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Clear Pores and Laser Acne Treatment

Everyone wants clear and acne-free skin. Unfortunately, a lot of people have various skin disorders, and many flock to drugstores to buy the latest miracle cure for that naturally beautiful skin.

Three facts to keep in mind when shopping for acne products

1. The cosmetic industry makes billions of dollars from the public quest for great skin. Do not be fooled by the advertising hype.

2.  There are many factors that contribute to the clogging of pores: like dehydrated skin, improper cleansing, excessive oil production, excessive build-up of dead skin cells, hormones, excessive sweating, dirty work or play environments, genetics, makeup, fingers on the face, allergic reactions, a diet high in sugar content and many others.

3. Most skin impurities are due to clogged pores, so the best way to have that beautiful skin is to unclog your pores.

A few words of advice to keep your pores clear

  • Avoid oil-based products such as facial lotions, wash and cosmetics. Look for products that are “non-comedogenic,” it means it will not clog your pores.
  • Do not wear tight headband, baseball hat, and/or helmet when you exercise or play sports, and make sure you wash the sweat-soaked things each time you wear them.
  • Keep the skin hydrated and moist so your cells can function properly. Moisturize your face with mild, non-comedogenic moisturizers to keep it hydrated. Moisturizing is a necessity.
  • Cleanse your pores with an alcohol-free toner or skin conditioner on cotton balls. Do not try to scrub harshly or you will strip and damage your skin. Even after rinsing your face, if you do not remove the remainder of cleanser and loosened debris residues, you are only going to imbed that debris deeper into the pores as you layer serums and moisturizers on top. The absolute best way to perform this deep pore cleansing is with an alcohol-free toner or skin conditioner on cotton balls. There’s no need to harm your skin by vigorous scrubbing or harsh acids, simply wipe with toner damp cotton balls until the last cotton comes away perfectly white.
  • Astringents, Salicylic Acid, retinoic acids, and glycolic acids all work to prevent pores from clogging. Be aware of some active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide - these ingredients can cause major side effects.


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Acne won’t go away? Turn to laser treatments!

Beauty starts with your skin. If regular routines are not enough, the best and the safest way to take your acne treatments to a different level is to go to an aesthetic physician for laser treatments.

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  • A question about the use of carbon solution to enhance laser skin treatments was recently raised at a medical panel discussion.

    Years ago there was a belief that if a physician applies carbon based solution to the patient’s skin, an enhanced result can be achieved in any laser skin rejuvenation treatment. Some practitioners even claimed being successful in removing grey and blonde hair by the application of a carbon gel.

    I have not seen any conclusive clinical or anecdotal evidence that the technique may work. A quick review of latest research on the subject has produced a report on a study by a Chinese group (LEE, MEI-CHING et al) in Taiwan, which shows that the carbon gel application does not make any difference in laser skin rejuvenation.

    The researchers used the 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) laser with and without exogenous topical carbon solution application for facial skin rejuvenation, which has become very popular in Southeast Asia in recent years.

    The group evaluated the efficacy of the YAG in improvement of pore size, sebaceous secretion, skin texture, and skin tone of Asian patients. They also observed whether there is any enhancement of application of topical carbon solution applied to the right side of the face before the laser therapy.

    This split-face study showed significant improvement in skin rejuvenation effect. However, there was no difference in improvement of the skin texture between the side with the carbon solution and the side without it. The study concluded that topical carbon solution application did not enhance laser efficacy.

    I can only add, that the treatment of the right cheek – the one with the carbon gel on – must have been a lot more painful for the Chinese ladies.

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  • Filed under: LT | photo rejuvenation
  • More About Laser Tattoo Removal

    It’s a popular trend among teenagers and those in their 20′s. We’re talking about tattoos, and more than a third of young people under 25 have at least one, according to the Harris Interactive Poll. But what happens when you no longer want that permanent art on your body?

    Here is a report from Honolulu

    With tattoos’ popularity (about 45 million Americans sport this permanent body art), there is a growing niche among doctors who perform tattoo removal surgery. Thanks to laser technology, the process is less painful than it used to be.

    How does laser tattoo removal work?

    The laser pulverizes the ink particles and the body’s immune system “eats” these particles, takes them deeper into the skin and eventually removes them from the body.

    Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

    The reality is, of course, a lot more complicated than the report referenced above, as 100,000 Americans get their tattoos removed each year. Pain and suffering, multiple (12-20) laser sessions, scabbing of the area, hypopigmentation (white lines and spots on the skin) are very common.

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  • Doctor Roger Bassin of The Bassin Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Orlando, FL is one of few surgeons in Florida, who does water and laser assisted awake lipolysis.

