• November's Maskne Advice (by Dr. Laura Jordan)

    by Darius Ross | Nov 11, 2020

    Current use of face masks in our society has caused an increase in skin issues, including acne, irritation, infection, and pressure sores. Skin damage can worsen due to increased sweating, friction, and pressure of the mask against the skin. Here are some useful tips for improving these skin complaints:

    • Keep it fresh! Opt for a cotton face mask, or several to swap out, and wash daily.
    • Moisturize! Keep your skin moisturized with fragrance-free non-comedogenic skin cream such as Cerave, Vanicream, and Cetaphil.
    • Be Gentle! Use gentle cleansing techniques and avoid harsh cleansers and exfoliants that can irritate the skin during this time.
    • Go Natural! Try makeup free under the mask.
    • Get Balmy! But don't forget your fragrance-free lip balm. The humidity of our breath inside the mask can cause chafing around the mouth area.
    • Contact Your Derm! If your skin issues persist, don't hesitate to be seen in person.
  • Acne Tips - Darek Anderson PA-C

    by Darius Ross | Oct 14, 2020

    1. Be gentle. Acne prone skin is very sensitive to inflammation. Aggressive skin cleansers can potentially make things worse. Things like scrubs can aggravate the skin, leading to more plugging of our pores and make acne worse. I recommended gentle cleaners like Cetaphil, Cerave, or Obagi foaming cleanser.

    2. Be consistent. There are many treatment options for acne. No matter if you and your provider decide to treat with some topical medications or visit our Skin Care Department, consistency is the key. The better we are at sticking with a treatment plan; the better things will be.

    3. Be patient. Patience is the key. We have so many great treatment options for acne, but nothing works instantly. Even if your acne is “mild” or you are on a course of Accutane, nothing will get your acne better fast. We must give the medications some time to work. The skin does not like to respond quickly to treatments, so we need to have the right expectations when it comes to clearing up acne. I generally recommend that our patients stick with a treatment option for at least 2 months before we decide if it is going to work or not. Unfortunately, acne sometimes gets worse before it gets better. We also might experience some side effects we do not like, or sometimes the acne just does not get better. However, we must stick to our plan for at least 2 months before deciding to change things up. We know its super frustrating, but it's important we give it time to work

  • September's Q&A's with Dr. Sheftel

    by Darius Ross | Sep 23, 2020

    We sat down with Dr. Sheftel to talk Retinols,and why he recommends it to his patients.

    “I recommend retinols for the health and maintenance of skin.In the goal to achieving healthier skin,it helps prevent skin cancer in addition to an improved complexion and appearance".

    What exactly does retinols do for your skin?
    "Skin cells have receptors for rentinoic acid. When the cells are stimulated by retinols, the skin cells grow, collagen thickens and the skin is overall healthier".

    What other products should be used in conjunction to retinols to keep your skin healthy?

    “In addition to retinol, there are other products such as topical vitamin C and acids that help achieve healthier skin Combinations of these products used daily combat wrinkles, irregular pigmentation and roughness of the skin".

    Any last advice?
    "Lastly,don’t forget sunscreen to avoid the damaging rays of the sun.Daily care will help us all avoid skin cancer and have beautiful skin".

  • June's Summer Special

    by Darius Ross | Jun 01, 2020

    Microdermabrasion or Dermaplane for only $75!
    (Regularly $90)

    Microdermabrasion produces dramatic improvements in the tone, texture, and color of the treated area after just one treatment.

    Dermaplaning is highly regarded skin treatment that involves manual exfoliation to reveal healthy, smooth skin for a glowing peach fuzz free look.

    These procedures can be done at HealthySkin 5 days a week! Call us at (520) 293-5757 option 2

  • May's Mothers Day Questions & Answers

    by Darius Ross | May 04, 2020

    Mother’s Day

    Its hard being a Mom, whether you stay home or work outside of the home. Finding the best skin care regime to fit you is challenging and frankly overwhelming. We caught up with our resident Laser Technician Kristine to talk skin care.

       1. As a working mother of 6, what do you find challenging to do in a skin care regime?

      A 10 step regime. I just do not have the time.  

