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Ask Charmayne | What Is An OxyGeneo™ 3-in-1 Facial?

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Q – Charmayne, I’ve heard about a new 3-in-1 “super” facial…is there such a thing, or is this a new skin fad?

  

A – Well, you’ve heard correctly; there is such a thing as a “super” facial. And the good news is, it’s so not a skin fad — we think this skin health technology is here to stay!

 

This service is actually an OxyGeneo™ 3-in-1 Facial that combines exfoliation, infusion and oxygenation to support a complexion that is well nourished to reveal a healthy glow.

— Charmayne Torres-Trujillo, Medical Aesthetician

 

The unique aspect of this “super facial” is its ability to work naturally with your body which allows for higher potency and benefit for your skin.

 

 

Ok, let’s talk about how this facial really works for your skin and why we think this facial will be next on your self-care list!

 

 

WHAT IS AN OXYGENEO™ FACIAL?

Three treatments are simultaneously delivered in this facial:

 

#1 – Exfoliation

Exfoliation occurs to the outer layer of the skin to remove dead cells and prepares the skin to absorb nutrient-rich active ingredients.

Think microdermabrasion, but much less abrasive.

This phase of exfoliation is safe for all skin types (including sensitive skin).

 

#2 – Infusion

Infusion is where your happy skin cells come alive with active ingredients that will help nourish your complexion.

 

The infusion of essential nutrients like peptides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants help improve texture, improve clarity of complexion and support bright skin.

 

#3 – Oxygenation

This is where the genius of OxyGeneo™ comes in – oxygenation of the skin is generated within your body.

 

CO2 bubbles create a physiological response with a gentle burst on your skin’s surface, which stimulates oxygen-rich blood flow and increased skin metabolism.

 

Nutrient-rich active ingredients are then optimally absorbed by your skin.

  

Exfoliate + Infuse + Oxygenate Results –

• Skin Plumping & Hydrating

• Restored Skin Volume

• Renewed Youthful Glow

• Increased Collagen

• Reduced hyper-pigmentation

• Improved Skin Cell Production

• Reduce Appearance of Wrinkles

• Safe for ANY skin type!

  

 

WHAT SKIN TYPE IS THIS FACIAL FOR?

All skin types! Even the sensitive ones. Another reason why we love this “super facial”.

 

  

HOW LONG DOES THE OXYGENEO™ FACIAL TAKE?

 

I know we sound like a broken record, but this can be done during your lunch hour! (I mean, who has time for long treatments these days?)

 

Typically, it takes 30 minutes for the facial with some time for pre and post treatment preparation.

 

 

WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME FOR OXYGENEO™?

 

Zero! No downtime for this facial and you can go right back to your daily routine.

 

Because this treatment feels like a massage for your face; you should feel comfortable the entire time.

 

  

HOW MANY OXYGENEO™ FACIALS ARE RECOMMENDed TO SEE RESULTS?

 

After the first treatment, you will see noticeable results!

 

OxyGeneo™ Facials can be performed frequently and we can customize a skincare plan just for you.

So, what do you think — is this the facial you’re looking for?

Who doesn’t love skin that is well exfoliated, infused with nutrient-rich ingredients and oxygenated to nourish and plump the skin?

 

 

If you’re ready to up your self-care game and reveal a healthy complexion — without all the hassle of time-consuming skin treatments — OxyGeneo™ 3-in-1 “Super” Facial is here for you!

  

Love your skin and call Renew today to book your best skin health.



RENEW MEDICAL SPA + LASER + WELLNESS CENTER

719.423.0083


ZO® Product of The Month | Daily Power Defense

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Don’t you love when a product actually lives up to its name?

 

Case in point: ZO®’s Daily Power Defense.

 

With words like power and defense, this product almost sounds like it belongs to some military operation.

 

But we’re pretty sure you’d say skincare is like your very own operation – full of powerful skincare ingredients and defense against the sun and signs of aging.

 

That’s why ZO®’s Daily Power Defense is not only a best-selling product, but one of our favorite’s when it comes to daily protection and any future damage that can be lurking (hello, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles).

 

Ok, let’s take a look at this powerhouse skin health product…

 

 

ZO® Product of The Month | Daily Power Defense

Daily Power Defense is a powerhouse antioxidant serum that aims to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and any future damage that can occur.

 

Future damage can include anything that comes with aging and too much fun in the sun (especially if you’re not wearing any sun protection. Hint: please protect your beautiful skin from the sun!).

 

Basically, this product is here for your current + future best self (high fives all around!).

Benefits of Daily Power Defense

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  • Provides antioxidant protection to combat free radical damage

  • Helps tighten and firm the skin

  • Promotes skin health

Superpower Ingredients | Daily Power Defense

 

  • Ultrasomes (UV—endonuclease) and roxisomes (glycosylase): Introduces enzymes to help speed up the skin’s natural repair process

  • Vitamin E: Provides antioxidant properties

  • Retinol (vitaine): Firms + helps even skin tone

  • Ceramide 6: Helps restore barrier function

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Daily Power Defense | $150

If you’re shopping around for a skincare product that you can use daily — that’s not too harsh for daily use, yet effective enough to keep your skin in tip-top shape — ZO®’s Daily Power Defense has you — and your gorgeous skin — covered!

Picture(s) via @zoskinhealth (Instagram)



Book a skin consultation today + let the Renew Crew help you decide what skin health products are best for you.

Renew Medical Spa + Laser + Wellness Center

719.423.0083


Ask Charmayne | What Is A Renew | Signature Facelift®?

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Q: Ok, Charmayne, I keep hearing about this highly specialized facial that you offer at Renew – what exactly is it?

 

A: Yes, we do offer a specialized facial and the exact one you’re referring to is the Renew | Signature Facelift®.

 

And honestly, it’s one of my favorite facials — if not my favorite — because of the results it creates.

 

Simply, this facial is custom-built to exfoliate + hydrate + brighten + tighten your gorgeous face!

 

If you’re a skin geek like me here’s the breakdown of how this signature facial can help your skin feel fresh and renewed.

 

 

What Is A Renew | Signature Facelift®?

