My Journey with Acne and Skin Treatments

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My Acne Journey

My skin journey has been a long one filled with various products, skin treatments, medications, and lifestyle changes. I know the dream answer to managing your acne would be one thing. Like there is this one product that will change everything or cutting one thing from your diet would fix it but it takes more than that. Acne is a more aggressive issue than that. I have had acne since I was about 12 years old. Growing up I knew that acne was genetic but now that I have gotten older I know that besides that the biggest cause of acne is your hormones. The most important thing to managing and getting rid of acne is being consistent AND never picking at them and turning them into acne scars.

Personally, I use the Obagi Clenziderm System which is for acne prone and oily skin. With oily skin, you want to use products that will dry out the excess oil like salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid and retinoic acid work to unclog pores, retinoic acid also works to prevent breakouts and minimize acne and acne scars, and benzoyl peroxide works to eliminate the acne-causing bacteria. But remember, you will need a moisturizer to go along with these products. Even though salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and benzoyl peroxide are good to rid your skin on the excess oil and bacteria, they will dry out your skin. That’s why you absolutely MUST buy a good moisturizer. I would recommend either Skin Medica’s Ultra Sheer Moisturizer or Obagi’s Hydrate Luxe. Moisturizing will add the hydration back to your skin. Otherwise, when your skin dries out it will try to overcompensate, produce more oil, and result in you breaking out. The key is finding the balance between drying out the bacteria and acne but not too much so your body has to over compensate.

Favorite Treatments

Along with a great home regimen, consistent treatments such as peels, Microneedling, Dermaplanning, and acne-cortisone shots will be helpful. Microneedling and Fractional will also be effective for acne scars. Our Skin Medica Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels along with the Dermaplanning will help rid your face of the dead layer of skin, on your face. They will also help your skin develop new healthier cells. The Rejuvenize is a deeper peel that we recommend for people that have more acne and acne scars. It is more effective for tougher skin because it penetrates deeper in your skin. With the acne-cortisone shots, they are usually for huge individual zits. Our nurse practitioner will inject a diluted corticosteroid into the zit and it will start to deflate within a few hours. Like we’ve mentioned in our other blogs Microneedling and Fractional both work to resurface the texture of your skin. Microneedling will use microscopic needles to scratch the surface of your skin to promote more collagen production and soften the surface of your skin. With fractional, it is a laser that penetrates deeper into the skin and has a longer down-time than the Microneedling. Both treatments require a consistent home regimen to see the best results.

Don’t Forget About Proper Nutrition!

Last but certainly not least, a key aspect of minimized acne is the foods you eat and put into your body. Everybody’s body is different so if you really struggle with cystic and hormonal acne I would talk to a dermatologist or endocrinologist about the foods you should and should not consume. For me personally, I need to stay away from sugar and dairy but everyone is different. Everyone’s body and skin is different so try different treatments and products and see which combinations work for you!

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Can I use OBAGI Nu Derm During the Summer?

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Can you safely use tretinoin and hydroquinone during the summer?

Many patients at Neu Look Medical Spa are hooked on using the Nu- Derm skincare system by OBAGI Medical. A common question that arises as summer approaches is, “Can I safely use tretinoin and hydroquinone during the summer?” and the answer is yes! That not only applies to using the Nu- Derm system, but all other medical grade tretinoin and hydroquinone as well.

Obagi Nu-Derm Backed By Science

Suzan Obagi, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Director, UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center University of Pittsburgh Medical Center states: “Many patients ask if they should take a break from using their skincare products during the summer months. This stems from concerns with sun exposure and increased outdoor activities. However, I have oftentimes found that patients that need the Nu-Derm product line most are those with pigmentation issues such as melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These are conditions that typically flare and worsen during hot, sunny weather. In order for patients to have adequate control over these conditions, I recommend that they continue to use their Nu-Derm products as instructed. This goes hand in hand with sun avoidance during the peak hours of 10 am to 2 pm, wearing a hat when outdoors, and reapplying their sunscreen after sweating, swimming, or every 2 hours while outdoors. Furthermore, while ultraviolet ray B (UVB, the burning ray) increases during the summer, UVA (the aging ray) remains constant all year. Therefore it is imperative to use a daily, broad-spectrum sunscreen such as Obagi Sun Shield, either tinted or untinted, daily. I recommend it even while driving or working under fluorescent lights, as these are sources of ultraviolet light exposure that most patients do not realize.”

Helene Geigelman ,CHC, from Rizzier Medical Spa joins into the conversation adding, “In addition to using a sunscreen, incorporate a topical antioxidant into your morning skin care routine. Antioxidants help in the fight against free radical and sun damage. They help stabilize collagen, which helps reduce the aging effects the sun inflicts on our skin. Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid is believed by many experts to be the most stable and effective in protecting skin. Obagi Medical offers a full portfolio of vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) products: Pro C formulas 10%, 15% and 20% as well as Pro C Peptide Serum, C Exfoliating Day Lotion and Pro C Suncare SPF 30, all of which contain vitamin C. Apply a few drops, first thing in the morning, after cleansing and toning.”

Stick To a Prescribed Skincare System

In conclusion, not using your Nu- Derm system may indeed leave you vulnerable to get additional photo damage that will need to be treated as well. The best way to take care of your skin and complexion all-year-round would be to stick to your prescribed medical grade skincare system that is recommended by your personal medical facility or medical spa, such as Neu Look. You want to protect your texture, complexion and all of the other important skin concerns as well – not just worry about hyperpigmentation.

Contact Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center in San Diego Today

If you have any questions regarding finding a skincare system or OBAGI Nu- Derm, call 858-538-5665 to speak with any of our educators at Neu Look Medical Spa.

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Award-winning sunscreen provides a high level of protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.* Non-greasy, PABA-free, and fragrance-free formula for all skin types that applies completely sheer in an elegant matte finish that feels great on your skin.

Elastilash Solution

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Elastilash Solution

For longer, lusher lashes without a prescription, Obagi’s ELASTILash Eyelash Solution gives you fabulous fringe fast. Clinically proven to improve the appearance of short, stubby lashes in 7 out of 10 patients in as little as four weeks, this peptide-based solution boosts length and thickness without irritation or side effects.

Elastiderm Eye Treatment Gel

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Elastiderm Eye Treatment Gel

Cool, fluid gel for normal to oily skin. Ideal if you live in a tropical or humid climate.

  • Bi-mineral complex and malonic acid: for tighter, smoother-looking skin around the eyes
  • Blueberry extract: provides antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals
  • Penetrating Therapeutics™: an Obagi technology that drives ingredients deep into the skin to help achieve optimal results

Elastiderm Eye Cream

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Elastiderm Eye Cream | Obagi San Diego | Neu Look Med Spa

Elastiderm Eye Cream

Smooth, rich cream for normal to dry skin. Ideal if you live in a cooler or more arid climate.

  • Bi-mineral complex and malonic acid: for tighter, smoother-looking skin around the eyes
  • Blueberry extract: provides antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals
  • Penetrating Therapeutics™: an Obagi technology that drives ingredients deep into the skin to help achieve optimal results