The Truth About Skin Care Products

Maryland Plastic Surgeon serving Washington DC, & Virginia including Alexandria and Fairfax.


The skin is the largest organ in the body and often the one we spend the most money on over the years. Attempting to rejuvenate facial skin with the use of over-the-counter products is not very successful because they generally only affect the outer, superficial layers of the skin, whereas medically prescribed treatments reach the deeper layers of the skin and result in a more uniform improvement.

Different cleansers can produce different effects; make sure that the product you use to clean your face in the morning and evening is in line with your skin’s specific nutrient needs. If your skin is very sensitive, then a gentle and non-scented formula will help calm redness and irritation. Dry, oily and acne-prone skin—with its own unique properties—improves with specific formulas.

Stimulating collagen creation, firming the skin, and relaxing the eye-area muscles are great ways to decrease fine lines and crow’s feet around your sensitive inner eye area. Our unique spa compound contains anti-oxidants, hydroxyacids, a special vitamin C compound, and a peptide that inhibits neurotransmitters to eye muscles. Our compound, therefore, can perform all three tasks in one application.

As we all know, the sun is your skin’s worst enemy. UVA and UVB rays can cause melanoma, so it’s important to protect yourself. Additionally, unsightly pigmentation problems and wrinkles are other side effects of long-term sun exposure. Many sunscreen products are thick and oily, virtually incompatible with cosmetics. Some don’t even contain zinc, which is the most important ingredient in reflecting the sun’s rays! We can provide you with a zinc-packed facial sunscreen that is chemical- and fragrance-free. It dries to a clear, silky, matte finish; you can wear it under your cosmetics and protect your precious face from the sun’s harshness.

A certain product known as “bleaching cream” can immensely help those with pigmentation problems. These creams regulate splotchy coloration by decreasing the activity of melanocytes, which are natural pigment-producing cells. Hydroquinone is the most commonly-used depigmenting agent; it is generally found in a higher concentration in medical-grade (as opposed to over-the counter) products. Convenient, easy-to-use pads are also available; these have been shown to make patient use more frequent and results thus more effective.

Medical skin care products are more noticeably productive because they contain a higher concentration, ounce for ounce, of the active ingredients and are formulated to work below the superficial layers of the skin. These traits do mean that the products are more expensive; however, when you take into account their extreme effectiveness, there is no doubt that they are a better investment than bottles upon bottles of cheap and ineffective product.

The Spa Bella Skin Care Line was developed to provide patients with exquisitely formulated and potent products that will provide results. The four-step system is easy to follow, ensuring you get the best effect from the products. Each is harsh chemical-free and fragrance-free, allowing those with sensitive skin to add the line to their normal regimen. The active ingredients are carefully chosen and applied only when needed. The compound hydroquinone, to give an example, can be found in most medical skin care products. However, it is not appropriate for all skin types or all skin conditions. Therefore, it is used only in the products for conditions that it is known to treat so that patients do not needless expose themselves. The Spa Bella line takes pride in the fact that it is diverse, with products for many different specific skin types and ethnicities. We do not treat skin care with a “one size fits all” mentality; when you come to us, you know that you’ll be getting a treatment that is targeted to your specific needs.

To visit our cosmetic plastic surgery office in National Harbor, Maryland, serving Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia, request a free consultation online or call the office at 866-BELLA 06.

By Michael F. Chiaramonte, MD, FACS, Bella Cosmetic Surgery