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Product of the Week: SkinBetter Science™ Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment

SkinBetter Science™ Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment

This week’s product is one of Dr. Rachel Pritzker‘s favorites that we now have!

Great for all skin types and approved to be used in the morning and night for rejuvenating moisture. The SkinBetter Science™ Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment is a heavy-but-weightless moisturizer provides essential hydration to the skin.

*Key Factors & Key Ingredients* 

  • Utilizes Ceramides

  • Contains lipids

  • Has skin’s natural moisturizing factors (NMF)

  • Bring moisture and hydration balance back to the skin

  • Support healthier-looking skin, resulting in improved appearance and radiance, suppleness and smoothness

  • Visible improvement in the look of fine lines, and wrinkles

Directions: Apply 1 to 2 pumps to the face and neck and décolleté as your last step before sunscreen.

Purchase yours in-store or over the phone at 312-245-9965 option 4!

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Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Safe Skincare!

Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Safe Skincare

At Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology we realize that pregnancy and breastfeeding are a vital time in yours and your child’s lives. So we want to make sure that you are still getting the best Pregnancy/Breastfeeding safe skincare possible during this time. Below you will find bundles and skincare lines that are great AND safe to use!

      • IS Clinical Cleansing Complex – AM 1 / PM 1
      • CCSD Correct Brightening Pads – AM 2
      • Revision C+ Correcting complex – AM 3
      • Revision Intellishade – AM 4
      • IS Clinical Active Serum PM2 (follow with Moisturizer)
    • IS Clinical Cleansing Complex – AM 1 / PM 2
    • Elta MD Clear Sunscreen – AM 2
    • IS Clinical Active Serum – PM 2 (follow with moisturizer)
    • Epionce Spot Treatment – As Needed
    • CCSD Azelaic Acid (RX) – As Directed
  •  Anti-Aging (Pregnancy Safe) Package Bundle – $413.10, Save $45.90
    • IS Clinical Cleansing Complex – AM 1 / PM 1
    • Neocutis Journee – AM 2
    • IS Clinical Active Serum – PM 2
    • CCSD Revive Night Cream – PM 3

Not looking to get a full bundle? Check out these Pregnancy/Breastfeeding safe skincare products, sold at Chicago Skin Science! Shop in-store, online or through our CSS App, that you can download for free, on the App Store or Google Play Store.

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Product of the Week: CCSD Correct Smoothing Cream

The CCSD Correct Smoothing Cream is  a great alternative to the discontinued Avene Akerat, see below for details! 

Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid & Urea

  • Glycolic acid and Urea both moisturize, exfoliate, and retexturize rough, dry patches.

  • Provides intense therapy for dry skin, leaving skin softer and smoother.

  • Helps improve the appearance of KP (keratosis pilaris)

  • Exfoliating peptides and amino acids mimic skin’s natural moisturizing factor.

  • Fractionated hyaluronic acid draws moisture deep within the dermis.

  • Texture is smooth, a little waxy, medium to thick consistency. No strong smell.

This is primarily used as a body cream, but best use will be up to the provider. Safe to use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Directions: For large areas of the body, apply sparingly using a pea sized amount,  for targeted areas (hands, elbows, knees), apply a quarter sized amount to each area twice daily.

Shop in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App! Free to download for iPhone and Android.

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Product of the Week: SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel



SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel is a soothing moisturizing gel that hydrates, comforts and alleviates redness and sensitivity. Powered by hyaluronic acid, cucumber, thyme, and other botanical ingredients, this gel serum gently replenishes moisture and improves the appearance of visual redness while mulberry minimizes the appearance of discoloration to boost a brighter and fresher-looking complexion.

Key Ingredients:

  • Thyme, Olive and Cucumber Extracts: botanicals that soothe and calm the skin
  • Eucalyptus Leaf: an essential oil that delivers a purifying feeling to the skin
  • Hyaluronic Acid: a natural humectant capable of holding 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it an ideal moisturizer when applied topically

Key Benefits:

  • Calms and hydrates the skin
  • Minimizes the appearance of discoloration
  • Encourages a brighter and more radiant appearance
  • Ideal for all skin types including acne-prone skin

SKIN TYPES THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM PRODUCT: Dry, Normal, Oily, Combination, Sensitive

IF YOU HAVE THESE SKIN CONCERNS, THIS PRODUCT WILL HELP: Sensitized, Dehydrated, Blotchiness, Discoloration, Acne, Aging. Post procedure patients that have sensitive skin that is irritated and red.

