My Fabulous Facial for Melasma (and More)!


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While in California recently, I decided to indulge in a little LA glamor and beauty. I couldn’t think of a better way than with a Line Fighting facial at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, in Marina del Rey!

This thriving plastic surgery practice features a spacious, fully accredited medical day spa, that provides everything from injectables and clinical skin care, to laser treatments and permanent makeup.

I had the pleasure meeting Ann Yacullo, one of The Institute’s expert clinical aestheticians, for a custom clinical facial that took years off my face.

Read on for the features of my facial that treated melasma, blemishes, and more!

Genetics and a diligent skin care routine have left my skin in pretty good shape, butI still have some melasma, fine lines, and sun damage that have managed to stamp their marks on my face. I expressed these concerns to Ann as she brought me in to the treatment room with high hopes of clearing things up.

Ann was very receptive, and immediately began talking me through her plan. She has over 20 years of experience with some of the industry’s best, so I knew I was in good hands. Moments later, her confident, calm, and kind demeanor helped put me at ease (her own glowing skin helped too!).

Biomedic Purifying Cleanser, the best facial cleansers, how to prevent wrinklesAnn agreed that we should work on my brown spots, a few blemishes, and exfoliating away some dull patches as well. She designs each of her facials based on her client’s specific needs using the highest grade products on the market. She recommended lines such as IS Skincare and Biomedic (from La Roche Posay) for their reliable results. Then, with the lights lowered down,and the sounds of Enya filling the room, she got right down to business.

clarisonics brush, the best way to clean skin, how to prevent breakoutsMy facial started with two cleansers and a Clarisonics brush. She explained that this combination exfoliates, deep cleans, and stimulates collagen. The cleansers also kill surface bacteria to prevent any breakouts.

Then she set up a steamer to open my pores for the exfoliating part of the facial. The exfoliator contained micro beads, which Ann said won’t lacerate delicate skin, combined with an enzyme to work through the layers of dull skin. Next, the Dermasweep machine acted like a mini-microdermabrasion and let the active treatment serums penetrate deeper into my face.

On to the brown-spots! My melasma settled in on my cheeks over the past few years as the result of using birth control and then having exposure to the sun. Ann applied clinical strength 20% hydroquinone, and warned me ahead of time that it would be intense… it was! It burned, but was tolerable since I knew this was the gold standard for melting away these stubborn splotches. This was immediately followed with a calming mask which was like heaven after the heat.

IS Clinical Super Serum, how to treat melasma, how to brighten your skin, the best skin care productsWe finished up with a Vitamin C Super Serum, which was actually a time-released, 15% L-ascorbic acid to help brighten up my freshly scrubbed skin. An gentle moisturizer was also applied to lock in hydration. Of course, she finished it all off with a layer of oil free SPF 35!

I am thrilled with the results! My brown spots have been reduced to a few freckles, and my skin is still glowing as if I was back in my twenties! Ann proved far and beyond the difference a clinical facial can make in comparison with your run-of -the-mill spa.

Better products, the latest technology and tools, plus years of passionate expertise make Ann an expert Fine-Line-Fighter! Melasma, dull skin, and blemishes have met their match.

Ann’s last piece of advice? Keep wearing your SPF!!!

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Ann Yacullo, Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, how to treat  melasma, clinical facialsAnn Yacullo
Clinical Aesthetician
Marina Plastic Surgery Associates


Filed under Anti-aging Products, Beauty, Facials, Melasma, Sun Protection

9 responses to “My Fabulous Facial for Melasma (and More)!

  1. Hi Karin,
    Thank you so much for the awsome write up!!!!!
    I can’t wait to see you, when you get back to L.A.
    Like I said, you already have amazing skin, however, the sun damage that we all did as teens really pops up in our twenties and thirties(not that you are anywhere near thirty). I am so happy that the facial we did was able to make a difference!!!!
    See you soon, and stay beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ann Yacullo

  2. Thanks Ann! Professionals like you certainly know how to turn back the clock on anyones face! SPF and being sun- smart certainly go a long way too. As far as 30….the jury’s still out 😉

  3. Debbie G Malek

    I can only agree! Ann Yacullo is the best! She did her magic on my face and it was sublime heaven!! Btw nothing at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates is run of the mill … from top to bottom, inside and out, it is a magical place and Ann just proves that once again!! You are fabulous, Ann! Thank you!

  4. dorina ochoa

    where can i buy ann’s products?

  5. is this safe? i am wondering if which of the product i am currently using are more effective to apply.

  6. Sabiaa

    Ive Got brown spots all over my face especially on my upper lip

    What can i use

    • MAS

      Hi Sabbia- Research a reputable plastic surgeon or dermatologist in your area to discuss the possibility of having laser therapy done to correct your spots. This is terrific for sun damage and age spots. If you truly have melasma, make sure the practitioner who will be treating you is very familiar with using laser therapy for this condition. There is an increased chance of actually darkening the existing hyper pigmentation, so settings must be adjusted very carefully.If you are looking for a product to use on your own, I love Elure’s line of day and night hyper pigmentaion treatments. They are hydroquinone free which makes them unique to similar products. Good luck!

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