Think Before You Ink Your Skin


Think Before You Ink Your Skin

Tattooed Arm

Tattoos have become increasingly more popular over the years, with roughly 30% of Americans having one. This growing prevalence highlights the significance of understanding the effect they can have on the skin.

When getting a tattoo these are some of the biggest things to consider in regards to your skin:

  • Location on the body. Make sure you pick an area of the skin where no moles are present. This is because moles can change in size, shape, and color which can be a sign of skin cancer. If there is a tattoo covering them, it can make it much more difficult to see these changes.
  • Exposure to the sun. Sun exposure can cause the pigment(s) in a tattoo to break down, fading the appearance over time. Some ways to avoid this include using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding prolonged time in the sun.
  • Ink used. Tattoo ink that contains either blue, green, red, or yellow is more likely to cause skin reactions. These reactions can range from mild itching, burning, or swelling to serious infections.
  • Skin conditions. Individuals with psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo with skin conditions are at a higher risk of complications when getting a tattoo. The reason is that the process can inflame the skin and trigger an immune response.

As you can see, considering your skin when getting a tattoo is very important. With appropriate precautions it is possible to ensure both a great looking skin and tattoo. If you are considering getting a tattoo and want to schedule a skin examination prior, contact the skin care experts at Lisa S. Ball, NP today.

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Summer Skincare Myths

With summer now here, it’s especially important to take care of our skin and be aware of proper sun protection. There are many misconceptions that can lead to skin damage and to ensure the health of it, it’s important to learn the facts and dispel the myths.

Summer Skincare Myths

Myth #1: All sunscreens are the same.

Sunscreens are very different based on their ingredients and level of sun protection. Additionally, some contain chemical ingredients that can be irritating for some skin types, while physical sunscreens are made with mineral ingredients that are gentler on the skin.

Myth #2: If I get a base tan, I won’t get a sunburn at the beach.

A base tan in no way prevents further damage to future sun exposure. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid tanning and use sunscreen. 

Myth #3: Sunscreen only needs to be applied once a day.

Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or after swimming or sweating, to ensure maximum protection.

Myth #4: Any sunscreen will protect my skin from the sun.

A sunscreen must have an SPF of at least 30, combined with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  This will help to block both UVA (long-wave radiation which can lead to wrinkling and aging) and UVB (short-wave radiation which can cause sunburn) rays, both of which can lead to skin cancer.

Myth #5: Must be outside for an extended period to accumulate sun damage.

It actually only takes 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure to cause damage to the skin. Also, make sure to apply sunscreen for about 15 minutes before going outside.

Myth #7: Sun exposure helps acne.

The sun can actually make it worse by causing damage to the skin which can lead to inflammation.

Myth #8: The lips don’t get sunburned.

The lips can get sunburned just like any other part of the body. To protect them, try using a lip balm or moisturizer with SPF.

There are many myths surrounding skincare and sun protection in the summer, being informed of the truth is the best way to protect your skin from damage. To learn more, contact the skincare experts at Lisa S. Ball, NP today!

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What Makes Viviscal PRO So Good for Your Hair?

Viviscal PRO WomanViviscal PRO is an effective supplement that helps to nourish hair and promote existing hair growth. With a variety of high-quality ingredients, results can be seen in as little as three to six months.

Viviscal PRO Ingredients

  • Aminomar Marine Complex. This patented marine complex blend (contains fish and shellfish) provides the body with essential nutrients to nourish thinning hair and encourage hair growth.
  • Apple Extract Powder. Can help increase hair density and diameter.
  • Biotin. A vital ingredient for hair growth and structure that strengthens weakened hair.
  • Vitamin C. As an antioxidant, it is effective in protecting the hair against free radicals.
  • L-Cystine and L-Methionine. Amino acids that are essential in the formation of hair and skin correlating to improved hair growth.

