MOST COMMON SKIN CARE QUESTIONS

What do anti-aging creams do?

Anti-aging creams do a variety of things, all with the intent of making a person look younger. Different creams have different ingredients and functions, from reducing dullness and discoloration to erasing wrinkles and scars. The cream may also exfoliate or protect the skin from elements such as free radicals and pollutants. All skin creams should also moisturize and encourage skin elasticity.

What is the difference between day and night creams?

Skin care brands may offer both a day and night formulation. The daytime formulation often contains a sunscreen along with basic anti-aging ingredients. Day creams will also look good on the skin and may contain makeup or other skin-enhancing features. Night formulas won’t contain sunscreen, and they are often richer in consistency than day creams. Since the skin renews itself best at night, night creams act as a moisture barrier that penetrates the skin slowly. Night creams will have ingredients that moisturize and improve the health of skin cells.

What ingredients should I be looking for?

The ingredients you choose will depend largely on your skin and the care it needs. Acids such as alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), retinoic acid, alpha lipoic acid, which is derived from animal fats, and lactic acid, which comes from milk byproducts, can exfoliate the skin, revealing a fresher skin surface. Some acids can also increase collagen production in the skin, plumping out lines and enhancing elasticity. Many anti-aging creams include vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and can limit and repair skin cell damage, while vitamins A and E can increase the firmness of your skin and infuse creams with added moisture.

Should I consider natural ingredients?

Natural ingredients are popular in skin creams and do have some anti-aging benefits. Ingredients such as papaya extract, grapeseed oil and mud minerals work to soften, condition and resurface the skin, smoothing out wrinkles over time. Natural ingredients are gentle on sensitive skin, and they are also better for the environment than many traditional skin cream ingredients. All of these features make them a popular skin care choice.

How should I apply anti-aging skin cream?

It is a good idea to apply anti-aging cream with a gentle, upward stroke of the fingertips. Do not drag or pull the skin when applying, as this can harm elasticity. It is also important to apply the right amount. A dime-size amount of cream is perfect in most cases. You should also follow the manufacturer’s directions for applying the skin cream. For example, if you have purchased your skin cream in a set, use the day cream during the day and the night cream at night. If your skin cream recommends several applications per day, follow these guidelines for maximum results.

How can I fight toxins and pollution that can age my skin?

Toxins in the air can make your skin look older than you actually are. The reason: free radical damage. Free radicals, which are formed naturally when you exercise and when your body makes food into energy, can attack the collagen and elastic tissue in the skin. Antioxidants can combat free radical damage. Look for products that contain resveratrol, green tea, vitamin C, and niacinamide. Also, eat foods that are high in antioxidants like fruits and vegetables. Always choose fruits and vegetables that are darker in color. For example, a red grapefruit has more antioxidants than a white grapefruit. And a red pepper has more antioxidants than a green pepper.
The dirt and dust in the air can also clog your pores, so it’s important to wash your face every day with a mild cleanser. I’m a big fan of sonic cleansing systems, which help vibrate the dirt off the skin.

How old should I be to start taking care of my skin so I don’t get wrinkles?

You’re never too young to start looking after your skin. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. Make certain it’s at least an SPF 30, and look for one with zinc or titanium dioxide. You can also look for an over-the-counter retinol product to reverse sun damage, and use it every night. You can start using retinol in your 20s. The eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in the body and doesn’t have much oil, so it’s always good to use an eye cream. Look for one with hyaluronic acid. This ingredient binds water to the skin and is very hydrating.

Can your diet help keep your skin looking younger?

Skin is the largest organ in the body; so it’s certainly worth taking care of. Not having an adequate diet contributes to your skin’s appearance in multiple ways. If we look at the skin’s ability to protect itself from ultraviolet light, there are key nutrients involved in that. It’s important to have vitamins A and C and D. These actually play a role in protecting skin from ultraviolet light.

What’s the best skin care for my aging, less elastic skin?

One of the best moisturizing ingredients for aging skin is hyaluronic acid. This is a natural substance produced by the body, and it will bind molecules of moisture to your complexion. This is helpful for aging skin because hydration is the key to a soft and supple texture to your skin tone.
On top of that, focus on drinking water to stay hydrated and improve elasticity in your skin!

What happens to aging skin?

As you age, your body begins to slow production of two components of the skin: collagen and elastin. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles. The breakdown of these proteins is made worse by sun exposure and gravity, and results in the sagging appearance of aged skin.
Your skin becomes thinner, drier, and more fragile as the inner layer of skin (the dermis) starts to thin. Fat beneath the skin and in the cheeks, chin, and nose disappears, causing skin to sag. Facial hair increases, pores enlarge, and women going through hormonal changes may experience acne and breakouts similar to those in their teen years.
The body’s ability to fight free radicals that attack and damage cells and collagen also slows with age.

What are aging spots?

Aging spots, or solar lentigines, primarily result from sun damage. Age spots have also been mislabeled as liver spots. (They do not have any correlation with liver disease.) The majority of age spots are benign (noncancerous). If you notice any changes in the border, color, or diameter of any lesions on your skin, you should be evaluated by your dermatologist.

What can I do about brown spots on my face, neck and hands?

