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Skin Care Answers
Let’s face it guys: it is no longer just the ladies that have to concentrate on looking after their skin. Men want to look just as good and as young as their female counterparts, but unfortunately that means a little bit more care will need to be taken from now on. But don’t panic – it’s not complicated, and it’s not expensive. Just follow our seven skincare tips for men, and you can’t go wrong.
1. Wash your face every day.
Your skin is one of the most incredible things ever seen, because it absorbs everything that it comes into contact with. Sadly, this means all of the dirt you accumulate through the day is going to be absorbed into your body unless you get rid of it. Washing your face properly (not with a bar of soap…) will prevent any toxins from entering your blood stream.
2. Invest in a quality razor.
Nothing says young and fresh than a clean shave, but men often don’t have a good enough razor to do them justice. Don’t just use the same old one that you have been since your teenager days. Razor technology has dramatically altered the game. Spend a bit of time and money, and get one that has more electronics than the first Moon mission. You won’t regret it.
Our skin can be quite absorbent and gets ‘thirsty’ quickly. When the skin is dry and dehydrated fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent and also raises the possibility of razor burn/skin irritation. To combat this, quickly brush over your skin with a moisturizer every evening. If you have oily skin, ask about glycolic washes and moisturizers. If you have very dry skin, look into a moisturizing cleanser plus emollient.
4. Slap on that sunscreen.
Yes, you may want a tan, but do you also want age spots and sagging skin? Thought not. It is completely possible to get a tan whilst wearing sunscreen, so slap on factor 30, and sit in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
5. Wise up about skin cancer.
Know the warning signs and make an appointment with a dermatologist for routine skin checks. If you don’t take sun protection and skin care seriously then you accept the risk of growing a skin cancer. Who wants to get cut on every 4 to 6 months?
6. Indulge in a monthly facial.
If this sounds too feminine for you, you may want to think again. Washing your face and moisturizing are both excellent ways of looking after your skin – but a professional facial will be able to cleanse your skin far better than you ever can. With monthly facials, you will see that your skin will thank you with improved radiance.
7. Rinse and repeat.
Don’t make changes one week then forget about them the next. The heart of a truly great skincare regime is consistency – it’s a regimen! Train yourself to follow a regime and you will be complimented for the rest of your life.
Most of us have heard a women say they won’t leave home without their makeup applied. Women wear makeup for a variety of reasons. In their teens, makeup constitutes a sort of “rite of passage” into womanhood. For many, makeup can reduce or hide flaws like acne, rosacea, and pigmentation. As a woman grows older, makeup can help aging skin looking younger and fresher. With makeup being used by so many, does medical grade makeup make any difference to your skin?
Typically, over the counter cosmetics contain parabens, dyes and fragrance. These ingredients can result in skin irritation and redness. Often the look from over the counter makeup is more of an unnatural face mask: thick, chalky, or pancake-like in texture (think “stage make-up). Women may desire to cover flaws, but a more natural result creates a more youthful image with less skin irritation.
Medical grade mineral cosmetics were developed to help HEAL and PROTECT the skin’s natural barrier. They also offer other benefits:
- Light-weight & Water Resistant
- Requires only small quantities for effective coverage
- Act as a sunscreen
- Can reduce facial redness
- Free of sensitizing chemicals
- Appear more natural on skin
- Ideal coverage with optimal protection from UVA/UVB
- Soothe skin
- Tested for allergies, bacteria, and sensitivity
- Doesn’t promote acne (Non-comedogenic)
Healing and protecting the skin are important uses for medical grade makeup. For example, the Oxygenetix brand of medical grade makeup was invented by a physician for immediate use after laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and cosmetic surgery. Oxygenetix reduces redness or irritation, aids in cell repair, in addition to minimizing wrinkles and spots on the skin.
The choice to use medical grade makeup brands such as Oxygenetix or Colorscience should be easy. Medical grade mineral makeup provides barrier protection and natural coverage at a reasonable cost. For about the same investment, your skin can be healthier and better protected with medical grade makeup!
Ask your Aesthetician to recommend the best products and color selections to keep your skin young and vibrant all Spring and Summer long.
Rosacea is a skin condition experienced by many people, but understood by very few. On a very basic level, it is when a person’s face is red and blotchy continuously, regardless of whether they are hot, angry, or even awake! It commonly covers the cheeks, nose, and forehead of the person suffering from it. For many people, this condition can be incredibly embarrassing, but it can also be very sore, especially if it develops on the eyes.
