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Overnight Skin Care Treatments - Ask Jennifer Reichel, M.D.

Overnight Skin Care Treatment | Dermatologist | Seattle 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)?

  • Acne
  • Pigment
  • Dryness
  • Pore Size

How do you pick the right overnight treatment for you?

  • Your age
  • Skin type
  • Concerns

Going Above And Beyond For Your Skin May Be Easier Than You Think

Skin Cancer Renton, WA When people talk about their skin, there are a few usual topics. We hear concerns related to aging. Some patients need to discuss ways to control acne or a chronic skin condition. At times, the topic of discussion turns toward skin cancer prevention. These are all important matters, but what we want to discuss today is how to maximize your skin now with a few easy steps.

  1. Get to the source. Did you know that there is a layer of cells that sit on the surface of your skin? When this cellular blanket is left undisturbed, it blocks your radiant glow from shining through. It also blocks your skincare products from the cells that need those nourishing ingredients the most. Bottom line: you want to periodically remove the uppermost layer of cells. This can be accomplished with a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or even a fractionated laser treatment.
  2. Get the good stuff. What you put on your skin matters as much as what you put in your body to feed the skin. Skincare is a form of nutrition, so ingredients matter. There are two important points that need to be made here. One is that store-bought skincare products are approved for superficial effect. Active ingredients are included in low concentrations. Medical grade skincare is approved for stronger concentrations, so can accomplish more. Second, product ingredients matter. Look for ingredients that will protect the skin, like antioxidants, and aid in cellular regeneration, like vitamin C.
  3. Get smart about protection. We hear it all the time: we need to wear sunscreen. And yet, surveys reveal that a large percentage of the population reaches for sunscreen only when obvious UV exposure is expected, such as a day at the pool. Sunscreen is a necessity not some days, but all days. Every day of the year. Could we be any clearer? Physical sunscreens containing zinc oxide are ideal, according to the Environmental Working Group, which creates a detailed list of sunscreens each year based on efficacy.

We care about your skin. Let us show you how to care for it. Call 206-859-5777 for an appointment at our Seattle or Renton location.

Don't Fall for the Idea that your Skin is Safe this Season!

fall skin careOh, how we love Fall! It's the time of hoodies and vibrant colors and Pumpkin Spice Lattes galore! While we get carried away jumping in piles of leaves and choosing the biggest pumpkin for our front yard, we can easily forget that the change in weather means that we should revisit how we are caring for our skin. Before it gets colder - and before you start thinking about looking your best for the holidays - think about what your skin may be telling you.

Message #1 - I need moisture!

Skin gets incredibly dry in the months when the thermometer drops. Because we love being warm and toasty, the activities engage in could only serve to exacerbate the dryness of our skin. You need not give up heating your home or warming your soul under some steamy water. What you can do to nourish your skin is gather a few tools. Two of your new best friends could be a gentle cleanser (buh-bye, bar soap!) and an alcohol-free body cream. Those lighter lotions? Leave them for summer!

Message #2 - I need protection!

We are continually warned about spending a lot of time in the sun, which we tend to do when the weather is warm and sunny. Once we make our way into fall, we may get showers here and there, and we definitely aren't sweltering hot. As you sip on your cup of hot tea, the last thing on your mind may be that your skin is in need of UV protection. Researchers believe that we could actually be doing more harm than good during the Fall months simply because we forget to use sunscreen as we should. Remember, UV radiation is always out to play, and it will damage your skin.

Message #3 - I need pampering!

Summer-time skin damage can lead to signs of aging such as spots, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. UVA exposure breaks down collagen, and you may not see the evidence of this for several years. If you know that collagen is being degraded bit by bit, you can counteract this process with professional care. Your dermatologist can discuss collagen-building treatments and skin care such as retinol products.

The team at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center can support you in caring for your skin. Call 206-859-5777 to schedule a visit to our Seattle or Renton office.

September 2016 Specials and Events

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September 2016 Specials and Events are here. Back to School Back to Skin in September: Ultherapy events & savings, acne treatments for all ages, 15% off clarisonics all month, schedule your September skin check, free liposuction and cellfina consults, and more! Learn more by reading through our specials, contact us, or RSVP for our September Events at 206-859-5777.

