What is an AHA, BHA or Retinol

Learning more about what AHA, BHA or Retinols

AHA  stands for alpha hydroxy acid. Acids in this category are: Lactic, glycolic, citric and malic are the most widely used AHAS. These acids offer many benefits to the skin which include improving the skin with hydration, reduction of P. acnes bacteria, reduction of dead skin cells (hyperkeratinization) inhibition of dark spots (Melasma or hyperpigmentation) and collagen stimulation .

Beta hydroxy acid BHA is mostly salicylic acid. The same thing found in common aspirin. It has the ability to dissolve clogged pores in the follicles and will help reduce the occurrence of acne breakouts. It is also is anti-inflammatory.

Retinoids are all forms of vitamin A: retinoic acid, retinaldehyde and retinol being the most commonly used #retinol. Retinol is used at home and will help improve the skin health. It is best combined in well formulated creams and will boost collagen production and improve skin discoloration.

To learn more about these ingredients visit Jo Ann at #skindeepgj.com.

Skin Protection and Why We Need SPF

UV Radiation is the primary cause of free radicals in the skin. You have two types that you should be concerned about UVA/UVB.

The UVB rays stand for BURN, you will feel these rays. Unfortunately, one of the most damaging rays UVA you don’t feel. UVA can penetrate through clouds or glass. Riding in your car or sitting by a sunny window will give you damage that you won’t feel. Thus is why most people have more sun damage on the left side of their face, it is exposed next to the window while driving. UVA rays are present year round. You will not see the damage from these rays for several years. They also penetrate the skin 30-40 times deeper than UVB rays.

How do we protect our skin from this type of damage? Choose IS Clinical SPF 50, it is a broad spectrum SPF that protects against UVA/UVB rays. This formula is oil free and vitamin E enriched making it a perfect solution for all skin types especially oily/acne skin.

Be sure to apply your SPF 30 minutes before you go out and saturate your outer part of your skin the epidermis.

Learn more about skin protection and SPF by visiting Jo Ann at Skindeepgj.com or by calling 970-250-9249

 

Why Use Active or Resting Products for your Skin Care Routine

Why would you use an active skin care product vs a resting or calming product?

The heart of #sanitas skin care is tested and proven skincare routines lies in the concept of “exercise and rest”. Sanitas skin care utilize alpha hydroxy acids to encourage skin renewal and strengthen the skin’s barrier. As the skin grows stronger, Sanitas products graduate in intensity and continue to elevate results to prevent your progress from stalling.

How do we rest the skin?

A resting phase and strengthening phase are both necessary to build continuous skin strength. On resting days, exercising products are eliminated and only pH neutral products are used to keep the skin’s barrier intact Limiting the use of exercising products to 3-4 days per week allows the skin to recover and regenerate.

How do we nourish the skin?

Just like the rest of your body, your skin needs daily nourishment to strengthen and remain healthy.  By following a program of exercise and rest, the skin is optimally primed to maximize the utilization of topical and internal nutrients the Sanitas collection features biogenic nutrition for topical use and three targeted supplements for internal support.

Please contact Jo Ann at Skin Deep Clinical Skin Care and Laser Center to schedule your consultation. Learn more about #sanitas skin care and how to optimize your skin care routine.

When is Medication Necessary for Acne Treatment

When is medication necessary for acne treatment?

This is a common question.   As an esthetician, I try to guide and educate you to understand what your treatment options are available.  A consultation is the perfect way to start this educational process. Many areas will need to be discussed as to your family history, how you care for your skin, diet/exercise, and what type of breakouts  you challenged with.

I like to start with the basics and teach you the #anatomy of your skin and what really causes acne. Many time there are myths associated with acne treatments and I want you to understand the science behind treatment. Commonly, estheticians, work in close relation to other medical providers. It will take a good team to treat all the different components associated with #acne.

Skin surface bacteria is always present but causes no harm as long as it is exposed to oxygen. When bacteria is trapped in the pore, where the environment has little oxygen, the bacteria breaks down the oil glands to free fatty acids. These acids cause inflammation, irritation redness and swelling that lead to pustule formation. If infection with fluid pustules is present, oral antibiotics may be necessary to help provide control and promote healing.

Topical antibiotic lotions also are very effective and sometimes both oral and topical antibiotics are necessary. The skin will usually get worse before it gets better, so it is important to stay the course of the treatment.

When medication is necessary for treatment of acne, tretinoin is a common topical drug  that is used (Retin A);  oral minocycline; a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic in addition to topical clindamycin may be prescribed by your physician. For severe cases  Accutane (isotretinoin) is prescribed.  It is important to use sunscreen and wear a hat to protect your skin during treatment due to photo sensitivity. Sometimes hormone medications such as birth control or hormone replacement therapy’s may also  be suggested. Your physician will guide you on the benefits of each medication.

Keeping the skin balanced and not to dry is very important and this is when the esthetician is most helpful. We perform the extractions to clear the skin and recommend the right topical skin care routine to aid your healing process.

Together your physician and an esthetician will guide you to healthy glowing skin.

Contact #skindeepgj.com to learn more and to schedule your consultation. Reduce and heal your acne today. #medicalspa, #facials

 

The Function of a Peel

While we learn about AHAS, BHAS and Retinols, it is important to understand the function of a peel. #Peels are #regenerating the skin. They strengthen the bonds in the skin, increase circulation, stimulate fibroblasts-resulting in new cell development. But downtime peels and superficial peels are different. It is important to know the difference and it is extremely important that the person applying your peel is certified and knowledgeable to do so.

It is important to note that one superficial peel will help lightly improve the skin texture . Superficial peels give the best results when done in a series. When dealing with acne, monthly peels are a very important part of the healing process. However, skin requires an active phase and a resting phase, over peeling will have detrimental affects and is not recommended.

There are many steps necessary to complete prior to a peel. Never allow anyone to just peel you on a moments notice. Your skin must be prepared for the ultimate response.

To learn more, please contact Jo Ann at Skindeepgj.com. Schedule your consultation today and find out if you are a good candidate for this amazing regeneration. #peel, #renewedskin, #medicalspa.

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