Posts for category: Skin Care
Your teen years may be several decades behind you, but your skin may not have gotten the message. Acne can affect people at any time in their life; 20% of its sufferers are adults. Regardless of your age, it can be very frustrating to manage by yourself, especially if it's painful and recurrent. The skin care professionals at Warrenton Dermatology and Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA are here to help you understand what acne is and how we can help you treat your condition in this informative article.
What is acne?
The skin contains sebaceous glands to create its own oil, which helps to lubricate the skin and keep it from drying out. However, these secretions of oil can become trapped in the hair follicles, the tiny openings of the skin's surface, and cause lesions to develop from a combination of the oil and dead skin cells. Everyone gets a pimple or blackhead now and again, but when they are numerous and chronic, your Warrenton dermatologist will likely diagnose you with acne. Contrary to what you might have heard, acne isn't a problem associated with too much chocolate or bad hygiene. The causes of acne are thought to be linked to hormones and genetic predisposition.
How is acne treated?
The first line of defense in treating acne at Warrenton Dermatology and Skin Therapy Center is often topical therapies, which can be either over-the-counter or prescription-strength, depending on the severity of your acne. Oral medications that treat the bacteria associated with acne can also be effective. There are other medications that can help to control hormones if your Warrenton dermatologist determines that your acne is due to hormonal imbalances. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs.
You don't have to live with embarrassing and uncomfortable acne. Contact Warrenton Dermatology and Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA to make an appointment with Dr. Caballero today!
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.
Find out more about this unique dermal filler and what it can do to boost your skin’s appearance.
As we get older we start to notice that our once supple and cherub-like cheeks are now sagging and sinking. If only there was a simple way to fix this without needing invasive procedures? Well actually, there is. Our Warrenton, VA, dermatologist, Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero, has information on Juvederm Voluma® XC and how it might work to breathe life back into your aging skin.
What is Juvederm Voluma® XC?
This dermal filler is made up of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is already naturally found within the body and helps to lift and rejuvenate sagging skin. Even though we already have hyaluronic acid in our bodies this substance does start to deplete as we age. By injecting hyaluronic acid into these areas, we can help to bring volume and youthfulness back into your face.
What skin problems can it treat?
While Voluma® XC is mostly intended for treating a loss of volume within the cheeks, it can also help to provide a more youthful shape and contouring of higher regions of the cheekbones for women.
What should I expect from treatment?
Most people worry that getting dermal fillers will hurt, but there is very little discomfort associated with getting them. Before we inject the filler, our Warrenton, VA, skin doctors will apply a numbing cream to these areas. Once the area is numb a small needle is used to place the filler beneath the skin.
How long will my results last?
What makes Juvederm Voluma® XC such a popular treatment is that results can last up to two years. Your health or your body makeup will determine how it interacts with hyaluronic acid and how long your results will last.
Are you interested in getting Juvederm Voluma® XC in Warrenton, VA? Do you have questions about this procedure or just want to find out if you are an ideal candidate? If so, the dermatology experts at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center would love to sit down with you. Call us today.
Article Excerpts from Dermatology Times
Many state-of- the-art skin products contain vitamin C, a potent antioxidant which is important to skin health. Vitamin C is actually a secondary antioxidant in the skin, able to donate an electron to vitamin E, which is the primary antioxidant. As part of the electron donation process, the vitamin C itself becomes oxidized. This process can be observed on a daily basis when cut fruit is left out. Freshly cut peaches have a vivid orange/yellow color due to their high vitamin C content. However, left on the table for several hours at room temperature, the peaches will turn brown. This browning is due to oxidation of the vitamin C, and the color change is due to a chemical reaction occurring as the electron is lost. Once the electron is lost, the vitamin C is no longer an active vitamin, meaning the vitamin C content/benefit of a fresh cut peach is much higher than the vitamin C content/benefit of a browned peach.
Now consider vitamin C serums for facial anti-aging purposes. When in the vitamin C is in high concentration, the serum will have a yellowish color; but as it oxidizes, it will turn brown/orange. Cosmetic vitamin C preparations that have discolored should be discarded as they have already oxidized and cannot provide skin benefits. Vitamin C preparations can also discolor on the skin surface as they contact oxygen in the environment. This accounts for the orange color that may emerge on the skin in the morning after wearing a vitamin C preparation overnight. For this reason, vitamin C serums should be stored in dark packaging that does not allow light or oxygen to reach the product. It is also important that you not leave packaging open to the air for an extended period of time.
Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center recommends these vitamin C products for daytime anti-aging and anti-oxidant protection:
Serum: IS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum for Face & C Eye Serum for the eye area
Lotion: Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion 30%
Winter means battling harsh weather conditions and even harsher skin conditions. This means that you will need to have a seasonal skincare shift:
Exfoliate and Hydrate
For most people, winter brings dry, dehydrated skin to the forefront. However, proper exfoliation must be accomplished before serious hydration can occur. Dead skin cells, sebum, product accumulation, and makeup debris block the pores and prevent moisturizing products from actually doing their jobs. Unfortunately, the granular exfoliating scrubs most often found over-the-counter can compound dryness, or worse - cause micro-tearing of the skin, which may lead to a whole bunch of new skin care issues. If you are going to exfoliate at home, we recommend Finishing Touch, by Revision Skincare. This weekly exfoliating facial scrub contains ultra-fine Polynesian Volcanic Black Sand and Freshwater Silt to deeply cleanse, polish and nourish the skin. It also contains Shea Butter – a rich, natural emollient to condition and hydrate.
Professional Microdermabrasion and mild Peels are the best options to address a number of skin concerns. Unlike scrubs and everyday products, microdermabrasion and peels will remove several layers of the epidermis in one session, and will allow for more intense hydration which could never be achieved with a home remedy. The treatment is also affordable, fast and effective, with no downtime afterward. The best time for microdermabrasion or a peel is when you can stay out of the sun for a few days. Although these are non-invasive treatments, they do leave the skin vulnerable to the sun’s strong rays, so cold weather months when we spend more time indoors are a wonderful time to start a series of treatments, as long as you are still using your sunscreen.
Renew and Repair
During the summer, many people develop dark spots and fine lines from all the time spent in the sun. Microdermabrasion and peels are also recommended to repair these conditions and to naturally boost production of collagen and elastin. Skin naturally repairs itself, but as we grow older we produce far less of the good stuff that keeps us looking young. Regular professional treatments can be a very effective method of staving off the signs of aging by advancing the production of important proteins in the skin.
You still need sunscreen protection in the winter months! It may not be hot outside, but your skin is still being exposed to the sun’s rays. It’s easy to protect your face with an all-in-one daily moisturizer with sunscreen and antioxidants, which takes care of all your daytime hydration and protection needs in one quick and easy step. We recommend Total Defense + Repair by SkinMedica, or Intellishade by Revision Skincare, both of which are available at Warrenton Dermatology.
To protect your entire body, try EltaMD’s UV Lotion – a full-body moisturizer with SPF 30 sun protection. Apply to moist skin just after showering for maximum effectiveness.
Call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center at 540-341-1900 today to book a treatment, or schedule a complimentary consultation to talk about your winter skincare needs and which of these treatment options might be right for you