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Why Me: Your Hyper-Pigmentation Guide

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Was that Labor Day that just happened? 

Your summer heart may be a little sad about the “official” ending of summer — however — your face might just be rejoicing. 

The sun and the sand can be helpful for the soul, but that big ball of sunshine in the sky can also be brutal to our skin. 

A common post-summer issue is hyper-pigmentation. 

If you’ve ever experienced this common skin condition then you may be familiar with what hyper-pigmentation is all about. 

However, if you’ve never heard of hyper-pigmentation, or if you’re looking to know more about it, we’ve created a hyper-pigmentation guide just for you! 


What Is Hyper-Pigmentation?  

Hyper-pigmentation is an area (usually on your nose, chin, upper lip, cheeks, forehead and even the back of your hands and décolleté) that is a dark discoloration. This can be due in part to a melanin increase (which is the substance where the pigment is regulated). 

 

Why Me? 

The hyper-pigmentation culprits can include: 

  • The sun! Dr. Zein Obagi (Beverly Hills Dermatologist & ZO® Founder) says that “…the worst culprit is cumulative sun exposure.” 
  • Hormones from birth control, pregnancy, etc.  -- Melasma “the mask of pregnancy” is also another form of hyper-pigmentation and is thought to be triggered predominately by hormones. However, vascular disorders like Rosacea are also being studied for the role of blood vessels and how they play into Melasma as well.
  • Post inflammation: acne, skin trauma, insect stings/bites, burns, cuts, and bruises. 

 

What Are My Options?  

We don’t think you’re ever too young to start prevention and a quality skincare routine. The options we give you below are what we highly recommend to our very own clients, so please let us know if you have any questions. 

With early prevention of skin damage with the use of sunscreen along with the addition of laser treatments (IPL) and/or a Hyper-pigmentation skincare system — you and your skin shall be happy in and out of the sun. 

  • Early prevention: apply sunscreen every two hours. 
  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light) — this laser resurfacing treatment helps varying skin types and conditions (especially hyper-pigmentation). We use Lumecca™ IPL by InMode and the benefits include total photo rejuvenation in 1-2 treatments versus 4-6 with standard IPL’s and patient comfort and safety that is supported by a strong sapphire cooling tip.
  • ZO Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System — this system treats the discoloration without potential risks and side effects of using hydroquinone. This system includes 5 potent products that work synergistically to even skin tone, rejuvenate skin and improve texture. 
  • ZO® 3-Step Peel™ — An in-office treatment, followed by at-home treatment which produces longer lasting results than most peels —very little downtime and only two days of full peeling. 
  • Brightenex™ 1.0% Retinol — the first line of defense for hyper-pigmentation; helps even skin tone and color. This product can be used as maintenance post prescription treatments. 

Acne Deep-Dive + Back-To-School Specials

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It’s that back-to-school time of the year and whether you’re about to embark on a new year in high school, college or if you’re a parent that’s getting yourself back into the school routine with little kids — acne tends to be something that is on the minds of many this time of year.

Who doesn’t want to learn and look good doing it?
With our expertise and ZO® Skin Health Products, you can do just that.

This month we take a deep-dive into acne (causes, prevention, maintenance, ZO® products, back-to-school specials etc.) —
…so you can get comfortable in your own SKIN. 
 

What causes acne?
Genetics, hormones, stress, diet/lifestyle, sleep, exercise, and hygiene or a combination of factors can all add to the source of acne. Add to that mix of factors a poor cleansing and exfoliation routine for your face and you just potentially increased your chances for acne to show up or stay longer.  


Acne Prevention and Treatment: 

  • Healthy Diet + Lifestyle. 
  • Stay Hydrated (water is your BFF). 
  • Essential fatty acids like Omega-3 (salmon, tuna, walnuts, wheat germ, edamame, pinto and kidney beans, spinach, kale, etc). Eating these Omega-3’s are best consumed when raw, baked or broiled due to the low cooking temperature that will help maintain the nutrient density. 
  • Don’t skimp on your sleep! Get in an adequate amount of time every night (7-8 hours minimum). Your present and future self will thank you for it.  
  • Move your body. Let exercise do the dirty work of sweating out those toxins (but don't forget to wash your face after your sweat session). 

           
Let’s Talk About Stress: 
“The problem is that stress increases the production of hormones that damage collagen and elastin,” Dr. Zein Obagi (founder of ZO® Skin Health) explains. Not to mention when you’re stressed you are more apt to scowl and frown, therefore stress can show up on your face by way of wrinkles, decreased collagen and elastin, acne, inflammation, and rosacea. 


Products We Recommend + August/2017 In-Office Specials
*please call our office (719-553-2201) to schedule a complimentary consultation and/or come see us at the office and take advantage of these specials!*

Acne Prevention + Treatment Kits: $120 (regularly $140)

Akne Bright: $35 (regularly $45)

Cebatrol Pads: $52 (regularly $62)
 
(Psst…Teachers!) 
Back-To-School + Acne Specials: 

  • Signature Peel: $65 (regularly $95)            

*For Teachers*: Eyebrow or lip wax for free with purchase of Signature Peel

  • Purify Facial (for acne): $50 (regularly $65)

*Please Contact Our Partner Renew Medical Aesthetics and Laser Center To Schedule This Special: 719-423-0083*



Resources: 
Back to School With Clear Skin: https://zoskinhealth.com/blog/back-to-school-with-clear-skin/ 
Eat Your Omega-3 Fats: https://zoskinhealth.com/blog/eat-your-omega-3-fats/
Stress Reduction Strategies: https://zoskinhealth.com/blog/tip-avoiding-too-much-stress/

What is PRP and how does it rejuvenate skin?

What is PRP and how does it rejuvenate skin?

PRP is an advanced treatment technology that utilizes ingredients present in an individual’s blood in order to regenerate their skin and revitalize collagen, leading to healthy, young looking skin.

Scientific studies have proven that PRP generates new collagen when infused into the skin and the most recent studies reveal that PRP can ease sun damage as well as aging skin problems.

PRP is basically a natural product produced from your own body. Through a simple blood draw, a little amount of blood is drawn from an individual into a sterile tube. Using a unique centrifuge machine, the blood is spun down in order to take out and concentrate the stem cells, growth factors and platelets that are very important for tissue healing. This little amount of blood with a high concentration of platelets and growth factors is referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

PRP is best known for its wonderful act of skin rejuvenation. When PRP is injected into particular parts of the skin, its high platelet concentration functions as a matrix that stimulates the growth of new collagen, revitalizes skin tissue and hence leads to a naturally smooth and firm skin. As a result, PRP treatment gets rid of wrinkles and creates a smoother skin feel and tone.

To learn more about PRP and to see a special demonstration, attend the Open House | Fall Edition on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6 - 8 PM at the Renew Medical Aesthetics & Laser Center. For more information and directions please see the Open House Invitation.

Rochelle Elijah, MD

Get Comfortable in Your Own SKIN