Skin Care Connecticut
There is no doubt that in order to achieve and maintain a youthful appearance a healthy complexion is vital. Skin care is your first line of defense against the aging process. Sun damage that you have accumulated over the years reaches the deepest layers of your skin causing age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Reversing these changes depends on methods of resurfacing the skin and maintaining the results using skin care products that work deep to the surface of your skin healing the damage from the base to the surface.
There are hundreds of different products on the market, which will claim to reverse the signs of aging. These come in the form of cosmetic creams, drug store creams, cosmeceuticals and prescription strength skin care lines. All have strong advertising campaigns, which make lofty, often unsubstantiated claims about their benefits and effects. Dr. Collins has done extensive research into the science behind the various products and carries only those products, which have scientifically as well as clinically proven results to improve skin on a cellular level. Dr. Collins has no financial ties to any company so her advice is unbiased and totally based on products that have proven, over the years to be effective.
iS CLINICAL by INNOVATIVE SKINCARE
IS CLINICAL bridges the gap between science and beauty using pharmaceutical grade, botanically based ingredients to produce cutting-edge, clinically-validated skincare products. At Beth Collins, M.D. we offer result oriented treatments in our Med Spa as well as the full line of products for your at-home skin regimen.
Latisse is a new FDA approved treatment for absent or sparse eyelashes. It actually causes your eyelashes to grow longer and more full. It is a liquid that you paint over your upper eyelid each night after you wash your face. It takes about 12 to 16 weeks to see full effects. In studies, 100% of people who used Latisse nightly for 16 or more weeks saw results.
Latisse can be obtained from a physician (usually a plastic surgeon or dermatologist) after a standard examination. Dr. Collins may review your medical history and other information to determine if Latisse is suitable for you.
Approximately 4% of Latisse users report itching and/or eye redness, which are temporary. Less common are side effects that may occur on the skin near your eyes, such as skin darkening or irritation.
Photoaging refers to the cumulative adverse effects that the sun has on your skin over years of exposure. It includes damage to the collagen and elastic network that gives your skin support and elasticity, the melanocytes in your skin that produce pigmentation and the thickness of various layers of your skin that when imbalanced, can give a sallow appearance.
Tretinoin is a vitamin A derived medication that had its beginnings in the treatment of acne. The use of retinoids expanded and it soon became the most studied and effective retinoid in the treatment of photoaging. In 1988 a landmark article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) by dermatologist John Voorhees gave objective statistically significant proof that tretinoin reversed the process of photoaging.
Hydroquinone is one of the most effective skin bleaching agents known. There are various formulations of hydroquinone from over the counter formulations (2% hydroquinone) to those that require a prescription (4% hydroquinone or higher). It is has proven effectiveness in conditions of hyperpigmentation including age spots, melasma and acne scarring.
Hydroquinone stabilizes the melanocyte, which is the cell that produces melanin. Melanin is the brown substance in your skin that imparts a tan in the summer time and age spots in the autumn.
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
Glycolic acid is perhaps the best known of a group of chemicals called fruit acids or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). It is derived from sugar cane so it can be considered a natural product. Citric acid from oranges and other citrus fruits also fall under the same classification as glycolic acid.
Glycolic acid works as an exfoliating agent because of its high acidity but easy solubility. When placed on the skin as part of an exfoliating cream or gel, glycolic acid goes under the damaged upper layers of skin and destroys the ‘glue’, which holds dead skin to the surface. As this dead skin is chemically removed, the other ingredients carry the individual flakes away and a water rinse neutralizes the remaining acid. The result is a much smoother skin surface and a more youthful appearance. A secondary benefit is glycolic acid’s ability to draw moisturizers into the newly exfoliated skin surface.
Many over the counter formulations use AHA’s in a low concentration (less than 10%). These formulations are safer for general marketing, but tend to be much less effective than formulations that are prescribed and monitored by your physician.
Brilliant Distinctions is a customer loyalty program from Allergan, the makers of Botox, Juvederm and Latisse. When members of the Brilliant Distinctions program choose Allergan treatments with Dr. Collins, they can earn points. These points can then be used toward future Botox or Juvederm treatments, or to purchase Latisse.
You can register for Brilliant Distictions on Allergan’s website. Be sure to select Dr. Collins as your provider and let Dr. Collins’ staff know you are a member when you book your next treatment.