At Timeless Skin Solutions, we know that finding the right Father’s Day gift is more than important, so we’ve put together this list to make your shopping just a little easier.

  • The Adventurer:

    An active outdoor lifestyle led to unwanted sun damage – hear Steve’s story.

    This dad does it all – he’s running from golfing to soccer practice, to the backyard to fire up the grill. All this outdoor living is great for his health but it may have left it’s mark in the form of brown spots and uneven skin tone. No problem, treat him to a series of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to remove unwanted brown spots and reverse sun damage, while offering the added benefit of no downtime.

  • The Entrepreneur: Men in business are often the first to admit that looking good is important. With the market being what it is, the competition can be quite steep. More men than ever before are aiming to refresh their image and give them an edge over younger candidates. A gift certificate of any value will help get this father in question on his way to a youthful look. Some services he might be interested in are Botox to erase lines, facial filler to restore lost facial volume, laser hair removal to tidy the neck area (and cut down on morning shave time), or a light chemical peel to add a youthful glow to the skin just before an interview or important meeting.
  • The Wine Connoisseur: This guy clearly understands the importance of antioxidants. If he votes Napa Valley for the vacation spot each year, we recommend SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum and/or SkinMedica’s TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer with SPF20. Both products boast powerful antioxidants at a medical-grade fine enough to penetrate the skin’s cells and bring about serious protection from free radicals.  With these products, this dad will be just like a fine wine—he’ll only get better with age.

At the end of the day, all of the fathers who have made our lives special deserve to be pampered. Stop by Timeless Skin Solutions or give us a call (614-799-5100) before the fast-approaching weekend and we’ll help you pick out the perfect Father’s Day gift for the special dad in your life.

We have all been there: finding yourself blindly staring at 23 different options of sunscreen and having no idea which one is best for your skin.  Then you end up reaching for one because it’s a prettier bottle than the next!  Think again everyone… think again.  Not only can Timeless help you decide which sunscreen is best for you, but we also are here to educate the importance of sunscreen all year long.

Take this quiz to find out the best sunscreen for you:

1.  When I choose a new facial cleanser, most often I reach for a:

A. Creamy cleanser

B. Gel-like cleanser

C. I like all different kinds

D. I’m too scared to change!

2.  In the summer my skin is:

A. Finally not cracking from dryness!

B. I need to blot my shine at least 3 times a day

C. Usually stays the same all year

D. Who knows – it’s different everyday!

3. When choosing a foundation, I like:

A. Creams

B. Powders

C. The latest trend

D. Help!  Makeup breaks me out!

4. My skincare routine consists of:

A. Whatever doesn’t dry out my skin

B. Whatever is a one-stop-shop product

C. Whatever is on special

D. Whatever won’t break me out

Tally up your score and see below for your results!

Mostly As – Sounds like your skin is thirsty!  And we all know dry skin can lead to a faster aging process.  We have the perfect sunscreen for you – one with an anti-aging built in moisturizer: SkinMedica’s TNS Ultimate Daily with SPF 20.  Use this every morning to hydrate, prevent, and protect!

Mostly Bs – The verdict is in: you have oily skin.  I know it’s hard to imagine applying any kind of product to oily skin, but that’s why easy 100% mineral tinted sunscreen powder is for you.  Try our: Colorescience Sunforgettables SPF 30 or 50 for almost any skin tone.

Mostly Cs – Sounds like you have skin that is pretty adaptable to climates, products, and anything new you want to try.  For normal/combination skin it’s still important to not just get fashion products, but action products.  Make sure your sunscreen is really working to protect against the sun’s damaging & aging rays.  We love to recommend: SkinMedica Environmental Defense SPF 30 or 50 and its ultra sheer physical sunscreen provides broad-spectrum defense against UVA/UVB rays.