But what causes rosacea? Although the skin condition is three times more common in women, men suffer from it, too. Rosacea typically strikes people between the ages of thirty and sixty. Unfortunately, there is such a wide variety of causes that no one can possibly avoid them all. Possible causes have been identified by scientists as:
- sun exposure,
- extreme heat,
- alcohol consumption,
- hot baths,
- certain cosmetics that cause a reaction, and
- even dairy products!
For some people, developing rosacea is a natural part of their life. A 2008 survey by the National Rosacea Society found more than 50% of the 600 rosacea respondents had a relative who suffered from the condition. Many even recalled a grandparent afflicted with some form of the facial disorder.
Keeping rosacea, on the other hand, is a choice. There is something that can be done to treat it, but the embarrassment of having the condition often prevents people from asking for help. In fact, leaving rosacea untreated actually means it could get worse, and potentially lead to permanent scarring. The sooner you consider you may have rosacea, the sooner you will go to your dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
There is no cure for rosacea, but it can be kept under control and suppressed by avoiding triggers, certain medications, and laser therapy. Some of the most popular treatment of rosacea are creams and ointments. Although this may help in many cases, creams will not cure rosacea and often just temporarily cover it up. The three most popular and medically sound treatments for rosacea are behavior therapy, medications, or laser treatment. The behavior therapy aims to remove any trigger factors that may be exacerbating the condition. The medications will be carefully formulated for your skin, and so will not damage the delicate cells. Laser treatment is fast becoming the most popular treatment, as it has a very high success rate.
Don’t be frightened about the idea of having rosacea. Bill Clinton and Princess Diana both lived with and conquered it, and so can you. If you have symptoms of rosacea, be sure to schedule a visit to your Newport News dermatologist today.
Admit it. After the cold, dry, and snowy winter we have experienced in Hampton Roads, your face is craving the warmth (and even humidity) of the coming spring. While you have been moisturizing your face, you may have noticed your skin is flaky and dry, even a little itchy. Spring is around the corner and it’s time to consider some serious skin rejuvenation!
To overcome the effects of winter, the perfect spring facial is now available. The combination of medical grade facials and the right skin care products will help soothe, hydrate, and revive your skin’s complexion. Bring spring to your face a little early.
One facial will benefit you, but like exercise or healthy eating, one session will not make your skin fit. We recommend a series of facial treatments combined with antioxidants for best results. Our professional staff can determine what is best for you after a skin care consultation and exam. We specialize in cosmetic esthetics and acne treatment protocols.
Anyone and everyone can benefit from a spring facial! What you can expect? How about more radiant, smoother, softer skin? Long term results include skin that is resistant to signs of aging and a higher immune system. Since the skin is the largest organ of your body, it makes perfect sense to take care of it!
So why not try a simple healthy approach to daily skin care? We have treatment plans, educational material and an informative team of professionals that consult and answer questions.
We offer product samples, a friendly caring medical staff and prompt effective treatments with follow up care. These features set us apart from any department store or medical spa.
We are making dramatic changes…one face at a time!
Please contact our office to schedule your appointment at 757-838-8030.
Acne (i.e. “zits, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads”) can come in many forms. While acne can strike at any age, it is s commonly affects most young people in their teens. If your mom or dad had it, chances are so will you. Acne tends to have a family predisposition. In fact, most people with severe, cystic acne have a parent who has had it in the past.
Outbreaks can come in all forms, including:
- comedones (i.e. blackheads),
- small bumps,
- pustules (whiteheads) and
- painful nodulocystic acne (painful bumps and cysts under the skin).
Some acne can result in pitting scars that remain long after the outbreak has cleared. It appears predominately on the face, chest and back. Acne can last for weeks to months and can often be worse in the fall and winter.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is caused by multiple things including:
- Plugged hair follicles
- Effects of hormones (i.e. Androgens) during puberty in general, around the time of menstruation each month, or any hormonal changes (i.e. Pregnancy and menopause states).
- Increased bacteria (Proprionibacterium acnes)
- Using body building supplements
Sometime using certain drugs can cause an acne eruptions. These include:
- steroids (anabolic steroids, oral corticosteroids-like Prednisone- and injected steroids)
- oral contraceptives,
- bromides and
Now that you have acne, what do you do about it?