 

This facial helps to reverse the visible effects of skin damage in several ways —

  • First, it powers away dull, dead cells to illuminate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, clogged pores and blemishes.

  • Then, it supports collagen for firmer-looking skin over time. (Hello, gorgeous!)

  • Our signature, results-driven treatment combines Vitamin C, hydroxy acids and enzymes to speed up cellular renewal.

  • Stem cells are combined with brightening, protection, detox and energy complexes.

  • Vitamin C and fruit enzymes blended in an organic aloe vera base visibly reduce redness and brighten the skin.

  •  Hyaluronic acid provides superior hydration.

  •  And this peel is perfect for skin types that are: redness-prone, dry/dehydrated, smoker’s skin, tired/ dull, post-microdermabrasion, oily/acne.

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This combination of potent, yet gentle ingredients offers noticeable results in just one session.

Yes, that means you’ll walk out looking refreshed + renewed!

Book your R E F R E S H today…


Renew Medical Aesthetics + Laser + Wellness Center

719.423.0083


ZO® Product of The Month | Anti-Aging Program

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Do you have a good program in your life that just makes sense?

And no, we’re not talking about your morning routine (we love a rockin’ morning routine though!).

We’re talking about a program that’s plug and play — kind of like those home-delivery food services where everything’s taken care of for you and all you have to do is use it!

At Renew, we love efficiency and a well-developed program that is just right for your lifestyle and your skincare — especially an anti-aging one that comes with all the bells and whistles.

Good news is ZO® already has that figured out for you with their ZO® Anti-Aging Program.

This program is a moderate treatment for the reduction of signs of aging which can:

  • Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Promote a more even-looking skin tone + finer pore appearance

  • Preserve + maintain a more youthful-looking complexion

ZO®’s Anti-Aging Program includes:

  • Exfoliating Cleanser

  • Exfoliating Polish

  • Complexion Renewal Pads - 30 Pads

  • Daily Power Defense

  • Growth Factor Serum

Ok, now that you know what the program is as a whole, let’s take a closer look at what each product has to offer your skin…

Exfoliating Cleanser

Gentle exfoliating cleanser for normal to oily skin that targets surface oil leaving the skin feeling clean, but not stripped and dry.

  • Rids the skin of dirt + surface oil

  • Unclogs pores with exfoliation

  • Calms and soothes irritated skin

Exfoliating Polish

Magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells to create a clear, smooth and even toned complexion.

  • Instantly polishes skin to restore smoother texture and healthy glow

  • Removes dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores

Complexion Renewal Pads

Moistened pads help minimize surface oil and exfoliate pore-clogging dead skin cells and dirt.

  • Dual action exfoliation removes dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores

  • Reduces oiliness + minimizes surface oil 

  • Calms and soothes irritated skin

Daily Power Defense

Powerful antioxidant serum designed to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and to address future damage.

  • Provides antioxidant protection to combat free radical damage

  • Helps tighten + firm the skin

  • Promotes skin health

 

Growth Factor Serum

Lightweight gel for all skin types that strengthens skin, supports skin rejuvenation and protects against future signs of aging.

  • Improve overall appearance of skin

  • Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Improve skin firmness and elasticity

  • Restores hydration and reinforces the skin's protective barrier


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ZO® Anti-Aging Program | $213


If you’ve thought about what products would work the best to combat signs of aging, this ZO® Anti-Aging program could be your one-stop shop for just that.

Call Renew today to set-up a consultation and skincare analysis to see what products are right for your skin!


Pictures by: ZO Skin Health



RENEW Medical Aesthetics + Laser + Wellness 719.423.0083


How to Protect Your Skin from The Sun

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We’re nearing summer and sunshine is about to be in full bloom (especially here in Southern Colorado where we’re known as the “desert of Colorado”. Interesting right?).

 

Now, you won’t find us sun-loving people complaining about warmth and all the adventures that come along with those rays of sunshine (hello, water activities and drinks on the patio).

 

You will, however, find us in the shade, slathering on sunscreen, while talking A LOT about how to protect your skin from the sun.

 

And because May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – what better time to talk about your skin and protection from the sun?!

 

First up, though, is some cold, hard truths about sun and skin cancer…

 

 

Sun + Skin Cancer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology:  

• 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

• Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

• Approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer daily.  

• One blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life.

• Nearly, 20 Americans die from melanoma every day.

• UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers.

• Water, snow and sand can reflect and intensify the sun’s damaging rays.

• Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can reach your skin.

 

We know reading these figures can be a sobering thought, especially when the figures point out that melanoma takes 20 American lives a day.

 

But there’s good news: you can greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer!

(Go ahead and breathe now after reading those statistics).

 

So, how do you reduce your risk of skin cancer?

Good old-fashioned sun protection.

 

 

Before we introduce ways to protect your skin from the sun, we need to talk about the sun and what it CAN do for your body and health…

 

 

The (Healthy) Sun + Vitamin D

 

We’ve discussed the harm that the sun can do to your skin (increased skin cancer risk and even sun damage).

 

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What we haven’t talked about is what the sun (specifically Vitamin D) can do for your overall health.  

 

The sun is essential for Vitamin D production which helps hormone regulation, supports a healthy immune system and builds strong bones (just to name a few perks).

 


So, if we’re constantly protecting ourselves from the sun, how do we get that essential Vitamin D from the sun?

 

According to the National Institutes of Health 

“It has been suggested by some vitamin D researchers, for example, that approximately 5–30 minutes of sun exposure between 10 AM and 3 PM at least twice a week to the face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen usually lead to sufficient vitamin D synthesis…Individuals with limited sun exposure need to include good sources of vitamin D in their diet or take a supplement to achieve recommended levels of intake.”

 

Remember, when taking into consideration your relationship to the sun; consider these factors:

• Skin type

• Where you live (how harsh the sun can or cannot be in your area)

• How much sun exposure your skin has had over your lifetime (Sun worshipper? Tanning beds? Rarely use sunscreen?)

 

Yes, your body needs Vitamin D, but it doesn’t need an increased risk in skin cancer or sun damage, therefore, find a happy dance between sun health and sun protection.

