Monthly Archives: March 2012

CBS Redo You: Beauty Skin Care Myths Debunked by Dr. Tess Part 2

As a part of the Redo You: Beauty series on CBS, Dr. Tess, debunks skin care myths and gives the truth about how to take care of your skin.

Myth #3: Facial scrubs make your skin glow.

Facial scrubs may remove dead skin and make your skin feel instantly smoother.  Over-exfoliating can cause problems especially for those who have sensitive skin or have eczema.  Over-scrubbing also can cause some superficial blood vessels to appear especially on patients with rosacea and may worsen redness on the skin.  And for those who are acne prone, over-exfoliation can elicit overproduction of oil and make acne worse.

Myth #4: Dryness causes fine lines.

Dryness can cause peeling and flaking. Dryness on the skin can make lines APPEAR worse but it will not create wrinkles.  Milk, buttermilk and yogurt contain alpha hydroxy acids that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in some people, Soak a cotton cloth or small towel in whole milk or buttermilk, and dab the liquid onto your face and neck in order to treat fine lines.

 Myth #5: Toothpaste dries out pimples.

Toothpaste contains ingredients that will do nothing to dry out a pimple. They may cause irritation, burns and even more breakouts on the skin.

Today’s toothpastes also have bleaching and whitening properties that are even more irritating.  There are more effective spot treatments for acne, so save your toothpaste for your teeth.  To help dry out your acne without drying out your face, put a thin layer of milk of magnesia over your face.

Read Myths Debunked by Dr. Tess Part 1

CBS Redo You: Beauty Skin Care Myths Debunked by Dr. Tess – Part 1

As a part of the Redo You: Beauty series on CBS, Dr. Tess, debunks skin care myths and gives the truth about how to take care of your skin.

Myth #1: Cocoa butter prevents stretch marks.

Stretch marks usually appear with disruption of skin’s elastic fibers as the skin expands in a short period of time as in pregnancy, growth spurts and rapid weight gain or loss.  There is also some genetic predisposition making some people more susceptible to stretch marks than others.  Men also get stretch marks.  For some people, coconut oil mixed with the vitamin C in lime juice can help repair the connective tissues beneath skin’s surface that cause stretch marks.

Myth #2: Acne is the result of dirty, oily skin.

Acne is caused by many factors such as genetics and hormonal changes but dirty, oily skin is not one of them.  Washing, scrubbing and over drying skin can cause irritation.  Over-cleansing the skin can kick your oil producing sebaceous glands into overdrive, making the skin greasier.  Washing just twice a day, morning and night, with the proper cleansers is more than enough.  Choose cleansers with ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide to help decrease bacteria on the skin and minimize the appearance of black heads and white heads.

Take a look here for more information on how we can help you with your acne issues.

Spring Specials at Scripps Dermatology


1. Are you an adult with stubborn acne?Purchase your acne treatment series upfront and receive a FREE Microdermabrasion and Light Glycolic Peel to help clear acne and scars. ($150 value)

2. Say GOODBYE to your scars from acne, surgery or an accident: Purchase your treatment series up front & receive 1 FREE Dermaroller Treatment for Scars.

3. One FREE REFIRME SKIN FIRMING TREATMENT for face and jowls ($600 value) when you buy 2 syringes of Juvederm or buy $600 worth of Dysport Wrinkle Treatment. *Both Juvederm syringes must be used at same visit. All Dysport units must be used at same visit. Okay to prepay for 1 future visit if you are not due for treatment.

All discounts apply only when treatments are done by our Registered Nurses.


1.  GloMinerals Makeup30% OFF! *excludes pressed base powder, loose powder, liquid foundation

2. Jan Marini, MS Solar Sciences Skin Care, and Vivite50% OFF!

All treatment and product specials listed here expire March 31, 2012

Awesome Experience on the CBS TV Show “The Talk!”

The Talk experience was awesome!

Aisha and Julie were very warm and hospitable and made me feel very welcome!

I had a blast and know that people heard my message when after the segment, a male crew member came up to me and congratulated me on my performance and said “All I have to do is practice those tips on my skin!”

Thank you to The Talk Producer, Marc Anthony and the hair and make-up artists (made my Mom so happy to see her daughter look so good on TV!) and all the wonderful staff of The Talk.

I hope to be back again soon!!!

Dr. Tess