.Shop: Skin Care Must Haves.

Hi DermDivas!

Today I will be comparing my favorite must have skin care products.  These products can be purchased by clicking the links below or just click here to shop my Instagram looks!

You don’t need to leave the house and they will be sent directly to you! Can you say score?


Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash • Cetaphil • $13.99  SIMPLE. NON-DRYING. OIL CONTROL. I recommend this facial cleanser to ALL of my acne patients! I can’t lie – I LOVE this product and use during the week.  It makes my skin feel SO CLEAN! Thanks #galderma for an awesome product!

SkinMedica Facial Cleanser • Skinmedica • $38  SAFE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES. Oily skin? Dry skin? No problem! Works to rid dirt, oils and makeup. Perfect to use twice a day as part of your daily regimen.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel • Neutrogena • $17.99  LIGHTWEIGHT. HYDRATING. NON-GREASY. Awesome moisturizer to use daily before you put your makeup on or before going to sleep. Does not make your skin feel sticky. Perfect OTC product if you are new to the skin care world, and looking for something easy to use everyday. Won’t break the bank (WBTB) either!

HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator • Skinmedica • $178  A TRUE HYALURONIC ACID. Did you know #hyaluronicacid is naturally found in our skin? By 50 we can lose up to 40% of natural HA. This product leaves you skin feeling supple, plump and rejuvinated. Perfect for that #dermdiva who is looking for an anti-aging product to help stimulate new HA production.


SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic • Skinceuticals • $163  VITAMINS C, E AND FERULIC ACID. Trifecta of antioxidants which prevent anti-aging. Helps reduct pigmentation from sun damage. Comes in a cute bottle with a fancy dropper. Rich, hydrating and perfect for nighttime use.

Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum • Skinmedica • $154  THE “NO HYDROQUINONE” PRODUCT. I have used Lytera in the past , but SkinMedica has recently launched Lytera 2.0. This pigment corrector is safe to use on all skin types.  I noticed results in as little as 2 weeks! Perfect for any #dermdiva who is not into serums. Use twice a day (before makeup in the AM, after washing face in the PM) for best results.


Clinique Limited-Edition Jumbo All About Eyes Rich • Clinique • $53  PERFECT NON-MEDICAL GRADE EYE CREAM. Moisturizing, super rich product. Great for first time eye cream users. May not be for that #dermdiva with extra puffiness after a long night out. Overall a great first step in the anti-aging eye cream world. Another WBTB score!

SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair® • Skinmedica • $102  ANTI-AGING. HA. VITAMINS A, C AND E. Anti-aging eye cream in ONE bottle. Best of the best. Fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles be gone! A must have for any #dermdiva who wants to increase collagen, elasticity and reduce signs of aging. #tgfskinmedica


These last four products are ones that patients have tried and loved or skincare tools for everyday use. No comparison to other products; just ones that are needed in your medicine cabinet!

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum® • Skinmedica • $281  PRICEY – BUT WORTH IT. For that #dermdiva who has already tried OTC products that just aren’t cutting it. Eye cream, day cream and night time in one bottle. The fine line and wrinkle fighter. Another #tgfskinmedica product.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion • Mario Badescu • $17  BLEMISH BE GONE! Salicylic Acid + calming calamine creates the perfect combination to get rid of that pimple fast. Many of my patients swear by this product! Personally, I like our SDG Clear Clinic “Vanished” because I can throw it in my bag, there is an easy to use applicator, and I know it works!

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 • Skinceuticals • $125 WINTER DRY SKIN CURE. Omg – have you ever put your foundation on (shop my favorite foundation here) and your face looks super dry and flaky? I have been experiencing that all winter until I started using this amazing product. Rich and EXTRA moisturizing, but does not clog pores! A winter must have!

Clarisonic Smart Profile(TM) Set • clarisonic • $199 ON SALE! 33% OFF! BUY NOW! Have you been wanting to try a #clarisonicproduct but not sure which one? Look no further. This Smart Profile set by Clarisonic is perfect! It will remove dirt, oils and your makeup without stripping your skin of natural oils. Even better this product is ON SALE! CLICK FAST — you don’t want to wait too long and miss out!

Thanks for checking out my favorite skin care products! Throughout the year I change my regimens because my skin becomes more dry or more oily from the weather. I will be sure to share those tips throughout the next few months with you all!

xoxo,

TheDermDiva

PS. If you are interested in chatting more about skin care or how to fight anti-aging comment below! If you live in the NY-Long Island area you can always make an appointment with me in my Smithtown office! I’d love to meet you and chat about all things beauty+dermatology!

.Get rid of Acne FAST: All about Acne Light Therapy Treatments.

Today’s post will be featuring the latest acne treatment options that can help reduce breakouts STAT! Who has time for a stubborn pimple anyway? From a work event to a first date I can get rid of that blemish ASAP!

Acne light therapy treatment AKA “red/blue light” is used in my practice to speed up the acne treatment process. There is barely any down time and it’s virtually painless! I will take you step by step through what this treatment is, why we use it, and how it can benefit your skin!

Red/Blue light is a LED therapy that benefits patients who have acne prone skin (think: oily skin, inflamed pimples, etc.) The treatment is broken down into two – 15 minute sessions. The first 15 minutes is a blue light that helps kill the Propioni­bacterium acnes, (P. acnes) bacteria found in our oil glands that cause pimples. The last 15 minutes is a bright red light (infrared) that minimally heats the skin, decreases the size of our oil glands, and eliminates inflammation (bye bye redness!) For best results the treatment should be performed at least twice a week.   This acne light therapy is safe to use with any topical or oral acne treatment regimen.  In fact, I even recommend this to my isotretinoin (accutane) patients! I love this treatment because it can be done during a lunch break or before/after school.

Our Red/Blue light machine

Prior to starting the area being treated is cleansed with alcohol. The patient is then given goggles to wear during the half hour procedure for eye protection.  The LED panel is then placed approximately 1-2 centimeters over the body treatment area (such as face, back and chest.)  The settings are set and the patient is ready to go! So easy, right?

LED panel


We can also use the blue light by itself for a procedure called Photodynatic Therapy.  PDT is used with a medication called levulan ( 5-aminolevulinic Acid.) This is a very effective treatment for patients who have moderate to severe acne.  Typically patients will need a series of treatments for optimal results.

First, the area is cleansed with acetone at least 2 times to remove any dirt or oils. Next, the photosensitive agent levulan is applied to the area affected with acne for an incubation period.  The incubation period ranges from as little as 15 minutes to as long as 45 minutes depending on skin type and number of treatment sessions.  After the incubation period patients are given goggles to wear, and are then placed under the blue light for 15 minutes. Post procedure it is VERY important to stay out of the sun for at least three days.  It is also important to wear SPF (I love EltaMD UV Clear) stop all topical acne treatments, and wash your skin with gentle cleansers twice a day. Patients should expect redness, dryness, and peeling of the skin post procedure.

Companies such as Neutrogena have come out with #athome light therapy treatments.  The question is always asked – what’s the difference? Naturally in-office treatments have stronger LED capabilities and depth. What’s the cost of #redbluelight treatment you might ask? It will vary from office to office as it is not covered by insurance. In my Smithtown office I charge my patients $150.00 per session.

If you are someone who has a lot of redness on the face, cysts that are painful and won’t go away or even just one or two white heads THIS TREATMENT IS FOR YOU!

Wishing all of my #dermdivas a great Monday!

xoxo,

TheDermDiva

PS. Acne light therapy is in People Magazine ! Take a look at this article that features Dr. Schweiger!