Valentine's Special

Maskne is the New Acne

Grabbing the essentials before you leave your house now includes a face mask. Whether you’re wearing your mask at work or while you’re out shopping on the weekends, your face is battling COVID-19 just as much as you are. One of the side effects of wearing a face mask for an extended period of time is maskne (acne caused from wearing a mask). With oil and sweat building up under the mask, your skin is more susceptible to rashes, inflammation, and irritation.

While masks are doing a great job protecting us, they’re also creating a hot and humid environment for bacteria to grow. As oil and sweat build up under your mask, it starts to stick to the skin. The bacteria is then pushed into the skin through friction wherever your mask comes in direct contact with your skin. As the skin becomes more irritated and inflamed, that’s when you’ll start seeing breakouts along your jawline, nose and cheeks.

Luckily, with proper skincare you can help control and prevent maskne. 

How to fight maskne

  • Use a lightweight moisturizer.
  • Wear a cotton or throw-away mask to reduce friction.
  • Wash reusable masks after each use to reduce buildup and irritation. Avoid using fragrant detergents.
  • Take probiotics to help with cystic acne.

How to treat maskne

The Centre, P.C. has designed a custom treatment plan to address maskne breakouts. Using Medical Grade Skin Care products with salicylic acid and glycolic acid will help protect your skin from mask-related irritants. These products have been hand-selected to help absorb excess oils, purify clogged pores, and hydrate the skin for a smoother, brighter appearance. For $315 (a $50 savings) you will be treated to a 3D Visia Skin analysis, a VI Peel and a ZO Skin Health acne kit.

VI Peel ($225+)

  • Improves the tone, texture and clarity of skin.
  • Helps clear acne skin conditions.
  • Reduces or eliminates acne scars.
  • Stimulates the production of collagen for firmer, more youthful skin.
  • Adds a healthy glow to the skin.
  • Treats skin problems at the cellular level.

ZO Acne Prevention and Treatment Program ($140)

  • Exfoliating Cleanser – This gentle exfoliating cleanser is perfect for normal to oily skin. The jojoba esters and encapsulated vitamin E works to target surface oil leaving the skin feeling clean, but not stripped and dry. 
  • Exfoliating Polish – Magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells to create a clear, smooth and even toned complexion.
  • Complexion Renewal Pads – Dual action moistened pads designed to remove dead skin cells preventing clogged pores, reducing oiliness and minimizing surface oil all while calming and soothing irritated skin.
  • Complexion Clearing Masque – Natural, clay-based masque that purifies pores and absorbs excess oil that can lead to future breakouts, while hydrating the skin to combat dryness. Can be used as a spot treatment.

This one-of-a-kind maskne prevention and treatment program can be purchased through our online store.

Call 574-968-9100 or contact us online to schedule your facial and pick up your maskne kit. Clear skin is waiting for you at The Centre, P.C.!

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11 Ways to Protect Your Skin For Summer

Living in the Midwest, we never know quite how the weather is going to pan out. Midwesterners have been spending an unusual amount of time outdoors this May due to the beautiful weather.

When gearing up for the summer months, it is important to be aware of what you can be doing to protect yourself from those damaging UVA and UVB rays. By following a few simple steps, and being aware of the types of skin protection recommended, you can enjoy your summer and rest assured that your skin is safe.

11 Tips To Prevent A Sunburn

  • Limit outdoor activities between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm or 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • If you get minimally sunburned at midday, beware of further exposure to the sun later in the afternoon. That late afternoon sun can turn minimal sunburns into severe sunburns.
  • Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day. Clouds and particulate matter in the air can scatter sunlight making it possible to get sunburnt – even on a cloudy day.
  • Sand, snow, concrete, and water reflect large amounts of sunlight onto the skin. Increased UV exposure can occur during high altitude activities such as mountain climbing or snow skiing. The risk of sunburn is greater at higher altitudes because the thinner atmosphere absorbs smaller amounts of damaging UV rays than at sea level.
  • Some drugs, or even makeup, can increase susceptibility to sunburn. Ask your pharmacist or physician if your medications can increase your risk of sunburn.
  • Wear a hat and long sleeve shirt in the sun whenever possible. Tightly woven fabric offers better sun protection than loosely woven fabrics.
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of the body an hour before sun exposure. The sunscreen should then be reapplied generously every two hours while in the sun (sunscreens in an alcohol or gel base require more frequent applications). Sunscreens labeled with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or greater provide the best protection.
  • Use sunscreen on your face even if you wear a hat.
  • Always reapply sunscreen after swimming or heavy perspiration.
  • Men should be sure to apply sunscreen to the tops of their ears and any areas of thinning hair.
  • People who are at higher risks for skin cancer and degenerative changes (i.e. outdoor workers, outdoor athletes, fair-skinned people, and persons who have had skin cancer) should apply sunscreen daily during the summer or when on vacation in sunny climates.
  • Tanning booths damage to the skin. Tanning booths contain bulbs that emit UV light, which can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging of the skin. While a tan provides some protection against sunburn, skin damage continues to occur even in the presence of a tan. Tanning bed use, even casual use, can increase the risk of malignant melanoma by 75%!

Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our skin health specialists. Centre Yourself offers the latest skin care products and services to patients in Michiana, Elkhart and South Bend,  Indiana, and Southern Michigan.

Lasers vs Injectables

Many of us have areas of our bodies we’d like to refine, but not everyone is willing to have plastic surgery.

For those people, there are a variety of options that are less invasive than surgery that can revive and rejuvenate your body.

At Centre Yourself™ Medical Rejuvenation Spa, our offering includes everything from body contouring to relaxation services like a therapeutic massage.

We also offer a variety of treatments designed to renew and invigorate your skin. Some are performed with a laser, while others make use of the wide range of injectables on the market and corrective skin care.

When looking at treatments to improve skin quality and appearance, one question many patients ask is, “what’s the difference between laser treatments and injectables?”

Although there are similarities between these two types of skin care treatments, there are some differences that you should consider before booking your procedure. In this article, we’ll talk about those differences, the pros and cons of each, and more.

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Treatments

Many people seek skin treatments to combat the wear and tear of aging. As the years go by, your skin loses some of the elasticity and vitality it once had. It can be seen in the wrinkles next to your eyes and the laugh lines around your lips.

Others undergo cosmetic laser treatments as a way to correct skin abnormalities that are hereditary or from sun exposure. These can include freckles, moles, and sunspots. Laser treatments provide a non-surgical option that is cost-efficient, quick, and easy.

 What Lasers Can Do

Laser treatments are ideal for individuals looking for skin rejuvenation this would help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

They can also remove unwanted body hair, treat the effects of aging on the blood vessels and spider veins, and eliminate spots of discoloration on the skin.

Pros and Cons of Laser Treatments

As with any medical procedure, there are advantages and disadvantages to using lasers as a treatment for skin imperfections and hair removal.

Pros:

  • Lasers can be used to treat acne scars
  • They can even out varied skin tones for a smooth appearance
  • Lasers can achieve some tightening of your skin and help remove wrinkles
  • They can remove some of the cosmetic effects of sun damage and aging
  • They can be used to treat enlarged pores
  • Laser treatments are non-surgical and offer little to no downtime afterward
  • They can be an effective way to boost your body’s natural production of collagen
  • Paired with corrective medical grade skin care laser can provide a great treatment for skin rejuvenation.

 

Cons:

  • Patients may experience pigment loss or hyperpigmentation
  • There is a slight risk for scarring
  • Laser treatments may cause patients mild discomfort during or after the procedure
  • Results may not be up to the patient’s expectations

 Potential Side Effects

Side effects are often mild and are not seen in every patient. Before you schedule your procedure, talk with your doctor about the potential for risks and complications.

  • Burns
  • Scarring
  • Reactivation of cold sores
  • Infection
  • Redness
  • Itching sensations
  • Milia (small, white bubbles on skin)

Recovery Times

Some redness and other side effects may last for several days, but patients are generally able to resume normal activities right away. Since this kind of treatment is non-invasive, some people choose to have it during their lunch break and return to work immediately afterward.

Recovery times vary depending on which procedure you choose, so talk to your surgeon to get more specific details about recovery times.

Everything You Need to Know About Injectable Treatments

Injectable treatments are designed to improve areas around the face, neck, and hands. It is an alternative to laser treatment that may be preferable depending on your goals and expectations.

When our bodies age, there is a natural reduction in the subcutaneous fat in our faces. This fat loss causes facial muscles to work their way closer to the surface, which creates unsightly lines and textures. Injectables are used to smooth wrinkles, lessen the appearance of crow’s feet, and reduce lip lines.

