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What Are My Acne Treatment Options?


At CosMedic Skincare, we don’t use just one acne treatment as a universal cure. Though the main causes of acne all stem from accumulated oil, dead skin cells, and clogged pores, Dr. Jodie Reinertson performs a physical exam during the consultation process, assesses which type or types of acne you are suffering from, and creates a customized treatment plan that can help to provide you with cleaner, clearer skin.

Dr. Reinertson offers a number of acne treatment options to her patients as alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical options. Isolaz Therapy with Deep Pore Purification can remove bacteria and other contaminates within the pores as well as surface buildup on the skin that can lead to future breakouts. The MicroPeel designed by our skin care specialist can help revive the appearance of the skin by eliminating bacteria that causes acne breakouts and dead skin cells, allowing healthier skin to emerge. Finally, BBL (also known as Photofacial/Fotofacial) therapy can harness the power of intense broad-spectrum light to improve the appearance and severity of acne, helping to diminish undesired red marks, pigment, and scarring.

Ultimately, the best treatment (or combination of treatments) for you will depend on your specific type(s) of acne and the extent of your condition. Following a thorough evaluation, Dr. Reinertson will be able to determine the most effective course of action based on your unique needs. To schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

What Are the Different Types of Acne?


While the causes of acne are fairly basic, the ways in which acne can ultimately manifest vary greatly. There are five major types of acne:

  • Whiteheads: small blemishes that are white in the center due to the collection of sebum and dead skin cells.
  • Blackheads: tiny black dots that appear when bacteria buildup becomes oxidized by exposure to air.
  • Papules: considered the next “phase” of a whitehead, a papule is typically swollen and inflamed but without any pus.
  • Pustules: exhibit the same symptoms as papules but also contain white or yellow pus.
  • Severe acne: nodules, cysts, and acne conglobate are all terms for acne that persists for several months, frequently requiring a trained skin care specialist to effectively treat.

Dr. Jodie Reinertson uses a comprehensive approach to acne treatment at CosMedic Skincare. With options like Isolaz Therapy with Deep Pore Purification, our signature MicroPeel, and IPL (also known as Photofacial/Fotofacial), our patients can benefit from a custom-tailored treatment plan that helps reduce acne while improving both the health and appearance of their skin.

To learn more about our range of acne treatment options, please contact our office today.

What Causes Acne?


There are many myths that circulate about what exactly causes acne. From greasy foods to make-up, the blame is often misplaced. In truth, the causes of acne are pretty simple:

  • Oil buildup on the skin
  • Accumulated dead skin cells
  • Bacteria
  • Clogged pores

For some individuals, the body’s hair follicles are more prone to collecting oil and dead skin cells. This may be particularly true for areas of the body where oil glands are most concentrated, such as the face, chest, neck, shoulders, or back. A pore clogged by excess oil and dead skin cells can become a breeding ground for the bacteria that ultimately result in inflammation and acne. In addition, hormone fluctuations, certain prescription medications, and even stress can make acne worse.

Keeping the skin clean and removing dead skin cells before they clog your pores can be essential for maintaining clear skin. At CosMedic Skincare, Dr. Jodie Reinertson offers Isolaz Therapy with Deep Pore Purification and various other treatments to help patients who have not found success with over-the-counter or prescription acne medications.

To learn more about our acne treatment options, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation at our practice, please contact us today.

Looking Great at Any Age With BOTOX® Cosmetic

Woman BotoxMany individuals desire a more youthful appearance with smooth, wrinkle-free skin; however, they also wish to retain the personality, expressiveness, and individuality the face reveals. BOTOX® Cosmetic, one of the most popular non-surgical aesthetic enhancements in the nation, can often provide the subtle improvement many seek. Furthermore, when injected properly by a trained skin care specialist, BOTOX® injections can appear very natural-looking, as opposed to the “frozen” look some fear. Due to its multitude of benefits, BOTOX® Cosmetic is requested by name by the majority of our patients, and we strive to achieve the singular goals of each person.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is designed to reduce the movement of certain hyperactive muscles that typically cause many creases found on the upper part of the face, including forehead lines, eyebrow furrows (sometimes called 11s), and crow’s feet. It can be combined with dermal fillers to help correct common signs of aging in the lower face—often referred to as a Liquid Facelift—and it can also be combined with laser skin resurfacing to smooth skin tone and texture. Together or alone, BOTOX® injections can help many individuals look great at any age while maintaining their unique beauty.

