Doctor’s Office or Drugstore? The Best Fixes for Common Skin Issues
Perfect skin is elusive. We all have a skin condition or two we’d like to remedy. But where to start? Do you invest in products at the drugstore or visit a professional? The answer really depends on your underlying cause and the kind of results you’d like to see.
Doctor’s Office: Sun damage is often to blame for lingering dark spots, and clinicians often recommend laser and light therapies to lighten them. YES MedSpa, a practice offering laser skin resurfacing in the Vancouver area, says that dark spots on skin contain more pigment than surrounding tissue. Darker lesions are better at absorbing this light than the surrounding skin, and the light energy eventually damages and dissolves the pigment.
Drugstore: Age spots, freckles, liver spots — we have a thousand different names for dark patches, and skincare companies have developed many different remedies for diminishing them. If you’re opting for at-home treatment, find a product with clinically proven ingredients. Hydroquinone is possibly the best-known when it comes to lightening up brown spots, but vitamin C, retinol, and licorice root extract can help, too. And of course, don’t forget to wear sunscreen to fend off future spots.
Lines and Wrinkles
Doctor’s Office: Deep wrinkles and folds may not see much benefit from over-the-counter treatments. Professional treatments include dermal fillers, such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®. These treatments use an injectable form of hyaluronic acid to plump up wrinkles from within, smoothing them away and re-creating the volume of youth.
Other options include BOTOX®, which uses its active ingredient to relax the muscles that cause certain wrinkles, and laser and light treatments, which can stimulate collagen production and tighten up loose skin. It’s always important to have these procedures done in a medical office run by physicians with considerable experience. It’s always a good idea to search that practice’s website for examples of before-and-after photos of these treatments, so you know the kind of results you can expect.
Drugstore: There is no shortage of drugstore fixes for lines and wrinkles, but they come in varying degrees of success. Before you spend the afternoon perusing the skincare aisle, take stock of the wrinkles you want to banish. Where are they located? How severe are they? What causes them (age, sun damage, smoking)?
If your lines are relatively minor, a drugstore fix can help. Here again, look for clinically proven active ingredients like retinol and peptides. Of course, the best preventive for future wrinkles is sunscreen — and that’s always available at the drugstore. Don’t rely on SPF-containing makeup alone to do the job for you, either. Instead, apply a base of broad-spectrum sunblock beneath your foundation for maximum protection.
Doctor’s Office: Severe acne can be both mentally and physically painful, causing areas of tenderness on the skin as well as lowered self-esteem. Today’s dermatologists have an array of products for treating acne, from oral medication to topical products and even special light therapies designed to reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria on skin.
Drugstore: For many people, over-the-counter products will suffice, though. Occasional breakouts are attributable to a lot of things, including hormones, stress, and even the weather. For spot treatments, topical products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help dry up blemishes and reduce redness. Stay away from rough exfoliators. These products can cause tiny tears in the skin, opening it up to more bacteria and actually making acne worse.
We had the opportunity to share this amazing information with the help of YES MedSpa and Cosmetic Surgery Centre and Dr. Mosher.
About Dr. Mosher: Dr. Mathew Mosher founded Your Esthetic Solutions with the goal of helping to bring out the beauty in every client. Toward this goal, he builds a partnership with each of his patients, working collaboratively from the time of the initial consultation through recovery and beyond. He spends a great deal of time reviewing all of the options – surgical and nonsurgical – and working out the most reasonable and realistic way to proceed. In order to make your experience a positive one, Dr. Mosher employs many innovative and limited incision techniques to minimize discomfort, scarring, and downtime while providing beautiful, natural looking results. He provides many cosmetic surgery services, including breast augmentation and liposuction, as well as nonsurgical options like BOTOX COSMETIC® treatments and laser hair removal.
You can visit Dr. Mosher and the team at : 301-8837 201 Street, Langley, BC V2Y 0C8, and calling the clinic at
You can find them here: YES MedSpa and Dr. Mosher
* all information was provided by Dr. Mosher and YES MedSpa