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General Skin Care Tips – Skin Care Products and Treatments – Central Valley Dermatology Dermatologist recommended skin care products for beauty and anti-aging Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:32:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No Pinks After 45 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:04:51 +0000 woman brushing powder on her cheek

Our discussion today, faithful readers, involves adding color to our cheeks.

First, let’s review an easy way to apply blush.  Think the Nike Swoosh.  Apply your blush just below your cheekbone in the shape of the Swoosh.  This technique gives definition and contour to your face.

Pepto Bismol pink with the matching lipstick is definitely out… particularly for the over 45 crowd.  Fair skinned gals can use a touch of pink to highlight the cheekbones.

Be sure to apply a touch of beautiful bronzer over the pink to add another dimension of color and give your cheeks a healthy glow.  Dust the bronzer ever so lightly over the rest of your face and you will have completed the picture.  The savvy, sassy gals at CVD have tested so many bronzers.  The winner…. Hypoallergenic Glo Minerals bronzer with its high pigment, triple milled powder is fabulous for color and contouring.  Give it a try!!

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Let’s talk about Epionce Cleansers……. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:33:19 +0000  


Contrary to media advertising, there is no one universal skin care line that is suitable for all of us.

Each of us, dear readers, must try different lines to find the products that work best for us.

I do know, however, that we must apply a vitamin C and sunblock to our face and neck daily. No further discussion is necessary about those products!! But today I want to discuss Epionce skin care products.

Now faithful followers we all know, whether male or female, that we must wash our face every morning and every evening.

To help decide which cleanser is suitable for you I am listing the various Epionce cleansers and toners and on which type of facial skin they work best:

Epionce Milky Lotion and Balancing Toner—for dry/sensitive to normal skin; 

Epionce Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Balancing Toner or Purifying Toner for spot treatment—for normal to combination skin; 

Epionce Lytic Cleanser and Purifying Toner—for combination to oily/problem skin.

In my next blog I will discuss Epionce products that improve improve skin texture and help clear problem skin. So stay tuned gentle readers.

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Let’s Talk About Bacne! Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:44:45 +0000 Pimples and redness on back of young man

Acne and redness on back of young man

There are obviously a number of reasons, dear readers, that one experiences the unfortunate problem of bacne (acne on the back).


Again, acne is a disease and may require internal medication in order to be controlled. However, today let’s assume one may not need internal medication.


Bacne can be the result of :


  1. Using a cleanser with moisturizer;
  2. Using a shampoo with lots of junk in it such as fragrances, etc:
  3. Using a conditioner with lots of extra junk in it;
  4. Using lots of gel on your hair;
  5. Taking steroids for body building.


Do not use a body cleanser with moisturizer if you suffer from acne on your face of bacne. The last thing you need, dear reader, is more oil or lipids on your body.


We suggest using a shampoo and conditioner without a lot of the froo froo in them so that the ingredients in them don’t come in contact with your body. The same goes for gel on your hair.   If you use gel, wash your hair before you go to bed in the evening. That way the gel doesn’t get on your pillows and sheets and get transferred to your body.

 We won’t discuss steroids as we just know our faithful followers would not succumb to that temptation.

As a final note, sufferers from acne usually age very well. You will realize this when you go to your 20th high school reunion, and you look so much younger than your former classmates.

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Let’s talk about facial color….. Fri, 20 May 2016 17:36:07 +0000 iStock_000025401477_XXXLarge

Now, faithful readers, let’s discuss the color of your (and my) face.

90% of the hyperpigmentation on your face is a result of exposure to the sun.  Sunbathing is obviously a great factor in facial discoloration. But just being out in the daylight results in environmental damage.  And a great deal of this damage occurs while you are either driving or being a passenger in your car.



It doesn’t matter if you are white, brown, black or green. The color of your derriere is the color your face is meant to be.

If these two colors do not remotely appear to be the same, do not despair dear readers. Your dermatologist can help you return to true form.

And remember always…..sunblock is your friend.

