(posted October 15, 2018)
Microneedling is an amazing procedure and can be used to correct many types of skin issues. Whether used preventatively for anti-aging, improve skin laxity, stretch marks, and even acne scars, Rejuvapen microneedling treatment can benefit almost anyone.
How Microneedling Treats Acne Scars
Even if your acne is gone, acne scars can leave embarrassing reminders and often take a long time to heal fully and may never disappear completely. If you have experienced acne in the past and now are left with scars, microneedling could be the answer to resolving this issue for you, leaving you more confident in your skin’s appearance and texture.
Microneedling is collagen induction therapy. At Venus spa and salon we use the Rejuvapen device for our microneedling treatments. Rejuvapen is a powered device that uses 9 surgical grade needles to make tiny microscopic punctures in the skin. It basically wounds the skin to initiate its natural healing process to make new skin fibers. The needles are able to pierce the scar tissue left behind by the acne allowing these areas to be softened and new skin to form. This allows the indentations to lift and the surface of the skin to smooth. It also helps to reduce pore size and tighten the skin. Often we use a “stamping” technique to address the area where acne scars are prevalent, allowing for deeper penetration and advanced healing effects.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
If you are trying to treat acne scars, you will need a series of microneedling treatments, likely more than is typically needed for general skin rejuvenation and aging. 8 sessions is typically a good estimation for acne scarring treatment, but you may need more depending on the severity of your acne scars.
Visit or contact Venus spa and salon today for a consultation and find out how Rejuvapen microneedling can help reduce the appearance of your acne scars.
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Is the VI Peel right for you?
(posted October 15, 2018)
The VI Peel is a medium-depth peel suitable for all skin types. It can improve the tone, texture, and clarity of your skin and intended for those looking to reduce hyperpigmentation, improve acne and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The VI Peel is a blend of five different acids to exfoliate the skin:
- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is an exfoliant that stimulates collagen production to repair the skin.
- Retinoic acid (Vitamin A) promotes collagen and elastin production, and normalizes cell turnover.
- Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid with anti-inflammatory properties, helps to clear out dead skin cells, making it an effective anti-acne ingredient.
- Phenol helps to dissolve skin cells while also acting as a numbing agent to minimize discomfort while the peel is on the skin.
- L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is an antioxidant that stimulates collagen production, brightens the skin and reduces the production of melanin.
It is important to know there is some downtime associated with the ViPeel:
- 3-5 days of peeling when applied to the face.
- 5-7 days of peeling when applied to the body.
Within the first few days, you may experience itchy skin; this is the body’s response to skin regeneration. Applying the post-peel protectant will help minimize itching. If you currently use any topical acne or lightening products, you should discontinue use three days prior to treatment. Also, the area to be treated should not be exposed to the sun.
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Are higher SPF sunscreens better? The answer may surprise you.
(posted February 17, 2018)
You’re shopping for sunscreen and the numbers flash before you in the aisles: SPF 5, SPF 15, SPF 30, SPF 45, SPF 75... If you’re looking for optimal protection, you go with the highest SPF you can find, right?
Not so fast.
Dermatologists and aestheticians typically recommend an SPF of at least 30 every day for both indoor and outdoor activity. While an SPF of 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, an SPF of 30 blocks 97% and an SPF of 50 blocks 98%, going higher than 50 doesn’t increase your protection by any significant amount. So as long as you are using an SPF of at least 30 daily, you’re good to go.
In fact, the higher the SPF, the more likely most people are to neglect reapplying their sunscreen after several hours in the sun, believing that they are protected for longer because of that high number on the bottle. This can lead to sunburn, blistering and – when practiced routinely – precancer that may eventually lead to the occurrence of skin cancer.
Here are the quick facts:
The term SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measurement of UVB protection. UVB rays are the burning rays, while UVA rays are the aging rays, leading to wrinkles and dark spots on the skin. By choosing a higher SPF, you may avoid a sunburn, but UVA rays may still be getting through. This is why choosing a sunscreen that offers “broad spectrum” protection is essential to protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
Not sure your sunscreen has enough UVA-blocking ingredients? Look for the following on your product’s label: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule or oxybenzone.
Don’t be fooled by a false sense of security by choosing an SPF over 50. You should still reapply every two hours – or every 60-80 minutes when swimming or sweating. Seek the shade and wear a wide-brimmed hat, as well as other sun-protective clothing when out in the sun for prolonged periods. You can even buy SPF-infused clothing to wear for your next trip outside.
A shot glass worth of sunscreen is recommended on the entire body, applied 15 minutes before leaving the house, to assure the product has time to start working in the skin before being exposed to the sun.
A broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should be a staple in your daily skincare regimen – no matter the season, time of day or type of weather. UV rays penetrate clouds and reflect off the snow, so don’t be fooled into thinking that just because it’s raining or the dead of winter that you don’t need to apply an SPF.