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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!

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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.

 

    1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

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Thank You from Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa!

The Evolutions Anniversary Open House on Wednesday evening was truly a celebration!

We would like to extend a great big Thank You to all of our clients and friends who came out to support us and we are excited to Welcome the new customers that stopped by to see what we had to offer!

 

We knew the event was going to be BIG after receiving over 220 RSVPs and seeing people line up before the 4pm start time so that they could be one of the first 50 attendees who were promised a gift bag full of goodies!

 

Clients were excited to receive discounts throughout the evening on all of our services including facials, chemical peels, laser hair removal, injectables such as Botox and Dsyport, dermal fillers and more! We also had representatives from some of the most popular skincare product lines and companies on hand to educate guests and answer questions from Obagi medical-grade skincare, DNA Health Institute organic skincare, Colorescience make-up, Radiesse wrinkle treatment, VelaShape body contouring, Sunshine Wellness Nutrition Services, Vita Medica Nutraceutical supplements and Dysport, the new anti-wrinkle treatment alternative to Botox.

balloonGuests enjoyed spinning the Prize Wheel, winning valuable prizes such as a Vibraderm Plus or Laser Genesis facial while awaiting their complimentary treatments featuring the Clarisonic skin cleansing system and Vibraderm exfoliation.

The Evolutions event was about commemorating four wonderful years in Santa Barbara and, more importantly, celebrating our clientele who inspires us to offer the best technology and most innovative treatments for skincare in Santa Barbara.

Dr. Perkins, his family, and the wonderful staff at Evolutions thank you for attending and look forward to seeing you throughout 2010!
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Santa Barbara Evolutions Medical Spa Anniversary Event – January 27, 2010

4th_anniversary_jan2010Evolutions Medical Spavoted Santa Barbara’s #1 Medical Spa in 2009 by readers of the Santa Barbara NewsPress and the Independent – is celebrating their 4th anniversary this month!

 

We invite you and your friend(s) to the annual Anniversary Open House to commemorate this occasion and take advantage of special (only once per year!) promotional discounts, meet the representatives from your favorite product lines, receive complimentary mini-treatments, see a live Dysport demo from Terry J. Perkins, M.D., and enjoy refreshments and wine and more! See below for complete details.
Evolutions Medical Spa Anniversary Open House
1309 State Street, Santa Barbara
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
4:00 – 8:00pm
RSVP (preferred) to Evolutions Medical Spa at 805.687.0212
All the details!
    • Promotions and discounts: All treatments, series and products will be discounted. Discounts up to 30% on series and all facials and chemical peels. Product gift with selected purchase items.

 

    • Meet the Representatives from:
      * Syneron – the leading laser company in medical aesthetics
      * Medicis – the #1 selling dermal filler in the world, along with Perlane and Dysport
      * DNA Health Institute (skincare) – enjoy complimentary skin rejuvenating cocktails; completely organic and botanical skin care.
      * Revaleskin (skincare) – helps reverse the signs of aging, made with Coffeeberry extract, the most potent natural antioxidant concentration
      * Vita-Medica (wellness) – a superior-quality nutraceutical supplement line to enhance overall health, wellness and internal skin function
      * Sunshine Wellness (wellness) – a local nutritionist and healthy meal delivery service

 

    • Complimentary Mini-Treatments featuring:
      * Colorescience (premium Mineral Make-up) – enjoy complimentary make-up application with the best in the biz!
      * Mini-Vibraderm – experience a more advanced exfoliating treatment than microderm-abrasion
      * Clarisonic (skincare) – test out the ultimate in skin cleansing (Dr. Perkins’ #1 home skin care recommendation!)

 

 

  • and More!
    * Gift bags for the first 50 attendees!
    * Raffles – up to four different ways to earn raffle tickets and over $3000 in raffle items!
    * Prize Wheel for purchases over $100/additional spin for purchase of $500; slots on prize wheel include: a complimentary Laser Genesis treatment (value $295) and a complimentary Vibraderm Plus (Value: $145)
    * Dr. Perkins and the Evolutions staff will be on hand for Q&A!

 

RSVP to Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa at 805.687.0212 today!

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