 

Ok, speaking of protection…

Here are some of our favorite ways to protect your skin from the sun!

 

 

How to Protect Your Skin from The Sun

 

1.    Cover Up

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We love a powerful sunscreen, but even that chemical barrier can’t block all the sun from your skin.

If you’re down with being covered head-to-toe in protective clothing, go for it!

If that’s not your style, at least opt for a wide-brimmed hat (peace out sun damage), shades and something to cover those areas on your body that sun loves to touch.

 

2.    Be Shady

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The sun is the most powerful during the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so that means, duck and get your shade on.

Having lunch outside? Go for a shaded area, or under an umbrella. Remember that hat you bought to protect you from the sun? Whip it out and be as shady as you need to be!

 


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3.    Know Your Surfaces

Keep in mind it’s not just the surface of the sun that can increase your risk of skin cancer.

Surfaces like water, snow and sand can all reflect the sun’s rays and the next thing you know, you’re wondering how you got a sunburn on a cloudy day at the beach, or a plow down the mountain.

Protect your skin from the sun, snow, sand and water!

 

4.    Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen.

This one is a no-brainer, so here are some extra tips to keep your sunscreen working hard.  

• Don’t forget the areas on your body like lips, hands, feet, ears and neck.

• Use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.

• Reapply! Especially after sweating or swimming and typically every two hours.

 

5.    Repeat After Me, “No More Tanning Beds”

Repeat that mantra any time you feel the urge to get in a tanning bed.

Not only does your skin cancer risk increase with tanning beds, but so does the aging process (wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, age spots, etc.).

And we want you to look AND feel your best, so drop the tanning bed and if you’re really feeling an itch for tanning; grab a self-tanner and slather away.

 

 

Favorite Sunscreen

 

Obviously, we can’t talk about all things sun and protection without talking about our favorite sunscreen.

 

We’re so grateful for our partnership with ZO® Skin Health because we LOVE offering our clients different options when it comes to sunscreen AND healthy aging.

Below, you’ll find five different options of sunscreen from ZO®.

For easy application, the Sun Spray SPF 50 is a hit and if you’re going for a day look with make-up — the Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 (literally) has you covered.

Need help choosing one? Give us a call (719.423.0083) or stop by Renew and we can help you choose the best sunscreen for you.


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• ZO® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

• ZO® Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

• ZO® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50

• ZO® Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50  

• ZO® Sun Spray SPF 50

 

 

We know the risk of skin cancer is scary – especially with numbers that say 20 Americans die from melanoma a day (eek!).  

The upside? You have all the power to reduce that risk by protecting yourself from the sun.

 

Ditching tanning beds, covering up with a hat and light layers, seeking the shade as much as possible and using sunscreen consistently when outdoors (even around water, sand and snow) can help your relationship with the sun be as healthy as possible.

 

Because using a hat and looking like a celebrity while doing it is way cooler than sun damage and increasing your risk of skin cancer!



RENEW | 719.423.0083


Laser Hair Removal | Your Guide to Remove Unwanted Hair

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What body hair camp do you consider yourself to be a part of?  

The full-on 80’s band camp that loves all the hair, in all the places?

The no hair loving camp, except on my head?

Or are you the in-between camp who prefers a little hair there and definitely no hair there?

 

If you’re in the camp that wants to get rid of some (or all) body hair — we have your guide to remove unwanted hair with a little help from laser hair removal!

 

 

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

“Laser hair removal targets melanin (a pigment) that’s found in the hair follicle. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicle and most often destroys it or dramatically inhibits hair growth.”Dr. Rochelle Elijah

 

The focus for removing unwanted body hair with laser hair removal is on hair reduction over time.

 

This is especially helpful for anyone who has coarse, thick, dark hair who essentially shave their legs and underarms in the morning and by the afternoon — itching the hair they just shaved.

  

Who Is Laser Hair Removal For?

“The best candidate for laser hair removal is someone who desires a major reduction in their body hair to accompany a lifestyle that doesn’t require much — if any shaving; in my experience arms, legs, bikini area and underarms perform best.”Charmayne Torres-Trujillo, Medical Aesthetician

 

We know shaving can take up a lot of time and resources (hello last minute Target run for razors on a Sunday night), so laser hair removal would be ideal for you if you’re over the hassle of shaving and everything that accompanies it (potential rash from razor, extended time shaving, and money spent over a lifetime on razors and shaving cream).

 

What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

We mentioned that your investment in razors may greatly decrease; here are some more benefits to keep in mind for choosing laser hair removal:

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Targeted Treatment – The lasers can target the area of unwanted hair while leaving the skin surrounding it undamaged.

 

Pace – Many hairs can be treated at one time during the process (an area the size of a quarter may be treated every second).

 

Downtime – Little to no downtime and this treatment can be done during your lunch hour.

 

Long-Term Savings – Forget buying shaving cream, depilatories and those razors in bulk! Not to mention the confidence you’ll have when you can rock your swimsuit without any bumps or redness around that bikini line.

 

 

Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?

Ok, you’ve decided to swear off razors and now you want to make that laser hair removal appointment and blast those hair follicles. You’re singing good riddance to that unwanted hair, but then you start to ask yourself, “Hold on, how much is this going to hurt?”

 

Well, here’s the deal: some say it feels like the continuous flick of a rubber-band (remember that annoying kid in middle school who did that to you?), while others would beg to differ.

 

Depending on pain tolerance, some say it feels less than the rubber-band flicking, and some argue, “No way, it hurts more than I thought!”

 

If pain is a concern, request a test area to be done to see if the procedure is right for you and keep in mind that a numbing cream is usually used for your comfort.

 

 

How Many Laser Sessions Are Needed?

Typically, 6-8 laser hair removal sessions are required so you may experience the maximum benefit of hair reduction.

 

Remember that the area of the body being treated, hormones, hair thickness, skin color and health condition all play a role in how many sessions you will need for your individual treatment plan.  

 

Intermittent treatment may be needed every year due to potential hair growth in certain areas, as well as maintenance for stubborn hair that needs extra “help”.

 

 

Is There Risks to Laser Hair Removal?

