Malcolm Rude, M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Brazos Valley Plastic Surgery

Skin Care Basic Essentials

Skin Care & Non-Surgical Treatments

Basic Essentials

Moisturizing is an essential step in every skin care regimen. Moisturizers help soothe dry skin, protect sensitive skin, and improve skins overall texture. They do so by trapping water in the top layer of skin and forming a temporary barrier to help prevent moisture from escaping through the skin surface.


Dr. Rude also offers his own private label skin care creams to optimize the results of your regimen or chemical peels. These creams, which are all individually compounded in our office, are our Pro-Essentials product line. This line consists of three different creams: Brightener, Revitalizer, and One Step.

The Brightener cream is compounded with Arbutase, a skin lightening ingredient, to aid in the elimination of age spots and hyperpigmentation. This type of discoloration develops from years of exposure to damaging UVA and UVB rays. Arbutase yields the same results as Hydroquinone, an ingredient effective in treating hyperpigmentation, which is no longer available to purchase through a physician’s office in Texas. Brightener can be worn both night and day to achieve or maintain an even and bright complexion.

The Revitalizer cream is compounded with vitamin A, an ingredient that speeds up the cellular metabolism of the skin’s surface to treat fine lines and uneven skin tone. As skin ages, the turnover of skin cells slows, which decreases the ability for old, damaged skin cells to slough off, and new, healthy skin cells to grow in their place. Vitamin A is effective at accelerating skin cell turnover, resulting in a softening of imperfections and an overall refreshed complexion. Because vitamin A thins the outer layer of the skins surface, making skin more vulnerable to UV damage, Revitalizer should only be used at night. Patients using any product containing vitamin A are advised to be especially diligent about sunscreen use during the day.

The One Step cream, the most popular of the three creams, is compounded with both Arbutase and vitamin A. This patient favorite combines the hyperpigmentation fading benefits of the Brightener, and the skin cell turnover acceleration benefits of the Revitalizer, to create a cream that is all inclusive. The result is an overall healthier, more youthful appearance. Because One Step contains vitamin A, it should only be used at night.

All of Dr. Rude’s Pro-Essentials creams are individually compounded in the office, and as a result, are all customized to the individual. The active ingredients in the creams will be added to suit your unique individual needs. Creams can be compounded to be more conservative or aggressive, depending on your skin’s specific needs and your desired result. These custom creams allow for Dr. Rude to create a skin care regimen that is truly your own.

Sun Screen

Sun protection is something that Dr. Rude adamantly feels is essential to everyone’s skincare regimen. When it comes to your skins overall health, UV rays are its greatest enemy. The sun gives off harmful rays that mutate your dermal cellular structures. These mutations can include the destruction of elastin and collagen, and the production of melanin. The loss of collagen and elastin results in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. The production of melanin results in hyperpigmentation- often referred to as age spots. In addition to causing physical signs of aging, UV rays can cause skin cells to mutate into harmful skin cancers. It is for these reasons that Dr. Rude advises all patients to protect themselves from the sun. Sun block puts a physical barrier between your skin and the sun by using zinc oxide to physically block or deflect the sun’s rays.

Dr. Rude offers a private label sunscreen. This sunscreen is slightly tinted and has a creamy texture that goes on ultra-smooth, but without being too heavy. Because this sunscreen does not have a matte finish it is ideal for patients with dry to normal skin who often find matte products to be dulling. The tint is subtle enough to be worn by both women and men, and is compatible with a wide variety of skin tones. The private label sunscreen also includes the added protection of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant essential to protecting your skin from sun damage.

The private label sunscreen gives your skin a smooth, clean, finish that looks great under make up on when worn on their own. Dr. Rude believes that when used as directed these products provide protection that is sufficient and superior to that of brands found in drugstores.

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