Clarisonic Skincare: Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event Recap

Our “Summer Skincare” event provided us with so much information that we have decided to split the recap into three posts – each dedicated to the three topics of the evening – all of which are equally important.  The first topic is about the Clarisonic Skin Care System.

What is the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System?

The Clarisonic skin cleansing system, or popularly known as the “Clarisonic brush”, uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, and thoroughly, cleanse your skin.  It removes six times more makeup and two times more dirt than cleansing with your hands alone.  The inside area of the brush oscillates ten degrees in either direction, moving with the skin’s elasticity, while the outer ring of bristles stay stationary and act as a splash guard.  The movement of the bristles makes this brush unique to all the other electronic skin brushes on the market, which use a rotary movement that tugs at the skin and can cause damage. Use the Clarisonic with any cleanser of your choice as long as it is non-abrasive.

What are the benefits of cleansing with the Clarisonic?

If you use the Clarisonic on a regular basis, once in the morning and once in the evening, you will see many benefits, including:

  • Clearer, smoother skin
  • More product absorption – your cleaner skin will absorb moisturizers, and other facial products, more thoroughly and evenly
  • Less blackheads because it removes dirt and sebum (oil)
  • Minimized appearance of pores

Clarisonic Brush Heads: Which is right for you?

There are five types of brush heads available for the face, and one for the body. The facial brush heads target different skin types:

  • Normal: perfect for normal skin, shaving prep and use on the neck and chest (this is the brush head on the grey plastic base)
  • Sensitive: for sensitive to normal skin types (this is the brush that comes with all Clarisonic units)
  • Delicate: for delicate or extra-sensitive skin (this brush has a light blue plastic base)
  • Deep Pore: use for cleansing on oily skin, large pores, and is gentle enough for daily use
  • Acne: extra-plush with bristle gradation to provide gentle cleansing for sensitive and acne prone skin

Clarisonic Settings for Optimal Cleansing

Depending on the model you buy, the Clarisonic has different speeds, or settings, ranging from a sensitive cleanse to a deeper cleanse.  The Clarisonic Mia (a popular unit for travel that comes with an international charger) has one speed, while the Mia 2 has two speeds.  The Clarisonic PRO has four speeds to meet all skin cleansing needs.

Tips for the Clarisonic

  • We learned last night from the Clarisonic rep a secret that has to be shared! Your brush can do double duty for spot treatment. Pop out the center of the brush, snap it on the Clarisonic and use this smaller brush head for the area between the nose and the cheeks and the nose itself.
  • Clean your brush head with antibacterial soap at least once per week
  • Use a permanent marker to write the date on the back of the brush head and remember to replace the brush every three months
  • For those of you who like to use the Clarisonic on your back, there is a back handle now available that attaches to the Clarisonic Pro

At Evolutions Medical Spa we use the Clarisonic brush as part of our facial services. Dr. Perkins and our staff highly recommend incorporating the Clarisonic cleansing system into you skincare routine to maintain beautiful skin in between facial services.  The Clarisonic system and brush head replacements are available for purchase at Evolutions. 

Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event: Acne / Rosacea 101

Evolutions Medical Spa and Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins are hosting an event addressing Acne and Rosacea – two skin concerns that can plague people for a lifetime.

This is a “Don’t Miss!” event for you if you suffer form acne or rosacea. We will focus on causes of these problems, home care products that help you gain control over these difficult skin issues and treatments available.
The event will be held at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara
1309 State Street
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
6:30 – 8:30 pm
The invent is complimentary and includes refreshments, raffles, and exclusive specials for attendees.
Call Evolutions at 805.687.0212 to RSVP today!

Evolutions Medical Spa’s Event Recap: All About Acne Management and Treatment

Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara hosts events to educate clients and guests on select topics. The Evolutions Educational Event held this past Wednesday was titled “From Red to Ready” and addressed how it is possible to get rid of acne and rosacea! Since so much information was offered, this post is dedicated to acne.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins gave a very informative presentation including a better understanding of acne and , more importantly, tips on prevention and treatment!

If you are battling acne (and, surprisingly, acne can be a lifelong occurrence, not just part of the teen years), and you’d like a complimentary consultation with Dr. Perkins, please call Evolutions at 805.687.0212.

Acne Facts
  • Acne is one of the most common of all skin problems
  • Acne affects over 70 million people and 90% of all teens
  • Acne is an ongoing condition, often characterized by periodic flare-ups
  • It most commonly affects the face, upper chest and back

For most people it is a matter of “controlling” acne instead of curing it.

Types of Acne

  • Comedonal Acne: this type of acne usually consists of plugged pores with not a lot of bacterial activity, often seen as small bumps under the skin.
  • Papulopustular Acne: this type of acne has more bacterial activity and appears more as pimples with a whitehead and red surrounding area.
  • Cystic Acne: this type of acne is more deeply rooted, with the acne appearing as large bumps (like a marble under the skin) with, or without, whiteheads and may need to be treated systemically (with oral antibiotics or Accutane).

What Causes Acne?

