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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Schedule a consultation with our practice and let us help you with your acne journey. Call us at (858) 538-5665.

Botox Party! (August 27th, 2019)

Back by popular demand, Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center is throwing another Botox Party this coming Tuesday, on August 27th, 2019 (before Gita’s vacation) from 10:30am – 5:00pm.

  • Bring a new friend and get 5 free units of Botox for BOTH of you (*minimum of 30 units)
  • Get Botox for only $11/unit (*minimum of 30 units)
  • Get Dysport for only $3.50/unit (*minimum of 30 units)

PLUS, from August 28th until September 6th, we’re doing Full Face Makeup Application for just $25 as well as IPL Face for $199 on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Call (858) 538-5665 to schedule your appointment now!

PRP Microneedling

PRP Microneedling San Diego with Gita Izadi at Neu Look Med Spa and Skin Center in San Diego, CA

Prior to getting this treatment I had no idea what I was in for. But I can honestly say this is my favorite way to get Microneedling. PRP stands for platelet-rich-plasma. So, rather than using the Microneedling gel for the treatment, the provider will use your plasma. The way that this works is with a centrifuge machine, that essentially spins your blood and separates your plasma from the blood. The benefits of using PRP rather than Microneedling gel is the healing process and injections. PRP speeds up the healing process of Microneedling. Therefore, rather than being red for 5-7 days it should really only last 3-5 days. This makes the treatment more convenient and obtainable because you don’t have to worry about the healing process. Plus, you can use a mineral-based powder, like Jane Iredale, the day after your treatment to cover up the redness. We recommend Jane Iredale because we know it is safe for your skin, and with my experience it has really good coverage! By the second and third day you couldn’t see any redness which was convenient because I had errands to run.

How Microneedling Works

The step by step of how the PRP Microneedling treatment works is getting numbed an hour prior to your treatment, to lessen the pain of the treatment. For me, when my face is numb, the Microneedling feels like a massage and I really enjoy it. The first step in the actual PRP treatment is drawing some of your blood. Then the provider will put the tube in a centrifuge machine which will spin the blood to obtain the PRP. When you look at the tube you will be able to see the separation. Platelets will range in color from yellow to orange. Prior to the PRP treatment, I looked up a video to see what it was like and their patient’s platelets were yellow. When I was getting my treatment done, and my platelets were orange I was a little concerned. But this is nothing to worry about. After the PRP is prepared, the provider will place the PRP onto your skin and proceed with the Microneedling treatment. You can even get injections of the PRP into your acne scars or indentations in your skin. If you have ever gotten a Microneedling treatment then you know how much of a difference it makes to the surface of your skin. Then adding the component of PRP improves the cell turnover because the provider is using a component of your body. So, not only does the PRP ease the healing process it will actually create improved results.

Microneedling: Post Treatment

Post treatment, the texture of my skin has dramatically changed. The day of the treatment I was extremely red but honestly by the second day it reduced by 50%. Compared to the last time I got Microneedling, without the PRP, I’d say the healing process was way faster and more convenient. I didn’t have to worry about not going outside or looking strange. The day after I was able to apply my Jane Iredale foundation and go out in public and no one could tell I got anything. After the third and fourth day I didn’t even apply foundation because it look like a very faint sunburn. Gita saw me the next week and was absolutely astonished with my skin. She touched it and said it felt like a baby’s skin. The appearance of my acne scars also improved but like she told me prior to the treatment, nothing will truly make them go away. But I can’t wait to do another PRP treatment to soften my acne scars and resurface my skin again! I would recommend it to everyone and anyone!

Edited by Gita Izadi, NP

The Vitalize Peel Vs. The Rejuvenize Peel

The Vitalize Peel vs the Rejuvenize Peel from Neu Look Med Spa in San Diego, CA

Vitalize Peel

The Vitalize Peel is a chemical peel for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. You will see noticeable results just after one treatment, but see ultimate results with three to six peels. The peel is absorbed into the skin and strips away layers of dead and dying skin cells, that many other peels don’t remove. The acting ingredients are lactic acid, salicylic acid and retinoic acid. The combination of all these acids work to remove dead skin cells. Retinoic acid is also used to boost new cell turn over to renew new vibrate skin.

