Healthy Skin = Healthier Future

Healthy skin for a healthier future.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Although skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, cases are on the rise globally. Discover how we are fighting for healthy skin with awareness and treatments.

See below as we explore:

  • Types of Skin Cancer
  • Importance of Yearly Skin Exams
  • Sun Protection Favorites With Science-Backed Results

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer.

  • Presents as what appears to be a harmless non-healing pimple, scar, sore, or scaly patch.
  • Occurs most commonly in highly sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, and balding scalp.
  • Highly treatable with a very low risk of metastasis of <1%.
  • Treatments include Mohs micrographic surgery, excisions, topical chemotherapy and immunotherapy creams, and radiation.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer.

  • Presents as a non-healing, red, crusted, or scaling bump or sore.
  • Occurs most commonly in the highly sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, and balding scalp.
  • Risk of spreading ranges from 1-10%, if detected early they are easily treated with Mohs surgery, topical treatments, or radiation.


Melanoma is less common but the most serious form of skin cancer.

  • Presents as a new or changing mole or brown spot.
  • More common on sun-exposed skin but can occur anywhere including the bottom of your feet, eyes, scalp, and other unexposed skin.
  • If detected early, melanoma has a 99% cure rate. However, it can become life-threatening by spreading to the lymph nodes and internal organs.
  • ABCDEs of melanoma help us detect which brown spots on our skin are concerning.

Types of skin cancer that is treated at Pure Dermatology

The first Monday in May is designated as Melanoma Monday by the American Academy of Dermatology. We are joining the cause to raise awareness of skin cancer and encourage you to examine your skin for suspicious spots. It's also important to schedule your annual full-body skin exam. At Pure Dermatology, our expert dermatologists, Dr. Ghiselli, Dr. Cera Hill, and Dr. Farahi, can perform skin exams to screen and detect skin cancer. We offer many options for treatments for skin cancers, including Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

  • Mohs surgery is a specialized surgical and microscopic procedure that progressively removes thin layers of cancer-containing skin until the margin is clear of cancer. It allows the removal of as little skin as possible while attaining the highest cure rate. This procedure is performed at Pure Dermatology by board-certified Mohs surgeon, Dr. Samantha Ghiselli.

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Living in Colorado we are all exposed to the sun daily and are at risk for skin cancer. Check out our favorite products (all available at Pure Dermatology for 20% off during May) to help protect you from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+

SPF — ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+

  • Eryfotona Actinica is more than a sunscreen, it can reverse previous DNA damage from the sun.
  • Its innovative formula contains patented DNA Repairsomes®, clinically proven to help repair existing sun damage.
Heliocare Advanced

Dietary Supplement — Heliocare

  • Heliocare is a dietary supplement that contains a unique extract from a Fernleaf plant called Polypodium leucotomos, which helps your skin protect itself from the free radical DNA damage caused by the sun. In addition to Nicotinamide, a derivative of Vitamin B3, that has been clinically proven to reduce the incidence of precancerous lesions called actinic keratosis by up to 23%.
  • We recommend taking it any time you have extended sun exposure, whether on a tropical vacation, golfing, hiking, or watching your child's or grandchild's soccer game.
  • Additionally, it is recommended for any patient with a history of precancerous skin lesions or skin cancer.

Alastin C-Radical Defense

Vitamin C — Alastin C-RADICAL Defense

  • Formulated with a novel form of Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), which helps to defend against free radical damage while supporting the skin's ability to conserve elastin.
  • 15 proven antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals, and protect against UV damage and other environmental stressors such as blue light and pollution.

Redness? We Can Help!

April is National Rosacea Awareness Month at Pure Dermatology Denver

14 million Americans have rosacea, a chronic and common skin condition that is characterized by persistent facial redness and flushing along with bumps, pimples, and visible blood vessels. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are many proven treatment options that can relieve symptoms.

See below as we explore:

    • Facts, types, and triggers of rosacea
    • Treatments to minimize rosacea
    • Featured rosacea skin care products
    • Aesthetician Corner: CYNOSURE® Palomar Icon™ to treat rosacea
  1. Rosacea is genetic: You can inherit a gene that predisposes you and your family members to the condition.
  2. Rosacea frequently affects people with lighter complexions: Rosacea can affect anybody, regardless of skin tone, however, it is more common in people with lighter complexions.
  3. Symptoms can worsen: Rosacea symptoms are likely to worsen over time if left untreated.
  4. Sun exposure: Excessive sun exposure can aggravate rosacea flare-ups.
  5. Rosacea can affect the eyes: Up to 50% of rosacea cases will have symptoms of redness and itching of the eyes.


