Changing Seasons Affect your Skin Care Routine

skin care“The only constant is change.”

It’s a saying with which most of us are familiar. We know that life changes on a day to day basis; that there is no way we can guarantee an existence without the occasional surprise. Still, our subconscious quest for certainty often leads us into a rut. We use the same products and basic routine for years, and then wake up one day and wonder how our skin got so old.

The time to think about your skin care is now, not when lines and wrinkles are an obvious concern. Patients of our Spring Lake general and cosmetic dermatology office are supported in their efforts to maintain healthy, glowing skin no matter what their starting point. Here, we want to touch on how the changing seasons provide you an excellent opportunity to switch up your skin care routine.

Winter Woes

As the winter temperatures have dropped, your skin is most likely responding. Only you can notice these changes, which could turn to cries for help if subtle signs are not noticed. The main challenge of winter is the dryness of the air. The outside air is dryer thanks to falling digits. The air inside gets dryer, as well, when we heat it. In combination, these two factors deplete the lipid layer that provides a barrier between skin and the environment. On top of that, most people instinctively wash their hands more during the winter months, or use hand sanitizer. More drying! To combat the winter woes, change up your product line to include richer formulations of body wash and creams with emollients such as shea butter or lanolin. Sealing in moisture is vital to protecting skin from damage and premature aging.

That Summertime Sizzle

As we move closer to summer, we will discuss the value of a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen. The harshness of UV rays is the primary culprit of summer skin damage. There are several ways to mitigate risks, such as daily sunscreen use and wearing wide-brimmed hats when out in the sun.

We support our patients in the management of their most attractive, healthy skin. To schedule professional care from your Spring Lake dermatologist, call (732) 449-0167.

 

Nourish your Skin by What you Put on your Holiday Plate

Happy Holiday PlateWe have made our way back to the holiday season, and that means more opportunities to connect with friends and loved ones. It means opportunities to jump in the leaves, or to build a snowman. The holidays also tend to bring on a healthy dose of busyness. We have shopping and wrapping and cooking and more shopping to do. In the midst of all this, we may also find ourselves headed to numerous holiday gatherings. All of this hoopla can have unexpected effects on your skin. Here, we will dive into what you can feel good about eating this season, and what you may want to avoid.

The Happy Holiday Plate
There are certain winter foods, and certain goodies that we tend to enjoy more frequently around the holidays. Those that feed the skin – as well as our senses – include:

  • Coffee. The positive effects that coffee can have on the skin and the body in general can make you positively certain you will never again try to give up your favorite beverage. Specifically, some of the compounds in coffee beans that make it into your cup can offer substantial protection against nonmelanoma skin cancer.
  • Pumpkin. Bring on the pumpkin pie! This tasty treat is on most holiday tables, and now you can feel even better about that little extra slice. Pumpkin is filled with nourishing vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, which fights free radical that degrade the skin. There are also carotinoids in pumpkin that help you ward off damage from UV exposure.

Foods that Rob your Skin of Goodness
Yes, part of the reason that we indulge in holiday treats is because there is a certain type of comfort that we get from seasonal goodies. However, we also eat to feed the body with nourishing ingredients. Some of the holiday fare that could be detrimental to skin health include:

  • Fast food and processed foods. Most of the things we grab on the go are loaded with sodium. Too much salt can cause your face to look puffy.
  • Sugar. This is a hard one to avoid completely, but care should be taken to minimize sugar consumption through the holiday season and beyond. This is because sugar has been found to degrade collagen, which we need to avoid premature aging.

We extend well wishes to all of our patients for a healthy holiday season.

3 Things to Avoid After Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair RemovalWith the holiday season just around the corner, you are going to want to do everything to look and feel your best before all of those work parties, family parties, and parties with all of your best friends. And, as one of the best ways to look and feel like your sexiest and most attractive self, getting laser hair removal is a great option. By permanently getting rid of unwanted hair around your body, whether you are male or female, you can kiss your razor, tweezer, and waxer goodbye for good. However, as with any type of procedure that you are going to get done, recovery is one of the most important steps. Read on to learn more about things that you should avoid and try to do in between your laser hair removal treatments.

