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Bacne is the slang term for back acne, this condition can be painful and cause scaring. Both men and women get back acne, however it is most severe in teenage boys and athletes. Back acne is sometimes referred to as athletic acne. Tight fitting cloths and athletic gear trap perspiration, allowing P. acne bacteria to proliferate. Steroids can also contribute to acne. Bacne can range from very mild to severe and treatment protocols are designed appropriately. I strongly recommend professional treatment for back acne, as there are acne products that should not be used together or contraindicated for some people.

In-office Treatments

Chemical peels can be customized to treat acne and PIH ( post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) I find that customized peels are a very effective treatment for back acne.

Back facials can include extractions, acne treatment masks, and topical medications.

Microdermabrasion is appropriate for mild to moderate acne, however treating over pustules, cysts and inflamed skin is contraindicated.

Cryotherapy, also called Co2 slush or acne slush, has been used in dermatology for over a quarter of a century. Co2 slush is created at the time of treatment, liquid Co2 is made into a “snow” ball and wrapped in gauze or cheese cloth and then dipped into acetone. The “slush” is the lightly swiped over the treated areas.

Blue Light RF Acne Treatment

The combined energies of elōs™— natural photodynamic therapy (blue spectrum) with radio frequency (RF) — enable highly selective targeting of the sebaceous glands and acne bacteria. Pulsed Light together with RF energies reduce sebaceous gland activity while blue light simultaneously destroys active acne. Blue light treatment isn’t painful and has no down time.

Home Care

You may be prescribed: Oral antibiotics, Topical antibiotics, or Retin-A ( tretinoin).

Clarisonic developed the sonic technology proven to gently yet effectively loosen dirt and oil to clear your pores. The Sonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth your skin. In just 60 seconds a day, the micro-massage action cleans more than twice as effectively as manual cleansing.

I usually recommend that you apply the Bioglycolic scrub, and leave it on for a few minutes before you wash it off. This will allow the glycolic acid time to penetrate.

Resurfacing Body Scrub combines glycolic acid and polished granules in order to provide an aggressive but safe approach for reaching a noticeably improved level of body skin rejuvenation. This formulation enables patients to immediately address roughened or calloused areas while enhancing overall smoothness and tone. Patients will experience unparalleled softness and results will only increase with continued use.

Obagi Clenziderm M.D. is a 3- step physician dispensed acne treatment. Step #1 is a Foaming cleanser with 2% salicylic acid, to remove excess sebum and cleans skin. Step #2 is Pore Therapy with 2% salicylic acid to help unclog pores, and menthol to remove surface bacteria. Step #3 Serum gel is a 5% solubilized benzoyl peroxide to reduce P. acne bacteria.

Kill acne-causing bacteria and bring back beautiful, healthy-looking skin with the easy-to-use ANSR: BEAM. Just two treatments a day can effectively treat and prevent acne blemishes without side effects. Only the ANSR: BEAM has two light treatments in one device:
BLUE light to kill acne-causing bacteria
RED light to smooth texture and tone, reduce redness and pore size

All of the products and services listed are available at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.
Call to schedule a treatment or free consultation. 480 421-1701

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic/ Shapiro Plastic Surgery
480 421-1701

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Read MoreAugust 31, 2010 9:09 pm - Posted by Kristy

School is back in session but summer is definitely not over. Wearing sunblock every day is just as important in the winter and on cloudy days as it is in the summer and its not just for those planning to be in the sun all day. Those who simply drive to work and work indoors should still apply sunblock everyday. Driving to work is enough sun exposure to activate melanocytes and compromise skin pre and post procedures, such as Fotofacial, Chemical Peels, Laser Hair Removal, Fraxel, and Microlaser Peel. When UVA and UVB light rays enter the skin, they damage the skin cells, causing visible and invisible damage. The cell damage adds up year after year. Built up “invisible” sun damage can lead to skin cancer. The sun breaks down collagen resulting in premature aging, uneven skin tone, freckles, sun spots, and skin cancer. The best way to prevent those unwanted effects from the sun, is to stay out of it, especially between 10am and 4pm, when the suns rays are the strongest.

