Moisturizers, Luminosity & Skin Firmness Q & A
Q: How does a moisturizer increase skin firmness?
A: “Increased firmness” is commonly used by skincare companies to describe the beneficial effects of moisturizers.
You should know that the substance that naturally gives our skin firmness is collagen, while the substance that increases skin firmness from the use of a moisturizer is water. Moisturizers work by creating an environment for enhanced water content in the skin. Ingredients such as dimethicone, petrolatum, mineral oil, and hyaluronic acid reduce trans-epidermal water loss, thereby increasing the skin’s water content. When the skin is full of water, it becomes firmer – like a full water balloon, versus a half-full water balloon. Likewise, if you want your skin to be more luminous, it needs to be well hydrated.
Revision Skincare Hydrating Serum, an oil-free moisturizing serum with 2 kinds of Hyaluronic Acid for both short and long-term skin hydration.
Q: How does makeup enhance the luminosity of the skin?
A: Luminosity is a measure of the intensity of the light reflected from the skin’s surface as it bounces back into the observer’s eye. The amount of light reflected from the skin is dependent on how smooth the skin is. Many facial foundations also enhance light reflection by adding very small light reflective particles and pigments suspended within the liquid foundation. These small particles cannot be seen on the skin’s surface without magnifications, and they create a facial glow that is attractive and youthful, even though the skin beneath the foundation may not be perfectly smooth. This optical illusion is the magic of makeup!
If you want the skin to really be smoother (so you don’t need magic makeup), you should be using a physician-grade Retinol product (topical Vitamin A). Drugstore products will not have a high enough concentration of the active ingredients necessary to affect change to the skin. Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center has a variety of pharmaceutical-grade products, like prescription Obagi NuDerm Tretinoin (Retin-A) and non-prescription Revision Skincare Retinol Complete 1.0.
Ask our skin-care specialists for a personalized recommendation, or Call (540) 341-1900 to schedule a FREE Cosmetic Consultation appointment for a customized skincare plan.
Rosacea: What You Need to Know
Rosacea is a skin disorder which causes inflammation and red coloring of the skin, especially on the face. It can also impacts the ears, chest, and back. In addition to a “flushed” appearance, pimples and bumps may accompany the redness. It occurs most commonly in people aged 30-60 with fair skin, and it is now estimated by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) that 16 million Americans suffer from the signs and symptoms of Rosacea. Many celebrities are said to have struggled with Rosacea, including: Princess Diana, Prince William, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Clinton, Renee Zellweger, Rembrandt, W.C. Fields, Cameron Diaz, Sam Smith, and Rosie O’Donnell, to name a few.
Rosacea can cause more than just the classic redness. Due to varying symptoms, this disorder has four subtypes:
- Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels – looks much like a bad sunburn. Visible blood vessels can turn into spider veins if untreated.
- Papulopustular Rosacea: Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
- Phymatous Rosacea: Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture, people are often embarrassed of the appearance of their skin.
- Ocular Rosacea: Eyes red and irritated, eyelids swell, sty-like bumps in the eye area.
There are many triggers, such as stress, eating spicy and/or acidic foods, drinking caffeine, dramatic fluctuations in temperature or allergic reaction. So, the first and most important step to controlling the symptoms of Rosacea is lifestyle modifications. It is important to consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist, like Dr. Caballero at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center, to get proper diagnosis and counseling. Oral and/or topical medications may be prescribed, and appropriate skincare products will be recommended by highly trained skincare professionals. The goal is to stabilize the symptoms of your Rosacea. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disorder and you may experience a recurrence or “flair” at some point.
One of the most effective treatments for facial and chest/décolleté Rosacea is the use of intense pulsed light photo facial, also known as IPL or photo-rejuvenation. It typically requires a series of treatments, and patients experience 50% to 75% or better control of their symptoms.
Successful treatment can be life changing for a Rosacea patient. This is what one of our patients had to say (her before and after photo accompanies this article): “I always thought I had acne – then I was diagnosed with Rosacea by Heather Callahan, PA-C at Warrenton Dermatology. I followed her treatment plan and started topical medications, as well as a series of IPL treatments. Now my Rosacea is under control and I can’t believe how great my skin looks.”
If you think you may have Rosacea, call Warrenton Dermatology at (540) 341-1900 for an appointment to find out for sure. We can help!
Two things are unavoidable facts of life: the sun shines, and we all get older. Sun and age affect how our skin looks as brown spots, wrinkles and discolorations form on previously clear and youthful skin. But, don't despair. You can repair your sun damaged and aging skin in Warrenton, VA, with the Alma Harmony XL Photofacial. Used by board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero, this innovative IPL, or Intense Pulse Light, therapy removes a wide variety of skin lesions and pigment variations to reveal younger, more attractive skin. It may be just what you need to achieve a truly rejuvenated look.