The Vitalize Peel by SkinMedica - Neu Look Med Spa San Diego, CA

Who is The Vitalize Peel For?

The Vitalize Peel is appropriate for patients with mild-to-moderate skin imperfections that result from skin aging and sun exposure, such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as uneven skin tone and texture. Vitalize Peel treatments also address skin unevenness that can be caused by acne scarring or other pigmentary changes. Therefore, the Vitalize Peel is suitable for all skin types.

The Vitalize Peel Process

The Vitalize Peel itself only takes a few minutes to apply and it will remain on you for 20 minutes. During the treatment, the chemical solution will be directly applied to the skin. Patients may experience tingling sensations as the solution is working. After the 20 minutes, of the solution on your face, the solution is neutralized and washed off. Even though the Nurse Practitioner washes your face off after the peel, you will be instructed to wash it off again when you get home. But the post-peel skincare regimen is dependent on your specific skin type. In the following days you will notice your skin peeling as the acids do their work and the dead skin starts to come off. You may not require any downtime and may be able to hide the peeling skin by moisturizing and your post-treatment skin regime

Like most chemical peels you can receive another treatment in just as little as four to six weeks. Multiple treatments may be required for optimal skin results. The number of treatments is individual to your skin appearance desires which you will discuss with your practitioner. The Vitalize Peel is most effective with a Skin Medica daily regimen. Don’t worry we will give you post peel step-by-step instructions with the products you need. Your post-peel regimen will include a sensitive skin cleanser, moisturizer appropriate for your skin type, and a sunscreen you must use daily.

What To Expect With The Vitalize Peel

Like everything else in life, human skin needs maintenance. The Vitalize Peel’s results will last as long as skin care is maintained, sun exposure is moderate and preventive aging with the Vitalize Peel is performed three or four times per year. It is imperative that in between treatments, skin care is maintained and optimized with an appropriate home care regimen designed for your skin.

It takes about four days after the peel for the skin to return to its normal pH and for you to see the final effects. The skin will look luminous and glowing. Your face will feel refreshed with slightly tighter skin, and hyper-pigmentation will be improved or gone, depending on the amount of damage. The texture of your skin will be improved with an overall more youthful appearance.

The results you can expect from the Vitalize Peel will transform your skin, especially if you do multiple treatments. Once the skin finishes peeling, improvements will become visible, however, the full results will take 4 to 6 weeks to appear. At that point the skin will look smoother, firmer, and clearer with a more youthful appearance.

Rejuvenize Peel

The Rejuvenize Peel is a chemical peel for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, you will see noticeable results just after one treatment, and see ultimate results with three to six peels. The Rejuvenize Peel is absorbed into the skin and strips away layers of dead and dying skin cells, that many other peels cannot remove. The acting ingredients are lactic acid, salicylic acid and retinoic acid. The combination of these acids work to remove dead skin cells. Retinoic acid is also used to boost new cell turn over to renew new vibrate skin.

The Rejuvenize Peel by SkinMedica - Neu Look Med Spa San Diego, CA

Who is The Rejuvenize Peel For?

Each chemical peel is customized to your needs and lifestyle, so you will receive just the right treatment for your type of skin. The Rejuvenize Peel may work to stimulate collagen production, a protein that is responsible for the skin’s resilience, hydration and healthy glow. The Rejuvenize Peel is appropriate for patients with mild-to-moderate skin imperfections that result from skin aging and sun exposure, such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture. The Rejuvenize Peel treatment also addresses skin unevenness that can be caused by acne scarring or other pigmentary changes. The Rejuvenize peel permeates deep into the topmost layers of your skin. It thoroughly dries and agitates the visible layer of skin, causing it to flake away to reveal the younger, healthier and clearer skin below. The Rejuvenize Peel is formulated to seep deep into the skin in order to affect the most layers of old, damaged skin cells. It delivers surprising results after just one Rejevenize Peel without causing serious discomfort or requiring significant downtime.

The Rejuvenize Peel Process

The Rejuvenize Peel itself only takes several minutes to apply and it will remain on your skin for six to eight hours. During treatment, the chemical solution will be directly applied to the skin. Patients may experience tingling sensations as the solution is working. While the peel is applied at your doctor’s office you will be instructed to wash your face at home. And in the following days you will notice your skin peeling as the acids do their work and dead skin starts to come off. You may not require long downtime and you may be able to hide the peeling skin.