Removing unwanted hair via laser hair removal is considered a safe treatment and with any treatments using laser and heat, there are things to consider…

 

• Darker hair and lighter skin are the best candidates for targeting pigment because the darker skin can potentially absorb the laser light which causes it higher heat and can burn the skin.

 

• If you have hair that is fairer the laser may not be as effective due to lighter pigment.

 

Laser hair removal can be incompatible with photosensitive medications like antibiotics. We also recommend abstaining from the use of skin care products that contain alpha hydroxy acid and retinols that can leave your skin hypersensitive during and post-treatment.

 

If you don’t know for sure what medications could interact with laser hair removal, check with your doctor before treatment in addition to having a conversation with your medical spa provider.

 

 

If you’ve come this far – thank you – because it sounds like you’re ready to ditch the razor and remove unwanted hair.

 

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Whatever hair camp you find yourself in know there are options for dramatically reducing hair in areas you no longer want to take the time to shave or spend money on razors over your lifetime.

 

Because who wants to worry about unwanted hair when you’re on the beach, rockin’ a bikini line you’re proud of?!  


RENEW | 719.423.0083


How to Minimize Pores (And Our Favorite Pore Refiner Product!)

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how a pore (or pores) could be so large?

 

You’re standing there contemplating your best lipstick choice and the next thing you know – boom – you find yourself questioning not only your pores but life as well!

 

Ok, we won’t get that philosophically deep today (only a few face layers of depth on this one, we promise), but we’re definitely going to talk all things pores, how to minimize them and our favorite pore refiner product.

 

Ready? Let’s do this.

 

 

What, Exactly, Is a Pore?  

Aside from the ability to make a lot of good puns with this word, according to the dictionary, a pore is simply, “a minute opening in a surface, especially the skin or integument of an organism, through which gases, liquids, or microscopic particles can pass.”

 

Don’t worry that’s all the science words we’re going to use, but there are some things to take into consideration about these tiny openings on your face.

 

Here’s what to keep in mind about pores:

• Pores are hair follicles.  

• You guessed it, genetics plays a big role in determining pore size.

• Other factors play a role as well, such as skin type (oily, dry, combination, sensitive), the aging process and your environment.

• Even though you may not love the appearance of your pores, they support and maintain healthy skin (everything plays a role in our body, right? Pores are no different.).

• Definitely cleanse your pores, but over-cleansing can actually increase the production of more oil and clog pores even more.

 

Now that you have the lowdown on what the function of pores really are, let’s talk the best treatment and maintenance for your pores (especially if you want to minimize them).

 

 

How to Minimize Pores

Cleanse your skin – 1—2x/day is plenty, particularly if you’re not wearing make-up. Remember less is more: over-cleansing the skin can increase oil production and the next thing you know, your pore (see that pun) skin starts freaking out.

 

Make sunscreen your friend – your very close, never-leave-home-without-it friend. When the skin is damaged by the sun a breakdown in collagen occurs and that can create saggy pores; we know you don’t want that!

 

• Exfoliate – but be gentle, please; no rubbing your face off. Looking for an exfoliation suggestion? Retinols and peels can work wonders for penetrating the skin and sloughing away those dead skin cells.

 

Laser those pores – as in Laser Genesis those pores. This non-invasive, mild laser is perfect for minimizing pores and helping skin even out tone and texture. We love you, Laser Genesis.

 

Pore Refiner – you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging without shouting from the digital rooftops our favorite pore refiner product, did you? No way.

 

ZO®’s Instant Pore Refiner

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ZO® INSTANT PORE REFINER | $60

• Refines enlarged pores

• Minimizes the amount of oil on the surface of the skin for a shine-free, matte appearance


• Helps smooth skin texture + reduce imperfections on the skin

• Works to exfoliate dead skin cells around pores, helping to prevent congestion, which can lead to breakouts


Pore genetics (look at those puns, again) or not, these pore minimizing tips and products should have you smiling in the mirror (deep conversations on the meaning of life are totally optional).



RENEW | 719.423.0083



Ask Charmayne | What Is Laser Genesis?

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ASK CHARMAYNE


Q: What Is Laser Genesis?

A: Well, I can’t start this Q& A off without saying how much I LOVE Laser Genesis. I recommend this treatment to just about every client who comes to see me; especially if they have an event coming up soon (even that weekend) because most people see results right away.

And this service is one of our favorite treatments at Renew – not just for you the client – but I personally use Laser Genesis for my skincare routine + maintenance.

Ok, enough about me and my love for Laser Genesis – let’s find out WHY I love this skincare treatment so much and think you will too!

 

WHAT IS LASER GENESIS?

Laser Genesis is a non-invasive laser treatment that helps restore and smooth out skin tone and texture as well as reduce acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, pore size and can aid in the treatment of active acne.

 

The Laser Genesis’s heat-based laser boosts collagen growth and loves to work on treating acne scars and rosacea.

  

I don’t just recommend Laser Genesis, I’m a faithful user of this treatment because it works. Especially for rosacea sufferers like myself.
— Charmayne Torres-Trujillo, Medical Aesthetician


WHO IS LASER GENESIS FOR?

The short answer: just about anyone!

If you struggle with acne, acne scarring, rosacea, large pores or desire an overall refresh of your skin tone and texture – without going under the knife – Laser Genesis is for you.

Of course, there are always exceptions when it comes to certain skin types that Laser Genesis may not be useful for, so please speak with your skin care expert.

 

HOW DOES LASER GENESIS WORK?

Laser Genesis can be done on the face, neck and chest and depending on the area you’re receiving this treatment, the appointment is typically around 30-45 minutes.

 

Most people report that Laser Genesis is not painful – only a warm sensation is felt. And yet, another reason why we love this treatment: zero downtime and recovery.

 

Now, taking into consideration your skin type and desired results, multiple treatments (3-5) of Laser Genesis (spaced out over 4+ weeks) is recommended.

 

WHAT RESULTS FROM LASER GENESIS CAN I EXPECT?

With this lunchtime laser treatment, you can potentially see results right after receiving Laser Genesis. However, the most optimal results and benefits are seen within 3-6 months (and oftentimes, beyond that timeframe).

