alcohol and your skin

March 11, 2015

Practicing mindfulness when drinking benefits your skin


The changing of seasons is showing warmer days ahead, getting most of us in the mood for outdoor activities with drinks in our hands. While enjoying a few adult drinks is not a dire concern it’s important to know what’s happening to the largest organ on your body, your skin.

To put it simply, alcohol is dehydrating. Expanding on that, drinking any type of alcohol prevents your body’s production of vasopressin, the important hormone that helps our bodies retain water and contract blood vessels. Some people might notice their face flushing more when they consume alcohol because our body’s water retention is limited and the blood vessels in our faces are dilated allowing an increased rate of blood flow.

For the most part, once the alcohol is out of your system, flushing of the skin, such as the cheeks, and other symptoms of drinking subside. However, residual dehydration is common. Depleting your skin of water hinders your skin from being able to retain nutrients and can cause earlier onset of aging.

Whether you feel thirsty or not, chances are your skin is, so try and drink at least one glass of water in between alcohol-containing drinks. Aim to drink a few extra glasses of water throughout the next day to offset any dehydration.

It is standard to determine how much water you need based on your weight. Multiply your weight by 0.66 and the number remaining is how many ounces you should be drinking per day. Add twelve ounces per 30 minutes of dehydrating activity, such as exercise or consuming alcohol.

At PCA SKIN®, we believe beautiful skin starts with healthy skin. Whatever your drink of choice, be cautious and mindful while enjoying it.


expect the unexpected

February 27, 2015

Aligning your peel expectations with reality


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, chemical peels don’t have to result in a tomato-red and highly irritated face. If done properly, your peel should leave you with a healthy glow. In order to feel comfortable going into your peel and maximize your results afterwards, it’s important to know what to expect during your treatment.

Every chemical peel is customized to each person’s unique skin. It’s impossible to standardize chemical peels, as the layers of the peel and the products used should vary person-to-person. So, when it comes to peels, expect the unexpected until you get to your clinician’s office. Your clinician will determine your peel treatment based on a couple of factors: your skin concerns, your skin type and what results you want to see. It’s important to discuss your goals with your clinician before the treatment, so they can determine which direction to take your peel. This way, you are sure to leave with your happiest skin possible.

Your PCA SKIN® clinician has been specifically trained to determine your skin’s needs and how many layers of your peel solution are safe and effective. They should be able to provide you with clear expectations of what to expect after your specific treatment. Complications are rare with superficial chemical peels, but caring for your skin properly in the days following treatment further minimizes the chances of any negative effects.

It is possible to achieve beautiful results almost immediately after a chemical peel. Locate a PCA SKIN Certified Professional near you to discuss your goals and find out exactly what goodness your skin can gain through personalized treatment.