       2. What are you looking to find in products and what are you are searching for or looking to correct?

    Mainly to reverse the signs of aging. Who wants to age?!?!?!

       3. What are your favorite a.m products?

    Favorite A.M.  product is a Vitamin C. It protects your skin from the environment and feels amazing going on. My favorite is the Obagi Vitamic C, or the Jan Marini C-Esta serum.

      4. If you could pick one product in the p.m. what would you choose? 

    Probably the HQRA 4%. This little gem allows your skin to exfoliate but also helps get rid of any brown spots that come with the lovely aging process. It is good for all skin types.

      5. So how do you take care of your skin?

    I cleanse, use Vitamin C, moisturize, and apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher in the morning. At night I cleanse my face, pat dry,  then apply the HQRA 4% cream, and moisturize. I try to do a monthly service like a dermaplane or chemical peel to make sure my skin stays it's healthiest. 

  • April's skin care tips while at home

    by Darius Ross | Apr 01, 2020

    Taking good care of your skin starts with a good skin care routine.

    There's no need to use 10 different skin care products to maintain healthy skin.

    Skin rejuvenation is accomplished through cellular regeneration and maintaining the health of sun exposed skin, for the sun is very damaging. Sun avoidance as well as protective clothing, sun block/sunscreen is essential to any maintenance regime.

    The three most important products that should be in every home involve Antioxidants, Vitamin A, and Sunscreen:

    Antioxidants: are an emerging concept in skin health and maintenance. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation process tissue-damaging free radicals that are absorbed and neutralized by the antioxidants. Antioxidants for your skin are most effective when applied typically in a serum form. Vitamin C stimulates cell replication and collagen production, resulting in strengthening of the skin.

    Vitamin A: I am sure you’ve heard the word Retinol or Retin-A name brand. Exfoliation or stimulation of the skin allow the dead skin to be removed, allowing the healthier layers to show. This makes your skin regenerate and look more vibrant.

    Sunscreen: everyone under the sun should be protecting their skin from harmful rays. You should be wearing at least 30 SPF when exposed to the sun for short amounts of time. When in the sun for a prolonged amount of time doing activities, such as hiking, outdoor sports, or gardening, 50 SPF should be worn.

    These products with long term use have shown to offer improvement to the overall health of the skin. Helping with fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.

  • Covid -19! Public Service Announcement!

    by Darius Ross | Mar 16, 2020

    In order to provide the best care for our patients, we wanted to reach out and let everyone know that we are still here. We are not scheduling any cosmetic procedures at this time but our medical patients are still being scheduled and seen as usual

    We ask you to help us by practicing the following:
    1. If you are feverish or not feeling well, please call to reschedule your appointments by phone, there will be no rescheduling fee. We will be opening additional days for these reschedules. (520) 293-5757 option 1
    2. Please limit the number of visitors in our office. If you do not have an appointment, please remain in the car. We are working to get patients back in the exam rooms and seen as soon as possible.
    3. Please wash or sanitize your hands when you enter our office. Keep your distance and limit contact with other individuals. If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so in the crease of your elbow. We have kleenex and sanitizer available in the lobby.
    Thank you for your patience and support during this unusual time.
  • March into Madness with a Spa Facial

    by Darius Ross | Feb 28, 2020

    When you think spa, you automatically think, “facials.” What exactly is a facial?  What does it entail?

    We sat down with Danae, our resident expert on facials at Healthyskin, to explain what makes facials so alluring and good for the skin. “The first part of any good facial begins with the consultation and analysis of the patient’s skin. This will help the technician to decide on what (the patient’s) skin needs are. The next step after the consult and analysist is the double cleanse.  This step also gets the relaxation started.”

    Steaming and Exfoliation – “The steaming step preps the skin for any extractions, but also feels AMAZING. What type of exfoliant that is used is customized to your specific skin. There are polishes and scrubs, usually used for mature skin, where enzymes are good for oily or acne prone skin.”

    Extractions - “This step is not my favorite part of a facial but is needed!  It allows the technician to get all the clogged pores cleaned out.”