Age spots, technically called “solar lentigines,” are well-defined, uniformly colored areas of brown or grayish pigment that generally appear on the hands, face, neck, and chest. Despite the name, these spots are the result of sun exposure, not age.
You can treat age spots several ways. The most popular at-home treatments are over-the-counter (OTC) hydroquinone (HQ) preparations, which inhibit melanin production in the skin. But they tend to be more effective for treating melasma or hormonally induced irregular pigmentations than for true age spots.
Dermatologists often have results with prescription-strength retinol and HQ creams, which work faster than OTC formulations. Dermatologists also use microdermabrasion, chemical peels, chemical spot treatments, laser treatments, and light therapy to lighten age spots. Some of these procedures require just one treatment; others take two or three sessions.
Remember to have a dermatologist check your age spots yearly to make sure they truly are benign. And if you notice changes in color, size, shape, or feel, tell your skin care specialist right away.

How can I protect my skin from dryness in the winter?

During the fall and winter seasons, there is a decrease of humidity in the atmosphere. This decrease in humidity is usually what causes the skin on our bodies to become dry and rough.
The first step you can take toward healthy skin is to look at the body wash or bar you use in the shower. Avoid shower gels in the winter, as they can be drying to your skin. A body wash or bar that contains shea butter or jojoba oil will help to hydrate and nourish your skin while you are in the shower.
Shea butter nourishes the skin with vitamins A and E, and it also penetrates and moisturizes the skin without clogging pores.
Jojoba oil comes from the seed of the jojoba tree. This oil is similar to the oil or sebum our skin produces naturally. Jojoba oil can help to balance the oil in your skin and can also provide moisture all day.
Taking lukewarm showers instead of hot showers can also ward off dry skin. If you do not want to give up taking a hot shower, try to cut your shower time down. Long, hot showers tend to draw out the natural moisturizers in your skin. Avoiding long soaks in the hot tub is also a good idea because the chemicals and the hot water can dry out your skin.
After you shower, you should apply a moisturizer to replenish your skin. You can apply baby oil to your skin before drying off; this is one of the best ways for moisture to penetrate your skin. After you dry off, try using jojoba oil, shea butter, or cocoa butter; they work even better if they contain vitamins A and E.
Exfoliate the skin on your body once a week. Try to find a salt- or sugar-based scrub. While you are in the shower, apply the scrub all over your body. Next rinse the scrub off. This should help slough away any dry skin you have. Always follow up with a moisturizer after exfoliating your skin.
If you live in an area that has a dry atmosphere, such as the desert, a humidifier is a good investment for your home. The heat from the furnace can draw out the natural moisture and humidity in the air. A humidifier can help to add moisture back into the air in your home and also assist in warding off dry skin.
A well-balanced diet is also an important step for healthy skin. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially green vegetables. These foods will help to naturally nourish your skin. Including fish in your diet is also great for your skin because it is a natural source of omega fatty acids. The fatty acids can help to moisturize dry and scaly skin from the inside out.
One last tip: Limit your caffeine intake because it can also dehydrate the skin.

How does smoking affect my skin?

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream and are taken right into the skin. Smoking causes the blood vessels in the top layers of skin to get smaller, so your skin gets less oxygen. Smoking also makes skin thinner, slows its ability to heal, and increases wrinkles. You may get lines on your upper lip, often called smoker’s lines. Your skin can also take on a grayish color.

What is the best skin care routine to prevent aging?

Use sun protection every day all year round, protect against excess sun exposure, and exfoliate on a regular but not daily basis. Look for gentle products that do not strip away the outer layers, just gently remove the excess dead skin cells ready to slough off. The outer layers of skin cells are called the stratum corneum and studies show that this layer helps protect against sun damage and against excess water loss from the skin. When it is an even, smooth layer, the skin looks more radiant and younger. Use a night cream that contains antioxidants, moisturizers, and Vitamin C.

Is there a right way or a wrong way to wash my face?

Believe it or not, there is a trick to skillful face washing. To start, try to keep your face clean during the day. Then wash your face twice daily with the cleanser (if your skin is dry, just use water the second time). Use only warm water (hot water is drying). Wash for just 1-2 minutes and use your hands instead of a rough washcloth.

Should I wash my face before I go to bed?

It’s so important to wash your face before going to bed, to get all the grime and pollution of the day, as well as the makeup, off your skin, because left on the skin, they can clog the pores, and also they can become irritating to the skin. So it’s the most important time to wash.
If you were out a little too late and you are just really tired that night, what you can do is get a cleansing cloth. There are some really great pre-moistened cloths that you can leave at your bedside, that don’t need to be rinsed off, and for those special nights, you can use that to get as much makeup off as possible.

What are the best skin care products for anti-aging, including moisturizers?

Your first step is to educate yourself. You should look for products that contain salicylic acid, AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid), or papaya-based enzymes to help exfoliate and remove unwanted cells. Your next step is to focus on rebuilding and hydrating your skin. Compounds containing tretinoin will work towards improving collagen synthesis. Last, and most importantly, your daily skin care regimen needs to contain sunblock. Sun damage and smoking are the primary causes of premature aging.

Is it OK to use soap on my face when I take a shower, or should I be using something else?