Chemical peel tips and tricks from Dr. Jody Comstock

February 25, 2015
This week’s Customer Profile comes from Dr. Jody Comstock at Skin Spectrum in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Comstock is an established leader in the field of dermatology and gave PCA SKIN access to her best chemical peel tips and tricks.
  1. Tell us about your practice. I have been in practice for 25 years. For the past 18 years, Skin Spectrum has been a non-insurance cosmetic and procedural practice. I have loved being a pioneer and early investigator in the evolving field of aesthetic medicine. It is exciting, rewarding and always evolving. The greatest joy comes from making patients feel better about themselves. We are able to change lives and give a boost of self-esteem. We live in a world that is visual and we make a judgment within 1/100th of a second as we look at someone. Skin, facial and feature shape and shadows are what our brain reacts to. Skin Spectrum has three physicians, two physician assistants, four laser techs and a total staff of 30. We are successful because of our service-oriented, educated and qualified team. This patient-centric team approach has worked for us. We are also part of a greater destination location. In our building we have an anti-aging physician — my husband Frank Comstock, M.D. — a work-out center, an operating room and a lab. Our goal has been one-stop shopping.
  2. When did you start using PCA SKIN® daily care and professional products in your practice? Skin Spectrum started in 1991. A lovely woman was starting a new business. Her name was Margaret Ancira and the company was PCA. She was eager to learn as much as she could about cosmetic work. My partner and I taught her how to do glycolic acid peels. She was so engaged about learning and developing. Margaret was the hardest, most passionate worker. In addition, her products were outstanding and of the highest quality. We have ALWAYS carried PCA and I can’t imagine not carrying them!
  3. What PCA SKIN professional treatments do you use most in your practice? We love all the peels!
  4. What are some unique ways you combine PCA peels with other modalities? Our practice prioritizes and combines treatments. This means we would perform a microdermabrasion and then add a PCA peel over the treated area. We often removed unwanted moles, keratoses and even pre-skin cancers and then peel over the treated area. It accelerates the healing and gives the background skin some preventive treatment and better blending.
  5. What are the most important pieces of information you tell a first-time peel patient? We tell all of our patients they must have their skin prepped first. This means they must have the best palette possible for optimal results. Often times being on an excellent PCA topical program for two to four weeks prior to a peel and after a peel is essential. Of course, this includes the very important topical called sunblock!! Also, peels may require a series for certain results and maintenance peels are excellent. Follow-up is critical as our skin is on a continual journey of the past, today and the future.
  6. How would you explain the difference between chemical peels and laser treatments?  Peels are chemicals that are product and technique dependent. Lasers are devices that target specific things such as vascular structures, pigment, superficial layers of skin, etc. Both lasers and peels   can improve tone, texture and tightening of the skin. Both can be product and device specific, but also the technical experience is important.
  7. Do you have a unique method of converting your injectable patients into peel patients? At our first consultation we create a blueprint for our patients. The skin’s tone and texture actually take priority over volume loss. So our topical products, peels and laser options may actually be the “first” on the list. Volume loss is a significant part of balance and harmony in rejuvenation. So we actually don’t “convert,” but educate up front both are on the list of optimizing aging and having the most beautiful, natural look you desire.
  8. Post-care is important, how do you ensure your patients leave your office with proper post-care? What post-care products do you send with your patients? Prior to any peel, post-op instructions are given. It is also part of our protocol to have patients sign a consent [form saying] they will follow all post-op instructions and follow-up with our practice. Patients understand we have a relationship of caring for them and taking all procedures seriously. Although our peels have excellent, safe results, we respect it is a procedure and there can be variables for healing for many reasons. In addition, all post-op instructions are given to patients in a hard copy as they leave.

customer profile: Beautiful Faces Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

January 21, 2015


This week’s Customer Profile comes from Vu Ho, MD and staff at  Beautiful Faces Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery of Plano, TX.

Name: (Coincides with Photo):
Mary Richard, Office Manager/Patient Coordinator
Vu Ho, MD
Emma Gilbert, Medical Aesthetician

Business: Beautiful Faces

City and State of Business: Plano, Texas

1. How many years have you been in business?

Beautiful Faces has been in business for five years.

2. What variety of services do you offer?

Dr. Vu Ho, our double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, offers both surgical procedures and non-surgical procedures including Botox® and fillers. Our MedSpa offers facials, as well as treatments such as SilkPeel®, IPL, laser hair reduction, dermaplaning, NOVALASH® Eyelash Extensions and PCA SKIN® peels.

3. What is your favorite treatment room modality or service?

We have seen the best results with PCA SKIN peels and SilkPeel®! For those of you who are unfamiliar with SilkPeel®, it is a hydrating facial, which uses patented dermalinfusion to infuse a skin-specific solution while simultaneously removing dirt, oil and bacteria from the pores.

4. How do you integrate advanced modalities with PCA SKIN products and professional treatments?

A vast majority of our patients find that integrating dermaplaning or microdermabrasion, as well as the recommended homecare regimen leaves them extremely satisfied with their already wonderful PCA SKIN peel!

5. Tell us about a time you improved a patient’s life?

A surgical patient was unable to receive CO2 laser resurfacing due to inflamed acne at the time of her surgery. She visited our medical aesthetician once she was cleared by Dr. Ho to begin receiving PCA SKIN peels. After only two peels, her acne cleared up and most of the pigmentation associated with the acne had vanished! The patient is ecstatic and now visits us on a regular basis. It is so rewarding to know that our office as a whole can create confidence in our patients!

6. What makes your business successful?

What makes us successful is the personal touch we strive to provide for our patients. We do our best to create a personalized experience for each individual patient that walks through our door. We make it a point to know everyone on a first name basis!

