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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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.



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.

First, I want to begin addressing how harrowing my skin has been since the advent of middle school dances. My skin is oily, acne-prone, dry in random, sporadic regions; more importantly, a nuisance, starting to expose the sun damage from cheer summer camp a decade ago. One dermatologist appointment after another only led me to more frustration. No, thank you. And no thank you to the sterile, hospital surrounding.

Timeless Skin Solutions (specifically, Ms. Emilia, RN) to my rescue: Lucky for me, Timeless offers a medical-grade dermabrasion called a Silk Peel. Medical-grade means you will not be able to make this appointment at your local salon. This breakthrough system simultaneously gets rid of the bad (dead skin cells and bacteria) and infuses the good (a solution for your individual need). During a fifteen minute procedure, Emilia will glide a lipstick-sized tool over the entire surface of your face. I have heard this feels like a cat licking your face, but I would say this feels more like a vacuum relieving my pores from their suffocation. While I can feel my pores rejoicing in emancipation, I also feel a soothing, moist solution being applied and infused into my skin. This is the part where your Silk Peel becomes specialized, just for you.

After Emilia evaluated my skin, she decided to have the Silk Peel infuse my skin with acne-fighting treatment. You may need a hydrating solution to rejuvenate dull skin, or maybe an anti-aging solution to boost weathered skin.

Not only can a Silk Peel benefit my acne-prone skin, but it reduces the look of fine lines, acne scars, and helps fade brown spots and discoloration. Following this brief revival, Emilia then added on the Illuminize Chemical Peel from SkinMedica. Illuminize, as you could say, tipped the Silk Peel over the edge from simply soothing to visibly noticeable. Illuminize Peel (also known as “The Red Carpet Peel”) felt like another aqueous solution being applied to my face, again by Emilia. I experienced absolutely minimal redness and stinging. I am now three days following this procedure, and I have had zero skin peeling. I’ve experienced only radiant skin, and a much smoother texture. I cannot wait to get my next appointment with Emilia to improve my skin even more, and would recommend this particular pairing of procedures to anyone.


To welcome Emilia to Timeless Skin Solutions, we’re offering Silk Peels and/or Chemical Peels for $50 off the original price. This incredible value, done specifically by Emilia, is only available through Friday, August 12. Do you have a special engagement where you want your beautiful skin to shine through? Remove debris and damage from the surface of your skin with this medical-grade dermabrasion procedure and add on an Illuminize Peel to boost your glow.

Each month at Timeless Skin Solutions, we have a staff meeting where I take some time to provide staff education on one of our treatments, products, or dermatologic issues in general. This past month we reviewed chemical peels because they tackle an array of skincare issues, and are also a great way to rejuvenate dull skin. Below are some of the specifics of what our staff education entailed.

  • Uses: Chemical peels can be used on the face, neck and body, including the décolleté and back. They can be used to treat a wide range of skin conditions including acne/mild scarring, rough skin texture, sun-damage, wrinkles, or blotchy skin. They may help the patient achieve younger, tighter and fresher looking skin. Note: it is important to note that chemical peels cannot treat all issues. Deeper lines, wrinkles and other flaws will require additional intervention.
  • Mechanism of Action: During treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing the top layers of skin to dehydrate, separate and peel off. This process removes the skin’s damaged outer layers. The precise formula and depth of a peel can be modified for each individual’s needs. Patients will note improvement after 1 peel, but will see dramatic results after a series of peels.
  • Comparison to other treatments: We can enhance the results of a chemical peel with laser/light-based rejuvenation techniques, or combine with another procedure, such as dermal fillers or Botox. In comparrison to microdermabrasion or Silk peels, chemical peels utilize a chemical solution which is applied to the skin to remove the surface tissue. During a microdermabrasion we use a mechanical method to achieve a similar result. The goal of both procedures is to rejuvenate and exfoliate the skin. A chemical peel, however, has the ability to go much deeper than physical microdermabrasion.
  • Treatment duration: During a chemical peel, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about 5 to 10 minutes and may be followed by some stinging. The skin will become pink/red, which is followed by scaling that lasts three to five days. Sometimes Retin A or alpha hydroxy acid is used to pre-treat the skin. This thins out the skin’s surface layer, allowing the chemical solution to penetrate more deeply and evenly.
  • Complications/Contraindications: Patients who are allergic to salicylates or aspirin should not receive a chemical peel. Other patients who are not candidates for this procedure include people who are taking Accutane, are pregnant or breastfeeding, maintain excessive sun exposure, have active herpes simplex, warts, history of keloidal scarring, or have recently waxed or used a depilatory such as “Nair” or “Vaniqua.” There are several complications that could occur following a chemical peel. First, it is important to not ever pick or pull at the flaking or peeling skin, it can cause scarring or an infection. Certain skin types also have a risk of developing a temporary or permanent skin color change. Hyperpigmentation (excessive coloration) and hypopigmentation (lack of pigmentation) can be problematic of misdiagnosed skin types, failure to reveal any skin problems, and improper post-peel care.
  • Limitations: While chemical peels are a wonderful tool to refresh, rejuvenate and improve skin texture, quatity and tone, they do have their limitations. Chemical peels cannot tighten loose or sagging skin, remove deep scars or remove broken blood vessels on the face; however, the procedure may improve the appearance of these conditions.