 

Maintenance for results – especially if being treated for pigment and rosacea challenges – are highly recommended every 6-12 months.

 

Protecting yourself from the sun and maintaining a consistent skincare regimen at home can also help extend your results from Laser Genesis.

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My Laser Genesis | Before + After

Series of 6 treatments with 1-2 touch-ups on cheek area.

 

What I’m trying to say is — you know that really trustworthy best friend you call upon when life’s getting you down and who always has golden nuggets of wisdom to share?

That’s a lot like our BFF Laser Genesis: totally there for you when you’re at your wits end with your skin, shows up consistently for you with treatments and helps you feel all warm and fuzzy (outside + inside…because laser and confidence!).

Ready to get to know your skin BFF, Laser Genesis?



PS — Have a question for Charmayne or Dr. Elijah? Simply email (renewpuebloco@gmail.com) with your question and we’d love to answer and feature them in our monthly Ask Dr. Elijah/Ask Charmayne articles. (And don’t worry, we won’t use your name; it’s all anonymous.).


R E N E W | 719.423.0083


Ask Charmayne | What Is An Oxygen Facial?

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ASK CHARMAYNE


Q — WHAT IS AN OXYGEN LIFT FACIAL? 

A — If you’re imagining laying back with some spa music in the background + an oxygen tank right next to you — don’t worry, it’s not THAT kind of Oxygen Facial.

This non-medical facial uses the IMAGE skincare line which infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and specially concentrated enzymatic botanicals into the O2 LIFT facial.

This Oxygen LIFT Facial delivers a spa experience you won’t regret (especially from the RENEW Crew — but you know that) with results you can see the minute you walk out of your treatment.


WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT?

  • Anti-aging: We’re talking cell turnover (thank you enzymes) that’s gentle, yet invigorating. Hello, Glow!

  • Moisturized + Rejuvenated: This Oxygen LIFT Facial aims to produce gorgeous, luminous skin that will leave your face feeling healthy + radiant.

When your Oxygen Facial is finished + you  walk out of that peaceful room (feeling so relaxed you forget where you are for a minute) your face will be fully moisturized, glowing and ready to turn over new cells for skin rejuvenation like a kid that just learned how to ride a bike (vroom, vroom!). 

PS — Have a question for Charmayne or Dr. Elijah? Simply email (renewpuebloco@gmail.com) with your question and we’d love to answer and feature them in our monthly Ask Dr. Elijah/Ask Charmayne articles. (And don’t worry, we won’t use your name; it’s all anonymous.).



Our Favorite Retinols for Sun Damage

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Are you feeling the effects of sun damage?

 

Whether you spent most of your summer fun in the sun (or not) can be irrelevant when it comes to experiencing the damage sun can do to your skin.

 

If you’ve ever devoted a lot of your time to the sun – even if, as a teenager, you worshiped the tanning salon -- sun damage can show up out of nowhere.

 

And one of sun damage’s favorite time to make an appearance on the skin is post-summer…when fall is approaching.

 

Luckily, we have some tools that’ll help you fight sun damage and (hopefully) reveal beautiful, glowing skin.

 

Those tools happen to be retinols.

 

But before we talk about retinols, let’s get clear on what sun damage is…

 

 

 

What is Sun Damage?

(*If you haven’t read our blog – Your Guide: Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin – feel free to do that at any time for more in-depth knowledge and treatment of sun damage).

 

Sun damage is sneaky.

 

As we mentioned in our guide and treatment for sun damaged skin,

 

“You sun worship in your teens and 20’s, get hip to skin care and sunscreen in your 30’s and one day that cloud of flour – err, sun damage – explodes right in front of your face.”

 

Sun damage can look like:

  

Now that you know what sun damage can look like, let’s talk retinols (finally!)…

 

 

What Are Retinols?   

 

Retinols take the form of topical Vitamin A to target cell turnover and aid in skin exfoliation.

 

Retinols aim to reveal newer, healthier skin and a brighter complexion.

 

Retinols can also be a much needed addition to prepping your skin for more in-depth services such as chemical peels and/or laser treatments.

 

Ok, now that you know what retinols are, let’s talk about our favorite one’s…

 

 

Our Favorite Retinols

 

Not all retinols are made the same, so with that in mind, we believe in quality and our partnership with ZO® Skin Health speaks volumes when it comes to quality and results.

 

Our (3) favorite ZO® Skin Health Retinols:

 

Retinol Skin Brightener .5%:

According to ZO®, this retinol, “targets skin discoloration and breaks up existing pigmentation, brightens skin and helps even skin tone, helps prevent future damage, antioxidant protection and helps support the repair of the skin.”

Retinol Skin Brightener 1%: This 1% solution has the same benefits as the .5% Retinol Skin Brightener, but with an increased strength.

Wrinkle + Texture Repair: ZO® explains this best-selling product: “Wrinkle and texture repair crème supports the visible improvement of skin’s texture, firmness and color tone, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

This Wrinkle + Texture Repair also packs antioxidant and anti-irritant properties to support your skin as it renews itself.


 Dr. Elijah talks retinols and sun damage in this video:


To Sum It Up

 

If you’re feeling like summer sun has taken a toll on your skin, retinols can help fight the signs – such as sunburn, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and loose/sagging skin – of sun damage.

 

One of our favorite tools for tackling sun damage are retinols – especially ZO® products like Retinol Skin Brightener .5% + 1% as well as their Wrinkle + Texture Repair.

 

Retinols can also be a perfect skincare prep for other treatments such as chemical peels and/or laser treatments.


Ready to schedule a consultation for sun damage?

Interested in learning more about ZO® Products?

Request an appointment below to get started.  



Skin Prep for Chemical Peels

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If you're asking yourself: “Do I really need to prep my skin before a chemical peel?”

My answer would be a major, shout-from-the-rooftops,

“Yes: skin prep for chemical peels is a real thing!”

 

And here’s why…

Your skin is delicate and needs a lot of love...from you.

 

Especially if you’re new to receiving skincare treatments of any kind (facials, peels, laser, etc.).

 

Now, let’s talk about skin prep for chemical peels…

 

Why Do I Need to Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?

