and at-home remedies that can help make the symptoms more manageable during periods of flare-ups. The symptoms of eczema are usually characterized by dry itchy skin that may also be red or bumpy. The cause of eczema is an individual’s skin having the inability to retain moisture and protect itself from bacteria. This is often a hereditary trait or can be the result of an allergy.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a genetic skin condition in which the rate of skin cell turnover is so fast that the cells begin to build up and become rough and scaly. As these cells build up they tend to be dry and may even cause itching and discomfort. Psoriasis is considered to be a chronic skin disease and may even come and go. While there is no cure, medications have come to the market to help manage the symptoms for everyday life. Psoriasis may appear in the form of red patches on the skin that are bumpy and may also have thick silvery scales. In general, psoriasis isn’t dangerous to patients, but it can have emotional effect making those affected feel self-conscious.

How are They Different?

While they both often involve the look of dry red patches, psoriasis will sometimes have bigger bumps and a scalier surface. These conditions can also both involve the potential for itching and dryness making them easily confused. The most notable difference between the two is that their causes are different. For eczema, it is thought to be passed down genetically or have a relation to hay fever or allergy. As for psoriasis, there is not one specific cause known. However, psoriasis is thought to be related to the immune system and may stem from issue occurring with T cells and white blood cells.

If you think you may be experiencing eczema, psoriasis or any other chronic skin condition, contact Jupiter Dermatology and Hair Restoration today to schedule an appointment at our Jupiter, Florida practice.

Get Clearer Skin with Clarisonic

At Jupiter Dermatology, we offer Clarisonic products to help our patients keep their skin healthy and radiant. When dead skin cells build up, it can cause the complexion to look dull and aged. These products are great tools to combat adult acne, clogged pores, and dull dead skin for a healthy glow. Read on to learn more about this product and how it works.

The Mia 2

The Mia 2 Clarisonic brush is a lightweight and portable cleansing device that gently exfoliates the skin. It comes with two different speeds, one for delicate skin and one for all skin types, so you can customize your cleansing experience. There are also interchangeable facial brush heads, which are each uniquely designed to address different skin types and conditions.

The Opal Sonic Infuser

The Opal Sonic Infuser is a smaller device, that is used to gradually build up the skin’s resilience. It works by gently tapping the skin at 200+ sonic movements per second, and is especially effective around the eyes. This product also helps the skin to absorb skincare products for maximum effect, and even comes with anti-aging sea serum to get you started.

It is important to keep your Clarisonic products clean for optimal results, as dirty brushes can spread unwanted bacteria. Also, be sure to change your cleansing brush head every three months. This is because the bristles on the brush heads become less effective over time.

If you are interested in learning more about these Clarisonic products and what they can do for you, contact Jupiter Dermatology today! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Colorescience Beauty Routines

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Do more for your skin with Colorescience beauty routines. We carry three different types:

  • Matte for acne
  • Sensitive
  • Correcting for pigment

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Sensitive Beauty Routine

The sensitive beauty routine soothes and neutralizes the skin. It is great if you have had a laser treatment.

Routine includes: Skin Calming Face Primer SPF 20, Mineral Corrector Palette, Hydrating Setting Mist & Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 (Medium)

  1. Apply 1 pump of Skin Calming Face Primer to your cleansed face.
  2. Cover your dark spots and imperfections using the guide on the back of the Mineral Corrector Palette.
  3. Spray Hydrating Setting Mist several times in a clockwise motion.
  4. Apply Sunforgettable sunscreen in a circular motion over entire face. Reapply every 2 hours for continued protection.

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Correcting Beauty Routine

This routine evens the skin tone and dark spots. It also reduces the appearance of skin discoloration.

Routine includes: Even Up Clinical Pigment Perfector SPF 50, Mineral Corrector Palette, Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 (Medium) & Hydrating Setting Mist

  1. Apply 1 pump of Even Up to your cleansed face.
  2. Cover your dark spots and imperfections using the guide on the back of the Mineral Corrector Palette.
  3. Spray Hydrating Setting Mist several times in a clockwise motion.
  4. Apply Sunforgettable sunscreen in a circular motion over entire face. Reapply every 2 hours for continued protection.

 

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Matte Beauty Routine

This routine is wonderful for acne and helps to control shine and oil. It neutralizes redness and blemishes.

Routine includes: Skin Mattifying Face Primer SPF 20, Mineral Corrector Palette, Calrifying Setting Mist, Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SFP 50 (medium)

  1. Apply 1 pump of Skin Mattifying Face Primer to your cleansed face.
  2. Cover your dark spots and imperfections using the guide on the back of the Mineral Corrector Palette.
  3. Spray Clarifying Setting Mist several times in a clockwise motion.
  4. Apply Sunforgettable sunscreen in a circular motion over entire face. Reapply every 2 hours for continued protection.

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Face Analyzer with Reveal Imaging

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We will have a face analyzer imaging camera which shows you sun damage, brown spots, red areas and more at our Skin Medica Peel Event. Reveal Imaging uses standard white light and cross-polarized flash photography to record surface and sub-surface skin conditions including, melanin and various vascular conditions.  Everyone that attends will have this skin analysis done at no additional charge!

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The event is this Wednesday, September 24th. So call our office at 561-748-0510 and reserve your spot!

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3D views reveal the skin topography.

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Reveal Your Healthy Skin With Skin Medica Facial Peel

 

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Join us for a special summer blowout sale and reveal your healthy skin at our Skin Medica peel event.  $50 reserves your space and entitles you to a free Skin Medica facial peel valued at $180. The $50 will be applied to Skin Medica and Latisse packages purchased that day.

Bonuses:

***Enter a raffle to win a free area of Botox***

Voluma will be on special – Buy one at $900 and get the second half off.

When: September 24, 2014

Time: 9-4 PM

Where: Our office at 2101 U.S. Highway One, Jupiter, FL

Phone: 561-748-0510

Email: [email protected]

Schedule your appointment today!