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RETRACTION…. RETRACTION….RETRACTION Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:00:48 +0000  


You may recall dear readers my discussion about the sale of Allergan to Pfizer.  Well, the deal fell through.   The Treasury Department put into play new corporate tax rules that take the advantage out of moving a U.S. based corporation to a foreign country which has lower corporate tax rates.  The important thing to note is this….. Despite the cancellation of the sale of Allergan to Pfizer, the price increases put into effect this year (2016) by Allergan have not been rescinded.


Ah, the price of beauty!!


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Let’s talk about counterfeit skin care products Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:15:33 +0000 There are counterfeit skin care products on so many websites.  How, dear readers, are we to differentiate the from the real thing?

One way to detect a counterfeit product is by looking carefully at the labeling. Perhaps the font on the counterfeit label or packaging. The bottle or tube color may be a shade off. The logo may be similar but not the same as the original.

And, faithful readers, counterfeit and outdated products will not be on an authorized dealer’s website. So where will you find these unauthorized, counterfeit products???

They will be found on large, all encompassing websites that sell thousands of different products.

So, my faithful followers, be careful where you purchase products you will be using on your skin!!!Unknown

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Lets talk about Phloretin C F Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:49:22 +0000 As we mentioned, dear readers, in our discussion of C E Ferulic, the application of vitamin C to your face, neck, and top of your hands is essential to healthy skin.

Phloretin CF  works on the outside of your skin improving your skin tone, improving your skin radiance, retexturing your skin and diminishing lines. Phloretin CF is the vitamin C for those of us with normal, oily and problematic skin. This is not to be used on dry skin.

It can be used for all ethnicities.

And remember… 60 is the new 30.


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Lets talk about C E Ferulic Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:22:07 +0000 Now dear readers, aging is not always pretty, but we at CVD do have a couple of tricks up our sleeves.

I am a firm believer of the application of vitamin C to your face, neck and top of your hands. My favorite form of vitamin C is manufactured by SkinCeuticals.

Skinceuticals produces two forms of the vitamin. C E Ferulic is preferable for normal and sensitive skin. It provides advanced environmental protection against damaging free radicals induced by the sun and pollution. It also increases firmness, reduces redness, the appearance of wrinkles and it increases the protection of your sunblock.

We will discuss Phloretin CF (the other SkinCeutical vitamin C) in our next blog!

So, dear aging readers, do not despair. The big pharmaceutical companies are constantly working on new products to strip years from our faces.

As we like to say, 60 is the new 30.Skinceuticals C E Ferulic 1 oz.

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Want Some Instant Gratification? Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:56:16 +0000 hydrafacial_logo_70H

Now dear readers let’s discuss Hydrafacial MD. This is a medical grade, facial resurfacing treatment to promote long-term skin health, and it can be tailored to meet specific skin needs.

Step 1. Cleansing and Exfoliation. Dead skin cells are removed to reveal healthy new skin.

Step 2. Acid Peel. This gentle peel helps loosen dirt and debris from pores with out irritation.

Step3. Extraction. Painless, automated extractions use vortex suction to clean out pores.

Step 4. Hydration. Antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid are Vortex-Fused to nourish and protect.

This procedure is not only improving your appearance, it actually restores youthful and healthy skin.

This is the perfect treatment the day of or day before a social event and for the dry winter weather. It is a fast and efficient treatment with no downtime and no pain.

                                                                               VOILA!! INSTANT GRATIFICATION


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Botox and Juvederm Price Changes Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:44:26 +0000 Dear faithful readers….  As you may (or may not) know, Allergan, maker of Botox, Juvederm, Latisse and SkinMedica products has been sold again.  You may recall Actavis purchased Allergan in 2015.   Actavis kept the name Allergan instead of Actavis.  Now Allergan is in the process of being sold to Pfizer, a huge pharmaceutical firm, in a 106 billion dollar deal.  It has been our experience that every time a drug company is sold prices for their products increase.  We just received the price increases effective January 1, 2016, for Botox and Juvederm.

So dear readers, when you visit your dermatologist for your next injection, ask what the charges will be for Botox and Juvederm.  We have been informed that Latisse and SkinMedica product prices will increase February 1.  You may want to stock up for those products before February 1.

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