Managing the texture, pigmentation and lucency of your skin is easily as important to your aesthetic outcome as more specific management strategies like wrinkle injections. The use of physician only cosmaceuticals in an individualized prescription will ensure maximal benefit from all management strategies.
Like all good skincare regimes, we begin with cleansing of makeup, dirt and oils and . If acne or skin infection is an issue restoration of skin pH to normal topical antiseptics are included. If there is irregular pigmentation or the skin is naturally dark a mild bleaching agent may be added. This is important to reduce the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a patchy increase in pigmentation that can rarely occur after treatment of these skin types.
Vitamin A derivatives are included to stimulate collagen formation and blood flow.
These components are all used twice a day.
The morning regime also includes exfoliation to remove dead superficial cells and improve skin luminescence and is rounded off by adding sunscreen and makeup if desired.
Before undertaking a cosmetic treatment, your doctor may suggest you undertake a period of intense skin conditioning – usually for 4 to 6 weeks. Conditioning your skin for this period optimizes your response to your cosmetic treatment. Your skin cells are rejuvenated and ready to respond. This minimizes your chance of adverse outcomes like patchy pigmentation changes or scarring.
When you begin prescription skin management or during intensive skin conditioning your skin can be expected to be dry and you should use an Aloe Vera based moisturizer regularly. Expected side effects of the treatment are redness, burning, burning and flaking. They are caused by the combination of the exfolient and the vitamin A cream. If required you can take a 3 day break from these components of the program.
Extra care must be taken if you have acute facial dermatitis, cold sores, if you are on oral steroid medication or have taken Roaccutane in the last 6 months – please notify your doctor. Do not use prescription facial care if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.