Through the month of May, receive $150.00 off Acai Berry Lactic Peel with microdermabrasion treatment (regularly priced $350.00) at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta‘s Skin Medics Medical Spa. Eliminate dead and dull outer layers of skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Patients notice a clearer complexion and brighter skin. Contact us at (678) 552-2163 to schedule your appointment or for more information.
Any acne sufferer can tell you that he or she would have tried just about anything to rid themselves of the troublesome and oftentimes embarrassing skin condition. For generations, everyday conversations have perpetuated the myth that what you eat is a major contributing factor to acne. Teens across the nation have probably sworn off pizza and chocolate, French fries and dairy products in hopes of clearing their complexions.
While it’s always a good idea to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet, studies have yet to determine a link between our diets and acne. In an effort to determine the popularity of the idea that acne and eating habits are interlinked, a group of researchers went to a place where common misconceptions are always rampant: the internet.
Using YouTube to survey the views of the public, researchers from the SUNY Health and Science Center searched the video site for the terms “acne,” “acne diet,” and “acne food” to determine the layperson’s notion of the correlation between food and acne. Eighty-seven videos searched between July and August 2009 were included in the study that was used to show that, though research does not support it, many people still believe in the connection between diet and acne.
Of the 87 YouTube videos, over 85% suggested a moderate to strong correlation between acne and what people eat. The three most popular videos, each viewed over 100,000 times, all fell into the “strong correlation” category, suggesting that nutrition and acne were most definitely linked.
While studies regarding the connection between diet and acne are still ongoing, current evidence shows that other treatments are more effective in helping acne sufferers achieve clearer complexions and fewer acne symptoms including scarring, blackheads, and more. Each person’s case of acne is different, allowing Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s physicians to tailor treatments to your skin and lifestyle. Acne treatment methods can include photodynamic therapy like Allumera®, laser treatments like IsoLaz™, topical treatments and customized prescription compounds containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, oral medications such as antibiotics, cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels, laser treatments, and more. Make sure to visit out acne treatments page for details.
The public’s prevailing views regarding the correlation between acne and diet are important to dermatologists because patient satisfaction is directly tied to perceived results. If patients believe that going to see a dermatologist about acne is a waste of time, then they will be less likely to adhere to the treatment plan devised specifically for them, and therefore they will not achieve the complexion-clearing results they desire. No treatment gives patients immediate results, especially since acne begins in the sebaceous glands of the deeper layers of the skin. Instead, patients must maintain a regular treatment schedule to see results. Your dermatologist can tell you when to expect results based on your specific treatment plan.
This study shows the importance of both patient and doctor cooperation in helping each patient achieve his or her cosmetic goals. To stay updated on all of the latest dermatology news make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We also recommend you check out our blog for explanations of studies on acne and other skin conditions.
Now through January 31st, 2012, you can save $50 on some of your favorite Skin Medica® chemical peels from Skin Medics™ Medical Spa. Enjoy a Vitalize Peel® for only $100 to reduce the appearance of melasma, sun damage, and acne with one treatment and no downtime. For a deeper peel that will improve moderate to severe acne, acne scarring, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, try our Rejuvenize Peel™ for $200. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.
Is your skin holiday ready? Our Skin Medics™ Medical Spa’s list of December 2011 specials gives you the perfect opportunity to prepare your skin for all the merrymaking of the season! With a microdermabrasion and pomegranate peel combo for only $150, your skin will be glowing!
If the area around your eyes is in need of a holiday brightening, we’re offering 20% off CosMedix® Opti Crystal Eye Serum which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles while gently rejuvenating the delicate skin around the eyes.
Check out our flyer below for more details. Call now to take advantage of these great offers (678) 552-2163. Specials expire December 31, 2011.
As the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep. However, the truth is that healthy, glowing skin is often actually just below the surface. Chemical peels can bring out your most beautiful skin by removing the dull, dead outer layers of skin, smoothing and evening out skin tone and texture. Now is the perfect time to try a chemical peel if you never have, or to come back for your favorite peel with Skin Medics™ Medical Spa’s Peel Day.
Join us October 25th, 2011 from 7am to 4pm for great specials on our most popular chemical peels. A $125 reservation fee gets you a free Vitalize Peel® ($150 value) and credit toward select SkinMedica® Pre-Made Regimens and products (a $200-750 value). The Vitalize Peel® improves skin tone and texture while reducing fine lines for a youthful glow with little recovery time.
With a $200 reservation, you will receive a free Rejuvenize Peel™ (worth $250) and credit toward select SkinMedica® Pre-Made Regimens and products (a $200-750 value). The Rejuvenize Peel™ works deep within the skin to alleviate the appearance of skin conditions like acne, wrinkling, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation.
