Remember: It’s Easier to Prevent Wrinkles Than to Treat Them

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A youthful appearance depends on the lack of fine lines and sagging creases. However, it is essential to remember that, although a multitude of treatments exist to help correct aging skin, it is far easier to prevent wrinkles than it is to treat them.

3 Easy and Effective Ways to Prevent Wrinkles

Wear Sunscreen: The simplest way to fight signs of aging is to wear sunscreen every day. Even in winter, when skies are cloudy and grey, UV rays can harm your skin, causing skin damage and hyper-pigmentation. Incorporate a formula enhanced with antioxidants into your daily routine to protect your skin and enhance your complexion.

Use medical grade skincare: Choosing the right skincare products can be challenging. Look for products with preventative ingredients and formulas that are scientifically proven to improve the look of your skin over time.

Renew Your Skin with Microdermabrasion or a Chemical Peel: Vibradermabrasion, a next-generation skin-renewal technique, provides results after just one treatment. The treatment improves skin’s tone and texture, reducing the appearance of age spots, acne, scars and even fine lines.  A therapeutic chemical peel will also help to smooth your skin, removing damaged outer layers and creating a more even appearance. A therapeutic peel may also minimize pores and reduce facial blemishes.

How to Rejuvenate Your Skin After Signs of Aging Appear

Have you already noticed fine lines around your eyes, or are bothered by the number of dark spots appearing on your face? A wide range of non-surgical skin care procedures exists to help minimize the signs of aging.

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing, a revolutionary technique that requires fewer treatments and boasts a shorter recovery time, is highly effective at eliminating wrinkles, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, and scars.

If you’re worried about facial lines, BOTOX can help smooth them over. This popular procedure helps eliminates worry lines in the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes and other signs of aging. Dysport and Xeomin are similar solutions that help treat wrinkled skin.

Volume boosting dermal fillers, including Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero, can help refresh your skin and restore a more youthful appearance.

Dermaworks is a physician-supervised clinic using the latest technology to ensure you look and feel your best

Preventing wrinkles has never been easier! Our skin care specialists can help you decide on the treatment most suited to your needs. For more information, contact us today.

 

Hand Skin Resurfacing is a MUST!

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If you take care of your face with great skincare, chemical peels, Botox, fillers and laser resurfacing but neglect your hands then they will give your age away. Multiple options exist for hand rejuvenation from good skincare, chemical peels,  laser and dermal fillers such as Juvederm.

The loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid in our skin makes the texture of our hands change so that they look dry and withered looking. Years of UV exposure lead to age spots and hyperpigmentation. Loss of fat and hyaluronic acid lead to exposure of veins and tendons.

So what can be used to rejuvenate your hands and remove the telltale signs of aging? Dermal fillers, medical grade skincare, chemical peels, and lasers  are options for hand skin resurfacing.

Dermal Fillers for hand skin resurfacing

First, dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Anteis, Radiesse will bring a youthful volume back. Fillers will fill in the gaps between the tendons and veins so that the hands are no longer old and bony looking. Finer hyaluronic acid injected superficially into the skin, also called mesotherapy will plump up the skin and decrease dryness as the hyaluronic acid pulls water into the skin. The procedure is quick and very effective giving absolutely remarkable hand skin resurfacing results.

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Medical Grade Skincare for hand skin rejuvenation

Hyperpigmentation and texture can be improved with great medical grade skincare. Collagen Stimulating Gel and Glow Cream are two products that are ideal for hand rejuvenation.

Chemical Peels for hand skin resurfacing

Chemical peels are another method to help pigmentation problems and texture. They contain very concentrated ingredients including Vitamin A derivatives, citric acids and other ingredients in enough concentration to give that therapeutic boost that is required for improvement.

Lasers for hand skin resurfacing

Finally laser of the sun spots and other keratosis, will lead to even skin color that is perceived to look healthy and beautiful in clinical studies.

