Post-Summer Face Care Treatment Trends

Healthy Skin Post summer is the best time to clean up darkened freckles and weather-worn skin – the unintended consequences of summer. 

Focus your skin care routine and utilize some of the great new cosmetic skin care treatments available today – treatments that help you regain a more even complexion and that can rejuvenate your post-summer weathered and wrinkled skin.

Post summer is absolutely the best time to start a serious wrinkle treatment program because the best procedures and skin care routines that treat wrinkles require that you stay out of the sun.

In short, this is “skin rejuvenation season.” It’s the best time of year for you to do something about your skin aging issues. It runs from the end of summer until mid-spring, so plan your strategy now!

What is the treatment strategy that I use in my dermatology practice for treating uneven pigment and skin weathered from the summer sun?

Obagi Nu Derm Treatment

I love to start with a prescribed three to four month course of Obagi Nu Derm. This skin care routine treatment system really turns off pigment production to even out pigment problems. It’s a great stand-alone treatment or the perfect prep for our cosmetic skin rejuvenation procedures like laser treatments and chemical peels. The Obagi Nu Derm treatment system includes tretinoin (Retin A), prescription strength hydroquinone, and an alpha hydroxy acid type of product. You can click here to read more about why Obagi Nu Derm is so effective at rejuvenating your skin. 

For local readers, we have created an Obagi Skin Transformation Program where our aestheticians teach and counsel you to use the Obagi Kit in just the right fashion for your skin type. They also provide supportive calming facials and the Obagi Radiance Blue Peel to help ensure your success with this powerful treatment regimen. To schedule a consultation call our office at (707) 829-5780.

Professional Glycolic Acid Skin Care Products

The most effective non-prescription skin care regimen for rejuvenation and evening out skin pigment problems is a glycolic acid skin care regimen. Glycolic acid products should be selected to suit your skin type. Sunscreen is still necessary because the UVA rays do not lessen in intensity after summer and they will continue to darken hyperpigmentation problem areas on your skin. You can read more about how to get rid of brown spots on your skin using glycolic acid products. To read more about why glycolic acid is the best over-the-counter wrinkle cream click here.

I have glycolic acid skin care kits for different skin types. Click here to see them and learn more.Best Glycolic acid AHA Products kit for oily skin

You can also add glycolic acid treatment to a complete antioxidant rejuvenation regimen for the most state-of-the-art rejuvenation skin care routine. Click here to see my AHA Antioxidant Skin Care Kits.Antioxidant skin care kit with glycolic acid face cream

Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic procedures can work with your anti-aging skin care routine, or can be used in place of it, to yield faster results. The procedures used in my office that work best to treat uneven pigment problems, wrinkles, and skin texture include:

IPL (intense pulsed light or broad band light-BBL) is used for the treatment of brown spots and broken capillaries. IPL treatment typically involves an initial treatment series of five treatments done at monthly intervals and one to three maintenance treatments done yearly (usually during “rejuvenation season”). A new study just released shows that people who have an initial treatment series and subsequent annual maintenance treatments actually look younger eight years later than before they started the treatment process! Yes, they are eight years older and yet they look nine years younger.  Needless to say, we love IPL in my office.

Ablative laser (erbium laser like the Sciton ProFractional or MicroLaserPeel or CO2 laser like Fraxel) treats wrinkles and acne scars, can refine pore texture, and refreshes the skin’s complexion. We use the Sciton erbium laser in my office. Treatments range from the skin refreshing “weekend down-time treatments” to more extensive procedures with a week or more of down time.  These lasers create a “controlled” injury by literally vaporizing portions of the skin to stimulate the skin’s healing response, and this generates collagen to treat wrinkles. The laser treatments also use laser light to remove part of the top layer of the skin (similar to dermabrasion but without the abrasion) to freshen the skin texture.

Chemical Peels and microdermabrasion treatments are usually done as a series to brighten skin tone and texture, to treat uneven hyperpigmentation, and to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The end result is an overall improvement in your complexion. These cosmetic treatments can be done to greater or lesser degrees of depth depending on your goals and your ability to accommodate “down time” into your schedule.

The Bottom Line

Right now is the time of year to plan your strategy for skin rejuvenation because you’re out of the sun. The best skin rejuvenation treatments available to you include a combination of:

  • Exfoliation to smooth skin texture and brighten your complexion;
  • Targeted lightening of irregular skin color issues; and
  • Controlled skin “injuries” or skin care products that stimulate your skin’s collagen production mechanisms to reverse wrinkles (because you can’t get collagen into the skin any other way).

Below I’ve included links to some of the best articles I’ve written on the other anti-aging skin treatments just in case you have questions about another topic that I didn’t cover in this post.

Happy Skin Rejuvenation Season!

Photo: Thanks and Gratitude to Tommerton 2010

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16 Responses to “Post-Summer Face Care Treatment Trends”

  1. Devra September 9, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    We were just talking about this in our office the other day that it is time to get our skin ready for the Holiday season! I have had both IPL and Fraxel done and can say that I am glad that I did-Just one word of caution from my experience is if you want great results-WHEN THE DR. SAYS NO SUN she means no sun. I totally wasted monies the first time thinking that my sunscreen was doing its job-only to have my brown spots all come back. Make sure you protect your fresh new skin. I will be turning 58 this year and most people think I am in my late 40″s. These treatments
    really can take years off your age-Devra

  2. Cynthia Bailey MD September 9, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Hello Devra,

    You are so right – “keep the sun off your treated skin” is an absolute post-procedure mandate, and sunscreen is not good enough. It’s one of the reasons that your hats are so brilliant!

    Thanks for your comment on the results too. They do make for age-defying skin.