Rosacea and acne can become confused

  • Acne:
    • Primarily characterized by pimples and clogged pores primarily in the T-zone, peripheral face, and jawline area.
    • It usually begins at a younger age (between 15 and 25 years).
    • Usually limited time with hormonal changes, but can occasionally be chronic.
  • Rosacea:
    • Primarily characterized by a background of redness with overlying pimples in the central face area of the cheeks and nose.
    • Usually occurs after the age of 30.
    • Usually chronic and long-lasting, but can be treated and controlled.


Rosacea has Four Subtypes

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea - Redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
  • Papulopustular rosacea - Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
  • Phymatous rosacea - Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture, usually on the nose.
  • Ocular rosacea - Eyes are red and inflamed, they may feel dry and irritated.


Rosacea Triggers

  • Dry climates
  • Extreme hot or cold temperatures
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Certain ingredients in skin care products (alcohol, urea, fragrance, glycolic acid, sodium laurel sulfate, menthol, lactic acid, camphor, and retinols)


Dermatologist Recommended Treatments for Rosacea

  • Prescription oral and topical medications:
  • Oral prescription anti-inflammatory medications, such as prescription doxycycline, are effective in papulopustular rosacea and are the gold standard treatment for ocular rosacea.
  • Topical prescription anti-inflammatory medications, such as metronidazole and ivermectin, and exfoliating ingredients such as azelaic acid.
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory products, including ingredients such as niacinamide.
  • Sun protection, daily SPF.
  • Surgical debunking of rhinophymatous changes of the nose.
  • Laser treatments can provide a significant reduction in redness and diminishment of blood vessels.

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Two fantastic medical grade skin care products that are ideal for rosacea prone skin available at Pure Dermatology Denver.

Check out all of our skin care products.

Senté Dermal Repair Cream

What makes Senté’s medical-grade skincare unique is their patented technology, Heparan Sulfate Analog (HSA).

Dermal Repair Cream has been clinically proven to:

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SkinBetter Mystro Active Balance Serum

Mystro Active Balance Serum Improves the appearance of redness, skin texture, dullness, pore size and uneven pigmentation.

Mystro Active Balance Serum has been clinically proven to:

✨ Improve visible skin quality in just 2 weeks.

✨ Significant improvement in the appearance of redness, skin texture, dullness, pore size and uneven pigmentation after 8 weeks of twice-daily use.

✨ Helps achieve glowing, healthier-looking skin.

✨ 98% of patients said they felt more confident in the appearance of their skin after 12 weeks.

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CYNOSURE® Palomar Icon™ to treat Rosacea

Laser treatments for rosacea are quick, effective, and easily adjusted to fit your individual skincare needs.

  • Reduce the appearance of redness and broken blood vessels.
  • Reveal even, smooth skin.

How it works:

Specialized pulses target blood vessels without harming the surrounding skin. The light delivered to your skin causes them to slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process.

Patients begin to see results after the first treatment, but there is usually a series of three treatments recommended for optimal results. Work with your provider to develop a plan that is right for you!

Schedule a FREE aesthetician consult to see if CYNOSURE® Palomar Icon™ would be a good treatment option to reach your skin care goals.

It's Time to Tackle Brown Spots

Dark or brown spots are one of the most common skin complaints received by dermatologists.

Hyperpigmentation of the skin can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Post-inflammatory changes from acne or other skin conditions that cause inflammation of the skin
  • Hormonal and genetic conditions such as melasma

There are many treatments for dark spots, including lasers and peels, topical prescription (Rx) creams, over-the-counter (OTC) topical treatments, and oral vitamin or amino acid supplements. The best results are achieved when multiple treatment types are expertly combined.

Let the Pure Dermatology team of board-certified dermatologists and aesthetician develop a treatment plan and skin care regimen specific to your skin goals!

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Rx Tretinoin or OTC Retinols:

  • Increases skin turnover and exfoliation.
  • Used in combination with other lightening products can increase penetration.

Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHA or BHA):

  • Exfoliates the skin.

Azelaid Acid: 

  • Higher concentrations (15-20%) inhibit free radicals and tyrosinase, which is an enzyme necessary for melanin production.

Kojic Acid:

  • Inhibits tyrosinase, which is an enzyme necessary in the production of melanin.

Transexamic Acid:

  • Synthetic amino acid that blocks excess melanin production.
  • Available topically in OTC products and orally via Rx.


  • Reduces melanin production by inhibiting key enzymes required in melanin production.



  • Decreases and prevents the formation of excess melanin in the skin.
  • Available in 1-2% strength in OTC products and 4% or greater with a prescription.
  • Works well but cannot be used long term, best used in Rx strength for short time periods and followed with other dark spot correctors for long term maintenance.


