Common Dermatology Myths Debunked

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When it comes to the field of dermatology there are a lot of misconceptions out there. That’s why we decided to put together a list of some of the more common ones to help debunk those assumptions.Beautiful Woman Dermatology

Myth: Foods can cause acne.

Now while what you eat can have an influence on the health of your skin, in regards to acne, is usually correlated to genetics. Although foods cannot cause you to get acne, it is possible for them to contribute to it, however.

Myth: Genetics determine how your skin will age.

Another common myth is that genetics play a large role in how your skin ages. Although genetics can play a role, a bigger one is played by your lifestyle and overall health.

Myth: If I get a base tan at a salon, I won’t sunburn outdoors.

This one couldn’t be further from the truth. A tan is actually a sign of damage to your skin and in no way prevents further damage from future sun exposure. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid tanning and use sunscreen.

Myth: Any sunscreen will adequately protect my skin from the sun.

A sunscreen must have an SPF of at least 30, combined with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  This will help to block both UVA (long-wave radiation which can lead to wrinkling and aging) and UVB (short-wave radiation which can cause sunburn) rays, both of which can lead to skin cancer.

Myth: Once I put on sunscreen for the day, it is not necessary to apply it again.

Sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours or after exposure to water.

Myth: If I shave my hair, it will grow back thicker.

Unfortunately for people with thinning hair, this is not true. Although the hair may appear thicker after shaving, this is just an optical illusion. The hair is exactly the same thickness it was before shaving it.

As you can see, there are a lot of myths in relation to dermatology, but hopefully being aware of some will help you in the future.

Boosters are serums that can be added onto a HydraFacial to help customize the treatment for specific skincare needs. Each booster has its own unique benefits and is very effective in enhancing the overall results of a HydraFacial.HydraFacial Boosters

Some of our most popular boosters include:

1) Dermabuilder – Helps to even out skin tone, smooth the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, and enhance the skin’s overall elasticity.

2) Alastin Trihex-Pro Booster – Clears out damaged collagen and elastin while assisting the skin in developing more. It can also help to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.

3) Circadia Chrono-Peptide – Further energizes the skin, which in turn, leaves it more radiant and glowing.

4) Senté Dermal Repair – Enhances hydration while helping reduce the appearance of redness.

If you would like to learn more about HydraFacial boosters and how they can benefit your skin, call 716-688-0020 or click here.

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As you may already know, a HydraFacial is a great way to pamper your skin. Offering a variety of benefits, this revolutionary treatment can achieve some pretty amazing results. Pair it with a Perk, however, and those results get even better!

HydraFacial Perk

So, what’s a Perk? A Perk is an add-on treatment to a HydraFacial that specifically targets the most delicate areas of the face (eyes and lips). Utilizing patented roller-flex technology, the results of the treatment are immediate and long-lasting.

For the eyes, a combination of horse chestnut seed extract and arnica flower extract help to tone, firm, and hydrate the area. And then for the lips, ingredients of peppermint oil and peony extract are able to refresh, hydrate, and lightly plump the area.

So, if you want to take your HydraFacial to the next level a Perk is the way to go! To learn more about a HydraFacial with a Perk or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.

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The holidays can wreak havoc on your skin. Whether it be from the cold weather or the stress that comes with the season, it’s important to have a good skincare routine in place this time of year. So, we came up with a list of some things that will help to keep your skin looking its best this holiday season.

Holiday Skin Care

  • Don’t crank up the heat. Try to keep your thermostat in the range of 68-72 degrees. Any higher may lead to your skin drying out. And even with keeping it low, consider using a humidifier. This will further help in making the air less dry.
  • Cleanse & moisturize your face daily. Washing your face helps to remove dirt, oil, and debris which can all contribute to acne breakouts. After cleansing, it’s then important to use a moisturizer. This will help your skin to lock in moisture and provide it with continued hydration.
  • Exfoliate at least once a week. Exfoliating helps better absorption of skincare products and further helps in removing any dead skin cells or impurities.
  • Use sunscreen. This one is not commonly followed in the colder months but is very important. The sun’s harmful UV rays are prevalent year-round so wearing an SPF of at least 50 will help to keep your skin protected.
  • Get a Chemical Peel or a HydraFacial. Both of these treatments are a great way to exfoliate and keep your skin looking refreshed and revitalized.

Follow these tips and your skin will be merry and bright this holiday season!

The holidays can be a stressful (and cold) time of year. Due to that, skincare is of the utmost importance. That’s why treating yourself to a chemical peel or HydraFacial is a must! So, which is best for you? We asked our aesthetician Jamie Popp and here’s what she had to say about the benefits of each: Chemical Peel OR HydraFacial Woman

Chemical Peel

  • Safe for all skin types
  • Enhances skin tone and texture
  • Great for anti-aging (fine lines and wrinkles)
  • Minimizes pore size
  • Helps with acne
  • Penetrates deep into the skin, working underneath the epidermis
  • Continues to help the skin even after treatment
  • One of the best treatment options for melasma
  • Perfect for skin sensitivity to rosacea
  • Aside from the face, it can also be used on the neck, chest, and hands

HydraFacial

  • Safe for all skin types
  • Cleanses deep into the pores
  • Offers a milder chemical peel
  • Lasting hydration
  • Leaves the skin dewy in appearance, with a noticeable glow
  • Kills acne bacteria
  • Exfoliates by removing dead skin cells

Overall, a HydraFacial is a much more comprehensive and in-depth treatment in comparison to a chemical peel. But, if you are looking to even your skin tone and remove dark spots, a chemical peel may be the better option. If you would like to learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.