Soaps can be very drying and irritating to the skin of the face. It is best to use facial cleansers, even in the shower.

How Can You Get Rid of Sun Damage on Your Décolletage?

There are excellent chemical peels or laser peels your skin care specialist can offer you to help treat this very sensitive area. Pelle Dolce after sun and anti-aging creams help heal teh skin and our lightening cream helps to reduce the age spots.

Is it true that using makeup with SPF is just like wearing regular facial sunscreen?

FALSE. Certainly, applying makeup that contains SPF is better than skipping it altogether, but it’s not as effective as wearing a facial lotion with sunscreen underneath. Generally, most makeup cracks on skin, allowing UV rays through. “For makeup to provide adequate ultraviolet protection, it would need to be applied in a really thick layer, which most women do not do,” Jordana Gilman, MD, a New York City dermatologist, says. So unless you plan to spackle on your foundation, apply a layer of lotion with sunscreen first, and then apply your makeup

What is the proper way to apply sunscreen to the face?

Applying sunscreen is a very important part of your daily skin care regimen, especially if you are exposed to daylight. The deeper penetrating UVA rays are present in daylight (from morning to night), every season of the year. The UVA rays comprise 94% of all the UV radiation we get, and penetrate clouds and car window glass every day. UVA promotes cancer and premature aging from the sun. Zinc oxide is a physical blocker and is the only FDA approved substance that blocks the entire UVA spectrum.
All sunscreens should be applied every two hours, as none safely last longer than that. A SPF of 30 is adequate protection from the UVB burning rays, which are stronger at noontime and in the summer months. You can tell when you have had too much exposure when you feel the burn from the UVB rays in the summertime. Unfortunately, the UVA rays do not carry a radiant heat or burn warning that you have had too much. You realize you have had too much sun exposure when premature wrinkles and uneven skin tone become apparent in 20 to 30 years.
Broad spectrum sunscreen should be applied to sun exposed skin daily and reapplied every two hours.

Does tanning cause premature aging of the skin?

Yes. Whether the exposure is indoors or outdoors, ultraviolet exposure over time causes what doctors call “photoaging,” or wrinkles and a leathery look.
German researchers evaluated 59 people who voluntarily started to use sun beds over a three-month period. Use of the sun bed induced a DNA mutation in the skin known to be linked with photoaging, they reported in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
In another study, published in Aging Cell, ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun was found to speed the accumulation of DNA mutations in human skin associated with premature aging.

Can skin become sensitive when it wasn’t before?

Certain products may contain preservatives or fragrances that can cause hypersensitivity or an allergic reaction on your skin. Also, if you are using products that contain tretinoin, AHA, or salicylic acids your skin may become more sensitive when exposed to direct sunlight. Therefore, it is important to incorporate a sunblock within your skin care regimen

Are skin care products labeled “hypoallergenic” safer for sensitive skin?

Hypoallergenic skin care products are not necessarily safer for sensitive skin. The FDA states there are no federal standards governing manufacturers’ use of the term “hypoallergenic,” so it can mean whatever a particular company wants it to mean.

What are some considerations for caring for my sensitive skin, especially my face?

Cleansing: Dermatologists say that people’s sensitive skin responds differently to different cleansing methods. But most agree that deodorant soap or highly fragranced soap contains strong detergents and should not be used on the face. Soap-free cleansers such as mild cleansing bars and sensitive-skin bars, along with most liquid facial cleansers, have a lower pH than soaps. They have less potential for facial skin irritation, along with cleansing creams and disposable facial washcloths.
Moisturizing: These products help your skin retain moisture so it resists drying and abrasion.
Cosmetics: Seek out specific information on cosmetics to make the right choices

I have started developing some wrinkles. How can I get rid of them?

The single most important treatment for your age group is proper sun protection. The majority of wrinkles, up to 90%, are caused by sun exposure. If you simply moisturize and use proper sun-smart behavior, some wrinkles will naturally soften or disappear. The next step would be to look for products that contain good moisturizers, antioxidants and Vitamin C.

What products are good for a woman who’s still getting breakouts but also the beginnings of wrinkles?

The best products for women that are still breaking out and want to start anti-aging products are those that are labeled “oil free” and don’t contain wax. They typically help prevent acne and are sometimes labeled as “noncomedogenic.”

Do I really need to wash my face every day?

Yes, morning and night. But no more than that, even if you have oily skin, or you’ll strip it of the sebum that helps keep it soft. Use warm or cool water, and wash with your hands — don’t use anything scratchy like abrasive wash cloths or sponges, which can cause micro-tears in the skin (where bacteria can breed).
Remember to rinse well, especially around the hairline and jawline, to prevent residue and reduce breakouts. Finally, never go to bed without cleansing. Letting makeup stew on your face all night long can lead to irritation.

Do I really need to use a facial toner?

Yes. Essential to keeping skin clean, gentle toners with plant-based ingredients combat issues such as blemishes, fine lines, and redness. Toners with antioxidants, such as vitamin C, can help protect skin from wrinkle-causing free radicals.
When swiped across the skin, toner removes any dirt or residue left behind after cleansing. I think of toner as the second part of the cleansing process, It’s best to use a thin cotton pad rather than a cotton ball, which absorbs too much of the product.