Mostly Ds – You, my friend, have sensitive skin… but you probably already knew that!  We don’t want to put anything irritating on your skin either.  Sensitive skin can mean a number of things such as being prone to acne or rosacea, and that’s why for most of our sensitive skin patients we often recommend: LaRoche-Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60.  Its feathery-light feel has a sheer finish, effective UVA/UVB protection with Cell-Ox Sheild, and not to mention it’s also water-resistant and non-comedogenic.

Still have questions?  Give us a call at 614-799-5100 – we are always happy to help you!

The Swiss Army Knives of Columbus Ohio two treatments that yield multiple results at timeless skin solutionsDermatologist Treatments

Hands down two of the most versatile procedures we do are the IPL (intense pulsed light) and chemical peel.  Although it’s not recommended to get one within about two weeks of the other, both can treat a variety of concerns.

With either of these, if you come in to address one specific problem, you can walk out with with added improvement in other areas.

Columbus Ohio Wrinkle Treatment

In Columbus, Ohio, chemical exfoliation from a peel will likely do a little more for easing fine lines than an IPL will.

But, an IPL will do a little more for discoloration from acne scars or other sorts of skin spots.

Columbus Ohio Age Spots Treatments

The chemical peel will do more to improve the texture of your skin. Age spots and other skin discolorations ESPECIALLY rosacea will be eased more with an IPL.

In fact, a chemical peel is something that you may want to forego entirely if you have rosacea since it could cause a flare-up of symptoms.

How Does IPL Work?

With a very specific kind of light the IPL goes beneath the top layer of skin in pulses.

The light is absorbed by discolored portions of skin and broken into tiny pieces that either come to the surface and fall off or are absorbed by the body.

Additionally, this procedure sparks collagen production which can ease fine lines. It also can minimize pores. A series of IPL treatments is generally the recommended course to achieve the best results.

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

A chemical peel works by bringing new skin to the surface.

The new skin moves up from underneath the surface layers that are exfoliated by a chemical. There are different strength levels of the peels that will achieve varying degrees of sloughing off older skin.

Newer skin will have fewer fine lines, a more even tone and minimized pores. A series of chemical peels will likely have a cumulative improvement effect.

A Consultation Is in Order

As always, we recommend coming in to see us to help you narrow down whether one, the other, both or even a different treatment such as Pearl or Ultherapy is best for you.

You can set up an appointment here.


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Green Eggs and Ham, Cut and Paste, Tom and Jerry

Some things are just meant to go together. Dr. Carol Clinton and Gail Hogan recently talked about cosmetic dermatology products and procedures that go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Some other product and procedure pairings to keep in mind:

Main Treatments Secondary Treatments Products/Regimen
Silk Peels Dermaplane Exfoliating cleanser and Clarisonic Brush
Chemical Peels Silk Peels and Dermaplane Sunscreen
Fillers SkinMedica Hydrating Complex, SkinMedica Line Refine, SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum
Dermaplane Silk Peels Vitamins C and E
Botox/Dysport Silk Peels SkinMedica Line Refine and SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum
Pearl Laser Silk Peels Sunscreen
Levulan Silk Peels Sunscreen
Spider Vein Treatment Sunscreen
IPL Silk Peels and Dermaplane Sunscreen
Genesis Laser Silk Peels and Dermaplane Sunscreen
IPL/Genesis Combo Silk Peels and Dermaplane Sunscreen
Pore Extractions Silk Peels DermaRx Blemish Spot Treatment and Triamcinolone
Laser Hair Removal Sunscreen and SkinMedica Ceratopic Replenishing Cream

To learn more about what products and procedures are right for you, set up a consultation here.


Cleanliness Is Next to Skinlinessspring cleaning at timeless skin solutions

That doesn’t sound right does it?

“Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn’t even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.”  ~ Erma Bombeck

It IS Important

Get into that spring cleaning mode, because it’s time to check your medicine cabinet and your vanity.

According to Dr. Carol Clinton, there are some very real consequences to not keeping things in order when it comes to your skin care products.