The Sun
Luckily, because it is almost winter, you likely won’t be spending too much time outside in the sun. However, depending on where you are getting laser hair removal done— your arms and face— you will need to cover up and avoid the sun as much as humanly possible. Because getting laser hair removal done can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun, it can cause you to burn and even scar— a lose, lose situation. If you do have to go outside, make sure that you cover your skin with sunscreen.

Avoid Hot Baths and the Sauna
If you are used to getting into a hot bath every night before bed or if you enjoy getting into the sauna in order to help clear out your pores and sinuses, then this part of recovery may be hard for you. However, for at least 24 hours following your laser hair removal treatment, we encourage you to avoid taking any hot bath, dip in the jacuzzi, or trip to the sauna.

Use a Skin Calming Cream
Because your skin might be a bit more sensitive after your laser hair removal treatment, purchase a skin calming cream beforehand. Something that has something like aloe vera in it will help to soothe your skin afterwards.

Get ready and equipped for this holiday season by getting laser hair removal done by Dr. Philip LoBuono. To learn more about laser hair removal, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

Two Very Important Proteins, Collagen and Elastin

anti aging treatmentsFirm, beautiful facial skin is a worthy goal for life-long skin care. Two naturally occurring proteins, collagen and elastin, play important roles in meeting that goal. You may have heard of them, read about them and possibly have wondered what they are.

  • Collagen is a very abundant protein found in your nails, skin, hair, muscles, tendons and other parts of your body – it is an important component of your body’s connective tissue. Collagen helps your skin stay smooth and firm. It also aids in the formation of new skin cells and keeps harmful toxins at bay.
  • Elastin is a protein that helps your skin stay young by keeping it flexible and elastic, thus countering the effects of gravity on your skin. There is less elastin in your body than collagen, but they work together to keep your skin flexible, firm and youthful looking.

Your body has less of these critical proteins as you age, and, as a result, your skin becomes loose, saggy and thin. It also damages more easily and is more susceptible to the effects of gravity. Fine lines and wrinkles appear and your skin may sag, which creates the appearance of jowls and a double chin.

It’s impossible to completely prevent the visible signs of aging, but there are some things you can do to protect the collagen and elastin in your body and keep your skin looking young for as long as possible:

  • Stop smoking. Just do it.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Avoid spending too much time in the sun – and always use sunscreen when you are outside.

And, as many of our client’s do, consider one of the cosmetic treatments we offer to counter the visual signs of aging. We proudly offer Restylane® and Perlane® – FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

Call us for a consultation, today, to learn more about the anti-aging, cosmetic procedures we offer our clients: (732) 449-0167.

A Beginner’s Guide To Chemical Peels

chemical peels Considering a chemical peel? Good! A chemical peel can make a huge difference in the way your skin feels and looks. Peels are popular, effective and fast. If you are curious to learn more, read on. Dr. LoBuono’s goal is to provide his patients with glowing, more youthful-looking skin, and a peel is just one of the ways he can accomplish this for you.

We offer peels tailored to your unique needs, ranging from mild to strong, including:

  • TCA (trichloroacetic acid) for medium-depth peels. Because these peels penetrate deeper, they are usually only performed once.
  • Neo-Strata glycolic acid peels, which are made from natural fruit juice acids and vary in strength from 20 to 70 percent. These peels improve skin tone, reduce pores, clear away wrinkles and fine lines, and leave your skin radiant. A series of these peels is recommended.

Our peels achieve the most optimum results possible with the least amount of down time. Each type of peel is different; each is specifically designed to enhance and improve the look and texture of your skin.

Renewing your skin and reviving how you feel about yourself are 2 reasons to schedule a chemical peel. Here are 5 more:

  1. Increase the production of collagen
  2. Improve minor acne scars and treat existing acne
  3. Correct surface aging problems
  4. Un-clog pores
  5. Remove sun spots, freckles, and blotches

Your skin will feel warm during your peel; it may also sting or burn slightly. Afterwards, your skin will feel dry and tight, and may be red for an hour or so. Your skin will be sensitive to the sun, so you must be diligent about using a good sunscreen.

Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. LoBuono and discuss with him which of the peels we offer would be best for your skin type. You may even want to enhance your peel with another procedure, such as a Botox treatment or a dermal filler. Call, today: (732) 449-0167.

Hear, Hear! It’s Time For “Brotox”

botoxBotox…our women clients love it! Why? Because they love the way it makes them feel and look, and they love the compliments they get from friends and admirers. It’s not surprising, then, that the number of men – taking the cue from their women friends and partners – are opting for Botox injections as the perfect way to maintain a younger look. Botox remains the safe, easy and perfect way to get rid of wrinkles, especially those between the brows and around the eyes and mouth.

It has taken a bit longer for men to sing the praises of Botox, but over the last few years more and more men have become more open and proactive about their appearance. There also appears to be less of a stigma associated with cosmetic procedures for men. This injectable trend for men has been given the name “Brotox.”

So, why the man-shift to Botox? Men may feel pressured to maintain a more youthful look in the highly competitive job market. Youthful appearance has always been an asset, for both women and men. For those who are job hunting, looking less stressed and more youthful can give an applicant a definite edge. Botox provides men that edge and helps them feel better about themselves.

So, guys, if you decide to try a Botox treatment, discuss the results you want to achieve with Dr. LoBuono. He is experienced injecting male patients – who have unique muscle mass, fiber patterns and distribution of hair follicles. Exact Botox dosing requirements for men do not currently exist, but there is consensus that men require higher doses than their female counterparts. Most men are conservative about their injections and privacy is definitely a concern.

Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. LoBuono, today, to learn more about “Brotox” treatments: (732) 449-0167.

Dr. LoBuono Specializes In Treating All Types of Skin Cancers

skin cancer screeningDid you know that Dr. LoBuono is a specialist in both general and surgical dermatology with respect to the treatment of all types of skin cancers, including melanomas, basal and squamous cell carcinomas, and Mycosis Fungoides (the most common form of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma which commonly affects the skin, but may progress internally)? Dr. LoBuono is board certified, with over 30 years of experience in private practice.

We talked about skin cancer in last month’s blog, but as a refresher, here are the three types of skin cancers, from least serious to most deadly:

  • Basal cell carcinomas are slow growing and are unlikely to spread or cause death.
  • Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to spread. They, therefore, are more serious.
  • Melanomas are the most aggressive and the most serious.

Most skin cancers are manageable and easily treatable if caught early. The treatments can vary from “freezing” to surgical removal. If you have a growth that is surgically removed, Dr. LoBuono will send the removed tissue to a lab for testing and will then proceed with an appropriate treatment protocol.

One of the reasons it is so important to get yearly exams of your entire body, including your scalp, is to check for any changes to existing moles or growth and to scan for new growths. Melanoma is nothing to sneeze at and is not to be ignored. It can be deadly.

Summer is here and the sun is at its hottest. It goes without saying that using sunscreen is recommended as a preventative measure, as is wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes and wearing a hat, especially if you are balding. Remember also that the use of tanning beds has been linked to skin cancers.

The take-away is that we are here to help you with any concerns you may have, especially regarding skin cancer. Please don’t wait if you have a suspicious growth or a mole that has changed. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. LoBuono, today: (732) 449-0167.

A Few Things You Should Know About Skin Cancer

skin cancer treatmentSummer is here and that means fun times spent outside…with your skin bombarded by the sun’s damaging UV rays. It’s a given that these rays can cause your skin to prematurely age – and wrinkles, “age spots,” and even skin cancer can be the result.

Skin cancer is due to the development of abnormal cells that may invade or spread to other parts of the body. The three types of skin cancer are:

  1. Basal cell, a slow growing cancer which is unlikely to spread to distant areas of the body or cause death. It appears as a painless, sometimes shiny raised area of the skin.
  2. Squamous cell, which is more likely to spread. It appears as a hard lump with a scaly top.
  3. Melanoma, the most aggressive type. Moles that have changed in size, color or shape or are itchy or bleed are some of the signs of melanoma.

What do you know about skin cancer prevention?

