Fort Collins dermatologist

Why You Should Add a Serum to Your Skin Care Routine

Adding a serum to your daily skin care routine can make a huge difference in the way that your skin looks and feels. The benefits of adding a serum include; even skin tone, reduced fine lines and wrinkles as well as a brighter complexion.


No fillers

Those that have sensitive/acne-prone skin can especially benefit from adding a serum to their skin care routine. Serums contain the highest concentration of active ingredients possible without a prescription, being around 70% active ingredients. Serums are designed to help the minerals, peptides and stem cells pass through the outer layer of skin. With minimal filler there is nothing to get in the way of your skin receiving the nutrients.


Hydrates skin

Serums active ingredients include many nourishing elements and vitamins. Compared to moisturizers, serums molecules are smaller which allows it to hydrate even the deep layers of your skin. Hydrated skin prevents aging and breakouts, which can be avoided by adding a serum to your skin care routine.


 Every serum is different

As everyone skin is different from one another so are serums. There are a variety of serums that combat different skin problems. Using the correct serum for your skin type can be very effective when used correctly. There a serums for normal, sensitive, dull skin and so on. By pairing the correct ingredients to what your skin needs can help you achieve your perfect skin.


Saving money

Although serums are on the higher side of the price spectrum, preventing is easier than fixing. Using a good serum that works for you specific skin care needs will prevent you from having to buy products that are doing nothing for. Using an effective serum means that you can remove the ineffective products from your medicine cabinet for a product that does more work for you skin. Plus, when you find your ideal serum, you won’t want to buy any other products.


For serum recommendations contact Advanced Aesthetics for a skin care consultation. 

How to Prevent Wrinkles

Stay Hydrated

By staying hydrated daily, you will be able to prevent fine lines due to dehydration. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside will help keep your skin looking radiant and healthy.


Use sunscreen

When you get sunburnt your skin cells are essentially damaged. And continuous damage from UV rays can cause premature aging and even skin cancer. Whenever you are exposed to the sun, it is important to use sunscreen to prevent UV rays from harming your skin.


Use anti-aging products with caution

It can be tempting to use anti-aging products at a young age. But sometimes using anti-aging products can clog your pores since they are meant to really moisturize your skin. Also since anti-aging products increase the metabolism of your skin cells, when your skin is young it already has a fast metabolism, which can actually increase breakouts. It is important to use skin care products tailored to your skin type.


Use eye cream

Your eyes are the first area where you will notice aging. By keeping your eyes hydrated it will help prevent premature fine lines and wrinkles around that area.

Eczema Information; Fort Collins Dermatologist

Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation. It causes skin to become itchy, red, and dry, and perhaps even cracked and leathery. It can show up on any part of the body. It is a chronic problem for many people. Eczema is common in infants, however, many infants outgrow eczema before adulthood. Those with eczema also have a higher risk of developing allergic conditions like hay fever or asthma.

Eczema runs within families, with certain genes causing some to have extra sensitive skin. An overactive immune system may play a role as well. Defects in the skin barrier can also contribute, allowing moisture out through the skin and germs in. Triggers may include stress, contact with irritating substances like woolen or synthetic fabrics and soap, heat and sweat, cold and dry climates, and dry skin.

Good skin care is key for eczema treatment. With mild eczema, that may be sufficient treatment. Mild soap that won’t dry out the skin is great for cleansing when you have eczema. A good moisturizer is also key, and should be applied after bathing as well as one additional time each day. With severe eczema, adding a small amount of bleach to bath water can help kill bacteria that live on the skin.

Short, warm showers are also good treatment. Very hot or very long showers or baths may dry out your skin.

Managing stress by getting regular exercise and setting aside relax time will help. Examples include spending time with friends, laughing, listening to music, meditating or praying, or taking up a hobby.

A humidifier will prevent dry air from being stressful to your skin.

Under doctor guidance, other forms of treatment could include hydrocortisone, antihistamines, corticosteroids, UV light therapy, immune system affecting drugs, or prescription strength moisturizers.