    Here is how he does it (the smart combo lipolysis):

    1. Small incisions in targeted numbed areas (e.g. abdomen and love handles).

    2. Water spray into the area (in his words: “With traditional liposuction, the stuff everyone sees on TV with the doctor literally going back and forth, what you’re doing is making mashed potatoes out of somebody”). Instead of using harsh motions to dislodge fat, the water gently breaks it up. You could call it the lipo dissolve stage.

    3. Getle suction of fat: “The way I can describe it is almost like playing the violin, very gentle,” says Dr. Bassin.

    4. Laser treatment to tighten skin and melt away leftover fat.
    With this new procedure, there’s less bruising, swelling and trauma to the nerves, muscles and skin. It costs about $3000, which is less than standard lipo because patients don’t require general anesthesia.

    “The patient’s going to drive themselves to the office, get the procedure done, drive themselves home, go back to work that day or the next day.”

    This is what I can call truly smart lipo.

    Happy lipo, everybody!

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  • Filed under: LT | lipolysis
  • Acne rosacea, acne rosecea, acne rosasa, acne roseaca – all these terms, including common misspellings are incorrect. The appropriate term is simply Rosacea, which is a chronic skin disease that affects the middle third of the face with persistent redness over the areas of the face and nose that normally blush: mainly the forehead, the chin and the lower half of the nose. The tiny blood vessels in these areas enlarge (dilate) and become more visible through the skin, appearing like tiny red lines (called telangiectasias). Pimples can occur that look like teenage acne, and sometime rosacea and acne appear together, but these are essentially different types of skin disease. See laser treatments of acne and laser resurfacing of acne scars.

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    Unlike acne, rosacea is not primarily a plague of teenagers. It occurs most often in adults (ages 30 to 50), especially those with fair skin, and affects both sexes but tends to be more common in women but worse in men. Unlike acne, there are no blackheads or whiteheads in rosacea.

    When rosacea first develops, it may appear, then disappear, and then reappear. However, in time the skin fails to return to its normal color and the enlarged blood vessels and pimples arrive. Rosacea rarely reverses itself. It lasts for years and, untreated, it worsens.

    Untreated rosacea can cause a condition called rhinophyma (ryno-fee-ma), literally growth of the nose, characterized by a bulbous, enlarged red nose and puffy cheeks (like the old comedian W.C. Fields). There may also be thick bumps on the lower half of the nose and the nearby cheek areas. Rhinophyma occurs mainly in men.

    Another complication of advanced rosacea affects the eyes. About half of all people with rosacea feel burning and grittiness of the eyes (conjunctivitis). If this is not treated, the complications of what is called rosacea keratitis may impair vision.

    Rosacea can be treated but not cured. Over-the-counter medications for acne can be a hazard; they can irritate the skin in rosacea. Topical antibiotics (such as metronidazole) and oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline) are often used. Short-term topical cortisone (steroid) preparations of the right strength may also be used to reduce local inflammation.

    Avoiding smoking, spicy foods, hot beverages and alcoholic drinks that cause flushing helps minimize the blood vessel enlargement. Limiting exposure to sunlight and to extreme hot and cold temperatures also helps relieve rosacea.

    Rubbing the face tends to irritate the reddened skin. Some cosmetics and hair sprays may aggravate redness and swelling. Facial products such as soap, moisturizers and sunscreens should be free of alcohol or other irritating ingredients. Moisturizers should be applied very gently after any topical medication has dried. When going outdoors, sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher are needed.

    Cover-up make up is used for the telangiectasias. Telangiectasias can be treated with a laser to close off the dilated blood vessels.

    Rhinophymas are treated by surgery. The excess tissue is removed with a scalpel, laser or electrosurgery.

    Rosacea Laser Treatments

    Lasers have been proven to be the treatment of choice for mild cases of Rosacea. Laser beam heats and distroys dilated blood vessels, which are naturally removed from the skin by your immune and fluid systems. Multiple treatments are required to get a good control of rosacea. Regular (3-4 times a year) photorejuvenation sessions will help control the desease and prevent flare ups.

    Cases of severe Rosacea, especially those that are border line with rhinophyma, require a complex treatment approach, which will include but be limited to lasers alone.

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  • Filed under: LT | rosacea
  • This is our most recent (constantly updated) collection of video materials demonstrating laser treatments of vascular lesions.

    Actifirm Post Laser Gel combines skin-soothers like Aloe and Chamomile with a Mushroom-derived, exfoliating enzyme, Mucor Miehi Extract, to inhibit pain and inflammation, while helping renew your skin to its freshest form. You’ll be looking your best in no time.

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  • This is our most recent (constantly updated) collection of video materials demonstrating laser skin rejuvenation, aka photorejuvenation using different aesthetic laser modalities and IPL photo facial rejuvenation.

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  • Filed under: Video | photo rejuvenation
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