Common skin lesions
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery says that UV light, poor diet and simple wear and tear change how our skin looks. Common skin problems Dr. Caballero sees at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center are:
- Brown facial spots
- Angiomas, small lesions composed of cherry- or spider-like blood vessels
- Broken capillaries
- Wrinkling and fine lines
- Melasmas, larger brown or grayish-brown patches on the face
- Rosacea, a generalized redness of the face, along with small red pimples and lines
These problems are unsightly, and as they progress, they become harder to cover with cosmetics.
What the Alma Harmony Photofacial can do
Treatment with the Alma Harmony XL Laser clears facial skin of many of these problems. Effective, targeted, safe and FDA-cleared for more than 60 medical and aesthetic applications, this amazing handheld tool delivers IPL, or Intense Pulse Light to selected areas of the face. While there is a mild sensation of heat, the Alma Laser causes no pain and leaves patients with just a vague redness for a few days.
Used on various kinds of spots, the treatments leave skin clear in about 10 to 14 days. Amazingly, the photofacial treatment is done entirely in-office and has no special preparation. The patient relaxes in a comfortable treatment chair with his or her eyes protected by special glasses.
Know your skin
Just as you get a routine check-up from your primary care physician annually, you should get a skin assessment and cancer screening from Dr. Cabellero each year. He'll look for a wide variety of skin problems, including the three basic kinds of skin cancer. Additionally, he'll discuss your aesthetic issues--in other words, how you would like your skin to appear in terms of texture, color and pigmentation. Ask about the Alma Harmony XL Photofacial!
To arrange your personal consultation, contact Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center. Call (540) 341-1900 to speak with a friendly team member.
Worried about that mole? Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. If skin cancer is detected early, it is more easily treatable. Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero of Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA, offers skin cancer screening and diagnostic services to his patients. Read on to find out when you should have your mole checked.
Skin Cancer Overview
When cancer starts in the skin, it is called skin cancer. There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The main cause of skin cancer is overexposure to UV radiation. This is produced by the sun, but it can also come from other sources, such as tanning beds. Other factors may also contribute to your risk of skin cancer, such as having a condition that weakens your immune system or being exposed to toxic substances.
When a Mole Should Be Checked
If you have a mole that is larger than most, has smudgy or irregular edges, is uneven in color or has some pinkness, you should see a dermatologist to get it checked. Most benign moles are often a single shade of brown. Melanoma may become blue, white or red or have a number of shades of brown. If you notice a change in shape or color, or the mole become painful or starts to bleed, see a dermatologist immediately.
Screening Moles for Skin Cancer
A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a doctor. During this exam, your dermatologist will look for moles and other spots that are different in color from the rest of the skin. Generally, individuals with skin cancer risk factors—family history, skin that burns easily or multiple moles—should see a dermatologist annually. If you’ve had precancerous lesions or nonmelanoma skin cancer, you may need a skin cancer screening every six months.
Book an Appointment Today!
Ready to take control of your health? You have the power to manage your health. If you need a mole check, call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center at (540) 341-1900 to schedule an appointment in Warrenton, VA. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive and sometimes even deadly. A simple skin examination could save your life from skin cancer!
Also called “dermatitis,” eczema refers to several different rash-like conditions where the skin is inflamed, red and irritated. The most severe and long-lasting type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. During a flare-up, the skin becomes extremely red, itchy and scaly. This skin condition can be widespread, or may be confined to only a few areas on the body. Eczema is not contagious, although if you have a family history of eczema, your risk for the disease increases. Generally, atopic dermatitis affects infants or young children and may last until the child reaches adulthood.
The appearance and symptoms for atopic dermatitis will vary for each person. Intense itching is the most common symptom, which can lead to severe discomfort and/or loss of sleep. Other common symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry, red and extremely itchy patches of skin
- Cracked, inflamed and scaly skin
- Small bumps or blisters that ooze and weep
- In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth
Eczema outbreaks are caused by an over-reaction of your skin’s immune system to environmental and emotional triggers, such as temperature, chemicals, dust, mold or stress. While there is currently no cure, eczema sufferers can practice self-care at home to help reduce flare-ups. Lifestyle adjustments are the best line of defense in controlling all types of eczema. Goals of treatment include reducing inflammation, decreasing risk of infection and alleviating the itch. To minimize symptoms and outbreaks:
- Moisturize every day to prevent dryness and cracking
- Limit contact with irritants, such as soaps, jewelry, and detergents
- Avoid sudden changes in temperatures, as over-heating and sweating are common triggers of flare-ups
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Minimize exposure to mold, pollens and animal dander
- Opt for cotton, loose-fitting clothes and avoid wool and other rough materials
Treatment for eczema begins with a proper diagnosis from a board certified dermatologist. If you are diagnosed with eczema, the dermatologist can explain your type of eczema and can work with you to tailor a treatment plan that meets your individual needs to effectively manage the symptoms. If you or a loved one are struggling with eczema, contact Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center at (540) 341-1900 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Dermatology Specialists for help.
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