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Most Common Questions About Skin Cancer

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 100,000 individual sexes, 28.1 and 17.8 males and females respectively are affected by Skin Cancer as at January 2018. The statistics further indicate that the White race prevalence is disproportionately high at a figure of 25.1/100,000. Further, the risks gradually increase with age and also the environment, i.e., the east coast, and northern mid-country.

This revelation should not get you scared but inspire you to be alert by leading a healthy lifestyle. The first steps are to get answers for the most common questions that other people, patients or non-patients alike ask themselves. These concerns are;

 

What are the Causal Factors for Skin Cancer?

The cancerous cells grow when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiations. This, in turn, damages the DNA of the skin cells leading to uncontrolled growth and cell division. The genes that UV light destroys are the oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. The former helps cells to grow, stay alive and divide as the latter is regulates the lifespan of a cell.

Additionally, the American Cancer Society points out that there are also genetic risk factors that are inherited on bloodlines. No study has explained this phenomenon.

What are the Types of Skin Cancers?

Basal cell carcinoma: With over a million patients, it is the most common in the USA. It affects the areas directly exposed to the UV such as nose, ears, scalp, etc. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body but it is vicious to the affected parts.

Squamous cell carcinoma: It is the second most common type. It affects the top skin layer before spreading to other parts. Mostly it is a result of long-term exposure to UV radiation.

Melanoma: It mainly affects young adults in the late 20s and therefore the least common. It develops in the cells and transported to other body parts through lymph nodes. It has a high rate of cures in the early stages and difficult to control in advanced stages.

What are the Red Flags for Skin Cancer?

Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinomas signs;

  • Yellow, pale, firm or flat scar-like skin patches.
  • Itchy and raised reddish spots.
  • Colored skin bumps.
  • Pinky growths with lower midpoints and raised edges.
  • Perpetual skin sores with occasional oozing.
  • Crusty, bleeding and scaly skin patches.
  • Wart-like growths

Melanoma;

  • New and changing skin spots
  • Changing skin sensation

What are the Treatment Options?

Non-melanoma cancers are easy to treat. The key to success lies in whether the attack has spread to the lymph nodes. In such a case, radiation and chemotherapy can be applied.

In most cases, the surgical methods are used to remove the cells depending on factors such to be determined by the dermatologist. These methods are

  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Standard excision
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer?

  • Select water-resistant sun protectors at the beach or open-air pool.
  • Use broad-spectrum sunscreens for UVB and UVA radiation.
  • Use sunscreens at two-hour intervals.
  • Resist the urge for a tanning bed.
  • Apply lip balm.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Shop for UV resistant clothing.
  • Avoid suns exposure between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Visit the dermatologist often.
  • Eat Healthily.

Getting the Help that you Need from Dermatologists

DERMATOLOGY CONSULTANTS of Frisco TX offer world-class skin cancer care. You can practice the healthy lifestyle and also seek personalized attention from the doctors. The advantage of their specialty is that the dermatologists get to know your skin and, therefore, be in a better position to diagnose or offer appropriate advice.

 

What to Look Out for While Camping

Monday, August 06, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camping in the wild outdoors can be great family fun. Crackling campfires, inspiring nature walks, swimming at the beach, adventurous hikes on dusty, rugged trails, fun outdoor games, basking in the sunshine and the very best grilled foods - these are some of the family's best memories. But along with these enjoyable festivities, spending time with nature can also produce some very special hazards.

The Dangers

Here are some of the potential dangers to be aware of when camping:

Ultraviolet Light Exposure

There are three basic types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. The most common cause of all three is extended exposure to ultraviolet light, such as found in direct sunlight.

Camping can be fun, but it's important to monitor how much time is spent in the sun. Long sleeves, pants, gloves, and wide-brimmed hats all provide protection from direct sunlight. Finding locations to relax in the shade of trees or under an umbrella can keep that outdoor experience without the hazard of direct UV sunlight. A good, high-protection sunblock is also very helpful for reducing the effects of the sun’s rays if applied directly and often.

