Taking care of your skin after age 40 can be challenging. There are an inordinate amount of brands and a lot of conflicting information. Many of you write to me and have questions about taking care of your skin after age 40. As a RoC ambassador I have access to the best experts in the industry so I turned to York City dermatologist, Dr. Erin Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert was gracious enough to take time to answer your questions. I compiled a short list of the most common questions and posed them to Dr. Gilbert, here are her answers. Bonus: Watch for the giveaway at the end of the post!
1. How do you treat redness from broken capillaries? Rosacea?
Answer: The ultimate treatment program here really is laser therapy. There are multiple lasers that are best used in this context, including the Pulsed Dye Laser, and the Nd-Yag. Laser therapy is truly the gold standard for treatment of broken capillaries. However, there are also medical therapies and topical therapies that work well, for example rosacea can be treated with oral antibiotics or with prescription strength creams. Recently in my practice I have had significant success using botulinum toxins, in other words, Botox with dysport injections in very small doses for broken capillaries and rosacea. This therapy is cutting edge and pretty new, with only a few of people doing in it in the states, but it works incredibly well.
There are also newer pharmaceutical companies that are making medications in the form of creams and pills that are effectively plant-based that cause the blood vessels to shrink temporarily. There’s one company called Anatabolc that has a new product out that is a cream and a pill that some people with might want to look into. Separately, oral antibiotics are a classic for rosacea and even at a lower dosage they can prevent the inflammation and pimple-like appearance of rosacea.
2. We all know to stay out of the sun and that it causes sun damage, but how do you get rid of existing brown spots?
Answer: There are multiple ways to treat brown spots, or liver spots as they are often called. One way is with chemical treatments like TTA acids and other way is with laser treatments such as Fraxel lasers. There are multiple, different laser machines that can be used to treat hyper pigmentation. It’s more of a question of how you want to approach it, whether you use treatments all over the face or do a localize treatment on the specific brown spot with a TTA peel. The Intense Pulse Light device is also another great way to treat hyper-pigmented spots. Ultimately they will always come back if you are not taking care of yourself and staying out of the sun, so the key is sunscreen.
3. What are three key ingredients over 40 women should be looking for in their skincare products?
Answer: At this age, regular use of sunscreen, retinol and antioxidants are crucial. This is when the oils and moisture concentration of the products that the patients are using are increasing. Largely because the sebaceous glands start to decrease their oil production as hormones shift in patients skin. You’ll notice that the skin becomes dryer in your 40s and in order to get that “glow,” women begin to add more oomph and moisture to their regimen. Skin care practices in the 40s should include more moisturization, but retinol is also absolutely crucial for skin turnover, pigmentation and fine lines, which are an enormous concerns for women in that age.
4. I’ve heard so many great things about retinol but I just can’t get past the peeling and redness, is there an effective alternative?
Answer: If you are using your retinol properly you should get past peeling and redness very quickly. You should you be able titrating your retinol so you are not experiencing that for more than a day and using something like the RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Skincare line you should be able to use these products without that process happening to you on a regular basis. Is there an effective alternative? Yes, there are plenty of products with antioxidants and anti-aging effects and there are many more in the pipeline that provide anti-aging effects at the cellular level.
5. What is the difference between natural and chemical exfoliants and which is best for over 40 skin?
Answer: Physical exfoliants are the scrubbing beads; there is an actual physical ingredient within the product that exfolicates the skin. Chemical exfoliants are going to be your acids, lactic acids and glycolic acids. I would say, if you have propensity to have extraordinary delicate blood vessels on your face you are better off not using a physical scrub or exfoliate because it will have a tendency to cause more broken blood vessels. So physical exfoliants for profoundly delicate skin with a lot of broken blood vessels is a bad idea, as are facials were there are aggressive extractions. These will wind up enlarging the pores making them appear more dilated and damaging the blood vessels.
As Dr. Erin Gilbert said “At this age….. regular use retinol is crucial.” You know I want all my beauties to look their best so RoC has generously agreed to sponsor a giveaway for their RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Skincare Night Cream and Eye Cream! To enter to win, simply leave me a comment telling me your biggest skincare concern. You may earn extra entries by following the additional tasks listed on the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck and good skin beauties!Pin It