Question: I used to have facials several times a year. Now that I am using Retin A, can I continue my favorite indulgence?
Answer: I love facials and I love Retin A, but together they may pose problems. If you are using Retin A, you need to weigh three issues:
1.How long you have been on Retin A ?
2. How is your skin reacting to Retin A?
3. What kind of facial do you want to use?
If you have just started on Retin A ( less than three months), the short answer is no. Retin A is irritating on purpose and adding a facial early in the process can be asking for trouble. Your skin could easily react with redness and peeling that would require stopping Retin A for at least a month.
Its been almost three weeeks since my red splotches and breakouts have been brought under control. The labor intensive protocol of washing my face 3x/day ( once with Anti-Redness Cleanser and twice with home microdermabrasion), glycolic peel pads 3 times a week and Metro Gel at night seems to be the perfect formula.
I also have been diligent in following rosacea dietary guidelines.This meant avoding spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and chocolate. With my skin so clear, I wondered if I really needed to be as careful with my diet. I mean, no coffee for life? I’m one of those annoying New Yorkers who walk around in summer with a container of ice coffee glued to my hands. The answer? Yes and no.
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… →
I have been getting really interesting questions that drill deeper into universal beauty issues. Some of them are in comments but most of them are via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They ask personal yet fundamental questions about aging and skin care that I wanted to share them on the blog– yet preserve your privacy. So, every other Friday I will be posting several No-Nonsense FAQ’s. Then I will archive them in a new tab so that there will be easy answers to popular issues. Many of the answers I learned in my anti-aging journey. When its new to me, I will call on the smartest doctors that I know. Like so many things, its the details that can spell success or failure– and its these details that deliver fabulous beauty results.
Which do I put on first, a moisturizer or Retin A?
I get frequent questions from Asian and Latina readers who are interested in using Retin A , but are concerned about the side effects. On one hand Retin A has the ability to lighten dark patches and make the skin look fresher and brighter. On the other hand Retin A can be very irritating– and deeper skin tones tend to develop darkened areas when inflamed.
There’s a boatload of conflicting advice about the topic and I needed an expert to provide answers. Asking my colleagues in beauty for the best source of information, I was referred to the noted Chicago-based cosmetic surgeon, Dr Seven Dayan. In addition to seeing patients, Dr Dayan is the founder of DeNova Research, a center that has extensive experience studying skin care in … Continue Reading… →
During the holidays, I went to an event hosted by The Three Tomtoes (thethreetomatoes.com), a great site that is aimed at women “who aren’t kids”. As I looked around, I could see the room was filled with attractive women. Not so long ago women over 50 were described as “aging” Today 50 plus women are dynamic, vital and sexy. But this was not just a room of Botox Babes. There was something more, much more.
When I mentioned to my physician husband how healthy and attractive the women looked at the party, Neil was not surprised. “Women today look better because they are healthier. They eat healthier, smoke less, exercise more and if health probems arise, we have new tools.”
Its amazing what you can learn at a medical conference. At a lunchbreak at the recent Mount Sinai Derm meeting, I sat down next to two young dermatologists. They were talking about milia, those little white bumps under the skin– sort of faux pimples. ( In the picture below my milia is under my eye). Milia are formed when a pore becomes blocked with dead skin cells. They are more common as we get older, the result of slower cell growth. Unlike the garden variety pimple, they do not contain oil or bacteria so they don’t become red and inflamed. Milia just sit there. Forever.
Another important difference, milia are actually in the dermis and if you try to remove them yourself, you can do real damage to the skin. Seriously, you … Continue Reading… →
Glycolic Acid is an amazing anti-aging tool. Used in a peel it gives the skin a fresh rosy glow tht lasts for hours. In a moisturizer, glycolic acid increases cell renewal, stimulates collagen and reduces wrinkles– sort of a baby steps Retin A. The trick is getting maximum benefits.
1. What’s the difference between a glycolic peel at home and an office based peel?
The glycolic peel you can buy in stores contains 10-12% glycolic acid. It will give your skin a little extra boost and a bit of a glow. Cost: $2/treatment. THe office based peel uses 30-70% glycolic acid. It can leave your skin pretty red, and by the next day, somewhat flaky. Everything calms down within 48 hours leaving your skin especially smooth and fresh. Cost: Range form $100-150 per session. Home peels can be used several times a week, while office based peels are used no more than once a … Continue Reading… →