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7 Things to do for your Skin in 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

 

 

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As the New Year is quickly approaching, we all spend time thinking about how we can improve ourselves in the upcoming year. From dieting, to increased exercise, we all dream of a better version of ourselves. Often it’s difficult to identify the steps we need to take to actually reach our goals. As the health craze bombards all of us in the New Year, many of us don’t always think of this one key goal—better skin. We all want it but with the overwhelming amount of information out there, it’s far from easy to know what to do. Follow these 7 easy steps to improve your skin this 2015!

  1. Add an eye cream to your skincare regime. The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun damage and your skin making less collagen as you age. Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have can boost collagen production. Try our Firm and Protect Eye Cream to help moisturizer and help prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity.
  1. Wash your face once (or twice) a day, every day. Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s very important to wash your face with a cleanser. It’s not just makeup you want to wash off. Facial cleansers remove makeup, pollutants, bacteria, and unwanted debris off of our face. If you’re skin type is normally dry, or a bit of a combination try our Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Oily or acne prone skin should start with our Medicated Foaming Cleanser.
  1. Protect your skin with an antioxidant serum (or cream). When it comes to caring for your skin, antioxidants can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and the free radicals that some along with it. Unlike sunscreens and moisturizers, antioxidants can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium are thought to be particularly helpful in skin care. In addition to helping fortify cells against free radicals, vitamins A and C also encourage cell and tissue growth, helping the body to repair itself. This is very helpful to the skin, which is constantly shedding and re-growing cells. For this reason, any antioxidants that protect cells and encourage cell growth could be helpful in an anti-aging regimen, as they may help fight fine lines and wrinkles. Try our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum, or our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Cream.
  1. Wear sunscreen everyday day, no matter the weather conditions. Are you wearing sunscreen right this minute? You probably should be. Even if you’re indoors, chances are there’s a UVA wave heading for your epidermis. If you think UVA is nothing to worry about, think again. A huge number of us do not apply sunscreen to our faces daily. It’s hard to understand, given that the humble sunscreen is hands down the most effective anti-ageing tool you can buy. Up to 90 per cent of aging is caused by external factors, the big one being sun exposure. Our sunscreen, Nature’s Veil SPF 30 with Antioxidants is a physical based sunscreen, perfect for your anti aging needs.
  1. Visit an esthetician for monthly facials. Even if your at-home regimen is working just fine, visiting an esthetician for a medical facial could completely change the way you view your complexion, no matter your age or skin care woes. An hour of one-on-one time creates an opportunity for the esthetician to provide professional advice skin tips and tricks. And, during the consultation, you have a chance to ask questions you may have. Part of getting a facial is learning how to care for your skin properly. Most importantly, this “lesson” will include which products or ingredients work best for your skin type and how to care for your skin at home so you can maintain the results of your facial.
  1. Drink more water. The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body your skin is made up of cells. Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight, and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Try drinking eight 8oz glasses of water each day.
  1. Get enough sleep. Beauty sleep is real, it’s free, and it can start for you tonight. You’ve probably already noticed that when you skimp on sleep, it shows on your face. Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its luster. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circle. Not enough sleep can also make you more stressed, and everyone can see that tension. Sleep well with 6-8 hours a night.

 

With the wealth of information out there about skincare, and skincare products it’s sometimes hard to know which steps are right for you. These 7 basic steps are essential for everyone, no matter your age, skin type, or lifestyle. For a more detailed skincare plan, book in for your consultation with Dr. Vassiliou for an advanced skincare analysis, or meet our medical esthetician.

It’s a new year, better skin starts now. Contacts us today. Happy New Year from Dermaworks!