  • Anti-inflammatory that helps barrier function of the skin with increases hydration and improves uneven tone.

Vitamin C:

  • Potent antioxidant that helps repair skin and indirectly reduces hyperpigmentation.

Licorice Root Extract:

  • Anti-inflammatory by inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokines.

PATH-3 Technology: 

  • Unique new patented ingredient that helps to minimize the recurrence of surface pigmentation and protect against future damage.


Isdinceutics Melaclear Advanced

What we love: Dewy serum texture, non-irritating while exfoliating and calming the skin.

Key ingredients:

  • Tranexamic acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Licorice Root Extract
  • Blend of exfoliating acids

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Are you ready to rejuvenate your skin and achieve a more even skin tone and youthful appearance? Now, before the summer, is the perfect time to consider Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments.

What is IPL? IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, a technology that uses broad-spectrum light to target various skin concerns. It is commonly used to treat sun damage, brown spots, redness, broken blood vessels and overall uneven skin tone. IPL works by delivering pulses of light energy into the skin which are absorbed by the red and brown pigmentation and brought to the surface and removed.

Are you a good candidate for IPL? IPL is safe for most skin types and can be customized to address individual skin concerns. However, it is important to consult with a qualified skincare professional to determine if IPL is the right treatment for you.

Take the first step towards healthier, more radiant skin by scheduling a consultation to learn more about the benefits of IPL treatments. Say goodbye to skin imperfections and hello to a more confident you with IPL!

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Large Pores? Pure Dermatology Can Help!

Pores can get enlarged when they’re clogged with dirt, oil, dead skin cells, or other debris. Additionally, as part of the aging process and sun damage our skin  loses some of its structural support from collagen and elastin which can cause pores to enlarge over time. Large pores can be a frustrating skin concern but there are several steps you can take to minimize their appearance.

Check out some at-home and in-office tips from our team of board-certified dermatologists and aesthetician to combat this common skin concern.

Follow a comprehensive skin care routine at home.

  • Cleanser: Keep your skin clean by washing your face twice a day and after exercise with a non-comedogenic, gentle cleanser or a cleanser containing salicylic acid.
  • Exfoliator: Introduce an exfoliator. Exfoliating once or twice a week can help remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and make them appear larger.
  • Toner: Using a toner with alpha or beta hydroxy acids can help reduce the appearance of large pores by removing excess oil and debris.
  • Retinol: Incorporating a retinol product into your skincare routine can improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of pores over time.
  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun with a daily broad-spectrum SPF prevents the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which can contribute to larger pores.

Treat and manage acne.

  • Acne clogs your pores making them appear more noticeable.
  • Inflammation from acne causes dilation of the follicle which leads to enlargement on the pores.
  • Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists to get a customized Rx and non-Rx treatment regimen for your acne whether it is mild and intermittent or constant and more severe.

Be gentle with your skin.

  • Scrubbing your face won’t make it cleaner, but scrubbing can irritate your skin making your pores look larger.
  • Picking, squeezing, or digging into your pores can also irritate your skin, making pores look more noticeable and sometimes cause scarring.

Explore in-office treatments.

  • Facial Peels: Medical-grade facial peels with ingredients such as Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic acid can help slough away layers of old skin to reveal smooth new skin and tighter pores.
    • See our Perfect Derma Peel featured in our aestheticians corner below. 
  • SilkPeel: A gentle process of exfoliation, infusion, and extraction in one simultaneous treatment through the use of specifically formulated serums targeted to treat problems of the skin.
  • Hydrafacial: Patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate, infusion of super serums and application of LED light therapy, gently exfoliate and leave your skin moisturized and glowing.
  • Microdermabrasion: A non-invasive exfoliating procedure that can be added on to any facial, and will  help to improve uneven skin texture and  tone for a brighter and smoother complexion.

If you have questions about how to manage your large pores, see one of our board-certified dermatologists or licensed aesthetician. They will evaluate your skin and develop a treatment plan and regimen just for you.

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Favorite Products to Treat Large Pores


  • SkinCeuticals® Simply Clean – Gel cleanser for normal, combination or oily skin.
  • Senté Daily Soothing Cleanser – Calms and helps reduce visible redness with the nourishing properties of vitamin E and green tea extract.