A potential problem can manifest itself through changes to a mole or other patches of skin. Differences in color, size or texture may be a warning sign and require immediate attention.

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Two of the most troublesome hazards found in the wild are poison oak and poison ivy. Exposure to either of these vining plants can produce painful sores, incessant itching, and overall general discomfort.

A good plan for avoiding these when camping is to study the appearance of each, along with how they grow and where they are commonly found. Avoid walking through clusters of unknown grasses, brush, or rubbing against trees with foliage attached. Learn to identify the two plants by their leaves and vines, and note any occurrences to share with the other campers.

Any suspected outbreak should be immediately diagnosed and treated by a dermatological professional before it has a chance to spread.

Ringworm

Despite its name, ringworm is not a worm but instead a fungus. It can be contracted nearly anywhere in the wild and is identified by its typical circular pattern of rash. A suspected ringworm infliction should be treated by a professional dermatologist as soon as possible.

The Solution

Camping is fun but the potential for complications exist. Staying aware and alert can catch a problem quickly that might otherwise go undetected.

Any symptoms or possible evidence of an issue, however minor, should be checked out. The most effective treatments for skin problems come with early detection, so it is crucial that any possible afflictions be located and treated immediately.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides full-featured, professional diagnosis and treatment of skin afflictions and diseases. A simple consultation can catch many serious problems in their infancy and resolve them quickly, professionally and effectively.

Common Skin Conditions

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Skin is the largest organ in our bodies and our protection against the outside world. Just about everyone encounters issues from time to time with their skin. Thankfully though, many of the more common skin conditions can be addressed through modern dermatology. Below are outlined a few of these conditions, including acne, moles, and rashes, as well as how they are normally treated.

Acne

Acne is probably the most well-known skin condition on earth. Most adolescents go through a phase where facial acne is very common due to high levels of oil production. However, acne in adulthood and in other areas of the body are also fairly common.

Acne causes small pustules, most frequently red pimples filled with pus, to form on the surface of the skin. Other types of acne include papules, caused by hair follicles, as well as nodules and cysts, both of which develop below the surface of the skin.

Acne can be treated with topical cleanser and creams and, if necessary, advanced medication. Prescription medication can help in severe cases and with the treatment of cysts specifically.

Hives

Another common skin condition is hives. Hives are small, itchy bumps that form on the surface of the skin. Generally, hives result from an allergic reaction in the body, but may be a response to stress or sickness. The best way to prevent hives is to avoid all allergens. If an outbreak occurs, it can be treated with antihistamines.

Warts

A very unpleasant but common skin condition faced by many is warts. Warts are a highly contagious skin condition that can affect any part of the skin, but usually show up on the hands and feet. Warts will often disappear naturally, but they can also be treated by a dermatologist. Usually, the use of medicated creams or freezing can clear up warts.

Cold sores

It's not uncommon to develop cold sores, especially when coming down with a case of a full cold. A cold sore is usually a red blister which forms around the mouth. Cold sores can be irritating or painful, but you will likely experience discomfort or itching in the spot of the sore.

Cold sores can last for several weeks and recur over time when associated with the herpes virus. The herpes virus does not currently have an established cure. That said, cold sores can be treated by dermatologists using creams or prescription medicines.

Measles

Those with children know that measles is a very contagious condition. In addition to young children, measles tends to affect pregnant women more than other adults. Measles in not just a skin condition, however. Symptoms include fever, runny eyes and nasal passages, and often coughing. Additionally, measles tends to cause red spots within the mouth and a generalized body rash. Measles can be treated by a doctor but will taper off on its own after one or two weeks.

Skin issues are a fact of life. With the right dermatological care, however, you can regain your perfect skin. Contact Dermatology Center of Frisco for more information or to schedule a consultation today.


Odd Rash on Your Child? It Could be Molluscum Contagiosum.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 

What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection that affects an individual's skin. It is most commonly observed in children, although it can occur at any age. MC is usually a harmless skin rash that will get better within a few months without any specialized treatment. However, it is all too common for the condition to spread around the body take up to 18 months or more for the condition to clear up completely.