How to use: As needed, apply 2-3 drops to face, neck, and chest. Can be used on other areas of the body as needed. Can be used AM or PM.

Shop in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App – available for free download on the Google Play Store and App Store.

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What’s up with the recent headlines these days about celebrities not showering?

Sure, the pandemic has been hard on all of our daily beauty routines! But are there any hygiene risks with skipping the shower? We revisit a previous USA Today article with Dr. Carolyn Jacob back in 2017 explaining some of the repercussions of not showering for long periods of time!

  • You’d develop an odor
  • “Oily parts of your body would collect dirt & pollutants” -Dr. Jacob
  • Higher risk of infection
  • Your “hair becomes heavy with oil secreted from the scalp and the collected dirt and pollutants that stick to it” -Dr. Jacob
  • “As bacteria builds on your skin, it risks inflaming hair follicles, causing pimples.” Dr. Jacob
  • Your groin can develop “intertrigo, a yeast and inflammation combination that goes from itchy and red to burning and painful” -Dr. Jacob
  • “Dead skin would build up between your toes and become crusty.” -Dr. Jacob


How often should I shower?

So what’s the deal? How often do we ACTUALLY have to shower? Although some of the above cases are after extended periods of time, it’s recommended to shower every other day. However, this might not be the case for people who exercise frequently or work physically active jobs. If you work outside in the heat, are a line cook or moving shipments all day for example, you would be more prone to sweat and require daily showers. But if you work an indoor desk job with minimal movement throughout the day, then showering every other day should be fine for you.

For you regular shower takers out there, try some of these tips from our providers to help keep your skin healthy regardless of how often you’re sudsing up.

  • Keep showers under 15 minutes
  • Do not shower in extremely hot water
  • Pick products that don’t have harsh fragrances or perfumes – like the Elta Foaming Cleanser or the Revita Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Pat dry after getting out the shower
  • Moisturize immediately after drying to seal in moisture

Be sure to consult your CCSD Board-Certified Dermatologist or Certified Physician Assistant on any skin issues you may have. Call our office at 312-245-9965 option 2, to schedule your appointment or book online.

Check out the full USA TODAY article here.

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Product of the Week: Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

Product of the Week: Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

Smooths rough bumps and uneven skin texture associated with Keratosis Pilaris. This 8.8 PFAV™ Glycolic Acid-based body wash deeply cleanses while exfoliating dead surface skin cells to reveal softer skin. The Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash is great for oil and blemish prone skin. This is typically only used for the body and can be used 2-3 times a week or as tolerated. 

*Key Benefits*

  • Smooths away rough bumps and dry patches associated with Keratosis Pilaris

  • Exfoliates dead surface skin cells

  • Rich lather deeply cleanses, leaving skin feeling fresh, smooth and revitalized


Squeeze an ample amount onto a bath pouf or wet washcloth and massage over the entire body, working into a rich lather. Use once a day, or as directed by your physician. Concentrate on areas of the body that are the roughest and driest. Rinse thoroughly. For optimal results, follow with your favorite body lotion!

Shop in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App!

Let’s talk skincare, call 312-245-9965 option 4 to speak to our Store Associates!

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Product of the Week: Neocutis BioCream Firm

Neocutis Bio Cream Firm

The Neocutis BioCream Firm is an AGE-DEFYING non-comedogenic moisturizer is best for NORMAL TO DRY SKIN TYPES, or if you have skin  that gets dry in the winter, but still has some oilier regions on the face, you will LOVE this cream.

  • Formulated with patented PSP®, a nourishing protein blend including Human Growth Factors, Interleukins and other Cytokines for state-of-the-art skin revitalization.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhances the appearance of skin firmness
  • Contains glycerin, wheat germ oil, and borage seed oil to help replenish moisture for nourished-looking skin
  • And as a bonus: it nurtures skin after cosmetic or dermatologic procedures! (fun fact: the Neocutis line was founded on wound healing research, they implemented that knowledge to the formulation of their products, meaning the ingredients they use are very healing and soothing to the skin)
  • Has Firming technology which are peptides that are formulated to help tighten the skin.

It is marketed as a NIGHT CREAM, since Neocutis sells Journee for the day, but it is okay to use in the morning as well if you are dry. Just make sure to apply SPF after!

And now, during the the month of August, you can earn DOUBLE Neo Rewards points!! Download the Neocutis Rewards app for free on your iPhone or Android!

