Skin Care Questions and Answers About Prescriptions
I have been taking two chemotherapy drugs (Tarceva and Zometa). The good news is that they are containing the cancer, but they also dry my skin to a remarkable degree. I have tried cleansers, treatments and moisturizers from Nia24, Eucerin, Aveeno, DHC and Scosh, as well as Aquaphor. I am still so dry that my skin flakes off all over my body as well as my face. Any ideas about which products I might try?...Read Response (asked by Laura S. of Phoenix, AZ)
First of all, we are glad you are feeling better. Since the two chemotherapy drugs (Tarceva and Zometa) you are using to control the cancer caused extreme dryness on the face and body, we can recommend a hydrating regimen that will soothe and nourish your skin. The Cream Soap may be used twice daily to gently cleanse sensitive skin types. Follow with the Chamomile Cleansing Lotion toner to help instantly soothe dry sensitive skin. The Chamomile Eye Cream may be used under the eye area morning and night. The skin around the eyes is very delicate, thin, and susceptible to damage. Wrinkles and fine lines are made more obvious when skin is dry, so keeping the area moisturized will keep it looking supple, and fine lines will be less obvious. Use the Complex Moisturizer With Vitamin E (SPF-20) daily after toning. It contains Vitamins A & E and Hyaluronic Acid to lock in skins natural moisture along with a high SPF for daily protection. Lastly, the Protein Night Cream is the perfect night cream for you. Intense moisture replenishing night cream enriched with Vitamin A and collagen to reduce the effects of aging. As for dry skin on the body, we would recommend the Super Rich Olive Body Lotion. Creamy, rich Olive Oil based lotion restores moisture and leaves the skin feeling soft and silky without a greasy residue. Leaves skin feeling supple and nourished year round.
What kind of products would you recommend for patients on Accutane?...Read Response (asked by Jennifer L. of Los Angeles, CA)
For patients on Accutane, it is best to consult with your dermatologist regarding skin care products. One of the typical side effects would be very dry, sensitive skin. Our customized regimens consist of specific products meant to help your various skin concerns; however, it is important to keep your regimen extremely simple since the skin can be very delicate. We do have gentle products such as the Cream Soap that would be suggested for mild cleansing of delicate skin. Follow with the Chamomile Cleansing Lotion to instantly soothe dry, sensitive skin. Use the oil-free Aloe Moisturizer (SPF-15) daily to soften dry skin without clogging pores. Lastly, I would suggest the Herbal Hydrating Serum to hydrate and soften dry, parched skin nightly.
I have had adult acne for four years, since I became pregnant with my son. I have tried Benzoyl Peroxide products, Salicylic Acid, Clindamycin, Differin Gel, antibiotics, getting monthly facials, and it still continues! I also have dark purple scarring that is very embarrassing and cannot be covered up. The main problem area is my jaw line/chin. Can you suggest anything?...Read Response (asked by Gina L. of Neptune, NJ)
Acne occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples. Excessive secretion of oils from the glands combine with naturally occurring dead skin cells to block the hair follicles. Oil secretions build up beneath the blocked pore, providing a perfect environment for the skin bacteria. The best means to prevent acne is to maintain a proper skin care regimen. It is also important to make sure that you are not picking or squeezing any of the blemishes. It can spread the bacteria and cause unwanted scarring in the process. Although you have tried Benzoyl Peroxide, Differin, and other antibiotics, you may respond better to Sulfur, our primary acne fighting ingredient. The Acne Facial Cleanser (New) which contains 2% Salicylic Acid will help to encourage the sloughing of surface dead skin cells. This purifying cleanser will remove dirt and oil while preventing clogged pores and breakouts. Follow with the Special Cucumber Lotion, an anti-bacterial solution that will help to disinfect skin and discourage acne flare-ups. Follow with the Oil Free Moisturizer (SPF-17) to keep skin well hydrated and protected. Using a daily SPF will prevent the darker acne scars from further discoloration. Use the Drying Mask two to three times a week to combat blemishes and impurities. Formulated for acne prone skin, this Sulfur based mask will help to absorb excessive oil as it combats blemishes and impurities. Alternate twice a week with the Healing & Soothing Mask which contains a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient Balsam Peru to relieve acne related redness and irritation. For oily, dull, congested skin, use the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser 2-3 times a week instead of the Acne Facial Cleanser (New). Glycolic Acid helps to break down dead skin build-up from skins surface, reduce minor acne discoloration and leave skin radiant and smooth. The Drying Lotion is the perfect overnight spot treatment for surfaced whiteheads. Lastly, for stubborn cystic acne, the best spot treatment is the Sulfur based Buffering Lotion. It is a light, liquid antiseptic solution to soothe and heal cystic blemishes. Our customized regimens consist of specific products meant to help various skin concerns. Consistent use will offer optimal skin care results. Our priority is to help you achieve and maintain healthy, radiant skin.