Let’s schedule a time for a complimentary consultation on how Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado can help you with your eczema!

Psoriasis Advice; Fort Collins Dermatologist


Seeking dermatologist advice on psoriasis in Fort Collins? We are here to help!

Psoriasis symptoms can vary among individuals but may include one or more of the following: red patches of skin covered with silvery scales, small scaling spots (commonly seen in children(, dry/cracked skin that may bleed, itching/burning/soreness, thick/pitted/ridged nails, and/or swollen and stiff joints.

Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of scaling that resembles dandruff to major eruptions that cover large areas. Typically, psoriasis goes through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a while or even going into total remission.

There are several types of psoriasis, including:

-Plaque psoriasis is the most common form. It looks like dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales. The plaques might itch or be painful, and can occur anywhere on your body. There may be just a few plaques or many.

-Nail psoriasis can affect fingernails and toenails, and may cause putting, abnormal nail growth, and discoloration. Affected nails may become loose and separate from the nail bed, or may cause the nail to crumble.

-Scalp psoriasis appears as itchy, red areas with silvery-white scales, which often extend beyond the hairline. They may cause flakes of dead skin in your hair or on your shoulders, particularly after scratching your scalp.

-Guttate psoriasis primarily affects young adults and children, and is usually triggered by a bacterial infection like strep throat. It is marked by small water drop shaped sores on the trunk, arms, legs and scale, covered by a fine scale. There may be just a single outbreak that goes away on its own, or there may be repeated episodes.

-Inverse psoriasis mainly affects the skin in the armpits, groin, breast areas, and around genitals. It causes smooth patches of red, inflamed skin, which are worsened by friction and sweating. It may be triggered by fungal infections.

-Pustular psoriasis is an uncommon form of psoriasis that can occur in widespread patches or smaller areas on hands, feet, and fingertips. Typically, it develops quickly with pus filled blisters appearing only hours after skin becomes red and tender. Blisters may come and go frequently, and may also be accompanied by fever, chills, severe itching, and diarrhea.

-Erythodermic psoriasis is the least common kind of psoriasis. It may cover your entire body with a red, peeling rash that itches or burns intensely.

-Psoriatic arthritis comes with inflamed, scaly skin and pitted, discolored nails, plus the swollen, painful joints that are typical of arthritis. Symptoms may be anywhere from mild to severe, and any joint can be affected. It isn’t normally as crippling as other kinds of arthritis, but it may in the worst cases lead to permanent deformity.

If you suspect you may have a form of psoriasis, see your doctor for an exam. Then come to us for a recommended treatment plan to achieve your goals in health and wellness- we’ll get started with a free consultation!

Hyperpigmentation (Sun Damage/Sun Spots); Fort Collins Dermatologist


Need advice from your Fort Collins, CO dermatologist on how to handle sun spots? Look no further than our advice corner! Tired of embarrassing sun spots and feeling like you have to hide them with long clothes or makeup? Did you know that sunspots are also known as hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by either hormonal reasons (see melasma blog post from earlier this month) or by sun exposure. Hyperpigmentation is characterized by a darkening of an area of skin. This occurs as a result of the overproduction of the skin pigment melanin. It is common and usually not harmful, but can be embarrassing for those that experience hyperpigmentation. Anyone can be affected, but those of darker skin typically experience hyperpigmentation more often. It can affect any part of the body, including face, hands, and neck.

Hyperpigmentation can show up from sun exposure as either letingo/lentigenes, or solar lentigenes. Lentigo means freckles, and lentigenes are multiple freckles. Solar lentigenes are known as sun spots, age spots, or liver spots, and they are freckles caused by sun exposure.

Your risk for hyperpigmentation can be avoided by wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF15 daily and avoiding sun exposure. Regular exfoliation is also helpful to remove dead surface skin cells. With dry, sensitive or mature skin, exfoliating 1-2 times a week is a healthy amount. With combination or oily skin, exfoliating 2-3 times a week is recommended. Do not exfoliate acne erupted skin as they can make the condition worse.

