Dr. Berthelot's blog
We are loving our new Avene A-Oxitive serum! It is a complex of time-released forms of Vitamin C and E precursors, as well as hyaluronic acid. The serum is enhanced with a powerful antioxidant booster, which helps neutralize free radicals. This fast absorbing serum works to alleviate fine lines, free radical damage and dehydrated skin. Our skin feels super soft, and looks healthier and luminous after just one month of using it.
The newest drugstore solution to your acne is…a Power Ranger-esque mask studded with blue and red lights. It sounds improbable, if not Instagram-worthy, to say the least. But the science behind the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is far from a fad. It is designed to deliver the same benefits as LED therapy: calming inflammation and zapping away blemish-inducing bacteria. The technology has been used by dermatologists for decades, and at-home devices have been available for years. At-home LED devices can deliver similar results because they make it easy to be consistent.
Confused by which which type of SPF is best for you? Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon-based) compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. And don't forget, reapplying is key!
Here is a before and after photo of a patient who had Intense pulsed light (IPL) for her sun damaged hands. She loved her results, and so do we! IPL therapy is considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, which means that it targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) without affecting the top layers of skin (epidermis). The results are not as dramatic as ablative resurfacing, where both the dermis and epidermis are injured to produce a much more noticeable overall outcome.
This was a recent patient of mine who had a growing lesion on her face for over 2 years. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. More than 2 million cases of BCC are diagnosed in the United States each year. Be diligent with sun protection, and make sure to see your board certified dermatologist for skin exams.
By mapping out which muscles tug down on the skin, we can effectively inject Botox or Dysport to relax the muscles and prevent deep wrinkles. Look how smooth her forehead looks in the bottom after photo!
Dr. Cindy N. Berthelot, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist treating patients in the greater Houston community, including Clear Lake, League City, Friendswood, Pasadena, Deer Park, Dickinson, Pearland, Alvin, Seabrook, Kemah, Webster, Galveston, Texas City, La Marque, and Santa Fe, Texas. To make an appointment with Dr. Berthelot, please contact us at 281.480.7272.