 

 

The Benefits of Witch Hazel

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

 

shutterstock_47550397Witch Hazel (also know as Hamamelis) is a flowering plant popular for its health benefits and ornamental purposes. It grows in beautiful clusters of rich yellow to orange-red flowers. Its North American species are also known as Snapping Hazel, Spotted Alder, Tobacco Wood, and Winterbloom since the flowers begin to grow in the autumn and continue to expand throughout the winter. Due to its antiseptic and antibacterial qualities the extract derived from the twigs, bark, and leaves of Witch Hazel is often used in skin ointments, astringents, aftershave lotions, soaps, and shower gels. The seeds of Witch Hazel, also known as Hazel Nuts, are edible and are used to extract oil used in the treatment of many skin and health conditions.

Witch Hazel has been used in the treatment of many health conditions by the Japanese, Chinese, and Native Americans for centuries. The tannins, volatile oils, gallic acid, resin, flavonoids (procyanidins), and other natural components in it give Witch Hazel its astringent, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. Therefore, Witch Hazel teas, oils, and extracts are widely used in the treatment of many skin conditions such as:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Burns
  • Itchy and irritated skin
  • Puffy eyes
  • Insect bites and bee stings
  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Blemishes
  • Cold sores
  • Eczema
  • Boils
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Studies have shown that Witch Hazel possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and astringent properties which may be beneficial in the treatment of boils, pimples, acne, blemishes, razor cuts, bruises, insect bites, poison ivy, dermatitis, porous facial skin, carpenter’s hands, cracked heals, nail and foot infection, eczema, cold sores, and wrinkles. Witch Hazel extract or oil can be applied directly onto the affected area or can be mixed in equal portion of Isopropyl (rubbing) Alcohol before the application. For sensitive skin, Witch Hazel can be diluted in equal portion of water, Arnica Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil and applied 2-3 times daily. Also, the application of ointments and creams with Witch Hazel extract may be beneficial in the treatment of many of these skin ailments. However, it should not be applied on seriously ruptured skin.

In the USA, Witch Hazel is an FDA approved herbal product for medicinal purposes. There are not any known severe side effects of using this herb. However, oral overdose of Witch Hazel may cause allergic reactions such as rash, itchiness or inflammation, trouble breathing, dizziness, nausea or upset stomach. Therefore, oral consumption should be done only under close supervision of your health care provider and if you feel any kind of adverse symptoms, contact your physician immediately. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is highly recommended that you consult your doctor before using Witch Hazel.

Witch Hazel can be purchased at herbal food stores, pharmacies and many department or grocery stores. It is strongly advised to read the package labels closely since Witch hazel is available in formulas which are made separately for external and internal use. The Witch Hazel which is packaged for external use often contains isopropyl alcohol. When buying it for facial use, look for 100% Organic Witch Hazel Hydrosol, since it is milder and more beneficial for sensitive skin. The Hydrosol version is also distilled slowly and under low pressure with pure water which helps preserve all the herbal and medicinal components of the plant.

 

What are Parabens?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

 

labelThe topic of parabens have been popping up in a lot of conversations lately. Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products; they stop fungus, bacteria, and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom. Their names are a mouthful– methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. You’ll find them listed on thousands of personal care products such as shampoos, mascara, foundations, and body lotions. Parabens allow skin care products to survive for months or even years in your medicine cabinet; however, they also enter your body through your skin when you use these products.

Reports have shown that parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system. Cornell University reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk. Estrogen, and synthetic chemicals that act like estrogen, play a role in stimulating the division of breast cells and affect other hormones that stimulate breast cell division. Your body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen, and it can accumulate in fat cells, including breast tissue. In 2004, a study by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom found concentrations of parabens, particularly methylparaben, in human breast tumors. The study examined only the presence of parabens in the tumors but did not determine that they were the cause of the tumors.

The ability of parabens to mimic other hormones makes them endocrine disruptors, substances that adversely affect the endocrine system. The endocrine system releases hormones into the bloodstream and is involved in a number of functions related to reproduction, waste elimination, digestion and metabolism. Endocrine disruptors such as parabens can lead to early puberty in adolescent girls and boys, as reported by the New York Times. Endocrinologists have observed the average age of puberty decreasing in the past several decades and have seen girls as young as eight exhibit breast development and pubic hair growth. Endocrine disrupters can also lead to testicular enlargement and breast development in young boys.

