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

How to Heal Bruises From Injectables Quicker

How to Help Prevent Bruising - Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center in San Diego, CA

At Neu Look Medical Spa in San Diego, CA, we understand the importance of privacy and the possibility that many of our patients do not share their cosmetic procedures with their peers. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable about how much downtime is usually required per treatment to allow our patients to plan accordingly with the exception of one side effect: bruising. This is the only side effect that cannot be predicted prior to a treatment and the length and depth of the bruise cannot be pre- determined. There are so many blood vessels that cannot be seen by the naked eye in the body, especially in the face and neck area. Unfortunately, many people fear getting treated because of the possibility of bruising.

How to Heal Bruises Quicker

Although we cannot promise you will not be bruised, there are ways to heal the bruise quicker and more efficiently. The IPL Machine, or Photofacial Laser, can be used to minimize the appearance of a bruise within a few days or even help it to heal faster. You may recognize the name of this laser because it is typically used for broken capillaries, sun damage or other blemishes. Another way to reduce the longevity and discomfort of a bruise is to use warm compresses the day after the treatment or to simply allow the warm water to run over your face in the shower. Warmth helps the blood to flow and distribute away from the area versus having a cold compress promote clotting. We often suggest our patients begin taking oral tablets of Arnica or applying a topical Arnica cream the night before the treatment. This homeopathic remedy can be used for various purposes such as swelling, bruising, muscle pain, insect bites and more. We also suggest that patients hold off on using blood thinning medications a couple of days before their treatment or the soonest possible before receiving their injection for prevention purposes. We also advise you to not consume alcohol the day prior to your treatment or the day of your treatment.

Helpful Tips

Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner, can typically see a bruise forming almost immediately after the pinpoint injection. It is important to apply mild pressure quickly to prevent the spreading and depth of the bruise. The staff at Neu Look Med Spa try our best to keep the facility a low-stress environment that is inviting and comforting to our patients. We try to educate our patients to think positive thoughts before and during a treatment to not “invite” negative results, such as a bruise. High blood pressure, stress and anxiety can increase your chances of bruising. I am sure you have heard the phrase, “you can think something into existence”. It is also a fact that your genetics play the largest part in whether or not you will bruise. Everyone’s body has a different way of processing trauma, even if it is mild. This being said, Neu Look Med Spa wants to encourage positivity and to not allow one side effect to discourage you from getting treatments. Bruises are natural and typically resolve on their own in less than two weeks. It’s a small price to pay for the happiness you will experience long term from your results. Think of the bigger picture and enjoy the process.

If you have any questions regarding a treatment at Neu Look Med Spa, call 858-538-5665 or email info@neulookskin.com

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

Cosmetics

We have Neu Look Cosmetics!

Jane Iredale Costmetics
 Jane Iredale

Known as the Skin Care Makeup, the Jane Iredale line is so safe and beneficial to use that it is recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists throughout the world. Jane Iredale’s line is a highly sophisticated blend of minerals and pigments that allows the skin to breathe and function normally while still protecting it from airborne pollutants. The staying power of minerals is so great that they rarely need a touch-up during the day.* On all of our product lines we offer complimentary consultations in order for you to select the best products for your skin.

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