Skin care is one of the most important things to do to keep the skin healthy and looking youthful. This daily routine, which should begin as early as adolescence, not only helps with the skin’s complexion, but it also protects from skin cancer and other skin diseases.
Just like our fingerprints, we each have a unique skin type that requires certain products and treatments to maintain a healthy appearance. The five basic skin types include normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. No matter what skin type you have, an at-home skin care routine should include cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and protecting. While most people find their at-home regimen to be very beneficial, others may need a physician’s treatment to achieve a better appearance. These treatments may include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, lasers and/or injectables. Depending on your skin, age and lifestyle, a board certified dermatologist can examine your skin to determine which type of skin care routine is best for you. It’s never too late to start a skin care routine or improve your current routine!
Q: I’ve been seeing an aesthetician for my acne for the past few months and my acne is getting worse. I get regular steam facials and chemical peels and she has me on some pretty expensive products. What am I doing wrong?
First, you should never see an aesthetician for a medical condition such as acne. Acne is a complicated condition that takes the complex care and knowledge of a board certified dermatologist to manage and treat. Second, you should not be steaming your face. Steam produces sweat. Sweat clogs your pores. Clogged pores worsen acne. Third, you should be on physician grade products and physician managed prescriptions to treat your acne. You are wasting your money on over the counter products. I suggest making an appointment with a board certified dermatologist as your first step in managing your acne.
Q: I have rosacea, so I know that I need to be extra careful when choosing skin care products. I would like to start using a topical anti-oxidant, and a friend recommended vitamin C. Will this irritate my skin?
Topical vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin, making it a great skin care choice for a person with rosacea. The key is picking the vitamin C product that is designed for sensitive skin. L-ascorbic acid can be too harsh for rosacea patients because of the high acidity (low pH). I would suggest a product that uses magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or ascorbyl palmitate as the form of vitamin C. In our office, the Vivifying Vitamin C serum is a great choice for rosacea and sensitive skin patients.
Q: I use SPF religiously and wear hats and protection when I’m going to be in the sun. I recently read an article that said I should also be using an anti-oxidant to protect my skin from chemicals in the air. Is this true?
I believe the article was referencing the dangerous free radicals that are produced from UV exposure. No sunscreen can protect 100% of UV and the rays that get through causing these free radicals to form. These free radicals breakdown your collagen and accelerate aging of your skin. You can protect your skin from such damage with the use of a topical anti-oxidant applied under your sunscreen every day. The most effective anti-oxidant topicals contain either Vitamin C or E, or a combination of both. In our office we have several products available: Neocutis JOURNÉE, Replenix CF and our own Vivifying Vitamin C serum.