    Massage – “Now, this part is my favorite. A face, scalp, neck, shoulders, and hand massage that you never want to end.”

    Mask – “This also is determined by your skins needs. We have ‘drink of water masks’ that hydrate your skin to clay masks that are detoxifying. You walk out relaxed, and your skin has a dewy glow. It is also smoother.”

    A signature Spa Facial can be done at HealthySkin 5 days a week! Call us at (520) 293-5757 option 2March madness
  • Lip Injections, What You REALLY Want to Know - Our February Special

    by Darius Ross | Feb 10, 2020

    Let’s talk lip injections...Cosmetic Contouring

    We have all seen people on T.V. and in person whose lips are overfilled or look unnatural. It might leave you feeling a bit fearful or create reservations about having lip injections, worried that you’ll look distorted or “over done”.

    At HealthySkin Dermatology, lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure performed by a registered nurse or physician, whose goal is to help you to achieve natural looking, fuller, plumper, and more hydrated lips.

    Julie Anderson, R.N., has been a cosmetic nurse injector with HealthySkin Dermatology for 19 years. Julie has helped many clients achieve their aesthetic goals using cosmetic fillers. She favors Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella for lip injections. She says with confidence, “The use of these two products can add shape, structure, volume, and hydration to your lips. Both products contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, that makes the treatment more comfortable. It is important for the patient to decide what it is they would like to achieve when having their lips injected. It’s also very important for the patient to understand their own anatomy, because this will determine which product should be used. You can’t make what you don’t have. If a person has thin, not well-defined lips we must slowly and safely build lips over a period of time. This can take months. If too much is injected at one session, the outcome will be a heavy lip that can take a downward turn. This can be very aesthetically unpleasing.”

    Holly recently had her lips injected at HealthySkin after waiting years to do it, and she was willing to share her personal experience.

    Why did you get lip fillers? What were you looking to achieve?

    “I thought about filler for years! I received filler so that my lips would look fuller and more hydrated. “

    Was the treatment uncomfortable?

    “In the treatment room, she (Julie Anderson, R.N.), applied a numbing cream (that was amazing), and it did not hurt at all! It did feel a bit sore after the numbing cream wore off (for about an hour). I took a few Ibuprofen and was fine.”

    How long were your lips swollen?

    “I was swollen for about 2 days. They completely settled in 5 days. “

    Would you do it again?

    “I love them and can’t wait to add more! Wearing lipstick is a lot more fun!”

    Lip injection consultations can be done at HealthySkin 5 days a week! Call us at (520) 293-5757, option 2.


  • HealthySkin Announces Our New Vail Location!

    by Heather Henry | Dec 11, 2019

    HealthySkin Dermatology Vail Clinic

    HealthySkin Dermatology is pleased to announce we are opening up a new location on January 15, 2020 that is easily accessible by our patients in Vail, Rita Ranch, Corona de Tucson, Benson, St. David, Safford, Willcox, and other surrounding communities!  Located at 10120 East Old Vail Road, Suite 180, Tucson, AZ 85747, our office is located on the southwest corner of Old Vail Road and Houghton. We are one block north of I-10 from the Houghton exit. We will also be accessible to Benson residents in just 30 minutes!  HealthySkin Dermatology will be open every Wednesday at our Vail location, beginning on January 15, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Stephen T. Cox, PA-C, will be available to new and established patients of all ages to care for their dermatology needs. PA Cox has been a dermatology physician assistant for over 11 years and brings a compassionate and professional approach to the practice of medicine.  PA Cox is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Tucson Dermatology Society, and he is also a Diplomate for the Society of Dermatological Physician Assistants. This distinction of “Diplomate” is given only to those members who have dedicated extensive time to the study and practice of dermatological care.

    Come visit us for your skin cancer surveillance and treatment. We also treat acne, rash management, and all other issues involving your hair, skin, and nails. We accept most major insurance plans including: Medicare, Humana, Aetna, United Healthcare, HealthNet, BCBS, most AHCCCS plans, and Cigna.

    HealthySkin is now making appointments for our Vail office.  Call (520) 293-5757, option 1, to schedule today!  Click here for directions.

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