  • Damage from the sun’s rays is cumulative.
  • To be effective, sunscreen must be worn. Sunscreen helps block the rays than lead to skin cancer but it does not prevent it.
  • Choose a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays because both are damaging to your skin.
  • People with many moles have a higher risk of developing melanoma.
  • Other risk factors include advanced age, heredity, light skin color and exposure to tanning beds.
  • Over one million people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with skin cancer. Unfortunately, many more go undiagnosed.
  • Skin cancer is serious, but most skin cancers, if found early, are treatable.

As you age, it is especially important to have your skin checked at least once a year for any changes or abnormalities, to have any pre-cancerous lesions treated and to examine any new, changed or otherwise suspicious growths. If you have questions or concerns about a mole or suspicious growth, call to schedule an appointment, today: (732) 449-0167.

You May Not Be Feeling “Rosy” About Your Rosacea

rosaceaIf you suffer from the common, chronic skin condition known as rosacea, you are not alone. Rosacea is becoming increasingly widespread among baby-boomers, and is especially common in fair-skinned, blue-eyed women between the ages of 30 and 50. More than 14 million Americans are living with rosacea – and are suffering its self-esteem deflating, debilitating effects.

Rosacea is a skin condition which is often misunderstood. Continue reading to learn 5 things you may not know about rosacea and its treatment:

  1. Evidence suggests that susceptibility to rosacea may be inherited. Many people who suffer from it have family members who also have rosacea.
  2. Sadly, because of its red-faced, acne-like effects on personal appearance, rosacea can cause significant social, psychological and occupational problems if left untreated.
  3. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown but the range of possible causes includes defects in the immune system, nervous system or facial blood vessels, and the presence of microbes or Demodex Mites.
  4. Scientists have found that most people with acne-like rosacea react to a bacterium called bacillus oleronius. This causes their immune system to over react.
  5. There is no cure for rosacea, but medical help is available – such as topical and oral medications – which can control its signs and symptoms.

Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. LoBuono for a complete examination of your skin, a diagnosis, and appropriate treatment modalities – before these rosacea signs and symptoms become severe:

  • Small blood vessels which are visible on the face (telangiectasia)
  • Pimples or bumps on the face
  • Redness or flushing on the nose, cheeks, forehead or chin
  • Watery, irritated eyes

If you have concerns about dealing with rosacea and would like to know more about the treatments available, call for a consultation appointment, today: (732) 449-0167.

Spring Is No Time For Spots!

It’s true. “Active aging” is trending as more of us are spending time outside, in the sun, all year long…hiking, skiing, gardening, playing golf or tennis. Spring is almost here and with it increasingly sunny days and exposure to damaging UV and UVB rays.

skin rejuvenationAge spots, sometimes called sunspots or liver spots, typically appear on skin that has had the most exposure over the years to Ultraviolet light from the sun. They are commonly found on the face, the backs of the hands, the shoulders and neck. The use of tanning beds or tanning lamps can also contribute to their development. Age spots are small and flat but they can group together making them appear even larger. They commonly develop in people with fair complexions but they are also seen in people with darker complexions. Although they are usually harmless, they can be a sign of aging – especially on the face and hands.

Dr. LoBuono offers a non-invasive treatment solution, a breakthrough technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or PhotoRejuvenation, which employs the combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energies of ELOS technology. ELOS safely and precisely targets pigmented lesions such as freckles, spider veins, rosacea and age spots.

How does IPL work?

The treatment area is prepared with a cool gel. Then the ELOS hand-piece is used to gently pulse an intense light over the area. The combined radio frequency and light penetrate the affected area, destroying the melanin-producing cells. The generated heat impairs the vessels or lesions without damaging the surface of the skin. After treatment, the skin is cleaned and sun block applied. Healing begins immediately, but the lesions may darken before they flake off or are absorbed by the body.

Each treatment takes about 20 minutes and can be repeated as often as every 3 to 4 weeks. Discomfort is minimal and there is little or no downtime. You can resume normal activities immediately. Following treatment, your skin will appear smoother and tighter, with a more even texture.

Call to request an appointment, today, and let Dr. LuBuono tell you about the benefits of this remarkable treatment: (732) 449-0167.