10 Worst Foods For Your Skin

1. Sugar

Sugar and pimples go hand-in-hand. Sugar causes redness and inflammation, read food labels carefully to see how much added sugar is in what you’re eating.

2. Dairy

The growth hormones that are in dairy causes inflammation and increase oil production. When you put in more dairy than what your body can handle, you can get blemishes around the lower part of your face.

3. Processed foods

The additives and preservatives in processed food creates blood sugar spikes and can clog the pores in your skin.

4. Caffeine

Caffeine dehydrates your skin and body, which can make you prone to wrinkles.

5. Salt

Salt causes the body to not retain water as well, which creates swelling. When your eyes feel puffy and swollen, it could mean that you need to cut back on your salt intake.

6. Juice and soda

Juices and soda are full of sugar and lacks fiber, fiber prevents blood sugar swings, which ages skin prematurely.

7. Fast food

The amount of saturated fats that are in fast food, play a factor in the blemishes on your skin.

8. Mystery meats

Animals are fed steroids, antibiotics and growth hormones. When you eat meat you are ingesting what they had in their diet and there diet can cause inflammation and acne to the human body.

9. Gluten

Studies have shown links between acne and diets that include gluten. Gluten spikes your blood sugar, better and healthier alternatives include brown rice and quinoa.

10. Alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates the body and can be seen on the skin. Tired and sallow skin with fine lines, wrinkle and more pronounced pores can result from excessive alcohol in your diet.

 

Waxing: Before and After Tip

Before Waxing

  • Exfoliate

1 to 2 days before your appointment exfoliate your body to make your skin both soft and to avoid in-grown hairs.

  • Trim

The longer the hair the more painful it is to wax. Trim your hair so that it's between 1.5 and .5 cm, to save yourself from unnecessary pain.

  • Shower

Before you go in for your appointment shower, this opens up your pores. This helps your hairs come out a lot less painfully. 

  • Pain Relief

If you know you have a very low pain tolerance, take an OTC painkiller at least 30-40 minutes before your appointment.

  • Wear Loose Clothing

By wearing loose clothes to your appointment you will help avoid friction to the area afterwards.

After Waxing

What to avoid for the next few days:

  • Tight clothing
  • Friction and excessive perspiration 
  • Hot bath/shower and saunas
  • Spray tans/body lotion/perfume/deodorant on waxed area
  • Sunbathing 

Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin

Dry and dehydrated skin are two very different skin conditions, despite the fact that they might feel similar. Both skin conditions can make skin feel flaky, itchy, sensitive and or dull. When it comes down to it, dry skin lacks oil where as dehydrated skin lacks water.

 

Dry skin

When your skin doesn’t produce enough oil, your skin becomes dry. Dry skin is a type of skin, which can be genetically determined. For those who have dry skin the best thing to do is add oil.  Creamy, gentle and oil based cleansers are all good options to add more moisture to the skin. Even adding a daily moisturizer to your daily facial routine is a great way for all skin types to keep skin from appearing dry.

 

Dehydrated skin

Skin that is dehydrated is very common; most people have some degree of dehydration. Where dry skin is a type, dehydration is a condition, which means that you can take steps to improve your skins level of dehydration. Dehydration is caused by ones lifestyle, from ones living environment to their diet. Dehydration can affect all skin types, even oily skin. A good way to combat oily skin is to drink plenty of water and ensure that your living conditions are not too dry by adding a humidifier. 

What are HA Fillers?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers are a way for people to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is a safe and non-surgical procedure that is injected by a specialist. HA is actually a substance that is found in almost every living thing on this planet. Within the human body, HA lives in connective tissues and brings essential nutrients to skin cells.

 

Hyaluronic acid is extracted and reformulated in order to be an injectable filler, which is now one of the most popular fillers available. HA can also be used to provide relief to aching joints and those who suffer from arthritis pain. Other uses of HA fillers include: acnes scars, crows feet, frown lines, worry lines and many more.

 

When injected HA plumps up underneath wrinkles and fine lines?. As it is already present in the skin, by adding more to the skin it actually fills the space where skin has lost its elasticity. This procedure makes skin appear younger and rejuvenated. HA does this by attracting water molecules towards the skin. Since this type of filler is naturally found in the body, it eventually becomes absorbed into the body. Most that undergo treatment experience little to no downtime and depending on the solution used the results can last from a few months to several years.

