Skin Care

The skin is the largest organ in your body yet routinely neglected. Without proper skin care, impurities surface, pigmentation worsens and ageing accelerates. To be cliché, many skin care regimens overpromise and underdeliver. This is largely because the skin is often only treated at the surface level, failing to properly control pigment or restore vitality. The most common skin issue that I address in my practice are acne, rosacea, melasma, sun damage and facial aging. It’s common for patients to have pursued many different treatment strategies only to be frustrated by a lack of improvement.

When I see patient’s for skin consultations, I review their current skin regimen to understand what has worked and what has not. We will discuss your current skin goals and the corrective measures that need to be taken. You will leave with a comprehensive understanding of your skin treatment plan and the time course for improvement. Peels and laser procedures will also be discussed as these can be important adjuncts to any skin treatment strategy. Treating skin is one of my many passions and I hope to see you soon.

Skin Health


Skin health is a science that treats the skin components at a cellular level to achieve flawless complexion and texture. A customized skin-care regimen can aggressively treat pigmentation and textural abnormalities as well as optimize the skin to tolerate more aggressive procedures such as lasers and peels. This combined approach leads to an unprecedented lasting renewal of the skin.

Skin Health by ZO

Through my training with world-renowned skin health expert, Dr. Zein Obagi , I have come to appreciate the science behind restoration and maintenance of overall skin health. Topical and systemic agents that affect skin at the cellular level are the key to long-lasting rejuvenation. At birth, a baby’s skin is flawless. Over time, however, genetic predispositions and environmental exposures synergistically instigate noticeable imperfections.

Treatment must take place at the cellular level in order to definitively target the origin of visible and non-visible skin abnormalities. Discoloration (melasma, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation), textural irregularities (scars, wrinkles, large pores), aging, photodamage and inflammatory conditions (rosacea and acne) are approached similarly. Specific topical agents are used to improve the superficial layer of the skin (the epidermis) while simultaneously stimulating the deeper layer (the dermis) where long-term maximal improvement is derived. Once skin health is restored, it is important to adhere to a tailored regimen that focuses on stabilizing the result.

Skin Care Services

The virtual consultation affords patients who are otherwise unable to meet in person an opportunity to discuss their goals and gather information about the proposed treatment plan. Surgery and skin care consultations are done via HIPAA secure video conferencing.

The use of peeling agents can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians who used herbs and chemical extracts to restore a youthful appearance to the skin. Over time, these ingredients have been refined and extensively studied in all skin types in order to achieve results that were unimaginable years ago. Conditioning the skin prior to undergoing a chemical peel is paramount, as it improves the quality of the skin both before and after procedures, expediting healing and enhancing results. Predictability of the peeling agent is crucial in attaining a uniform result while minimizing complications. The components of each ZO Skin Health peel are precisely controlled, allowing specific skin depths to be targeted and treated.

The ZO 3-Step Stimulation Peel is a self-neutralizing Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) exfoliating peel. It is used to treat and correct Melasma and Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation, textural irregularities (including early acne scars and enlarged pores), photodamage, mild wrinkles and skin laxity. The peel is performed in the office setting and is well tolerated, producing minimal discomfort. Patients typically experience 3-4 days of exfoliation without swelling, crusting or oozing. The top layer of the skin is rejuvenated while the deeper components of the skin are stimulated to repair textural damage. The 3-step peel can be repeated monthly and has an excellent safety profile.

ZO Controlled Depth Peel is a Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel that is used to systematically and safely target the deeper layers of the skin. Fixed concentrations of TCA are combined with a blue based dye (hence the name, “blue peel”), which facilitates even application for more predictable results and increased safety. The primary objectives of this peel are to achieve maximal non-surgical skin tightening as well as correct deeper wrinkles, scars and pigmentation. As with all peel procedures, a dedicated period of skin preparation and conditioning in the 6 weeks preceding, will greatly improve the result. The procedure is performed using mild sedation or general anesthesia to ensure your complete comfort. The initial healing phase lasts 7-10 days and depends on the desired peel depth, with deeper peels requiring a longer recovery timeline. Patients will experience swelling and exfoliation, which gradually improves throughout the recovery period. You will be given strict aftercare instructions and patients typically elect to stay at home during the initial phase (downtime). After the top layer of the skin has healed, patients are advised to resume their pre-procedure ZO Skin Health Regimen. Further improvement in the skin will take place over the next 6 weeks as deeper stimulation and correction takes place. The results obtained from this procedure are dramatic and long lasting when performed by experienced clinicians.

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Receive an in-depth consultation where we will thoroughly review your goals to personalize a plan focused on a natural and aesthetic result. Dr. Donald S. Mowlds, MD is located in beautiful Newport Beach, CA but is also available via a virtual consultation for out-of-town patients.

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