What Does Molluscum Contagiosum Look Like?

If you have noticed an odd rash on your child, then chances are it could be MC. In most instances, the only symptom of MC is small, raised spots on the skin that have a small dimple in the middle. The spots are not painful but are usually rather itchy. These spots can appear in small clusters and can be spread all around different parts of the body. The most common places for these spots to appear is around the armpit, behind the knees, or on the groin. It is possible for MC to affect an individual on more than one occasion, but this is very uncommon.

The spots will generally be red or pink, although they may have a tiny yellow or white head in the middle. If this head splits, then a thick substance will be released, which is extremely infectious. It is vital to never attempt to pop the spots as this will more than likely lead the infection to spread to other parts of the body. Most children will have only around 20 to 30 spots on their body, although if they have a weakened immune system it is likely that they will have more.

In the majority of cases, individual spots will begin to crust over and heal within two months of appearing. Some individuals may experience mild swelling and redness in the affected areas as they begin the healing process.

Treating Molluscum Contagiosum

In most instances treatments for MC are not necessary. This is because the infection will usually clear up by itself without any other symptoms apart from the spots. The infection doesn't normally interfere with an individual's everyday life either, and some treatment methods can be painful and cause scarring. If treatment is required, then a dermatologist will likely prescribe liquids, creams, or gels that can be applied directly to the affected area. In some instances, Dermatology Consultants of Frisco will recommend minor procedures such as cryotherapy, a simple procedure whereby the spots will be removed by being frozen.

For more information on treating MC, visit our website or contact us today and see how we can help you or your child.

Summer Skin Cancer Alert

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


What Is Skin Cancer?

You may not know this, but skin cancer is the most common type of cancer that is diagnosed in the United States. Skin cancer is commonly accepted to be an abnormal growth of skin cells. It usually begins to develop on areas of an individual's skin that has been exposed to the sun's harmful rays.

There are a variety of different types of skin cancer that are commonly diagnosed including, basal and squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratoses, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Each of the different types of skin cancer displays different symptoms, varying from pink patches of skin, to dark spots that suddenly appear on skin that has been exposed to the sun.

Preventing Skin Cancer

The primary way of preventing skin cancer is to protect your skin from the potentially harmful ultraviolet rays that are emitted by the sun. A good way to do this is by seeking shade when the sun's rays are the most powerful, generally between 10 am and 2 pm. Protective clothing is a must if it is necessary that you are out when the sun's rays are at their strongest. Hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts are the ideal apparel to protect you. The most important thing that you can do to protect yourself from skin cancer is to apply sunscreen or sunblock regularly, and to avoid tanning beds. This is your most effective means of protecting against skin cancer and doing this will also help to combat the aging effects that the sun has on your skin, like wrinkles, blotches, and crow's feet.

The Most Effective Sunscreen

Every time that you plan to be outside for extended periods of time, especially during the sun's most powerful hours as mentioned above, then you should be applying sunscreen and reapplying it at least every 2 hours. It is important to always use a sunscreen that protects against a broad spectrum of light as this protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. You should aim to use a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher to ensure that you have maximum protection. Finally, you should ensure that your sunscreen is water resistant, and reapplied often, as, despite manufacturer's claims, there is really no sunscreen that is waterproof or sweatproof.

Detecting Skin Cancer

When it is detected early, skin cancer is often treatable and has extremely high rates of survival. That is why you should always check your skin regularly, and if there is something that seems out of place, then arrange an appointment with Dermatology Consultants of Frisco and have them check it. Remember, if there is something that you are not sure about, something that does not look right, Dermatologist Consultants of Frisco can help put your mind at ease.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, your Frisco dermatologists, offers comprehensive cosmetic services to all of our patients. To discuss your skin needs or to check a questionable spot on your skin, call our office for a consultation today.

 

What Happens to Your Skin During a Chemical Peel?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

 

What Happens to Your Skin During a Chemical Peel?

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. This resurfacing procedure allows new skin to grow back smoother and younger looking. It is typically used to reduce wrinkles, lessen scars, and remove or lighten skin discoloration.

