Interview with Dr. Lisa Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), D.A.B.D Director of the DLK on Avenue Dermatology Clinic, Toronto.
With spring right around the corner and summer, quick on its heels, it’s not too soon to think of your summer skin care regiment. We all now by now that overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays leads to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, and age spots, not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer. We’ve asked Dr. Lisa Kellett, dermatologist and director of the DLK on Avenue Dermatology Clinic in Toronto to tell us how best to care for our summer skin.
Dr. Kellett, what is the best way to protect our skin from sun damage?
Some people believe that the best way to protect one’s skin is to get a base tan. However, any tan is actually a sign that your skin is fighting sun damage. The best protection is to avoid the peak hours of the sun between 10am and 4pm and seek out the shade whenever possible. Always wear proper sun-protective clothing and a hat with at least a five inch brim. And, of course, be sure to apply sunscreen. Also, if you are currently taking any medication, you may … Read More »
Whether it’s acne, rosacea or psoriasis, there is plenty that can be done to treat these conditions and help you look and feel your best. We’ve asked Dr. Lisa Kellett to explain how best to manage your skin care regime.
How to fight pimples in the teenage years and wrinkles and pimples in the menopausal years.
A new method of acne treatment has patients sitting in comfort under a UV-safe enhanced blue light to achieve noticeably clearer skin. ClearLight is proving to be a highly effective option in treating patients who have mild to moderate acne. Dr. Lisa Kellett, Director of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at SpaMedica in Toronto, says an increasing number of patients choose the treatment because it is safe and makes them feel good about themselves. “It is painless, there is no down time, it leaves no redness and makes skin look great,” she assures. “People with acne want beautiful skin. Everyone wants beautiful skin. This helps them get it.”
The non-UV ClearLight emits a light source to the skin for sessions up to 15 minutes, penetrating the skin one to two millimeters deep, triggering and destroying chemical substances that cause acne.
After a consultation with Kellett to determine the severity, history and the nature of the acne, and whether or not the treatment will be beneficial, a patient would undergo treatments twice a week for a series of four weeks. In addition to the light treatments, an individual’s program may include different topical treatments, such as Vitamin A, oral antibiotics and/or ultrasonic peels to ensure … Read More »
Acne can be mild to extreme and can appear in many forms from blackheads and whiteheads to papules, pustules, nodules and cysts (unfortunately, many people have a tragic combination of all these skin blemishes). If your spots are mild and you’ve found a non-prescription potion that is an effective zapper for you, medical attention is not necessary. But, if your acne is more severe, it’s important to consult with a dermatologist who will determine the best options for your skin.
“When a new patient books an appointment with me, I ask them to bring in everything they’ve ever used to treat their acne,” says Dr. Kellett, a Toronto dermatologist. “It’s like a kindergarten show-and-tell.” Dr. Kellett reports most times her patients misdiagnose their skin and end up using the wrong products—a medical pro can recommend the right fixes for you.
—From “Complexion Perfection- Adult Acne Tips”, WeddingBells, Beauty, Spring/Summer, 2004.
Complex lotions and potions claim they can give you youthful skin free of wrinkles and blemishes. But do they work?
I’m under house arrest. My blinds are closed and I’m shackled to my couch with ice packs on my face.
No, I didn’t get into a bar fight. I’ve just completed my fourth session of photodynamic therapy, used in the treatment of acne.
I’m 40 and acne has plagued me since I was 11. Over the years, it has fluctuated between mild to moderately severe. My father suffered from severe acne as a teenager. My mom likes to say she couldn’t see his face for the pimples. Knowing the family history, she took me to see a good dermatologist in my early teens which I am quite certain prevented more serious acne, scarring and self-esteem problems.
Toronto cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett says at least 90 per cent of us will suffer from acne at some point in our lives. Often it is confined to teenagers and young adults. However, adults can continue to experience acne well into their 30s and 40s.
Hormones, heredity, increased stress, oily cosmetics and environmental factors can all play a role in the development of acne.
“People do not have to … Read More »
Perfect skin involved scrupulous skin care, including professional facials every six to eight weeks, but really, good skin care begins at home.
“The essentials of good skin care are sunscreen and a good cleanser with an exfoliant in it,” says Toronto dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, founder of DLK on Avenue. Kellett recommends using a spot treatment on acne and an oil free moisturizer if your skin feels tight and hour after you wash it.
“Choose a water-based moisturizer-nothing white and nothing creamy,” Kellett advises. See a dermatologist if your acne persists for more than three months.
—From “Best Face Forward: At Home Skincare Essentials” by Dana Dougherty Reinke, Fashion18 Magazine, Spring 2006.
If you’re all grown up and still breaking out, don’t stress—these skin solutions can put you in the clear.
Maybe you had perfect teenage skin, or perhaps you’ve been battling pimples all your life, but lately you’ve noticed your very adult skin flaring up way too often. With just months to go before W-day, this certainly does not fit into your plan. You want everything to be perfect, and that includes facing the day with dewy, rosy and absolutely flawless skin.