  3. Vera September 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Dr Bailey,

    I’ve used 0.1% every 3d night, because daily use of it is too much. If I switch to 0.025% and can handle it every night, when do I use glycolic? Would using 0.025% every other night and glycolic on alternate nights be a good idea? Will I get all the benefits from such tretinoin regimen compared to nightly usage?

    What other products can be used in conjunction with AHA and BHA? Can a serum or hyaluronic be used under or over? Moisturizer? Is there a wait time between applications of these products?

    Thank you.

  4. Vera September 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    In my above note I meant 0.1% and 0.025% tretinoin. Apologies.

  5. Cynthia Bailey MD September 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Hello Vera,
    After using tretinoin nightly for a few years it’s possible to maintain benefit by using it just 3 times a week. Often the highest concentration that can be used nightly is lower than the 0.1% and that’s ok. It is good to do a few years of nightly use however.

    Once alternate night use begins it allow for a person to apply something else such as a glycolic acid product on the alternate nights. Both can be applied after a hyaluronic acid serum and or moisturizer. My preference is that the glycolic acid product be in a moisturizing base if a moisturizer is needed. I recommend letting each product dry a little before applying the next. As always, tretinoin is applied after a 15 or more minute wait and as the last thing before turning out the light for sleep.

  6. Vera September 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Dr Bailey,

    A few years is more like 3 or 7? The reason I never got regular with tretinoin is because I didn’t like how skin looked the following morning. It didn’t look smooth… Sort of was dull… Maybe this was temporary, and I just didn’t use it long enough?

  7. Cynthia Bailey MD September 18, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    The retinoid dermatitis phase of acclimatizing skin to tretinoin will look dull. That may have been what you experienced. It does pass. Sometimes one needs to back down to a lower strength. Once using every night then work up slowly by alternating the lower and higher strength products until able to tolerate the higher one nightly. The dull and peeling skin can be gently exfoliated with a facial Buf Puf sponge or scrub to instantly brighten the complexion.

  8. Jozi September 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Question about IPL. Will IPL help take away redness from your face? I have rosacea along with whiteheads and blackheads and i was wondering if IPL would help. I would like something to help with the redness. I also was looking into information online about IPL and it actually has a lot of negative reviews from people saying it made their skin worse or left them with skin damage. Can u explain a little about this? I am on Finacea right now. Any recommendations of products or procedures would be appreciated. Thanks

  9. Cynthia Bailey MD September 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Hello Jozi,
    I have a lot of information on how I treat rosacea in my office, including how I use IPL for my rosacea patients. Look in the category of my blog labeled Rosacea.
    I love IPL for rosacea, but it’s actually a complicated procedure to do well. There are many people performing the procedure, some doctors, some dermatologists, some neither and some not very good at it. I always recommend finding someone that has good local reviews and who’s work you have seen.

  10. jozibrooke October 1, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Thank you very much for your reply! I am going to check on the rosacea category on your blog!
    That is what I find difficult….to find a Dermatologist that is good at IPL!! I don’t know anyone who has had the procedure done in order to see their work or know if they have good reviews. It’s scary!! Any recommendations on how to find a good Dermatologist for IPL or what to look and ask for?!?!
    By the way…I live almost clear across the country from you…that’s why I can’t just make an appt. to see you! :(
    Thanks….hope you have a great day! :)

  11. Cynthia Bailey MD October 2, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Start asking friends and acquaintances because even the most impeccable medical resume may not make for a physician that listens to you and who works well at meeting your needs. Medicine is part science, part training, part art – and all service.

  12. Jozi October 9, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Dear Dr. Bailey,

    I’ve been reading your blogs on rosacea and I have your zinc soap so I def. think it’s time to try the Replenix CF cream. I have been putting it off b/c I have been nervous to try something new. So… I was researching it and noticed that they have Replenix CF Cream and Serum. Which one would you recommend since I have rosacea and my skin is clog/breakout prone?
    I want you to know that it really means a lot that you take the time to answer all of our questions! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  13. Jozi October 9, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Sorry….forgot to mention that I took your advice to use the calming zinc soap less to help with the irritation. Maybe it wasn’t the soap causing the bumps but I’m taking it slow and testing it out to see. Thanks

  14. Cynthia Bailey MD October 9, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Hello Jozi,
    The cream is the one I’ve found works best. I’ve had patients go off and try to buy the Replenix on the cheap, mass market sites and they end up with products that look the same but are not. The two I have are the only two I think work the magic. My favorite is which I’ve added my logo to because I’m that smitten with it.

  15. Jozi October 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    I’m sorry…I’m a little confused! haha
    Is Topix Replenix CF Power of Three Cream your product from your peronal brand/company or it was just a product the you recommend and now you have your own similar one under your name?(the one in the link you mentioned above) I just thought that it was a product from another company you recommened but then I saw you changed the name so then I was curious!

  16. Cynthia Bailey MD October 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Hello again Jozi,
    It is co-branded Replenix Power of Three Cream. It’s my favorite of the Replenix CF Creams and yet the “Power of Three” name never worked for me. When I talk to my patients about it I call it “The Green Tea” and can’t say “Power of Three” without it feeling odd. The product also doesn’t fit the classic expectations of a “cream”, which makes the original name even more confusing. I love the product though, so I decided to rename it for my skin care routines. That’s why you see the original name on the bottle too, I don’t want it to be confusing but looks like it still is. Also, I find this product “therapeutic” so I thought that needed to be said. Unfortunately there are a number of products with the Replenix name and they are not all equally efficacious. This is the “one”, along with the CF Cream that I also sell. I did not co-brand and rename the CF.