Common thinking is to “scrub the acne away” by harsh cleansers, buff puffs, loofas, masks and excessive daily washing. The opposite is actually what is recommended! Using gentle cleansers (such as CeraVe, Cetaphil) or Glycolic cleansers (i.e. Vivite, Aqua Glycolic) twice a day can improve the outbreak and decrease chances of further inflaming the bumps with harsh cleansing.
Sometimes the acne is mild. Regular, daily, simple cleansing routine and perhaps the addition of some topical medications can help.
For acne not responding to OTC measures, tretinoin is considered the first line prescription treatment.
With more intense outbreaks, oral medications may are needed. Common medications used for acne, depending upon the severity, are:
- topical Benzoyl Peroxide preparations,
- topical antibiotics such as Clindamycin or Erythromycin,
- Topical retinoids (i.e. Retin-A)
Oral Contraceptives can help as well depending upon when the acne erupts (i.e. around menses). When outbreaks are severe and/or scarring occurs, an oral Vitamin A derivative called Isotretinoin (commonly called “Accutane”) is necessary which requires a 4-6 month regimen of 1-2 pills daily.
Be patient. Most people eventually “grow out” of their acne by their late teens or early 20’s. However ‘adult acne’ may be await you in your thirties or later due to hormones. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
If acne is bothering you or a loved one, make an appointment to talk about with Associates of Dermatology. We can get you started on the path to managing it. Acne cannot be “cured.” However, medications can be used to control it better and cause outbreaks to be much less severe.
Having beautiful healthy skin means taking care of it. You need to keep it clean, moisturize it, and nourish it. Drinking lots of water to keep your body hydrated make a big difference, too.
Facial skin care doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process, but you should care for it daily for a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the evening.
A basic skin care routine consists of:
Cleansing + Toning + Moisturizing
You can do more by adding specialty products, but this three step routine is the foundation for facial skin care – for most skin types. However, toners are best used with skin types that are very oily.
Let’s begin with cleansing.
Treat your face with care. The skin cells on your face are very delicate. Using harsh chemicals or even common body soap may cause your skin to become dry – and may aggravate skin problems like acne or rosacea.
While there are many facial cleanser available in the marketplace, no ONE cleanser is perfect of every face or every skin type. The main purpose of a cleanser it to remove dirt, makeup and other environmental pollutants that have settled on your skin. The value of a quality cleanser is it will remove the dirt without stripping the skin of its natural oils. A good cleanser will also moisturize while leaving that dry tight feeling.
To choose a cleanser, you’ll need to know:
- What type of skin you have – normal, dry, sensitive, oily, or combination?
- Do you experience acne, rosacea or other skin issues?
- Does your skin type change depending on the season due to the impact of changing environment on your skin?
Types of Cleansers
There are a variety of types of cleansers available. The most commonly used are foaming cleansers. They are usually a gel that is mixed with water to form a lather. Cream or lotion cleansers are formulated to cleanse, but are generally less drying to the skin than foaming cleansers due to their moisturizing oils. The least common cleansers are oil cleansers. Some oil cleanser are made to change into a lotion cleanser once combined with water. Oil cleansers are typically suggested for dry skin only.
Oily skin cleansers: Generally include chemicals like Glycolic and Salicylic acid that helps exfoliates, removes acne related bacteria, minimizes excess oil production. Our two most popular is manufactured by SkinCeuticals and the Vivite skin care line.
Normal, combination or anti aging cleansers: This cleanser usually contains an exfoliating ingredient to help remove excess dead skin cells and maintain healthy clean skin. An example would be a Daily Cleanser containing Glycolic acid by Vivite.
Dry, Mature or Sensitive skin: The mildest of all cleansers, usually cream or lotion based, used with or without water. We recommend a safe gentle cleanser without dyes, chemicals, or fragrance like Aquanil or Vivite’s replenishing cleanser for sensitive, dry, mature skin.
If you’re unsure of your skin type or the best cleanser to use for your skin type, you can schedule a consultation with an asthetician at your dermatologist’s office. You should seek out the advice of a skin care professional to ensure their prescribed medications and home care products do not cause any irritation or negative side effects. Your Asthetician is trained in skin care and can recommend what type of skin regimen you should be using.