The word ‘rejuvenation” means “to make young or youthful again, give vigor to” (Merriam-Webster). So what can Dermatologists do to rejuvenate your skin?
First, your best move is keeping your skin youthful-looking by staying out of the sun and avoiding radiation from tanning salons, because ultraviolet light (UV rays) are the most important factor in aging of the skin, causing wrinkles, blotchiness of skin color, and roughness of skin texture. Consider wearing a broad-rimmed hat when outdoors in the spring or summer, plan your vacation activities towards the beginning or end of the day, cover up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both the traditional UVB rays and also the UVA, recently found to contribute to sun damage), such as Vanicream Sunscreen Sport SPF 35, Shade UVAgarde, Purpose Facial Lotion, Eucerin Facial Lotion, or a zinc-oxide-containing sunscreen.
Let’s assume you’ve already sustained some sun damage – and you’re developing wrinkling or splotchiness of color in your skin – or skin roughness. Fortunately, over the last thirty years, Dermatologists have found a growing number of medicines to help you to rejuvenate your skin:
A good first move would be to consider using what’s called an Alpha-Hydroxy-containing cream or lotion once or twice a day. These are considered organic and natural products because they were discovered in fruits and milk. Examples include lactic acid (from milk), tartaric acid (from grapes), mandelic acid (from sweet almonds), citric acid (from citrus fruits), and Glycolic Acid (originally discovered in sugarcane). Glycolic Acid-containing creams have a big advantage because it’s the smallest of the Alpha-Hydroxy Acid molecules, so it’s generally most able to penetrate down into the skin, acting upon what are called epidermal cells, which are those in the outermost layer which sustain most sun damage.
My own family of four Dermatologists has been manufacturing one such Glycolic Acid-containing creams since the 1980, through Big River Silk Skincare Inc.:
GLYCOSHEA® Hand&Body Cream/High Strength (1 oz: $29.95; 2 oz: $44.95; 8 oz: $134.95). We’ve designed the GLYCOSHEA creams to be fragrance-free and formaldehyde-free, and organic and natural. They’re also free of propylene glycol, free of sulfates, and free of formaldehyde. They’re available at our company headquarters at , at 8143 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova TN 38018, Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, or at ($5.00 shipping and handling for orders under $40.0)).
More severe cases of sun damage can be addressed with prescription medications like Retin A Cream or Gel, or Renova Cream, or with chemical peels, or with Botox injections, or even with surgical procedures like injections of fillers or with face lifts. Many Dermatologists offer in-office Glycolic Acid-containing chemical peels, or even medium-depth peels, such as TCA peels. We also have types of face masks, such as Sebanil Cleansing Mask, which refresh the skin.
So if your goal is to rejuvenate your skin, consider some of these options, or perhaps come in for an evaluation. You can find a Dermatologists in your area by going to the Find a Dermatologist tool at the American Academy of Dermatology’s web site (AAD.org), or if you live near Memphis, TN, consider coming in for an appointment (www.Rheumderm.com/Info@rheumderm.com/1-901-753-0168). George Woodbury Jr. M.D. (12/26/2018) Dermatologist and President of Big River Silk Skincare Inc.