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Microdermabrasion is one of the top 5 non-surgical procedures performed by medical providers. Using a mechanical device, the provider exfoliates the skin surface with an ablative material, like sodium bicarbonate crystals, to scrub off dead and dull surface skin cells. The device simultaneously uses suction to stimulate circulation in the skin. The result is smoother, brighter looking skin. There is little discomfort, treatments take about an hour, and there is no down-time afterwards. It is suitable for most skin types, but not all.

Microneedling, however, is different than a superficial Microdermabrasion treatment and provides much more benefit, because it reaches below the skin surface. The procedure creates many microscopic punctures in the skin's outer layers. This is sometimes called "collagen induction therapy," because the process stimulates the body's production of collagen and elastin during the wound healing response. It is used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and even stretch marks on the body. There are at-home devices called "dermal rollers," which have small surgical steel needles which are rolled over the skin. This is very superficial in nature, so it is not very effective; and it can be difficult to keep the device sanitary, so it is also potentially problematic.

The SkinPen Microneedling device used at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center has revolutionized microneedling, offering improved results compared to dermarollers and microdermabrasion. SkinPen is more sanitary because it uses disposable needle cartridges. Numbing cream is used to ensure comfort during the treatment session, and there is little down-time. Nothing should be put on the face (including products and makeup) for 48 hours post-treatment, until the micro-channels in the skin close. You may experience light peeling (like dry skin) a few days after your session, but nothing that should take you out of your normal routine.

SkinPen Microneedling is safe and effective for all skin types. If you desire a smoother, healthier, brighter complexion, you should consider Microneedling as one of your best treatment options!

Schedule a FREE Cosmetic Consultation with one of our Estheticians to find out which treatments would be best for you, and develop a customized treatment plan that fits with your lifestyle and budget. We are here to help! To learn more:

Call 540-341-1900, or go to  https://WarrentonDermatology.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b51847402c05e65d5b84344c7&id=3598f161bd&e=864a15906e.

April 28, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

Parabens are preservatives frequently used in skin care products. They were commercialized in the 1950s and possess antifungal and antibacterial properties. About 90% of grocery items contain parabens, as they are found in just about everything from deodorants to toothpaste, shampoo, hair conditioner, cosmetics and body lotion.

The role of parabens in product formulation is to kill fungus and bacteria that might grow in the bottle causing contamination and spoilage. Most skin care products must sit on the shelf for 3-6 months prior to purchase and then sit on the purchaser’s shelf for another year. Providing safe products that consumers can use with confidence requires preservatives of some kind.

The concept of preservation is not unique to skin care products. Even Mother Nature uses preservatives. Methylparaben is found in blueberries (consumed by humans) where it functions as a natural antimicrobial to prevent the berries from spoiling. Even plants have parabens to allow their seeds to be spread in a viable form over the earth.

Safety concerns over parabens arose because they can mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors. Parabens have been considered as a possible cause of early puberty in females, lower fertility in males, and even breast cancer. However, at the present time, the US FDA has determined that paraben preservatives are safe at the levels currently used.

By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
February 01, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Acne   Skin Care   treatments   Skincare  

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! 

 

By WARRENTON DERMATOLOGY & SKIN THERAPY CENTER
December 27, 2016
Category: Skin Care

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%