Vitamin for Skin Redness Reduction

Good News!   Today we finally received a shipment from Switzerland of our popular vitamin supplement to alleviate red skin!  All of you who have been waiting for this skin vitamin product can call Lisa in the mornings, or notify us via  our  “contact us” web page (just click on the “contact us” menu item in the navigation bar found on each web page).

This vitamin, taken as a daily oral tablet, works by stabilizing the small capillary walls in the skin, making them less visible. Patients have found this vitamin very helpful in reducing the red flushing of their skin, whether caused by rosacea or not.  As an unexpected – but not surprising – side effect, women have reported that it can be very helpful in reducing menopausal hot flashes.  Men also take this vitamin to  help reduce the flushing caused by rosacea.

With all the snow this week, hopefully everyone will enjoy some skiing or outdoor activites. The Winterlude events start this coming weekend, so there will be a lot of outdoor fun and activities in the next few weeks!

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that reveals a smoother, healthier skin once the outer layer has been removed.

Microdermabrasion can be used for:

  • sun damaged skin
  • uneven and granular skin
  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • enlarged pores
  • blackheads
  • superficial scars
  • some stretch marks
How does it work?
Microdermabrasion involves small mineral crystals applied to the skin surface, causing gentle abrasion.
Microdermabrasion also stimulates the skin’s micro-circulation by vacuum action, and stimulates new collagen and elastin production.
How long does it take?
The microdermabrasion procedure itself takes about 15 minutes.  It is combined with carefully cleansing of the skin and the application of high grade products to moisturize and nourish the skin.  The total time is approximately 45 minutes.  If a facial is opted for, the procedure may take up to 1 1/2 hours.
How many  treatments are needed?
Like most procedures (except for plastic surgery), several treatments are necessary. It varies on the condition of the skin and what the desired optimum result is.  Usually a series of 3 – 5 procedures is recommended.

The Risks of Tanning Devices

A recent edition of “The Chronicle of SKIN & ALLERGY” contains an article regarding the possible introduction in Parliament of a Skin Cancer Prevention Act that will prevent youth less than 19 years of age from using indoor tanning equipment. “Tanning bed use has been, according to the World Health Organization, shown to increase substantially the risk of developing melanoma of the skin and eyes” according to Dr. Benjamin Barankin, a Toronto Dermatologist.

We know that the risk of melanoma goes up by 75% if one is exposed to indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35. Acording to the article, “the WHO has elevated tanning devices to their highest risk category, which includes other carcinogenic agents such as mustard gas and cigarettes.”

On another topic, just a reminder – now that winter has begun with snow and sleet, don’t forget to continue using a good sun screen. The sun’s UVA rays pass through clouds and damages your skin, causing pigment spots and increased aging. As I found out at Harvard, the best sun screens contain titanium and/or zinc.

Dry Skin In Winter

In winter, drier air, and a tendency to take hotter showers or baths strips the skin of its protective oils, causing dry itchy skin.

Every year, my husband’s face develops dry, scaly red patches, and his hands start drying out and cracking. The same things occur with a lot of my male patients – if they’re like my husband, they might be using shampoo to wash their faces!

Common shampoo should only be used on the hair – not the skin! The alkalinity of regular shampoo is not suitable for skin and can cause it to dry out. Use a mild hydrating soap to wash the skin and, when bathing, try switching from hot to luke warm water. If your
skin still feels dry after a bath or shower, apply oil directly to the legs and arms while they are still damp and then blot dry.

If your hands are still very dry, a hydrating cream containing lactic acid or urea may be used – consult with your pharmacist.

Also, taking omega-oil supplements such as flax seed or fish oils can help alleviate dry skin. And don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Removal of Aging Spots

First, a word of caution. If you notice any new spots on your skin – especially those with an irregular border – have you doctor check them. In fact, ask you doctor to go over your skin to check for any unusual spots during your annual physical, if they don’t do it already.

Unfortunately, none of us are getting any younger! As we age, “aging spots” are bound to appear on the face, hands, etc. These light brown spots are primarly caused by chronic exposure to sun light, aging and family history.

Again, let me mention the importance of wearing a good sun screen. Many of us don’t want to slather on sun lotion 365 days a year, but it’s more than worth it if you’re going to be outside. You’d want to wear it in the summer, so use it in winter too – for skiing, hiking and other outdoor sports.

Ladies generally put on moisturizer anyway, in the morning, and some higher-grade sun screen lotions double as moisterizers.

We can lighten or eliminate your aging spots at Clarité with one or two treatments of our Alexandrite laser, which is highly effective.

However, you may want to try some other methods of lightening aging spots. A topical vitamin C medical-grade serum, applied to the skin, can help to prevent aging spots by decreasing the free radicals created when sun light interacts within the skin cells. Vitamin C serum can also help to slowly fade aging spots in some cases. This product is available at Clarité Laser.

There are also skin bleaching agents available at your local pharmacy, but a word of caution here: people with sensitive skin should do a small “patch test” on an inconspicuous area first to ensure they won’t have an adverse reaction. Otherwise, only put these bleaching creams directly on the age spot, and never over large areas.

Acne: There is Hope

Over the years, I’ve treated a large number of people of all ages, both male and female, with moderate to severe acne. A lot of these patients were very frustrated and discouraged, having had little luck with self-treatment or with treatments by others. Some of these people are seeking an alternative option.

Acne can be hard to treat, but there is hope. Through my twenty three years experience as a physician, and my training in advanced medical esthetics, I’ve developed a blend of traditional medicine and esthetic procedures that have achieved outstanding results in significantly reducing or eliminating acne. The treatments I perform are not offered by the majority of dermatologists.

We’ve had patients that have felt their lives turned around by the results we have achieved in controlling their acne and clearing their skin. We’ve received feedback from patients about feeling great, having higher self-esteem and having a greater sense of well-being after seeing the results of my acne treatments. You can read a selection of related comments on our testimonials web page.

Initial Consultation Covered by OHIP

If you suffer from acne or acne rosacea, you owe it to yourself to make an appointment with us. There is no charge for the initial consultation, as this is covered by OHIP.