Columbus, Ohio Acne Scarring Treatment: There acne scarring treatments columbus ohioIS Hope

As Gail Hogan recently said when she was talking to Dr. Carol Clinton, “Living through acne can be tough enough.”

But scars left over from break outs are a bit of a double-whammy.

“People can be so self-conscious of this,” she said.

Clinton said there ARE options.

What Happens

“It can really have a large impact on people. One of the things that happens with acne is you can get deep pock marking.

“You also can just get discoloration and it can still look like you have a break out because the skin is either reddish or brown,” said Clinton.

Two or Three in One

“There are things you can do at home and things we can do at the office.

“The nicest thing is these treatments are both” the scar treatment and preventing further break outs, Clinton said.

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Products to Take Home

Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy products as well as Retin-A treatments can help with both acne and acne scarring as well.

“Nobody should ever feel helpless,” Clinton said.

“We have so many things to help acne (and scarring) that if just one thing was the way to go then nobody would have to suffer with it.

“We really have to work with an individual’s skin.”

Learn more about what will work for you by requesting an appointment.



Columbus: Stretch Mark Treatments Are columbus stretch mark treatment at timeless skin solutionsAvailable

  • There IS something you can do if you’re unhappy with stretch marks.

When rapid skin changes such as growth or pregnancy happen, many people see reddish purplish marks called striae emerge.

You Don’t Have to Be Pregnant

Dr. Carol Clinton and Gail Hogan recently chatted about stretch marks and their treatments.

According to Clinton, many patients who come to Timeless with stretch marks aren’t who you might expect.

“Women who’ve just had a baby … that’s the most common thing that we think of but young people when they grow quickly” can get stretch marks as well.

Hard Times

She said it’s a hard time to be dealing with changes including stretch marks.

“It’s really disturbing when you’re somewhere between 13 and 18 years old and you suddenly have these purplish reddish marks on your body,” said Clinton.

Help IS Available

Among treatments that can help minimize stretch marks are:


Learn more about what Timeless can do for your stretch marks and more – schedule an appointment.

Treatment for Scars in Columbus Can Vary

SkinMedica Scar Gel Before and After

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If you’ve got a scar that bothers you, there are a number of treatments available including one that only just recently made its debut.

Dr. Carol Clinton and Gail Hogan got a chance to discuss SkinMedica’s Scar Recovery Gel.

Speed up The Healing Process

“SkinMedica is a company that put a lot of money into their research and they found that decreasing water loss that happens on a fresh wound and decreasing inflamation will decrease the amount of redness a wound has,” Clinton said.

“After using Scar Recovery Gel for 6 months, 80% of patients saw a reduction in the size, shape, texture, and color of their scars.” – source.

Appearance Is Greatly Improved

“The other thing you really want to do,” Clinton said, “You really want to decrease the tension across the wound.”

The Scar Recovery Gel contains ingredients that help decrease the pulling of the skin across the scar as well as keep the moisture in the collagen as it’s being rebuilt.

To really help the process along, Clinton suggested using the gel over micropore tape.

Time Heals Most Wounds … But Why Wait?

Hogan said she had a pretty sizable scar that didn’t start to look OK until time had passed.

Clinton said the gel can make some significant improvement in pretty short order. “Within six months you’ll have the healing it takes most people two years to get through.”

It may be possible to avoid further corrective measures if you use the gel at the very first moment you can, she said.

“This is a lot easier.”

Further Options For Scar Minimization

Every scar is different and we’ve got a variety of ways to address them including:

The best way to find out which treatment might be right for you is to request a consultation here.


The Path to Clear Skin Isn’t The Same for clear skin options from timeless skin solutionsEveryone in Columbus

Sometimes finding your way beyond breakouts is clear as mud.

Dr. Carol Clinton, patient Alex and Gail Hogan recently talked about the myriad options.

It’s Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

“We have lots of treatments because if it were one treatment that worked, everyone would be doing it,” Clinton said.

She said clearing skin is something personally important since it was a struggle for her.
“Acne is near and dear to my heart because I had bad acne when I was a kid.”

Alternatives to Drugs with a Lot of Side Effects

Alex said after trying a number of options including some antibiotics and some topical treatments, he came to Dr. Clinton because he felt the likely next option was a pretty powerful drug.

“Parents are a little apprehensive about that … I understand that,” said Hogan.

Clinton said, “There are so many other options.

“If you feel hopeless about it, we have hope for you.”

Acne Treatments Available

  • Photodynamic Therapy – Or, PTD, is a two-step process involving the application of a gel followed by an Intense Pulsed Light Laser treatment.
  • CureLight – Blue and red light is targeted to the skin to decrease bacteria and swelling.
  • Dermaplane – A tool is gently used on the skin to slough off the upper, dull layer of skin.
  • SilkPeel – Microdermabrasion is coupled with individualized topical solutions that are infused into the skin.
  • Chemical Peel – A blemish-reducing solution is applied that brings clearer new skin to the surface.
  • Intense Pulsed Light – Or, IPL, delivers pulses of precise light to the skin.

Last But Not Least

There are a variety of products available to help treat issues and maintain that clearer skin. Among the options are offerings from Obagi, SkinMedica DermaQuest, DermRx, Tretin-X and more.

Don’t forget that Clarisonic brush either.

To learn more, schedule a consultation here.




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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.


If It Seems Too Good to Be True …

Some of the “latest and greatest” skin care products advertised heavilyat-home remedies often don't remedy all that much on TV get taken to the carpet by Dr. Carol Clinton.

From at-home laser hair removal, zit zapping and wrinkle removing – we’re sure you have seen some of these new home remedies.