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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Skinbetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream

SkinBetter Science™ Regenerating AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Skinbetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream

Thanks to the SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream‘s unique combination of an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a retinoid it allows for noticeable skin rejuvenation with little-to-no irritation.

*Key Factors & Key Ingredients*

  • Improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture.

  • Contains a potent blend of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea extract) to help neutralize free radicals and help protect against collagen degradation.

  • Provides moisture (with squalene, niacinamide, and ceramides) to help counteract dryness associated with traditional retinoid-based products.

  • Contains a retinoid and lactic acid- that creates a revolutionary double-conjugated retinoid that releases both the collagen invigorating retinoid and the skin retexturizing AHA, these are naturally time released into the skin to allow for optimum effectiveness.

  • Good for all skin types, even sensitive to dry skin!

  • Also contains glycolic acid that helps retexturize and increase efficacy of AlphaRet

Purchase in-store or call to speak to one of our Store Associates, at 312-245-9965 option 4, to get yours today!

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Don’t forget about our Coola Special this month ONLY!

Buy a Coola Sunless Tan Express Mousse and Coola After Sun Lotion to get 10% OFF plus FREE Coola Sunless Tan 2-In-1 Application Mitt

Get a glowing, natural looking tan FAST, without the sun damage! Coola is reef safe and EcoCert® Cosmos Organic certified.

Coola Sunless Tan Express Sculpting Mousse

The Coola Sunless Tan Express Sculpting Mousse is Vegan friendly, antioxidant rich, cruelty free, gluten free. The sun tan mousse is 70% organic and contains DHA. This natural Piña Colada scented tan mousse develops a healthy glow within hours of use. This product is great for anyone who wants a sun-kissed look without the tanning bed and harmful sun rays! This can also be sold with the application/Exfoliator Mitt.


For maximum color, dispense generous amount into hand or applicator side of COOLA’s 2-in1 Mitt, and spread evenly across body. Massage in circular motions and let dry before dressing. Allow 2-4 hours for tan to fully develop and reapply as needed. Allow 6-8 hours before showering.  For best results, exfoliate skin with COOLA’s 2-in-1 Mitt prior to use.

Key Benefits:

o   70%+ certified organic ingredients

o   99%+ ingredients from natural origin

o   Our highest level of DHA, naturally derived from Sugar Beet

o   Creates a tan within hours, IT CAN BE USED ON THE FACE =)

o   Concentrated Caffeine helps skin appear smoother and firmer

o   Lightweight and fast-absorbing

o   Streak-free and transfer-resistant

o   Natural Piña Colada scent


Coola After Sun Radical Recovery Moisturizing Lotion

Coola After Sun Radical Recovery Moisturizing Lotion answers the call from thirsty, overexposed skin. This intensely hydrating, Eco-Cert certified organic lotion with skin-soothing aloe vera, uses agave’s natural moisture-locking mechanism to deliver clinically proven overexposure relief while providing environmental defense. Enriched with antioxidant and vitamin-intensive boosters including rosemary extract and nurturing lavender oils, this lotion refreshes and repairs. It’s like a wheatgrass shot for your skin!

Key Benefits:

  • 70%+ certified organic ingredients
  • 99% of the ingredients are from natural origin
  • EcoCert certified
  • Rich in antioxidants like Sunflower Oil
  • Aloe Vera helps soothe a sun overexposure
  • Lavender Oil delivers anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Rosemary Extract refreshes skin
  • Natural Lavender scent
  • Vegan
  • Reef Friendly (Hawaii Reef Friendly Sunscreen Oxybenzone & Octinoxate Free)
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PCASkin Research Study Opportunity

Do you have facial hyperpigmentation or photoaging due to sun damage and UV exposure? We are conducting a PCA Peel research study, starting this month! You may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Women, ages 35-60
  • No facial laser, microdermabrasion, or filler treatments in the last 3 months 
  • No neuromodulators in the last 3 months
  • Not pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant during study (4 months)
  • No actinic keratosis, vitiligo, active inflammatory lesions/dermatitis on the face
  • No history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring
  • No history of chemical peel sensitivity
  • No excessive sun exposure or tanning in the last 30 days 

The study will require 4 months of participation, with subjects receiving 3 PCA chemical peels, 4 weeks apart. Compensation available to participants that complete the study.  We are recruiting 30 subjects of all Fitzpatrick skin types, so if you qualify with the items above, please email and our Research Department will reach out to you!