So there really is no need to despair about your hands. Very effective solutions are available to treat every unique issue. Do not let your hands get in the way of you feeling self-confident and beautiful. Contact us today and we will be very pleased to explain everything so that at the end you are very confident about your decision.

Free Radicals: What You Need to Know

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To understand the way that free radicals and antioxidants interact, you must first understand a bit about cells and molecules.  So here’s a (very) brief refresher course in Physiology/Chemistry 101:  The human body is composed of many different types of cells. Cells are composed of many different types of molecules. Molecules consist of one or more atoms of one or more elements joined by chemical bonds.

As you probably remember from your old high school days, atoms consist of a nucleus, neutrons, protons, and electrons. The number of protons (positively charged particles) in the atom’s nucleus determines the number of electrons (negatively charged particles) surrounding the atom. Electrons are involved in chemical reactions and are the substance that bonds atoms together to form molecules. Electrons surround, or “orbit” an atom in one or more shells. The innermost shell is full when it has two electrons. When the first shell is full, electrons begin to fill the second shell. When the second shell has eight electrons, it is full, and so on.

The most important structural feature of an atom for determining its chemical behavior is the number of electrons in its outer shell. A substance that has a full outer shell tends not to enter in chemical reactions (an inert substance). Atoms seek to reach a state of maximum stability, an atom will try to fill its outer shell by:

  1. Gaining or losing electrons to either fill or empty its outer shell;
  2. Sharing its electrons by bonding together with other atoms in order to complete its outer shell.freeradical1

Atoms often complete their outer shells by sharing electrons with other atoms. By sharing electrons, the atoms are bound together and satisfy the conditions of maximum stability for the molecule. Normally, bonds don’t split in a way that leaves a molecule with an odd, unpaired electron. But when weak bonds split, free radicals are formed. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to capture the needed electron to gain stability. Generally, these weak bonds attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell.

Some of these weak bonds arise normally during metabolism. Sometimes the body’s immune systems cells purposefully create them to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, and herbicides can also spawn free radicals. So why should you care about this? Free-radicals initiate the deterioration of the skin’s structural support and decrease the elasticity, resilience, and suppleness of skin.  They are often tagged as the culprit in the case of wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and suppleness.

The vitamins C and E, are thought to protect the body against the destructive effects of free-radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free-radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the electron “stealing” reaction. The antioxidant nutrients themselves don’t become free radicals by donating an electron because they are stable in either form. They act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease. Protect your skin today by using one of our antioxidant protects: Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum or the Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Cream. To learn more about the powerful effects of antioxidants, click here.

For more information, or to book in for your skin analysis, contact us today.

How to Get Rid of What Lurks in Your Makeup Brushes

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We use makeup products to enhance our natural beauty, but things can get ugly really quickly if we don’t take the proper steps to care for our beauty-enhancing tools. Cleaning your cosmetic tools will ensure their softness and strength. As quality brushes can be a bit pricey, it will be an investment to properly maintain them. It is important to routinely clean our makeup tools, not only to care for our skin, but for the longevity of the tools themselves.

Brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria coming from our own skin and dust from the air to accumulate. This dirt can then be transferred back into our skin and lead to clogged pores and subsequent breakouts. What’s more, the bacteria on those brushes get transferred onto the cosmetics that we use them with, so it affects the cleanliness and longevity of our makeup products too.

Clean your brushes once a week, twice a week at the most. Overall, doing this every week will make for a quicker cleaning process time as there won’t be too much of an accumulation of colors, oils, and dirt on the brushes. Routine brush care also adds to the impact of your makeup look. If you use the same brush for different colors without cleaning it in between uses (and after multiple uses), the intended shade will not show up on your skin as true to its color because of the combination of colors. It will impact the blending and contouring of your intended makeup look.