How Viviscal PRO Works

  • Stage 1: Hair follicles are nourished by AminoMar and other nutrients
  • Stage 2: Thin, wispy hair is strengthened through increased nourishment
  • Stage 3: Breakage and thinning declines; growth is encouraged
  • Stage 4: Hair becomes stronger, healthier, and more vibrant from nutrients that are replenished

Things That Can Contribute to Poor Hair Health

  • Age
  • Hair treatments (bleaching, extensions, over-coloring, over-styling)
  • Heredity
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Medication
  • Poor Diet
  • Postpartum
  • Stress

Viviscal PRO Recommended Usage

For best results, take Viviscal PRO supplements twice a day for six months (one in the morning, and one at night, with food and water). At that time, take one supplement daily.

With over 25 years of research, Viviscal PRO is an effective option for men and women with all different types of hair. It is exclusively sold through medical practices, get yours today by contacting Lisa S. Ball, NP!

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The Importance of Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin Cancer ScreeningSkin cancer is the most common cancer, as an estimated one in five Americans will develop some form of it in their lifetime. Now, a recent study from the Prevent Cancer Foundation found that most people are not staying up to date with their routine screenings. This finding is even more concerning considering melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, is almost 100% curable if caught in the early stages.

Common Types of Skin Cancer

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma

Increased Risk Factors

  • Fair skin
  • Natural blonde or red hair
  • More than 50 moles
  • Family history of melanoma

Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

  • Stay in the shade when possible
  • Wear sun-protection (UPF) clothing
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Regular skin cancer examination by a dermatology professional

When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is the best prevention. To schedule a skin cancer examination at Lisa S. Ball, NP in Buffalo, NY, contact our office today.

Source: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

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Our Favorite Sunscreens for Summer

Summer sun womanWe all know by now the harmful effects that the sun can have on our skin. Not to mention that the intensity of it during the summer months only amplifies that. So why risk the health of your skin by not investing in a quality sunscreen? We put together a list of some of our favorite ones that will help keep your skin protected this summer.

  • SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Def SPF 30. The lightweight feel is very hydrating to the skin helping with UV-induced pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
  • Skinceuticals UV Def., Phys Fusion SPF 50. This ultra-sheer, tinted formula provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with 100% mineral filters. It goes on smoothly and spreads evenly enhancing skin radiance.
  • Skinceuticals UV Def., Phys Matte SPF 50. A tinted mousse that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with 100% mineral filters. The technology behind it helps it to maintain a matte finish, even in high humidity.
  • PCA Skin Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45. This water-resistant formulation can be used on the face and body and contains potent antioxidants that further protect the skin.

When it comes to sunscreen usage consistency is key. It is so important to use them regularly as they are our first line of defense against damaging UVA/UVB rays. If you would like to learn more about what sunscreen is right for you, contact the skin care experts at Lisa S. Ball, NP today.

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Ways to Keep Your Skin Clear for Acne Awareness Month

Acne Awareness Month WomanJune is Acne Awareness Month, which means it’s the perfect time to highlight the all-too-common condition and promote clear skin. So, how can you make sure your skin is in tip-top shape? We put together a list of some of the best ways to do just that:

  • Avoid picking at existing acne. This can make it even more noticeable and painful, possibly leading to infection and even permanent scarring.
  • Wash your face twice daily. Use a gentle cleanser with lukewarm water (once in the morning, then again at night time).
  • Exfoliate before washing. Doing this before washing will help to remove dead skin cells and debris from the skin (which the cleanser will then take care of thereafter).
  • Don’t wash too much. Washing your face too much can cause irritation which can lead to even more breakouts.
  • Use a moisturizer. Apply immediately after washing. This can be especially helpful when using topical acne medications which tend to dry out the skin.
  • Wear sunscreen. Aside from the obvious reason to use sunscreen, they also can help reduce redness associated with acne as they contain ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Limit time in the shower. Too much time spent in the shower can strip the skin of necessary oils leading to a potential increase in breakouts.
  • Get a HydraFacial. The nourishing topical solutions infused into the treatment help to destroy acne-causing bacteria and minimize any present inflammation.

If these options don’t clear up your acne, a more aggressive approach may need to be taken. At Lisa Ball, NP, we offer a variety of skin care services to give you clear, beautiful skin. Click here or call (716) 688-0020 today!