Facials For Men

It is typically thought of for women to be to soul recipients of facials. Despite common belief, men will not lose any masculinity by getting a facial. Skincare is just as important for men as it is women. Men’s skin is actually different than women’s; men have rougher skin, larger pores and even an increased chance of sun damage to their skin.  The following are a few reasons as to why men deserve facials too.

  • Oil Production

Men generally produce more oil than women; oil clogs pores that can lead to pimples and blackheads. Estheticians at Advanced Aesthetics are trained to understand what your skin type needs in order for it to be as healthy as possible

  • Target Rough Skin

All the time spent outside, causes a lot of damage to skin, ranging from blackheads to dead skin. During your facial at Advanced Aesthetics, your esthetician will work to remove as many imperfections. This results in smooth skin and an even smoother shave!

  • Professional Recommendations

Estheticians jobs are to understand what your skin needs in order for it to be its absolute healthiest. Your skin will be evaluated and post-facial your esthetician can help you better understand how to care for you skin and even give product recommendations.

How to Get the Best Lash Retention

There are a variety of things that can lead to retention issues. Caring for your extensions in the right way can help keep your extensions looking fabulous between fills. Here are a few tips to making your eyelash extensions last between fills.

  • Sleep on your back

When your face is pushed into you pillow, it can cause your lash extensions to fall out more quickly. By sleeping on your back you lashes will be untouched while you rest.

  • No picking and rubbing

Eyelashes shed naturally on their own cycle; pulling and playing with your extensions can cause lose of you natural lashes. Let your lashes fall out naturally.

  • Be gentle

Avoid touching your eye area at all costs, the more you rub and play with your extensions can weaken the bond between you natural lash and the extension. When cleaning your face use a gentle cleansing wipe rather than a cotton pad.

  • Use oil on them

Using any type of oil (olive, baby or even coconut oil) on your lashes keeps them healthy and flexible.

  • Brush them twice a day

By lightly brushing them twice a day with a clean spoolie they will remain in the right place and looking as fabulous as when you got them. 

Why a Daily Skin Regimen is Important

As the largest organ by cleaning, hydrating and protecting your skin from the elements twice a day, it can make a huge difference in the health of your skin. Below are several reason why a skin care routine is important.

  • All skin types are different

 Some people’s skin doesn’t require as much as others and vice versa. Your skin might need a little more care and that is why a daily routine is so important, to understand what your skin needs from you to look amazing! Consult a specialist to better understand what your skin needs to look its best.

  • Beautiful skin takes time

Every choice you make today will impact your skin years from now. The sooner you start showing your skin some TLC will help you keep wonderful looking skin down the road.

  • Prevention is easier than fixing

Your skill will stay in good condition if you start caring for it early. By taking action now to prevent skin problems, it is actually a lot easier than trying to fix these issues in the future.

  • It can save you money in the long run

By taking action now to prevent issues in the future, you are also saving money by taking care of skin issues that could arise in the future.

  • When you look good you feel good

Clear and healthy skin keeps you looking your best and boosts your confidence. You wear your skin everyday so why not make it looks as great as possible.

Botox: What You Need to Know

Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment with more than 6 million treatments administered each year.

  • What is it and how does it work?

Botox is Botulinum toxin, a natural purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to control muscles spams and severe underarm sweating. Botox essentially blocks the signals your nerves send that tell your muscles to contract, which relaxes and softens the wrinkles.

Botox is the well-known brand name of the product and has been developed and used for decades. It is also the safest product and is certified in both the medical and cosmetic field.

  • What does this treatment involve?

Slight and temporary bruising and swelling may occur directly after the treatment. Headaches can occur but only last one to two days. There are no long-term side effects of having Botox injections.

  • Who is this treatment for?

Botox can serve a variety of purposes but is mainly used cosmetically for the reduction of fine lines and skin rejuvenation. The treatment is injected into the muscles and used to improve the look of wrinkles in the skin for a period of time.

  • What is the goal of this treatment?

The goal of Botox is to soften wrinkles and can last between four to six months at a time. As the muscle action slowly returns the lines and wrinkles will reappear, they will need to be retreated to maintain the effect. As treatments progress the lines and wrinkles will often appear less severe because the muscles are learning to relax.

How to Keep Your Skin From Drying Out in the Cold

Dry skin is a very common issue for the winter time. Here are 7 tips to keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long.

  • Seek a specialist

Going to an esthetician is a great investment. They will be able to analyze your specific skin type, help you troubleshoot your current skin regimen and give advice as to what skincare product you should invest in. You wear your skin everyday so it doesn’t hurt to splurge a little people see everyday.