What’s the difference between natural and organic skin products?

The FDA doesn’t define what “natural” means when it comes to cosmetics, so you can’t assume a “natural” label means anything. Check the product’s ingredients for the real story. Consumers assume these products contain ingredients that don’t pose health risks.
On the other hand, Organic carries a lot more credibility. Beauty and body-care product can use organic if it is made with 95 percent organic ingredients, such as plants grown without the use of dangerous pesticides. Products with at least 70 percent organic content can say “made with organic ingredients”.

How much face cream do I actually need?

Probably less than you think. In general, people tend to over-moisturize. All you need for your entire face is about a nickel-size dollop of a face cream with SPF. And don’t forget your earlobes! Even people with great skin often have wrinkled and sun-damaged ears because they don’t keep them protected from harmful rays.

Are expensive night creams worth it?

Yes, even though the textures of day and night creams often look the same, and they might even feel similar on your skin. Night creams tend to supply more vital nutrients and active ingredients than daytime sun block & hydrators, helping to support the healing process and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
“While you sleep, skin gets a break from outside stressors such as sun, pollution, and cosmetics and has a chance to repair itself,” says Dr. Anna Ragaz, a holistic dermatologist and founder of the Anna Ragaz Institute for Anti-Aging in Seattle. This means building back collagen and elastic tissues that keep skin looking plump and supple.
The antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E are especially beneficial because they not only foster the recovery of damaged cells but also combat future damage by neutralizing wrinkle-causing free radicals.

What’s the right way to apply eye cream?

Gently! The skin around the eyes is the first part of the face to show early signs of sun damage, stress, and illness, and need to be treated with care. Simply use a dab smaller than a pea for both eyes, and massage underneath the eye area. Avoid excess cream, which can lead to clogged oil glands.

Why am I still getting acne?

Although dermatologists continue to debate why we still get acne even into our 40s (hormones in the food chain? stress?), experts agree that it’s actually the side effects — such as dryness, peeling, and irritation — that wreak more havoc than the acne itself. So while you may not be able to get rid of your acne, you can keep it from getting out of control.

How often should I exfoliate?

Exfoliating is especially important to aging skin because it helps slough off dead surface cells, letting new skin emerge. Start with once or twice a week and see how skin responds. Don’t scrub too hard — if you turn red, you’re being too aggressive. If you have back acne, don’t scour it and risk making it worse.

Surprisingly, the conditioner you use on your hair may be to blame for your breakouts. Often it just gets quickly rinsed at the end of a shower, leaving pore-clogging residue behind. After conditioning, tie up your hair and wash your back.

How important is it to apply body lotion every day?

Think of it as prevention, which is especially important as skin loses suppleness as the years go by. If you do it daily, your skin barrier stays intact and doesn’t dry out. All lotions absorb best if you apply them when your skin is still damp after a shower or bath.

What’s the difference between bar soap and liquid body wash?

Liquid and bar cleansers do the same job. They remove dirt from your skin. Regardless, the only places you really should wash every day are your underarms and groin. Your skin naturally has protein (that attract water) and lipids (that seal in moisture) If you remove those daily, you dry out your skin, especially if your skin has gotten drier as you’ve gotten older. Frequently replace sponges or brushes (about once a month) to prevent bacteria buildup.

Do I really need to drink eight glasses of water a day?

Dehydration shows up in the skin as a loss of elasticity, especially as we age, so it’s good to stay hydrated, but tea, juice, and even fruit count toward that total.

What is Eczema?

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a general term used to describe a strange variety of skin rashes ranging from small sections of skin that are slightly itchy, dry and irritated to chronically inflamed, oozing, crusted areas covering the entire body and accompanied by incessant itching. Eczema can have multiple appearances, looking and feeling completely different person to person. The most common areas for eczema to occur are in the folds of the arms and legs, the back of the neck, back of the hands, tops of feet, and the wrists.

What Causes Eczema?

What Causes Eczema

One of the predominant theories is that someone with eczema has a short-circuited immune response where skin reacts abnormally when a substance comes in contact with it. In severe cases of eczema, the substance can be as benign as water. For others the trigger can be anything from clothing, detergents, soaps, grass, food products, allergens (including dust mites) to a lack of humidity, or a combination of elements. Even more frustrating is that the reaction can be intermittent with no real rhyme or reason for why or when.

There also appears to be a hereditary component to eczema. For example, children whose parents suffer from eczema run an 80% chance of developing it themselves. Further, in both children and adults, stressful situations tend to trigger, prolong, or worsen eczema flare-ups.

Regardless of the source, eczematous skin reacts to a substance or substances or environmental conditions by spinning out of control and generating mild to severe inflammation, which produces itching and scratching.

Are there different types of eczema?

Atopic eczema (also referred to as atopic dermatitis):

Perhaps the most pernicious and painful types of eczema, it’s characterized by its severity and intolerable sensation of itching and irritation leaving skin raw, fissured, and vulnerable to infection.