  • Senté Exfoliating Cleanser – For sensitive skin uses gentle ingredients like phytic acid and glycolic acid to reveal a smoother, brighter-looking complexion. Ideal for redness and irritation-prone skin, using just once or twice per week.
  • Micro Exfoliating Scrub Gentle scrub delivers a mild and even exfoliation to improve texture and hydrate skin with silica, glycerin, and aloe leaf extract

Sun Protection:

  • Alastin Renewal Retinol 0.5 – Smooths skin texture and helps improve skin tone, calms sensitive skin with anti-irritants and antioxidants.
  • Avène Retrinal 0.05 Cream / 0.1 Intensive Cream – Visibly reduces wrinkles while smoothing and renewing skin.
  • Tretinoin (by prescription only) – A derivative of vitamin A, known as a retinoid, fights acne, and helps improve fine lines and dark spots.

Sun Protection:

  • EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 – Lightweight sun protection of oily skin prone to acne and rosacea.
  • ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+ – Ultralight Emulsion with DNA Repairsomes®, all mineral, water resistant for everyday use.

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Aesthetician Corner

When home care and proper medical-grade skin care is not enough, you may want to look into treatment options for your enlarged pores. Learn more about one of our favorite peels, The Perfect Derma™ Peel.

The Perfect Derma™ Peel is safe, effective medium depth peel for all skin types and ethnicities. This product is virtually painless, with no pre-peel skin preparation and little downtime. Reduce enlarged pores and build collagen and elastin for a healthier, firmer complexion.


  • Reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Improve the overall clarity, tone and texture of the skin
  • Reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation, sun damage and Melasma
  • Improve acneic skin conditions and reduce acne scars
  • Stimulate the production of collagen, resulting in firmer, more youthful skin

Ingredients: TCA, Retinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Kojic Acid, Phenol, Glutathione and Vitamin C.

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Get Glowing Skin!

Are you feeling the effects of winter on your skin? Dryness, flakiness, and a lackluster appearance are common during this time of year. But don't worry, we are here to help! Here are some simple tips to combat dry winter weather and keep your skin glowing all season long.

Use gentle, non-fragranced soap or moisturizing non-soap cleansers.

  • Harsh soaps can strip the natural oils from the skin, leading to dryness and irritation.

Apply the right products.

  • Moisturizer is best applied right after your bath or shower, when the skin is moist, your pores are open and will trap in moisture.
  • Choose a cream over lotion. Cream-based moisturizers contain more oil and less water than lotions; lotions are thinner (more water) and less hydrating than creams.
  • Consider a skin product that contains Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the hottest ingredients in skincare right now — and for good reason. It has the power to thoroughly hydrate, making skin look instantly dewy and plump, while decreasing the appearance of roughness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day and use a humidifier.

  • Water plumps skin cells and enhances elasticity, it is crucial for keeping skin looking youthful. Dehydrated skin can look dry, wrinkled, and dull.
  • Proper water intake helps carry nutrients to skin cells and enhances the effects of topically applied products.
  • The heat in your home or office can be very drying; a humidifier helps maintain ideal humidity to combat skin dryness.

Treat yourself to a relaxing facial to combat winter skin dryness.

  • Deeply cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin.
  • Our skilled aesthetician, Ashli LaMadrid, will customize a treatment plan to address your specific concerns and leave you with a refreshed, hydrated, and glowing complexion.
  • Facials make a great gift! Call our office to purchase today, 303.333.7873.

If you have questions about how to keep your skin refreshed and radiant, see one of our board-certified dermatologists or licensed aesthetician. They will evaluate your skin and develop a regimen just for you.

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Alastin Skincare's new HA (Hyaluronic Acid) IMMERSE Serum™ is a breakthrough hyaluronic acid serum that delivers instant hydration for smoother, more radiant-looking skin — while helping amplify skin's hyaluronic acid levels over time. The luxurious serum is formulated only with high-molecular weight hyaluronic acid. This form of HA is the same molecular weight as the HA naturally found deep within your skin. That means it delivers the form of HA that your body needs, helping to promote plumper, more hydrated skin in a natural way.

Where Does Hyaluronic Acid Fit Into My Daily Regimen? Typically when you layer on products, you start with the thinnest formula and end with the thickest formula. In the case of HA IMMERSE, this also rings true! You can apply HA IMMERSE immediately after washing and drying your face, then continue on with the rest of your daily regimen.


  • Helps instantly boost skin hydration at the surface for smoother, more radiant looking skin.
  • Proprietary Octapeptide-45 helps the skin’s ability to naturally increase its own high-molecular hyaluronic acid production deep within for long-term skin plumping, anti-aging, and hydration benefits.
  • Provides both instant and long-lasting results.
  • Helps to increase natural levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin which works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Need an extra glow, schedule a Clinical Facial!

Our expert aesthetician, Ashli, will provide a customized treatment plan to target your specific skin concerns, leaving you with a hydrated and radiant complexion.

Need the perfect gift? We can help! Give our office a call at 303.333.7873 to purchase facial certificates for everyone on your list, from your mom to your best friend. Treat your loved ones to the ultimate pampering experience! (Meet Ashli LaMadrid)

Our new, clean, non toxic, plant-based line delivers visible results. Check out some of our wide selection of offerings below, we will make sure we use the professional products to best suit your needs and skin goals.

  • Floraessence Peel 20% - Hydrate, exfoliate, and increase cell turnover with Lactic Acid and Mandelic Acid.
  • Pomegranate Refining Peel 20% - Treat hyperpigmentation and oily acne prone skin with Enzymatic and Alpha Hydroxy.
  • Pumpkin Glycolic Peel 3% + 20% - Reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and stimulate cell turnover.
  • Clear Complexion Healing Mask - Detox skin and absorb dirt and oil with charcoal and probiotics.
  • Potent C Superfood Mask - Help skin cell turn over, brighten skin, and calm blemishes. Spinach and kale oxygenate skin, and Vitamin C brightens.
  • Firm Collagen Gel Mask - Firm, plump, and hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide.

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October is Eczema Awareness Month

  • Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin that causes redness, itching, scaling, and dryness.
  • It can be a lifelong condition starting in childhood or develop later in life and can range from mild to severe.
  • It is more common in Colorado’s dry climate.
  • If you are suffering from eczema, take charge of your skin's health by learning more about this condition and the available treatment options at Pure Dermatology Denver.
  • Atopic dermatitis (the most common type)
    • Hereditary, runs in families and often starts in childhood but can develop later in life.
    • Symptoms include dry, scaly, itchy patches on the skin, usually in areas like the inside of elbows, backs of knees, wrists, ankles, face, and neck.
  • Contact dermatitis (irritant and allergic)
    • It occurs when the skin reacts to irritants or allergens it is exposed to.
    • Symptoms include a localized red, itchy rash.
    • Common triggers include cosmetic products, certain metals, fragrances, and plants such as poison ivy, etc.
  • Dyshidrotic eczema
    • Hereditary, occurs at any age.
    • Causes tiny blisters and scaling on hands, feet, and fingers that tend to come and go.
  • Asteatotic eczema
    • Due to excessively dry skin.
    • Patches of red scaly and sometimes itchy skin scattered on the body, arms, and legs.
  • Itching: Can be mild or severe, and may worsen at night. The more you scratch, the more it itches, and can lead to skin damage and infection.
  • Redness: Areas affected by eczema often appear pink or red and inflamed.
  • Dryness: The skin tends to be very dry, cracked, and scaly. Lack of moisture is a key problem in eczema.
  • Flaking/scaling: Flaking and peeling of the outer skin layers is common, especially after scratching.
  • Lichenification: Thickening of the skin, usually as a result of chronic rubbing or scratching.
  • Cracked skin: The dryness associated with eczema can cause the skin to crack open painfully. Common on fingertips, hands, and feet.
  • Skin discoloration: Affected areas may turn lighter or darker than their normal skin tone.
  • Rx topical corticosteroids creams
    • First-line treatment anti-inflammatory creams and ointments that reduce inflammation and itch.
    • They work quickly and are great for intermittent short-term treatment.
  • Rx topical non-steroidal creams
    • Great new options available that are safe and effective.
    • Perfect for maintenance of eczema to avoid long-term effects of topical steroids.
  • Moisturizers
    • Daily moisturization with a hydrating cream (not lotion) is key to the treatment and prevention of the recurrence of eczema, especially in dry Colorado weather.
    • Favorites: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Eucerin Eczema Relief Cream.
  • Systemic medications
    • For severe cases and cases that are difficult to control with topical treatments.
    • Oral and injectable medication options that can be life-changing for people with chronic eczema.

Our team of board-certified dermatologists and aestheticians will educate you on proper prescription and over the counter skin care and how to identify and avoid triggers. If you have questions about what products or treatments are right for you, schedule an appointment with our team.

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EltaMD Moisture Rich Body Crème

  • Colorado dry weather makes it hard to avoid dry skin. You will absolutely love the feel and effects of this cream!

EltaMD So Silky Hand Crème

  • The perfect product to carry around in your purse or keep on your desk or in your car to use multiple times per day. It is moisturizing but not greasy or sticky.

Stop by Pure Dermatology to test or purchase either of these great products!


Treatment Spotlight - IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

It may be helpful for managing atopic dermatitis and other types of eczema characterized by skin inflammation, especially when standard topical steroids have not been fully effective.

IPL emits wavelengths of light that target hemoglobin in dilated blood vessels associated with inflammation. This helps reduce redness, swelling, and irritation.

Treatment involves multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart. A handheld wand is used to deliver pulses of light to affected areas of skin for just seconds at a time. Sessions last 15-30 minutes, depending on the area size.

IPL Benefits:

  • Non-invasive
  • Non-ablative
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Kills bacteria
  • Smoothes skin surface
  • Promotes collagen production
  • Minimal downtime

Schedule a FREE aesthetician consult to see if IPL would be a good treatment option to reach your skin care goals.

HOW TO: Prevent Premature Skin Aging

Are you worried about premature skin aging? Don't panic! With a few simple steps, you can keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.


Protect your skin from the sun every day.

  • Wearing SPF 30 or higher on your face, neck and chest on a daily basis is the best thing you can do to prevent aging of your skin and keep it looking young. Whether spending a day in the sun or simply running errands, sun protection is essential.
  • You can also protect your skin by seeking shade and covering up with UPF clothing — such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.

Consider using a retinol or Rx Tretinoin cream.

  • Should you be using a retinol or retinoid? Yes, yes and yes! Aside from SPF, retinoids are the #1 product for promoting long-term skin health across all skin types.
  • Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that increase cellular turnover, which causes our skin to regenerate more quickly, thus making your skin look more youthful, vibrant, and refreshed.
  • The umbrella term “retinoid” is used for all vitamin A derivatives (ex: OTC retinol and retinaL, and prescription strength Tretinoin). What differentiates them is their strength, or how many conversions they must go through to become active and effective on the skin.
  • The only negative is that these products can be drying and irritating so you need to pick the right product for your skin type. See our Aesthetician Corner below for some tips or schedule a free aesthetician consult to find the right product for you.

Vitamin C, your new bff.

  • An anti-aging ingredient everyone should be using every morning! Vitamin C's strength is prevention and protection, it is essential for healthy skin.
  • This antioxidant fights free radical damage and prevents oxidative damage to the skin cells. Free radicals get produced in our skin daily from UV exposure, environmental toxins/air pollution and household chemicals. Damage caused by free radicals can affect our skin DNA in addition to breaking down our skin's collagen, which can lead to skin cancers, fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and loose, saggy skin. Using a vitamin C neutralizes the free radicals, preventing this type of damage.
  • Vitamin C brightens the skin and improves skin texture. It fades hyperpigmentation (sun spots, melasma, and post-acne marks) by inhibiting melanin production and decreases inflammation creating a more even complexion.

Cleanse and moisturize your skin daily.

  • Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritation. We recommend washing your face twice daily and after sweating.
  • Applying a moisturizer immediately after cleansing traps moisture in the skin and gives it a more glowing plump appearance.

Apply self-tanner rather than tanning. 

  • Every time you get a tan, you age your skin. This holds true if you get a tan from the sun or a tanning bed.
  • All tanning methods emit harmful UV rays that in addition to causing skin cancers, breakdown collagen and elastin in the deeper layers of the skin which can cause skin to thin and become wrinkled and crepy over time.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging.
  • Exercising daily can improve circulation and boost the immune system which may give the skin a more youthful appearance.
  • Avoid smoking, and drink alcohol in moderation, as these are damaging to skin health.

Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.

  • Water plumps skin cells and enhances elasticity, it is crucial for keeping skin looking youthful. Dehydrated skin can look dry, wrinkled and dull.
  • Proper water intake helps carry nutrients to skin cells and enhances the effects of topically applied products.

If you have questions about what products or treatments are right for you, see one of our board-certified dermatologists or licensed aestheticians. They will evaluate your skin and develop a regimen curated just for you.



ALASTIN Skincare®️’s C-RADICAL Defense Antioxidant Serum is powered by a proprietary, encapsulated Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate). This clinically-proven formula provides comprehensive environmental protection and supports the skin’s ability to conserve elastin for skin that looks smoother and more radiant (purchase now).

In a Clinical Study, C-RADICAL showed the following in as early as 8 weeks:

  • 71% reduction in the appearance of uneven skin texture
  • 69% reduction in the appearance of redness
  • 50% reduction in the appearance of fine lines


  • Protect skin from environmental stressors such as free radicals & UV damage
  • Stimulate collagen and conserve elastin
  • Improve the appearance of skin tone, texture, firmness, and luminosity
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and hyperpigmentation


What are the benefits of retinoids?

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles by increasing collagen production
  • Improves skin tone + texture for smoother, firmer looking skin
  • Aids in fading sun spots and smoothing out rough patches on the skin
  • Increases cellular turnover, which can minimize breakouts
  • Stimulates production of new blood vessels on the skin, which improves the color of the skin

Do I need to use a retinoid?

