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Overcoming Skin Resistance

Overcome skin resistance to medical topical agents by limiting their use. Skin can acquire tolerance and resistance to many topical agents, leading to treatment failure and complications. Medical topical products (e.g. hydroquinone, retinoic acid) are recommended to be used short-term for therapeutic treatment of skin conditions. Upon completion of therapeutic treatment, patients should switch to… Read More »

Hydrafacial

Somewhere in the world, a HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds. This essentially amounts to 2 million treatments given globally last year alone. That’s more than the total number of Botox injections administered in the U.S. in 2017. Does the HydraFacial really live up to its hype? Read on and see for yourself!   What… Read More »

Skin Stabilization

Stabilization prevents acquired sensitivity to treatment while increasing the skin’s resistance to negative external and/or internal factors by repairing and maintaining normal cellular functions in both the epidermis and dermis.    Epidermal Stabilization Strengthens skin and builds resistance Maintains healthy barrier function Restores adequate hydration Preserves DNA integrity Optimizes natural exfoliation by regulating keratinocyte maturation… Read More »

Chronic Inflammation Elimination

Inflammation is induced by many elements, including disease, UV light, excess sebum and long-term use of topical irritants. It is the immune system’s innate response against internal and eternal assaults. Inflammation is a normal, essential defense mechanism to keep the body healthy. Acute inflammation can be beneficial. For example, in wound healing: Inflammation is necessary… Read More »

Layers of the Skin and their Functions

Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body? In this short blog post, we will discuss the main layers in the skin and their functions.    As you learned in elementary school, the skin is made up of three main layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layer. Within those layers… Read More »

Sebum Control

Sebum control prevents induction and progression of chronic inflammation and pigment conditions resulting from excess sebum output.   Excess sebum is detrimental to skin health. Sebum control is a critical step in skin health restoration to help prevent and control inflammatory conditions.   Excess sebum results in the following: Clogs pores, leading to acne Manifests… Read More »

Skin Barrier Function

At Desert Bloom Plastic Surgery, you’ve probably heard the term “skin barrier function” a time or two. Skin barrier function is important to correcting skin weakness, sensitivity, dryness, and restoring skin health. What is skin barrier function? According to Dr. Zein Obagi, the barrier function “acts as a protective skin envelope preventing penetration of harmful… Read More »

Blue-Light Protection

We’ve all heard it: blue light from our phone screens are bad for our eyes, right? But did you know blue light is also damaging to the skin? Data is being collected on the effects of blue light on the skin. If you’re serious about preventing premature aging and damage, experts are saying protection from… Read More »

Hydration and Calming

Say No to Conventional Moisturizers  The popularity of moisturizers has led to the term “Sensitive Skin.” Using moisturizers occasionally when needed is acceptable, but to depend on them to hydrate and calm skin on a daily basis is actually damaging to the skin. With repeated use, moisturizers have a negative impact on skin, making it… Read More »