Good skin care is essential to graceful aging. Babies have smooth, soft skin that is wrinkle free and moist. Over time harsh elements in the environment wear on the skin making is dryer and tougher. With age comes wrinkles and sagging in the skin. Good skin care can slow down the harmful effects of time and the environment.
Before good skin care can be attempted, it is important to have a thorough understanding of how the skin operates. Skin consists of three layers. The inner most layer is the subcutaneous tissue. The tissue in the subcutaneous layer contains fat cells, which insulate the body. The middle layer is the dermis. The dermis contains the connective tissues. The outermost layer of skin is called the epidermis. The purpose of the epidermis is to protect the inner skin from environmental contaminants. Cells in the epidermis continuously travel from the inner most part of the epidermis to the surface, flaking off once they reach the top. The cells in the epidermis become thinner over time. Less collagen is produced causing skin to lose its elasticity. This causes the skin to sag and wrinkle. The number of sweat glands also decrease over time leading to dryer skin. As people age, cells in the subcutaneous layer become smaller also contributing to the sagging and wrinkling. UVA and UVB radiation from sunlight thin the epidermis even more. They also contribute to a faster breakdown of collagen in the dermis.
Good skin care requires cleansing and moisturizing. Cleansing is essential to remove dirt and dead skin cells. It helps to prevent pimples or acne. Cleansing, however, can dry out the skin. Cleansing removes the oil on the skin, which retains moisture. As a result moisturizers are needed to restore water to the skin and protect the skin. Special liquid cleaners are recommended over using traditional bar soap. Liquid cleansers can be made with moisturizer to combat the drying agents in the cleansers. The type of cleaner chosen depends on the skin type of the person using it. Vitamin E is often included in good skin care products as it helps moisturize the skin. It also maintains elasticity. The type of moisturizer used is important as well. A heavier moisturizer should be used at night while a thinner, lighter moisturizer is recommended for daytime use.
Medical, or general, dermatology is the practice of diagnosing and treating conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Internal disease or disorders can also uniquely affect the skin. In dermatology the medical interpretation begins with the visual exam that is then paired with a broad knowledge base to arrive at a diagnosis.
Since 1970, Associates in Dermatology has offered the latest treatment and medications available to treat skin conditions. As in established dermatology practice, helping our patients live a healthy, beautiful life is our goal. We provide diagnosis and treatment of common adult and pediatric dermatology.
Associates in Dermatology wants to help you look and feel your best. Utilizing state-of-the-art cosmetic products and procedures, our goal is to reverse the effects of time, environment, and sun on your skin.
Associates in Dermatology are pleased to offer medical grade skin care products for you and your entire family. Our products are carefully selected for you by our dermatologists.
These products and treatment kits are only available through our’ office to ensure proper compliance, clear instruction, and to protect your safety.
Wear your sunscreen.
Find a sunscreen you like. If something is thick, stinky or sticky, you are less likely to use it frequently. One to two ounces of sunscreen, about the size of a golf ball, covers your body and needs to be reapplied every two to four hours. So, obviously, one tube of sunscreen shouldn’t last much more than a weekend at the beach. Also, overcast days provide plenty of harmful rays so remember your sunscreen when it’s cloudy outdoors.
Protect your lips and ears.
Skin cancers in these areas are often aggressive so wear a hat over your ears and/or use sunscreen on these vulnerable parts.
Cover up with clothing. A typical cotton t-shirt only provides protection equal to about an SPF 15 sunscreen and when wet, it can drop to an SPF of 8. Sun-protective clothing is ideal if you dislike lathering up with lotion – especially great for kids who won’t stand still as well as athletes and outdoorsmen. Some of these fabrics are as light as tissue paper and provide optimal ventilation.
Learn to perform a good skin exam.
Look for anything that appears out of place. Learn the warning signs for melanoma, as well as basal or quamous cell skin cancers; google or www.aiderm.com – for photos.Visit our Skin Care Basics for more photos.
Get a baseline exam by a dermatologist to ensure your skin stays healthy. Call Associates in Dermatology at 757-838-8030 to make your appointment today!