What Injectables Can Do

Similar to laser treatments, injectables are ideal for people who aren’t ready to commit to a surgical procedure. They’re also a good way for people who have surgical procedures, like facelifts, to maintain their results.

Injectables are not designed to improve skin tone or the texture of the skin. Their purpose is more geared to making the lines on the face fade over time. Most injectables use either a neurotoxin based product, like Botox, or a filler, such as hyaluronic acid. These materials slightly restrict certain muscles in the face from moving which, over time, allows wrinkles and lines to fade and prevent etched in lines.

Pros and Cons of Using Injectables

Injectables are a great way to avoid surgery and improve the appearance of the face and neck. Here are some pros and cons to consider before choosing your injectable procedure:

Pros:

  • The procedure is quick and results can be seen almost instantaneously
  • Little to no downtime after the procedure
  • Dependent on the materials used, some procedures may be reversible
  • Low risk
  • Injectables can give you an idea of what results may look like if you choose a surgical option later
  • More cost efficient than some surgeries
  • Injectables offer the opportunity to start low and add additional filler as needed to achieve the desired results

 

Cons:

  • Results are temporary, eventually requiring an additional procedure to maintain them
  • While initially cheaper than surgical options, the need to repeat injectable treatments means the cost will add up over time
  • Mild side effects, such as bruising, swelling may occur
  • Injectables, especially those in the lips, can be tricky and require an experienced surgeon, like those at Centre Yourself™, to achieve excellent results

Potential Side Effects

While there are no serious risks to receiving injectables, there are some you should consider before you go through your procedure:

  • Bleeding at the injection site
  • Swelling, bruising, redness, or tenderness
  • Asymmetry
  • Lumps or irregularities-Very rare
  • Scarring-Very Rare
  • Itching
  • Excessive stiffness
  • Allergic Reactions to fillers
  • Unintended injection of filler into a blood vessel

 Injectable Treatment Recovery Times

Patients may experience swelling, redness, bruising, or itching for up to 7 days after their injection. Those receiving lip injections may see symptoms for up to two weeks. In many cases, makeup can cover the visual symptoms. Most patients return to work and resume normal daily activities immediately after their procedure.

Combining Lasers and Injectables

Laser treatments and injectables may be combined to achieve the best results. It all depends on what your goals are and what look you’re trying to achieve.

The best way to figure out what combination of laser treatments and injectables are right for you is to speak with your surgeon. During your consultation, he or she can go over the different options and make suggestions based on their professional opinion.

Why Choose Center Yourself for Your Next Treatment

In this fast-paced, demanding world, you need a place to relax your spirit and refresh your soul. Centre Yourself™ Medical Rejuvenation Spa is just the place for you. It is an oasis of unparalleled luxury and personal attention; a place where professional, licensed skin care experts will help you rediscover a more beautiful you.

We’re here to answer your questions, help you arrange a consultation, and pamper you the way you deserve. Whatever your reason for exploring the world of skin restoration, call the professionals at the Centre Yourself ™ Medical Rejuvenation Spa.

Dermal Fillers & Injectables

We suspect these past few months have added deeper creases in frown lines across the Midwest. Yet, spring is finally here and with it comes the desire to fix the damage caused by too many hours indoors with dry heat and the scowls that come from driving over too many potholes.

Droopy eyebrows, creases between the brows, the crinkles beside the mouth or in the corner of our eyes and along the forehead: These are all common trouble spots that can make our skin look much older than we feel.

Today, we’ll introduce you to some great non-invasive injectables and fillers on the market that are safe, affordable—and best of all—effective in smoothing facial lines and wrinkles.

Basic Info on Dermal Fillers

First, since most people think of Botox® as the only answer to wrinkle rejuvenation, knowing the difference between an injectable and a filler is important. While they’re both injected via a needle, they have very different core ingredients and achieve different results.

An injectable—think Botox® or Dysport®—is a non-surgical product used to treat what’s known as an “active” facial line. In other words, newer wrinkles that have recently formed. The injectable, made from the neuromuscular botulinum toxin, slows the permanence of these lines by ever-so-slightly “freezing” the muscles below the surface of the skin, restricting the movement of the lines, but not eliminating the ability to react to emotion.