Despite your best efforts, right now, it looks like this won’t be the case. Though it hardly seems fair – you’ve been the model of skincare diligence – studies show that nearly 50 percent of women break out as adults. The truth is, you’re dealing with a problem that’s actually bigger than you know. “Acne is caused by a combination of many factors including genetics, stress and hormones,” says Dr. Robin Billick, chief of dermatology at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital. Add to that overproduction of oil, plugged hair follicles, bacteria and even exposure to weather extremes. While getting married is one of the happiest moments of a girl’s life, it’s considered one of the top four biggest life changes – so … Read More »
While the awkwardness of your teenage years may be in the past, adult acne can bring an unpleasant and recurring reminder of adolescence.
Being a Hollywood star is not an assurance that you will have a smooth complexion. Despite enlisting the best dietitians, nutritionists, doctors and dermatologists, Tinseltown abounds with acne-prone stars. Beautiful Cameron Diaz has imperfect skin, seen only on high-definition TV; Britney Spears and Brad Pitt both suffer from the condition; and Vanessa Williams, Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys and Diddy have all declared their acne problems as spokesmodels for the anti-acne line ProActiv.
Adult acne affects women and men over the age of 25 and most often afflicts the jaw line and chin region. Even if you did not have acne as an adolescent, the condition can appear out of the blue. While it’s generally caused by the same factors as teenage acne – stress, hormones, environment – it can also be the result of switching to anti-aging skin care products.
This intensely frustrating condition doesn’t have a cure but can definitely be controlled. While many over-the-counter acne products cater to the younger crowd, adult acne needs to be treated differently. “Adult skin is not the same as adolescent skin, so … Read More »
Like most women, you probably thought the days of worrying about blemishes faded along with memories of the senior prom. Yet, post-pubescent breakouts are as common as the all-too-fast-appearing signs of aging. According to Dr. Lisa Kellett, a Toronto-based cosmetic dermatologist, nearly half of North American women over 25 have to battle with adult acne and crow’s feet.
Adult acne can mean one small pimple during the menstrual cycle or constant breakouts along the chin, jawline, temple areas and/or the T-Zone. “The presence of blackheads is the first grade of acne. This is where it
starts,” says Kellett. She describes blackheads as the black dots of oil-clogged pores on the nose, chin and cheeks. Other breakouts include whiteheads (small bumps filled with white pustules) and papules (closed-over pores that are red and bumplike). Painful cysts or nodules (filled with oil) are hard bumps with deeper inflammation than pustules. According to Leanne McCliske, Dermalogica’s education manager, acne can range from grade one to grade four. Grade one is mild and includes blackheads and whiteheads; grade four is more serious, including papules, pustules, cysts and nodules.
To combat both wrinkles and acne, choose skin care products that multi-task. Try the Yves Rocher Pro-Retinol 100% Vegetal Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish line, which combines pro-retinol (to minimize lines) and
salicylic acid (to zap zits). “Look for water-based, … Read More »
With your big day on the way, the last thing you want is to break out, expose wrinkles or reveal unappealing age spots on your W-day. So fight ghastly skin nasties like crow’s feet and premature wrinkling, physical discoloration and post-pubescent zits with these three tried-and-true anti-aging products.
To start, combat adult acne attacks with Clear Acne Treatment Program. This dermatological cleansing system complete with anti-aging ingredients was created by Dr. Lisa Kellett, Director of Laser Dermatology at Toronto’s SpaMedica skincare clinic. “Originally, I made it for myself,” says Dr. Kellett, a graduate of both the University of Toronto’s Medical School and Harvard University, “so it had to be effective yet gentle enough for adult skin all at once.”
Begin with Clear Start, an exfoliant with antioxidant green tea that won’t strip your skin’s essential oils. The next step is Clear Acne Treatment; its benzoyl peroxide base is proven to be one of the most effective topical ingredients for acne control. Moisturize with the final step, Clear Completion, which is water-based and will not cause breakouts—plus, it’ll reduce the appearance of pores at the same time.
And once weekly, get rid of dead surface skin cells with Clear Masque, a salicylic acid solution that harnesses … Read More »
Toronto dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett packed her Clear acne-treatment line with healing and anti-aging properties for patients who found existing oral and topical products too drying.
Salicylic acid has long been a weapon of choice in the fight against uncomplicated acne. Along with herbal and botanical extracts, it’s a key ingredient in a number of new lines designed for adult skin. Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser and matting Herbal Moisturizer contain salicylic acid to clear skin and prevent new break-outs. Avon Solutions True Pore-Fection adds alpha and beta hydroxy acids to aid exfoliation. The five-piece line includes cleanser, toner and spot-clearing treatment. Acne fighting meets wrinkle reduction in Yves Rocher Pro-Retinol 100% Végétal Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Multi-Care, a matting cleanser and cream duo that pairs
salicylic acid with Vitamin A.
For sensitive adult skin, Dr. Lisa Kellett, a cosmetic dermatologist in Toronto, developed Clear acne-treatment line, a four-product program that combines acne fighters with vitamin A and vitamin E, an antioxidant. A 2.5 per cent benzoyl peroxide treatment cream and a warming mask with salicylic acid are in the Clear lineup.
—From “Out, Damned Spot!”, Canadian Living, November 2004.