Articles Tagged: Dermatologist Los Angeles

 

Dispelling Common Sunscreen Myths

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Time to dispose of some well-known sunscreen “facts” that aren’t actually true at all. You might think that suggesting that you worry about sun protection in the middle of the winter demonstrates particularly bad timing on our part, but please read on. There are some very good reasons why it’s never a bad time to think about protection from the sun.

Myth 1: It’s only necessary to use sunscreen to prevent sunburn while tanning.

Sadly, no. Exposure to sunlight, over time, will cause premature aging of the skin. This damage is not limited to your face and will happen even if you’re on vacation, sitting on a beach under an umbrella, swimming, wearing clothing, and even when you’re out and about on a cloudy day. Most importantly, you can damage your skin without even knowing it, and certainly without necessarily feeling your skin burning.

Recently there have been important changes to the way that sunscreen is used – instead of reserving its use for days when you know you’ll be exposed to a lot of sunlight (vacation, hiking, outdoor events), more and more people are incorporating it into their daily skin care regimen. And with this trend we see sunscreen products evolving away from heavy, greasy creams, towards products that incorporate moisturizers, and are far more easily applied to, and absorbed by, the skin.

Myth 2: One sunscreen product is much like another.

The most obvious difference between different sunscreen products is the degree of protection from sunlight ultra-violet rays that they provide. A sunscreen product’s SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating is a measure of how effectively a product protects your skin. SPF ratings typically range from 15 at the low end, up to 50 or even more at the high end. However, the SPF scale is not linear, and high-SPF rated products may not offer significantly greater protection than low-rated ones. We believe it’s more important to find a sunscreen product that you’re comfortable applying several times a day than to choose a product based simply on its SPF rating.

Aside from their SPF factor, products differ widely in the degree to which they offer protection when exposed to water. Regardless of what the manufacturers claim, no sunscreen is completely waterproof. You should re-apply sunscreen several times during the day to maintain effective protection, as well as immediately following any water exposure. Bear in mind that sunscreens also take several minutes to be absorbed by the skin, and so should be applied several minutes before exposing yourself to water.

Myth 3: Most sun damage occurs when young, so it’s not as important to protect against sun damage when older.

Unfortunately not. Damage from the sun is cumulative and takes place regardless of your age. Given the average life span, less than 25% of your lifetime exposure to sunlight occurs before the age of 18, so there’s plenty of time (and reason) for you to take care of your skin as you age, regardless of how well (or not) you protected your skin when younger.

Myth 4: Wearing sunscreen reduces one’s Vitamin D levels.

Today we are more aware of health problems that can be caused by low levels of vitamin D in the body, and people with low levels of vitamin D can easily combat this by taking supplements. Although the body uses sunlight to make vitamin D, and although sunscreen obviously works to limit sunlight exposure, medical studies have concluded that sunscreen application does not have a significant effect on most people’s levels of vitamin D. Age, skin color, and weight (only one of which we have any control over!) have more effect on our levels of vitamin D.

Myth 5: Having olive or dark-skin means that I can’t burn.

Our last myth to bust is a very pervasive one: does having olive or dark skin allow one to spend more time in the sun without protection? In a word, no. Having darker skin may mean that one burns more slowly, but anyone can suffer damage from too much sunlight exposure, regardless of skin color. Unfortunately, even though very dark complexioned people are less likely to develop skin cancer, those that do are more likely to develop complications. Melanoma is a particularly dangerous form of skin cancer, and having a dark complexion can lead to delays in diagnosing the condition.

Using sunscreen on a regular basis is something that we ALL need to do. A related belief is that maintaining a tan will provide some degree of protection against further damage to the skin. This is quite simply not true, and we strongly recommend against using tanning salons, for all skin types. The World Health Organization lists tanning beds as one of the most dangerous sources of cancer-causing radiation. In fact, using artificial tanning beds before the age of 35 more than doubles your chances of developing skin cancer later in life.

Los Angeles IPL and Skin Rejuvenation

Our office provides IPL and skin rejuvenation treatments to combat the effects of sun damage and premature aging. With our non-invasive and innovative treatments, we can work on removing and resurfacing your skin for a healthier, more youthful appearance.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Get Perfect Skin for Your Dream Day

Posted on March 12, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Each bride’s skin is different and it is important to work with aesthetic medical professionals who can provide customized solutions for your unique problems. Our team of trained aesthetic professionals can provide a thorough assessment of the condition of your skin. This assessment will be used to determine the correct treatment plan to make sure you look your best on the most important day of your life.

 

Most brides want a fresher appearance with skin that radiates a healthy and youthful glow.  We suggest starting facial rejuvenation treatments soon after your engagement so that you have time to perfect your skincare routine by your wedding day. We have found that experimenting with new products too close to your wedding will put you at risk for adverse reactions such as breakouts, flaky skin, or rashes.  We can help minimize the risk of these reactions by providing customized recommendations of high-quality skin care products. We can also help amplify the effects of your current skin care routine by incorporating powerful in-office treatments. Our skin care specialists can perform a variety of medical grade chemical peels to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Skinmedica’s range of professional grade chemical peels offer brides several options.

 

Those who are looking to brighten their overall complexion can greatly benefit from the lightest exfoliation treatment, the Illuminize Peel. If a bride is looking to improve the appearance of fine lines and acne scars then they would need a series of more robust treatments such as the Rejuvenize Peel. More pronounced skin imperfections can also be treated with laser skin resurfacing.

 

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, Latisse, laser hair removal, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 457-8740 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com  to schedule a free consultation.

 

How Men Can Reduce the Signs of Aging

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Shaving happens to be a phenomenal exfoliation method that helps men maintain a healthy skin as they age. Shaving is a very simple way to mechanically remove dead skin cells, which helps skincare products absorb better and it also tends to improve overall skin complexion.

 

However, exfoliation alone is not enough to prevent all signs of aging. Volume loss, for example, may result in a hollowed and sunken appearance of one’s facial features. Facial volume loss often requires robust treatments performed by aesthetic medical professionals if patients hope to achieve lasting improvements.

 

Dermal fillers are injectable medications that are specially formulated to combat facial volume loss. Men tend to respond well to hyaluronic based fillers that are effective enough to plump up trouble areas for several months. Juvederm Volbella, for example, works particularly well to fill the hollow areas under the eyes and Juvederm Voluma can be used on the chin area to create more definition along the jawline.

 

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, Latisse, laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 457-8740 or visit us online at https://www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Understanding Different Types of Facial Fillers

Posted on February 3, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko

If you’re thinking about getting facial fillers, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the number of choices available to you. By taking the time to understand the five main types of facial fillers and meeting with a skin care expert, you can make an informed decision as to which one of them is the best choice for you. (more…)

 

Expert Tips for Winter Skin Rejuvenation

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko

Even here in Los Angeles, cooler winter weather takes a toll on your skin. This is the time of year when lower temperatures, dryer air and wind can cause skin to become irritated and flaky. Without extra care, it can become red, itchy and uncomfortable. Protect your skin this winter by stepping up your regimen with these cold weather skin survival tips:

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Meet Dr Ella – Medical Director of Your Laser Skin Care

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Ella Fedonenko

Meet the Doctor behind Your Laser Skin Care, listen to testimonials from real clients and find out why patients are raving about their 5 star experience.

Boosting Skin Elasticity: One Medical Use for Botox

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Ella Fedonenko

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New research from Canada has provided solid support for one of the many medical uses for Botox: increasing pliability and “elastic recoil,” which mimics the look and feel of younger facial skin. (more…)