“These products become less active.

“They have a limited shelf life,” she said.

Telltale Signs

If you get a sunburn, it’s too late.

Sunscreen is one of the products that can be critically important to get rid of in a timely manner.

It loses its effectiveness and can’t protect you from harmful rays and damage if you use it after its expiration date.

Some products will let you know they are done before you check the expiration date through discoloration.

It’s truly best to stay ahead of the game and just go through and do a little spring cleaning.

Spring Clean, Go Green and Save

We’ve got an incentive to clean out all those expired skin care products.

For one week only starting Monday (April 23, 2012) bring in any of your unused or empty  skin care product bottles and SAVE 10 percent on our products.

We’ll recycle the bottle, and you can save.

There is a purchase limit of 10 products and this offer is not to be combined with other offers.

If you’d like to find out what skin care products are best for you, be sure to schedule a consultation here.




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Get the Red out in Columbushelp for rosacea in columbus from timeless skin solutions

April’s rosacea awareness month.
While blushing can be an attractive feature, it can get out of hand for some people who struggle with rosacea.

Want a Little Red to Go with That White Wine?

People with rosacea often find their faces flushed after eating spicy foods, having a glass of wine or getting nervous.

You’re Not Alone

It’s estimated more than 14 million people have rosacea. Those who get it tend to be adults between ages 30 to 60.

It often occurs more commonly in women than men. But, men tend to get a more aggressive affliction.

Help’s on the Way

Here in Columbus, Timeless Skin Solutions offers products and treatments that can help ease the redness of rosacea.

To Purchase for Use at Home

Among our products, SkinMedica’s Redness Relief CalmPlex has proven to be very effective in treating facial redness.

CalmPlex doesn’t cover or mask the problem, but blocks the skin’s inflammatory response.
Clinical results show initial reduction in the appearance of visible redness in as few as two weeks.


Procedures Can Help, Too

Treatments such as Laser Genesis and Photodynamic Therapy are also great ways to fight the red menace.

For more information about addressing your skin issues, schedule a consult here.



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Empty Bottles and Empty PromisesTimeless Skin Solutions Columbus Skin Care Products

Who among us doesn’t have a nearly-empty bottle of extravagant elixir that didn’t do much. It’s still hanging out in the medicine cabinet or in a drawer, isn’t it?
C’mon. You’ve got more than a few, don’t you?

If you’re going to the cosmetic counter looking for something to really, truly help your skin, you may leave empty-handed or with an empty wallet and few – if any –  results.
You might get pretty bottles and fancy labels so popular with the infamous housewives, though.


Medical Grade

The products we carry are rigorously tested by the FDA.
What does that mean?
According to Dr. Carol Clinton, the cosmetic counter stuff just doesn’t jump through nearly the same amount of hoops that medical grade does.
“They do not have to go through that testing at all.”


Costs Are Similar – Results, Not So Much

Clinton said her patients tell her they go to the department stores and ante up some serious cash.
“They’ll tell me how much they spent for it and the whole line (we carry) doesn’t cost as much as that (one) product,” she said.
Medications are evaluated the same way the skin care lines we have are.
“The products go through the same rigorous testing” as oral medications, she said.


A Patient’s Perspective

Carol, one of Clinton’s patients, recently said being greeted with so many choices at the department store was confusing at best.
We can easily help you identify your skin issues and how best to treat them.
“This makes it a no-brainer,” Carol said.
“I still run out to find my lipstick but I don’t worry about my skin care,” she said.
Clinton said, “They are very cost-effective compared to what you find at the department store.”


What’s Available

Among lines we carry in Columbus are Obagi, SkinMedica, La Roche-Posay,  DermaRx, Dermaquest, NIA24 and Vivite.


To set up a consultation, contact us here.