7. When did you partner with PCA SKIN and why did you choose PCA SKIN?

Beautiful Faces partnered with PCA SKIN in 2011. We wanted to offer a quality professional product line that provides superior results, and the outstanding customer service is a plus!

8. What is your favorite PCA SKIN daily care product and why?

It’s hard to choose just one, everyone in the office has a favorite! The PCA SKIN Acne Cream for spot treatment would have to be the number one product used by the staff, it works extremely fast and everyone we have recommended it to loves it!

9. What is your favorite PCA SKIN professional treatment and why?

Definitely the PCA SKIN peels and Oxygenating Trio®. We have noticed the most satisfying results from the wide array of professional treatments available through PCA SKIN!

10. What advice would you give to a newly certified PCA SKIN professional?

Congratulations, you have opened up so many new opportunities by becoming PCA SKIN certified! First and foremost, don’t be afraid to reach out to your PCA SKIN representative and/or call the company to ask questions. Second, take advantage of the online courses and continued education seminars available through PCA. You are about to be rewarded by the success of the products you recommend and use in the treatment room, enjoy!

PCA SKIN product launch!

August 18, 2014

the new clearskin

April 3, 2013

In the spirit of continuous improvement, PCA SKIN® is proud to launch the newly reformulated Clearskin, now with 4% niacinamide.

PCA SKIN's Clearskin

PCA SKIN’s Clearskin

Those with oily or breakout-prone skin can fall into the habit of using harsh, abrasive products in an attempt to gain control over excess sebum production. This often leads to irritated skin, stripped of its natural oils, causing the sebaceous glands to overcompensate by producing even more sebum. This habitual cycle can result in an increase in breakouts. A consistent skin care regimen, including a skin-type appropriate moisturizer, is vital to maintain overall skin health.

One of the most exciting additions to the new Clearskin is niacinamide. This multifunctional ingredient, also referred to as nicotinamide, has similar benefits as niacin, but does not cause the flushing response commonly associated with vitamin B3. Instead, niacinamide provides calming and antioxidant benefits.

Niacinamide plays many important roles in the skin:

  • Provides potent antioxidant protection
  • Decreases redness and irritation
  • Decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Calming effect in breakout-prone and sensitive skin

Questions about the newly reformulated Clearskin? Call the Practice Development Group at 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546] from 7am-6pm Arizona time, Monday-Friday; or reach out to us via Facebook. Certified Professionals can also place their orders online now at

chemical peel treatment post-waxing?

March 21, 2013

Patients often ask clinicians if a chemical peel treatment can be performed the day after being waxed. This is not uncommon, as a patient may schedule a series of consecutive skincare treatments to prepare for a special event. It’s important for certified practitioners to educate patients on the best treatment route to prepare skin for a peel in order to deliver optimal results and reduce the risk of complications.

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PCA SKIN® does not recommend chemical peels the day after waxing. Waxing removes skin cells even when performed properly, resulting in temporarily impaired barrier function. The heat and trauma caused by pulling out the hair via waxing can irritate skin, causing heightened sensitivity and redness.

While our peels contain a blend of well-tolerated, safe and effective peeling agents, treatments may cause slight redness, flaking or dryness. These are normal, yet temporary, reactions to a superficial chemical peel. To minimize side effects and maximize results, patients should not receive a peel treatment until all skin reactions from waxing have fully resolved. Although everyone’s skin reacts differently to treatments, patients should generally wait two weeks post-waxing, or until the skin returns to baseline, before receiving a peel. It is also recommended to wait at least two weeks after a chemical peel before being waxed again.

The Sensi Peel® is ideal to treat patients post-waxing. This gentle solution is formulated for sensitive skin with ingredients that will even skin tone. It also provides soothing properties, making it an excellent choice for helping to calm redness. After peel application, nutritive topicals and calming, broad spectrum SPF products should be applied. It’s also important to send patients home with products designed to soothe skin for continued daily care.

PCA SKIN strongly believes in the importance of pre- and post-treatment for skin, preparing it for in-office procedures and keeping it calm following treatment. Again, chemical peels should only be performed on skin that has stabilized from any prior treatments, such as waxing.

Have you been asked about chemical peels and waxing? Comment below or tell us on Facebook.