By Laura Medina
Celebrity dermatologist in E! Entertainment, EXTRA, VH1, and numerous shows, networks, and press, Dr. Jessica Wu, was kind enough to step out of her busy medical practice, momentarily, to offer sage advice and hope.
Whether you’re a tween suffering from the indignities of pimples and blackheads in the sticky, sweaty humid Deep South or the mother whose damage has been done, Dr. Wu reassures us any damage can be fixed and healed.
It’s never too late or too early to start taking care of your skin. Besides, pampering your skin is fun, relaxing, and invigorating!
I received a lot of questions from moms, very sweetly concerned about their pre/pubescent daughters suffering from the awkwardness of adolescent-induced acne and those wonderful blackheads popping up all over the place.
Dr. Wu is here to empathize and help.
A summer time routine of washing with a salicylic acid cleanser, toner, and acne cream or product can keep those nasty pimples at bay.
For those suffering from the embarrassment of blackheads and large pores, she recommends seeing a dermatologist to check, in order to establish a practice of a good skin care routine.
You’ll never know, she or he might prescribe Tazorac, a retinoid, to control large pores and minimize blackheads.
Since the Back-To-School season is also one of the hottest and the muggiest time of the year, it is one of the busiest times of the year for Dr. Wu.
Sympathizing with her self-conscious teen-aged patients and their image-concerned parents-and their stressed-out wallets and purses, Dr. Wu suggests Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Pink Grapefruit Wash to counteract those pesky blackheads. Not only is it effective and financially-friendly, it smells good, too.
If your daughter happens to have after-school sports or lucky enough to join the soccer team, the basketball team or the cheerleading squad or just energetically fortunate to do both sports and cheerleading, Dr. Wu advises simplifying her active routine by using Olay Daily Facial Wipes between classes and practices. She, herself, uses them after exercising in the gym.
By the time school starts, your daughter will be ready to face the world with confidence.
Ok, you got lazy about your skin, slack off using sunscreen until now, neglected your face for years and now, the damage has done. What to do?
Dr. Jessica Wu also gives hope to those who had been bad.
For all those tan addicts out who fried themselves under the sun and gotten Crow’s Feet for it, Dr. Wu reassures those that Botox can heal and improve those solar sins.
Botox, if done by a well-trained dermatologist, is well-known to prevent and heal Crow’s Feet, frown lines, and smile lines.
Other than not squinting or smiling, injecting Botox relaxes the muscles, softens the appearance, opens up the eyes, and stops the deepening of lines.
These all add up to a natural, normal appearance which Dr. Wu suggests.
The regiment is easy to maintain. All you have to do is go in every four months to reverse the damage.
If Botox is not your thing, there is another alternative, Juvederm.
What is startling, Dr. Jessica Wu, herself, conducted the clinical test trials for Juvederm and fell in love with it.
“Wonderful, I use it myself.”
She can’t get over how smooth and how natural it feels. Most importantly, how natural it looks.
However, Dr. Wu is quick to point out you can’t use Juvederm and Botox together at the same time on one spot.
She strongly suggests do not use Juvederm on Crow’s Feet. Stick with Botox.
As for those suffering from age or liver spots and moles, Dr. Wu explains they’re caused by the sun and any mole needs to be checked by a dermatologist.
She also quickly warns people not to pick at blemishes anywhere between your eyebrows and above your nose bridge.
Dermatologists call this area, “The Triangle of Danger.” Whenever you pick at it, you unknowingly invite bacteria and germs into a spot that is very close to the brain, causing a brain infection.
Leave it alone and run to a dermatologist to take care of it.
Let’s face it. In the dog days of summer, right before you return to school or just graduated, your sweat glands are working overtime when you least need it.
Dr. Wu’s latest Botox treatment can keep you cool and calm.
By injecting Botox into any area of the body that sweats the most, you can save yourself the embarrassment and the laundry bill by keeping you completely dry for six months, then mostly dry for another nine months to a year.
A real wardrobe investment.
If you want a weekly flow of skin care tips and hints or have her answer your skin care questions, you can check her out on www.everydayhealth.com.