 

There are 3 levels or depths of chemical peels. The depth that you choose will depend on your needs and results you expect. The deeper the peel, the longer the recovery time will be.

 

  • Light chemical peel: A light chemical peel removes the top layer of the skin, epidermis. Doctors recommend treating acne scars with a chemical peel as well as fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dryness. You may choose to do this treatment once a week for up to 6 weeks, depending on your expected results.
  • Medium chemical peel: A medium chemical peel removes the epidermis plus parts of the middle layer of the skin, the dermis. Doctors advise that wrinkle removal with a chemical peel works wonders. This treatment is also great for acne, uneven skin tone and texture. This procedure’s results can last for one year, and can be repeated every 12 months, as desired.
  • Deep chemical peel: A deep chemical peel removes the epidermis, plus layers of the mid and lower dermis. This procedure is recommended for deep wrinkles, scars or even precancerous growths. Recovery time is a lot longer, but the results are more dramatic and longer lasting.

What Can I Expect?

First the skin is prepped for the chemical solution. The skin is cleaned and scrubbed, removing any oils from the skin. Next, the chemical solution is applied to the face. From there, it will depend on which type of peel you are having done.

 

  • Superficial chemical peel: The doctor applies glycolic or salicylic acid solution to the skin and the skin begins to whiten. It may sting temporarily. After a few minutes, the doctor will apply a neutralizing solution or wash to remove it from the skin.
  • Medium chemical peel: The doctor applies a solution of trichloroacetic acid, sometimes in combination with glycolic acid to the skin and it starts to turn white. After a few minutes you may apply a cool compress to the area. No neutralizing solution is needed. It could burn or sting for up to 20 minutes.
  • Deep chemical peel: The doctor will use numbing cream, pain medicine or anesthetic before the procedure. The doctor then applies the phenol to the skin, and it will begin to turn white or gray. Your doctor may break up the procedure into intervals to avoid long exposure to phenol.

What’s the Recovery Like?

Recovery times will depend on which chemical peel procedure you choose. Your skin will be tight, red and sensitive. You may be puffy and swollen with a deeper peel, and it may burn or throb. After a day or 2, it should start to peel, which should last anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on the depth of the peel. You can encourage the healing process by using mild cleansers, moisturizers, ointments and sunscreen. The amount of peeling afterwards depends on the procedure and the condition of the skin before the treatment, but it is not indicative of better results. You should never pick or pull on the peeling skin. It should be allowed to slough off naturally, so that the skin doesn’t become dry, cracked or injured. It can take weeks to months to achieve full results.

 

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, your Frisco dermatologists, offers comprehensive cosmetic services to all of our patients. To discuss your skin needs or if you are interested in a chemical peel, call our office for a consultation today.

 

Regaining Confidence With Acne Scar Treatment

Monday, March 26, 2018

 


Acne Scar Treatment Options

 

Many people live with the scars of the acne they endured as a young adult. The scars serve as daily reminders of the acne that tormented them in adolescence. Acne can leave lifelong scars that come in all shapes and sizes; from spots to sunken pits, wavy in texture, boxlike, or keloid bumps, acne scars can be exasperating. But there have been great advancements for treating acne scars. A dermatologist can help reduce and greatly improve the appearance of scarring. Read further to learn how you can have beautiful, fresh, young skin again.

Fraxel

Fraxel, or fractionated laser resurfacing, uses a high-energy light to burn away damaged skin. This revolutionary laser fractionates the laser beam into thousands of microscopic laser columns, and the results are far better than any previous laser treatment with fewer side effects. The process minimizes wrinkles and acne scars, improving the overall texture and tone of the skin. Fraxel requires several treatments to receive optimal results.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a technique that uses microparticles or diamond tips to remove the top layers of the skin. It also promotes the growth of collagen. Microdermabrasion leaves the skin smoother and fresher looking as it heals. It is great for improving the appearance of sun spots, wrinkles, and treating old acne scars. A series of acne scar treatments are recommended for favorable outcome.

