6 Easy Tips to Stop Yourself from Picking Your Skin

6 Easy Tips to Stop Yourself from Picking Your Skin

Many people have the habit of picking their skin, and working at Neu Look gave us the experience all those people and witness the consequence of their behavior.  At Neu Look Med Spa we treat all types of acne and other skin conditions. We have a large variety of skin treatments that target anything from cystic acne to hyperpigmentaiton. In 2019 we are putting a focus on educating our current and new patients about skin health and how to prevent further impurities.

According to Psychology Today, “Excoriation disorder, or compulsive skin picking, dermatillomania is a psychological condition that manifests in the form of repetitive touching, scratchingpicking, and digging at one’s own skin.” We are all guilty of this compulsive action at some point or another, but unfortunately it may cause deep scaring that will be difficult and expensive to correct many years later. Medical News Today warns us against crater scaring in an article explaining, “Pockmarks are deep scars on the skin that do not usually go away on their own. They are often caused by severe acne but can also be the result of skin infections or chickenpox.” In some cases scaring is inevitable but in most, the majority can be prevented by simply using the correct skin regimen proscribed by your provider and keeping your hands off your face!

Another factor in scaring is your skin type according to the Fitzpatrick Scale. It is a way to estimate how your skin tone or type can tolerate sun exposure and trauma. It is proven that darker skin tones (types 3-6) are more prone to a darkening of pigment rather than lighter skin tones (types 1-2) due to the excess of melanin in the skin. That being said, it is harder to safely laser skin types 3-6 if scaring occurs which limits your treatment options. The laser concentrates on darker pigmentation so the laser can focus on the blemish directly on people with a lighter skin tone. Gita (NP) at Neu Look Med Spa can always meet with you for a consultation to distinguish if your skin can be “prepped” with a brightening agent before your laser appointment if you are a darker skin type.

If you are a “picker” it is never too late to stop! Here are some tips on how to distract yourself from touching or picking a blemish:

  • Do not over-examine yourself in the mirror and do not use the extra strength mirrors that show every impurity. If you cannot see it with the naked eye, neither can anyone else!
  • If you catch yourself touching a blemish, stop immediately.
  • If you feel as if you need to touch your face, if possible, try to cleanse or moisturize! Make it a productive touch instead or a harmful one.
  • Have a friend or family member that you can tell when you feel the urge to hold you accountable whether it is with a phone call or in person.
  • Keep a sticky note that says “Do not pick” on your mirror to remind you. It sounds silly but it works.
  • Get regular skin treatments to improve your skin so there will not be as many impurities to tempt you!

Call Neu Look Med Spa at 858-538-5665 to ask about our free consultations or schedule one today. We also respond to emails at info@neulookskin.com to assist you.

Edited By Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Vitalize Peel vs. Rejuvenize Peel

Vitalize Peel vs. Rejuvenize Peel

Chemical Peels at Neu Look Med Spa

Chemical peels (used at Neu Look Med Spa) are prescribed for many reasons. At Neu Look they can be used for all skin types and all ages after 18. The peels penetrate to a safe but deeper layer than microdermabrasion, other mechanical exfoliations or scrubs. Peels help to rebuild collagen we have lost over time and boost our cell turnover rate. The natural cell turnover rate for the average adult is 30 to 90 days and it is every other day for a baby or small child. That is why the skin heals so much more quickly when having an abrasion when we are children. The face feels and looks better only a few days after having a peel, leaving your face with a better skin tone, improved texture and overall, a radiant glow. Chemical peels are also used for correcting adolescent and adult acne by destroying the bacteria in the skin and drying up any active breakout. Receiving routine chemical peels can help to slow the signs of aging, and in some cases, reverse some of the present signs of aging.

The Vitalize Peel by Skin Medica

The Vitalize Peel by Skin Medica has a mixture of Lactic and Salicylic Acid and then it is layered under a Retinol complex – which is optional. Just because it is called a “chemical peel” does not mean you always physically peel. Some patients do not want to peel due to work or other obligations so leaving the Retinol layer out can help to prevent you physically shedding dead skin. Instead, the peel will work internally inside the dermis.

This peel can be expected to:

  • Help correct sun damage to a small degree.* Smooth fine lines.
  • Reduces mild scarring.
  • Smoothes rough texture.
  • Improves acne conditions.

It is unrealistic to expect this peel to remove or reduce broken blood vessels, eliminate deep wrinkles or redesign your natural pore size and shape. The pores will appear to be slightly smaller and more constricted post treatment but your pore size and shape is genetic. It is impossible to shrink them contrary to popular belief. You should wait 6-8 hours (a minimum of 2-3 hours) before washing your face after receiving your Vitalize Peel at Neu Look Med Spa. This particular one is self neutralizing. Any redness or sensitivity from the peel will subside within couple hours of the application and it will also take 48 HR for flaking to begin if you request the Retinol layer. The flakiness of vitalize peel is very minimum unless is used on someone with very sensitive skin or patient with darker skin. You can do a series of this peel and receive them every 3-4 weeks if you desire. You may also apply this peel to the neck and chest to improve fine lines and blotchy discoloration such as age spots.

