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September 21, 2018
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Its fall, and a lot of us are looking for ways to refresh our skin for the holidays.  Chemical peels were some of the original cosmetic facial treatments invented by the ancient Egyptian aristocracy, and are still some of our favorite procedures to help brighten-up our complexions!

A chemical peel is a treatment used to enhance the look and feel of the skin on the face, neck, chest. The new skin that surfaces from beneath is softer, smoother and more brilliant, with more even tone, texture and pigmentation.  Today, we use chemical peels for a variety of cosmetic and medical concerns: to reduce brown spots, improve texture, improve melasma, to treat some types of acne, to increase collage production, encourage healthy cell rejuvenation, and to reduce fine lines.

The chemical peel offered at Susan H Weinkle, MD’s office is a trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel, which varies in strength, depending on personal need.  We recommend taking a Tylenol or Advil prior to getting your peel as this will help with minor discomfort.  You can expect to have about 7 days of downtime, meaning you will be peeling and should not go in the sun.  After the peel, when you leave our office, you should wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.

Consultations are imperative when making any decision for your skin, especially for chemical peels. Talk with Dr. Weinkle about your exact goals. Chemical peels are advantageous for most skin types and many people are perfect candidates for it.  Do your research and educate yourself on chemical peels prior to committing to an appointment. Ask questions. That is why we are here!  Call us at (941) 794-5432 to schedule a consultation today. 

Florida’s intense climate can be problematic on your skin, even if you’ve lived here for years. During fall, daylight decreases, temperatures drop, and the air turns drier. Your skin also starts to dry out as well. Believe it or not, in addition to your wardrobe changing with the new season, your skin care regimen should also change. Below are some trouble-free skin care suggestions for fall:

  • Assess Your Skin Type – With the cooler temperatures, many people notice their skin types starting to change. You may have used certain skin care products in the summer that just aren’t working for you anymore. For example, you might have had oily skin to treat, but now that the weather is changing you may notice that you’re especially dry and need extra moisturizers.
  • Sunscreen – It’s extremely important to remember to continue using sunscreen during the fall and winter seasons. In the fall, the temperatures are dropping, the days are shortening and are often overcast, but the sun still has strong ultra violet rays that will burn you. You still need to protect yourself by applying sunscreen every day. Don’t forget to reapply after being in the sun for two hours, and make sure you’re using a SPF with at least 15. Sunscreen can also double up as a moisturizer so if you’re prone to dry skin during the cooler seasons, this will double benefit you. Applying sunscreen is one easy habit that really pays off by means of reducing the signs of aging and preventing skin cancer.
  • Exfoliate – Since dry skin is more prominent during the cooler seasons, you’ll definitely want to exfoliate regularly. Start out a couple of times per week, and if irritation occurs, cut back to once per week. If your skin really likes the exfoliation, you can do it more often, however just remember to moisturize afterwards. This is particularly imperative if you’re prone to acne. Exfoliation can encourage the skin to retain lost moisture in the form of comedogenic oils. Well moisturized skin heals quicker than skin that’s stripped and dried out. This will really fight the extra dryness you’re experiencing and will help balance the texture of your skin.
  • Moisturize Daily – Another important suggestion is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. When you wake up in the morning, apply your sunscreen. After the shower, apply moisturizer within a few minutes of getting out to help seal in moisture. Before going to bed, apply a moisturizer again so that your skin will stay hydrated throughout the night.
  • Use Cuticle Oil – Cuticles tend to dry out the most, even if you moisturize your hands regularly. Applying a cuticle oil will help soften them and prevent cracks.
  • Cosmetic Procedures – Fall is an ideal time for facial cosmetic procedures, because you will be out in the sun less. Also, if you decide to get cosmetic procedures done in the fall, you will look fresh and revamped for the holidays! Susan H Weinkle, MD offers many cosmetic procedures including fillers, Botox, and chemical peels. Please call the office to schedule your appointment (941) 794-5432.
  • Up Your Water Intake – Changes in the climate can dry out your skin, especially when it starts to get cooler outside. Hydrated skin starts from within, so add some fruit into your water bottle for a more flavorful drink. This should encourage you to up your water intake.

Everyone knows the importance of wearing sunscreen. It protects your skin from sun burns which lead to skin cancer and premature aging. Although applying it to your skin is great, it will not work unless you apply it correctly. Here are some sunscreen application tips that are recommended by Susan H Weinkle, MD:

When shopping for sunscreen, you will definitely want to find one with broad spectrum coverage that is water resistant and has an SPF of at least 30. Broad spectrum coverage means that it protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Generously apply your sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, and make sure you are using a sunscreen that is not expired. If you wait until you are already out in the sun to put the sunscreen on, you will be unprotected and can burn. Make sure to put the sunscreen over all exposed areas of your body. Don’t forget the tops of your feet, legs, scalp, ears, neck, and hands! If you cannot reach you back, ask someone to help. To protect your lips, wear a lip balm with at least SPF 15.

Once you have sunscreen on, you will need to reapply it every couple of hours and more often if you will be sweating or swimming. Your sunscreen bottle will indicate if it is water resistant for 40 or 80 minutes. This means you will have to reapply after towel drying every 40 or 80 minutes in order to continue to be protected from the sun.

