Skin Care Products
One has only to stroll down the aisle of a major drugstore or department store to be bombarded with advertising for myriad skin care products promising Toronto area women and men miraculous results. How do you choose? How can you sort through all the information out there and decide what's best for your skin?
We make skin care easy at Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. Any decisions about skin care should start with an in-depth skin assessment with our physicians, medical aesthetician or registered nurse, which is free and will give solid, scientifically based information on your skin type, what kinds of products can benefit you and what results you can expect. Furthermore, a good skin care regimen should not be exorbitantly expensive. Many department store products contain very small amounts of active ingredients but are displayed in very pricey packaging, which is what you wind up paying for.
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Topical Prescription Skin Creams
A number of well-designed, fairly large scientific studies have demonstrated the usefulness of topical vitamin A, which can be found in a variety of formulas to reduce signs of aging caused by sun damage and improve fine lines and wrinkles. Examples include Renova® and Tazorac®. These products are usually recommended to be applied before bed at night. Benefits can be seen after a number of weeks. They have the virtue of being non-invasive and easy to use. Side effects can include skin irritation, dryness and breakouts. Vitamin A does cause photosensitivity, so sunscreen should be used.
Exposure to UV radiation has been proved to increase skin cancer risk as well as the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture. If you were to pick one topical agent to use that would significantly protect your skin from the ravages of aging and improve your skin's health, it should be a high quality sunscreen, which should be applied generously and re-applied frequently when you're going to be exposed to the sun.
At Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, Dr. Weinberg has carefully assessed a wide variety of skin care products. While he does not endorse one specific product line, he advises choosing treatments with a sound track record and ones that don't contain skin irritants, which can contribute to "inflammaging," a term that reflects the notion that aging of the skin is promoted by low levels of chronic inflammation.
Many of these products contain high levels of vitamin C, copper peptides and other amino acids, antioxidants, hydrating agents such as hyaluronic acid, and compounds such as hydroquinone, retinol, salicylic acid and glycolic acid. Such high levels cannot be found in over-the-counter products. These products can improve the appearance of fine lines and may be beneficial for treating a variety of skin conditions such as rosacea, excessive dryness, excessive oiliness and acne.
Below, you will find information on a range of skin care products, including
A trusted name in skin care for years, La Roche-Posay® products are approved for use by dermatologists and plastic surgeons everywhere. La Roche-Posay produces an extensive line, and while their products are widely available, not all are carried in non-medical locations. Their cleansers and creams contain significant percentages of ingredients such as vitamin C, lipo-hydroxy acid, and glycolic and salicylic acid, with scented and unscented options, all at very affordable prices.
Famous for dramatic results, Obagi® products contain high percentages of many ingredients thought to be beneficial to skin appearance. The main Obagi line is the Nu-Derm® system, a transforming program of skin care designed to reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation and fine lines. The Obagi Professional-C Serums™ are designed to maintain skin health by preventing oxidative stress, while ELASTIderm® is specifically designed to improve the look of skin around the eyes. The CLENZIderm M.D.™ Systems are designed for oily, acne prone skin.
This anti-acne system contains 5% liquefied benzoyl peroxide, which has been shown to penetrate skin follicles in a superior manner to over-the-counter preparations, which contain benzoyl peroxide crystals. High concentrations of benzoyl peroxide kill 3 of the leading bacterial causes of acne. The system has the advantage of simplicity and ease of use, as there are 3 straightforward steps. Step 1, the cleanser, contains salicylic acid and soothing menthol. Step 2, the pore preparation treatment, contains 2% salicylic acid and alcohol along with menthol. Step 3, the serum gel, contains 5% benzoyl peroxide.
The Obagi Nu-Derm® system is a very corrective line that is designed to address signs of skin aging, including wrinkles and lax skin, as well as mottled hyperpigmentation (uneven pigment, brown spots) and sallowness. It contains hydroquinone, a recognized lightning and brightening agent. The system provides for great flexibility, and the components are varied to assist all skin types, including normal to oily, normal to dry, and sensitive. It can also be helpful for adults with oily skin that is acne prone. It can be administered in a gradual protocol, a standard protocol, a moderately aggressive protocol or a very aggressive protocol depending on the degree of correction needed. The Nu-Derm system is used in combination with prescription Retin-A. Patients typically go through a reaction phase, during which there is a lot of cell turnover and possibly flaking and redness. There are products that can reduce this redness and be soothing during this time, such as Nu-Derm Comfort Gel. Patients then pass into the tolerance phase, and ultimately the corrected phase, when the complexion is smooth and evenly toned without blemishes. Thereafter, it is just about maintenance.
Rosacea is a skin condition associated with flushing (often in response to alcohol or spices), broken blood vessels and break outs. The Obagi Rosaclear® System is one of the few skin care products specifically designed for patients with rosacea. It can be used with or without topical prescription metronidazole, an antibiotic also useful for rosacea. Containing gentle emollients and active ingredients such as ASA, the Rosaclear cleanser and moisturizer are very popular among rosacea sufferers.
