April is Rosacea Awareness Month

women with rosaceaAt Alazzo Med Spa, we treat a variety of skin conditions with a multitude of services. Some of the skin conditions we treat are hyperpigmentation, liver spots, age spots, melasma and acne. April has been deemed as Rosacea Awareness Month, by the National Rosacea Society, so we’d like to shift our focus to Rosacea, a condition that affects more than 16 million Americans and is treated at Alazzo Med Spa.

What is Rosacea?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, rosacea is a skin condition that affects people between 30 and 50 and is characterized by many signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms are typically seen on a person’s nose, cheeks, forehead and chin but can also be found on the ears, chest and back. There are 4 types of rosacea:

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea – redness, flushing, visible blood vessels. You may recognize some of these famous faces who show the signs of redness and flushing: Bill Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Prince William and Princess Diana.
  2. Papulopustular rosacea – redness, swelling and acne-like breakouts.
  3. Phymatous rosacea – thickening of the skin with a bumpy texture.
  4. Ocular rosacea – red and irritated eyes, swollen eyelids, the appearance of what looks like a sty.

Aside from the physical signs and symptoms, many studies show that the problems that come along with rosacea go much deeper than the skin. Recent studies have found that those affected by rosacea are frustrated, embarrassed, worried, have low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. This emotional toll it takes, causes people to have difficulty in their relationships and trouble meeting new people. A survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society found that 70% of those with rosacea have trouble with interacting with people at work because they’re embarrassed. Thirty percent of people even miss work.

What causes rosacea?

Genetics are a big cause of rosacea. Many people who are blue eyed and blonde, have Celtic or Scandinavian ancestors and have someone in their family with severe acne often get rosacea. There are other factors that may play a part, as well, like: your body’s ability to process cathelicidin, a protein that protects your skin; mites on your skin, and a weakened immune system.

How is rosacea treated?

At Alazzo Med Spa, in Frederick, MD, we treat rosacea with intense pulse light (IPL) therapy. IPL Therapy targets broken blood vessels that contribute redness and pulls the hyperpigmentation to the skin’s surface as the body absorbs the broken blood vessels. All in all, this diminishes the appearance of rosacea. Getting IPL has some additional benefits too! Read our recent blog “Prevent Looking Another Year Older with These Two Anti-Aging Treatments” to learn more.

If you’re struggling with the signs and symptoms of rosacea, we’d love to help restore you confidence. Let’s start with a free consultation so that we can evaluate your skin and answer any questions that you have. Call us today at 301.810.5740.

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

This Spring, Change Your Skin Regimen, Not Just Your Wardrobe

Given that the official start of spring was just over a month ago (March 20th), spring skin should still be on your mind. There’s no better time than the present to start prepping your skin for the sunny skies, rising temperatures and the humidity that lies ahead. At Alazzo Med Spa, we recommend prepping by doing these four things:

  1. Lighten your load

You’ve put away the fur-lined hoods and boots, the heavy sweaters and scarves, now it’s time to put away your heavy skin products too. We understand that there are certain products that help protect your skin in the winter, but these can also weigh you down in humid weather. It’s important to swap your winter products for something light, like an oil-free moisturizer with SPF that will keep you moisturized without the excess oil. We recommend products from Image Skincare.

  1. Exfoliate

The snow, rain, wind and colder temperatures can cause season-long buildup of environmental toxins, dead skin cells and leftover product. It’s important to exfoliate at the beginning of spring. We recommend MicroResurfacing to spring clean your skin.

  1. Apply, and re-apply, your sunscreen

After spending several months wrapped from head to toe, slathering on sunscreen shouldn’t be in question. During the spring, you are at a higher risk for sunburns and sun damage for two reasons. 1 – your skin has been covered during winter so it is fair. 2 – because the weather is still mild, you may not notice just how much sun you are getting. To determine how to pick the best sunscreen, check out our blog – Choosing the Right SPF Sunscreen.

  1. Be preventative with Botox®

Without a doubt, you’ll be in the sun much more. When we’re in the sun, we have the tendency to squint. This causes lines between our eyes and at the corners of our eyes. These lines are better known as 11s and crow’s feet. To prevent these lines from becoming permanent, we recommend that you get Botox®. Botox® relaxes your muscle so that it doesn’t contract a lot which is what causes wrinkles. At Alazzo Med Spa, we give you a natural look with all injectables, including Botox®.

If you’d like to learn more about what services would get your skin ready for spring, stop in or give us a call at 301.810.5740 for a free consultation. Also, if you’re traveling this spring, don’t forget to take a look at our 5 Travel Tips for Your Skin.

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

Picture-Perfect Skin for Brides

Wedding season has begun! Every bride is thinking about the look of her hair, dress, wedding venue and most likely are a bit stressed about getting each detail perfect for the big day. The stress of a wedding alone can cause your skin to do crazy things but so can the convenient food you’re eating because of how busy you are and so much more. So, whether you’re getting married in 6 months, a month or 2 weeks, Alazzo Med Spa is here to help you get picture-perfect skin for your wedding regardless of what’s causing your skin to act up!

Here are 3 services that we recommend taking a closer look at:

Laser Hair Removal

Who has time to shave anything when they’re preparing for their big day? We’re sure you don’t and that’s why laser hair removal will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made if you’re trying to save yourself time! Laser hair removal will give you permanent hair reduction in places that are visible to everyone on your wedding day like your lip, chin and underarms. Why you’re at it, the legs and bikini areas aren’t a bad idea to get done either.