Chemical Peel

Chemical peels treat sun damage, irregular pigments and acne scars. The top layers of the skin are removed with a chemical that is applied to the face. The skin then regenerates a fresh, new layer of skin that improves the overall appearance of the skin. There are different categories of chemical peels. The type you choose will determine results and downtime.

Dermal filler injections

Injectables are used to treat wrinkles, acne scars and facial lines. The filler is injected under the skin to replace collagen that has been lost. When acne is healing, the body sometimes produces too little collagen when repairing the acne spot, and a scar is formed. Collagen can help fill in the scar where it is missing. Dermal fillers are temporary, usually lasting 6-18 months.

 

Acne affects millions of Americans every year. Dermatologists treat acne with the best products and treatments on the market, with the intent of improving the skin’s appearance and minimizing scarring. Despite these efforts, acne scarring can happen. Precision Dermatology has highly skilled dermatologists proficient in the latest advancements in acne scar treatment. If you or your loved one would like more information on treating old acne scars, contact Precision Dermatology today for a consultation.

 

 

Botox Uses You Probably Didn't Know

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 


THE MANY USES OF BOTOX

 

Many people think of Botox as a treatment for wrinkles and fine lines on the face. But Botox has many other beneficial uses as well, some that may surprise you. From migraines to sweaty hands, there are many interesting uses for Botox.

 

Botox derives from a deadly toxin called Botulinum toxin. The drug is used to paralyze overactive muscles and inhibit sweat glands. The FDA has approved Botox for use with 9 different medical conditions as well as several cosmetic conditions. The company that owns Botox, Allergan, has over 800 patents for potential uses for the drug in the future. Botox was approved for use over 30 years ago by the FDA, and now over one half of its revenue comes from therapeutic uses such as migraines, back pain, and sweating. Here are some of the more common uses for Botox.

FINE LINES AND WRINKLES

Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles in the face to prevent the nerves from telling your face muscles to contract. By not moving your skin as much with muscle contractions, the skin is not as likely to wrinkle. This helps with the prevention of new lines as well. Botox is used to treat lines around the eyes, nose, mouth, forehead, lips and jowls. Ask your Denton Botox consultant about how Botox treatments can help you with wrinkles or fine lines.

CHRONIC MIGRAINES

When Botox was first being used for the treatment and prevention of wrinkles on the face, patients began to notice a reduction in headaches as a side-effect. In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines. This has provided great relief to migraine sufferers who were desperate for something to work. The treatment includes many shots to the face, neck, shoulders and head.

HYPERHIDROSIS

Overactive sweating can be very bothersome and embarrassing for people. Botox as a treatment for sweating can be a alternative to other treatments that just aren’t working. Botox works by inhibiting the sweat glands, either in the armpits, hands, soles of the feet, and even the scalp. Botox has been found to be a very effective treatment for overactive sweating. Always consult a board-certified Botox filler in Denton, TX when considering Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis.

OVERACTIVE BLADDER

Studies have shown that Botox is a very effective treatment for overactive bladder. Botox helps reduce urinary incontinence, reduces the feeling of needing to go to the bathroom, and reduces the frequency in which patients need to go to the bathroom.

EYE SPASMS AND TWITCHING

The first use for Botox was approved by the FDA in 1989 was for the treatment of eye muscles problems and abnormal eyelid spasms. The treatment works to calm the overactive muscles in the eye.

TMJ

Botox has been shown to be effective with TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, which affects the joint in the jaw. Botox works by dealing with the issues of the jaw and the muscles that control it, which relieves the pain caused by clenching and grinding the teeth and jaw.

Botox uses have evolved greatly ever since it was first approved for medical treatment over 30 years ago. When considering Botox, always make sure to consult with a board-certified dermatologist. If you would like to discuss how Botox may be helpful for you, contact your board-certified Denton dermatologist at Precision Dermatology today.

 

Why Do Warts Keep Coming Back?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 


Reasons Why Warts Keep Coming Back

 

Out of nowhere, a wart appears on your hand. It may seem harmless, but removing a wart can be quite stubborn and difficult.

WHAT CAUSES A WART?

