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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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

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