Understanding Skincare

Certain essential steps are necessary in every comprehensive skin care program.

Cleansing
Throughout the day, dust, dirt and oil accumulates on your skin. Using soap to clean your face disrupts the natural protective barrier of the skin and should be avoided. Gentle, non-soapy cleansers, are much kinder to your skin.

Exfoliation
Skin cells become dry and create buildup on the skin’s surface. Removing these dry cells allows healthy, moist cells to replace them and reflect light more evenly, yielding an attractive skin glow. Exfoliation treatments range from microdermabrasion, dermaplaning and chemical peels for quick results, or skincare products with exfoliating agents, such as retinol and creams containing AHA, BHA or salicylic acid.

Pigment Control
The skin’s pigment cells (melanocytes) become dysfunctional and create brown spots due to sun damage and the natural aging process. These spots can be rapidly removed with light and laser treatments, such as laser and chemical peels. Slower improvement and prevention of new brown spots can be achieved by using skin bleaching agents, such as Hydroquinone, retinol and specific brightening products found in the Sierra Nevada MD product line.

Protection from Sun Damage
Sun exposure causes damage to the normal chemistry of your skin cells, which can cause early signs of aging and skin cancer. A good sunscreen should be used to protect against ultraviolet (UVA/UVB) rays. Physical sunscreens (those containing at least 10% Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide) work best. Antioxidants are an essential part of skincare and help neutralize the sun’s damaging effects. These ingredients are present in the skincare products sold in our office.

Cell Stimulation & Wrinkle Improvement
Annette offers various treatments to improve mild to moderate wrinkles. Wrinkles occur from damage to the deeper dermal layer of the skin. Improvement requires more aggressive treatments that stimulate dermal collagen production.