Soft-tissue fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are used to smooth well-established lines and wrinkles. Soft tissue fillers are commonly used in the smile lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, otherwise known as nasolabial folds; and in the wrinkles which form on the upper lip, otherwise known as vertical lip lines. Fillers can be used in other areas too, like lips that have started to thin, or a jawline to create definition.

Both types of products can be used in combination with the other to achieve even more effective results.

Injectable and Dermal Filler Options

The Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa offers many injectable and soft-tissue filler products that have long-lasting results. Here’s a closer look at just a few of the more popular:

  • Botox® and Dysport® are most commonly injected into the small muscles between the brows, in the forehead, and at the corner of the eyes cause those specific muscles to halt their function (be paralyzed), thereby improving the appearance of the wrinkles. This paralysis is temporary, and re-injection is necessary within 3 to 6 months.
  • Restylane® is soft-tissue filler that was first introduced in 1996 as the first FDA-approved made of non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid. It is long-lasting, though not permanent, with its effects lasting from six to 12 months.
  • Juvéderm® XC is a smooth, gel filler, also that is used to smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. Because the base ingredient is hyaluronic acid, results appear quickly and can last for up to one year.
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic is a long-lasting injectable treatment that provides subtle results over time. Sculptra® replaces lost collagen providing a more natural look. An average of three injection sessions over a few months can last up to two years making Sculptra® more cost effective than other leading injectable treatments.

For more information on dermal fillers and injectables and the many others offered at The Centre Yourself Medical Rejuvenation Spa, give us a call or schedule a consultation to learn more!

What to give – and receive!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—choosing the perfect gift for that special someone. It’s also an important time to take care of you.

The Centre Yourself™ Medical Rejuvenation Spa is the perfect place to shop for both the gifter and the giftee. Here are 10 amazing products and services that will carry the holiday spirit into the New Year!

 The Spaliday Holiday Gift Set.

A line of bath and body products from mybody®, this spa collection features a probiotic bath and shower gel, probiotic body lotion and a scented spa candle. This package will create a sensory spa-like escape in the comfort of home.  (Price: $100)

The Signature Anti-Aging Facial.

Centre Yourself’s signature facial will gently remove dead skin and expel impurities. A relation massage is performed to ease tired muscles and stimulate circulation. This ultimate relation and pampering treatment are topped off with a luxurious mask. ($125 for sixty minutes)

The Custom Peel.

If you know someone who is curious about a peel, we have many choices. The Custom Peel is a great way to start. This personalized chemical peel is designed to address multiple skin health issues including acne, oiliness, sun damage, dehydration, dullness, and textural irregularities. Our aesthetician will assess and create a peel that is just perfect. ($65 for thirty minutes; $95 for sixty minutes)

Melanage Peel.

For the ultimate treatment, the Melanage Skin Brightening system is a superficial peel designed to improve the texture and appearance of hyperpigmented skin. This peel comes with full-size post care products, and for most, only needs to be performed once a year. Mini-Melanage Peels are also available. ($750 for a single session.)

Bamboo Massage.

This is a sublime gift for the massage enthusiast. This exotic, full-body massage is performed with warm bamboo tools. Our therapist will knead, roll and tap bamboo sticks along the body, freeing muscles of tension. ($120 for sixty minutes)

EVADO™ Light Therapy.

Have you heard of the Evado™ Light? This remarkable light treatment is a non-invasive, low-intensity way of treating hyperpigmentation, inflammation, and pain. It is also an FDA-approved method of treating acne.

Venus Freeze™.

Treatments use pulsed magnetic fields and radio frequency to consistently and uniformly heat the skin from the inside out, without the threat of laser burns. The collagen fibers heat up resulting in skin tightening to attain exceptional results. The Venus Freeze™ can help you stay slim, healthy and youthful by reducing cellulite, tightening skin and reducing wrinkles.

Permanent Makeup.

Intradermal pigmentation is a revolutionary method of applying micro insertions of natural pigments in the dermal layer of the skin pigmentation is used for a variety of permanent cosmetic enhancements and creates a look that lasts.

Botox® Cosmetic

The Centre, P.C. is specially trained to administer a variety of injectables used to restore youthful appearance and vitality to the skin. Perfect for any woman—or man—injectables are a great way to hide years of stress and aging.

Call 574-968-9100 to schedule a consultation.

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