Posts for tag: Skin Care
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a professional esthetic treatment to reduce the signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, texture irregularities) and acne scarring. Like the name implies, we use a device called the SkinPen to prick the skin with tiny surgical steel needles to a very specific, therapeutic depth in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, and the renewed production of capillaries, collagen and elastin produce smoother, healthier, plumper-looking skin.
How is it different than the at-home dermarollers?
A dermaroller is a round tube with needles sticking out of it on a handle, which the user rolls back and forth across the skin repeatedly. It is designed for in-home use or superficial day spa treatments. Unfortunately, the needles eventually dull with continued use, and it is difficult to ensure that the needles are sterile each time they are used. Also, there is only one, superficial depth to which the skin is penetrated with one of these devices. The SkinPen is a medical device and SkinPen Microneedling is performed by a Licensed Esthetician with a fresh, sterile needle cartridge for each treatment. It is far more maneuverable, can be used anywhere on the body. It will not drag or tear at the skin, and needle length is adjustable, so procedures are custom tailored to each patient’s need - penetrating to a deeper more therapeutic depth.
What is the PRP add-on to microneedling?
Kim Kardashian made headlines when she posted pictures of herself receiving a “Vampire Facial®”, which is a microneedling service including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) extracted from her own blood draw, which is applied topically to the freshly treated skin. At Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center, you can choose to add PRP therapy to your microneedling service, for delivery of your own human growth factors deep to the skin and maximum skin rejuvenation.
How much down-time after treatment?
Aside from some mild post-procedure pinkness for 2 to 4 days, there is no downtime associated with microneedling when a SkinPen device is used (some see their skin return to normal within 24 hours). Makeup should not be worn for 48 hours after treatment, until the tiny channels in the skin have had time to close. You will experience light peeling several days post-treatment, but nothing that is not totally manageable within your normal routine.
Does it hurt?
No. Before beginning the treatment, our Master Esthetician will cleanse your skin then apply a numbing agent to relieve any potential discomfort.
How long does it take?
Each session is approximately 1 hour long, depending on your skin condition and the size of the area being treated. Multiple sessions are most often recommended for best-case-scenario results, with the services being spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. We offer discounted treatment packages to encourage our patients to commit to the number of treatments they need to achieve their desired results.
If you would like to know more about microneedling, or think it might be just what your skin needs, take advantage of our introductory pricing and experience the skin rejuvenation trend that has swept the nation!
Call 540-341-1900 today to schedule a service or a FREE Consultation appointment to learn more.
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!
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.
Most of us are dealing with some sort of skin condition, such as sun damage, wrinkles, acne, acne scarring, or Melasma. If you fall into this category, now is the perfect time to correct and refresh your skin with a chemical peel. Chemical peeling is a procedure that aims to accelarate skin exfoliation, resulting in renewed, healthier looking skin and a more uniform complexion. These treatments don't mix particularly well with sun exposure. So this time of year, when the is lower in the sky and our lifestyles keep up indoors a bit more, is when we recommend using skin peels the most.
This time of year, it is also very common to find that no matter how much moisture you use, your skin still feels dry and dull.This is another reason why chemical peels are the perfect winter-time skin treament - because your dryness is probably at least due to an artificially thick build-up of dead skin cells, which are blocking the surface of your skin from absorbing and utilizing your moisturizer (and any other topical products you may be applying). By clearing off this layer, you not only brighten your complexion, but you also allow your skin to receive topical products in a meaningful and beneficial way.
The Vitalize Peel (V-Peel) from SkinMedica is our most popular chemical peel treatment. Suitable for all skin types, it combines Retinol, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid to fight the effects of time, sun damage, acne, and Melasma. it smooths the appearance of discolorations, fine lines, wrinkles and roughness and requires little-to-no down time. This painless peel produces a light to moderate amount of peeling for 2-3 days, and can be repeated every 4-6 weeks. You'll experience noticeable results after just one peel, and compelling results after a series of 4 peels (spaced 4-6 weeks apart).
To find out which chemical peel may be right for your skin, call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center at (540) 341-1900, to schedule a FREE consultation or ask to speak with our Licensed Master Esthetician!
If you want skin that seems to glow from within then it’s time you upped your skincare routine.
Everyone wants healthy, radiant skin but you would be surprised how many people don’t do the things necessary to keep their skin looking and feeling its best. If you are ready to revamp your routine and finally get beautiful skin, our Warrenton, VA dermatologist, Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero, offers up some helpful hints for how to improve the health and appearance of your skin.
Keep Skin Safe from the Sun
Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays is one of your biggest priorities. Exposure to the sun can lead to sunspots, wrinkles and can increase your chances of skin cancer.
If you need to be outside from 10am-2pm, stay under the shade whenever possible. Also, make sure to never leave the house without sunscreen. Opt for sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and boasts an SPF of 15 or higher. Also, opt for tightly woven fabrics that will prevent the sun’s rays from getting through.
If you are a smoker it’s important that you quit smoking right away. Smoking strips the skin of oxygen and other nutrients it needs to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Smoking can also destroy elastin and collagen, the things that are essential to strong, healthy skin. To prevent premature sagging the best way to do this is to quit smoking right away.
The foods you eat can also help ensure that your skin gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Your diet should consist of a hearty dose of vegetables, lean proteins, fruits and whole grains. While studies have not been able to show that diet has an impact on issues such as acne, we do know that getting the proper vitamins and nutrients will go a long way to healthy skin.
Be Kind to Your Skin
From shaving to hot showers, there are many everyday habits that can affect the health of your skin. Our Warrenton dermatologist recommends staying away from harsh soaps or detergents. After washing your skin always be sure to pat—never rub—your skin dry. And always follow up your routine with a moisturizer.
While you may dream of a steaming hot shower or bath, it can strip skin of healthy oils, leaving skin feeling dry and parched. To prevent this we recommend limiting how much time you spend in the shower or opting for warm water instead of hot.
Whether you are dealing with acne or you want to talk to us about the best skincare products for you, the skin specialists at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center are always here for you. Call our Warrenton, VA dermatology office today to learn more.