Our patients report that they love how quick, easy, and effective BOTOX® Cosmetic can be. Many choose to receive treatment during lunch breaks and return to work following the procedure. Benefits are commonly visible after a few days with full results manifesting after approximately two weeks. Effects are temporary, and we recommend individuals return for “touch-up” treatment about every four to six months.

For more information about BOTOX® Cosmetic, or if you wish to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

Dr. Jodie Reinertson

The Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology Show

This past week I had the great opportunity to attend the 12th Annual Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Large Conferences are a great way for me to stay up to date on the latest procedures and greatest techniques in the cosmetic industry. During my stay I was one of about forty doctors, in the entire country, chosen to attend an exclusive dinner on the most anticipated cosmetic release of the year, Kybella! Kybella is THE treatment for submental fullness (the “double chin.”) It works by physically destroying the fat cell membrane and allowing the body to metabolize the fatty contents as normal cells. Kybella is able to render the “double chin” a thing of the past. This is just one of many things that I learned about during my stay at the Bellagio. I can’t wait to share all my new knowledge with you over the coming weeks, and thank you so much to Jessica Schwabe RN who took great care of my patients while I was away.

Here I am enjoying the Aesthetic Conference with our friends at Pur Skin Clinic In Edmonds, and Dr Bill Portuese of Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center

Here I am enjoying the Aesthetic Conference with our friends at Pur Skin Clinic in Edmonds, and Dr Bill Portuese of Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center! Such a great experience.

The “Hands” of Time

After Radiesse

After Radiesse

Before Radiesse

Before Radiesse

“De-Aging” the hands is a common topic in my office. Age spots, wrinkled and thin skin, volume loss and prominent veins are all due to aging. Dark pigmentation (age or liver spots) are directly caused by sun exposure. Hands are prone to sun damage, since they absorb extra UV rays when driving. Laser or a series of IPL treatments work well for these spots.
“Plumping” the hands can soften the appearance of volume loss and prominent veins. Direct injection of Radiesse or Juvederm can work very well to add fullness to the hands. Loose or wrinkled skin can be tightened up and improved with a series of light Fractionated CO2 laser treatments.
If your hands have all of these issues, a lot can be accomplished over a relatively short period of time.

-Dr. Jodie Reinertson

The IPL Experience: From Consultation to Completion

In the previous installment of our three-part blog series on IPL Laser Skin Treatment, skin care specialist Jodie Reinertson, MD discussed who makes a good candidate for the facial rejuvenation procedure. In our final post, she details the typical IPL experience.

IPL laser skin treatment is a minimally invasive and effective method for addressing signs of aging, sun damage, and common skin conditions. The first step in IPL is scheduling a consultation, as meeting with the patient is key to determining specific concerns and aspirations. From there, I can develop a custom facial rejuvenation plan that addresses bothersome areas.

After a comprehensive discussion, my patient meets with a highly trained laser technician. Non-surgical facial enhancements are often quick procedures, and IPL treatment typically lasts an hour. Photofacial generally follows these six steps:

  1. Topical numbing agent applied for 15 minutes
  2. Solution removed, skin washed
  3. Eye protection put in place
  4. Clear gel applied to area to be treated
  5. Laser uniformly pulses over entire treatment area
  6. Gel washed off, finishing lotion and sunscreen applied

Individual experience varies, but most patients do not feel much discomfort. The sensation is commonly compared to light rubber band snaps. Because patient comfort is a priority, I utilize a cooling method unique to CosMedic Skincare as well as complimentary numbing cream.

Recovery is typically quick and side effects are usually minimal. To help ensure the best outcome, patients are encouraged to avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks prior to receiving photo-regenerative treatments.

