Fabulous Skin for the New Year
It’s possible to turn that clock back quite a bit.
Here are my votes:
- Make sure your daily products are working in your favor. You need at least a high zinc sunscreen every morning, a retinoid cream every evening and a high quality antioxidant. Examples would be the SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF with NeoCutis Moisurizer with Sunscreen SPF 30 over that in am and the Renova at night. A basic gentle cleanser and moisturizer are fine.
- Consider doing 2-4 fractionated (NOT the older CO2) CO2 laser treatments (fractionated carbon dioxide laser) over 12-18 months. Read about these lasers here in detail to really educated yourself and remember the most important thing is the expertise of the doctor and then look for an office with the DEKA DOT, the Affirm or the Lumenis Active/Deep Fx. The exact number should depend on your age, goals and sun damage. Each time you do one of these treatments, you will replace 10-20% of your existing skin, allowing new fresh skin to grow in. The percent depends on the aggressiveness of the treatment and can be customized to you.
- If you still have a few brown spots after that, a Fraxel Dual laser will usually remove those that remain.
- If you have problems with redness and dilated blood vessels, an IPL, photorejuvenation or pulsed dye laser will remove most of those.
Happy Skin in the New Year! Dr. I