Allergic or irritant contact dermatitis:

This specific form of eczema occurs when a particular substance comes in contact with the skin causing the immune system to overreact, becoming inflamed and sensitized. Most typically this can be caused by fragrance, nickel, detergents, wool, grass, citruses, household cleaning products, and vinegar. Once you’ve identified the specific substance, avoiding it often solves the problem. A subset of this condition is eyelid dermatitis. Typically mild to moderate redness is present, as well as scaling, flaking, swollen skin. This is extremely common and almost exclusively affects women in relation to their use of hair styling products, makeup, and nail polish when it comes in contact with the eye area with the most common culprits being nail polish, perfume, and preservatives. The best way to solve the problem is to stop use of the offending product and find options that don’t trigger a reaction.

Infantile seborrhoeic eczema:

Better known as cradle cap, this form of eczema generally only affects babies during the first year of their life. The crusty, thick, sometimes reddened lesions may look problematic, but this disorder is rarely itchy or even felt by the child.

Adult seborrhoeic eczema:

Shows up for most people past the age of 20 and 40. It is usually seen on the scalp as mild dandruff, but can spread to the face, ears and chest. The skin becomes red, inflamed and starts to flake. The condition is believed to be caused by a yeast growth. If the condition becomes infected, treatment with an anti-fungal cream may be necessary.

Nummular eczema:

Typically localized on the legs, nummular eczema is characterized by coin-shaped patches of pink to red skin that may take on an orange cast if crusting or scaling is present. If treatment is not used, the dry, scaly spots typically darken and thicken. This type of eczema is most common in adolescent girls and women between the ages of 50–60 and the condition tends to occur in winter.

Can you get rid of eczema?

With no cure on the horizon, the good news is that there are still a number of topical treatments like Pelle Dolce that can help reduce symptoms and mitigate the level of discomfort eczema can cause.

Gentle, effective skin care:

The first line of defense is a gentle, fragrance-free skin-care routine that prevents or reduces inflammation and keeps the skin moist and its barrier intact. Improving the skin’s outer structure by providing it with antioxidants, ingredients that improve the skin’s barrier, anti-irritants, and emollients can offer amazing results for most forms of eczema.

Avoid irritants:

Aside from using a gentle skin-care routine and a well-formulated moisturizer, avoiding the things that can trigger skin reactions is also of vital importance. Steering clear of known irritants and prolonged contact with water can be incredibly beneficial. For your hands, it also helps a great deal to reapply moisturizer within seconds of washing any part of the body, but especially the hands because soaps and cleansers are notorious for triggering a reaction in those struggling with eczema.

Topical steroids:

The most typical and successful medications used are prescription-strength topical steroids (cortisone creams). Over-the-counter cortisone creams can be effective for very mild or transient forms of eczema but when those fail, prescription cortisone creams can save your skin. Though there are no short-term detrimental side effects of using most strengths of cortisone cream, it is still important to only apply it on the affected areas and then only as needed. Repeated, prolonged application of cortisone creams can cause thinning of the skin and prematurely age it.

A Gentle Combination:

for eczema takes into account the use of prescription or over-the-counter products to assist in dealing with this skin condition. These therapies will be complemented by our gentle cleanser, soothing toner, protective sunscreen, and state-of-the-art moisturizers. All of our products are filled with effective, potent antioxidants and barrier repair ingredients missing from lots of products claiming to provide relief of eczema.

Oral steroids:

In severe cases of eczema when topical steroids have failed to produce any relief, oral steroids may be prescribed, but only under a doctor’s scrutiny due to the serious side effects associated with this type of medication.

Topical Immunomodulators:

In 2000 and 2001, Protopic (active ingredient tacrolimus) and Elidel (pimecrolimus) were approved by the FDA as new topical drugs for the treatment of eczema. These are not cortisones or steroids but drugs that can regulate the skin’s immune response. Regrettably, in March 2005, the FDA announced a public health advisory for Elidel (pimecrolimus) Cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) Ointment “to inform healthcare providers and patients about a potential cancer risk from use of Elidel (pimecrolimus) and Protopic (tacrolimus)…” This risk is uncertain and FDA advises that Elidel and Protopic should be used only as labeled, for patients who have failed treatment with other therapies.”

Phototherapy:

Research has shown that exposing skin to UVA or UVB light can help reduce the symptoms of chronic eczema. Under medical supervision the use of specially designed bulbs encased in a box can allow affected parts of the body to be exposed to the light source. More severe or chronic eczema can be treated with UVA light in combination with a prescription medication called psoralen. Psoralen can be administered either orally or topically, increasing the skin’s sensitivity to light. This treatment is known as PUVA (Psoralen + UVA light).

Phototherapy treatments are complicated and expensive. They are administered several times per week over a span or one week to several months at a doctor’s office. Moreover, the risk of accelerated aging of the skin and increased risk of skin cancer from ultraviolet radiation therapy can be the same as for sunbathing.

Are there any Alternative Treatments?

For those looking for alternatives to prescription treatments and methods over and above the ones mentioned above, an interesting study on eczema appeared in the January 2001 issue of The Archives of Dermatology. This study reports research in Japan that demonstrated that two-thirds of the patients with eczema improved after a month of drinking a liter of oolong tea daily. According to the study “118 patients … were asked to maintain their dermatological treatment. However, they were also instructed to drink oolong tea made from a 10-gram teabag placed in 1000 milliliters of boiling water and steeped for 5 minutes. After 1 month of treatment 74 (63%) of the 118 patients showed marked to moderate improvement of their condition. A good response to treatment was still observed in 64 patients (54%) at 6 months.”