To clean your brushes, start off by running the bristles under warm water to loosen the dirt. Add a dab of the shampoo onto the bristles itself and gently massage the bristles into the palm of your hand using circular or back-and-forth motions. If the bristles are really dirty, continue this process until your bristles run clear of the accumulated cosmetic powders. Rinse and remove excess water with a clean cloth. Let your brushes dry flat as drying them vertically jane-iredale0bugsdamages the attachment point of the bristles to the wand and you will lose bristles that way. While you are at it, it would be a good idea to clean the handles of your brushes as well using any appropriate disinfectant, such as rubbing alcohol. Clean your brushes at night, let them dry overnight and they will be ready to use by the morning.

Want an easier more efficient solution to cleaning your brushes? At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer the Jane Iredale line of cosmetics, makeup brushes, and accessories. The Botanical Brush Cleaner is available for purchase along with a long list of brushes. This quick drying cleanser is good for use with all cosmetic brushes including those with natural hair. Not only will it clean the brush with a quick spray but it will also provide a deep condition to keep those brushes lasting longer.

A healthy body and proper hygiene are essentials to both inner and outer beauty. Your skin will thank you for its proper care and showcase such natural beauty when you routinely clean and care for your makeup tools. Do you have more questions about your skincare? Contact us today.

7 Healthy Things to do for your Skin in 2015

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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—healthy 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 healthy for 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 for healthy looking eyes and skin.

 

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 our physician 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 Difference Between Physical and Chemical Sunscreens

sunscreen-foundation-500x375There is a lot of talk out there about sunscreens and the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens. While we all know how important it is to wear SPF daily, we don’t all know which type is the best personal option. The first step is to understand the basic difference between them. Chemical sunscreens basically work as a sponge absorbing UV rays, whereas physical sunscreens work like a shield reflecting dangerous UV rays. They both encompass different UV filters as well. In the physical type, the active ingredients that protect your skin are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. When we look at chemical types the list is much more daunting. It’s possible you will find: Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Helioplex, 4-MBC, Mexoryl SX and XL, Tinosorb S and M, Uvinul T 150 and Uvinul A Plus.

Many of you reading this are already thinking chemical=bad. Are you right to think this? Absolutely. While titanium dioxide can be problematic for a very small group of people, zinc oxide is generally safe. It can be used on delicate skin and is a main ingredient in diaper rash creams. Chemical filters can be much more problematic and irritating for your skin. While others may react instantly, some may develop an allergy over time. Chemical filters can also generate free radicals which can cause skin damage, irritation, and premature aging. Fortunately, physical sunscreens can avoid this.

Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Natures Veil- EditedOnce formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Want to add additional antioxidants to your skin? Check out our Powerful Antioxidant Serum.

One of the main complaints of sunscreen is the white, pasty look it leaves on your skin and while we all understand the importance of SPF some of us just Natures VeilNatures Veilaren’t ready to accept pasty white skin into our lives. Fortunately, Dermaworks has considered all of the information above when designing Nature’s Veil, our specially formulated physical serum that offers SPF 30, and antioxidants. This broad spectrum physical SPF serum contains micronized titanium and zinc oxides, excluding all chemicals, fragrance, and parabens. (Click here to learn more about parabens.) This fabulous serum is tinted to avoid any pasty look and is fortified with vitamin C, E, and Ferulic acid. This must have product is available for purchase in store, or online at shop.

Still not sure what sunscreen is best for you? Book your consultation with our physician to discuss this topic further.

What are Parabens and How Do They Effect Me?

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. They 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 these preservatives 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 the preservatives 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 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 these disrupters, 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.

Why You Need a Medical Facial

facialThere’s a wealth of information about skin care that’s readily available to us at the click of a mouse. That more than likely means your bathroom is already filled with products, peels, masks, scrubs, etc., which can give you a serious deep clean. But while it’s great to practice good skin care, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be skipping out on seeking professional help. Even though you may not suffer from severe acne or other chronic conditions, your complexion will still benefit from regular medical facials from a trained medical esthetician.

