The 411 On Skin Care with Sutton Dermatology + Aesthetic
Hey guys, happy Friday to you! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week!
If you’ve followed my Instagram, you’ll notice that I just went through my third PRP with micro needling treatment at Sutton Dermatology + Aesthetics about a week ago. I’ve had a few things happen since my last treatment:
– My skin has been the clearest it’s ever been. I have had a few pimples pop up here and there, but my face feels VERY smooth and I have a little bit of a glow.
– I’ve had a much faster recovery after the last treatment. Clearly, my skin is really adjusting to the treatments, because I was only red for 36 hours, and after the one before that, I was red for three or four days.
– I’m now using some products that Sutton gave me to try (for free so I could review for the blog) and that could also be helping my skin clear up. I’ve noticed my skin is definitely not as dry as it was earlier this winter!
One of the biggest problems I’ve had since I was 16, is designing and sticking to a skincare routine. When I was in college, it was “wash your face and go sleep if you sleep.” But now that I’m in my mid-20’s, I really want to feel good about my skin care routine so I can reap the benefits 10 to 40 years down the road.
I asked Kerri Otto, a PA at Sutton, at my last appointment, about what a BASIC (keep in mind if you have some other serious skin issues, you may need to talk to a dermatologist) skin care routine should consist of and she broke it down for me. Kerri has practiced general and cosmetic dermatology for 16 years and been injecting BOTOX/DYSPORT, & fillers for 14 years and performing laser resurfacing treatment for 7 years. In other words, we’re asking the right person about skin care advice.
At night here’s what she said you should do:
– Wash your face with a cleanser and then use Retin A cream ( Tretinoin is the generic form and works just as effectively as the “brand name”). I asked Kerri why Retin A, in particular, is so important and she said it, “increases the skin’s turnover rate, sloughs off dead skin cells, fades fine lines and increases collagen over time which makes skin look tighter.” Those are some benefits I had never even considered when I looked at using Retin A before. Also, Kerri told me that a little goes a LONG way when it comes to this product so if you decide to use it, keep in mind just a chocolate chip sized amount is just right. I’m actually just trying the Retin A now, so I’ll have more updates later on how it works for me. Also please note: Kerri mentioned women should use this all the time, UNLESS pregnant or breastfeeding.
– Also, Kerri recommended using a Clarisonic to exfoliate your skin. While a Clarisonic can be pricey, I definitely did some research on this, and I think it may be worth it. I know that when I wash my face, sometimes I don’t get everything off of my face (extra makeup etc.) so it’d be nice to have a little extra reinforcement in that process.
Okay, let’s get to what Kerri recommended for morning skin care. I definitely have made my morning routine a little more complicated than it needs to be, and used more products than I think I even need on my face. Here’s how Kerri breaks it down for the morning routine:
– Use a cleanser when you first wake up.
– Put on a moisturizer after that.
– Then, most importantly get that sunscreen on folks. I know I talked about this in an earlier post but sunscreen, even when it’s winter and you think it’s not sunny, still PROTECTS your skin from ultraviolet rays. Sutton’s team has definitely taught me that I need to be using it every day, and not just in the summer.
So, the next question you’re all going to ask me is “okay, if that’s what I need to do, what products do I use?”
As I’ve mentioned on social media, I’m using some of the products that Sutton sells in their aesthetic center. I’m using their Obagi Gentle Cleanser, Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer and their Skin Medica Total Defense & Repair Sunscreen. And drumroll….I LOVE these products.
I’ll tell you, I’ve looked at how much each of them cost and while each of them varies between $40 and $50, they seem to last a long time and I’m willing to invest a few extra dollars into the right skin care products for my face. You only get one of them right?
I asked Kerri why I love these so much, because and she mentioned that they will feel better than cheaper products. And also broke it down like this, “Medical grade skin care products contain a smaller amount of “inactive ingredients”. Medical grade skin care products are more concentrated, allowing patients to use less of them and truly get more of the active product. “
So Kerri’s bottom line: if you have to go with cheaper alternatives, you can definitely still make it work but the medical grade products can definitely help you if you have drier skin or a skin condition. And, it wouldn’t hurt to do your own research on products, etc if you have concerns about something you’re using.
I hope this helped you guys and if you have more questions, drop me a line or feel free to give the amazing team at Sutton Dermatology + Aesthetics a call. They truly know what they are doing and I’m really excited to keep updating you on the next treatments!