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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.

Read more at: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/02PacificDermCenter/prweb13194113.htm


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) 

RESTORE YOUR GLOW WITH HALO 

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 

BE YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
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.
BEFORE & AFTER

What To Do When You're Unhappy With Your Skin

Very few people are blessed with perfect skin. Although it's impossible to change genetics, it is possible to improve your skin's health with regular maintenance and good habits.

Diet

A healthy diet is an essential part of skin care that can't be ignored. A healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables keeps skin healthy by giving it the minerals and nutrients it needs. Drinking plenty of water is also important and keeps skin hydrated and healthy.

Good Habits

Lifestyle habits have a huge impact on skin. Develop good habits and work to start eliminating the bad ones.

Use sunscreen.

    • The sun damages skin cells and is the leading cause of skin cancer. By using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection, skin stays healthy and the risk of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots is reduced.

Quit smoking.

    • Smokers tend to have skin that is more likely to age quickly and develop wrinkles. By quitting smoking, skin can begin to rejuvenate and slow its aging process.

Get seven to eight hours of sleep.

    • A good night's sleep is necessary to help with cell and skin renewal. It helps skin look refreshed and awake.

Don't overuse products.

    The overuse of products leads to skin irritation and sensitivity. A good skin care regimen includes a cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer. In most cases, nothing more is needed.

Products

In some cases, certain products may be used to help improve skin's appearance. The most common are retinoids, which are only available via prescription. Retinoids help to unplug pores, reduce fine lines, boot collagen production, and reduce the visibility of brown spots and freckles.

Mind

The mind can do amazing things, and when it's stressed out all the time, it can become evident in the skin. When the mind is not healthy, neither is the skin and it often leads to breakouts and bad complexions. Meditation can help by not only calming the mind, but by making skin treatments more effective.

Want To Improve Your Skin? Contact Dr. Jennifer Reichel

For more information about skin care, contact the Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Seattle and Renton. To schedule an appointment, please call 206-859-5777. We look forward to meeting you.


What does breast cancer have to do with dermatology?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may be asking "What does that have to do with dermatology?" As a matter of fact, there is an association between breast cancer and melanoma. For years there has been only speculation as to why the two cancers are linked. However, a new very large study has shown a four-fold increase in patients with both cancers than you would expect to see based on probability. The four-fold increase gives a greater likelihood of the two cancers being linked by a genetic predisposition. Additionally, it is found that women under 50 with breast cancer are at a higher risk of melanoma as are breast cancer patients who have been treated with External Radiation Therapy.

Here at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we are joining other dermatologist and oncologists everywhere and urging women to get into the habit of scheduling their annual skin exam at the same time as their mammogram. If you are not of the age to get mammograms yet, we still recommend annual skin exams. Melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults (especially women ages 25-29). Remember that full body skin exams are the best screening tool for Melanoma. Melanomas that are caught early have a much greater change of survival.
Remember to schedule your Mammogram and Skin Exam...and tell your friends!


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Treatment for Fordyce Spots

Hello, I wanted to contact you in regard to Fordyce Spots. I've been living with Fordyce Spots on my upper lip since age 17 or so. A few years ago, a dermatologist "tested" the hyfrecator on a couple areas - this seemed to help minimize them a bit, but they kind of reappeared. I also noticed that while I was on Accutane, the appearance of them pretty much dissipated entirely as it dried out the glands. Of course they reappeared after my Accutane cycle was complete. Over the years, it looks like they've become more prominent. I know some doctors simply say not to worry about them, but I find myself becoming very depressed by them every couple months as I have large lips and many, many spots. This has led to many hours of research and I'm very curious about trying CO2 laser treatment as it seems like the most effective treatment. I'm wondering if you have experience treating these. Thanks.

 

Hi C.
Thanks for the email. We do treat Fordyce spots on the lip. I agree that the CO2 is usually the most effective option. We just treated a young male patient with Fordyce spots. We did a test patch first and then full treatment once we were satisfied with how he responded. I like to do it like that as every patient is different. We don’t want to leave scars that look worse that the spots – so a conservative approach with a test patch is good.

You need to be sure that you have been off of Accutane for at least a year before we can treat you with the CO2 as Accutane decreases the ability for the skin to heal itself. It is otherwise a wonderful medication for acne (obviously).

 

Please call at 206-859-5777 to make an appointment for a consultation. Do know, that insurance will not cover the treatment of Fordyce spots. It is out of pocket (cosmetic). We can discuss cost when I see how large the area is.

 

Thank you again.

Jennifer Reichel MD

Director, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center

11011 Meridian Ave N Ste 102

Seattle WA, 98133

 

206-859-5777

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Dr. Jacobson featured in WalMart magazine

Dr. Laurie Jacobson was featured in WalMart World Magazine talking on Sunscreen and Skin Protection.


Topical moisturizers not working for irritated skin?

My child has very dry, itchy, and red skin and topical moisturizers are not working anymore.  What should I do? -T

Dear T,

I am sorry to hear about your child but you have come to the right place!  There are several different skin conditions that could be causing these skin changes in your child, some common ones being eczema (atopic dermatitis), allergic skin reactions, psoriasis, dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), and even dry skin (xerosis).  Over the counter moisturizer brands I like to recommend are CeraVe, Cetaphil, Eucerin, Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Vaseline.  When these are not working to control your child’s symptoms of itchy, dry, and red skin then it may be time to visit us here at our Renton dermatology clinic to properly diagnose your child’s skin condition and discuss stronger treatment options.

Megan Larson, PA-C

Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center

Renton, WA


Dr. Jacobson on Skin Cancer Awareness

Dr. Laurie Jacobson talks with Art from KOMO on Skin Cancer Awareness. Check it out!


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