Specialized Skincare For Men

Let’s face it men and women have different skin that comes along with different skin care needs. Some of the differences between male skin and female skin are skin thickness, facial hair and different hormones which can all play a role in skin oil production, skin sensitivity and the aging process. While men can also benefit from many common female skincare products, the number of products on the market can be overwhelming or appear specifically targeted for women. For most men, a skin care regimen should be simplified and customized to specifically target male skin.

Here are some of our aesthetician recommended favorite products and treatments for better skincare for men.

Skincare for Men: Best Products for Men’s Skin


Cleansing daily is important for several reasons. Cleansing and exfoliating help remove bacteria, excess oil, dead skin cells, minimize pores, improve hydration, and decrease dullness. One of the perks of being a male is that face shaving can benefit the skin because it helps exfoliate. On the other hand this can be opposite with poor shaving techniques which can lead to skin irritations and razor burn. One of our favorite aesthetician picked cleansers for males is Revision Brightening Facial Wash. We love this product because it has Salicylic and Glycolic Acid which exfoliate to decrease breakouts and improve skin texture. It has Vitamin C which brightens the skin and also has antioxidants vitamin E and white tea which help protect the skin from free radical damage and pollution.


Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. Brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and broken capillaries can all be attributed to sun damage. Sun damage can also lead to skin cancer which can be serious. Wearing sunscreen daily is important and our favorite aesthetician picked sunscreen for men is Elta UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Untinted. It is formulated with Zinc Oxide and has UVA and UVB sun protection. It also helps calm acne prone skin and is oil and fragrance-free.


Keeping the skin moist and hydrated helps keep the skin balanced which decreases excess oil production or facial dryness which can lead to breakouts and skin sensitivity. Our favorite moisturizer which can be applied at night time opposite of sunscreen in the morning is Neocutis MicroNight. This is our aesthetician pick not only due to its moisturizing and hydrating lipids, but it is also rich with micro-proteins that improve skin elasticity and firmness.

The Next Level in Skincare for Men: Skin Treatments in our Medical Spa

Two treatments that men love at our practice are the BBL photo facial and the Hydrafacial. The BBL photo facial is a laser system that uses broadband light to target a number of skin concerns such as sun spots, uneven skin tone, facial redness, large pores, acne and acne scarring while also stimulating collagen to improve fine lines and wrinkles. The BBL is ultimately one of those best anti-aging treatments as it is reversing signs of aging and changing the gene expressions of cells that are responsible for aging. The Hydrafacial is a relaxing facial treatment that helps target dullness, hydrates, deep cleanses, exfoliates, and replenishes the skin with antioxidants and peptides. The Hydrafacial leaves the skin smooth and hydrated with no downtime. It is the perfect pick me up to look and feel your best before a business meeting or special event.

Better Skincare for Men in Chicago

Here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, we offer a variety of services and skincare for men. We offer complimentary consultations with our experienced skin care experts that can help tailor a simple skincare regimen just for you. Schedule an appointment today.

Acne Tips and Tricks: Clear skin tricks you never thought of

There are facial cleansers and topical prescriptions for acne, but even those can sometimes be undermined by your makeup, cosmetic brushes and even your pillow. Arm yourself with our acne tips and tricks for clearer skin.

How Common is Acne?


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40-50 million Americans annually are affected by acne, and it is the most common skin condition. We often spend a lot of time and effort to improve the quality of our skin with products, cleansing, and treatments. Here are some tips, tricks, and neat products that promote clear and healthy skin.

Acne Tips and Tricks for Clearer Skin


Tip #1:  Your Pillow is a Breeding Ground for Bacteria

We all know we should cleanse our faces before bed to remove makeup, dirt, oil, and debris but did you know that our pillow holds dead skins and bacteria that can cause breakouts?

sleep clean sleepclean pillow acne tips and tricks

There is a pillowcase called the SleepClean Pillowcase that uses silver ion technology leaving the pillow uninhabitable for bacteria. It is hypoallergenic, cotton, and machine washable.


Tip #2:  Use Something Better Than a Washcloth


There is a neat cleansing system on the market called Luna by Foreo.

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The Luna removes up to 99.5% of dirt and oil and has a higher cleaning efficacy than a manual cleanse. This advanced cleansing method has been shown to exfoliate, unclog pores, combat fine lines, and improve the absorption of skincare products. There are no disposables such as brush heads on this product either and it’s easily transportable. They make a Luna for every skin type and even one specific to men.


Tip #3:  Clean Your Makeup Brushes the Right Way

acne tips and tricks

Makeup and makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for acne causing bacteria. This neat brush cleansing mat we found from Sigma Spa uses technology that deep cleanses face and eye brushes. The brushes are placed on the mat with cleanser then washed, rinsed, and refined.


Tip #4:  Use Makeup That is Skin Care Friendly

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Lastly Jane Iredale is a mineral makeup line that is non-comedogenic and anti-bacterial. They have done testing to show that due to their natural preservatives the makeup does not harbor bacteria or clog pores that can cause blackheads. It also has contains spf to protect our skin from sun damage and aging. The brushes are just as great as the makeup line.


