Here are some of the products we like:
To make things easier for our patients we have enlisted the help of Jan Marani . Their Skincare Management Systems kits come with 5 core products and address many common problems such as acne and brown spots. Following these products you will find an alternative approach called our Scientific Skin Care Regime this is for patients who may already have some of their own products or have an understanding of products such as retinol or glycolic peels.
We have another page to find out about our Skin Care for our Acne Patients here: Acne Skin Care Regimen.
For patients dealing with severe acne we recommend Jan Marani’s Retinol Plus MD (with retinol and hyaluronic acid to help lighten and fight acne) in addition to the Skincare Management System.
For patients dealing with wrinkles, sun damage, and skin discolorations, Skincare Management System MD would be the best option for them. This kit has something called Age Intervention Enlighten Plus MD (which has kojic acid, salicyclic acid and retinol – all skin lighteners). This system is a great start for many issues such as acne, age spots and skin discoloration.
Directions : All of these products are used morning and night as tolerated except for the sunscreen. For most patients they will need to start slow with these products and use as tolerated, using the retinols and glycolic cleansers a few times a week based on how irritated their skin is. Read more below.
Some products we carry are from another line called IS Clinical, this is a great line for people looking for a more natural alternative to skincare.
Scientific Skin Care Regimen
As a beginning to your Scientific Skin Care Regimen, Dr Young suggests starting with a Sensitive Skin Cleanser, Retinol Plus MD and Sunscreen. He also may suggest an At Home Glycolic Peel for the full benefit of his Scientific Approach to Skin Care. If you tolerate this initial program you may consider a 15% Glycolic acid lotion for extra exfoliation. Other products can be added based on your own specific needs.
More explanation of our Skin Care Program and our At-Home Glycolic Acid Peels:
Please read about these topical medications on rxlist.com to see if there are any reasons you should not be taking these medications.
Apply one application of Retinol Plus MD, Retin-A / Retinol complex / Adapalene (Retinol has many brand names, see our acne skincare page for more examples) wait 3-5 days until all of the redness goes away before you apply the next application. (Doing a test patch in a small area may be the best way to start. You should wait for 3-5 days for the test patch to reveal a reaction.) Keep doing this until you can tolerate the Retinoic Acid on a nightly basis. You may not be able to do this every night. Some people end up doing this every 2-3 nights.
Once tolerating your retinol daily you can then start the Skin Lightener (azelaic acid, kojic acid, Mequinol 2% [solage], etc) in conjunction to the retinol. You should follow a similar testing period as the retinol waiting 3-5 days for all of the redness to subside before applying your next application. This approach should be done until you can tolerate both of the medications every night.
The Hydrocortisone 1 % can be started with either the retinoic acid or the Skin Lightener topical. The hydrocortisone can help decrease the inflammation that is caused by the other two topical applications.
For Laser Patients:
If you are having an Active FX laser procedure, these medications should be started 4-5 weeks before your laser procedure and stopped 1 week before your procedure. These medications (or the other brand names shown above) should be restarted no earlier than 4 weeks after your laser procedure but you should check with your Doctor first before doing so. If you are doing IPL these medications can also be started 3-4 weeks before your first procedure and then stopped 7 days before your treatments or next treatment. You can resume the Retinol Plus MD and Skin Lightener 7 days after your IPL.
If you are just going to use these topical medications without a procedure, you should use the same approach. Some people will only be able to tolerate these medications once or twice a week. Everyone is different and you will find out, on your own, how much you tolerate these topical medications. It may be that you tolerate it every other day, every three days, or once a week, etc. While you are starting your topical medication you can call or email your Doctor and / or his staff to help you through this. You can contact us through this link as well.
At Home Glycolic Acid Peels Instructions:
The above are some general recommendations for the at-home glycolic peels. You should be very conservative when you first start doing these. You should never apply these glycolic peels when your skin is significantly inflamed. If you are trying to treat active acne, the inflammation should be limited to just those inflamed and infected pimples. If in doubt, you should consult your doctor here.
We are going to discuss our Scientific Approach to Skin Care here for you. If you are interested at any time about scheduling an appointment you can email, call 425-990-3223 and even text message us at any time. Click here if you would like to find out more about our consultation process. We can set up a phone consultation for you and show you how to take the 5 basic photos that you will need.