On top of serious issues like those listed above, many products that come into contact with skin contain parabens, which often cause irritation of the skin. This is particularly true for adults, children or babies with sensitive skin. If you or your child has sensitive skin you may find that moisturizers, shampoos, and bath products, which contain parabens, may be causing the skin problems. Common skin problems associated with parabens include dermatitis, rosacea and other allergic reactions.

I bet your running to your bathroom now to read all the ingredients in your skincare products, and that’s good! Knowing what’s in your products is the first step to a healthy and safe skin care regime. At Dermaworks we care about your health. Our line of medical grade skincare are all paraben free (well almost!) One product you’ll find on our shelves does contain a paraben, but for good reason. Our Firm and Protect Eye Cream contains a very small amount of parabens. Why? Because what you’re putting around your eyes matter. We need to be sure it’s completely bacteria free.

Ready to ditch your old products and replace them with paraben free ones? Our products are available for purchase in store or online. Questions? Give us a call.

 

 

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

 

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At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer one of the most effective laser skin technologies in the industry– Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing with Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) Therapy using the SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system. This revolutionary technology not only rejuvenates the skin, eliminating wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne and other scars but also has the unique ability to tighten skin! It is the preferred method if you wish to get the most results with one treatment.

The SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system emits CO2 laser energy that creates thousands of microscopic perforations (vaporization of the skin) at a controlled depth. This stimulates new collagen growth and promotes tissue coagulation, resulting in skin tightening. Its fractional nature leaves bridges of skin between the vaporized columns of tissue. This helps with the healing process by reducing recovery time and associated risks (particularly unwanted hypo-pigmentation), thereby allowing the skin to heal faster. It is important to keep in mind that this technology is not only used for severe skin issues, in fact some clients simply feel their appearance looks aged and tired.

This is an in-office procedure that requires pre and post-treatment medications to ensure proper healing and comfort during the procedure.  For your comfort during the treatment, we may apply a topical freezing anesthetic. After the first day your skin will be extremely red and it is very important to follow the post-treatment instructions given to you by Dr. Vassiliou. Upon leaving you will be asked to book a follow-up appointment.

During the first 24 hours post-treatment use ice/cold packs every two hours for 20 minutes maximum for selling and discomfort, cover treated areas with a moisturizing ointment every two hours, and keep your head elevated by using two or more pillows when lying down.

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Following treatment normal activities may resume per level of comfort. However, no swimming or using hot tubs/whirlpools while redness is present, usually for at least 24-48 hours. Once you feel comfortable and healed, a normal skin care regime, including makeup or shaving, can be resumed. Mild treatments typically require 1-2 days of downtime (ideally with 3-5 treatments), moderate treatments require 3-5 days (ideally with 2-3 treatments) and more aggressive treatments require 5-7 days of downtime (ideally with 1-2 treatments).

If you would like to improve the look and feel of your skin this treatment may be for you! Contact us today to book your consultation with Dr. Vassiliou to receive a quote and see if this procedure is right for you.

 

 

 

 

What is Vibradermabrasion?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

 

Vibradermabrasion is the latest in skin care technology. It is an effective and clinically proven topical skin treatment, utilizing a rapidly vibrating sterile paddle to remove layers of damaged skin tissue; leaving healthier and more radiant skin. Vibradermabrasion is the new way to do microdermabrasion. The process is fast, very comfortable for patients and produces exceptional results. 75-85% of the stratum corneum (top layer of non-living skin cells) is removed in minutes.

Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic uses Vibradermabrasion to treat:vibra 3

 Sun damaged skin
 Fine lines/wrinkles
 Superficial age spots
 Hyper-pigmentation/Melasma
 Poor skin texture/dull skin

 

Unlike traditional microdermabrasion, Vibraderm does not sandblast aluminum oxide crystals over the skin. Instead, a Vibraderm machine
consists of paddles covered in abrasive particles. During the treatment, the Vibraderm paddles vibrate over the skin at extremely high speeds, exfoliating the top layer of skin and stimulating collagen growth.
 