Micro-Needling

If you’d like to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars, stretch marks or pigmentation, micro-needling would be a great service to get. Treatment is done 4-6 weeks apart, depending on what you’re treating, and most individuals will require somewhere between 4-8 treatments. Therefore, if your wedding is within a couple months, you may want to opt for another service.

MicroResurfacing

If acne, sun damage, hyperpigmentation or your overall skin appearance are a concern for you, you should consider microresurfacing. Microresurfacing will leave you with a more youthful, smooth, softer look and feel. You’ll notice results after the first treatment and you’ll notice more significant results if you get 4-6 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart.

Not sure which is right for you? Schedule your free consultation today to discuss your problem areas and get all of your questions answered about our products and services. In the Urbana area? Stop in to 8927 Fingerboard Rd, Suite E to see us!

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

Skinade® – Better Skin from Within

At Alazzo Med Spa, we’re always looking for ways to keep up with the ever changing you so we recently introduced Skinade®.

What is Skinnade and what does it do?

Skinade is an anti-aging drink with hydrolysed marine collagen peptides that boosts your body’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Skinade® is made of several other high-quality ingredients such as:

Vitamin C – aiding in collagen formation and providing protection for the skin by reducing free-radical damage and boosting the immune system.

Vitamin B complex – promoting more radiant, clear, uniform and glowing skin. This B complex includes Riboflavin, niacin, biotin, folic acid and B12.

MSM – improving elasticity, helping in the formation of collagen and keratin formation and inhibiting cross-linking of collagen cells which is the cause of aging skin.

Omegas 3 and 6 – balancing dry and oily skin

L-lysine – rebuilding the collagen on a cellular level

Skinade® does not include ingredients that are genetically modified, hormones, alcohol, or added sugar and is lactose, dairy and gluten free. Additionally, it is not in tablet form because the nutrients are absorbed 60-65% more in liquid form. It would take nearly 20 tablets to consume the same amount of nutrients that Skinade® has.

How does Skinnade work?

The previously mentioned ingredients work synergistically to help the skin function optimally. Furthermore, the hydrolysed marine collagen activates natural collagen production which helps increase the thickness of the skin resulting in less lines and wrinkles. The HAS2 receptors in our skin are also activated which results in more hydrated skin.

How long does Skinnade take to show visible improvements?

When taken as directed, consumers of Skinade® have reported that they notice their skin being softer and more hydrated after 4 days; more smooth, radiant skin after 10 days; a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles after 2 weeks and even more improvements in these areas after 4 weeks.

If you would like to learn more about Skinade® or would like to try a sample, stop in to see us at 8927 Fingerboard Road in Frederick. We’d love to give you a free consultation to educate you about how Skinade® can help improve the look of your skin.

 

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

3 Reasons You’ll Love Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal Service Frederick MDWinter has almost come to an end and we all have spring fever, especially with this mild weather we’ve been having. With spring and summer quickly approaching, we’ll be thinking about shorts, tank tops and swimsuits and the dreaded hair removal concerns soon enough. In preparation for summer and spring, there are many options to reducing the visibility of hair in areas like the face, arms, bikini area and legs but one of the best and most beneficial is laser hair removal. At Alazzo Med Spa, we’ve been providing laser hair removal for over 10 years and are the most experienced provider of laser hair removal in Maryland so we thought we’d share some reasons why you’ll love laser hair removal!

Reason 1: It’s More Convenient

Who else hates having to spend an extra 15 minutes in the shower shaving? We did too! You can reduce or even eliminate shaving by getting laser hair removal. If you’re not a shaver and choose to wax or get electrolysis, it’s faster than those too. At Alazzo Med Spa, we offer treatment packages of 6 sessions which are spaced weeks apart. This helps us make sure we get the hair growth in all stages. Once those 6 sessions are over, we have clients that don’t need to come back for 6 months or more, depending on how their body reacts. The treatment doesn’t take long either so all in all, the time it takes to get laser hair removal is far less than getting other treatments every 3-4 weeks.

Reason 2: It’s Cost Effective

As we’ve already mentioned, other treatments often require maintenance every 3-4 weeks. If you’re getting your chin, underarms and bikini area waxed every 3-4 weeks, that has to be adding up quickly! Not to mention the traveling back and forth. Laser hair removal is much cheaper, especially in the long run.

Reason 3: It’s More Effective

With laser hair removal, it’s not go big or go home. You can target a large area, small areas and areas in between. You can literally treat a follicle or an entire leg. No matter how large or small the treatment area is, you will see the same results. Laser hair removal results in permanent hair reduction so less hair grows back after each session and you’ll notice in most cases it will be lighter and thinner.

If you’d like to learn more about why you’d love laser hair removal, we’d love for you to call us at 301.810.5740 to set up a free consultation. During the consultation, we’ll evaluate your skin in the area you’d like to have treated and answer any questions you may have.

Melissa Bolden, CRNP

Melissa Bolden, CRNP graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has owned and operated Med Spa’s since 2003. Her vast knowledge of aesthetic services and drive for perfection as well as her ability to achieve maximum results places Melissa at the top of the Med Spa industry.

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