Dry skin can cause a lot of problems. Healthy, well-hydrated skin can help you look younger, provide better protection for your internal organs, and can help prevent infection.
So, what causes dry skin? There are quite a few factors that can cause dry skin, including:
- Environmental exposure to wind, sun, and cold or hot temperatures
- Stages of life including aging and menopause
- Medical conditions of the skin including rosacea and eczema
- Inadequate hydration from perspiring heavily and drinking too little water
- Exposure to harsh chemicals including alcohol and other cleaning agents
You can do a lot to help prevent dry skin, and it all begins with an excellent skincare regimen, which should include:
- Washing your skin using only mild cleansing products, not soap
- Gently patting your skin almost dry, leaving a layer of moisture still on your skin
- Using an alcohol-free toner, which will balance your skin’s pH and not dry out your skin
- Applying a moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 15 to protect and hydrate your skin
You should change to a thick, creamy moisturizer during winter months and harsh weather. Other tips you can do to prevent dry skin include:
- Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, especially in summer and when you exercise and perspire
- Wear protective clothing if you are outside in harsh weather, wind, sun, or hot or cold temperatures
- Always wear appropriate protective gear including gloves, a mask, safety glasses, and clothing when handling chemicals
If you suffer from dry skin, it’s important to visit your dermatologist, who is an expert at skin conditions. Your dermatologist can help if your dry skin is caused by age-related skin changes, or a medical skin condition like rosacea, eczema, or dermatitis.
Your dermatologist offers a wide range of skincare services to help you enjoy hydrated, beautiful, younger-looking skin. Your dermatologist may recommend:
- Serums and facials
- Hydration treatments
- Anti-aging treatments
- Skincare products and cosmetics
To learn more about prevention, causes, and treatments of dry skin, talk with your dermatologist today.
Taking care of your skin is important. Your skin protects your vital organs. Your skin also improves your appearance and helps you look younger. Taking care of your skin begins with a good skincare routine. Your dermatologist can help you establish the right skin care routine to help your skin look healthy and vibrant.
A good skincare routine should:
- Take only a few minutes
- Be easy, so you stick to it
- Be effective, so it enhances the appearance of your skin
A good skincare routine requires a few important steps, including:
Cleaning your skin at least once each day with mild cleansing products like gels or foams. Don’t use soap because it can dry your skin.
Patting your skin gently. Avoid rubbing your skin. Leave a light film of moisture on your skin.
Using an alcohol-free toner. Toners containing alcohol can leave your skin feeling dry and tight.
Applying moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to guard your skin from sun damage.
Remember these important tips to care for your skin:
- Always clean off your makeup before going to bed
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 if you plan on staying in the sun for a long period of time.
Summers and winters can be especially hard on your skin. Sun and wind exposure can age your skin. Remember to:
- Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 30
- Try not to be out in the sun from 10 AM to 4 PM when damaging UV rays are the most harmful
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Wear sunglasses, a hat, and other protective clothing
- Use a heavier, cream moisturizer during the winter months
- Avoid lingering in a hot shower or bath because it can dry your skin
- Apply lip balm to keep your lips moist and prevent chapping
You can do a lot to keep your skin healthy, attractive, and young-looking. Your dermatologist can help. Your dermatologist offers a wide variety of treatments and services for anti-aging, skin conditions, acne, and more. To find out more about keeping a good skincare routine and how your dermatologist can help you, call your dermatologist today.
Dermatology is an important area of medicine. Many people think of dermatology as the medical specialty to help them look more attractive. This is cosmetic dermatology. There is another type of dermatology which treats skin conditions and skin cancers and can potentially save your life. This is medical dermatology.
