After a lifetime of happy, sun filled days, the skin is dotted with freckles, dark spots and patches. But not all spots are equal. There can be little flat dark freckles, larger bumpy areas the size of a raisin and even larger cafe au lait patches of melasma.
I have been exploring different lightening and brightening products on different dark spots on my face and limbs. As it turned out these formulations are not effective against raised or very dark areas of pigmentation. I had tried just about everything on a tan rough spot on my arm which just kept getting bigger. When I finally showed it to Dr Lefkovits, he diagnosed it as a seborrheic keratosis. This is a benign growth that comes with both age and sun exposure. They have a waxy, flakey appearance– not attractive, … Continue Reading… →
Watching the red carpet parade of beautiful women at the Golden Globes, I was mesmerized by the flawless chests above the strapless or plunging gowns. While we usually focus on signs of aging around the face and eyes, the skin on chest is often more lined and sun damaged and in need of some TLC. These women who professional lives depend on their beauty clearly knew this and they take great care to create a smooth polished and sexy decollete.
After trying out a wide range of anti-aging tools for my face, I realized that there was now quite a difference between the skin on my face and the skin on my chest. Last year I had most of the freckles and age spots on my chest removed by laser, … Continue Reading… →
Answer: I love new beauty ideas that are based on good science and BB creams are just such a concept. BB stands for ‘blemish balm” where blemish is defined as a skin defect ( eg dark spots and splotches and acne scars), not just traditional breakouts.
The original BB creams were developed by a Korean dermatologist to help his patients care for laser treated skin. After having both IPL and frying off my freckles with a YAG laser, I had difficulty finding appropriate moisturizers and sun protection products. The treatments made my skin especially vulnerable to sun damage, yet traditional chemical sunscreens were irritating while zinc based formulations left my skin with a weird white sticky film.
BB creams are a genuinely clever idea. They are a zinc based high SPF moisturizer/sun block combo that have a flattering tint. The result? On the skin … Continue Reading… →
Question: I have heard so many horror stories about IPL, but you had great results. Can you tell me what machine was used and at what settings?
Answer: I had IPL with Dr Ellen Marmur of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, so I asked her to answer this question. Dr Marmur used the Luminis IPL with two handpieces– the 560nm and the 590nm. “Both of them focus on red spots, blood vessels and brown freckles” she explained. “The treatment settings vary from patient to patient based on skin color and the amount of the target to be removed. For example, I use lower settings for freckles to avoid over-heating the skin.’ Dr Marmur also warned against getting IPL when tanned ” You need to avoid the sun for at least wo weeks prior to IPL treament ” she warned.
Here is the two step jar of Elure, the new skin brightening agent. The jar is divided into two compartments. As per instructions, I used the first little spatula to put a dab of cream from the first side on the BIG FRECKLE, waited a minute then spread the same amount from side two on the same spot. Totally simple, but I’ve yet to get into a routinue to do it twice a day. So far, I’ve put on about half the recommended doses. I’ve got to step up my game to give it a legitimate chance to work. I keep forgetting to put it on either in the morning or evening. I think that if I was using on my face, it would be easier to remember, and … Continue Reading… →
Here are the pix I took before and three weeks after my Pelleve procedure. To my eye there is a visible difference in contours of the face. The smile lines are not as deep and my jaw line a little tighter. I don’t look in my twenties or even in my thirties– but to my eye I just look more like the person I remember.
I really like these subtle changes much more than the more drastic changes of a full face CO2 laser. While that bad boy can erase decades of lines, wrinkles and age spots, I find the post -laser face looks waxy with a pale shiny appearance. Its the strange face you see on some of the women on The Real Housewives of You Name the City.
In theory, yes but its not going to be that effective. A chest with lots of freckles and age spots will need more help than Tri-lima can provide. Once areas of hyperpigmentation become raised and lumpy, you’re going to need some kind of laser or IPL to deal with them.
2. Can I use Tri-luma and Retin A together ?
It depends. Tri-luma already contains Retin A to increase cell turnover, hydroquinone to break down and discourage pigment formation and a steroid to keep down inflammation. If you are using Tri-luma under your eyes, you can then apply Retin A to the other facial areas. If you have areas of discoloration on your cheeks and forehead, you can use Tri-luma on these areas, but not at the same time you are using Retin A. It won’t do a better job and will make you … Continue Reading… →