Summer is Coming, is your Skin Care Routine Ready?

skin care for summerAs summer approaches, many people are thinking about body and skin enhancing treatments that will help them look at feel their best. At Pacific Dermatology, we say Spring is the best time to start thinking about your dermatologic needs and how they may change as the weather heats up.

Your skin's needs actually change with the seasons. Some of the ways that you can protect and nourish the largest of all of your organs include:

  1. Use sunscreen as recommended. UV protection is important throughout the entire year. However, because you may spend more time outdoors, and may sweat more in the summer months, your use of sunscreen may change somewhat. Read the label and you may find that you need to apply more sunscreen more frequently than you may have thought. When outdoors, you need about 1 ounce applied to exposed areas not just once but two or three times a day.
  2. Use clothing to protect your skin. Especially when you are spending several hours in the garden or at the beach, your skin will be vulnerable to UV damage. In addition to your sunscreen, you can amp up protective measures by wearing sunglasses, a brimmed hat that shades the face, and unbleached cotton clothing, preferably a long-sleeved shirt.
  3. Load up on moisture and hydration, your skin needs both. Hydration is always important as it pertains to your skin, but even more so during warmer months. We are advised to drink at least 64 oz, or 8 glasses of water each day. In addition to hydrating on the inside, treat the surface of your skin with an appropriate moisturizer to keep it from drying out. Your SPF moisturizer doesn't count! Your skin will need something with nourishing ingredients such as antioxidants to fight the effects of UV rays and other summertime elements. If your normal moisturizer feels heavy, switch to a lighter formulation during the summer.

Need help preparing your skin for summer? Schedule a visit with your friendly dermatologist at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center. We have offices in Renton and Seattle to conveniently serve your aesthetic and dermatologic needs.


Skin cancer screenings are one of the most important reasons to visit your dermatologist

By Dr. Laurie Jacobson

Skin cancer screenings are one of the most important reasons to visit your dermatologist.  Why is doing this on an annual basis so important?

Skin Cancer ScreeningThe vast majority of skin cancers are treatable, especially when caught early.  There are over 3 million new cases of skin cancer treated in the US each year, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime!  It is the most common cancer in the US.

When skin cancers are found late, they are more challenging to treat, especially melanoma.  In the case of melanoma, early detection can be the difference between life and death.

What does a full skin exam entail?

A full skin exam is exactly that; we need to examine every aspect of your skin so please take off your socks and wear your hair down so we can be thorough with your examination.  We provide a gown and a medical assistant is in the room with the doctor during the exam.

The visit typically takes 15-20 minutes and we examine everywhere where there is skin—between toes, behind the ears, and the groin and buttocks.  Please try to avoid wearing nail polish as skin cancer can sometimes present under or near the nail bed.  And, wear as little makeup as possible so we can thoroughly examine your face.

What happens if the doctor finds something concerning?

When you come in for the examination, be prepared to potentially have a biopsy that very day.  It’s a quick and straightforward procedure in which a small amount of local anesthetic is injected and a tiny skin sample is taken and sent to the lab.  The lesion is examined under the microscope and results are typically ready within a few days.

The biopsy is only for purposes of diagnosis and not treatment so if it is indeed a skin cancer, it will require further treatment to remove the entire lesion.   We provide the vast majority of surgeries needed for treating skin cancer in our office.

How can I prevent skin cancer?

  • Wear sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or more on exposed areas, including your lips
  • Wear protective clothing including broad brimmed hats and when in the water, wear rash guard shirts
  • Be alert to any changing growths on your skin (bleeding, itchy, painful, growing for example)
  • Visit your dermatologist annually for skin checks or whenever you have a concerning lesion
  • Perform a self-skin exam monthly and become familiar with the spots on your skin. Be alert for new or changing growths.
  • Avoid tanning booths!

Welcoming Spring

Ashley Miguel, PA-Cby Ashley Miguel, PA-C

The signs of Spring are appearing all around us! Days are growing longer, winter frost has disappeared, flowers are blooming everywhere, and we are seeing the sun more and more. These signs signal it’s time to shed the old and embrace the new! Why not start with your skin care routine?

Skin Medica Retinol ComplexPD&CC has an amazing array of quality cosmeceuticals and prescription grade skin care products that can aid in shedding the dull skin of winter so you can radiate the glow of spring. A cornerstone of any daily routine is to incorporate one of our retinoid or retinol products, which aid in exfoliating the epidermis, thereby brightening your complexion, smoothing rough skin and fine lines, and unclogging your pores. Stop in either our Northgate or Renton clinic and have one of our skin care professionals recommend one that suits your skin type.

