October 8, 2015

Sensitive Skin & Hypoallergenic Products

What is Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin means that your skin reacts to or gets irritated easily, especially when you put products on it.  Your skin may react to the application of a product in different ways.  Some symptoms of sensitive skin include stinging, burning, itching, redness, dryness, peeling, or scaling of skin after the application of products.  Other factors that can irritate sensitive skin include wind exposure, cold weather, or sun.   

Many people may have sensitive skin, but those who already have an underlying skin condition, like rosacea, eczema, or acne, are even more susceptible to irritation.  Because of this sensitivity, people often try to use products that they think will be less likely to irritate their skin.  Many times, this means using products labeled “hypoallergenic,” meaning “less allergenic” or less likely to cause an allergic reaction.  

Are Hypoallergenic Products Better for Your Sensitive Skin?

Hypoallergenic products can still be irritating to your skin.  Companies often use the term hypoallergenic when products are fragrance-free or don’t contain ingredients that are considered to be the most common allergens, but any component of a product has the potential to be an irritant to your skin.  This is especially true if you have an underlying skin condition that makes your skin already sensitive.   However, just because a product says hypoallergenic, it does not mean it is NOT IRRITATING.  There is no product proven to be non-irritating to everyone.

What Can You Do to Prevent Irritation if You Have Sensitive Skin?

Test all products before using them—apply a pea size amount of product to a small area on your face for a few days and watch for a reaction, i.e. red/angry, irritated, or itchy skin.  If you have a reaction, then that product is not right for you!
  • It won’t work to test the product on your arm (or any other body part).  The face is more sensitive than other areas of the body, thus you need to test products on your face.

Dr. Talakoub may recommend as part of your treatment stopping your products to see if they are the cause of, or contributing to, your skin irritation.

Sensitive skin is hard to treat, and it can be difficult when looking for skincare.  If your skin gets easily irritated, please call the office to schedule a consult with Dr. Talakoub to discuss what products she would recommend for your skin. 

September 23, 2015

Special Offer: 50% Off for You and a Friend

Don't miss this special offer! 

Offer applies to Restylane products and Dysport only. This voucher cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid after date of expiration. Valid for the referral of new patients only. The referring friend will receive 50% off one Restylane or Dysport treatment only but may refer up to 3 friends. Treatment will be performed by Dr. Lily Talakoub by appointment only Monday through Thursday. Cosmetic consultations are available for $150. This fee is waived if treatment is performed on the same day of your consultation. Only one referral per patient. 

Limited time only! Tell a friend!

September 22, 2015

Anti-Aging Treatments for Your Hands

Hooray! You won’t have to worry about your hands giving away your age any longer! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Radiesse in the hands.

Radiesse is a dermal filler that has been used for the correction of volume loss in the face for years. Radiesse can now be used in the hands to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin.

Wondering if Radiesse is the proper treatment for your hands? Schedule a cosmetic consultation today!  

Radiesse for Hands

September 17, 2015

3 Reasons NOT to Trim Your Cuticles

Manicured nails will never go out of style, but if you want your nails to look and feel healthy, then you should think twice before you let anyone trim your cuticles.

1.  The cuticle is the skin around your nail that protects your nail bed. Cutting or removing cuticles exposes your nails to bacterial, fungal and viral nail infections which are painful, take a long time to heal, and are not pretty. The cuticle is your body’s line of defense for your nail bed, so removing it opens the door to infections such as warts or herpes, painful bacterial infections that may cause you to lose your nail, or fungal and yeast infections that take months to years to resolve.

Tip: Speak up! Simply ask your nail technician not to cut your cuticles or push them back during your manicures and pedicures.

2.  Tools used to remove cuticles can transfer infections to your nails. If salons do not properly sterilize the tools they use on your hands, then you could be contracting infections. In addition to skin infections, viral infections such as Hepatitis C, which is transferred by blood, can live in dry blood for up to three days and can be transferred on tools that have not been cleaned properly.

Tip:  If tools are properly sterilized, they will be stored in containers with indicators on the outside packaging that change color when the tools have reached sterilization. Do your research! Ask which tools your salon uses to sterilize their equipment, look up the color that indicates sterilization, and take a peek at the tools before you let your favorite nail tech touch your nails. Dr. Lily has found multiple nail salons that use sterilization bags, which give the illusion that tools are sterilized but are NOT cleaned properly.

     3.  Cutting your cuticles increases the development of hangnails around your nail. Hangnails develop on dry skin, skin that is exposed to chemicals frequently, or skin that is in water frequently. Manipulating the cuticle adds fuel to the fire and increases your chance of uncomfortable and unsightly hangnails.

August 25, 2015

Maintaining Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

Probiotics are known to be important in maintaining intestinal health, but who knew that they could also promote beautiful, healthy-looking skin?  Probiotics are naturally occurring in your body, but can also be found in yogurt, milk, juices, and is also offered in a pill form that can be taken orally. They work from the inside out, directly stabilizing the digestive system, which in turn promotes healthy skin.

Acne, among other things, is caused by stress, anxiety, hormones, and depression, which increase the amount of bad bacteria in your small intestines.  This change triggers an inflammatory response, causing skin changes such as acne, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and rosacea.  So how do we fight back against the bad bacteria?  Studies suggest that probiotics can help decrease the triggers of acne by balancing the good and bad bacteria in the body.   

Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important precautions anyone can take against sun damage and skin cancer.  While wearing sunscreen and hats is essential for sun protection, taking a probiotic can add an additional line of defense.  Studies show that taking probiotic supplement can also decrease water loss and keep skin more hydrated.  It has also been found that probiotic use can decrease thinning of the skin, which will keep the skin firmer.

Kefir, in particular, is a popular source of probiotics that is used to treat wounds that will not heal.  It can be applied to wounds in a gel form and can also be ingested in a drinkable yogurt form.  Probiotics have even been used to prevent and treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections such as MRSA, that arise in open wounds. 

Some popular probiotics on the market include Kimchi and Kombucha tea.  Its safe to say that they are a worthy addition to your daily diet!

August 20, 2015

Diminish that double chin!

Click here!

Looking to lose that double chin? Look no further! Kybella treatment might be the answer for you!
Click the link above to read the latest article from Dr. Talakoub and Dr. Wesley