After a laser skin resurfacing procedure such as Fraxel or any aggressive skin rejuvenation procedure that requires downtime, it is most likely your face will be extremely red while it heals. And while some procedures do tout no downtime as one of their pluses, it's the same across the board: no pain, no gain. The most dramatic results often require downtime and if you're lucky and have great vacation hours, you can take the 7-10 days off and recover completely. However, if you're like the rest of us, a few days is all you can spare and after that, you need a product that can cover that redness so you don't, well, scare people. Enter: Oxygenetix.
Oxygenetix on Right Half of Patient's Face
After Laser Procedure
Most physicians and dermatologists will recommend that after the first few days during healing (or downtime), patients can begin to wear makeup to cover up the redness. However, because you're still healing, you don't want to use your normal Cover Girl foundation. There is now a new option that not only provides complete coverage by forming a second skin that breathes, it may even help patients heal faster. According to board certified dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger, "Oxygenetix is a unique product because it combines the ability to cover up as well as treat the skin after a cosmetic procedure." According to the manufacturer, the key ingredient, Ceravitae speeds connective tissue reconstruction, helps rebuild collagen layers and reinforce natural skin healing.
Oxygenetix creator, Barry Knapp, developed the breathable foundation as a tool for aesthetic physicians to eliminate downtime as much as possible with their patients. Dr. Schlessinger says, "This product is for anyone who has had a procedure that disrupts the normal ability for the skin to heal and their skin ends up having either slight amounts of bruising or crusting after the procedure. Sometimes that can last (in some procedures) for up to a couple of weeks if they're doing a deep peel or deep laser procedure."
"There are no other makeups created for patients for immediate use after surgical procedures," states Knapp, "Anyone looking to improve skin, whether they've had a procedure or not. Because it is the best thing you can wear on your skin after a procedure, it has rapidly become a favorite with doctors, aestheticians, dermatologists and other practitioners." Oxygenetix provides complete coverage for all procedural wounds, such as burns, cuts, bruises and skin conditions, i.e. rosacea, melasma, acne, scars or any skin discoloration.
Oxygenetix Coverage: 2nd Degree Burn Wound
Despite it's creation as a tool to hide and eliminate downtime, there is a wide range of people that Oxygenetix is ideal for: actresses are using it as long lasting cover-up to people in school plays or productions. Due to Oxygenetix's ability to "breathe," the chance of skin becoming clogged and developing acne is greatly reduced. Acne breakouts are a nuisance for anyone but imagine if your livelihood depended on how your skin looked. "This is also why some of Hollywood's top makeup artists for some of the biggest television shows love Oxygenetix," says Knapp, "Talent can wear the foundation all day, get great comfortable coverage, and because of Oxygenetix breathability, it keeps their skin healthy with less acne breakout."
As for patients with active acne, Oxygenetix works well due to the product's unique ability to breathe. "Acne can be caused by a number of things ranging from makeup that is dirty and brushes that are dirty to makeup that is not allowing the skin to breathe," describes Dr. Schlessinger, "And if the skin is not breathing or getting the ability to exfoliate normally and allow the normal cell turnover, you're going to end up having more problems with acne and your skin."
Oxygenetix is available at the dermatologist, physician or aesthetician practices or online. Pricing is approximately $60-70 per bottle, each application is water resistant for up to 90 minutes and includes SPF 25.
In practice since 1992, Dr. Joel Schessinger is board certified in dermatology, general cosmetic surgery and pediatrics. After completing his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Alabama Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Dr. Schessinger completed his dermatology residency at Barnes Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, one of the top five medical schools in the country.