Where to Buy


These products are not meant to treat acne alone but certainly work great in combination with a prescribed acne regimen, or if you are just looking out for preventatives. We offer the SleepClean Pillowcase, The Luna by Foreo, and Jane Iredale makeup here in our practice. Come by to purchase or contact us for details.


Need More Acne Tips and Tricks?


Schedule a consultation at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa for a skin care evaluation. We’ll help you come up with a good treatment regimen and select the right products to help clear up your acne breakouts.

Hydrafacial MD

Environmental conditions take a daily toll on our skin. Pollution, wind, frigid temperatures, humidity, and UV rays are just some of the factors that can leave our skin feeling dull, sensitive, dry, oily, acne prone, and damaged. Damaged skin enhances the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, and redness. We offer a new technology called the Hydrafacial MD that helps restore balance to the skin while combating harsh environmental conditions. This system has been shown to improve fine lines, wrinkles, vibrance, elasticity, enlarged pores, acne, uneven texture, and advanced sun damage. The components of this system also improve hydration and leave the skin plumper by delivering core nutrients.


How does Hydrafacial MD work?


This multi-stage treatment uses a series of vortex technologies to exfoliate, extract impurities, and replenish the skin with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage and protect the skin as well as help as assist in cellular damage repair. Peptides are proteins composed of amino acids that help stimulate collagen and reduce damage as it’s inflicted on the skin. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body and correlated with volume. It’s what keeps the skin hydrated, plump, and youthful.

To keep the skin looking and feeling beautiful, it is recommended to repeat the treatment every four to six weeks.


Who can get Hydrafacial MD?

The Hydrafacial MD is great for all skin types whether sensitive, mature, oily, dry or combination. This treatment also offers gold standard results without discomfort or downtime. After having the treatment you are able to return to normal activities and apply makeup. The skin feels cleaner and more hydrated after a single treatment offering an immediate glow and radiance.


Hydrafacial in the Media

The Hydrafacial MD has been featured in Marie Claire, New Beauty, Allure, InStyle, and Elle, among other beauty publications. This popular treatment has also has won multiple awards due to its efficacy.   Celebrities also swear by this treatment, and it’s been featured in hit reality shows, such as Real Housewives, and on talk shows.


Ready to try Hydrafacial MD?

If you’re ready to try Hydrafacial, or you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for this treatment, schedule a consultation with us today.  Our providers will assess your skin care needs and provide you with a recommended skin care treatment regimen and offer products they feel will work best for you.

Why a skin care professional can help you fight acne faster

Acne is not solely problematic for teens. Half of all women in their twenties face sporadic bouts of acne, and a quarter of forty-somethings still fight acne while keeping up with their BOTOX® treatments according to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Topical drugstore preparations may shorten the lifespan of an isolated blemish, but such tools are very limited. Benzoyl peroxide and alcohol are the chief active ingredients in most over-the-counter spot treatments. For some troubled skin, these two ingredients cause as many skin problems as they solve. An oil-reducing skin treatment may work for a teen with oily skin, but these ingredients cause dryness and are a poor fit for more mature skin. It’s counterproductive to seek age-defying skin treatments while parching the skin in an attempt to reduce breakouts. Dry skin reveals all of the fine lines and therefore starts to age beyond its time.

Just as a mechanic with only two tools cannot hope to restore a car to perfect condition, over-the-counter acne products cannot restore healthy skin. Skin care professionals have a wealth of tools at their disposal. They combat acne with topical preparations, prescription medications and even injections of anti-inflammatory cortisone to end a painful pimple’s life quickly. Taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting acne pays off in the form of shorter, less severe breakouts.

A doctor can prescribe topical acne products that contain antibiotics to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Prescription creams are far more effective against treating acne than their drugstore counterparts. Oral medications help clear acne internally instead of topically. Painful cystic acne succumbs quickly to cortisone injections or by draining to relieve the painful pressure. Laser treatments and dermabrasion may help some cases of acne as well as restoring a smoother surface to previously troubled skin that has left scars. Skin care professionals can also work with other doctors to adjust medications that might worsen acne such as oral or injected steroids.

Other conditions such as rosacea or folliculitis mimic acne’s appearance but require different treatments. While a skin care professional can recommend appropriate treatments, only a qualified dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition, so it is vital to seek dermatological advice for any sudden rash or breakout. Trying an over-the-counter acne regimen to treat a skin problem other than acne could exacerbate the irritation and discomfort of the condition.

Healthy skin means more than simply being acne-free; a doctor’s/aesthetician’s care ensures that once the blemishes disappear, the skin remains vibrant and healthy. Injections of BOTOX® or cosmetic fillers reduce the appearance of deep acne scars, while laser resurfacing smooths away shallow imperfections left behind from previous bouts of acne.

Acne merits a doctor’s attention because it is a bacterium that needs treatment. Seek a specialist in healthy skin and end the cycle of dry skin and breakouts instead of those over-the-counter products.


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