ZO Skin Health
Developed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO® Skin Health is a new line of skin care products that offers high concentrations of retinol, antioxidants and a variety of peptides to fight the appearance of aging. The Ossential® Radical Night Repair Plus contains one of the highest percentages of retinol of any product available without a prescription. For this reason the Radical Night Repair and many other retinol-containing products in the line must be started very slowly, and use must be built up gradually.
Created by a team of cosmetic plastic surgeons, chemists, naturopathic doctors and anti-aging specialists, Biophora® was developed to provide research-based skin care and that is easy to use and delivers quick results. Products address several common skin concerns, including oiliness or dryness, appearance of fine lines, uneven pigmentation, rosacea and enlarged pores, all at a very affordable price. A straightforward regimen that includes 5 or 6 products and takes 5 minutes a day is enough to achieve more youthful-looking skin. Biophora's exclusive formulas are only available at medical offices and cannot be purchased from retail stores.
Derma DNA Products by Dermaglow
The DermaDNA® MD Advanced Repair Serum has been shown in studies to reduce signs thought to be associated with aging at the microscopic level. Researchers were able to show reduction in many of the markers used to measure cell damage, and they have shown clinical results with reduction in the appearance of fine lines and age spots, and an improved look to skin texture and firmness. The repair serum can be used for skin tightening in Mississauga in combination with Retin-A, vitamin C and most other skin care products, and it is an excellent adjunct to everyone's beauty routine. Containing ingredients including peptides, Resveratrol and Teprenone, the advanced serum is designed to reduce oxidation. New scientific research indicates certain peptides may be important in skin function and peptides may be useful in reducing age-related and sun-damage-related changes in the skin. Skin doctors now routinely recommend that peptide-containing products be added to any skin care regimen to promote good skin health.
The Dermaglow SPF 85 sunscreen provides excellent UVA and UVB protection and is specially designed with a light, easily absorbed consistency so as not to feel greasy. Easily absorbed, and with a pleasant citrus scent, it doesn't smell like sunscreen either. You won't feel like you're wearing anything on your skin!
The DermaDNA skin assessment kit is a novel and non-invasive test involving a swab of the inside of your cheek and of the skin on the bridge of your nose. It takes only a minute to do and can give you invaluable information about the degree of sun damage your skin has suffered and can evaluate your skin cancer risk. The test examines the degree of mitochondrial DNA damage and determines whether you carry certain genes that increase the risk of skin cancer. About 22% of the population has been found to carry these genes. Find out your risk, and help reduce it by using sunscreen regularly and not smoking.
Do you find that your skin tends to break out or reacts poorly to many skin care products? Clayton Shagal® collagen- and elastin-containing moisturizers may be ideal for you. Excellent for hydration, their collagen-gel products are ideal for sensitive skins, and many people who develop rashes with other products tolerate Clayton Shagal products well. Ideal for improving the water content of skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines, these products are great for oily-skinned or acne-prone individuals. They can be used in combination with drying acne medications, and will smooth and soothe without any greasiness.
Containing antioxidants vitamins C, A, K and E, green tea extract and anti-inflammatories, as well as UV protection, Glominerals® cosmetics enhance the rejuvenating effects of other treatments, are safe to use on even the most sensitive skin, and can be applied immediately after in-clinic treatments. With excellent coverage to smooth out the complexion and conceal imperfections after treatments, they are nonetheless so light in texture that you will absolutely not feel as if you are wearing makeup. Even patients who never wore makeup or sunscreen because of the unpleasant texture have found Glominerals to be very comfortable for daily use. Glomineral cosmetics contain no talc – a cheap and potentially irritating filling agent present in many expensive department store mineral cosmetics. The colors are vivid and provide a fun way to update your look and stay fashionably young!
SwissTEC Skin Health
The SwissTEC™ line is comprised of a select group of creams and gels, all manufactured entirely in Switzerland. Produced in a world renowned laboratory, they have been developed by scientists over the past half century under the most arduous standards. An eco-friendly company, SwissTEC's products have all been developed in the absence of any animal testing and are paraben-free. Parabens are preservatives found in many over-the-counter products and can be associated with skin reactions and irritation. They have also been linked to a number of health issues. The products are free of other irritants as well, such as alcohol and petroleum. These products have a gorgeous texture and a light, easily absorbable consistency and contain natural biologic ingredients derived from plant extracts. Our Mississauga aesthetic service providers find SwissTEC's unique therapeutic ingredients offer excellent anti-aging, anti-pigment, anti-acne and anti-redness properties in formulations that are particularly well tolerated, even among the most sensitive skin types.
GliSODin® Skin Nutrients
Ask our medical aesthetician in Mississauga about these natural oral supplements. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting oral supplements can positively affect not only our health in general but also our skin appearance. Clarion has developed an exclusive line of nutrients to compliment a good topical skin care regimen. These supplements were designed with the concept that healthy nutrients that may help regulate digestion and help with weight loss programs may also assist in lending a healthy glow to the complexion and promote healing after cosmetic surgery procedures and non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. Ingredients include berries, milk thistle, broccoli seed, seaweed extract and green coffee extract among others.
Book an appointment for a free Skin Care Consultation with our aesthetician or registered nurse, and take the first step toward a healthier, more glowing complexion, by rrequesting an appointment online or calling 905-273-3045 (Mississauga) or 416-207-9090 (Toronto) .