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ASPIRE Rewards Is Now Even More Rewarding!

We’re excited to announce a new partnership between ASPIRE Galderma Rewards and Alastin Skincare which means Aspire members can receive more benefits than ever before! You can now earn Aspire points with a qualifying ALASTIN Skincare® product purchase at our Chicago Skin Science store! Achieving your skin goals has never been easier — or more rewarding.

$200-$299 of Alastin products bought in one transaction earns you 100 Aspire points (which equals $10), $300-$399 gets 300 points ($30) and $400+ earns 500 points ($50). Aspire points can be redeemed for discounts on future Galderma treatments at CCSD like Dysport, Restylane, Sculptra and more! Sign up for ASPIRE Galderma Rewards for FREE and download the app today.

*Offer terms and conditions apply. For details, see ASPIRE Galderma Rewards Consumer Loyalty Program Terms and Conditions here:

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Here comes the sun! Get your glow on with these summer safe sunscreens

Chicago Skin Science sunscreens

Here comes the sun! Get your glow on with these summer safe sunscreens

The first rule of a sun-safe summer is to always wear your sunscreen. We offer an impressive SPF lineup for every age, budget, skin type and tone! Listed below are some of our most popular sunscreens with patients and staff alike. You can shop in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App – available on the Google Play store or Apple App store.

  • Perfect For On-The-Go Protection
      • Chicago Skin Science Protect Powder – Mattifying oil control powder sunscreen with skin perfecting touch of color. Protects against visible signs of aging with potent antioxidants and easy to reapply SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection.
      • Colorescience Sunforgettable Powder Brush – A powdered sunscreen with a hint of color that’s easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Contains 24% Zinc oxide for a physical SPF 50 protection that’s water resistant 80 minutes. (Available in Fair, Medium, Tan, & Deep)
  • Tinted Sunscreens
      • Chicago Skin Science Protect Physical Defense – Matte physical sunscreen cream with antioxidants, SPF 50 UVA/UVB Protection, elegant universal tint. 
      • Alastin Hydratint Pro Mineral – A lightweight universally tinted physical SPF 36 broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s also rich in antioxidants. Water resistant up to 40 minutes, paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free. 
      • Neocutis Journee – An all-in-one day cream that combines PSP technology with antioxidants and SPF 30 broad-spectrum sun protection. This is one of Dr. Jacob’s holy grail skincare products!
      • Revision Intellishade TruPhysical – 5-in-1 sunscreen that corrects, protects, conceals, brightens and hydrates skin! This anti-aging, tinted sunscreen moisturizer contains 100% mineral SPF 45 broad-spectrum protection.
      • Elta UV Elements SPF 44 – Chemical-free, tinted sunscreen in a 100% physical moisturizing base. Gentle for even the most sensitive skin types, including post-procedure. Contains a universal tint and water resistant up to 40 minutes.
  • Facial (non-tinted) Sunscreens
      • EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 – A sheer, lightweight yet moisturizing sunscreen specifically formulated with hyaluronic acid.
      • EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 – Formulated with high-purity Niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, discoloration, and photo-damaged skin.
      • EltaMD UV Replenish SPF 44 – Hyaluronic acid rich sunscreen offering SPF 44 broad-spectrum protection. Non-chemical, non-tinted, oil-free and water resistant for up to 40 minutes. 
  • Body Sunscreens
      • EltaMD UV Lotion Body SPF 30 – A moisturizing sunscreen for the entire body. Transparent zinc oxide offers SPF 30 protection and is suitable for all skin types. 
      • EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50 – Specially formulated for active lifestyles. Contains beeswax for extra water resistance and anti-sweat technology. 
      • EltaMD Aero SPF 45 – Great for all skin types, full-body, continuous spray (even upside down)! Water resistant (80 minutes) SPF 45 sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. 
      • EltaMD PURE SPF 47 – Physical sunscreen that’s great for children and sensitive skin types. CHEMICAL FREE, untinted, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Sunscreen Sticks
    • SkinBetter Science sunbetter SHEER SPF 56 – A truly transparent layer of broad-spectrum protection regardless of skin type and tone. Easy to apply  stick sunscreen and water resistant for 80 minutes. 
    • Cerave SPF 50 – Broad-spectrum sunscreen stick that’s lightweight and oil-free. Contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid.