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FAQ at Happy Clinic Indy SkinMedica


Why did Happy Clinic Indy choose SkinMedica as its official skincare line?

SkinMedica started over 10 years ago and has quickly become one of the most recognizable physician dispensed skin care brands in the industry. In 2012, SkinMedica started catching the eye of Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvederm, and was subsequently aquired by Allergan in December of 2012 for $350 million dollars. Allergan could have bought any skin care company in the world, but they chose SkinMedica because of its foundation in science and research.


SkinMedica has become synonymous with an ingredient called TNS (standing for Tissue Nutrient Solution) that is probably one of the most amazing ingredients to be added to skin care. TNS is created from real human skin tissue that is grown in a lab. Its job all day long is to absorb a nutrient media and produce skin growth factors and collagen.


SkinMedica has a patented process for creating a highly concentrated serum of human skin growth factors that are absorbed into the skin and stimulate your own skin cells to grow more collagen. As we age, we break down collagen much faster than we can produce it. TNS actually helps to reverse this process, by helping us create more collagen.​

My personal MUST HAVES in skin care are:


- SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

- SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5%

- SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

- SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream

- Skinmedical Total Defense and Repair SPF50


As part of any skin care regimen, I highly recommend:

- No smoking!

- Minimize sun exposure - wear a hat, take walks in the mornings or evernings, and always use a sunscreen daily.

- Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. Juicing is great!

- Drink plenty of water, preferably at least 3-4 quarts a day.

- DO NOT tan - whether real, artificial, or spray!!! Ever!!!


-Dr. Nguyen

SkinMedica's best seller is a product called TNS Essential Serum. TNS Essential Serum has two chambers.

Chamber 1: TNS Recovery Complex®Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (TNS®) → A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized growth factor blend that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture.

Chamber 2: APS Corrective Complex™

Peptides help support skin:

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5

  • Hydrolyzed Silk (Sericin)

  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline

Antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage:

  • Ergothioneine (EGT) → An antioxidant with free radical scavenging properties.

  • Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10) → An antioxidant that helps to counteract free radical damage and works synergistically with vitamin E.

  • Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract → A natural antioxidant rich in polyphenols.

  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → A stable form of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), a proven antioxidant.

  • Tocopheryl Acetate → A form of vitamin E, an antioxidant and free-radical scavenger.

  • Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract → A natural antioxidant rich in polyphenols

  • Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate → A bio-optimized yeast extract that helps prevent free radical damage.

HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator


Provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and supports the skin's natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid for overall skin health.

A proprietary mix of five types of Hyaluronic Acid that smooth the skin, thereby decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

HA5 delivers both immediate and long-term benefits

  • Instantly smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Immediate hydration

  • Improves the appearance of skin texture and roughness

  • Time Release HA: A SkinMedica proprietary ingredient for sustained release of Hyaluronic Acid

  • Sodium Hyaluronate: For immediate hydration

  • Uncross-linked Hyaluronic Acid: For smoothness and hydration

  • Nano Hyaluronic Acid: Soothes skinCross-Linked Hyaluronic Acid: Provides long-lasting hydration for up to 8 hours.

Retinol Complex 0.5


Renews skin and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.



All skin types pre-conditioned by using Retinol Complex 0.25 or another retinoid product


Enhance skin tone, texture, and resiliency


  • Diminished appearance of fine lines and coarse wrinkles

  • Enhanced skin tone and texture

Dermal Repair Cream


Ultra rich moisturizer helps prevent moisture loss and improves skin smoothness to restore your skin's natural beauty.



Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → A stable, lipid-soluble ester form of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), a free radical scavenger.

Tocopheryl Acetate → A stabilized ester of vitamin E, an important antioxidant and free-radical scavenger.

Tocopheryl Linoleate → A vitamin E/fatty acid derivative that helps keep the skin moist and supple.

Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) → A derivative of hyaluronic acid that naturally occurs in the skin. Has the ability to retain up to 40 times its weight in water on the surface of the skin.

Algae Extract → An extract derived from a wide variety of plants grown in seawater and fresh water.

How can SkinMedica help my hyperpigmentation?

Lytera® Skin Brightening Complex


Brightens dull skin and minimizes the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots. Improvements seen as early as 4 weeks.


Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → A stable, lipid-soluble ester form of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Niacinamide → Vitamin B3 improves skin moisturization and helps to enhance the barrier function of the skin. Helps promote even looking skin tone.

Ethyl Linoleate Essential fatty acid ester helps promote even looking skin tone and helps support barrier function.

Squalane → Mimics the lipid content of skin and helps support the skin barrier and is skin’s first line of defense against water loss.

Retinol → Lipid-soluble vitamin A helps smooth dry, thick and rough skin by enhancing exfoliation. Helps even skin tone.

Dunaliella Salina Extract Natural colorless carotenoids of phytoene and phytofluene extracted from unicellular algae. Colorless carotenoids help quench free radicals and brighten the skin.

Hexylresorcinol Helps to brighten the skin.

Tetrapeptide-30 → Skin brightening peptide.

4-Ethoxybenzaldehyde → Helps even skin tone and brighten skin.

Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract → Natural extract, rich in glabridin, a highly effective antioxidant with excellent skin brightening qualities.

SKINMEDICA PEELS at Happy Clinic Indy


I love Skin Medica Peels because they are non-painful, safe, and effective. Skin Medica peels are the perfect complement to a physician dispensed skincare system to improve mild to moderate skin imperfections. Skin Medica Peels improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, roughness, and pore size. You will get noticeable results after just one peel, and compelling results after three to six peels! Skin Medica Peels come in 3 different strengths for different needs of patients.


Dr. Nguyen's recommends for best results get a package of 3 peels and get a peel 4 -6 weeks appart. 


Iluminize Peel - Light Strength, Essential for a "red carpet" event.


Vitalize Peel - For a Medium Strength Peel.  For mild to moderate skin improvements.


Rejuvenize - For a Stronger Strength Peel. For moderate to strong skin improvements.

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