Posts for tag: Skin Care



Good news: If you're ready to advance your anti-aging efforts, there are plenty of noninvasive, preventive procedures available—many of which are now more sophisticated than in years past. At the forefront of innovation: lasers, specifically Halo.


Halo is a hybrid fractional laser, a breakthrough treatment that combines two types of laser to make it one of the best options on the market for creating some pretty stellar results with only a few days of downtime. The laser uses both ablative (they’re more invasive and removes the outer layer of skin) and nonablative (which does not remove the top layer of skin) wavelengths to stimulate collage and elastin production to minimize wrinkles and skin imperfections. “Halo treats both the superficial and deep layers of skin, allowing it to tackle a lot of problems with one treatment,” explains New York plastic surgeon Mark Schwartz, MD. “It improves fine lines, tone, texture and overall pigment, giving our patients a nice glow.”

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While Halo has no age restriction for who can use it, it’s recommended for those with fine lines and pigmentation issues. Knowing this, a 56-year-old woman named Sue Murphy* decided she wanted to give it a try for herself. “After noticing fine lines and extra sun spots on my skin, I wanted more than just Botox and fillers to boost my skin’s appearance,” Murphy explained. “I’m really fond of this laser,” says Dr. Schwartz. “Especially for your specific skin concerns.”

After assessing Murphy’s skin, Dr. Schwartz applied a numbing cream that would stay on for about 35 minutes before starting the procedure. While laying around with numbing cream on your face might seem like something people might want to forgo (time is precious, after all), don’t skip it. This step makes the experience much more tolerable, especially if your skin is sensitive to heat.

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Once Murphy’s face was numb, the actual treatment began. First, Dr. Schwartz treated Murphy’s forehead and immediately inquired about the level of pain she was feeling. “It’s about a three or four on a scale of 10,” she replied, prompting the doctor to keep going. While Murphy claims the treatment wasn’t necessarily a pleasurable experience, it certainly wasn’t as uncomfortable as expected. According to Murphy, fleshy areas of the face like the cheeks were much less painful than when the laser was being directed towards the forehead or nose area, but even those weren’t intolerable. The entire face took about 20 minutes to treat and the patient was handed an ice pack to cool down her face before heading home for the night. "Right after the procedure, my skin definitely stung and felt very hot, but that went away quickly," Murphy said.


On day two, Murphy’s skin no longer felt warm, but had definitely transformed into something else entirely. "The next day, a thick dryness was all over my face—kind of like alligator skin,” she described, adding that she used Avene’s Cicalfete Repair Cream ($28) and the Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar($195) on her face each day to speed up the healing process. Once all of Murphy’s dry skin flaked off about five days later, baby-soft skin was left in its wake. “As it slowly peeled off, my skin felt smoother than ever before. It also looked so much brighter, less red and ultimately younger—I honestly look significantly better than I did before!"

So, while the procedure isn’t exactly as relaxing as a nice spa facial might be, the results are next-level good, making the level of discomfort certainly worth it. With less noticeable fine lines and a clear, even skin tone delivered post-procedure, Murphy says she’s ready for round two.

*Name has been changed.

By Z Dermatology
October 15, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Skin Care  

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Regardless of which products take center stage in your beauty regimen, we all have those essentials we just can't be without. These go-tos are the cult-classics that have become beauty obsessions.

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Mascara That Works Miracles

When you want the falsie look—thicker, darker, clump-free lashes—without actually splurging on extensions, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara($23) never disappoints. 


Primer That Perfectly Preps Your Skin

For those who love multitasking products, look no further than Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer($42), a primer-meets-moisturizer that floods skin with hydration while also locking in makeup so there’s no midday fading or budging.


Blush That Looks Good on Everyone

Finding that just-right shade of blush can be quite a task, but jane iredale PurePressed Blush in Clearly Pink ($30), a naturally rosy hue in a mineral powder formula, eliminates the need for trial and error


SPF You'll Actually Want to Reapply

Free of the hotly debated ingredient oxybenzone, as well as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes and oils, Australian Gold Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion ($16) defends skin against UV rays with a nongreasy, matte finish you and your skin will love. 