Hyperpigmentation can be treated with a customized skin care regimen, which we can help you prepare here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado! We can work with most budgets to help you plan a personalized treatment plan and we carry the line of Lira skincare products which are great for hyperpigmentation!

Melasma; Treatment by Fort Collins Dermatologist

Melasma is a common skin disorder that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. These patches typically occur on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. It can also show up on other areas of the body that receive a lot of sun, like the forearms and neck.

The most common treatment for melasma is sun protection- wearing sunscreen daily and reapplying every two hours. Wearing a wide brimmed hat while outside can also help prevent melasma.

Women are more likely to get melasma. It is very common during pregnancy and is called the mask of pregnancy. Hormones can play a role in melasma. People with darker skin are more likely to get melasma, as are anyone with a blood relative that had melasma.

There are no symptoms in regards to how the skin feels from melasma, but many sufferers of melasma dislike the way their skin looks.

The cause for melasma is unknown, but it probably occurs when the color making cells in the skin (melanocytes) produce too much color. Triggers include sun exposure, a change in hormones (pregnancy, birth control pills, or hormone replacement medicine), and cosmetics. Fortunately, when a trigger stops, this can cause melasma to fade on its own. If melasma doesn’t fade on it’s own, treatments like hydroquinone, tretinoin and corticosteroids, or other topical medicines. Side effects of treatments can include skin irritation and darkening of the skin.

Melasma can be diagnosed by looking at the skin. To determine how deeply the melasma penetrates the skin, your dermatologist may look at your skin under a device called Wood’s light. To ensure that melasma is the correct diagnosis of your skin condition, your dermatologist may need to remove a small bit of skin, which is called a biopsy. This can be done safely and quickly during and office visit.

Melasma can fade on its own. This often happens when a trigger is causing the melasma, such as a pregnancy or birth control pills. When the woman delivers the baby or stops taking the birth control pills, melasma can fade. Sometimes several months of treatment is needed to see improvement, if melasma doesn’t fade on its own. After it clears, you may need to keep treating your skin to prevent it from returning.

Come see us for a free consultation and see how we can help your melasma! My goal as an educated skin care specialist is to educate clients on how to best take care of their skin. My goal isn’t to make a sale- it’s to truly help people!

All About Acne; Fort Collins Dermatologist


Have you been looking for a dermatologist to help with your acne in Fort Collins, CO? Look no further than Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado in Old Town Fort Collins.

Almost everyone suffers from acne at some point in their life. However, teenagers experiencing hormonal changes are primarily affected. Acne can range from mild (with a few occasional pimples) to moderate (with inflammatory papules) and even severe (nodules and cysts). Treatment varies depending on the severity of acne.

Acne is a condition related to hormones. Sensitivity to androgenic hormones combined with bacteria on the skin and fatty acids within oil glands cause acne. It commonly shows up on the face, chest, shoulders and back- where oil glands are found. Acne is a normal occurrence, but may be aggravated by several factors, such as: fluctuating hormone levels around the time of women’s menstruation, picking at acne lesions, and clothing such as hats, sports helmets, or other headgear

Acne can be treated by a variety of drugs, but the only ones proven effective are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics. Most people that suffer from acne require at least one or two of the above drugs, depending on the severity of their acne.


Acne can be prevented in numerous ways. By choosing a cleanser specifically formulated for acne, you can help clear acne sores. These cleansers typically contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Gently cleaning the face can help because trauma from scrubbing can make the acne worse. Use your hands to wash your face, as any scrubbing material may cause acne sores to rupture. If moisturizer is needed, use light noncomedogenic moisturizer, like Lira. If using foundation makeup, use an oil-free foundation as heavy makeup can cause a flare up of acne.

Contact us now to schedule a complimentary consultation. Let us help you find a method of acne treatment that fits your budget!