The A E Skin line of skin care products continues to provide outstanding results for our patients. Dr. Alex designed this line of product to address the most common concerns patients have: uneven color, irregular texture, and acne.
The image shown here is a before and after picture of a 34 year old female who was concerned with her acne and her uneven color. This included dark spots left over from acne breakouts; these are commonly, but incorrectly referred to as scars. She had tried a number of products, none of which worked. She even invested a lot of money in treatments such as PRP, the results of which were disappointing. Understandably, she was hesitant to try new products.
This patient started on the standard line of A E Skin line of skin care products: Brightening Cream, Exfoliating Serum, Triple Antioxidant Serum, and Hydrating Serum. The photograph on the right is after using these products for just two months without having any treatments. She noticed an improvement in her acne, uneven color, and texture. She also enjoyed a youthful glow to her skin. She commented that her coworkers also noticed an improvement in her skin.
The Brightening Cream is our most popular product and we often sell out of it. The Brightening Cream contains three active ingredients: hydroquinone, kojic acid, and retin-A (retinoic acid). Hydroquinone is the strongest brightening agent available and serves to lighten up the dark spots on the skin. Kojic acid is another brightening agent that works by a different mechanism than hydroquinone. Together they provide a powerful punch. Retin-A is a vitamin A derivative that exfoliated, smoothens out the skin surface, helps with acne, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, tightens the skin, and decreases enlarged pores. The Brightening Cream is used at night on a clean, dry face. The Brightening Cream is a prescription-strength medication and is only available for patients who have had a consultation with Dr. Alex in the Encino, CA office.
As its name implies, the Exfolilating Serum gently exfoliates the dead skin cells from the surface. The active ingredient is salicylic acid. It works in a different way from the retin-A. Specifically salicylic acid breaks the glue that holds the dead skin cells together. It works well for all skin types and particularly well for oily skin types. The Acne Max Solution is a modified version of the Exfoliating Serum which contains a higher level of salicylic acid and also includes other products directed at acne. The Exfoliating Serum or Acne Max Solution are used first thing in the morning on a clean, dry face. The Exfoliating Serum and Acne Max Solution are prescription-strength products and are only available for patients who have had a consultation with Dr. Alex in the Encino, CA office.
The Triple Antioxidant Serum is a favorite of many patients. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid. Vitamins C and E serve as antioxidants, each in a different part of the skin cells. This protects the skin from damage from free radicals that are formed by sun exposure or other insults such as pollution or smoking. Ferulic acid serves to stabilize the vitamin C so that it remains active for every use. In addition to its antioxidant properties, vitamin C also helps to smoothen out uneven color. Some people apply lemon juice to their skin to even out the color; it is the vitamin C in lemon juice that is responsible for this response. Vitamin C is also a cofactor for collagen formation. Collagen is the protein in the skin that is responsible for keeping the skin tight, firm, and youthful in appearance. Formation of new collagen will serve to decrease wrinkles and close enlarged pores. The Triple Antioxidant Serum is used in the morning immediately after the Exfoliating Serum or Acne Max Solution and it is available on our online store.
Approximately two thirds of the skin is composed of water. It is therefore important to have enough water in the skin for appropriate function. There are three steps in maintaining adequate water in the skin. The first is drinking enough water. Dr. Alex recommends drinking at least 8 cups of water each day. The second step is getting that water into the skin. This is what the Hydrating Serum does. The third and final step is trapping that water in the skin by using a good moisturizer on top. The Hydrating Serum is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin that binds 1,000 times its weight in water. It works well to draw water into the skin to provide the hydration necessary for appropriate skin function. This water helps to fill in fine lines and the product works well in combination with Botox and fillers. Our patients say that it makes their skin feel like silk. Only two or three drops of the Hydrating Serum are required twice daily immediately before moisturizer. The Hydrating Serum is available on our online store.