Healthy Skin for Flawless Foundation

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Lauren Oryall before and after applying Oxygenetix medical foundation makeup

It’s challenging to find a face foundation that doesn’t settle in after a few hours and end up highlighting your dry skin, wrinkles, large pores or acne sores. Even after using moisturizer, primer and carefully layering, you can encounter the same issues. The problem may not be your foundation makeup—it may be your skin. The cold, dry fall weather exacerbates the sun damage and hard water or chlorine damage from the summer months. Healthy skin is the best foundation for flawless makeup. Read below for spa tips to give you flawless foundation this fall.

Exfoliate to Remove Superficial Damage

You can remove the top dead layer of skin with gentle exfoliation at home. Look for products with glycolic acid, salicylic acid or lactic acid to gently and naturally slough off dead skin. Pharmaceutical grade products have a higher concentration of active ingredients. See a licensed dermatologist for an assessment beforehand, as he or she will determine a safe product for your skin type.

At home care can take several weeks to see any noticeable improvement. We recommend a spa chemical peel followed by a home exfoliation regime for best results. Chemical peels help reduce pores, stimulate collagen for anti-aging and remove flaws caused by sun damage. They range from moderate, with little or no downtime, to medium, or more aggressive with some downtime.

Once you’ve removed dead skin cells, you will see a noticeable difference in your foundation makeup.

Moisturizer for Healthy Skin

After exfoliation, it’s crucial that you follow up with a good quality moisturizer. Studies show that products containing L Ascorbic Acid, or vitamin C, applied topically, help repair the skin after sun damage. For daytime, use moisturizer with an SPF 30. Apply your moisturizer before your foundation and wait five minutes for it to settle in.

Neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport, Xanin) to Smoothen Wrinkles

As you age, your skin loses elasticity. Elasticity is your skin’s ability to smoothen out after it’s been crinkled. Think of elasticity like a rubber band, which cracks and dries out from age and frequent use.

Neuromodulators (most commonly called Botox, even though there are several specific brands of botulism toxins) are facial injections that cause the superficial muscles just under your skin to relax. When you smile, frown or laugh your skin won’t wrinkle as deeply. Over time, the superficial wrinkles on your face lessen or even disappear, which helps your makeup foundation to go on smoothly and flawlessly.

Medical Makeup Face Foundation

When most people think of medical makeup foundation, they think thick, pancake makeup. Nobody wants to look like Swedish vlogger Josefin Lillakas after applying 100 layers of foundation!

We at PAW agree that medical makeup foundation, in the past, was heavy and unnatural looking, but with the advances in the beauty industry in the last few years, it’s time to start some positive PR for medical face foundation. Anyone can use it, even if you don’t need the extra coverage it provides. Not every brand works for everyone, but several products on the market offer full, natural looking with anti-aging and healing properties that stimulate collagen growth, contain SPF to protect your skin and have soothing ingredients that can heal sunburns or acne lesions. Lauren Oryall, Office Coordinator for PAW, says, “Some of our patients are surprised to hear that I wear Oxygenetix everyday, since it it marketed as a post procedure foundation. Oxygenetix gives me a natural, finished look without putting anything heavy on my face. The added SPF just saves me a step when I’m in a hurry.” Check out Lauren’s before and after picture at the beginning of the blog!

If you’re in the area, please stop by Plaza Aesthetics & Wellness try a complimentary application of Oxygenetix at our makeup station. We would love to chat with you about at-home or in-spa skincare as well as answer any questions you have about flawless foundation for fall!

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Your 3 Level Plan to Get Rid of Acne and Reduce Acne Scarring before Fall

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A PAW patient before and after she underwent treatment for acne. We prescribed a six month regimen of Vivier skin products and oral antibiotics.

A quick Google search of “get rid of acne fast” yields articles that tell you how to get rid of acne and acne scars at home. We at PAW are not claiming that home acne remedies don’t work—some do and some don’t—but all of them involve risk, as you cannot control the quantity of active ingredients in them. At best, the effects are minimal and appear over a long period of time. At worst, you can cause severe and painful damage. If you really want to get rid of body acne, facial acne, or reduce acne scars by fall safely and quickly, you have to get aggressive with some physician-managed treatment planning.