Retinoids help keep our skin looking younger and healthier. We recommend that everyone over the age of 25 should use one. Plus, if you struggle with acne at any age, retinoids are one of our most recommended treatments!

To get the most of any retinoid, frequent use is key! The best retinoid is the one you will use consistently, which would ideally be 5-7 nights per week. Retinoids are the most highly researched “anti-aging" topical in the market (with over 70+ years of data) showing that the 5-7 nights range will have the most impact on your skin.

Schedule a FREE aesthetician consult to have us help you select the best retinoid for your skin type that you can tolerate and use regularly.

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Skin Tips During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can affect skin in many different ways and can cause some new conditions to appear and others to flare. Additionally, not all prescriptions, products and procedures are safe to use during pregnancy, but many are and our team is here to help.

MELASMA - “The Mask of Pregnancy”

The hormones during pregnancy cause increased melanin production that causes natural darkening of certain areas of the skin, but in some women it can also cause unwanted patches of hyperpigmentation mostly on the face.

  • Treatments:
  • Ingredients to Avoid: Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, and Retinols
  • Pregnancy Safe Ingredients: Azelaic acid, Kojic Acid, Vitamin C, Transexamic Acid, and Niacinamide
  • Favorite Products: SkinCeuticals Discoloraton Defense, Alastin A-Luminate, and Isdinceutics Melaclear Advanced
  • Pregnancy Safe Procedures:  Microneedling and Glycolic Acid Peels

The hormones during pregnancy in some women can cause increased skin congestion and acne flares especially on the lower face.

  • Treatments:
  • Ingredients to Avoid: Tretinoin and Retinols, Salicyclic acid, and Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Pregnancy Safe Ingredients:
  • Rx: Clindamycin lotion, Azelaic acid creams, and Sulfur based products
  • OTC: Glycolic acid, Bakuchiol, and Azelaic Acid
  • Pregnancy Safe Procedures: SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, HydraFacial, and Glycolic Acid Peels

Eczema can flare during pregnancy so it is important to use extra moisturization during pregnancy.

  • Treatments:
  • Favorite Products: Eucerin Eczema Relief Cream, Cetaphil Cream, CeraVe Cream, and Vanicream

We recommend mineral based rather than chemical sunscreens during pregnancy.

  • Favorite Products: EltaMD Elements, Alastin Hydratint, and ISDIN Tinted Ageless SPF 50


  1. Gentle cleanser - EltaMD Enzyme Foaming Facial Cleanser, SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser, or Vanicream Gentle Cleanser (three nice options!)
  2. Vitamin C - SkinCeuticals CF Phloretin (it is great for anti-aging and discoloration)
  3. Moisturizer - Alastin Reform & Repair Complex or Senté Dermal Repair Cream (whether you prefer a cream or serum, moisturization is key!)
  4. Tinted sunscreen - ISDIN Tinted Ageless SPF 50 (it is a must-have at our office!)

At night, I repeat my AM routine but remove Vitamin C and sunscreen. Once per week I exfoliate, I love the SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub.

  • HydraFacials are a favorite of mine, they are soothing yet invigorating, safe in pregnancy, and customizable for your skin type.

  1. Gentle cleanser - Senté Soothing Cleanser
  2. Vitamin C - SkinCeuticals CF Phloretin mixed with ISDIN Hyaluronic Concentrate (great combo!)
  3. Eye cream - Senté Eye Cream
  4. Moisturizer - Alastin Ultra Light Moisturizer
  5. Tinted sunscreen - ISDIN Tinted Ageless SPF 50 (perfect coverage with high sun protection)
  1. Cleanser - EltaMD Enzyme Foaming Face Wash
  2. Exfoliation - SkinCeuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub (3 times per week)
  3. Anti-Aging - Alastin Restorative Complex
  4. Eye cream - Senté Illuminé Eye Cream (diminishes the appearance of dark circles)
  5. Moisturizer - Senté Ultra Nourish
  • HydraFacial or SilkPeel Dermalinfusion are great for hydration and to try keep acne under control.
  • Microneedling, SkinPen is pregnancy safe and can help with fine lines and pigmentation.


HydraFacial is a comprehensive treatment option for refreshing and rejuvenating the skin, boosting the skin’s health, and improving the complexion. With slight modifications, like omitting salicylic acid, you can enjoy HydraFacials throughout pregnancy and postpartum.

  • Clarify blemishes
  • Even out skin tone
  • Clear away debris from pores
  • Can help calm acne during pregnancy
  • Great to keep the skin healthy and hydrated giving the skin a dewy and glowing appearance during pregnancy

HOW TO: Exfoliate (for glowy skin!)

