Tucson Lifestyle August 2011 : Page 5

Q Your Skinformation I have rosacea and sensitive skin, and have tried several different foundations, but they either don’t cover the redness, or they irritate my face and make me look even redder. Do you have any suggestions? For our patients with a red complexion, we recommend Oxygenetix oxygenating foundation, which covers the redness while feeling light and looking natural. It is an aloe-based makeup that is safe for sensitive skin, oil-free, very transfer-resistant, and has an SPF of 25. Products containing vitamin B5 can also help a ruddy complexion. In addition to makeup, we recommend a comprehensive rosacea program that may include laser treatment, an anti-inflammatory diet, and rosacea medication. Q A A Please help me settle a debate. My grandson fell and scraped his knee. My daughter insists that he should keep it covered with a bandage, but I know that if he leaves it open, it will scab up and heal more quickly. Who is correct? Sorry Grandma, but Mom wins on this one. In the past, we thought that a scab was a good sign that a wound was healing. In fact, we now know that a scab is just a bunch of dried skin debris that actually slows down the healing process. We recommend keeping cuts and scrapes moistened with a little ointment such as Aquaphor or Vaseline and covering them with a bandage. Quicker healing also means less discoloration and scarring. Q A SkinCeuticals Vitamin B5 Gel $60 Oxygentix Foundation $66 I see ads for different brands of fillers, and they seem very similar. How would I know which is the best product for me? There are many filler options available today, and your doctor can help you decide which is best for you. It depends largely on what is being treated. For superficial lines or dark hollows under the eyes, a product such as Restylane or Juvederm Ultra is most often used. Deeper folds respond best to a heavier filler, such as Perlane or Juvederm Ultra Plus. And Sculptra is the product of choice for contouring or volume replacement. Most of us get the best result from a combination of products. Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. SKIN Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 www.skinspectrum.com

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