  • Moisturize

As weather conditions change, so should your skincare routine. During the winter months a oil-based moisturizer is more desirable because it will create a protective layer on the skin and helps to retain the moisture in the winter.

  • Avoid harsh treatments

Treatments like peels, masks and many alcohol based products will strip your skin of useful oils. During the cold, mild cleansers and deep hydrating masks are recommended to keep these oils in place

  • Avoid hot showers/baths

Hot baths feel great in the winter yet strip oils from the skin. Try and lean towards lukewarm water when it comes to cleaning your face and hands as much as possible.

  • Hydrate from the inside out

WATER, WATER, WATER. We’ve all heard it a million times to drink more water but dehydration also affects the skin and by drinking more water you boost your overall health (useful when avoiding winter colds too!).

  • Using a humidifier at home

It’s common to want to crank the heat when it the temperature outside drops. The hot air that is coming out of the heating system is dry. Adding a humidifier to your workspace and home allow more moisture to get in the air and prevent your skin from drying out.

  • Cover up

Layers not only keep you warm in the winter but items like gloves, scarves and hats help to avoid prolonged exposure to cold air as well as help to avoid windburn.

Viviscal- Fuller Hair Naturally from your Fort Collins Med Spa

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Do you feel like you have just tried it all, and you don’t have any luck with your thinning hair? Viviscal is a nutritional supplement that will help your existing hairs grow in thicker and reduce hair loss for a fuller look, naturally! Here at your Fort Collins Medical Spa, we now carry this professional line of supplements!

Various factors can affect the quality of your hair health, including everyday stress, poor nutrition, age, genetics and damage caused by the environment and overstyling. Breakage and excess shedding can occur as a result of the combination of these factors. Ensuring that hair and scalp are healthy, conditioned and nourished will maintain an ideal environment to promote healthy hair growth.

If your diet does not supply your body with sufficient nutrients, including specific vitamins, minerals, and protein, the condition and strength of your hair may be affected. Viviscal dietary supplements provide essential nutrients to the hair follicle to prolong the growing phase of the hair growth cycle, which promotes the growth of existing hair.

Hair follicles are nourished from within in four different stages, with the use of Viviscal hair growth supplements. In stage 1, the hair follicles are nourished from within. In stage 2, Viviscal helps strengthen and promote the growth of existing hair. In Stage 3, it promotes the growth of hair that has slowed or stopped growing. Finally, in Stage 4, your hair will be noticeable stronger, healthier and more vibrant.

Why Viviscal? Viviscal is safe. It’s formula is supported by seven clinical studies. Viviscal has been researching hair loss for 25 years. Viviscal offers a 90 day money back guarantee! You have every reason to try it! So stop by Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado today to see how Viviscal can help you achieve the hair you have always wanted!

Biopelle Skin Care Line- Now in Your Fort Collins Med Spa!

We are thrilled to announce we now carry the Biopelle skin care line in our medical spa in Old Town Fort Collins, CO. Biopelle is revolutionary because it is a pharmaceutical grade line with stem cells.

Biopelle, Inc. is the aesthetic subsidiary of Ferndale Pharma Group, Inc, which is a worldwide leader in the development and distribution of clinically proven skincare products. Biopelle is committed to helping aestheticians deliver evidence- based, patented technologies that target multiple metabolic pathways to address demanding skin and deliver visible results. Biopelle offers high quality professional products through licenses healthcare providers like us! The solutions these products offer fall into one of two main categories: biopelle (which includes Retriderm Tensage Growth Factor and Tensage Stem Cell with CellPro Technology) and also PRESCRIBEDsolutions which is the only multi-tasking customizable skincare line with boosters.

Tensage Stem Cell (in the biopelle line) features CellPro Technology and a unique and natural ingredient extracted from the eggs of the Cryptomphalus aspera snail. This ingredient is clinically proven to replenish, reinforce, and restore the appearance of youthful skin.

With age, the cells in skin break down and natural stem cells have more difficulty replacing them. Even by carefully avoiding sunlight and other possible sources of skin damage, this is a natural skin aging process that will eventually lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Tensage Stem Cell Cream has CellPro Technology which uses the natural ingredient extracted from the snail eggs in an exclusive and patented process to improve skin’s appearance during the natural aging process.