Sunscreen That Doesn't Leave You Greasy

If you can’t stand the feel of traditional sunscreen, Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 ($65) is a must-try. Serious sun protection in a light-as-air mineral powder makes what usually feels like a chore, actually enjoyable. 


Skin-Perfecting Powder

Top makeup artists keep their kits stocked withLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38) because it not only perfectly sets makeup, but also blurs skin imperfections. Expect nothing less than a gorgeous, matte finish. 


Most Powerful Whitening Toothpaste

An everyday smile staple that continues to outperform other whitening toothpastes year after year, Supersmile Professional Teeth Whitening Toothpaste ($23) easily removes stubborn plaque and stains for noticeably brighter teeth.


Concealer That Covers Everything

Whether it’s dark circles or a pesky zit you’re trying to hide, Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28) acts like a second skin to give you full coverage anywhere you need it. Plus, marshmallow root makes it flexible, so it’s beyond easy to blend in. 


Gentle Cleanser for Easily Irritated Skin

Milky, creamy and completely soapfree, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser ($15) washes away all traces of daily grime—even eye makeup—without stripping your skin of essential moisture. 


Stay-All-Day Hairspray

Cult-classic L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15) reigns supreme because it really delivers on its promises: You get serious hold on all of your favorite styles without any stiff, crunchy feeling. 


Dry Shampoo That Transforms Dirty Hair

From its addictive signature scent to its ability to make second-day hair look better than first (without any white residue), amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25) has quickly risen to the top of the dry shampoo charts. 


Eye Cream That Destroys Dark Circles

You deserve to look well-rested even if you aren’t, and RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream ($18) makes it possible. Apply the lightweight, nongreasy cream each night for visibly minimized dark circles and a more even skin tone you can feel confident about. 

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
April 19, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Care  

Caring for your skin doesn’t have to be care

No matter whether you are someone who is dealing with skin problems or you are just curious to know whether you are doing everything you can to keep your skin healthy and happy, you’ve come to the right place. Our Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologist, Dr. Ann Zedlitz, is here to offer up some tips on how to properly care for your skin.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

This is the golden rule when it comes to caring for your skin. You should be wearing sunscreen every day without fail. Opt for a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and offers at least an SPF of 15. Be generous when it comes to how much you apply to your face and body, and remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

The Shade is Your Friend

While it might feel great to bask in the warm rays of the sun, we are here to tell you that this isn’t so good for your skin. The sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10AM and 4PM, which means that you should limit the amount of sun exposure during these times. Sure, you can still enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the beach, just remember to wear sunscreen and opt for an umbrella to protect yourself.

Drink Lots of Water

While drinking water and staying hydrated is important for your health it’s also important for the health of your skin. When organs are deprived of water they don’t function as well as they should. If you don’t get enough water this can cause skin to become too dry, which can also leave skin prone to fine lines and premature wrinkles. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to not just remove toxins from the body and skin but also to keep skin hydrated and radiant.

Get Some Shut Eye

Do you ever notice how dull your skin looks when you haven’t had a good night of sleep? Sleep is important to your skin because while you are catching your ZZZs your body is pumping blood to the skin to keep it radiant and glowing. If you aren’t getting enough sleep then this means that not enough blood is flowing through the skin, which can leave skin lacking the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and look its best.

Z Aesthetic Dermatology provides comprehensive dermatology to the Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, areas. No matter whether you have questions about your skincare regimen or you want to find out what our cosmetic treatments can do for you, don’t hesitate to call our office today.

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
March 12, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Care   Exfoliators  

In Defense of a Simple Skin Care Routine

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From overstocked shelfies to serious Sephora hauls, it’s no secret that having a bunch of beauty products helps you achieve some sort of social media status quo, but what, exactly, is it doing to your complexion? While most experts agree that testing trial-and-error is a necessary step in the quest for healthy skin, what’s the tipping point where mixing it up with TOO much skin care starts to backfire?

“I am a huge fan of a simple skin care routine,” says celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy, who prescribes what she calls a “back-to-basics regime” for all of her new clients—something she believes has the ability to reset skin dynamics. 

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“It is so easy to overtreat skin with all that is available today, but it can create a sensitive, slippery, bumpy skin texture that heals slowly if prone to pimples. Starting from scratch with a few basic skin care items reboots the skin in a healthy way.”