What To Expect With The Rejuvenize Peel

Peeling from Rejuvenize generally begins 48 hours after chemical application and may last up to five days. Allowing skin to peel on its own will prevent scarring. For maximum comfort during healing, patients are advised to use a gentle cleanser, moisturize, and ice your skin. In approximately one week, the skin will enjoy less fine lines and wrinkles, and the texture and color will gain clarity as well. Since results are cumulative, it may be necessary to receive more than one treatment. The more Rejuvenize Peel treatments, the better you will feel about your skin.

Like most chemical peels you can receive another treatment in just as little as four to six weeks. Multiple treatments maybe required for optimal skin results. The number of treatments is individual to your skin appearance desires which you will discuss with your practitioner. The Rejuvenize Peel is most effective with a SkinMedica daily regimen, which will be given to you by our staff. Your step-by-step post-procedure regimen will include a sensitive skin cleanser, moisturizer appropriate for your skin type, and a sunscreen you must use daily.

Edited by Gita Izadi, nurse practitioner

How to Prepare for PDO Thread Lift

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About PDO Thread Lift at Neu Look Medical Spa in San Diego

Neu Look Medical Spa in San Diego, CA is known for being up-to-date on all cosmetic treatments that are typically offered in medical spas. A newer procedure, PDO Thread Lift, that has been done for years in other countries was recently FDA approved for the United States within the last two years. According to the National Laser Institute, PDO Thread Lift, is a “Non-surgical face lift utilizing monofilament fibers, which dissolve over time, to lift and reposition the skin in order to accentuate the cheeks, diminish the jowls and tighten the jawline.” The threads are made out of a well-known material that is used in pediatric cardiac surgeries, and can also be used in many other areas of the body besides the face and neck.

What is PDO Thread Lift?
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How to Prepare for Your PDO Thread Lift

To prepare for your PDO Thread Lift, there are a couple of precautionary things you should do. Such as:

  • Ensure there is no inflammation already present in the body the days leading up to or on your treatment day.
  • Get any dental work that you are unable to post-pone out of the way, you will not be able to see a dentist for approximately two weeks.
  • Avoid taking any blood-thinning medications or blood-clotting medications approximately two days before your treatment day.
  • Try to limit bodily and emotional stressors prior to your treatment.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol the night before your treatment.

Important Things to Note About the PDO Thread Lift

Inflammation presently in the body and physical or emotional stressors can enhance the bodies response to the trauma caused by the PDO Thread Lift, even though the treatment is mild and very safe. In the same way, bringing stress and anxiety into the treatment room can sometimes bring unnecessary discomfort and prolong a rather short healing process. A healthy mindset and trust in your practitioner can help your treatment go smoother and have an overall better experience.

Although PDO Thread Lift is a wonderful treatment, it does not replace the use of dermal fillers. It does however accentuate fillers and help you to get an even better result with your filler treatment. The PDO Thread Lift was designed to pull loose skin back, to a degree, while the filler is responsible for replacing the fat that was lost due to the aging process. A consultation at Neu Look Medical Spa will be required to determine how effective the lifting treatment will be for you based on how much loose skin has already been accumulated. When using these two treatments in conjunction with one another, you will receive the best possible result.

Types of Treatments

As we stated earlier, there are many possible treatment areas such as aging knees, breast, the buttocks, loose belly skin and more. The treatment area will determine which thread is to be used. The MEDiTHREAD website informs us, “There are many types of PDO threads and this can be confusing for patients. In general, PDO threads can be divided into Smooth threads and Barbed threads.

  • Smooth threads are used to stimulate collagen.
  • Barbed threads are used to lift and reposition the skin.

PDO threads come in different thicknesses and lengths. These all affect their quality, tensile strength, effectiveness, and of course, price of your treatment. Your doctor may choose to use different kind of threads for you, depending on your rejuvenation and skin lifting needs.”

Schedule PDO Thread Lift with Neu Look TODAY

If you have any questions regarding PDO Tread Lift or any other treatment we offer at Neu Look Medical Spa, please contact the office at (858) 538-5665 or email us at info@neulookskin.com.

Edited by Gita Izadi

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