Wear your sunscreen every single day, regardless of season, time of day, or whether it is overcast outside. The sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can still burn your skin!

If you follow these tips, you will significantly decrease your chances of getting skin cancer as well as premature aging and sagging skin.

Susan H Weinkle, MD offers two fantastic sunscreens at her office. Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is a broad spectrum, 100% mineral sunscreen that is water resistant for 40 minutes. It also has repairing capabilities to reverse some already present actinic damage. The other sunscreen offered at Susan H Weinkle, MD’s office is called Color Science loose mineral sunscreen SPF 50. This sunscreen is also broad spectrum and is water resistant for 80 minutes. For more information or to purchase some, please stop by the office or give us a call. Our address and phone number are on the home page of our website.


  1. Exfoliate your skin daily. This will help to unclog your pores and will improve the way your moisturizers and other skin care products work. The sun is very dehydrating to our skin and it can actually affect the way our bodies are designed to protect us from its harmful rays. If you properly exfoliate your skin, you should notice improvement in your skin’s barrier function, and in turn will help your skin better prepare for high quality skin care products designed to keep your skin protected.
  2. Keep your skin hydrated. After exfoliating, you should use a lightweight gel-type moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling plump and supple, not heavy and greasy. Apply your moisturizers at night and in the morning. It might be time to reconsider what moisturizers you use during the summer time because in this heat and humidity, the last thing you want to do is apply a super heavy product that ends up clogging your pores and causing breakouts. For those of you who are prone to dry skin, you might be pleasantly surprised by switching to a lighter formulated moisturizer. When you come in for an appointment, ask Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. which type of moisturizer she recommends for you.
  3. Antioxidant serums are a wonderful way to protect your skin from the summer sun’s harmful UVA/UVB/Infrared rays. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. recommends SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, and it can be purchased here in her office. TNS Essential Serum actually repairs and restores your skin while you sleep.
  4. Wear sunscreen! Make sure that your sunscreen is SPF 50 or higher, and you’ll need to apply it every morning all over your body. If you will be spending any time outdoors, you will want to reapply the sunscreen every couple of hours throughout the day and into the early evening. Don’t forget the top of your head where your hair parts, your ears, hands, neck, and chest. This can be time consuming, but it’s better than getting skin cancer. Keep a small tube of sunscreen in your purse so that you’ll be prepared. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. recommends Isdin Actinic Care Eryfotona Actinica sunscreen, which is also sold at her office. It not only protects you from the sun’s rays, but it also repairs previous actinic damage if applied twice daily.
  5. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. also recommends that you wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with a UV rating when you’re outside. This is especially important during peak sun hours from 10 am to 2 pm.
  6. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. If you infuse it with lemons, herbs and fruit to enhance its effectiveness and absorption. Not only does the sun dehydrate your skin, but it also dehydrates the rest of your body as well. Stay ahead of the game by ensuring that you’re drinking adequate amounts of water each day.
  7. Trust your dermatologist! We are here to guide you to the most excellent skin care products and beauty routines to ensure you keep your skin nourished and gorgeous for life!
March 15, 2018
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As you approach your mid thirties or older, it is common to see fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes, forehead, and in between your eyebrows, especially if you are very into an emotional discussion or situation.  While they might disappear when you relax your face, they are essentially the beginning of more permanent set-in wrinkles that more mature skin tends to have.  While they are a normal part of aging and occur from repetitive facial expressions, if you receive Botox treatments, you do not have to live with wrinkles!

Botox is a purified protein that is produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria.  There have been no significant side effects connected with its utilization by dermatologists.  It is a natural and tremendously harmless (yet short term) way of eliminating wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck. 

A few drops of Botox are injected with a very thin needle into the muscle that is instigating the wrinkle.  Botox takes about a week or so for the full effects to take place.  The Botox prevents the muscles from contracting and relaxing, which ultimately deteriorates the muscles and softens the skin… and the wrinkles often vanish!  The results last for about three months, so repeat treatments will be crucial.  Not only can Botox diminish wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, forehead, and eyebrows, it can also be injected into precise muscles of the forehead to elevate the eyebrows to produce a stunning arch and give the eyes a larger appearance.

The most frequent sites for the use of Botox are the frown lines between the eyes, the creases of the forehead, and the crow’s feet on the sides of the eyes.  Botox is also used to remedy lines around the mouth and necklines.  Your skin will not feel any differently, nor will you feel pain or numbness after receiving Botox.  The effects are eminent only in the particular muscles that have been injected with Botox, and the rest of the body will remain unaffected.

Botox has been safely used for more than a decade for the management and relief of spasms of the eye.  Many patients have noticed diminishment of wrinkles around the eye after Botox treatments.  Dermatologists then broadened the use of Botox particularly for the relaxation of wrinkles.  In addition, patients who received Botox and who also suffered from migraines noted that their migraines subsided and results often lasted for up to a year, even after the Botox effect on wrinkles had ended.

Botox has also been proven to help control involuntary, excessive sweating of the underarms, hands, and feet.  One should note that there is typically some slight short-term loss of strength of the treated extremity, usually lasting two to three weeks, however the reduction of sweating can last up to six months after receiving the Botox treatment. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. to determine if Botox treatments might be right for you, please call our office (941) 794-5432.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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