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Prevent Acne Breakouts: Using Common Sense

Prevent Acne Breakouts: Using Common Sense

Prevent Acne Breakouts

Stop Touching Your Face

Do you really want to prevent acne breakouts? Whether your are doing it subconsciously throughout the day or not, you need to stop touching your face! Think about all the bacteria and debris that your hands come in contact with everyday, and think twice about if you want that on your face. Even worse than touching, is picking…don’t do it! It can lead to the spread of the bacteria that is causing the breakout.

Wash Your Face Religiously

I cannot stress this enough. Just like anything good in life, clear skin takes patience and consistency. Some people are just naturally blessed with clear skin, but for those with skin issues, you need to stay on top of it. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to treating your skin, remember that.

Eat Better

Need I say more? Your diet can play a huge role in your appearance on the outside. Easier said than done, but this is not something that should be overlooked. Make sure you are getting your daily dose of all the important food groups.

Reduce Stress

Stress can be a huge factor when it comes to troublesome skin. As we all know, stress has an immense effect on the body, and your skin is no different. Just like dieting, it is easier said than done, but anything you can do to lower your levels of stress, the better. Take a walk, go to the gym, or attend a painting class. Learn to not stress the small stuff to improve your well-being.

Get Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep can also go hand in hand with stress. Make sure you are getting the recommended 8 hours, your skin will thank you. Also, if your face is touching your pillows, wash your pillow sheets regularly. Sheets can be a breeding ground for dead skin and bacteria if not washed consistently.

These are a few simple solutions that you can start implementing today to improve your skin and prevent acne breakouts! PK Aesthetics offers additional skin care services that will complement your new daily habits wonderfully. Contact us to schedule an appointment in Rockland or Wakefield Massachusetts!

Patricia Profetto

 

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The Hidden Benefactors of Youthful Skin

The Hidden Benefactors of Youthful Skin

 

A cooked noodle bends because it’s saturated with water. On the other hand, an uncooked noodle is dry and brittle, making it easy to snap in half. The same principle applies to skin—well-moisturized skin is flexible and resilient, whereas dry skin is prone to structural damage. Beyond moisturizing, however, skin relies on two molecules—more specifically, two proteins—to maintain its youthful appearance: collagen and elastin. The most abundant protein in the animal kingdom, collagen helps tissues withstand stretching, resulting in plump, durable skin. Elastin, meanwhile, helps tissues stretch in the first place, forming bundles of elastic fibers that make the skin strong and flexible. Working in tandem, these two proteins give skin a taut, voluminous quality that’s prized among hot-air balloons. Even healthy skin is no match for nature, however. Factors such as aging and sun damage can drain the skin’s moisture and weaken its proteins, sapping it of its youth and vigor.

Although it’s impossible to actually reverse time, it is possible to regenerate the proteins that make skin look young through a small act of deception. Treatments such as laser or radio frequency resurfacing and microdermabrasion facials trick the skin into thinking it needs to repair a wound, in which case it amps up collagen and elastin production to rebuild the “damaged” foundation, resulting in an even stronger foundation than before. Topical agents such as retinol creams and plant-based acids also encourage cell synthesis, and as always, staying hydrated is vital to helping your face resist wrinkles and keep from shriveling back into a sponge capsule.

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Microdermabrasion Introduction

Microdermabrasion Introduction

 

What is it?

Microdermabrasion treatments are done according to skin type and whether or not the person has a skin problem. Acne, actinic keratosis, hyper keratosis, and sun damage are a few reasons microdermabrasion would be used. Micros are are a great treatment option for these problem areas because the practitioner has greater control over the amount of exfoliation. For example, when dealing with actinic keratosis the area effected would need more exfoliating than other areas surrounding it. In this case, the practitioner can focus on that area, and still give a lighter peel to the rest of the surrounding area. Also, microdermabrasion treatments have a greater effect on stimulating the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, then do acid peels. The stimulation of collagen and elastin aid in the overall fight against aging.

How Frequently Should I Use Microdermabrasion?

The frequency of microdermabrasion treatments are usually every 4-6 weeks for 3-10 months. Of course this is completely dependent on what the skin problem is and how aggressive one needs to get to address the problem and minimize or cure their particular condition.

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Is Botox Injection Painful?

Is Botox Injection Painful?

Most of us have heard of the term, “Botox”, or even the term “liquid facelift”. Some of you may have already had the treatment done, or are considering having the treatment performed. For those considering, I would like to share some information on just how exactly it is done, and why there is no need to worry about pain during a Botox injection.

Botox Cosmetic is just a brand name for an FDA approved compound that is injected into the muscles of a desired area to prevent the nerve endings from contracting. This ability to prevent muscle contraction results in less lines and wrinkles, producing a smoother looking surface.

The small size of the needle results in very minimal discomfort for most people. What’s great is that Botox injections can be done in as little as 10 minutes, and results can be seen for months after. This is what makes this procedure popular, because it can be done so quickly, and results in almost zero down time, unlike some other treatments available.

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So Moisturizers Are Actually Bad For My Acne?

So Moisturizers Are Actually Bad For My Acne?

If you suffer from acne, you need to realize that the worse thing in the world you can do is over-dry your skin. The reason for this is that the skin over compensates for the dryness, and produces more oil to help stop the skin from losing more water. When the skin produces more oil, it clogs the pores. The lack of oxygen actually perpetuates the infection, making your condition worse.
I recommend a good glycolic and/or salycylic acid cleanser, toner lotion. The more you exfoliate, the more oxygen is able to reach the bacteria to kill it. Exfoliating also unclogs the pores of debris. Your next step is to hydrate with a serum that has hylauronic acid and antioxidants. Hydrating and feeding the skin is very important, NOT moisturizing.

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