Category Archives: Sun Damaged Skin

The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions – Part 2

blondIn this 2-Part series, Dr. Tess is sharing the advice she gave on her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,”about the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the skin care products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.

In Part 1 Dr. Tess looked at the skin colors of brown, medium, and olive.  Now in Part 2 Dr. Tess discusses light and fair skin colors.

4. LIGHT SKIN – APPLY PRODUCTS WITH LICORICE EXTRACT AND CHAMOMILE
Soothe a light complexion with an anti-redness lotion or moisturizer. These use ingredients like licorice root extract and chamomile to calm ruddy skin over the long term.

Licorice extract and chamomile (also called bisabolol) both have anti-inflammatory properties. Some anti-redness products are tinted green so they temporarily neutralize redness.

Visit Your Dermatologist at Least Once a Year 

People with light skin may have growths on their skin that are rough, scaly and do not go away, no matter how many times you peel or apply products on them, you may have “Actinic Keratoses” or AKs, which must be treated before they turn into skin cancers.

You should also have your moles checked regularly.

Even though the signs of aging are accelerated when you have light skin, there are so many technologies, like lasers to reverse the signs of sun damage, that works so much better and safer on light skin.

5. FAIR SKIN – BUY SKIN PRODUCTS LABELED “HYPOALLERGENIC”
Look for products formulated for sensitive skin and those labeled “hypoallergenic,” meaning it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Fair skin was not designed to enjoy the California sun or be tanned.  There is very little natural protection from ultraviolet exposure and sun damage, so the aging process is accelerated.  If you’re out in the sun, wear over-sized hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your fair skin from burning.

Skip cosmetics and skincare items containing fragrances, soap and alcohol. Fair skin is easily aggravated and can sting or burn in response to these products.  Avoid tanning – get used to spray tanning instead, if you like that look.  There is no such thing as a safe tan.

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How to Turn Back the Clock without the Knife – Dr. Tess on San Diego Living

Do you want to look years younger, but are –

  • Worried it won’t look natural?
  • Worried about the cost?
  • Worried that the results are not long lasting?

Dr. Tess is combining all of the latest technology to help you look years younger with techniques that are better than surgery!

On San Diego Living Dr. Tess explains anti-aging without the knife, and shows some amazing before/after photos.

Questions? Want an appointment? Call us today! 858- 689- 4990

2012 Fall Specials for Your Anti-Aging Program

1. Featured Special! 50% OFF our 2 most popular treatments:

-Try your first Fotofacial for brighter and more even skin tone

-Try your first Venus Freeze for superb skin tightening

*Good for first time treatments only

2. 1 FREE LATISSE when you purchase 2cc of Juvederm or Restylane dermal fillers. *while supplies last.

3. 1 FREE RETINOL PLUS MD product for even more beautiful skin when you purchase any Jan Marini MD Skin Care Kit.

4. $750 OFF Mixto Fractional CO2. Erase years of sun damage with a single treatment!

5. Try the new larger Latisse Kit for only $179. Get more than double the use of the original kits.

All specials expire 11-30-12 unless otherwise noted.

More Summer Anti-Aging Skin Care on CBS The Talk TV Show

Dr. Tess gives suggestions on how to keep your skin healthy and beautiful during the summer, on CBS The Talk TV show.  For example, did you know that there is now an oral form of  “sunscreen?” Heliocare inhibits formation of sunburn cells and helps prevent sun damaged skin. Learn more here:

Call us at Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center for more information on any of  Dr. Tess’s summer sun care tips.

Repair Sun Damaged Skin: Remove Years of Damage in One Treatment

sun damageAre you starting to notice sun damage to your skin, and even wrinkles caused by over-exposure to the sun?

LED light therapy treatment evens out abnormal skin pigmentation, and softens wrinkles and fine lines, and is a common treatment offered by Estheticians at spas. However, even though helpful, the results are usually subtle and it can take a series of treatments before the results are significant.

If you are looking for a more noticeable improvement after a single treatment, the Mixto CO2 Laser is what I recommend, and my patients who have chosen this route are very happy with the results. Although you will need to be able to tolerate some downtime, the downtime is a lot less than the traditional CO2 laser treatments of the past, and the healing is much easier.

Fractional CO2 technology is a real breakthrough. For one thing it takes half the downtime to get the same results as the older CO2 treatments, and patients are able to have their Mixto procedure under local anesthesia and even drive themselves home after treatment.

Fraxel Re:Pair is a popular CO2 treatment that also treats moderate to severe wrinkles and sun damage, but the biggest difference between Mixto and Fraxel Re:Pair is that Mixto treatments cause minimal to no bleeding. As soon as the surgical removal of the tissue is accomplished, the Mixto laser cauterizes blood vessels so your skin doesn’t bleed or weep.

In my opinion the best “bang for your buck” type of treatment is the Mixto CO2 laser. You do one single treatment and remove years of sun damage and wrinkles!

But, if you don’t have the downtime, or if this treatment is not appropriate for your skin type, never fear. Fraxel Re:Store or Matrix RF are great alternatives. These treatments offer very little downtime compared to CO2 procedures. Although a series of treatments are required, time off work is not necessary and you can continue your regular activities.