The study concluded that “The therapeutic efficacy of oolong tea may well be the result of the anti-allergic properties of tea polyphenols.” While the study didn’t look at the effect of tea drinking if the topical treatments were stopped, the patients did receive some benefit. So by combining topical treatments (moisturizers) with some oolong tea, perhaps the benefits will add up so those with eczema can breathe a sigh of relief.

Evening primrose oil and borage oil contain gamma linolenic acid, which may play a part in general skin health and has gained a reputation for reducing occurrences of eczema when applied topically.

There is also research pointing to dietary considerations as being a source of reactions. It is worth experimenting to see if eliminating certain food groups such as dairy, gluten, processed foods, or nuts can improve the severity or frequency of outbreaks you experience.

What is the Dermaroller?

The Dermaroller is a cylindrical shaped drum studded with very fine needles. It is a medical device used in micro needling to break down old scar tissue & to stimulate skin cells to proliferate. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibers as well as in new capillaries for an improved blood supply. The procedures are called Scar Reduction Therapy (SRT) & Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).

What is the difference between Dermaroller and other skin rejuvenation techniques?

In contrast to all ablative techniques like Lasers and Fractional Laser treatments, the Dermaroller stimulates new tissue formation – it acts constructively and the skin remains intact. The skin does not get damaged (unlike other needling devices) and therefore will not go into a wound healing response. The Dermaroller significantly improves atrophic scars & improves skin texture.

What effects does the Dermaroller have on the skin?

The Dermaroller improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis. This in return improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles. It also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation. Reduces disfiguring scars & acne scars, stimulates new collagen fibers, improves blood supply and harmonizes pigmentation.

How is the Dermaroller procedure performed & does it hurt?

The skin is cleaned and afterwards numbed with an appropriate numbing cream so it should not hurt at all. Skin is thoroughly needled in such a way, that each skin part is needled about 15 to 20 times. An even flushing is the best indication for a perfect medical performance.

Can the Dermaroller be performed on any skin colour?

Since Dermaroller does not use thermal heat (unlike IPL & Lasers) it is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colours. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

How often can the Dermaroller procedure be repeated?

For Collagen Induction Therapy (2.0 -3.0 mm) we recommend to start with 5 -10treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 2 to 4 weeks between treatments. For Scar Reduction Therapy we recommend an average of 8 to 15 treatments. For cream and serum treatments we recommend using the dermaroller 3 times per week but can be used daily.

Unlike ablative procedures for facial skin, the Dermaroller can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc).

What are the side effects of a Dermaroller procedure?

There are virtually no negative side effects, and none have ever been reported in over 500,000 procedures performed worldwide.

Are there any risks of infections?

Since the tiny pricking channels close within one hour, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, which means properly cleaning the skin prior to treatment and properly sterilizing the dermaroller, infections are very unlikely.

What is the down time after a Dermaroller treatment?

The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 24 hours on average. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend healing minerals, peptides or hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc based sun screen. We also recommend the use of mineral makeup to help with the healing.

What should I avoid on my skin after a dermaroller treatment?

To ensure the right healing environment, for 2-3 days DO NOT use Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s (Glycolic Acid), Retinol, ingredients.

What should I use on my skin after the Dermaroller treatment?

An Anti-Inflammatory Cleanser to soothe, Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, Copper to help heal, Zinc to help heal but also to protect.

What are the differences in Dermaroller models?

Principally, there are none – both models (medical and home care) only differ in needle size. While the medical Dermaroller has longer needles – to induce collagen & reduce scars in deeper skin layers, the needles of the Home Care Dermaroller are very short, not more than 0.2 mm. The Home Care Dermaroller serves the following purposes:

a) To enhance active substance through the skin barrier(stratum corneum)

b) To improve and support results after and in between CIT treatments by: stimulating epidermal cells for proliferation that results in a faster renewal cycle of the epidermis and thickens the epidermal cell layers.

The Home Care Dermaroller is NOT suitable for collagen treatments, but it helps to maintain a beautiful skin.

Does the Dermaroller have the same effect like Fractional Laser Therapy?

YES! But the mechanism of action of a Fractional Laser is totally different. The laser beam sets a burn wound that results in necrosis. After an inflammatory process the necrosis transforms into fibrotic tissue in forms of micro scars. Nerve cells are “melted” by the hot laser beam, therefore the treatment is relatively painful. As the doctor cannot see the previous set scars under the epidermis in a follow-up treatment, it is extreme difficult for them to set an even scar pattern.

This is the reason why more treatments are required than initially anticipated. But overall, as reported in clinical trials and besides costly investment in lasers, both therapies have about the same results for facial treatments.

Do I need to use an after care product ?

No, in fact they wont do anything. You need to use products before needling so the needles push the product into the skin. After you needle the pores close right up so the product won’t absorb into the skin at all. Using product before needling has shown to increase the products absorption up to 10,000 times more.