The Rejuvenize Peel

The Rejuvenize Peel mainly targets fine lines and texture plus acne. This peel also has Salicylic Acid along with Mandelic Acid instead of Lactic Acid so it is a little stronger. You may also request to add a Retinol layer to increase your chances of physically peeling – but this is optional. This peel can performed in 3-5 week intervals and is best with a series of 3-6 peels.

This peel can be expected to:

  • Improve your overall skin condition.
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Smooth the skins texture.
  • Improve overall clarity of the skin (subsides the appearance of Acne).

The Cosmelan Peel

It is unrealistic to expect this peel to completely remove any deep set wrinkles or remove any dark spots that are deep. It can however help to address skin tone unevenness or scaring caused by acne. The Cosmelan Peel is the only peel to date that can help to reverse major sun damage and age spots. You should also wait 6-8 hours to remove the Cosmelan 1 mask. You may experience mild redness and sensitivity but this will not subsides as quick as other peels. You may also apply this peel to the neck and chest to improve fine lines, firming the skin and pigmentation.

A Few Words of Caution

Before your chemical peel you should avoid skin exposure to the sun and tanning. You should also discontinue the use of Retinol creams, AHA’s, Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C or Bleaching creams one week prior to your appointment. We at Neu Look will prescribe you a post-peel skincare regimen for your homecare to ensure the best and prolonged results of your treatment.

Book your chemical peel today at Neu Look Med Spa by calling 858-538-5665. Ask one of our highly trained professionals any questions you may have about which peel best suites you or about any other service we offer.

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Skincare Make-Up

Skincare Makeup at Neu Look Med Spa

We understand the importance of make-up at Neu Look Med Spa. After a treatment whether it is laser, botox, or filler, we run the risk of bruising and swelling. Gita also instructs you to apply a sunscreen post appointment due to the vulnerability of the skin post treatment. Many make-up brands are popular but also full of harmful chemicals such as talc, phthalates (harmful ingredient), synthetic fragrance, fillers and GMO ingredients. These ingredients can cause breakouts, clogged pores and other long term affects. At Neu Look Med Spa we retail a cruelty free brand that will cover your imperfections seamlessly but is also safe and protective post treatment.

Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale is a real woman like all of us who expressed, “My goal is to make products that look good, feel good and are good for the skin.” This brand also focuses on enhancing natural beauty and simplifying a longer beauty routine. All of this brands makeup is free of harmful parabens, talc, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, fillers and GMO ingredients as we listed above. It is dermatologist and allergy tested while still being highly pigmented with a long-lasting application. A lot of the products even have SPF protection that is recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective.

A few of these products are:

  • Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation
  • Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder
  • Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

You can find these items at our Jane Iredale make-up station located inside of Neu Look Med Spa.

Although Jane Iredale is very popular with Gita’s (Nurse Practitioner) patients, it is not the only healthy and effective brand we sell at Neu Look Med Spa. Our very own Gita Izadi created her own line of lip products and eye liners. She created a large selection of shades that fit every skin tone and make-up trend. They are also free of harmful ingredients and cruelty free because of Gita’s compassion for animals. Many patients prefer to choose one of these lipsticks or glosses to pair with their Jane Iredale powder or foundation. They are long-wear while still providing hydration to the lips and are safe for post lip augmentation.

The Neu Look Med Spa Lip Collection

The Neu Look Med Spa lip collection has a large variation of shades to fit every skin tone and occasion (such as nudes, reds, pinks, purples or burgundy and a few darker shades for special events or wintertime). We offer all of the shades our patients love in traditional lipsticks, lip glosses, liquid lipsticks and liquid matte lip gloss or lipstick.

Colorscience SPF 50 Facial Powder

Colorscience is another mineral based make-up brand Neu Look Med Spa has introduced to our patients. One of our personal best sellers is the SPF 50 facial powder that comes in a convenient all in one brush that is perfect for throwing in your purse for your daily use. You should be reapplying sunscreen throughout the day for maximum sun protection and applying the power on clean skin or over make-up makes this the perfect item to add to your collection. We at Neu look Med Spa retail the Colorscience’s holiday make-up bag filled with eye shadow, setting or refreshing mist, an anti-aging concealer with SPF 35 and an SPF 35 lip gloss.

Visit Neu Look Med Spa!

Come in Neu Look Med Spa today for a free make-over to access which items best fit your make-up needs. Any of our knowledgeable skin and make-up specialists would love to help you.

Edited By Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

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