Clinical Skin Care That Works

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April 15, 2024

clinical skin careClinical skin care products are often backed by scientific research and clinical studies. The products and treatments have higher concentrations of the active ingredients that are present in over-the-counter products. Clinical skin care products often, if not always, require a prescription to obtain. Dr. Sommerville at Chevy Chase Dermatology believes that the two most studied and trusted antiaging topicals are in the form of hydroxy acids and retinoids.

What Are Hydroxy Acids?

Fruit and dairy products naturally produce hydroxy acids. These acids have been shown to exfoliate your skin, make it brighter, and reduce fine lines as it encourages collagen synthesis. Hydroxy acids can also reduce mottled hyperpigmentation. Benefits of hydroxy acids include:

  • Promoting collagen, which gives your skin more elasticity
  • Promoting blood flow for a healthier, glowing look
  • Improving fine surface lines and wrinkles
  • Correcting scar discoloration by decreasing melanin production
  • Correcting discoloration from age spots
  • Brightening complexion by increasing blood flow
  • Preventing acne breakouts by cleaning and closing large pores
  • Increasing product absorption

What Are Retinoids?

Retinoids are a vitamin A-based product to treat aging and acne. It also exfoliates your skin and reduces fine lines. While you can buy retinol over the counter, it is not as strong as the retinol you can get at a dermatologist. While it starts working immediately, it may take several weeks to notice any changes. It can treat:

  • Acne
  • Acne scars
  • Dark spots
  • Large pores
  • Kaposi sarcoma lesions
  • Melasma
  • Psoriasis
  • Stretch marks
  • Wrinkles

Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so you should always use sunscreen when you are using retinol.

The benefits of retinol include increasing the elasticity and thickness of your skin, slowing melanin production, preventing clogged pores, and reducing inflammation. Because retinoids—what you get from a dermatologist—are stronger than the retinol you get over the counter, skin sensitivity and benefits may be exacerbated. That means you can see faster results when using retinoids from a dermatologist.

Where to Find Clinical Skin Care in Chevy Chase, MD

Chevy Chase Dermatology serves Chevy Chase and the surrounding areas in Maryland. To find out more about clinical skin care, speak with a dermatologist at Chevy Chase Dermatology. To schedule a consultation, please call 301-656-7546.

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