I’m so thankful to have met Dr. Jess Prischmann this past year – my skin has been transformed, and my dark spots from melasma are slowly but surely disappearing.
Dr. Prischmann is someone who truly cares about her patients. AND she’s willing to share her extensive knowledge with all of you! A couple of weeks ago, I asked (via the Wild Ruffle Facebook page) what your beauty/skin care questions were, and I had tons of you respond.
Because we had so many of you contact us, we’re breaking up the answers into a couple of posts, with another coming next week. Read on for Dr. Prischmann’s insights.
DISCLAIMER: The answers below are not meant to be a replacement for advice from your personal physician. It is always best to discuss any issues in person with a doctor you trust!
What is the best facial to get if I have never had one before?
What a FUN question!!! Where to begin? If you have truly NEVER had a facial before, I think a deep cleansing facial with hydration will leave your skin soft and glowing. Most of us don’t do a great job on a day-to-day basis cleaning or moisturizing. The result can be congested skin, dullness, and blackheads.
Here is what I would recommend: Start with a facial steaming, followed by cleansing and mild exfoliation. Then, your esthetician can look for any blackheads/whiteheads and perform extractions. Once your skin is cleansed and exfoliated, I would recommend a good hydrating mask. And… while the mask is working, a scalp and temple massage will help relieve any muscle tension.
If you are feeling more adventurous, incorporating a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion can give your skin an added level of exfoliation without downtime. Good luck and keep us posted!
What is the best solution for rosacea?
Rosacea: a misunderstood skin condition
The reason why this question is so difficult to answer is because rosacea is a skin condition that doesn’t have a clear cause or cure. You might be surprised to know that there is no definitive “test” to see if you even have rosacea. The diagnosis is made based on your skin history and exam.
But, don’t get discouraged. Many people are able to control symptoms by avoiding extremes – extremes in temperature, food, alcohol and other environmental factors. I often give my patients the analogy that they should “try to paint a picture with shades of grey” – although, I have recently changed the color to “beige” because the “shades of grey” reference was causing the opposite effect!
Dermatologists often prescribe topical or oral medications, particularly if you have a “bumpy” type of rosacea. And, for redness and flushing, light-based treatments (called “Intense Pulsed Light” or “Broadband Light”) can help. There are also great medical-grade skin care products that work in conjunction with higher-level treatments. In short: there are many solutions and finding a dermatologist or doctor you trust is the key!
What can I do to reverse acne scarring?
If you are referring to pitted acne scars as the result of cystic acne, you have a few options. Having treated several cases of severe acne scarring, I know the deep emotional toll that this condition takes on patients.
If you have one or two pitted scars, using a needle to breaking up the underlying scar tissue and injecting filler can help.
If you have scars involving multiple areas on your face, a good option is laser resurfacing with fractionated laser treatment OR dermabrasion. These procedures carry downtime and should absolutely be discussed in detail before proceeding. Even with aggressive treatment, if the acne scarring is severe, I usually tell my patients that multiple treatments will be required and the results may not live up to their expectations. I KNOW how difficult this can be… Please let us know if you have any additional questions!
I speak from experience when I say that Dr. Prischmann and her team are the best around! Please don’t hesitate to contact them by calling (952)567-7151, checking them out online, or joining them on Facebook. And join us next week when Dr. Prischmann answers the most asked question we received!
If you have any questions for the doctor, feel free to leave them in the comments below or email me at email@example.com.