Medical dermatology services can be the answer if you are suffering from:
- Sun damage
- Skin cancer
If you have acne, your dermatologist can provide several medical dermatology treatments to help you enjoy clear skin. Your dermatologist may recommend:
- Benzoyl peroxide products to unclog pores
- Tretinoin for severe acne
- Laser treatment to kill underlying bacteria
- Extraction treatment to remove blackheads and whiteheads
If you have a rash, your dermatologist may recommend:
- Cortisone cream or lotion
- Oral or topical antihistamine
- Oatmeal or Aveeno baths
- Allergy testing to find out if the rash is allergy related
One of the most serious skin conditions your dermatologist can treat is skin cancer. To protect yourself from skin cancer, wearing a daily sunscreen is vitally important. Make sure to:
- Wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 every day
- Wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 if you are outside for long periods
You should also perform a self-check of your skin regularly, looking for any abnormalities like these:
- A large mole, with a diameter over 6 millimeters
- A mole with ragged, irregular borders
- A mole with an asymmetrical shape
- New moles, or moles that have grown back after previous removal
- Rough, scaly patches of skin
Your dermatologist can remove any abnormal moles and have them biopsied to check for abnormal or cancerous tissue. Mole removal can be performed several ways, including shaving the mole, or removing the mole completely.
Your dermatologist can provide medical dermatology services that can help you enjoy clear skin, make you more comfortable, and potentially even save your life. To find out more about how medical dermatology can help you, talk with your dermatologist today.
Your skin needs protection through all seasons of the year. Now that fall is here, and winter is approaching fast, you need to know how to protect your skin through fall and winter. Your dermatologist can help with the expertise, guidance, and skincare treatments you need.
In the colder months, your skin can dry out, from spending time indoors in heated rooms. During fall and into winter, your skin can become:
When you are out in colder weather, you need to protect your skin from harsh winds and colder temperatures. Remember to:
- Wear a thicker moisturizing cream on exposed skin.
- Avoid products with alcohol because they can dry your skin.
- Cover as much of your skin as possible with face masks, hats, gloves, and other warm clothing.
- Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for everyday protection because sun exposure can be just as damaging to your skin in colder weather.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher if you are outdoors in the weather for a long period of time.
- Avoid taking long, hot showers because they can dry your skin.
- Take shorter showers with lukewarm water.
- Use gentle soaps and washes to clean your skin and avoid exfoliating during the winter.
- Wear lip balm to protect your lips when you are outside.
- Consider installing a humidifier in your home to help moisten the air. It will soothe your skin, and your sinuses, and nasal passages.
Fall and winter months contain less moisture, so the drier climate can dry out your skin. If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, it can get worse in the fall and winter. You should visit your dermatologist for psoriasis and eczema care.
Fall is the gateway to winter and fall and winter weather can be harmful to your skin. The effects of harsh winds, cold temperatures, and sun exposure can all accumulate and age your skin prematurely. You can develop fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and other early signs of aging, especially if you don’t protect your skin. To find out more about skin care tips for the fall and into winter, call your dermatologist today.
Most moles are normal, but sun exposure, genetics, and other factors can work to turn a normal mole into an abnormal, even cancerous mole. It’s important to know what to look for in abnormal moles. Knowing the signs and symptoms of an abnormal mole can even protect you from skin cancer.
Moles are caused by skin cells known as melanocytes. These melanocytes are responsible for determining skin color. Melanocytes can clump together, causing a mole to form.
So, when should you worry about a mole?
Abnormal Moles Typically Are:
- Large, usually over 6 millimeters in diameter
- Irregularly shaped, usually with ragged borders
- Asymmetrical, usually not uniform in shape
In Addition, You Need to Watch Out for Moles That Are:
- Itching, burning, or painful
- Bleeding or oozing
- Recurring after being previously removed
You should perform a self-check of your moles regularly, looking for any of the signs and symptoms listed above. In fact, pay attention to any mole that has changed in size, color, height, or shape.
You should also visit your dermatologist regularly, especially if you are at a high risk for skin cancer. People who are at a higher risk of skin cancer:
- Burn easily
- Have fair skin, light hair, and light eyes
- Have a family history of skin cancer
When you visit your dermatologist, your doctor may want to biopsy the mole to check for abnormalities. This means taking a sample of tissue or removing the mole entirely. This can be done several ways, including:
Shaving the mole if the mole is small; this option doesn’t require sutures.
Removal of the mole with an instrument, if the mole is large; this option requires a few sutures.
MOHS micrographic surgery, which removes the mole one layer at a time, and the tissue is examined under a microscope.
Remember to protect yourself against skin damage and skin cancer by always wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, or 30 if you are out in the sun for an extended period. Use a higher SPF of 50 and above if you are at high risk for skin cancer.
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of an abnormal mole, and mole removal options, talk with your dermatologist. Call today.
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