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Healthy Skin goes Within
By Dr. Kenneth Dickie
Apr 22, 2007 - 1:33:09 PM

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Below the skin’s surface are cells that give the skin its smoothness, even colour, and firmness.   As these cells mature, new cells are made.   For healthy skin, this cycle of cell replacement takes about six weeks.   However, just as the health of other body parts begin to diminish with age, so does the health of the skin.   Here in The Bahamas, adding the exposure to sunlight’s effects over the years the skin’s ability to renew itself becomes more compromised.   As the cell renewal cycle becomes less efficient, skin becomes rough in texture, spotted in colour and loose in tone.   Many cosmetic products offer improved skin care, but there are only selected products which offer skin health.

For the past 15 years in my medical practice, I have been a strong advocate in the maintenance of skin care and rejuvenation.   Skin health restoration is the process of restoring skin to a healthy state, free of disease and deterioration.   Patients’ underlying skin type and other medical conditions which might be present must be taken into account.   Many common skin disorders, fine lines and wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation of the superficial layer of the skin can be effectively treated by the topical application of specialty products.





For the thousands of patients whom I’ve treated in my Plastic Surgery practice for skin rejuvenation, I have always been pleased with the effects of the Obagi Nu-Derm skin care program.   Skin health restoration is accomplished utilizing two principles; correction, and stimulation to restore or regulate skin function.


The agents used in the system for correction and stimulation are: tretinoin (0.05% or 0.1%), AHAs (7%), phytic acid (3%), and hydroquinone (4%).   With the exception of phytic acid, all of these agents are well known in the plastic surgery field for treating acne, bleaching spots, and reducing wrinkles.   The system which has proven most effective in our practice is a moderately aggressive approach of the creams to obtain and maintain skin correction.   With the Obagi skin care program, we use all the above agents in cream form with variations of concentration for different types of skin, age of patient, and other factors (medical or cosmetic) that customize the treatment for each patient.


Whether your skin is fair, dark, dry, oily, sensitive, or anything in between, there is a facial program designed just for you.   Following the steps toward healthier skin every day is a commitment that one must make to achieve long-lasting results.

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