Here at MediSpa Maui we are often asked questions about how diet affects the skin. While it can be hard to tease out what elements in our diet have beneficial effects, a study by Maeve C. Cosgrove and her colleague published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 showed that patients whose faces had a wrinkled appearance reported eating significantly less protein, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A. Dry skin was observed in women with lower linoleic acid (an essential Omega-6 fatty acid) and vitamin C. We have seen for over 20 years the significant benefits of using the biologically active form of vitamin A on the skin in the form of retinoic acid. Another name for retinoic acid is tretinoin, often referred to as Retin-A, which is the original trade name of the product. In addition, vitamin C has been used for years topically as a potent antioxidant, repairing sun damage and preventing many skin conditions including skin cancer.
At MediSpa Maui we offer both tretinoin and vitamin C topically in the office. There are a host of other topical products that have been shown to help the cosmetic appearance of the skin and more. For healthy, great looking skin, we recommend a nutrient-rich diet low in processed carbohydrates and saturated fats while high in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin C and vitamin A. Oral supplementation of these vitamins and nutrients should be considered if one’s diet is lacking in these elements and topical use of physician-grade cosmeceutical products as discussed is highly recommended.
We have a large variety of the most effective topical products available at MediSpa Maui. If you have questions or need to purchase skin care products, feel free to come by our new location at 1445 South Kihei Road or call us at (808) 879-4909. We can also set up a complimentary cosmetic consultation on skin care and other aesthetic needs for you. LIKE us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on MediSpa Maui news, giveaways, and promotions.
Brian Stolley, MD