Think you have Sensitive Skin? Think again.

Sensitive skin is a phenomenon sweeping the skin care industry, reported at 50%–80% of the population depending on what report you read. So, what exactly defines sensitive skin?

Is it fair skin that sunburns easily? Is it skin that gets scaly easily? Is it skin that stays red for a long time after injury? None of these are determining factors for sensitivity.

It is this confusion that leads many to believe they have sensitive skin and purchase products marketed to this population. Sensitive skin from a dermatologist’s perspective. This, too, is controversial, as no medical definition exists. Sensitive skin is not medical term. It’s a marketing term that consumers seem to understand. From a dermatologic standpoint, the three components of sensitive skin, include barrier disruption, immune hyper-reactivity and heightened neurosensory response.

Barrier Disruption, means that something has irritated the skin resulting in redness, flaking and tenderness. Sensitive skin can be a side effect of the overzealous consumer who engages in weekly microdermabrasion, lunchtime face peels and nightly retinoids. All of these procedures and products damage the skin barrier, which produces sensitive skin over time.

Sensitive skin due to eczema (atopic dermatitis) is associated both on a barrier defect and a hyperactive immune system. Rosacea is an example of the third component of sensitive facial skin, which is heightened neurosensory response.

Layering Product Guide


Serums FIRST – They deliver active ingredients into the deepest layers of the skin. Plus, they’re easy to customize. Pick serums that treat your concerns: formulas with peptides for wrinkles or salicylic acid for oily skin. Adding an antioxidant is always a good idea. Vitamin C is one in­gre­dient every skin type needs. It brightens, protects against sun damage, and promotes collagen production. We recommend Crystal-C Serum or Retinol w/ C for night by Control Corrective.
Take your Time- If you give each product a minute to dry so it won’t pill. Locking it all down with moisturizer is key to any layering routine because it seals serums on your skin, which can make them more effective.  For oily skin try an oil-free moisturizer or gel base, like Control Correctives Hydrate Stabilizer.  For dry skin add an oil. In small doses, oils make skin radiant. Put them on dry areas after creams. As a rule, oils can penetrate moisturizers, but not vice versa.
Protection. Sunscreen is your last step in the morning. If it goes on first, it prevents other ingredients from penetrating.  It should be lightweight enough to layer over multiple products. End your nighttime routine with a retinoid. This is a anti-aging super-ingredient. Put retinol over serums and mixed with moisturizer. This helps retinol to penetrate better with less irritation.

‘Tis the Season for Dry Skin

Winter is the time where most people will experience dry, flaky skin and chapped lips. This is because of the colder temperatures and change in humidity. These factors cause the skin to loose hydration quicker leaving them dry. Here’s what you can do to help keep your skin soft & smooth this season. The 1st tip is to use a moisturizer at least twice a day. You can use as often as you feel that your skin needs it. When picking a moisturizer, determine if you need a light one (water-based) or a heavier one if your skin tends to get dry quickly (an oil-based moisturizer). 2nd, twice a week, use a gentle exfoliate on the areas that are dry and flaky. The dry and flaky skin cells are dead skin cells that need to be removed from your body. The dead skin cells on top typically block the living cells below from absorbing the moisturizer which slows down your body’s ability to have soft looking skin.


We’re all familiar with brown spots -AKA sun damage, age spots, and freckles. But what are those annoying red spots?

Red dots, formally Cherry Angiomas, are very common benign skin growths, and consist of an abnormal growth of capillaries close to the surface of the skin.  They have no malignant potential, meaning that they do not develop into cancer and are not associated with cancer.

We do not know what causes them but do know they tend to be inherited (genetic). Cherry angiomas appear spontaneously. They usually appear around the age of 30 and increase in number over time.


Treatment may be pursued for cosmetic reasons. There are a couple of ways to remove cherry angiomas:

A laser device can be used to destroy the angiomas. The pulse dye laser is often the laser of choice for this purpose. Electrodessication– A device with a metal tip which transfers electric current is also used.Fotofacial

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Skin

It’s a new year—and a fresh chance to begin a skin care regimen that will last. There are plenty of tips out there for great skin, but to make sure you stay on track, it’s best to keep things simple and easy to remember.

Routine, Routine, Routine.
Your skin loves good, clean habits. Ones that you stick to night and day, every day. It takes consistency and patience for skin to get healthy and stay healthy. Too often we get irritated if a regimen or product doesn’t deliver results overnight, when in reality it takes at least a month or more for real changes to occur (a month is about how long it takes for skin cell turnover to take place). So establish an ordered routine—making sure to use good products and set yourself up for skin success:

  1. Cleanse – Select a gentle cleanser based on your skin type to wash away makeup and daily grime.  *Exfoliate skin 2-3 times weekly in the morning, when you are not removing makeup.
  2. Tone – Refine pores, restore pH balance and prep skin to receive treatment serum and moisturizer.
  3. Correct – Apply special serums or creams to address specific skin concerns such as wrinkles, discoloration or acne.
  4. Moisturize – In the morning, choose a moisturizer that contains sunscreen (of at least SPF 30), and at night apply a nourishing cream appropriate to your skin type.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen.
You absolutely can’t afford to skip this. You’ve heard it before, but probably need to hear it again: you can prevent unnecessary wrinkles and splotchy, uneven skin by protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays with sunscreen. Approximately 78% of sun exposure comes from incidental exposure, not by laying out by the pool. So try one that’s embedded in a moisturizer or silky foundation to make sure it’s built into your daily routine instead of making it an extra step.