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.

What Is Radiesse?

Radiesse information from Neu Look Med Spa and Skin Center in San Diego, CA

Aging and Radiesse

Aging affects all parts of the body, and the hands are no exception. They used to be a sign of age prior to aesthetic companies finding ways to combat the skin aging. From loss of strength and grip, increased stiffness and lack of mobility, the hands show the signs of aging in many ways. However, one of the first signs of aging in the hands is a cosmetic concern, but one that can affect the happiness of your patients nonetheless. Lines and wrinkles develop in the hands because the skin loses its ability to retain moisture, which can lead not only veins becoming more visible with a thin, papery appearance, but it can also lead to skin becoming dry and itchy. Not even Sun Protection such as SPF can help with signs of aging on the hands but luckily we live in an aesthetically aware age where we have Radiesse.

What is it made out of?Is it safe?

Radiesse injections are generally safe, effective, non-surgical and have minimal pain, without any significant downtime. We use proven safe, gentle and easy anesthetic options for your added comfort. Younger looking hands begins immediately. However, any swelling & bruising that may occur masks final results until gone. To minimize bruising and swelling from Radiesse, avoid aspirin & aspirin containing products for at least one week prior to Radiesse hands injections. And if possible avoid ibuprofen for 3 days prior to Radiesse hands injections. Avoid other blood thinners per your prescribing physician’s recommendation. Contraindications include allergy to Radiesse, pregnancy and nursing and significant bleeding disorders. We avoid any infected skin until healed so be sure to inform the practitioner prior to coming in, if this applies to you. The most common side effects are bruising, redness, swelling, pain and itching. Reversible lumps or bumps have been rarely reported to occur. Serious adverse events are rare, but may include tissue damage from unintended intravascular injection, allergic reaction and infection. Minimize strenuous activity and avoid extensive sun or heat exposure for 24 hours after Radiesse injections and until any swelling or redness has resolved. Ice, cold packs and ibuprofen may be used after injections as needed. Results usually last from 1 to 2 years or sometimes, longer. It differs per person due to their lifestyle, environment, and metabolism.
However, you can always use the following to try to get the longest possible out of your pricey filler. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays reverse the benefits of your injectable treatment. This is why we encourage all filler patients to practice sound sun protection, especially post-treatment. Maintain your results longer by using a high quality broad-spectrum sunscreen, avoiding the outdoors during peak UV hours and applying sunscreen every 2 hours. Limiting your body’s stress is another way to lengthen the effect of your filler. Use these steps and tips in order to have the best Radiesse experience!

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Call us at (858) 536-5665 to schedule an appointment, with our Radiesse expert, Gita.

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!

#SummerFeels: Get a $100 Botox Cosmetic Gift Card for only $75

PURCHASE A $100 BOTOX ® COSMETIC GIFT CARD FOR ONLY $75 TO USE ON YOUR NEXT BOTOX

Summer is here…talk to your doctor!

Purchase a $100 Botox Cosmetic Gift Card for only $75 to use on your next Botox Cosmetic treatment, or make it a perfect gift for your loved one! Purchase up to 4 gift vouchers to use at Neu Look Med Spa through the Brilliant Distinctions program.

 

Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment: (858) 538-5665

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  • Standard Brilliant Distinctions® program rules and conditions apply. For more information about the Brilliant Distinctions® Program, including a list of eligible products and full program Terms and Conditions, see BrilliantDistinctionsProgram.com and the Brilliant Distinctions® FAQ.
  • Gift card(s) valid for $100 off BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment(s) starting July 1, 2019 at participating Brilliant Distinctions® provider offices only.
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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

*Disclaimer: Every patient is different and will have varying results, benefits and levels of risk when undergoing treatment. The statements on this website do not guarantee results, benefits or levels of risk for any one individual.