Skin Care

Restoring Growth

The ingredients and science behind growth factor-based topicals.
MedEsthetics May/June 2018

Growth factor-BASED serums and creams have become ubiquitous in topical antiaging skin care. But what these different products contain can vary widely. Some products contain actual growth factors—either animal- or plant-derived—and others use so-called “signaling” ingredients, typically peptides that trigger the cells in a manner similar to naturally occurring growth factors. In all cases, the goal is to combat the changes that occur in aging skin

A Healthy Balance

Skin microbiome research is changing the way we think about skin care.
The Skin Microbiome

Nearly 10 years ago, the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome Project, setting off a frenzy of research into how the microbial colonies that live in and on our bodies affect our health. Since that time, more than 650 scientific papers have been published with an additional 289 active clinical studies on the human microbiome currently underway. The findings of these studies are changing the way we view skin disease and skin care.

Removing the Mask

Melasma treatments continue to proliferate but long-lasting results remain out of reach.
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2018 Removing the Mask

Dermatologists see it regularly—symmetrical patches of excess pigmentation across the nose and/or on the cheeks, chin and forehead. Sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy,” melasma is more common among women but is also seen in men. Causes include a complex amalgam of genetic and hormonal influences that are not yet fully understood, and treatment is challenging.

“Melasma can be categorized according to clinical patterns and histopathology, or depth of pigment in the skin,” says dermatologist Marta I. Rendon, MD, Rendon Center, Boca Raton, Florida.

Eating for Beautiful Skin

Foods and supplements that support skin health.
How nutrition affects skin health

Whether a patient presents with acne, wrinkles or brown spots, traditional treatments have skewed toward topical remedies and devices, but aesthetic professionals can help patients achieve optimal outcomes—and improve their overall health—by understanding the role that certain foods play in reducing or exacerbating common skin concerns.

Banishing Blemishes

On-the-horizon topicals and light-based therapies may offer increasingly effective outcomes for acne sufferers.
On the horizon acne treatments

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., yet a cure remains elusive. Current treatments, including topical medications that decrease sebum or kill bacteria; oral medications such as birth control pills, antibiotics or isotretinoin; and lasers or light-based treatments, can offer temporary relief. But concerns about antibiotic resistance, combined with the serious risks—and associated regulations—of isotretinoin, are driving the development of new alternatives.

Succeeding in Retail

Considering adding retail products to your practice? Here’s what you need to know about product selection, marketing and managing sales.

Selling skincare and other products that appeal to your patient base can be an additional revenue stream for your medspa or practice. But for more money to flow in, you’ll need to sell quality merchandise, display products attractively and properly promote them.

Michael Lin, MD, offers products that complement the procedures he provides and the medical conditions that he treats at his practice, Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, which has four locations throughout Southern California.

Chin to Chest Solutions

The chin, neck and décolleté are increasingly important to patients; effective treatment requires a multi-modal approach.
MedEsthetics October 2017

The increasing availability and improved efficacy of non- and minimally invasive aesthetic treatments has contributed profoundly to the growth of the medical cosmetic industry. Not only has the patient base for cosmetic enhancement expanded; existing patients now look past the face to alleviate signs of aging, such as skin laxity, pigmentation problems, and excess adipose tissue, on the chin, neck and chest.

Cutting Edge Ingredients

A closer look at some of the most buzzworthy new ingredients in antiaging skin care.
The science behind antiaging ingredients

New products that promise to “unlock a more youthful appearance,” “turn back the hands of time,” and “reset the aging process” bombard consumers and skincare professionals on a seemingly daily basis. While we know that topical skincare is vital to skin health, the question is, do these new ingredients deserve a space on your retail shelves?

Prepping the Canvas

Opinions vary on whether pre-treating the skin improves outcomes of ablative laser procedures, but the literature does offer some guidance.
Preparing the Skin for Laser Resurfacing

The value of pretreatment skincare protocols for ablative laser procedures has been debated for decades. In 1998, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser Center published the results of a survey and literature review on the effect of pre- and postprocedure skincare protocols in laser skin resurfacing (Dermatologic Surgery, February). The two main reasons postulated for treating the skin before invasive procedures are faster healing and less risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).