Sunday, April 24, 2011


Tretinoin is a prescription-strength vitamin A derivative that can provide phenomenal results when applied topically to the skin. Some products which contain tretinoin as the active ingredient include Altinac, Avita, Refissa, Renova, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, and Solage. Tretinoin stimulates skin regrowth, stimulates collagen production and reduces its breakdown, and improves blood flow to the skin. It also thickens a layer of the skin called the dermis, which gives a more youthful appearance to the skin. This leads to improvements in roughness, fine lines, and laxity. Tretinoin comes in different vehicles such as cream or gel and in different strengths. It is an outstanding product for acne, acne scars, textural irregularities such as enlarged pores, and aging skin.

Retinol, on the other hand, is a derivative of tretinoin that is found in many over-the-counter products. It's action is similar to tretinoin, but it's effects are not as strong. Iso-tretinoin is another derivative of tretinoin that is an oral medication that has been used for acne, but has numerous potential side effects which have limited its use.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Obagi Elastilash

The new Obagi Elastilash is an alternative to Latisse. It is not prescription strength and does not have the side effects known to occur at times with Latisse such as iris pigmentation. Also Elastilash has not been shown to lengthen the lashes, but it does provide impressive results in terms of fullness and thickness. The price per bottle is significantly less than Latisse, and one bottle last 2-3 months, rather than one month.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the strongest antioxidant available for the skin. It has a number of beneficial effects. It stimulates collagen synthesis, which can improve laxity. It reduces inflammation, decreasing potential redness. It enhances UV protection by sunscreens, leading to decreased pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles, and risk for skin cancer. It is a great moisturizer. Finally it replenishes vitamin E. With all of these benefits, vitamin C is an outstanding choice to add to your daily regimen regardless of skin type. It will give you a youthful glow and radiance.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More on chemical peels

An occasion such as a wedding is an outstanding opportunity to make your skin look younger and more radiant. You can get this look with a number of approaches. Chemical peels work great for this purpose. A series of three treatments once per month can give amazing results. The treatment takes only a few minutes and is completely painless. Within a week you will see softer, more radiant skin. Improvements are seen in discoloration, textural changes such as fine wrinkles and pores, tone, acne, and overall aging. Have you gotten your peel yet?

Friday, April 1, 2011

More Botox before and after pictures

Botox works well for horizontal lines on the forehead. Look at the significant improvement the patient below got with a single treatment.

It also works great on frown lines between the brow. The patient below is attempting to frown in both before and after pictures, but again the lines have disappeared with a single treatment.