Joy has three basic items she recommends: a mild, non-foaming cleanser, a healing aloe-based serum and a light skin moisturizer that contains “treatment ingredients to feed the skin nutrients and support its sensitivity,” and likes arnica, mallow and ivy extract, vitamin C and K and shea butter in particular.

“This type of regimen is often enough. You can then start following with an eye cream or gel and, if needed, a mild, absorbing exfoliant once the skin can handle it.”

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Celebrity aesthetician Nichola Joss (Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Gisele Bundchen and Gwyneth Paltrow fill out her facials roster) says a simple skin care routine is not only easy to work into your life but also easier on your skin—although she does have some pretty specific products, treatments and overall timing she likes to recommend.

“Your routine should be locked-in twice a day, every single day. Cleanse, tone, use serums and moisturizers with SPF protection from environmental damage, along with a good facial oil for nightly massage. I also like weekly masks and exfoliation, as well as microneedling, along with a good, clean diet. This mix makes skin stronger, younger and more resilient.”

As for the whole “layering of products” trend? Joss likes it, but thinks most consumers are overwhelmed with the sheer amount of options available, and don’t necessarily pay attention to ingredients that might not play well together. “People think all ingredients and products will ALL be beneficial, but that can cause disruption and breakouts as well as topical skin damage. Mixing too much can cause underlying congestion, breakouts, thinning of skin tissue, stressed-out and exhausted skin tissue. Injecting too much of an ingredient into the upper layers of skin and muscle tissue can cause aging and sluggishness, which will cause the body to hold onto toxins.”

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A "minimal skin care mantra" is also what Delray Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. Janet Allenby follows in her practice, but says consistency and customization are even bigger parts of the equation.

“Compliance is key to having a successful program. Keeping it simple and nonirritating so that compliance can be maintained is crucial. You don’t need a ton—stick to the important products like a gentle cleanser and a good-quality sunscreen. Then, any other products should be more specific to skin conditions.”

Plus, Dr. Allenby says, there’s so much confusion regarding what beauty products promise, as opposed to what they can actually achieve.

“There are over-the-counter products that can traditionally be purchased through the drugstore to high-end department stores to cosmeceuticals that are considered medical-grade products that are purchased through medical practices. I’m not sure if it is clear to the consumers the difference, such as a cosmeceuticals may not have the nice smell or feel of a drugstore product, but it may cause more changes in the skin, which would be considered an enhancement of skin’s health.”

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Cambpell, CA, dermatologist Amelia K. Hausauer, MD, also pegs confusion as a big problem behind finding what beauty products will work for you.

“I don’t think it is necessarily a question of how MANY skincare and beauty products we use, but more an issue of WHICH. There is a lot of confusing and conflicting evidence out there. Most of these products are not strictly regulated like medications so claims can be ambiguous and unfounded. There are countries in Europe, and particularly East Asia, where skin care routines are far more complicated with many more steps than what is common here in the U.S. and the results are pretty astounding. In my mind, the problem is there is no guidance on what might be right for you and your skin so consumers end up buying blindly and overdrying, overstripping or overoiling their skin.”

For those reasons, Dr. Hausauer recommends building your skin care arsenal around—you guessed it—actual science.

“I think of it like an upside-down pyramid with the critical cornerstones of every good regimen being the items that have more medical evidence and published studies showing benefit. First and foremost, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. If there is only one thing you do for your skin, it is a broad-spectrum sunscreen. I generally recommend zinc- and titanium-based products, because they block both ultraviolet A and B types of light and are less likely to cause allergic reactions or breakouts compared to chemical sunscreens.”

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After that, she says, the next most scientifically proven tenet of all good skin care regimens are retinoids. “The vitamin A–derived medications help with fine lines, irregular pigmentation and acne and they have decades worth of science. Finally, we know that antioxidants help combat the wear and tear of environmental exposures. Vitamin C is the most common in skin care, but there are a whole host of new, exciting and hotly studied options. These products boost the efficacy of your sunscreen, so they are best to use in the morning. After those three items, the rest is gravy. There are great benefits from many different ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, growth factors and more. Before you get too complicated or spend too much money, it is best to speak to a knowledgeable dermatologist who can help tailor the regimen to your skin.”

“Sometimes more is better, but usually it’s substance and science over the mere number of items.”