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The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions – Part 1

black woman washing faceOn her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,” Dr. Tess discussed the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.

Her advice from the TV show is being shared here in a two-part series. Part 1 looks at brown, medium, and olive skin colors.

1. BROWN SKIN – EXFOLIATE AND USE SHEA BUTTER
Browner skin is more prone to irritation, dry skin, and scarring. African Americans tend to develop thick scars called keloids sometimes from as little trauma as acne on the chest and it can be very difficult to treat.

Dark skin can really benefit with regular exfoliation to avoid ashy and dry cracking skin.

I recommend using a body scrub (you can make your own at home) in the shower and immediately apply moisturizers afterwards to keep skin from drying. Exfoliate your skin to reveal a layer of fresh, smooth skin.

Put a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt in a bowl, and add enough orange juice to make a paste. Apply to skin by rubbing gently in a circular motion. Rinse with cool water to tighten pores.

Moisturize with shea butter to complete the process.

2. MEDIUM SKIN – FIND NON-HYDROQUINONE SKIN BRIGHTENING PRODUCTS

Find and use a non-hydroquinone skin lightening and brightening product on a regular basis to even the skin tone and reveal glowing skin.  People with medium skin should not use products with hyrdoquinone because it will make their skin color uneven.

Most of the signs of aging that happen with medium skin involve discoloration, blotchy uneven pigmentation so if you start early you may be able to help prevent this from happening.

People with medium skin and some Latinos are prone to getting a very challenging condition called melasma where there is gradual darkening of the skin usually in a map-like fashion on the cheeks, and can involve the upper lip and even look like a mustache.  This tends to occur during pregnancy and, for some, remains for the rest of their lives. It can be a very difficult condition to treat.

3. OLIVE SKIN – WASH YOUR FACE WITH GLYCOLIC ACID CLEANSER
Use glycolic acid cleanser and use products with vitamin C to constantly exfoliate, deep clean pores and minimize oiliness.  This will help prevent breakouts and minimize the discoloration from acne before they even happen!

Because of the extra oiliness, olive skin tends to also break out more – some women are breaking out all the way to menopause.  And because olive skin has a strong tendency to create pigmentation, acne is not only a bigger problem but worse yet, once the pimples are gone, we are left with dark scars that can last a long time.

Part 2 – Light and Fair Skin Colors

Total Rejuvenation and Mixto Fractional Co2

If you are considering skin rejuvenation treatments, learn more about Mixto Fractional C02.  This  resurfacing treatment works by literally vaporizing wrinkles, acne scars, and pores right off of your face, and even your hands.

Small dots of laser energy penetrate deep into the tissues to blast away the old and abnormal skin cells while stimulating new cell and collagen growth.

Watch this segment of San Diego Living where Dr. Tess not only talks about Mixto Fractional C02, but demonstrates it as well. And you’ll even see the amazing before-and-after of Dr. Tess’s patient, Patty – You won’t believe her real age!

Call us with any questions you might have about this amazing anti-aging procedure, and to set up an appointment. 1-858-689-4990.

All-Day OPEN HOUSE at MBeauty by Dr. Tess Clinic in Glendale October 5, 2012!

Anti-Aging Skin Care – Foods to Avoid and Great Foods to Eat

On CBS The Talk Dr. Tess talked about how to use certain foods to help you in getting, and keeping, that “perfect” skin, for beautiful skin rejuvination.  Some foods are actually detrimental to our skin, and others work wonders. Take a look at Dr. Tess’s demonstration here:

Acne is Clearing Up! A Testimonial by Sarah B

I came into Dr. Mauricio’s office for a consultation in January of 2012 in regards to my acne breakout and scarring.  She is an exceptional individual with an impressive educational background and demeanor.  Her staff came off as very friendly and helpful as well!

She recommended that I try the microdermabrasian with the crystal peel treatment in order to achieve the results I was looking for.

However, in the beginning I was doubtful because my breakouts were bad and my acne not only left my face scarred but my confidence was was broken as well.  But with all of the positive testimonies I’ve heard from friends I gave it a shot.

Since January I’ve been personally treated by one of the aestheticians at the Scripps Clinic, Genesis.  Gen’s entire personality is attractive; in addition to the recommended clinical treatments by Dr. Mauricio, she offered the proper products that worked with my specific skin type.

After only two sessions, I began to see consistent results:  My face began to clear up, I regained the smooth texture in my face, my acne scarring began to lighten, I had less breakouts and the redness from my pimples had disappeared.

I am still continuing this acne treatment and my results have become more rewarding each time.  And so I would like to say thank you Scripps Ranch Dermatology staff, and especially to my aesthetician – Gen!

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.