What do you use to sterilize the Derma Roller with and how often?

We recommend using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide before each use and after each use. We also prefer that you dunk it in the alcohol or hydrogen peroxide instead of spraying it in to the derma roller. Dunking it makes sure you get cleanser all the nooks and cranny’s where bacterial or viruses may hide.

Will a 0.2 needle depth work for at home collagen induction therapy?

A 0.2 needle size will not stimulate any collagen production. you need to use at least a 0.5 minimum for face and a 1.0 needle minimum.

Do I need numbing cream so it will be painless ?

if you use 0.5 – 1.0 mm needle roller it usually doesn’t penetrate the skin layers deep enough to hit nerve tissue. So it is usually painless. If you go longer like 1.0 mm or bigger it can hit nerve tissue and small arteries and will cause a little bleeding… but keep in mind that if you are putting numbing cream on the skin and then pushing it deep into your skin, it may cause some nerve damage.

Do you need high levels of Vitamin C or Vitamin E on the skin to help promote collagen ?

No, high levels can actually be dangerous. The Derma roller’s action of micro needling will actually stimulate collagen production. And because micro needling actually increases the absorption of skin care products high levels in creams or lotions could be harmful.

Why do Clinics only do the treatment 3-4 times and charge so much?

Medical clinicians say they have the best and only FDA approved rollers and that you should not do it at home. Of course they want it to look like they have the best or safest tools.  Most often the clinics use larger needles and will cause some bleeding when they do a treatment. Because of this they want you to heal longer between treatments. We like that women do it to them selves at home so they can feel the pressure and control their own treatment time.

How often and for how long should i do the treatments?

We recommend doing treatments daily for the first month and then every other day for the next 3 months or until desired results are achieved and then 1 time per week to maintain your results.

What is the true “one genuine derma roller” ?

Quite simply the people who invented it. Of course they think theirs is the best and of course there are cheap imitations on the internet. All derma rollers are all considered transdermal rollers. But the best and safest practice is to never buy or use a Derma Roller that is not CE approved. Also more needles is not better. Some Derma Rollers have 200 surgical needles up to 500 surgical needles. The Derma Rollers with 500 offer a wheel that is bigger. If you are using the Derma Roller on stretch marks or cellulite then 500 is good so you can cover more area. If you use the Derma Roller on your face you want a smaller roller with at least 192 needles. Always buy a Derma Roller with surgical stainless steel needles so they can properly be sterilized.

Does the derma roller need to be classified as a medical device?

No, but you do want to make sure it is CE approved so it can be properly sterilized.

How long will it take Pelle Dolce stretch mark scar cream to produce results?

Results have been seen in as little as 2-3 weeks, but we suggest using the product for at least 12-16 weeks for better results. Collagen and elastin cells in the skin have a 4 month lifespan. So it takes at least 4 months to regenerate all the the skin cells of a stretch mark just once. So women who have used the product for 8 months or longer are still seeing improvement. Once the desired results are achieved, continue to use Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream if needed.

What makes Pelle Dolce different from other stretch mark creams like Mederma or Bio oil?

Most creams like Mederma are mostly formulated with anti-inflammatories that will reduce the redness of stretch marks only. Bio oil for stretch marks is mostly moisturizers and mineral oil. So most stretch mark creams like these will only offer temporary results at best. Pelle Dolce, on the other hand, can produce longer-lasting results because it is formulated to help work for all 3 phases of the stretch mark regeneration process.

Has Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream been clinically proven to reduce stretch marks?

Yes, Pelle Dolce Stretch Mark cream has been independently and clinically tested and proven to help get rid of stretch marks.

Can you really get rid of stretch marks 100%?

Honestly No. They will never completely disappear 100%. But it is possible to make their appearance diminish significantly. Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream is specially formulated to help your skin remodel the scar tissue and help it to regenerate new collagen and elastin. The women who have used the product for many months are still reporting improvement.

How often do I use Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream?

It is recommended to apply Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream twice daily (morning and night). Daily application will help reduce inflammation (redness), and promote elasticity in the skin. By using Pelle Dolce regularly, your skin can feel more toned and appear to be visibly firmer. Regular use on the buttocks, thighs and stomach, will help visibly reduce the appearance of Stretch Marks – even without having to massage the skin. However, massaging the skin affected by stretch marks, will help speed up the process.

How long will a tube of Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream last?

Coverage varies greatly depending on how many stretch marks you have as well as how much you use. If you use the stretch mark cream twice daily as recommended, one tube should last approximately 30 days.

Does Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream use Caffeine in its formula?

No, it does not because caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. Vasoconstrictors and Astringents will temporarily eliminate water retained under the surface of the skin. Water drainage can help make skin feel smoother and can also help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Temporary results are what most cream manufacturers are after so they can continue to sell you more product.

Is Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream safe and formulated for all skin types?

Yes. Pelle Dolce is safe and can be used on all skin types. However, do not use Pelle Dolce on irritated or broken skin. If you have a known skin sensitivity to Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), please test on a small patch of skin near the inner part of the wrist for a few days to ensure that you do not have a negative reaction to the product.