Buyer Beware

While these treatments may offer some temporary results, they can’t compare to treatments offered at Timeless Skin Solutions.

Real Results for Sagging

One of the hottest new treatments for lifting sagging skin in Columbus is Ultherapy.

Using ultrasonic waves, we’re able to pinpoint where to best target gentle energy beneath the surface of your skin.

The targeted energy then sparks collagen production.

Lifts and Tightens

Those creams, potions and devices aren’t going to have the same effects as what we’ve got.

“They may have some temporary effectiveness. They really are not as good,” Clinton said.

She said it’s likely people may hurt themselves if the claims were true.

To learn more about how we can help you get great skin, schedule a consultation here.

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My skin is in a process; an uphill climb from an acne struggle.  I am seeing improvements, and to me, this is all that matters.  What is helping improve my acne?  One treatment is the chemical peel.

Emilia, our RN has been doing all of my peels for the past 3 months.  I have gotten Illuminize, Vitalize, and Rejuvenize.  These three peel solutions by SkinMedica are graduated levels from lightest to strongest, respectively.  My first peel was the Illuminize – and I immediately saw tighter skin. Over the course of 4 days I saw my acne flare-ups become drier.  I didn’t see any peeling, which I had expected from a chemical peel.  About 3 weeks later I received a Vitalize peel, one step up from the Illuminize.  I experienced more flaking, and this time noticed my skin texture had improved as well.  With the Rejuvenize peel, I had the most peeling which left me with about 3-5 days of definite skin peeling.  The different levels can be for people like me who want to ease into a deep chemical peel.  It’s important to let the experts tell you what kind of skin you have, and which peel is most appropriate for your skin type and desired results.

After my peels, I didn’t wear make-up for about 3-4 days after treatment.  Emilia gave me a detailed post-treatment guideline as to when I could implement my Clarisonic brush, Clenziderm foaming wash, and Tretinoin back into my routine.  My family and close friends noticed my flaking skin, shedding in small bits and pieces.  There was no discomfort in the peeling itself, it was just more of a nuisance but passed in a couple of days.

Although chemical peels are a tremendous treatment for the struggle with acne, they are also very beneficial for other skin concerns as well.  Patients have gotten peels to help with acne scarring, uneven skin texture, dullness, ruddiness or hyperpigmentation left from sun damage, and of course patients desiring an overall rejuvenation of their skin.

What is it about your skin you do not like? If you’re young, you may wish your acne or acne scars would disappear. Maybe you wish your age spots wouldn’t continue to tell the tale of your days baking away in the sun, or that all the discoloration around your nose, temples, and chin would be one even tone.

What if we said there was a complete set of products addressing each and every one of these concerns?

At Timeless Skin Solutions, we know that it can be overwhelming to decipher the differences between skin care products on the market, and a near impossible feat to determine which products will be best for your individual skin. Stop your worrying; that’s what we’re here for.

This morning, I started my “Nu-Derm” system for my official skin transformation. The “Nu-Derm” system consists of six products to be used in a specific order and time of day. Six does sound like a lot of products and steps – and some mornings it is – but it will be worth it.  When glancing at the box itself, or even reading about it, it may seem overwhelming; however, once being educated on each product and why there are six steps, you will be as excited to start the process as I was.

First, the system will be selected for your own skin type (either normal/dry or normal/oily).  In each set is a collection of products listed below:

1. Gentle Cleanser or Foaming Cleanser (AM & PM)
2. Toner (AM & PM)
3. Clear (AM & PM)
4. Exfoderm or Exfoderm Forte (AM)
5. Blender (& Tretinoin – sold separately) (PM)
6. Sunfader SPF 15 (or Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35) (AM)

(The difference between step 1 and step 4 is whether you need the normal/oily or normal/dry set.)  Your initial step will start with a cleanser. Now unlike most cleansers, this will penetrate deep into the skin’s innermost layer and kill underlying bacteria, leaving your skin honestly clean and free of impurities.  Second, you must use the toner as it balances the pH levels of your skin to perfectly prepare it for steps 3-6. This toner also dramatically reverts your pores back to their original size! How wonderful!

Since there are several layers in our skin, there are several corresponding products to correct each layer. Thus, there is step 3, which contains an agent (hydroquinone) eliminating brown spots on the surface layer of the skin.  Step 4 exfoliates all dead skin cells, allowing new skin cells to plump, thicken, and regenerate, resulting in a more youthful glow (Exfoderm Forte is used for normal/oily skin as it requires more intense exfoliation); and with this step you will be actuating new skin cells within 28 days, as well as eliminating discoloration in the middle layer of your skin. Step 5 has two functions.  The Blender itself will also eliminate hyperpigmentation, but here it completes the step by evening tone for the innermost layer of your skin.  Second, the Blender acts as a carrier for Tretinoin, forcing it into the dermis layer to tighten skin and improve elasticity.  Be sure to read Stacy’s testimony on the importance of Tretinoin cream.  Lastly, is step 6, Sunfader SPF 15 (or Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35) which does a very important step in the skin rejuvenation process.  In addition to protecting your skin from ultraviolet sun damage, it realigns the dermal cells in your skin for an even unveiling of new, beautiful, youthful skin.

All of us at Timeless Skin Solutions would be more than happy to answer any and all questions about products, as Obagi’s “Nu-Derm” system can be slightly overwhelming without guidance. (i.e. Tretinoin cream comes in multiple strengths; we will be able to help you choose the correct one for you!)  Come in and experience one of the ways your skin can look timeless with Obagi “Nu-Derm” System.

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!