To schedule your peel, or to find out if a peel is right for you, contact our office today.

For more Timeless Staff takes on Chemical Peels, see what Kristy and Amanda have to say.

Many people—young and old, male and female—suffer from acne. Breakouts range from mild inflammatory bumps and papules, to more severe inflammation with deep, red, protuberant cysts. If you have acne, there are specific things you can do to minimize inflammation and begin to clear up your skin.

If you would like to meet with me one-on-one to discuss your personalized treatment plan, call our office (614-799-5100) or visit our website to set up a consultation.

The Basics

  • Product: Commonly used over-the-counter products are frequently ineffective, and tend to dry out the skin, causing rebound oil production rather than cure the underlying source of the breakout. Medically directed skincare provides a proven advantage over these over-the-counter options because they get deeper into the skin. These products are purchased with a medical license and have a higher percentage of active ingredient to treat the area of concern.
  • Cleansing: For all skin types, Clarisonic has an at-home ultrasonic cleansing brush which helps with deep pore cleansing. For dry or sensitive skin, cleanse with an mild cleanser, followed by a beta-hydroxy (salicylic acid) preparation in the form of a toner or lotion, and moisturize with a vitamin B hydration lotion. Confused? We carry each of these products in our office and are happy to answer any questions you might have about them. For very oily skin, the amount of acid in your wash can be increased. If your breakouts are isolated to just the forehead or shoulders, it may be a reaction to a hair product. It may also be pityrosporum, which responds to anti-fungal treatment.
  • Makeup: If you have acne, it’s best to avoid wearing makeup if you can. But if you must, choose a makeup with a mineral base, such as zinc and magnesium, which have a calming effect on the skin. When you buy makeup, ask if it’s preservative-free, so that it soothes your skin and doesn’t clog your pores.

Office Treatments

  • Skin Rejuvenation: If acne is not resolving with the above measures, a combination of Silk Peels and chemical peels are the next step. Both treatments help your product get deeper into the skin by removing the dull and dead cells on the surface and uncovering the skin follicles. These two treatments can be done together for a more immediate response, but the resulting dryness and peeling will be more noticeable. Tip: Always remember when treating acne that it may get worse before it gets better. Two days after a chemical peel, the skin will flake and acne can flare for about two weeks. A skin cycle is 28 days, so you won’t see the full effect of any treatment for about one month. Click here to watch videos about these acne treatments.
  • Light Therapy: If you have more severe acne inflammation, or significant cyclical breakouts, you can try light-based therapies. There are two types of light therapy that we offer at Timeless Skin Solutions. Often, I suggest a series of blue light treatments that absorb a by-product of the bacteria in the skin. In our office, we call this treatment the Curelight. Treatment is extremely comfortable and has been compared to lying on the beach. Another option is Photodynamic Therapy. Following this treatment, the skin will redden, peel and flake for about 3-7 days. Acne may flare after the first treatment, but a series of 3 treatments usually results in permanent changes to the skin. This treatment is also effective for cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions.


  • Prescriptions: Prescription topical or oral antibiotics can be effective with used in conjunction with topical treatments. Commonly used antibiotics include clindamycin, erythromycin, and minocycline. Azaleic acid also has antibacterial activity and can improve hyperpigmentation that sometimes occurs with acne. Topical retinoids, such as Retin-A™ and Differen™ are also often prescribed. Oral contraceptives and Spironolactone can regulate hormone-related breakouts. Note: Accutane™ is reserved only for the most severe cases of acne that haven’t responded to other therapies. This is a drug with potentially serious side effects, and all the facts should be considered before initiation of this regimen.

I know that having acne can be frustrating. By learning to manage your acne, the clear skin you dream of can be reached. It’s important to be patient and keep up with your regimen to see results.

To set up a consultation call 614-799-5100 or contact us through our website.