Microdermabrasion has come a long way since its debut in dermatologists’ offices. What was once regarded as a high end treatment for celebrities and the wealthy is now extremely accessible – you can stop by your doctor’s office on your lunch break or do an at home treatment after work. Microdermabrasion continues to gain popularity as a non-invasive, quick way to improve the appearance of your skin. So how does such a simple procedure work so well? In layman’s terms, it sands away the dead skin cells that have accumulated and cause a dull complexion. When microdermabrasion is done at a professional’s office, a hand-held device streams tiny crystals across your skin. An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin.
If you think selfies are just for social media posts, think again. Curology, a service offering customized acne and anti-aging prescriptions, uses your selfies to help you shoot even better selfies by evaluating your skin care problems based on them and issuing treatments designed to address those problems. Formerly called PocketDerm, Curology is at the forefront of telehealth, a wave of advancements in medical care that’s linking patients with doctors through computers, iPads and smartphones. Curology’s technology allows dermatologist David Lortscher, its cofounder and chief executive officer, to be a modern-day version of the old school family doctor, who made house calls and knew his or her patients personally. Lortscher cares for patients across the country without putting miles on his car. He took time out of his packed schedule of seeing them to talk to us about Curology and the benefits of virtual dermatology. While we had an acne expert on the phone, we seized upon the opportunity to lob a few questions at Lortscher about adult acne, and he gamely supplied informative answers.
When it comes to skin care products, we all love pretty packaging. But, we also know that it’s what’s inside—in other words, the right ingredients—that’s most important. In my years as a dermatologist, however, I’ve realized that even the savviest product aficionados fail to take into account something that’s every bit as important as ingredients: the means in which these ingredients are delivered into the skin. The skin’s function is to keep the outside world out, and it is a very effective barrier. Many of my patients spend thousands of dollars every year on the latest and greatest formulations, but very few take the time to ensure they’re applying them properly to maximize absorption. The result? These coveted ingredients literally evaporate into thin air, or even wash off, before getting a chance to absorb—and my patients are left without the results they expected, disenchanted with the products, and reaching for their credit cards to spend even more money on something else.
Dr. R. Sonia Batra, a cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatologist in Santa Monica, CA, and frequent guest on the hit show, The Doctors, needs to stay up to date on all developments in the skin care business. Read what she has to say about a new skin care device, called JeNu, that she’s now using “every day.”