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Sample of the Month: SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex™

Dealing with visibly red skin can be frustrating. I know very well what facial redness is like because I have always had red, sensitive skin. When I was younger I noticed my redness after exercising, but—as I got older—the redness seemed to always be there and was exaggerated after exercise, a glass of wine or spicy food. When I saw pictures of myself or looked in the mirror, all I could see was the redness.

When SkinMedica released their Redness Relief CalmPlex™ I was more than ready and willing to try it. The literature says that Redness Relief Calmplex™ is a product that corrects the redness in our skin, not by covering or masking it, but by blocking the skin’s inflammatory response–the underlying cause of redness.

The product also boasts:

  • Clinical results which show initial reduction in the appearance of visible redness in as early as two weeks
  • Restoration of the skin’s barrier which increases moisture retention making the skin softer and smoother while improving skin texture
  • Non-comedogenic (it won’t clog pores)
  • Leaves skin looking healthy and radiant

What I noticed first when trying Calmplex™ was that it is heavier than expected but not at all greasy. In fact, the glycerin based lotion lays on the skin so nicely that it makes a great make-up primer. Did I mention that the product smells amazing? I would describe the scent as almond, however many of our patients say they think it has a slight scent of cinnamon. In either case, you will like it!

While the smell and feel of the cream are certainly nice, the best news is that Redness Relief Calmplex™ really does take the red out. This product is excellent for anyone who experiences skin redness, rosacea, acne and even sunburns.

See the results for yourself in these photos that were taken of me on the VISIA skin analysis machine in our office. The VISIA shows what is happening beneath the skin’s surface. This photo shows a 20% reduction in redness in my cheeks after about 3 months use.

Why You Should Stick With Your Tret

If you want to get right to the source of your skin issues and bring out that new layer of youthful, dewy skin sooner rather than later, you need to do this step everyday. Many patients will argue that they are red and flaky, but I believe in that old saying, “No pain, no gain”.

If you can stand the redness and peeling that comes along with it when you begin the system, keep going. Moving steadfastly through this stage will get you to your end goal faster, and your skin will adjust to the Tretinoin. I know sometimes that extra step just feels so grueling, but trust me, it’s worth the effort.

And if the redness is just too bothersome and/or noticeable for you to bear, add on Skin Medica’s Redness Relief to help settle it down. It has worked wonders for me.

Related: We found this video diary on YouTube from an Obagi Nu-Derm user who is NOT a patient of Timeless Skin Solutions. Even though she has not been seen by Dr. Clinton, we thought these videos would be good to share with our patients. It visually shows her account of the skin’s transformation while using the Nu-Derm System. Have you had a similar experience? We’d love to hear your comments!

One of my favorite things at Timeless Skin Solutions is the Maintenance Plan package. I look at it like maintenance for my car. We all know that if we don’t get oil changes or air in our tires at the appropriate times, our car will ultimately start running slower or it will simply not run at all. Well, shouldn’t we maintain our skin like we maintain our cars? With the year-long maintenance plan, all the thinking and planning has been done for us. This plan is a specifically tailored plan for tune ups in the appropriate order. Here is the monthly schedule of treatments:

  1. Silk Peel
  2. Silk Peel
  3. IPL
  4. Silk Peel
  5. Chemical Peel
  6. IPL/Laser Genesis
  7. Silk Peel
  8. Silk Peel
  9. IPL
  10. Silk Peel
  11. Chemical Peel
  12. IPL/Laser Genesis

With 6 Silk Peels, 2 IPLs, 2 Chemical Peels and 2 IPL/Genesis treatments, you’re certainly keeping your skin in shape. The procedures are scheduled in a deliberate sequence that promotes balance in our skin. Many people tend to receive these treatments throughout the year, so at a 20% discount, our Maintenance Plan is an opportunity for patients to save big money. Depending on the package (patients can opt in for Face, Face and Neck, or Face, Neck and Chest) savings range between $520 and $860.

Combine the monthly maintenance with our medical grade skincare products and strut your skin. You won’t regret it!