Most people use too rough of products (like exfoliaters, washcloths, and loofahs) thinking they are helping their skin get cleaner, faster. In fact, all of these products are too rough for your skin and should never, ever be used! The best things to use are either just your hands, or a Clarisonic. Your hands are soft and gentle, but some people can be too rough and scrub too hard, often leading to milia (tiny little white calcium bumps) on sensitive skin. The Clarisonic is a controlled, soft way to clean your skin, on your face and body. And with interchangeable heads specially designed even for sensitive skin and acne, these systems are the best on the market. The patented side-to-side rotations of the applicator head allow the skin to be cleansed, gently, without splashing products all around you and onto mirrors, counters, etc.
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There is a vast amount of negative press on the acne medication, Accutane. However, there are also great benefits to the drug, many that cannot be found in any other acne medication. Much of the negative press lately has to do with supposed contraindications from Accutane, including depression, tendancies toward suicide, Crohns disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and other mood alterations. The simple truth is that we have NEVER encouraged a patient to stop taking Accutane for any of these reasons. Some patients cannot handle the dryness associated with Accutane, but that is the only primary reason we have people stop taking it.
Dr. Rueckl selects which filler to use primarily based on the location the filler will be injected. Some fillers, like Restylane or Perlane, have larger particle sizes, so they fill deeper lines better or plump areas like the lips better. Other fillers, like Juvederm, fill tiny marionette lines (sometimes called smoker's lines) better because the filler particles are so tightly bound together. We rarely recommend patients do Radiesse for their first filler ever and tend to only recommend that filler to patients who've tried and loved previous filler products. Additionally, Radiesse can never be placed in the lips because the compound is too firm and white and will never look soft or natural when in the lips. You can always see Dr. Rueckl before you do any fillers to discuss what's on the market, his experience, his recommendations for you, and he can answer any questions you have.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPFs of at least 15 should be recommended as they prevent 93 percent of UVB from reaching the skin. SPF 30 blocks only 4 percent more UVB (97%), and those over 30 protect the skin from just a miniscule more percentage of rays. The U.S Food and Drug Administration will soon cap the SPF number at 30 because protection benefits at higher levels than 30 are negligible, while adding false confidence to the consumer of significantly higher protection.
Two types of sunscreen ingredients, physical and chemical, are available to prevent UV rays from attacking the viability of healthy skin cells. A physical sunscreen is not absorbed into the skin. It physically reflects the rays away from the skin by sitting on top of the skin. The type used the longest, for over 300 years, is zinc. Zinc has not been shown to have any adverse reactions, and actually has been shown to support and promote healing of the skin.
UVB, or Ultraviolet Burning, are short wave solar rays measuring 290-320 nanometers. It stimulates the production of essential Vitamin D in our bodies. Considered the cause of sunburn, they are also thought to be the main cause of basal and squamous cell carcinomas, and to highly contribute to the cause of melanoma. UVA, or Ultraviolet Aging, are long wave solar rays of 320-400 nanometers.
The SPF - sun protection factor - of any sunscreen is determined in an FDA-approved, independent lab and must be determined by using a panel of at least 20 human subjects. It is determined by measuring the time it takes to develop skin redness (erythema) to a known amount of radiation. The most important factor you need to consider when choosing sun protection is the ingredients in the sunscreen, not the SPF number.
Often people misinterpret broad spectrum to mean "full protection", but this is not the case. Broad spectrum indicates the ability of a product to protect against parts of the UVA and UVB spectrums; it does not guarantee protection against all wavelengths.