Are you looking to improve the look and appearance of your skin? Then a chemical peel may be for you! In this treatment, a chemical solution is gently applied to the face, neck, or hands leading the skin to exfoliate and peel off. The new skin is typically much smoother and less wrinkled than the skin that was there prior.

Woman looking at skin in mirror

There are a variety of different chemical peels that we offer and each has its own benefit. These include:

  • Glycolic GA Peel. Enhances skin tone and texture. Minimizes pore size and has anti-aging benefits.
  • Jessner JR Peel. A cocktail of three different peels that is ideal for softening unwanted fine lines and mild to moderate hyperpigmentation.
  • Mandelic MA Peel. A superficial peel that is perfect for rosacea, redness relief, and sensitive skin.
  • Pyruvic PA Peel. A superficial peel that’s perfect for oily, acne-prone skin. Mainly used for light to moderate premature skin aging.
  • Salicylic SA Peel. A 30% salicylic peel that’s also good for oily, acne-prone skin.

If you would like to learn more about our chemical peels and which one may be right for you, schedule an appointment today with our aesthetician.

Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

Looking for the best gifts this holiday? We put together a list of some of our favorite products and treatments related to skincare.

The Holiday Gift Guide 2021

  1. SKINCEUTICALS C E FERULIC // One of the most popular skincare products out there. A perfect option for combatting the signs of aging and protecting against environmental damage.
  2. PCA SKIN HYALURONIC ACID BOOSTING SERUM // Patients love the way this product feels on their skin. Instantly hydrating. An essential for every skincare regimen.
  3. MICRO-NEEDLING // A great treatment for someone dealing with acne scars or fine lines. In just a few treatments, the skin will show noticeable improvement.
  4. HYDRAFACIAL // If you know someone who wants to freshen up their skin and wants to see the results immediately, then this is the perfect gift! This pampering treatment cleanses, extracts, and hydrates the skin in only three steps.
  5. VIVISCAL PRO DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS // A 100% drug-free supplement that helps with hair growth. Thicker, fuller hair can be seen in as little as three months.
  6. REGENEPURE 5% MINOXIDIL SPRAY // One of the best treatments available for hair loss. An easy-to-use spray helps to thicken and regrow hair in only a few months.
  7. SUBLATIVE RF SKIN TIGHTENING // A rejuvenation treatment that treats fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring. One of our favorite things about the treatment is the drastic results paired with minimal downtime.
  8. VELASHAPE III BODY CONTOURING // Simply put, this is the best non-invasive treatment for minimizing the appearance of cellulite. A great option for stubborn areas that diet and exercise won’t address.

Hopefully, this list will help simplify your search for the perfect gift and make the season a little less stressful!

Being the body’s largest organ, the skin plays a crucial role in protecting and keeping it safe.  That’s why it’s also important to make sure the skin remains healthy as well. And with November being National Healthy Skin Month, we thought this would be the perfect time to explore how to do just that.

Healthy skin woman

  • Determine your skin type. Whether it’s normal, dry, oily, combination, or sensitive, this correlates to what kind of skincare products to use. And in some cases, if you use the wrong ones, it can actually do more harm than good.
  • Wash your face at least once a day. We recommend that our patients use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser using lukewarm water. This will provide gentle but effective results.
  • Moisturize daily. Try applying a lotion or cream moisturizer after bathing/showering (while your skin is still wet). This helps to lock in the moisture and will get the best results.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Seek shade, wear protective clothing and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. All of which will help to prevent premature skin aging, wrinkling, and even skin cancer.
  • Examine your skin regularly. Check for suspicious or unusual spots which could be a sign of skin cancer. Some things to look out for are anything that changes in appearance, itches, or bleeds.

Following the above tips will not only help to keep your skin looking its best but safe as well. If you would like to learn more, call us at 716-688-0020 or click here to schedule an appointment today.  

Rozatrol Booster

Adding a booster to a HydraFacial offers a variety of benefits for the skin. And with October being Eczema Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight one booster in particular, the ZO Skin Health Rozatrol.

This booster is great for eczema because it was specifically developed with the skin condition in mind. Offering a combination of redness relieving ingredients, it’s perfect for minimizing the appearance of skin redness and dryness. In doing that, the overall appearance of the skin is improved with a smoother texture and more even tone.

Overall, the ZO Skin Health Rozatrol is a phenomenal option for eczema that provides patients instant relief and cumulative benefits as they continue with the treatment. If you would like to learn more about adding the ZO Rozatrol to a HydraFacial at the Neiman Dermatology Building in Buffalo, NY, call 716-688-0020 or click here.

September is Healthy Aging Month, which is a great opportunity to focus on the overall well-being of your skin. Did you know that as we age, aside from those annoying fine lines and wrinkles that pop up, the risk for skin cancer also increases? The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that by the age of 70, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer. Older Woman Gardening

That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of the health of your skin. Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm. This is when the sun peaks in the sky and UV rays are at their strongest.
  • Wear sunscreen daily. Even on cloudy, winter days, harmful UV rays are still prevalent. We recommend our patients wear a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30, reapplying every two hours.
  • If outside for extended periods, wear a hat with a wide brim. This will not only provide shade for your face but also increased protection from sun exposure.
  • Regular skin examinations. We recommend our patients get their skin checked for any cancerous lesions at least once a year. Patients with a history of skin cancer are advised to be seen more frequently.
  • Avoid tanning. This one cannot be emphasized enough. Aside from increasing the risk of skin cancer, it can also contribute to speeding up the aging process.

These tips will not only help to keep your skin looking its best, but also decrease your risk of skin cancer. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at 716-688-0020 or click here.