With twice daily application of Tensage StemCell and Tensage StemCell eye cream, as well as a gentle cleanser and sunscreen, noticeable differences in the following areas can be achieved: forehead- significant reduction of fine lines, undereye area- significant reduction in fine lines, cheeks- significant reduction in inflammation as well as smoother texture and reduced wrinkle depth, nasolabial folds- significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, periorbital area- significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles as well as smoother texture and reduced wrinkle depth, and lower cheek/jowl area- increased elasticity.

Come in today to learn more about the biopelle line!

Get to Know Christina Verg, Owner of Advanced Aesthetics Med Spa in Fort Collins

Not only is Christina an Advanced Certified NovaLash Eyelash Extensionist, Master Aesthetician, and Certified Laser Professional, but she’s also the owner of Advanced Aesthetics Med Spa in Fort Collins, CO!

Since 2010, Christina has been working to become the most educated Aesthetician in Fort Collins. Continued education is extremely important to her! As such, she holds certifications in the following areas (among others): Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, and Massage Therapy! She has also taken training for dermaplaning, Latisse lashes, doTerra essential oils, intensive brow and lash tinting, full body waxing including bikini and Brazilians, makeup applications, and numerous trainings for the Cutera Xeo Laser (hair removal, vein removal, laser genesis, IPL, and toenail fungus.”

Christina shares, “My family moved to the area when I was 10 years old, and Wellington was home until 2005. After graduating from Poudre High School I went to CSU and majored in Human Development and Family Studies. During my college years I worked for Poudre School District as an Office Manager in Operations. After 16 years it was time to make a change, and the day my son was born was the day that my life changed forever, personally and professionally! The Aveda Institute Denver happens to be the only school in Colorado that offers a dual license program, so I was able to graduate as a Licensed Aesthetician and Licensed Massage Therapist. Since graduation, I have gained as many additional certifications as possible! I believe learning is a lifelong venture, and we have a responsibility to ourselves to keep seeking more information wherever possible. I am a single mother of two and have an amazing boyfriend. My favorite things include concerts, reading, photography, and cooking.”

Christina loves what she does and wants to share that love with you! Schedule a free consultation to see what Advanced Aesthetics can do for you- we can work with almost any budget!

Who is Jennifer Freeman, RN, BSN Injections Specialists (Fort Collins Med Spa)?

We are proud to have Jennifer on our team! She graduated from Arizona State University School of Nursing in 1997 and spent time working in pediatric oncology and emergency room nursing. When she was working in one of the busiest emergency rooms in the nation (Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX), she had the opportunity to work with a world renowned plastic surgeon. Doctor Sam T Hamra developed the composite facelift and is an expert in the anatomy of the face. She received invaluable training working with Dr. Hamra both in the office and the operating room, including opportunities to view the anatomy and musculature of the face. These opportunities give Jenn a special perspective and knowledge that help her performing injectable procedures. She also received additional training through the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics and continues to educate herself with training through this academy and through Allergan.

On a personal note, Jenn says, “I am a mother of 3 kids, I am a dancer and have had the great pleasure to compete in ballroom dancing and I was a member of the Denver Nuggets Dance Team back in 1991-1992.  I also have my Advanced Open Water Scuba certification and try to set goals to dive in the oceans of the world twice a year.  My hearts passion is for the awareness of and support for those with Mental Health disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, Bi-Polar, PTSD, trauma victims and more, especially when the risk of suicide so high.  I also volunteer with and have a passion for the ending of the Sex Trafficking pandemic existing today.  Life For the Innocent is a way I can honor this passion.”

Jenn is passionate about people and their well-being, which is why we are so thrilled to have her on our team at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado. She is passionate about mastering the art of injectables- becoming a specialist requires a lot of training and she is committed! She passionately believes that every single person is beautiful!

Schedule a complimentary consultation today to chat with Jenn on how injectables could work for you!

What’s Your Skin Type? From Your Fort Collins Med Spa

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we know how important it is to determine your skin type! After all, this affects everything from what kind of facial would be best for you to what cleansing and moisturizing products you should use! You should also know that your skin type can change over time! Younger people are more likely to have  a normal skin type. Factors that affect skin type are how much water is in your skin, how oily it is, and how sensitive it is.

Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has no or few imperfections, barely visible pores, no severe sensitivity, and a radiant complexion.

Combination skin is when your skin is dry or normal in some areas, and oily in others (like the T-zone of the nose, forehead, and chin). This is a common skin type, which may need slightly different care in different areas. With combination skin, pores may look larger than normal, have blackheads, and shiny skin.

