Overnight Skin Care Treatments - Ask Jennifer Reichel, M.D.
What are overnight treatments and how do they work?
Overnight treatments are creams, serums, masks etc. that help to nourish the skin and replace moisture that is lost during the day. They can also be aimed at specific concerns, such as pigmentation, or texture or even pore size. Really, many of the cosmeceuticals that we recommend could be considered "overnight treatments". the best example, is RETIN-A (tretinoin) - which is used only at night, and is significantly targeting lines, pigment, acne, and pore size.
What would be the benefit of picking an overnight treatment over your regular night cream or serum?
An overnight treatment will have ingredients that may last longer. The best example would be in a mask. They will often times be heavier on the moisture balance than a regular night cream. So if you need an extra moisture boost - give them a try.
What are some common skin care concerns that an overnight treatment can address (i.e. acne)?
- Pore Size
How do you pick the right overnight treatment for you?
- Your age
- Skin type
Acne has Left Evidence Behind. Here's what you can do about it!
Acne is a problem for many young people, a problem that can extend into adulthood in some cases. In addition to the desire to clear the skin of blackheads, pimples, cysts, and redness, patients who struggle with acne also face concerns related to scarring.
What to know about Acne Scarring
When we are young and starting our own struggle with breakouts, we are often told that "picking" will lead to scars; that we must leave our face alone if we want to see its freshness again after the acne storm has passed. If only the issue of acne scarring were that easy.
Acne lesions that are inflamed, such as cysts beneath the skin or pustules and papules on the surface, can result in a scar. These inflammatory lesions develop in pores that have become swollen with debris such as dead skin cells and oil. Throw in the natural bacteria that live on the skin and you have the perfect recipe for dermatologic disaster.
Inflammatory acne involves swelling and rupture of the engorged pores within the follicles. When rupture occurs, the infected debris is absorbed by surrounding tissue, which excites an immune response. The influx of collagen that appears beneath the surface may form fibers that don't look nearly as neat and clean as before. The visible effect? Scars.
Acne scarring used to be a concern that adults would have to live with for a lifetime. Today, we have technologies that enable us to restore better health to the epidermis. At Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, patients benefit from one-on-one care and modern techniques.
- Fraxel laser resurfacing. Laser treatments have taken the dermatologic world by storm. We use lasers frequently in our Seattle and Renton offices to refresh skin that has been affected by sun damage, age, and, yes, acne. Fraxel treatments encourage healthy collagen rebuilding by affecting hundreds of tiny microspots across the surface.
- INFINI. The INFINI radiofrequency treatment is popular for individuals who want to achieve dramatic results with minimal downtime. The focused delivery of radiofrequency energy below the epidermis prompts a sustained increase in collagen which, over time, beautifully renews the appearance of the skin.
We would love to help you regain confidence in your skin! Call 206-859-5777 to discuss acne scar treatments in our Renton or Seattle office.
Let's Tackle Adult Acne Together!
If acne was a normal part of your teenage years, you may have patiently waited for adulthood with the unspoken belief that, once hormones settled in and the stress of high school was over, your skin would miraculously become "adult-like," as well. Who wouldn't want this? We don't want to bring our childhood into our adult life, but this is exactly what may happen when acne is an ongoing issue. Here, let's look at a few reasons why adult acne may occur (even if you didn't have acne as a teen) and what can be done to promote healthy, clear skin.
Stress and Hormones
Two of the most important factors in adult acne actually go hand-in-hand: hormones and stress. Here's how they work synergistically . . . Hormones, on their own, will fluctuate week by week (in the female body). It is not only female hormones, but male hormones, that can instigate increased oil on the skin, which then triggers acne. Androgens are also released right along with cortisol, aka the "stress hormone."
What to Do
Some women find that taking an oral contraceptive enables them to clear acne more easily. As far as stress goes, we can all benefit from a few simple stress-reducing practices. You need not sit at the water's edge for hours on end, or even learn to stand on your head. Stress management takes a variety of forms. Your job is to find what helps you feel lighter and less frazzled.
As a logical response to the formation of cysts, pimples, and blackheads, many people head straight to the beauty aisle in search of a good face wash and spot treatment. Yes, it is necessary to cleanse red, irritated skin. Spot treatments for pimples is also a must. However, it is also crucial to identify and implement the right product and the right technique for your stressed-out skin.
What to Do
Really, the best thing to do to get quick results with acne treatment is to see your dermatologist. The extensive training that your doctor has will enable you to collaborate on products and treatments that will inhibit oil production or bacteria while also decreasing the risk of temporary hyperpigmentation or permanent scarring.
Patients of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center have a variety of treatment options to help them resolve acne and maintain glowing skin. Contact us for personal attention for your dermatologic concerns.