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Acne

For acne prone skin Dr S. Foutsizoglou would recommend the Blemish + Age  Skincare System by SkinCeuticals which consists of a cleanser containing capryloyl salicylic acid and glycolic acid to remove impurities and excess oil, a toning solution which removes surface cells, decongests pores and resurfaces skin, and a serum containing 2% dioic acid and alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to prevent acne formation, help correct acne associated hyper-pigmentation and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Blemish + Age Skincare System can be used for the treatment of acne grades I, II, III & IV.

Sun protection coupled with antioxidants are a ‘must’ for optimal results.

Acne Grades
Grade I Comedones (open & closed)
Grade II Comedones (not inflammatory), papules and pustules
Grade III Comedones, papules and pustules over entire face. No dermal infection, nodules or cysts.
Grade IV More extensive papules and pustules over the face than grade III and may exhibit some nodules and cysts.
Grade V Nodular or cystic acne

Alternatively the SkinMedica’s Acne System can be used which utilizes the acne fighting ingredients (Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide) to control acne conditions and excess oil with minimal irritation.

Another good anti-acne product is the Betagel by Medik8. The gel contains azelaic acid, salicylic acid and niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) and can be used on all skin types. Betagel can be applied directly onto blemishes after cleansing in the morning and/or evening. It can also be used on the whole of the acneic skin to control more severe acne. Betagel by Medik8 comes as part of the Anti-Acne Kit with betaRecovery™, working in unison to provide 24 hour treatment.

For antioxidant protection of the acneic skin we would recommend blue AOX by Medik8 which is a non-comedogenic, oil and fragrance free formula making it suitable for problematic, oily and combination skin.

Pigment disorders

For mild to moderate hyperpigmentation we would recommend the Pigment Regulator by SkinCeuticals which brightens and refines the uneven appearance of photodamaged skin. Other recommended products for correction of pigmented and photodamaged skin include the MESOBLANCHE Melano Treatment by INSTITUTE BCN which combines mild exfoliating agents along with built-in sun protection (SPF 30) or the Superceutical Anti-aging Treatment by PRIORI.

Skin Redness

For skin redness secondary to sun exposure, acne, rosacea or cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels the SkinMedica’s Redness Relief CalmPlex, which contains a proprietary bioactive ingredient that addresses visible redness, is highly recommended. Results can be seen in just one week.

Very sensitive skin

All doctors who deal with skin problems have come across, not infrequently, people with particularly sensitive skin who are unable to tolerate any kind of skincare products. Skin hypersensitivity manifests itself through chronic erythema, facial thread veins, skin irritation and reactivity to environmental aggressors including inappropriately used skin formulations. For this type of hypersensitive skins Dr S. Foutsizoglou finds Medik8’s Red Alert Serum an excellent product that can be used as a preconditioning therapy for more aggressive treatments. It contains teprenone originally used in the treatment of gastric ulcers and has now been approved for cosmetic use. Studies show that Teprenone extends the life of the cell's telomeres (part of the chromosome) which effectively means the cells can divide for longer without dying.

Eyelashes

For longer, thicker and fuller eyelashes and eyebrows RevitaLash Advanced gives amazing results. It uses a combination of functional cosmetic ingredients such as prostaglandin analogue and peptides. Its ocular safety has been tested and results were published in January 2010. No increase in intra-occular pressure, irritation to the eye or change in iris colour have been reported.

Alternatively ELASTILash by Obagi also promises fuller and thicker eyelashes in just 6 weeks.

Décolletage

For the décolletage the Obagi ELASTIderm Décolletage System is recommended. It consists of the Skin Lightening Complex which is proven to diminish hyperpigmentation (brown spots and blemishes) and the Wrinkle Reducing Lotion that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Body

For the body, one of the best available products is the Hyaluronic Acid Body Cream by Oxynergy. A rich body cream specifically designed for dry skin with loss of firmness. The hyaluronic acid body cream contains a blend of active ingredients to oxygenate, moisturize, nourish, soften, and firm the skin.

Cellulite

For the Cellulite treatment, Dr S. Foutsizoglou would recommend the XS Contour Body Cream by Oxynergy, which is formulated with vectorized caffeine, vectorized proline, lipolitic enzymes and oxygenation factor (patented Oxynergy ingredient) for global slimming and cellulite reduction.

Another excellent topical agent for cellulite is the MesoCell by INSTITUTE BCN.

Collagen Masks

After all non-surgical cosmetic procedures we like using the Collagen Mask by Oxynergy which contains over 90% of collagen. Collagen masks are activated directly on the skin by adding liquid allowing the collagen to form a hydrating film, and the release of collagen fragments to moisturize and soothe the treated skin.

For more information please download the Frequently Asked Questions PDF on collagen masks.

Excellent collagen masks are also produced by Mesoestetic under the name Collagen 3600 which contain high concentrations of marine enriched collagen.

Bruising and Swelling

SFMedica find the Restylane Recover Cream very soothing and calming with the extra benefit of containing arnica. If applied regularly for up to two weeks after procedures involving the skin, it can significantly reduce swelling and bruising.

For post-op or post-procedure bruising Chelaskin – new to the UK - works great even after one single application immediately after the procedure (e.g. mesotherapy) or the operation (e.g. blepharoplasty).

Following chemical peels or CO2 laser resurfacing treatments Dr S. Foutsizoglou uses the SkinMedica Ablative Post-Procedure Kit which is formulated to protect fragile post-procedure skin, minimize complications, and support patients’ recovery.

Men

For men: Shaving reduces water content in the skin to less than 10% and removes important moisturising factors from the skin. SKINN Daily Moisture cream is recommended. It contains humectants, natural moisturising factors and lipids to repair and moisturize the skin following shaving. Anti-inflammatories are added to reduce skin irritation and repair micro-abrasions from razors. It is also of free of parabens which reduce sperm count and enhance UVA damage to the skin.

Mesoestetic’s Men’s Range is a high-quality skin care line including Mesoestetic’s Abdo Attack patches which utilise iontophoresis electro-impulses for deeper penetration and better absorption of the active ingredients (i.e. organic silica, L-Carnitine, caffeine, etc). Abdo Attack is indicated to reduce abdominal fat in men and tone skin.

For an individualised skin care regime book a free consultation today. All consultations take place at the London Slimming and Cosmetic Centre. If you decide to go ahead with one of our skin care regimes, then with your first purchase of the recommended cosmeceuticals you will receive Dr Sotirios Foutsizoglou’s book ‘Skin Aging and the role of Cosmeceuticals in Anti-Aging Medicine’. In his book you can find a variety of skin care protocols covering a multitude of skin conditions that can be successfully treated or improved by the appropriate use of high quality cosmeceuticals.