  • Increased sebum or oil production – usually related to hormones
  • Obstruction of the pore
  • P. Acnes bacteria begin to grow in the sebum
  • Inflammation occurs when the sebum escapes into the surrounding skin

Treating Acne
Treating acne is an ongoing process because there is no “cure” your goal is to “control” what is going on. There are three overall goals:

  1. Prevent the blocking of the pores. Opening pores helps the skin function better. Keep the pores open through exfoliation, which promotes skin turnover. Use of retinoids (like Retin-A) and exfoliation through products are recommended for at-home skin care. It is also recommended to seek periodic professional treatments such as a chemical peel or Vibradermabrasion (a more physical way to open up the surface) to expedite exfoliation of the top layers of skin.
  2. Minimize inflammation. Salicyclic acid liquefies the sebum and helps to quiet the skin. A low percentage of salicyclic acid is okay to use on a regular basis and can help minimize the inflammation of acne.
  3. Prevent Scarring. Acne scarring or pitting remains long after the acne is gone which is why it is a good idea to learn how to get your acne under control.

Tips on the Treatment of Acne

  • Good hygiene: keep the skin clean. Dr. Perkins does not recommend washing the face more than two times per day. Washing the face more than that may cause an increase in oil production. Use a gentle foaming cleanser. The face wash does not need to be harsh or it may “strip” your skin – again causing increased oil production – especially if you are using other products such as salicyclic acid or retinoids. The Clarisonic skin care brush is highly recommended by Dr. Perkins. He touts this as the “best cleaning device” because the ultrasonic waves penetrate below the surface for a deep, yet gentle, cleanse.
  • Don’t “pick” and “pop”: this may increase the life of the pimple, making it larger or redder and /or increase your chances of scarring.
  • No oil based cosmetics: many store make-up brands are petroleum based, which is like putting putty in your pores. Over time, this clogs pores. Mineral make-up is more quieting to the skin.
  • Don’t go to sleep with make-up on: give your face a rest!
  • “Good” diet: consuming foods with a high iodine content (salt) tends to foster breakouts. In addition, a skin supplement that has worked for some Evolutions clients are the VitaMedica “Clear Skin Treatment”.
  • Stress management: Learn to manage your stress. Outbreaks can definitely be stress (and hormone) related.

How You Can Treat Your Acne

Treatment of acne can be done in many ways, from at-home topical treatments to professional treatments to oral medication. How acne is treated typically depends on your specific case of acne and it is recommended that you get a professional opinion on how to best proceed in managing your acne.

Topical Acne Treatments

  • Retinoids (Retin-A), exfoliants (AFA Exfoliating Gel), and amino fruit acids can be used topically to treat acne.
  • Although glycolic acid is very popular and found in many store products, it can be the most irritating of the alpha hyrdoxy acids and Dr. Perkins prefers mandelic acid (available at Evolutions) which is less irritating and has an anti-bacterial function to decrease the P. Acnes bacteria.

Oral / Systemic Therapy

  • Oral treatments include antibiotics and Accutane. Dr. Perkins prefers to try to treat the acne topically before prescribing an oral treatment.

Professional Procedures

  • Acne Facials professionally cleanse, exfoliate and extract keeping the pores open and the skin functioning normally.
  • Vibradermabrasion is a physical exfoliation that is similar to microdermabrasion without the suction. It has been found that the suction in microdermabrasion may affect the tiny blood vessels in the face, making the skin appear redder. Vibraderm is similar to “buffing” the skin, is comfortable, and the whole face can be done in 10 to 15 minutes as opposed to a 35 to 40 minute session of microdermabrasion.
  • AFA/Clay Mask Peel is an advanced amino fruit acid mask which exfoliates and opens up the pores. It is less irritating than alpha hydroxy acids.
  • Multiwave LED (Light Emitting Diode) therapy works in which energy is delivered to the skin and absorbed by the cells for therapeutic benefits through a process called “photo-stimulation.” The “blue” light kills the P. Acnes bacteria while the “red” light calms the skin and gets rid of inflammation. The Multiwave LED therapy can be done alone or often is part of a facial at Evolutions.
  • Levulan is similar to the oral drug Accutane, but is a topical treatment. Levulan causes the sebaceous cells to sink and people have seen dramatic changes in their skin from one treatment or through a series (which is often three treatments).
  • Cyst Injections are a topical way to treat cystic acne. Antibiotics are injected under the cystic acne to help bring done the bacterial infection.
  • Isolaz Deep Pore Therapy combines a vacuum with a light treatment. The vacuum purifies the pores from the inside out and the blue light kills the bacteria. A great treatment for persistent papulopustular acne.

There is no “magic bullet” that cures acne. It is important to create and execute a comprehensive “attack plan” that combines good home care with appropriate professional services. Generally it takes a few weeks (a “turnover cycle”) to start seeing results of a treatment, so patience is necessary.

Evolutions Medical Spa’s September Event: “Red to Ready” – It’s Possible to Get Rid of Acne and Rosacea

This Wednesday, September 22nd, Evolutions Medical Spa’s September event is dedicated to acne and rosacea. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins will focus on causes of these problems and how treatments and home skin care can help you go from “red” to “ready”.

This is a “don’t miss!” event for anyone who is tired of suffering from acne or rosacea.

The event includes a raffle, refreshments and exclusive specials for attendees only. Seating is limited, please RSVP to Evolutions today at 805.687.0212. Details follow:

From “Red” to “Ready” Focuses on Acne and Rosacea
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
6:30pm – 8:30pm

1309 State Street, Santa Barbara
RSVP 805.687.0212