We’ve broken down our acne and acne scarring treatments based on a very broad range of aggressiveness: Level 1, being the least aggressive (but still effective) treatment, to level 3, being the most aggressive treatment. Without hearing your history and seeing you in person, we can’t diagnose which kind of treatment you need, but we’ve given you this range so you can see how much time each type of treatment could take. The purpose of this article is to give you a loose plan for how much time you might need to get results, but you will need to consult with a professional to get a diagnosis.

Schedule your consultation to find out which acne treatment or acne scarring treatment plan is right for you!

Level 1 Acne Treatment: Pharmaceutical Grade Skin Care Products

 Time until noticeable results: 4 weeks, *but give it 3 months minimum as more sensitive skin needs time to adjust

 Time between treatments: None. Use Twice Daily

Level 1 is specific to the mild, occasional acne breakout or very superficial acne scarring. It is also useful for ongoing, preventative treatment and post-recovery after any of the other procedures listed below. A four-week treatment plan with a high-quality, pharmaceutical grade product like Vivier™, used twice a day, will yield great results.


Pharmaceutical grade products contain more active ingredients than allowed by the FDA in over-the-counter products. This shouldn’t mean that they are harsh or overly chemical, but rather that those ingredients are subject to careful standards imposed by the government to give you the right balance for optimal skin health.


We use Vivier, because it is effective, yet very gentle. At PAW, our philosophy is health from the inside/out. Some products will take care of an overlying problem, but you might pay the price of underlying damage to your skin. We’ve tried and tested Vivier™ and are always happy with the results.


To fight acne, look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and for mild acne scarring, glycolic acid. Avoid products with harmful and unnecessary perfumes or dyes, as they will make the acne problem worse.


For oily, acne prone skin with occasional breakouts, we recommend Vivier HEXAM™. For drier skin, the Vivier Foaming Cleanser™. In combination with either of the above products we use the Vivier Vitamin C Scrub™, which contains microbeads for gentle exfoliation you can do everyday.


You can visit our office and try any of our Vivier™ products at our test sink. Mention this blog post and receive 10% off any Vivier™ product!


Level 2 Acne Treatment: Chemical Peels


Time until noticeable results: Immediately – 7 days post treatment


Time between treatments: 4-6 weeks, may need more than one treatment depending on your results.


Warning: No sun exposure 10 days before and after a chemical peel.


If your acne or your acne scars are mild to medium, a chemical peel is a good treatment option for you. Your results will depend on how deep your treatment is, which is dependent on the type of your acne or acne scarring.


On our chemical peels services page, we explain the different types of peels we have, from medium to deep. Look for spas that use pharmaceutical grade chemical peels with ingredients that include 2% salicylic acid.


If you are trying to reduce the appearance of superficial acne scars, you will want a chemical peel with a combination of acids, which studies have shown to be effective in treating scars. At PAW, we offer the Jessner Peel for mild to moderate scar treatment, as it contains lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol.


We also use the Perfect Derma Peel as a more aggressive option. Among several different acids in this peel is tricholoroacetic acid (TCA). TCA has been shown in clinical studies as being very effective in reducing certain types of acne scarring.


If you’re in the area, stop by for an assessment of your skin and a recommendation on which type of peel would be best for you.


Mention this blog post and receive 10% your chemical peel treatment!

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Level 3 Acne Treatment: Micro needling, Photo Rejuvenation (BBL) or Micro Laser Peel for Acne Scars



Time Until Results: Immediately –10 days

Time between treatments: 4-6 weeks

No Sun 10 days before and after treatments for BBL and 3-4 weeks for Micro Laser


If you have an acne flare up and need it gone now, with little recovery time, then a spot treatment for active breakouts with the acne blue light is the perfect tool. Our Sciton Jewel BBL Machine is safe, effective and administered by a physician in our spa.


Our micro laser peel helps with pitted acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles. We do not recommend a patient undergo this invasive treatment during an active acne flare-up. The downtime is approximately ten days, but the results are remarkable.


If you aren’t ready to consider laser treatments, [micro needling] is a procedure that, after 3-6 treatments, shows very promising results for anti-aging and reduction of acne scars. It requires less downtime than a laser and is less costly.


None of these treatments are mutually exclusive, as studies have shown that combined acne treatments really are the most effective way to combat acne and acne scarring. Dr. Botros can also evaluate your skin to see if you need oral medication if the above products are not giving you proper results, or to use in combination with some of the above treatments.

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rejuvapenHalo Logo_ColorCall us by the end of August to schedule your complimentary consultation and make a plan to get rid of your acne or reduce your acne scarring by fall, all with your beauty budget in mind.