Treatments typically take less than 30 minutes to perform and require virtually no downtime. This makes Vibraderm easy to fit into busy vibra 2schedules and ensures that people can get back to their active lifestyles. Many patients prefer Vibraderm simply for its lack of post-treatment redness.

Vibradermabrasion creates immediate results after just one treatment and in as few as three, initiates the creation of new collagen, leaving the skin more beautiful and vibrant each time. You will immediately notice a textural difference and a glowing quality to your skin’s appearance, however multiple treatments will be required to address hyper-pigmentation, enlarged pores and reduction of fine lines. Results may vary for each patient. 

At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic each session is $150 and offers a half an hour of powerful relaxation while we rejuvenate your skin. Post treatment we are happy to match and apply mineral foundation by Jane Iredale that is also available for purchase while in our clinic. Contact us today to book your appointment! 

 

 

Laser Skin Treatment Ottawa

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

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Looking for laser skin treatment in Ottawa? Look no further!

Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic is proud to offer Ottawa laser skin treatments. Designed to treat a number of aesthetic problems afflicting the skin, this revolutionary medical technology utilizes one of the most advanced laser platforms in aesthetic medicine. Combat the signs of aging, repair damage caused by prolonged sun exposure, or treat acne and acne scars – experience the therapeutic effects of laser technology as performed by Dr. Demetra Vassiliou, Chief Physician of Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic.

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Getting Rid of Acne Rosacea with Laser Treatments

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

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Acne rosacea, commonly referred to as rosacea, causes redness and swelling on the face. The first signs of this skin condition are a tendency to blush easily in the center of the face, with gradual blushing spreading to the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. As acne rosacea progresses, little bumps form in the reddened areas. Unlike traditional acne, blackheads do not form.

Acne rosacea is a chronic condition that affects fourteen million people in the United States alone, with similar figures in Canada. The condition, commonly found in fair-skinned people of Irish and Scottish descent, causes visible broken blood vessels, small red bumps, cysts, and irritated eyes. Sufferers may not initially realize that they have the condition, believing instead that their skin is sunburned.

Acne rosacea is also called “adult acne” because it is most common among adults between the ages of 30 and 50. The cause of acne rosacea remains a mystery but some factors that are thought to contribute to the condition include genetics, sun exposure, certain medications, helicobacter pylori bacteria, and gastrointestinal disease.

Laser Treatment for Acne Rosacea
An increasing number of people who suffer from acne rosacea are turning to laser and light therapies since they do not cause the worrisome side effects associated with other treatments. The pulsed dye laser (PDL) is a type of laser that has been used for many years to reduce the flushing, redness, and visible blood vessels associated with acne rosacea. PDL targets and destroys the visible blood vessels.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is another forum of light therapy that is effective in reducing the redness and flushing associated with this condition. IPL therapy filters out harmful UVA and UVB rays and then delivers light to areas with visible blood vessels. While PDL therapy is most effective for targeting obvious blood vessels, IPL therapy is more effective in treating larger areas of redness. It has long-lasting results, can treat dilated blood vessels effectively without injuring the surrounding skin and has the ability to destroy the bacteria that is believed to cause acne rosacea.

Erbium lasers and fractional photothermolysis are used to treat a less common symptom of acne rosacea known as rhinophyma. Rhinophyma is characterized by thick and bumpy skin on the nose and cheeks. These new forms of laser therapy are effective in smoothing out the nose and cheeks without removing an excessive amount of the skin’s top layer.

Laser treatments can cause some discomfort but they are considered to be effective and to a certain extent safer than other treatments. The results of laser treatment are long-term, greatly reducing the flushing episodes, dilated blood vessels, and redness caused by acne rosacea.

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
At Dermaworks, perhaps the most effective treatment for acne rosacea is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing with Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) Therapy. The procedure is performed using the SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system, which emits fractionated CO2 laser energy to vaporize the skin at a controlled depth.