Tucson Lifestyle January 2017 : Page 5

Q A For Your Skinformation. My new year’s resolution is to take better care of my skin. But, there are so many diff erent creams out there, I don’t know which one I should use. I know that collagen is important for smooth skin-do you recommend a cream that contains collagen? Q The number of skin products out there is overwhelming, and it can be diffi cult to fi nd which will work best for you. You should consider the condition of your skin, the improvement desired, skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, and budget. You need to also consider ingredients and how they are delivered to your skin-for instance, while collagen is vital for smooth, fi rm skin, our skin cannot absorb it from a cream. You should fi nd a product that encourages collagen production, such as those containing retinol. For most patients, we recommend a program including several products, as a single product can’t fulfi ll all of our skin needs. It’s best to partner with your dermatologist to customize a program for your skin. I have acne and for 5 years I’ve been taking an antibiotic called minocycline to treat it. My skin is pretty good for the most part, so I’ve been satisfi ed with the medication. However, my husband heard that it’s not good to take an antibiotic for as long as I have, and now I’m wondering if I need to stop. A In the past, it was commonplace to take long-term antibiotics for acne. In recent years, that approach has lost favor, and the most recent acne treatment guidelines recommend that antibiotic pills be used only for a limited period of time, typically a few months. For best results, antibiotics are just one part of the acne treatment program, which may also include products applied to the skin, dietary changes and supplements, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, and chemical peels. ZO Retamax: $145 ZO Daily Power Defense: $150 SkinBetter AlphaRet: $110 © 2014 Skin Spectrum ® Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 skinspectrum.com

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