Elta MD UV ClearAnother crucial component to daily care, especially as the sun becomes more intense, is sunblock. Even rays that penetrate car windows can contribute to skin cancer and pre-mature aging such as wrinkles, skin laxity, and sun spot formation on the face, neck, and hands! Try one of our physical sunblocks from the Elta MD line that work via Zinc and Titanium. They form a shield on your skin to block UV radiation from damaging your dermis. Elta MD provides exceptional coverage in formulas that are a pleasure to wear. Remember that Spring arrives March 19th Pacific Time so let us help you get ready.

INFINI™, the latest innovative technology for acne scars and wrinkle reduction

Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center announces the addition of INFINI™, the latest innovative technology for acne scars and wrinkle reduction.

Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is excited to announce the latest addition to its growing clinic, INFINI. This unique High Intensity Focused RF device is specially developed for wrinkle reduction and acne scars through 3-D volumization; it maximizes results while minimizing patient discomfort. Infini provides a long overdue solution for dark or tanned skinned patients, who until now had limited energy-based treatment choices. Patients in Seattle now have a new alternative treatment for fine lines and acne scar treatment that is comfortable and won’t keep them hidden at home during recovery while still providing outstanding results.

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Winter Skin Care Tips to Keep You Glowing

The cold, dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin, taking moisture away and leaving your skin chapped, red, itchy and dry. Consider these tips to ensure your skin stays soft, supple and healthy during the winter months.

Kick Up the Moisturizer

skin careYour skin needs more moisture in the wintertime to compensate for harsh weather conditions. Oil-based moisturizers are best during the cold months because they provide a layer of protection not found in water-based products. Look for non-clogging oil-based moisturizers like mineral oil, primrose oil or almond oil. And when the air is dry, remember to apply moisturizer immediately after you wash to help retain moisture and soothe your dry, itchy skin.

Use a Humidifier

When the furnace or space heater comes on, they emit hot, dry air into the environment, which dries out your skin. Combat this drying effect by hooking up a humidifier, which can put moisture back into the air and protect your skin from becoming dry. To disperse moisture evenly, consider placing small humidifiers in different parts of your home or office.

Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for your overall health, but in the winter months we tend to drink less of it. Hot drinks like cocoa or tea seem more preferable. Try warm water with lemon as a refresher instead. And remember that foods in high water content can also help your skin stay hydrated. Watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, kiwi, oranges, celery, tomatoes and cucumbers are great options.

Bathe In Lukewarm Water

When it’s cold outside, the idea of soaking in a steaming hot bath can sound like heaven. But when you expose your skin to the intense heat of a hot shower or bath, your skin pays the price. Hot water strips many oils from your skin and leads to loss of moisture. Instead, soak in a lukewarm bath to preserve the lipid barriers of your skin and retain more moisture.

Do You Want to Know More About How to Care for Your Skin?

To learn more about keeping your skin healthy and young looking, visit us online or give us a call at 206-859-5777 to make an appointment.

Welcome the New Halo Laser!

Welcome the Halo Laser to our Renton Clinic!
Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is happy to announce the newest arrival to our state-of-art laser suite. 

Limited Time...Pick one of the packages below for an exclusive offer that ends June 15 and be the first to get your Halo Glow!

Package 1: Purchase one treatment area of your choice and receive the second treatment 50% OFF


(Savings of up to $750) 

Package 2: Purchase any treatment area and receive chest, neck or hands for FREE 

(Savings of up to $750) 


Over time, your skin can lose its youthful glow. Halo eliminates years of damage by precisely targeting the right depth. Halo restores the luminous glow you had when you were younger with minimal downtime.

Halo precisely targets years of damage to your skin, including: Discoloration, Sun damage, Visible signs of aging, Uneven skin tone, Enlarged pores, Poor texture, Fine lines, Scar revision 

Everyone's skin is different. Everyone's needs are different. Halo allows Dr. Erica Linnell to customize your treatment to the downtime you have available and the results you want. Need to be back at work tomorrow? A light treatment creates silky smooth, vibrant skin that's ready for makeup the next day. Want to wow them? A more aggressive treatment will give your skin a deep youthful glow with just a few days of downtime. Ask Dr. Linnell today about the Halo Glow.

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