Facials are the ultimate anti-aging treatment. Staying young and fresh-faced means taking care of yourself and your skin. What you do at home is only one part of this equation. The other is receiving the deep cleansing, exfoliation and hydration only a facial can provide. Getting a facial means you are doing your part to slow down the clock. Think of getting a facial as analogous to going to the dentist for a routine cleaning. Brushing at home is necessary, but you rely on a professional for the deep cleansing and maintenance to keep your pearly whites in tiptop shape. Why stop at your teeth?

What does a medical facial do you ask? Well, a medical facial cleanses, exfoliates, and nourishes the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion. These facials differ from spa facials in that nothing is pre-determined before your appointment. Upon check-in our esthetician will analyze your skin and customizes your facial to your skin’s needs. We’ll go over any concerns you may have about your skin, such as unexpected dry or oily areas, reactions to skin care products or the environment, and how you can best incorporate medical grade skin care products in to your daily regimen in order to prolong the results of the medical facial.

How often you should get a facial depends on several factors: your skin type, skin condition, skin care goals, your budget, and your age. On average, getting a professional facial once a month is ideal for someone who wants to take good care of their skin. That’s because the skin is a living organ, and it takes about 30 days for the cells to move up from the dermis to the surface, or epidermis, where they flatten out, die and slough off. A professional facial stimulates that exfoliation process, keeping the skin more toned and youthful-looking. Try to have a facial at least four times a year, as the season changes.

At Dermaworks we are committed to providing you with the most effective treatments possible. For an added mini fee, vibradermabrasion can also be added to your facial. Never heard of vibradermabrasion? Click here to read our blog to learn more about this effective, non-invasive treatment. Call today to schedule your medical facial, your skin will thank you!

Does Hydrated Skin Mean Healthy Skin?

drinking-water_2694655bWith all the hype on TV and in health magazines, most of us know that drinking the suggested 6-8 cups of water a day is important to our overall well-being. But just how important is water to the feel and look of our skin? Is healthy skin hydrated skin? I’m here to tell you yes! In order for the skin to protect our bodies from UV radiation, microorganisms, and toxic agents, it must be kept adequately hydrated. Hydrated skin will remain flexible and allow our protective barrier to remain intact.

When skin is well-hydrated, it is more plump and resilient. This is due, at least in part, to an ingredient in the skin called hyaluronic acid. The job of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to hold water. When there is adequate water from inside out, the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. It is important to drink lots of fluids throughout the day for best results. You’ve probably heard that drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is a good idea but you may need more or less depending on your activity level. Remember, coffee and sodas do not count as water because they contain caffeine which is a diuretic, meaning that they draw water out of your system and your skin.

There are several reasons why you may not be getting enough water to make keep your skin healthy. Anything that makes you sweat a lot, such as exercise or being out in the sun, causes you to loose fluids. Getting sick can dehydrate you too, particularly if you have a fever, diarrhea or are vomiting. In such cases, you might need to drink even more water to replace what was lost. Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption is highly recommended.

Remembering to drink enough water can sometimes be a chore. Our suggestion? Make it a point to drink one or two glasses of water with every meal. Keep a water bottle on your desk at work or in your car, and sip often. If you’d like a little flavor with your water, try adding a lemon wedge or a splash of fruit juice. If you want to do everything you can to moisturize your skin, don’t stop at applying moisturizer and drinking a lot of water. You can make “you are what you eat” your new mantra and choose foods based on how they will help your skin. To get the most out of your daily meals, try including the following items in your diet:Food with unsaturated fats

Omega 3′s– Your skin has a natural barrier to help retain moisture, and that barrier contains omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding flax seed, salmon and walnuts to your diet to boost your omega-3 intake and moisturize your skin.

Spinach- In addition to being chock full of vitamins, such as skin-strengthening vitamin A, spinach has plant compounds that according to some research help to keep your skin healthy.

Berries- It turns out that berries aren’t just tasty and fun to eat; they’re also really good for healing your skin. Berries not only contain juice to help you hydrate, but they’ve also got antioxidants and vitamin C that protect your skin.

Overall, drinking plenty of water, eating a variety of healthy foods, and watching your caffeine and alcohol intake will put you on the road to healthy, moist, and supple skin. If you find your skin is struggling with something other than dehydration such as acne, rosacea, acne scarring, age spots, etc. contact us now! We offer a variety of treatments that offer relief from many different conditions.

Treating Rosacea Acne and Other Symptoms

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Rosacea is a very common disorder characterized by symptoms of facial flushing and a collection of other clinical signs such as facial redness, broken capillaries, coarseness of the skin, and an inflammatory eruption that may be similar to acne.The hallmark of rosacea is persistent redness in the central portion of the face that lasts for at least three months. This redness may be associated with flushing, broken capillaries (medically called telangiectasias), and an acne-like skin eruption. However, unlike acne, the skin eruption in rosacea does not have any blackheads.

Clients often find that the first symptom of rosacea is a tendency to flush or blush easily. The condition generally starts in the center of the face and then extends to involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Over a long period of time, potentially years, the condition progresses to a persistent redness with visible blood vessels and possibly pimples and bumps. With time the redness tends to become more persistent. In the more severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy, a condition known medically as rhinophyma.

Because rosacea is a complex condition, it has been divided into subtypes, which are determined based on the appearance of the skin. This subdivision helps classify rosacea. However, patients may have the findings of more than one subtype at the same time.

  1. Subtype 1 – Facial Redness: Subtype 1 (medically called erythematotelangiectatic rosacea) is characterized by persistent facial redness and flushing. Broken capillaries, called telangiectasia, may be present, and the skin may feel irritated and uncomfortable.
  2. Subtype 2 – Bumps and Pimples: Subtype 2 (medically called papulopustular rosacea) is characterized by facial redness and acne-like bumps and pimples.
  3. Subtype 3 – Skin Thickening: Subtype 3 (medically called phymatous rosacea) is characterized by skin thickening and enlargement, especially around the nose. When the nose is involved in this manner, it is referred to as a rhinophyma. It is believed that W.C. Fields had this type of rosacea involving his nose.
  4. Subtype 4 – Eye Irritation: Subtype 4 (medically called ocular rosacea) is characterized by the presence of eye symptoms, including watery eyes, red eyes, foreign body sensation, eye burning, dry eyes, and blurred vision. Ocular rosacea should be treated by an ophthalmologist.

Although the cause of rosacea is not known, several factors are known to play a role in its development. The condition is more common in
women than in men. In addition, genetics is also clearly a factor, and the condition may be inherited. Evidence suggests that sun exposure is also a contributing factor in the development of rosacea. There are also certain “triggering factors” that may exacerbate a patient’s rosacea. When present, these need to be identified and avoided as much as possible. Common triggering factors are hot and cold temperatures, wind, hot drinks, caffeine, exercise, spicy foods, alcohol, certain emotions, and medications that cause flushing.

Laser skin treatment is a popular choice for the fight against rosacea. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic a laser is used to emit a beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the blood vessel. This will break down the blood vessel, diminishing the look of the vascular lesion (rosacea). Final treatment results should be evident in 10-14 days after treatment. Three to four treatments may be needed to reach your final goal.

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Chemical peels are another choice for clients looking to treat rosacea. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic our illumaPeel combines a variety of active cosmeceutical ingredients to effectively achieve the results you desire. The peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure and is complete in 5-7 days. The skin may appear dry and flaky during this time. Although results may be achieved after one treatment, a series of 3-6 treatments may be required depending on the intensity of the peel and other treatments used.

All patients who have rosacea should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B light. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we recommend using our sunscreen, Nature’s Veil SPF 30, a physical sunscreen based on zinc oxide rather than chemicals. In addition, individuals who have rosacea should seek shade and wear a wide-brim hat to further protect themselves from the sun.

If you’re suffering from rosacea don’t wait, contact us today. We have treated hundreds of clients with this condition who have received extremely gratifying results. Contact us today to book your no pressure consultation. Honest advice, beautiful results™.


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