Dr Sheu, What advice would you give as must-dos for maintaining beautiful skin on a daily basis?
Besides broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or more and good sun protection, we recommend everyone
be on some kind of topical vitamin A, whether it be some type of prescription Retin A or an over the counter retinol
or the more tolerable Environ (R) form of topical vitamin A. It must be used on a daily basis to achieve
the goals of keeping skin healthy and beautiful. Environ (R) has a step up program that gradually increases
the amount and strength of vitamin A so that you get better and better results.
Additionally, using topical antioxidants to protect the skin from further damage from the sun and free radicals in air pollutants and ozone is important. Not all antioxidants are created equal, and you will have to do some homework on which ones are effective and genuine. There are a lot of counterfeits out there.
If your skin is able to tolerable alpha hydroxy acid products, this can help to keep the skin smoother and diminish blemishes.
It can help to gently exfoliate the skin and help build more collagen. It can be bought in different forms, including cleansers, toners, and leave on products. Again, not all alpha hydroxy acid products are created equal, and some are better tolerated than others.
If you continue with this daily regimen over months to years, you can maintain clear healthy skin and in most cases reverse some of the aging process. It is important to practice good skin care at every age. This includes starting even young children on a good daily sun protection routine.
What other procedures would be considered best practices for maintaining or achieving youthful skin?
If you are able to, HydraFacial (R) and chemical peels monthly are a nice way to maintain a clear and glowing complexion. The Hydrafacial (R) has no down-time and has been scientifically shown to firm the skin after a series of treatments. It can be combined with other products to improve your results and address specific concerns. As for chemical peels, there are many different types. Some have minimal to no peeling afterwards. Others take longer for the peeling to resolve. They have been shown to
help smooth and firm the skin.
Lasers and other light-based procedures have also been shown to stimulate collagen production and benefit the skin well beyond skin care alone.
A series of the Clear + Brilliant (R) laser treatments sometimes combined with Intense Pulse Light can maintain an even complexion and lessen brown spots and pore size. In our experience, we have been having great results with these treatments. We are also excited about a new laser called PicoSure (R). It is safe for all skin types and skin colors. After a series of treatments, our patients have been impressed with the lightening of their brown spots, improvement of skin texture, and diminishing acne scars. It is revolutionary laser technology that gives great results with minimal to no down-time. You are able to go to work the next day!
There is a lot more than can be done than what we have discussed here. But starting with this, we have had many patients receive compliments on their skin for the first time in their lives.
If you are looking to prevent and repair skin damage caused by aging, Call us at 808-949-7568 to set up an appointment.