Exfoliation is one of the secrets to smooth, soft, and healthy-looking skin from head to toe, but using the right products and treatments is key.


There are two main methods for exfoliation — mechanical and chemical — and the methods you choose should be guided by your skin type.

Mechanical Exfoliation: Uses a tool, such as a brush, blade, sponge, or scrub to physically remove dead skin cells.

Chemical Exfoliation: Uses chemicals, such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids or retinols to dissolve or gently remove dead skin cells.


To prevent skin damage while exfoliating, our board-certified dermatologists recommend the following:

Consider the skin care products you already use. 

Some medications and even over-the-counter products may cause your skin to be more sensitive or peel so you need to be aware of these prior to adding other exfoliation treatments. Examples of these include prescription tretinoin creams, and OTC products containing retinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, lactic acid and glycolic acid.

Select an exfoliation method that suits your skin type. 

Be gentle with your skin. 

  • If you use a scrub or chemical exfoliator, apply the product gently using small, circular motions. Do this for about 30 seconds, and then rinse off with lukewarm — not hot — water.
  • If you use a brush or sponge, use short, light strokes.
  • Never exfoliate if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned.

Follow with moisturizer. 

  • Exfoliating can be drying to the skin so it is very important to ALWAYS hydrate afterwards.
  • Apply a moisturizer immediately after exfoliating to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
  • Dry skin product recommendations: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Retore
  • Oily skin product recommendations: Alastin Ultra Light Moisturizer

Find the right schedule for you. 

  • How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type and exfoliation method. Generally, the more aggressive the exfoliation, the less often it needs to be done. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this could lead to skin that is red and irritated.
  • Dry or sensitive skin types: 1-2 times per week
  • Oily or acne prone skin: 3-4 times per week

If you aren’t sure what skin type you have, or if you have questions about exfoliating, see one of our board-certified dermatologists or licensed aestheticians. They will evaluate your skin and help you decide what method of exfoliation will be beneficial for you. Schedule an appointment.


SilkPeel Dermalifusion Facial

This is a skin-resurfacing treatment that combines exfoliation, extraction, and infusion of condition-specific serums to improve skin health, function, and glow!

Similar to microdermabrasion, SilkPeel Dermalinfusion exfoliates the upper layers of your skin using a diamond head. Not only does this eliminate dead skin cells, it also delivers a topical solution into the area of the skin where new and healthy skin cells are growing.


  • Is safe for all skin types
  • Has no downtime
  • Cleans out pores
  • Buffs away wrinkles, fine lines and acne scars while rehydrating dry skin


Advice from Our Skin Care Specialists - Licensed Aestheticians Katie Velasquez and Ashli La Madrid

SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

Smoothing exfoliating scrub with silica effectively cleanses pores and exfoliates to hydrate, soften, and improve skin texture.

We recommend Micro-Exfoliating Scrub as a compliment to most acne and anti-aging regimens. Using 2 to 3 times a week gives your skin a boost in exfoliation to decongest pores and rid your face of dull, dry dead skin. You get an instant glow, allow your skin to absorb product more efficiently, and increase the results from procedures.

SKIN TYPES: Dry, Normal, Oily, Combination

SKIN CONCERN: Dehydrated, Discoloration, Aging

FEATURES: Micro-Exfoliating Scrub features a powerful 2% concentration combining hydrated silica, glycerin, and aloe extract to purify pores and promote a healthy skin barrier. Gentle enough for daily use, this exfoliating scrub provides a mild and even exfoliation to improve texture while softening and hydrating the skin.


  • Mechanically exfoliates skin and polishes away dead skin cells
  • Delivers hydration to smooth and soften skin’s surface
  • Paraben-, sulfate-, soap-, fragrance-, dye- and alcohol-free
  • Suitable for dry, normal, oily, or combination skin

We Are Growing - Office Expansion Underway!

We are delighted to announce the next chapter in the Pure Dermatology Denver story!

We are expanding our office!

Due to all of your support, we have grown tremendously over the past 5 years, and as a result, we need more space. We are expanding our office into the adjacent suite within our building. Our footprint will expand by more than 1200 square feet with 4 new exam rooms to provide the best experience to our patients and community.


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Advice from Our Skin Care Specialists - Licensed Aestheticians Katie Velasquez and Ashli La Madrid

Did you know wearing sunglasses protects against crow’s feet? Keep those sunnies at hand! When you squint in the sun, crow’s feet wrinkles are more likely to develop. So always wear sunglasses with UV protection, especially in sunny Colorado.