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Acne Scars Done & Dusted

“Acne does not discriminate. It’s an equal opportunity offender.”

By the age of 25, most everyone has experienced some level of acne. Acne does not discriminate. It’s an equal opportunity offender. Whether it’s the lumpy congestion made up of blackheads & whiteheads, the siren red pimples, the oiliness or the scarring…when it’s on our face…we want it gone.

I’m going to talk specifically about how to successfully eliminate the scarring from PIH, or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation which leaves that dreaded reddish-purple spot long after the offensive blemish has gone. I’ll also talk about correcting the depth and texture of the scars to eventually give you an improved, more smooth appearance.

Step 1. See a skin care provider for direction

First things first, the blemish is gone. Yay! Step One- Get in to see your clinical aesthetician or dermatologist for an evaluation. This is money well spent as it will save you from buying countless products and treatments that you don’t need, or that are not appropriate for you. For complete correction you will need 3 things; professional treatments, professional strength products, and the discipline to be consistent with your program. With these steps, you will have success.

Your skin care provider will likely recommend a schedule of treatments as well as a few key products. It’s all about combination therapy.

First, I recommend treatments that will stimulate new collagen which will translate to plump, new skin to begin smoothing the scar. For this, I like two treatments; (1) Microneedle with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for scars with more depth like icepick & boxcar scars and (2) Viva RF Microneedle with PRP for lighter scarring. Both treatments are done in a series with usually one every 4-6 weeks. Treatments will be $250 to $500 per session. Photo below depicts 2 Microneedle treatments at 30/60 days post treatment.

Step 2. Home use products….the key to success!

Secondly, it’s all about the product you will need to use at home daily. I always recommend an exfoliating product (to rapidly shed the dead, impacted cells) to be used 2-3 times weekly. I pair with that a core program of a Salicylic based gel cleanser for evening, and a lipid based cleanser for morning. I like Avene Xeracalm Cleansing Oil, $32. It’s also brilliant for removing all of your makeup with zero sting! A good product for day to begin the brightening process is Skin Ceuticals Phloretin CF, $169 with a 10% Ascorbic acid, and 2% Phloretin.

Over that, an excellent broad spectrum sunscreen should be worn daily. This is a crucial step that often gets overlooked (because it’s rainy or gloomy weather) but the damaging UVA/UVB rays are out regardless of sun or none. A huge part of the correction process with acne scars is removing pigment so SPF cannot be skipped. For sunscreen, I like the powdery finish of Jan Marini Antioxidant Spf33, it settles on the skin nicely with no weight. For the evening, I call it the “Two-Punch,”  a good 2% Salicylic lotion is very useful, I like Jan Marini Bioclear Lotion, $80 with Meladerm over the top, only available at, $49. This is a powerful skin lightener with a layered formulation that is free of Hydroquinone and safe to use daily.

Step 3. Hands Off

Lastly, keep your hands off of your face. No fiddling, touching, picking. Bad things happen when you start picking. It’s a sure fire way to scar your skin and spread the bacteria to perpetuate more acne. And no, don’t buy an extractor tool either. There is no good way to pick at your face. That’s my job.


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Acne Scarring 101: How to Treat and Prevent Scars

Got acne? You’re not alone. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States and affects almost 50 million Americans each year. Acne can strike at any age, affecting teens and even adults. If you have acne, you need treatment. Early treatment can reduce the appearance of acne scars and can help you to feel better about yourself. Call us today and schedule your appointment.

Treatment Options for Acne

Acne Scarring 101- How to Treat and Prevent ScarsWe often use the Regenlite Laser to treat acne here at Natural Foundations. A single treatment has been shown to reduce the number of lesions by about 50%. Many patients continue to see improvement up to 12 weeks after a single treatment.

The Regenlite Laser is a low-energy laser. It gently treats and targets damaged skin, while leaving the surrounding, healthy skin untouched. It boosts collagen production, decreases inflammation and kills bacteria. Treatment usually takes 30-45 minutes with no recovery period needed. Most patients experience a slight warming sensation, but do not describe the treatment as painful.

If you have active acne, you will probably need a series of three treatments spaced over three months.

Treatment Options for Acne Scars

Acne scars often follow acne, especially if it isn’t treated quickly. If you have acne scars, come see us. The Venus Viva Laser can dramatically smooth and fade acne scarring. It is a fractional-type laser that targets only the damaged skin and promotes faster healing.

Treatment itself takes about 30 minutes, but a numbing cream is typically applied 30 minutes before treatment starts. This ensures your comfort throughout the procedure. No recovery period is needed, but you may experience some redness (similar to a mild sunburn). This treatment can increase your sun sensitivity, so wear sunscreen after treatment.

Don’t live with the discomfort, pain and embarrassment of acne. Come see us and enjoy clearer, smoother skin. Call us today!

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An Introduction to Natural Foundations

An Introduction to Natural FoundationsDo you want to look better, feel better and lose weight? Natural Foundations Healing Center Monterey may be able to help. We founded our practice to change patient care and strive to do things a little differently. We focus on YOU (the patient) and provide a variety of weight loss, wellness and aesthetic treatments so you can look and feel great. Each treatment plan is highly customized to meet your goals and work with your body. Call us today and schedule your first appointment; we can’t wait to meet you!

What Do We Offer?

One of the primary treatments we offer is medically assisted weight loss. We combine cold laser technology with a holistic approach to health and nutrition. Throughout the weight loss process, we work with each patient to create goals, to detox the body and to establish new patterns for sustained and healthy weight loss. We don’t just want to help you lose body fat; we want it to stay off.

Weight loss isn’t all we do. We also offer a range of medical and aesthetic treatments including:

  • Skin Tightening: Is time taking a toll on your skin? We offer skin tightening treatments that can address lax, loose skin without the need for surgery. We’ll make recommendations about the best treatment for your specific skin type and concerns. Tighter, younger-looking skin is in your future.
  • Hydro Massage: At our Monterey location, we offer Hydro Massage, a massage bed with no need for a massage therapist. In just 10-20 minutes you can enjoy the same results as you’d receive with an hour long deep tissue massage. There’s no need to take off your clothes and you won’t get wet. To enhance your relaxation experience, the Hydro Massage table includes a touchscreen so you can enjoy a movie or listen to music during your treatment.
  • Cellulite Reduction: If you’re a woman, you probably have cellulite, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. We offer cellulite reduction to smooth and tighten up that bumpy skin and get you bikini ready.
  • Functional Medicine: Modern day stressors can take their toll on our bodies, eventually leading to disease and health problems. Functional medicine addresses these issues head on, to restore your body to optimal health. We combine traditional functional medicine practices with Autonomic Response Testing (an organ based reflex analysis) to determine the exact nutrients your body needs and to create a personalized health program. Feel your best!
  • Acne and Acne Scarring Treatment: Acne isn’t just a problem for teens. Many adults struggle with acne too (or the after effects of acne: acne scarring). We treat both issues to help you achieve smooth, healthy skin.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Rejuvenate your skin and say goodbye to your biggest skin problems. Whether you struggle with uneven skin tone, dull skin, brown spots, large pores, bumpy skin or other problems, we have solutions. Our advanced devices can target your skin problems for younger looking, more radiant skin.

Here at Natural Foundations, we offer a variety of treatments to help you become the healthiest, happiest and most attractive you. Come see us today!

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