It is very important to limit sun exposure in childhood, as most of sun damage is done in the first 18 years of life. Start preventing sun damage in childhood now. Block the sun by applying a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 or higher and reapply at least every hour. I prefer chemical-free sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, they are more opaque and prevent light from entering the skin. I like the Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50, it has 14% zinc oxide and no fragrance, for the body. I like the Obagi Healthy Skin SPF 35 and Skin Ceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 for the face. Make sure to apply sun block generously to the skin, and apply 30 minutes before going in the sun. In addition to sunblock, wear sunglasses, protective hats, and protective clothing and stay in the shade as much as possible.

You can find Coopertone Pure and Simple at most drug stores.

You can get Obagi Healthy Skin, SPF 35 and Skin Ceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic logo

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers a wide variety of professional skin treatments and products.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation. 480 421-1701

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Read More 2:13 pm - Posted by Stephanie

Have you evolved?

Modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) have replaced primitive forms of hair removal with the more efficient laser hair removal.

Your not alone

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2009 alone, 159,000 men had laser hair removal treatments.

Laser hair removal requires a series of treatments, a minimum of 8 treatment is needed on non-facial areas such as the back. Treatments are generally done every 6-8 weeks. Most people will require periodic maintenance treatments, after the initial series of 8 treatments. You may be told that you will only need 5 treatments, this is almost never true. During a consultation you may be told that they use a laser that is “better” than others and they can remove your hair with fewer treatments. ( That is a BS) Laser hair removal is only effective on hair that is in the anogen stage of growth, regardless of the laser. You may only have only 10% of your hair that is in this cycle at any given time. Even if all of your hair falls out with a treatment, only the hair that was in the Anagen stage at the time of treatment will be permanently removed.

Laser hair removal feels similar to a hot rubber-band snap, so a topical numbing cream may be used to reduce discomfort.

Cost of treatment
A consultation is needed to determine the cost of treatment. Treatment cost is based on the size of the area to be treated, some men have only small patches of hair on their back and others are completely covered. Obviously a man that is 5’10” and 150 lbs is going to have a smaller back than a man that is 6’3″ and 300 lbs.

It is important to go to a reputable laser technician, with plenty of experience with laser hair removal. It is tempting to go to discount laser chains, however a little on-line research will show that these places tend to have a lot of consumer complaints, including burns and disputes over money.

Call Paradise Valley Skin Klinic to schedule a free consultation for laser hair removal or waxing . 480.421.1701

Captain Caveman gets a consultation for hair removal.

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Read MoreAugust 29, 2010 12:59 am - Posted by Kristy

“After fighting, everything else in your life has the volume turned down. You could deal with anything.” Fight Club

Busted Knuckle Boxing is a new boxing gym in North Phoenix. They offer beginner boxing classes, striking for MMA, or you can become a member of the fight team.

Just want to look like a knock out

They also have a full weight room available and fitness classes.

Busted Knuckle Boxing Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00pm
2602 W. Lone Cactus Dr. Friday 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Phoenix, AZ Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Read MoreAugust 27, 2010 12:06 am - Posted by Kristy

Brazilian Butt Lift and Beyond

Booty Deficiancy
Not everyone is blessed with the bootylicious figure of Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. Luckily, those suffering from “booty” deficiency can enhance their bottom line with a fat transfer procedure known as the “Brazilian Butt Lift”. Fat is removed via Vaser Hi-Def Liposculpture from area’s such as the abdomen and thighs and then injected into the buttocks. This technique creates a beautiful arch in the lower back and a fuller bottom. It looks and feels completely natural, because it your own fat. Dr Shapiro is the only plastic surgeon in Arizona that performs this exclusive treatment.

Too much tush.
If you have a little too much “junk in the trunk”, you can have fat selectively removed from the buttocks as well as the hips and thighs.

Lumpy, Bumpy Lady Lump
When cellulite threatens your rear view, look to Velashape to save your a……… Well, I think you get my point. This treatment is available at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.

P.S. Bootylicious Babe Kim Kardashian has admitted to having Velashape on her blog.

Call to schedule a consultation for the Brazilian Butt Lift or Velashape treatment.
480 451-1700

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Kim Kardashion doesn’t understand the fascination with her booty. Kim posed for the October issue of Playboy in 2007.

Read MoreAugust 19, 2010 11:42 pm - Posted by Kristy

Justin Biebers hair style is one of the most requested with tweens and teens.

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Taylor Lauthner play’s Jacob in Twilight, and wins 2010 Teen Choice Hottie

Taylor Lautner’s haircut is versatile and can be worn in a toned down version of the fohawk

Zac Efron’s layerd cut with his version of the fohawk.