If you’re a newbie to professional skin care treatments like facials, peels and/or lasers of any kind – consider your skin prep-worthy.

Now, if you believe yourself to be an expert and have your medical aesthetician on speed dial than skin prep can take on a different meaning.

 

But let’s just say you’re new to any in-office treatments for your skin, or it’s been a while since you’ve seen your favorite skincare expert...

 

Think of your skin like a hot date – you prepare like crazy don’t you?

You take a long bath or shower.

You find the right outfit.

You take extra time to get all fancy.

You might even find yourself eating healthier and guzzling water more than usual.

Why?

Because you want to put your best “face” forward, right?

 

Well, that’s a lot like skin prep...

Because you want your in-office “date” to go as well as expected…

You want the treatment to work smarter, not harder.

And that’s why you skin prep.

 

Ok…you know WHY you prep your skin, but exactly HOW do you do that?

 

How Do I Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?

First and foremost -- if you’re not working with a skincare professional right now, this is definitely the time to start researching and testing out consultations with those in your area.

Every skin type and person are different, so a thorough skin analysis should help whomever you’re working with lead you in the right direction for your skin.

 

Ok, you’ve met with your skin care expert and a chemical peel(s) is recommended.

 

 

(4) Skin Prep Tips for Chemical Peels:

 

1.  Stop the Sun Damage

For the (not) love of sunspots, hyperpigmentation and all things sun damage – get out of the sun! If it’s summertime, grab a hat, loads of sunscreen and learn to love the shade. Nothing adds more damage to your skin quicker than the sun.

So, give your skin a break and prep it by loving the sun indoors or in some major shade.

 

2.  Enzyme Peels

Enzyme peels are perfect pre-treatments to chemical peels.

The enzyme peel (a blend of natural fruit ingredients) works as a gentle exfoliant to remove the top layer of skin and helps speed up cell turnover.

This peel can instantly help your skin look glowing and fresh and ready for other skincare treatments. 

 

3.  Retinols

This naturally occurring form of Vitamin A (retinol) targets cell turnover and aids in skin exfoliation.

If you haven’t noticed, exfoliating those dead skin cells is a big step in skin prep and retinols are excellent in that department.

 

4.  Dermaplaning

This procedure – you guessed it – is an exfoliation ninja.

A sterile, surgical scalpel is used to “shave” the surface of the skin. Dermaplaning gently removes dead skin and “peach fuzz” hair off the top layer of skin.

Leaving you with skin that is fresh and ready to absorb all the good stuff that can aide in skincare and healthy aging.

  

To Sum It Up

If you’re thinking about upping your skincare game make sure you consult with your favorite skincare professional and let them guide you with the best course of action for your individual skin.

When skin prep is recommended keep in mind that can include everything from enzyme peels to dermaplaning.

 

And one of the best options you can choose for your skin – prep or no prep – is to watch how long you’re in the sun and make shade and sunscreen your friend.


Looking for a skin care expert in the Pueblo and/or Southern Colorado area?

Request an appointment below and begin your skincare journey today.



Benefits of a Hydrating Facial

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What happens when your skin feels like you just spent a week in the Sahara Desert and no amount of moisturizer is helping your face feel less parched?

After you hear the benefits I’m about to tell you, you’re going to treat yourself to a Hydrating Facial.

Why you ask?

Because this Hydrating Facial can help solve your dry, itchy, irritated skin problems.

 

Ready to hear all about this water-rich, dewy-skin inducing facial?

Ok, let’s get started…

 

What is a Hydrating Facial?

This facial actually does exactly what it says: hydrates.

The Hydrating Facial is usually a 7-step process that looks like this:

1.    Cleanse

2.    Tone

3.    Exfoliate

4.    Serum (love an added ZO® Booster Serum)

5.    Massage

6.    Mask

7.    Protect

 

Every skincare professional is different (and so is your skincare), which means your facial may differ from these steps.

But the goal is the same: hydrate that face!

Ok, you know how the Hydrating Facial works – what are the benefits?

 

 

Benefits of a Hydrating Facial

Another reason to love this facial – especially if your skin doesn’t react well with facials in general – is this one is suitable for all skin types (even the sensitive ones!)

Here's 5 benefits of a hydrating facial your face will love --

 

  • Hydration = Less Irritation – moisture is locked in with this facial and allows the skin to heal and repair over time. Say “buh-bye” dry, flaky, irritated skin.

 

  • Improved Skin Tone & Texture – exfoliation does its job without stripping your face of necessary moisture and oil. With dead skin cells gone, your skin tone and texture reveal a smooth, even surface. Hello, mirror!

 

  • Bright & Supple Complexion – that hydrating serum works its magic and aids in moisture retention, balance, and circulation. This gives way to skin that’s full and bright. Ready for your little black dress moment?

 

  • Decreased oil (in excess) & breakouts – too much oil and you’re prone to breakouts. Too little oil and your face is begging for moisture. This Hydrating Facial balances and regulates oil production on your face, so you feel more like you’re treating your face than servicing your car.

 

  • Enhanced Skin Care Product Absorption – because your skin has been cleansed, toned, exfoliated and protected with this facial, the absorption of skin care products on your face will be easier to penetrate the skin. Better absorption means your skin care products have a better chance of working and supporting your skin. Can you say cha-ching?

 

 

To Sum It Up

If you have dry, irritated skin and all the moisturizing in the world isn’t working for you – a Hydrating Facial is something to consider.

And if your skin is the sensitive type or you think facials don’t work for you – a Hydrating Facial might just be your ticket to less skin irritation and a brighter, suppler complexion.

As always, I encourage you to speak with a professional skin care expert who can help you navigate the unique needs of your skin.

 

If you’re in the Southern Colorado/Pueblo area, you can request an appointment below to get started.

 


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Photo by Jernej Graj on Unsplash

 



Your Guide: Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin

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It’s summertime.

You soak up the sunshine, read your book by the pool, drink that sparkling water…

And watch your sun damaged skin age.

Wait, what? That’s not the story you told yourself going into the sun, did you?

 

You think you’re young, so age is on your side.

You figured by wearing sunscreen you're totally protected.