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Target the Effects of Aging With Nutrafol Collagen Infusion

Woman with healthy skin and hair

Once we hit 30, the body begins to break down collagen each year. That’s why as we age, it’s important to not only replenish what’s lost but defend and protect what we have. That’s where Nutrafol Collagen Infusion comes in.

Nutrafol Collagen Infusion is a daily collagen peptide powder that helps to strengthen hair, improve the visible signs of aging, and increase overall hydration and elasticity. Innovative ingredients such as Marine Collagen Peptides, Coq10, Citrus Flower Acids, and MSM all help to do just that.

Something that separates Nutrafol Collagen Infusion from other collagen supplements is that it is hydrolyzed. This means that the marine collagen has undergone an intricate process to break it down to help maximize absorption and effectiveness. Another nice thing about it is that it has an emphasis on the essential elements of hair and scalp health. This in turn helps to build stronger, fuller hair.

Nutrafol Collagen Infusion

If you are looking to combat the impact of aging on the skin and hair with added collagen support, contact our office today.  And for even more effective in combating the effects of aging on the hair, combine it with Nutrafol hair supplements.

Source: Nutrafol

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Our Favorite Skin Care Treatment to Pamper Mom

Mother's Day HydraFacialMoms are always doing something for us, so this Mother’s Day why not return the favor and give her the gift of a HydraFacial. This revolutionary skin care treatment delivers an unparalleled pampering experience combined with a variety of benefits.

What is a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is an anti-aging treatment that utilizes patented technology with nourishing ingredients to gently cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and hydrate the skin. The result is an immediate radiant glow.

What does it address?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin texture
  • Elasticity and firmness
  • Brown spots
  • Congested and oily skin
  • Even tone and vibrancy
  • Enlarged pores

What are the benefits of it?

  • Gentle but effective
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Great for all skin types
  • Results are seen immediately after treatment
  • No downtime or discomfort
  • Can target and address specific skincare concerns with customized boosters

Nothing compares to the HydraFacial. Give your mom the glow she deserves this Mother’s Day by contacting our office today.


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Ways to Ease Rosacea

Rosacea WomanRosacea can be described as a skin condition that relates to a tendency to blush or flush more easily. The redness is usually frequent, occurring all or most of the time. Although there is no cure for rosacea, there are a variety of ways to help manage it.

Some of these options include:

  • Morpheus8. The combination of micro-needling and radio-frequency help to stimulate the body’s ability to repair and heal itself. This leads to a significant improvement in the appearance and inflammation associated with the condition.
  • HydraFacial. The calming, nourishing ingredients gently soothe, moisturize, and comfort the skin. The appearance of the condition is improved immediately after treatment.
  • SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic. A safe antioxidant with non-irritating ingredients that helps to calm the skin and control any irritated redness.
  • SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser. A calming cleansing foam with botanical extracts that helps dissolve impurities while soothing compromised skin.

When it comes to rosacea an effective treatment plan is especially important. If you are dealing with it and want relief, contact the skincare experts at Lisa S. Ball, NP in Buffalo, NY.


Source(s): American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), SkinCeuticals

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The Perfect Treatment for Acne

Woman with clear skinAcne is a common skin condition that affects over 50 million people in the United States. It is usually seen in teens and young adults but can occur across the lifespan. So, what can you do to get clearer skin? The answer is simple, the HydraFacial.

What is the HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is a facial treatment that utilizes patented vortex technology to gently exfoliate, cleanse, extract, and hydrate the skin.

How does it help with acne?

The exfoliating tip with the suction helps to remove any debris and cleanse oily, congested skin. In addition, the nourishing topical solutions infused into the treatment help to destroy acne-causing bacteria and minimize inflammation.

When can results be seen?

Results are noticeable after just one treatment. However, depending on the severity of the acne, it may take a series of treatments for significant improvement.

Is it suitable for all ages?

Yes. All skin types as well.

Why choose the HydraFacial over another treatment?

In comparison to microdermabrasion, it is much gentler on the skin. And unlike traditional facials, it’s performed by a handheld device which allows for deeper penetration and longer-lasting results.

Although acne can be one of the more difficult skin conditions to treat, there is hope with the HydraFacial. To learn more about it, contact the acne treatment specialists at Lisa S. Ball, FNP today.

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