Trying to find the correct skin care products to maintain your skin can be a daunting task. We are all constantly being bombarded by the latest and greatest skin care products featured in magazines, infomercials, and drug stores. They are all promoting their product of choice, but how do you know what is right for you? When you turn to Dr. Susan Elliott, a board certified dermatologist, trained in all facets of skin care – you can be sure that she will recommend the right products for your skin care needs.
Skin care consultations are performed by by Dr. Elliott to help patients select the correct skin care products based on their skin type, their desired level of improvement, their tolerance to ingredients (minimizing allergic reactions), and their lifestyle.
When you think about it, it’s more cost effective to consult with a physician or his or her highly trained nurse or aesthetician, who are specially trained, than to spend your money on all the latest skin care fads or what is promoted at cosmetic counters.
Always consult with our physician or staff before making any changes to an existing skin care regimen. Look for products that work at the cellular level to re-establish the functioning of normal skin:
The signs of aging skin are the result of an assault on our skin from two main areas, extrinsic factors and intrinsic factors. Healthy, normal functioning skin has:
Extrinsic factors include effects from the environment, sun damage, and lifestyle. There are several steps you can take to address these factors:
Intrinsic factors include the normal aging process and your genetic make-up. To attack these factors we recommend you use products that have an effect on the cellular level. This is important. Products like cover-up cosmetics and quick cure products don’t work at this level, and don’t offer long term results.
You have probably heard the terms cosmetics, cosmeceuticals, and drugs when shopping for skin care products. They are defined as the following:
Cosmetics: include skin moisturizers and any skin beautifying products.
Cosmeceuticals: the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not recognize this term. Created by the cosmetic industry, the term applies to products that intend to bridge the gap between cosmetics and drugs.
Drugs: include OTC (over-the-counter) drugs and prescription drugs. Sunscreens are an OTC drug as are anti-dandruff shampoos. Tretinoin is one prescription product that works at the cellular level to reverse the signs of aging.
When we think of aging skin, whether from natural aging, photodamage, or the environment, we think of wrinkles, creases, large pores, fine lines, sagging skin, folds, uneven skin tone and texture, dryness, and hyper and hypopigmented areas. Our physician performs skin care consultations so you can treat these skin conditions and create younger-looking skin.