Skin care is a major target of the cosmetic "anti-age" treatment. Young skin is flexible, elastic, smooth and well hydrated. The aging process modifies the skin's characteristics quite visibly with lines, wrinkles, discoloration, thinning, and loss of elasticity. It is often the skin's appearance that first makes us aware of our age.
The skin is our largest organ and functions as a protective covering, a sensing organ, an oil producer and an organ of elimination (through evaporation and perspiration, it clears toxins from the body). If any of the structures in the skin are not working properly, a rash or abnormal sensation is the result. The whole specialty of dermatology is devoted to understanding the skin, what can go wrong, and what to do if something does go wrong.
Aesthetics is devoted to treating the dermis (non-surgically) and becoming pro-active in the care of the skin.
It is important to protect the skin against damange to maintain its elasticity, appearance and overall health. Preventive methods include a healthy diet, supplements, daily moisturizing, sunscreens, not smoking or excessive alcohol use, and the use of sun filters/blockers against UV light (hats, visors, sunglasses, etc.).
If damage has occurred, treatments in the forms of anti-wrinkle, skin renewal, moisturizing and barrier repair are available to help stimulate the skin's natural production of collagen to help restore the structure of the skin and smooth out wrinkles. These treatments will usually contain peptides and growth factors.
Information for Physicians
- Anazao Tite-A Cream
Wrinkle reducer (Botox-like) containing acetyl-hexapeptide and Idebenone in a HRT base.
- Hormonal Wrinkle Cream
Topical wrinkle reducer containing: Estriol, Pregnenolone, Co-Q10, Lipoic Acid, DMAE and Ascorbyl Palmitate in a retinoin cream base.
- Placental Cream
Topical wrinkle reducer containing: Estriol, Co-Q10, Lipoic Acid, Pycnogenol in a placental base.
- Azealic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Tretinoin Solution
- BLT (Benzocaine 20%, Lidocaine 6%, Tetracaine 4%)
- TML (Transmucosal Lozenge)
- Sugar-free formulation
- Available in a variety of strengths
Chemical peels are available in a variety of strengths, pH levels, sizes, dosage forms and delivery systems.
- AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
- Light chemical peels
- Glycolic Acid (extracted from sugar cane)
- Lactic Acid (extracted from milk)
- Malic Acid (extracted from pears and apples)
- BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids)
- Light Chemical Peel
- Salicylic Acid
- TCA Solution (Trichloroacetic Acid)
- Phenol Peel Dispersion
- Anazao Brite
A whitening agent containing Sepi-White (inhibits the production and sipersion of melatonin) in a retinoin cream base.
A skin-lightening agent that inhibits tyrosinase which prevents the formation of melanin. Available in a variety of strengths with normal ranges between 0.5% to 3%.
- Ascorbic Acid
A skin-lightening agent containing a form of Vitamin C considered stable and an effective antioxidant for the skin. Available in a variety of strengths with normal ranges between 1% to 20%.
- Azealic Acid
A skin-lightening agent used in certain patients with a tan discoloration of face, such as pregnant women or women taking birth control pills. It is available in a cream or gel.
- Hydroquinone Cream
A topical whitening agent considered the "gold standard." Available in a variety of strengths with normal ranges between 2% to 20% and can be combined with Kojic Acid and steroids.
- Kojic Acid
A whitening agent created from several fungi species that inhibits the formation of pigment.
- For an individually compounded scar reduction agent, call pharmacist with request.
Available in 0.7% or combination of Cantharidin 1%, Podophyllin 5% and Salicylic Acid 30%
PCCA, Topical Skin Lightening Agents Used to Treat Melasma. 2008.
S. McQuillan, MD. The Ageless Aesthetic Institute
New Beauty Magazine. Spring-Summer 2008; Florida, Volume 4: Issue 2.