Ashton Kutcher

Parker Wilson sporting the Bama Bang.

Mike Anderson at Salvage Salon, is the go to guy for guy’s looking to get the hottest hairstyles. Mike is an expert stylist and is current on all the popular trends in hair.
Salvage Salon 602 502-3460

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Read More 12:02 am - Posted by Kristy

I have found an amazing vet that offers a more natural approach to my pet’s health. My family and I do our best to stick with the natural approach for healing and illnesses, and we now do the same for our dog. Instead of prescribing prescription drugs to our dog that would have had many adverse side effects, Dr. Jacquie prescribed some Chinese Herbs. I was so relieved to know there was a better option for our pet without negative side affects. Dr. Jacquie is also very patient, and she takes her time and really listens to our concerns and addresses them appropriately. I also really like that she always calls us to follow up on our visit.

Dr. Jacquie Allgire graduated from Colorado State University with her Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1998. In 2001 she became a certified veterinary acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has since dedicated herself to practicing primarily Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jacquie specializes in providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, homeopathy and chiropractic care for small animal patients. She is an active member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Medical Society, the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.

Alta Vista also offers boarding and grooming

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacquie Allgire call 602-277-1464
Alta Vista is located at 4706 N. 7th Ave. Phoenix 85013

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Read MoreAugust 17, 2010 8:42 pm - Posted by Stephanie

For Adult Eye’s Only!

I may be Half Baked or just a little Toasted, but I am primed and ready to go Buck Naked. There are so many ways I can go NAKED that I am going NAKED all weekend, I will probably go NAKED to work on Monday too. It just wouldn’t be a “Sexy Summer” with out going NAKED with Urban Decay’s versatile eyeshadow palette.

I just picked up the NAKED eyeshadow Palette at ULTA. This set includes seven neutral eyeshadow colors, an eyeshadow primer , and a duel end eyeliner (black and brown). The entire set is $44., a great value if you consider that a single eyeshadow is $17., an eyeliner $17, and an eyelid primer is $18. You will use every color in this palette, from pale beige, to dark grey. These are the basic colors that every woman needs in her makeup collection.


Virgen, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal. – Eyeliner Colors – Zero / Black & Whiskey / Brown

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Read MoreAugust 7, 2010 12:41 am - Posted by Kristy

I am going to let you in on my dirty little secret.

I have a dirty little secret that I have been covering up for years. I have a huge …………..
forehead. Over the years I have used almost every variation of fringe or bangs, to cover up my dirty little secret. I am always in search for a great bang. In my quest for the perfect bangs, I have had some cute face framing fringe and a few disasters. When it comes to bangs it is not “one size fits all”. They need to be the right length and style for your face. For example my forehead is too wide for a full side sweep, and a completely straight blunt bang will exaggerate a wide forehead. My point is a cute haircut is pointless if it makes your face look bad. If done correctly, bangs can add beauty to a face. I have also learned from experience to avoid trimming my own bangs, most stylists are willing to fit you in for a quick trim in between cuts.

I really lucked out a couple years ago when a client suggested that I see her hair stylist.
Her hair always looked great, so I trusted her recommendation and scheduled my appointment with Jessica Anderson. I always have anxiety when going to a new hair stylist, especially when having my bangs cut. I didn’t know at the time that Jessica is something of a celebrity stylist and had a reputation for cutting the ” best bangs”. I was more than thrilled with my hair, the cut, color and most importantly the BANGS. Wow! Now I understand why Jessica Anderson is the go-to girl, if you want a haircut with bangs. She understands how to shape bangs to fit your face. Currently, one of the hottest hair trends is the Zooey Deschanel bangs

If you want perfect bangs, Salvage Salon’s. Jessica Anderson is the go-to girl.
You can find Salvage Salon on facebook. (Click for Link) 602 502-3460

Sexy Fringe

Bridget Bardot

Bridget Bardot

Debbie Harry

Stevie Nicks

Audrey Hepburn

Zooey Deschanel

Hillary Duff

Fearne Cotton

Demi Lavato

Katie Perry

Kim Kardashian

Vanessa Hudgens

Beyonce Knowles

Carrie Underwood

Reese Witherspoon

Katie Holmes

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Read MoreAugust 5, 2010 9:40 pm - Posted by Kristy