Those who wish to purchase $299 worth of SkinMedica® products will receive a limited edition SkinMedica® Gift Set for only $99, or you can get a free gift set with a $400 SkinMedica® purchase.
These great specials are only available by reservation on Tuesday, October 25th. Make sure to save your spot by calling (404) 969-2943. You can also keep up with our other events and savings opportunities by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. See you there!
This weekend, representatives from Dermatology Associates of Atlanta will be present at the 20th annual For Sisters Only Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. For Sisters Only is a two day marketing and entertainment expo with something for everyone to enjoy. Hip hop, jazz, R&B, and gospel music artists will provide entertainment, and over 200 businesses will be offering samples and selling products. Plus, there will be plenty of places to hang out like the sports bar, gaming zone, and kids zone (to name a few).
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Sun damage, irregular brown spots, rough skin, wrinkles, acne, and melasma are common skin conditions that people deal with or cover up daily. While these conditions are relatively normal, they are still embarrassing, especially when they occur on the face. Skin Medics™ Medical Spa has the answer for these embarrassing blemishes: SkinMedica®’s Vitalize Peel®.
Another word for vitalize is encourage, or to give confidence, and the Vitalize Peel is undoubtedly a confidence booster as it remains SkinMedica® ’s most popular chemical peel. Chemical peels typically cause the skin to weep and peeling can occur for over one to two weeks. Vitalize Peel® is non-invasive and requires little to no down time; there is no weeping and two days after your treatment, your skin will peel for only two days and is then back to normal. The most significant change patients will notice is a smoothness of the skin, a glow of youthfulness, and a more evened skin tone. Additionally, the Vitalize Peel® is clinically proven to rebuild collagen: boosting skin’s firmness and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. Results are noticeable after just one peel, but may require multiple (3-6) peels depending on the severity of the skin conditions present.
The Vitalize Peel® will help improve overall epidermal texture and tone for healthier, more youthful looking skin. Treatment sessions vary depending on a patient’s individual concerns, but begin at 30 minutes. While chemical peel prices vary from provider to provider, most Atlanta chemical peel patients can expect to pay around $120 for a 30 minute treatment. Patients like the results of this peel, and because he has had the treatment himself, Dr. Griffin feels that it is safe and effective for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. For more information on Skin Medics™ Medical Spa’s Vitalize Peel®, or other chemical peels that can help you meet your skin care needs, visit our website, and continue to read the Dermatology Associates of Atlanta blog.
Everyone will have to fight with acne. Nobody is born immune to it because all of our bodies excrete oil and all of us have pores with the potential to clog. The most common form of acne is called Acne Vulgaris and presents predominantly on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Severe cases of acne may result in scarring, a small percentage of which can be permanent even with laser and other corrective treatments. To prevent such a situation from happening, it’s important to stay on top of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s do’s and don’ts when it comes to acne prevention.
There are several risk factors to be aware of when it comes to triggering an acne outbreak. Wearing oil-based cosmetics can clog pores quickly; if you wear makeup, be sure to remove it at night. If possible, try natural cosmetics instead of chemical-based products. Pricking pimples is difficult not to do, but it’s important to realize this action can worsen acne and even infect the pricked area. There are some triggers more difficult to control, like your level of emotional stress, pregnancy, the period preceding menstruation, or your level of testosterone. A few ways to prevent acne breakouts are available to everyone, though. Drinking 2 liters of water each day is enough to keep you hydrated and your pores from clogging. Making sure you’re eating a healthy diet is important not just for acne prevention, but your health overall. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, foods low in fat, and make sure you’re getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
Prevention is not always enough. When acne does flare up, what are your options? Most people opt for skin cleansers, over-the-counter medications, or prescribed oral drugs. Skin cleansers contain the ingredient salicylic acid in varying concentrations which serves to unclog pores. Over-the-counter medications serve the same purpose, with benzoyl peroxide leading the pack in topical acne treatments. Oral drugs serve to reduce the production of oil, kill bacteria, and control inflammation. They range widely in potency with Accutane being the strongest.
Modern acne treatments bypass these three options by offering luxurious experiences like Microdermabrasion or Laser treatments. Microdermabrasion peels the top layer of skin off affected areas, resulting in open comedones (blackheads) and unclogged pores, eliminating acne. Laser treatments use a low-level beam to burn oil-producing glands, eliminating clogged pores and killing any bacterium. We also offer a variety of facials at our Skin Medics™ Medical Spa to cleanse the pores and give your skin a softer, smoother look.
With all this knowledge at your disposal, we hope you will come see us at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta for all your dermatological needs. We’re happy to answer any questions you have and are willing to give you the treatment you deserve.
Some of the tips provided in this post were derived from this website and we thank them for their ideas!