You tell yourself you’re only out there for a small amount of time, so a little sun won’t matter.

 

Forget what you think right now, I have a guide for you – treatment for sun damaged skin – and everything you need to know.

 

 

Vitamin D & The Causes of Sun Damage

 

You know the sun can definitely cause damage to the skin, but the sun isn’t all sagging skin and wrinkle-inducing.

 

The sun is essential for Vitamin D production. And the body needs Vitamin D for hormone regulation, a healthy immune system and strong bones (just to name a few perks of getting Vitamin D).

 

How much is too much sun?

 

According to the National Institutes of Health

“It has been suggested by some vitamin D researchers, for example, that approximately 5–30 minutes of sun exposure between 10 AM and 3 PM at least twice a week to the face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen usually lead to sufficient vitamin D synthesis…”

 

Too much sun on the skin = sun damage city. No fun.

 

So, how does this happen?

 

When sun rays penetrate the dermis (where collagen and elasticity live), this is where you’ll see free radicals going crazy and causing damage to your skin.

 

The exact thing that nobody wants for their skin.

 

When understanding your relationship to the sun make sure you take into consideration your skin type, where you live (how harsh the sun can or cannot be in your area) and how much sun your skin has been exposed to over your lifetime (tanning beds, sun worshipper, etc.).

 

Your body needs Vitamin D, but it doesn’t need sun damage and as you can see there’s a fine line of when healthy sun exposure ends, and sun damage begins.

 

 

What Does Sun Damage Look Like?

 

Sun damage is like that sneaky kid at a family dinner.

 

The kid is off somewhere being super quiet, and you think everything is just fine.

No sound, no worries, right?

 

You know better, though. Something is lurking.

Something is building up.

 

And then you see it – a heaping cloud of flour – right before your eyes.

 

How did that kid get flour?

How did I not see this happening?

 

That’s how sun damage works – it sneaks up on you.

 

You sun worship in your teens and 20’s, get hip to skin care and sunscreen in your 30’s and one day that cloud of flour – err, sun damage – explodes right in front of your face.

 

Sun damage usually appears in the form of –

 

  • Sunburn

 

 

 

  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles

 

  • Loose/Sagging Skin

 

 

All things you don’t like to see on your skin, but can appear out of nowhere and overtime.

 

 

Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin

 

In a perfect sun-loving world, the best treatment for sun damaged skin is prevention.

 

Right now (in this moment) and moving forward you can help your skin by limiting sun exposure for your skin type and slathering on that sunscreen like it’s your job.

 

But, don’t worry, even if you haven’t used prevention most of your life for the sun, here are some tips and treatment options for your sun damaged skin –

 

  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) – Powerful intense pulsed light that will treat pigmented and vascular lesions such as age spots, sun damage, spider veins, rosacea, and freckles. After just one treatment you may notice significant improvements in the complexion of your skin. Multiple treatments are recommended.

 

  • ZO® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 – This 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex protects you from photo-damage and UVA, UVB and HEV (high-energy visible) light. This sunscreen + primer can be used with or without makeup and helps smooth your skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

  • Hydrate – While you’re chugging down water and counting your ounces of hydration, don’t forget to moisturize externally! We love ZO® Growth Factor Serum for all-around skin rejuvenation and restoration of your skins protective barrier.

 

 

To Sum It Up

 

I know you wouldn’t go looking for sun damage, but if ever you look in the mirror one day and wonder, “Where did these spots and/or fine lines come from all of a sudden?” remember all that time you may have spent in the sun.

 

Stay hydrated, lather on that sunscreen and know your skin type and limit your sun exposure before you even think about spending time in the sun.

 

And if you want to treat sun damage (or prevent it), know there are options out there like IPL, ZO’s Sunscreen + Primer and don’t forget to hydrate internally with water intake and externally with a strong moisturizer.

 

Don’t forget to speak to your favorite skincare professional for the best treatment options that are tailored to your unique skin or request an appointment below and we'd be happy to help you. 

 

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Photo by Gian Cescon on Unsplash

Adult Acne - Why You're Still Breaking Out & Treatment Options

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When you were a teenager do you recall complaining about your hormone-fueled teenage acne and people telling you that once you grow out of puberty – your acne will disappear?

But then it didn’t.

And every year you celebrate a birthday -- in your adult years – you think to yourself (breakouts and all), “Can puberty last into your 30’s?”

 

We know acne is a broad topic and depending who you ask for the “cure or solution” -- you’re bound to hear a variety of answers.

 

We definitely don’t want to add to the confusion of why you’re still breaking out now that you’re an adult.

So, we decided to give you a comprehensive view of potential reasons why you’re still breaking out and treatment options.

 

Let’s get started!

 

 

Why Am I Still Breaking Out?

 

•  HORMONES

Did someone say hormones? Yes, you’re probably nodding your head thinking, “Yep, that’s the adult acne culprit right there”.

Hormones don’t just stop surging after puberty; they have a way of working their way back into your life – especially if you’re a woman that has a menstrual cycle.

When you are near your menstrual cycle, your levels of estrogen can dip and your testosterone levels become unchecked. Testosterone (an androgen) can increase oil production which in turn leaves you more susceptible to clogged pores and pimples.

Women are more affected by acne than men and part of that reason can be due to hormone fluctuations from birth control. When women get on birth control at a young age and then get off of it a decade or later – your hormones need time to balance out.

 

•  STRESS

Cortisol – a stress hormone – increases when you experience stress. And in a world that is full of hustle and bustle; stress can be found around every corner.

When this stress hormone spikes, it can increase oil production and in turn, cause acne.

If you’re looking for a mysterious culprit to adult acne – dig deeper because stress might be playing a major part in your breakouts.

 

•  LIFESTYLE (Diet, Environment, Weather)

Dietary changes like reducing or cutting out dairy and refined sugar, as well as choosing grass-fed, hormone free animal proteins can lessen breakouts.

And in some cases, women who move from a rural area to the city can see an acne breakout due to pollution. If you live in the city and spent the day outside – be sure to wash your face once coming inside.

Weather can also add to breakouts. If you live in a dry climate, or travel between extreme climates this can add to lack of moisture retention and oil production. Be sure to maintain a consistent skin regimen and be aware of the upcoming seasons, so you can prepare your skin.  