Can I use Pelle Dolce on Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

Yes, But we recommend not using the product until you are done breast feeding. We would like to sell women our prenatal formula to help reduce the chances of getting stretch marks, but our lawyers say it is not worth the risk. Sorry ladies. But read our skin care blog for tips.

Is Laser Stretch Mark Removal safe?

There are some new hot and cold lasers that are used for skin resurfacing. Is it 100% safe, we can’t say for sure if they are safe or if they work. There are a few stretch mark cream reviews on our website that say the women who tried didn’t get very good results from laser stretch mark removal and it was very expensive.

Do home remedies for stretch Marks really work?

There are lots of home stretch mark remedies for stretch marks that have surfaced over the past few decades. Most involve pregnancy stretch mark prevention and a lot of cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is an excellent skin moisturizer but it has never been proven to reduce pregnancy stretch marks.

Can I still use moisturizers while also using Pelle Dolce stretch mark cream?

Yes, but please apply Pelle Dolce first and allow for it to absorb before applying any additional moisturizers or creams.  Pelle Dolce is formulated with emollients that are designed to penetrate the skin into the dermal layer.  Moisturizers sit on the top of your skin and keep moisture in, so they should be used after the stretch mark cream.

Will Pelle Dolce cellulite cream help firm and smooth my skin ?

Yes. Pelle Dolce helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and leaves the skin feeling firmer and smoother. Our firming lotion has a proprietary blend of moisturizers, emollients, that can help hydrate and nourish the skin, as well as antioxidants and collagen repair ingredients that can make it feel firm and smooth, as well as help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

What causes women to get cellulite ?

Cellulite affects about 90% of women as well as some men. Some people think that cellulite is a disease; however, that is not true. The latest research shows that cellulite forms when toxins enter the fat deposits under the skin causing the fat cells to harden. These hardened fat cells pinch off the small blood capillaries blocking vital oxygen to the skin’s connective tissue. Without oxygen these connective tissues form scar tissue and eventual shrink inward, pulling the dimples into the skin which results in an ‘orange-peel’ appearance. Cellulite usually forms on the buttocks, thighs and abdomen.

Has Pelle Dolce Cellulite cream been clinically proven to help ?

Yes, Pelle Dolce has been clinically tested and proven to be the most natural, safe, best cellulite treatment formula currently on the market. The majority of women began to see results in as little as 2 weeks and had great results after 4 months. All of the women tested who followed the protocol of 1-2 applications per day showed dramatic improvement.

What makes Pelle Dolce different from other cellulite creams ?

Almost all cellulite creams only offer temporary results and work on only one phase of the problem. Pelle Dolce, on the other hand, has been clinically proven to produce more long-lasting results during all phases of the rehab process. So we feel it is the best cellulite solution on the market today.

How long will it take Pelle Dolce Cellulite cream to produce results ?

Results have been seen in as little as 2 weeks, but we suggest using the product for at least 12-16 weeks to achieve optimal results. Once the desired results are achieved, continue to use Pelle Dolce™ cellulite cream for at least 6 months. Afterwards we recommend using the cream at least 1-2 times per week to maintain your results.

How long will a tube of Pelle Dolce Cellulite cream last ?

Results vary greatly depending on how much cellulite you have, and how much cream you use. One tube of cellulite cream has 4 oz and should last approximately 3-4 weeks.

How often do I use Pelle Dolce cream ?

It is recommended to apply Pelle Dolce cellulite treatment cream twice daily (morning and night). Daily application will help inhibit fat storage, encourage water drainage and help promote elasticity in the skin. By using Pelle Dolce regularly, your skin can feel more toned and appear to be visibly firmer. Regular use on the buttocks, thighs and stomach, will help visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite – even without having to massage the skin. However, massaging the skin affected by cellulite, especially with the cellulite scrubber will help speed up the process.

Can Pelle Dolce help prevent and erase the appearance of cellulite ?

Yes it can. Clinical tests done in-vitro as well as in-vivo proved to be excellent. Clinical tests conducted by Pure Nature Laboratories have also shown positive results concerning the skin’s firmness as well as the “orange peel” aspect.

Is Pelle Dolce cellulite cream safe and formulated for all skin types ?

Yes. Pelle Dolce is formulated to be safe and can be used on all skin types. However, do not use Pelle Dolce on irritated or broken skin. If you have a known skin sensitivity to Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), please test on a small patch of skin near the inner part of the wrist for a few days to ensure that you do not have a negative reaction to the product.

Does Pelle Dolce cellulite cream use Caffeine in its formula ?

No it does not. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and has astringent properties. Vasoconstrictors and Astringents will temporarily eliminate water retained under the surface of the skin. Water drainage can help make the skin feel a little smoother and can also help to reduce the appearance of cellulite by temporary dehydrating the skin. Temporary results are what most cream manufacturers are after so they can sell you more and more product, but you wont get the long term results you really want.

Can I still use moisturizers while also using Pelle Dolce cellulite cream?

Yes, but please apply Pelle Dolce first and allow for it to absorb before applying any additional moisturizers or skin care creams. Pelle Dolce is formulated with emollients that are designed to penetrate the skin into the dermal layer.  Moisturizers sit on the top of your skin and keep moisture in, so they should be used after the cellulite cream.

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