Dr. Jodie Reinertson

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For more information on IPL skin laser treatment or other minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques, please contact us or schedule an appointment.

Photofacial Rejuvenation: Am I a Candidate For IPL?

In the first installment of our three-part blog series, Dr. Jodie Reinertson explained the benefits of choosing IPL Laser Skin Treatment. In today’s post, she will discuss candidacy requirements for photo-rejuvenation.

IPL laser skin treatment is an advanced facial rejuvenation technique used to treat numerous skin conditions, including age spots, broken capillaries, and acne. These areas of concern are often the result of excess sun exposure or a genetic predisposition. With the help of IPL therapy, many qualified patients can achieve a more even-toned, refreshed appearance.

To determine a patient’s candidacy for IPL treatment, I’ll begin with a consultation to discuss his or her aesthetic goals, current skin concerns, and skincare habits. Depending on these factors and others, I will often recommend IPL to help reduce abnormal pigmentation and symptoms of aging. Requirements for IPL candidacy include:

  • Fair skin
  • No recent tanning or sunburns
  • No use of Retin-A or other sensitizing products

The laser used in treatment cannot differentiate between normal and abnormal pigmentation, so patients with olive or darker skin tones often aren’t suitable candidates, nor are individuals with tanned skin. However, there may be alternative options for patients who are not candidates for IPL therapy.

Having clear, even-toned skin is a common desire, and it’s possible to enjoy a more youthful, refreshed appearance without suffering extensive downtime or invasive procedures thanks to IPL laser skin treatments.

– Dr. Jodie Reinertson

Check back with our blog soon for the final installment of our three-part series on IPL. In our final post, Dr. Reinertson details the typical photofacial treatment experience from beginning to end.

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For more information about the benefits of IPL or requirements for candidacy, please contact our office today. We will be happy to answer your questions, or assist you with scheduling a consultation.

A Message to all American Laser Skincare’s Patients


It is the end of an era now that American Laser Skincare has closed its doors. We understand the frustration and the confusion that their former patients must be having, as many of their patients have unused services. We here at Seattle CosMedic Skincare would like to extend our assistance to these patients of the Greater Seattle area. It would be our pleasure to work with you to find out where you are in your treatment series, assess how your results are coming along, and assist you with customized pricing to reach your laser hair removal, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), skin tightening, Botox, and Filler goals. It is always sad news to hear of the passing of a fellow corporation within our field, but we hope to ease this blow to the esthetic community. Please call us today at 206.622.6444 for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Reinertson and resume your esthetic journey today.

Discover the Benefits of IPL Laser Skin Treatment

Welcome to the first entry in our three-part blog series on IPL Laser Skin Treatment. In it, Dr. Jodie Reinertson discusses the advantages of using IPL on common skin conditions including brown spots, rosacea, and acne.

Many of my patients come to me with concerns about hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other skin discolorations that can affect their wellbeing. Sun damage and genetic predilection can often cause signs of aging in individuals as young as 20, and restoring the countenance to its previous youthfulness is a common goal. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light therapy, is one method for achieving smoother, more even skin, and it is advantageous for several reasons.

I often recommend IPL therapy for treating rosacea, acne, age spots, fine wrinkles, and other conditions since the treatment offers substantial results with little to no downtime. Patients typically return to work the same day, and the process may take as little as an hour. Other benefits of IPL include:

  • Improves skin texture
  • Quick procedure
  • Quick recovery
  • Often highly effective
  • Minimally invasive

I use the IPL-ELOS (electro-optical synergy) laser because it treats an extensive list of perceived skin imperfections relatively quickly and with few side effects. I may also recommend Cynosure Elite Aesthetic Laser to treat smaller veins and pigment spots, and employ other skin care products for individual symptoms. For patients desiring a more youthful, even skin tone, IPL photo-rejuvenation can be a good option for diminishing pigmentation, signs of aging, and acne.

Dr. Jodie Reinertson

Check back with our blog soon for the second and third entries in our blog series on IPL. The next installment will cover who makes a good candidate for the facial rejuvenation procedure.

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If you have additional questions about the benefits of IPL photofacial treatment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.

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