 

While there may be other factors to adult acne, this is a good place to start when dissecting what may be the culprit in your breakouts.

 

 

Adult Acne Treatment Options

 

With adults, cell turnover is slower due to age and in turn, the healing of adult skin can take longer than your teenage years.

Pigmentation, sensitivity, and dehydration can complicate acne, as well as redness lasting longer as an adult.

These reasons are why it’s crucial to not only understand how and why you are experiencing breakouts but how to treat them as well.

 

Here are some treatment options we recommend –

 

•  WORK W/ A SKIN CARE PROFESSIONAL

Not only can you get a customized skin care regimen when you work with a licensed aesthetician and/or doctor, but you’ll also have access to more medical grade products (depending on the skin care expert you work with).

And if you're experiencing hormonal imbalances, working with a doctor can help you decipher which course of action for your skin care is best for you. 

 

•  SUPPLEMENTS

If you think your breakouts are due to hormones, supplements like zinc and high-quality omega-3 fish oil may be beneficial. Probiotics have also been known to create a healthy gut biome, which can also support healthy skin.

 

•  CELLUMA  

This light therapy is designed especially for acne and with no side effects or downtime, is a perfect treatment for breakouts.

 

•  ZO SKIN HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR ACNE 

Medical-grade products like ZO Skin Health can target areas of inflammation – not only for treatment but for prevention as well.

Be sure to work with a physician/medical spa that specializes in ZO Products.

 

We’re sure you can find tons of adult acne treatment options on the Internet today. However, we do recommend working with a skin care professional that is not just knowledgeable about acne, but also the factors that could play into your breakouts.

 

 

Next Steps

 

If you’re looking for a skin care professional in the Pueblo, Colorado area – Dr. Elijah and Charmayne Torres-Trujillo at Renew would love to support you in your journey with acne.

 

Interested in a skin care consultation?

Needing more information on treatments available for adult acne?

 

Request an appointment (below) or call RENEW today to get started 719.423.0083

 

Teenage Acne (Tips for Prevention & Treatment)

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Can you ever get a straight answer about what causes teenage acne?

 

Your grandma says it’s caused by this, your mom says it’s caused by that and your new best friend just read an article that says the cause has nothing to do with what grandma and mom have to say about teenage acne.  

 

Well, we’d love to give you straight answers about the struggle of teenage acne, as well as some tips for prevention and treatment. Sound good?

 

Now, just because your family and friends have differing thoughts on teenage acne doesn’t mean we do.

 

Here’s what we know and would love to share with you…

 

 

What Causes Acne in Teens?

 

Acne, especially teenage acne, isn’t always caused by those fast food runs loaded with French fries or eating all that chocolate while you binge-watch Netflix.

Contrary to a lot of rumors out there, acne isn’t always connected to what you eat (that doesn’t give you a permission slip to go crazy on all the fried food though – some doctors still say the gut is highly connected to what shows up on your face).

 

Teenage acne is usually caused by factors like excess oil and dead skin cells, genetics and most commonly – a surge of hormones at that particular age.

 

This is due to an overproduction of sebum because of the surge in hormones that can send glands and organs into overdrive.

When the age of puberty hits and sex hormones are being secreted and are all over the place you may start to see acne pop up on your back and chest, along with enlarged pores.

 

A particular hormone – Cortisol – also increases during times of stress and adolescence; this can cause more sex hormones to sky rocket, which leads to increased inflammation and oil production.

 

And if you’re thinking about which gender this affects in particular – teen males tend to experience teenage acne for a longer period, while teen females usually experience short-term breakouts that correlate to their menstrual cycle.

 

 

Teenage Acne Prevention

 

Some of the best ways to treat acne is to look at prevention. Here’s a couple tips to help you with teenage acne prevention.

 

  • Cleanse After Sweating

Heat and friction are not your best friends when it comes to acne. If you work up a sweat during a workout or find yourself in the heat -- shower and cleanse after you’re done working up a good sweat. This can help keep the pores clean and unclogged.  

 

  • Don’t Wash Too Much

If you think washing your face and body more than twice a day is going to help your acne breakouts – think again. Excess washing can dry your skin out and not only cause irritation but create more oil and dead skin.

Stick to washing your face and body no more than twice a day. Be sure to stay away from harsh astringents and using alcohol that can dry and strip your face.

  

  • No Picking

We know the urge to pop that pimple staring at you in the mirror is of high importance, but for the love of your skin and your future skin – DON’T!

Picking and popping can damage the skin (scarring) and not to mention all the dirt you place on your skin from your fingers and hands while you poke and pop (gross is right!)

 

  • Maintain a Skin Care Regimen

Having a daily routine for your skin care is crucial to prevention and treatment of teenage acne.

Visit a skin care professional who can analyze your individual needs and create a custom program just for you.

Keep in mind that starting a specialized skin care regimen for teenage acne takes time, so be patient, it may take up to 8 weeks or more before results can be seen.

 

 

  

Teenage Acne Treatment  

 

Now that you know those greasy foods and chocolate aren’t ALL to blame for teenage acne (hormones, we’re looking at you) and you have some awesome prevention tips – here’s even more treatment options to consider as well.

 

In collaboration with your skin care professional, these treatments can be effective in treating acne:

 

  • Celluma this light therapy is designed especially for acne and with no side effects or downtime, this is a perfect treatment for teenagers.

 

  • Acne Lift– this blend of AHA’s and BHA’s, combined with protective agents, aim to effectively treat all levels of acne.

 

  • 3-Step Peel– this in-office peel followed by an at-home treatment – that produces long lasting results versus ordinary peels – is suitable for all skin types.

 

 

We know teenage acne can be a time in life that is uncomfortable but remember there is help and often times, this phase in life is usually temporary.

 

Reach out to a skin care professional that can support you in your teenage acne journey or follow some of our prevention and treatment tips to see you through this time.

 

 

Next Steps

Interested in a skin care consultation?

Needing more information on treatments available for teenage acne?

 

Request an appointment (below) or call RENEW today to get started 719.423.0083.