Dry skin may have almost invisible pores, a rough and dull complexion, red patches, less elastic skin and more visible lines. Dry skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. Very dry skin may become rough and scaly, like on the backs of hands, arms, and legs. Dry skin may be affected by genetic makeup, aging, hormonal changes, weather like wind, sun, or cold, UV radiation from tanning beds, indoor heating, long hot baths and showers, ingredients in soaps and cleansers, and medications.

Oily skin may have enlarged pores, dull, shiny or thick complexion, blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes. It can be affected by puberty or hormonal imbalances, stress, or too much heat or humidity.

If you aren’t sure what your skin type is, or if you know your skin type but aren’t sure how to best care for it, let’s schedule a free consultation to chat more! We would love to recommend a skincare routine that fits your budget!

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

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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!

Milia Advice; Fort Collins Medical Spa

Are you a mother? Have you heard of milia? Milia are the tiny white bumps that appear across a baby’s nose, chin or cheeks. They may also appear in other areas, such as upper trunk and legs. They are common in newborns and can occur at any age.

Unfortunately, they cannot be prevented. However, no treatment is needed as they typically disappear on their own in a few weeks or months. They are easily visible on the skin and no specific testing is needed. Milia develop when tiny skin flakes become trapped in small pockets near the surface of the skin.

Similar conditions include small bumps on the baby’s gums or roof of the mouth, which are known as Epstein pearls. Some babies also develop baby acne, which looks like small red bumps and pustules on the cheeks, chin, and forehead. Baby acne can be present with our without milia.

If milia does not clear up within three months, or you are concerned about your baby’s complexion, then you should see a doctor. Otherwise, medical examination and treatment of milia is not necessary.

Tips for preventing milia include: keeping your baby’s face clean by washing it daily with warm water and mild baby soap. Drying your baby’s face gently by simply patting the skin dry will also prevent milia. Don’t pinch or scrub the bumps, as this may cause more irritation or infection. Also, avoid using lotions or oils on your baby’s face. All of those tips used in conjunction can help prevent your baby from contracting milia.

If your baby is experiencing milia, let’s talk about what else you can do in their skin care regime to help clear up the milia. We offer complimentary consultations and we want to help you find a way to meet your skin care goals within your budget!

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

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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!

Anti-Aging Advice from Your Fort Collins Medical Spa

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Aging is a normal process for all of us, yet some of us wear our age better than others. Wondering what can be done to minimize the effects of aging? Read on for some anti-aging advice from your Fort Collins Medical Spa- Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado!

One treatment for aging is a skin-resurfacing treatment called CO2 fractional laser therapy. It combines the effectiveness of traditional carbon dioxide lasers and a new application technique to offer powerful results without harsh side effects. Laser resurfacing uses beamlets of energy light to create tiny holes in the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing prevents damage to the top layer of skin during this process, which offers maximum results with minimal recovery time.

Another anti-aging treatment is anti-wrinkle injections, like Juvederm (which we offer!). Fillers can be used to volumize skin anywhere on the face, so a youthful look can be achieved without surgery! Unlike a face lift, which pulls the skin tight, volumizing injections plump up the skin in a natural way. Juvederm leads to robust collagen production and also interferes with collagen breakdown, so you get a filling effect with an increase in collagen production, too!

A simple anti-aging breakthrough is antioxidants, found in fruits and vegetables! They fight aging by destroying free radicals, the unstable molecules occurring from sun exposure or pollution that can break down the skin’s collagen supply. Topical antioxidants, such as CoQ10, Vitamins C and E, and the coffee berry, can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!

Another way to stimulate collagen production is through peptides- small proteins! Peptides can produce a mild Botox-like effect, inhibiting release of neurotransmitters that keep facial muscles from forming wrinkles. They can act like growth factors, stimulating skin cells to make quick turnover.

Vitamin A is another great anti-aging treatment! It can be applied as prescriptions like Retin A or Renova, but also in weaker strengths in over the counter products listed as retinol. Retinoids- derivatives of vitamin A- work on aging skin by increasing collagen production and decreasing collagen breakdown.

Anti-aging sunscreens are another great way to handle aging skin. Helioplex, which is a new technology that makes sunscreen ingredients more effective, and Mexoryl SX, which is a new protective agent in anti-aging sunscreens. Both defend against the aging effects of UVA rays.

Let us help you make a skin care plan, with your budget in mind! Schedule a complimentary consultation now!

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!