A wart is an infection on the top layer of the skin. It is caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus, or HPV, family.

There are over 100 types of HPV. This virus invades the skin, usually through a cut, and causes a rapid growth of cells on the outer layer of the skin, which forms the wart.

 

Warts are pervasive. Almost everyone experiences a wart at some point in their lifetime. They usually appear on the hands, because people are exposed to warts most commonly through skin to skin contact, such as shaking hands.

 

But you can also get the virus from doorknobs, keyboards, towels, and shower floors. You are more likely to get a wart if you are exposed to the virus through a cut or abrasion on the skin.

 

Some immune systems are better at fighting off the HPV virus than others. That is why some people are more prone to getting warts and have a hard time with wart removal, while others seem to avoid them altogether.

 

Genetics also play a role. If your parents or siblings are susceptible to warts, you have a greater likelihood of being susceptible as well. Strong immune systems help ward off HPV. This is why children experience warts in much greater numbers than adults. Children’s immune systems have not built up a strong immunity to the human papillomavirus yet.

 

HOW DO I TREAT MY WARTS?

 

It is important to realize that warts can spread quickly, so you should treat your wart right away. Listed below are different treatments for wart removal. It may take several treatments that last weeks or months before the virus is gone.

 

  • Home remedies can be used to treat a wart. Salicylic acid, clear nail polish or tape can be applied to the wart consistently until the virus is killed. This can take weeks to months for success.
  • Freezing the wart. A doctor who removes warts will use liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart off. A blister will form around the wart and it will fall off in about a week.
  • Cantharidin is a treatment that is applied to the wart to form a blister around it. The blister lifts the wart off the skin and it falls off within a week or so.
  • Bleomycin is a medication that is injected into the wart to kill the virus.
  • Surgery may be performed if other attempts to kill the virus have failed. A doctor will cut the wart off with an electric needle or cryosurgery.
  • Laser surgery is another technique used by a doctor to remove a wart.
 

WHY DO MY WARTS KEEP COMING BACK?

 

If you have attempted to treat your warts, but they continue to come back, the treatment has failed to kill the virus. The wart was removed, but the virus is still present. Your immune system may not be strong enough to fight off the virus. If you have tried unsuccessfully to kill the virus, you should discuss more aggressive treatments with your dermatologist in Denton.

 

There are things you can do to avoid warts:

  • Keep your hands clean.
  • Take care of your skin and don’t bite your nails.
  • Take care of cuts and scrapes with bandages.
  • Always wear footwear around pools and public showers.
  • Avoid touching warts on yourself or others.
  • Avoid dull razors when shaving to prevent cuts.

 

If you are having trouble with warts that keep coming back, contact Dermatology Consultants today for a consultation to discuss your treatment options.

 

 

5 At Home Tricks To Improve Your Complexion

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 


5 Easy At Home Tricks to Improve Your Complexion 

Everyone handles aging differently. Some see fine lines and wrinkles and shrug it off as no big deal, while others see aging skin and run to the dermatologist’s office for the latest and greatest skin treatment. But at some point, we all look in the mirror and think what can I do to help my skin? How can I better my skincare routine? Here are 5 tricks on how to improve your complexion at home.

Hydration

Drink your water! Keeping your skin hydrated makes it look fuller, healthier and plumped up from the inside out. Drinking water washes away the impurities that build up in the skin and gives it that healthy glow. More hydrated skin also lessens break outs since the it thins the oil build-up on the face. Make it a goal to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Green tea is also great drink of choice for a healthy complexion. Green tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Sleep

Sleep is so important for great skin. Skin repairs and replenishes itself while we are sleeping. Dermatologists recommend sleeping 7-8 hours minimum per night for optimal skin healing. It is important to sleep on your back instead of your side or tummy to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and bags under the eyes. And try sleeping on a silk pillowcase instead of cotton. The silk causes less friction while you sleep, which can contribute to lines and wrinkles on the face.

Use a good cleanser

Use a good quality cleanser and make sure to always wash your face with clean hands. A good cleanser is one that is appropriate for your skin type. If you have oily skin, try using a foam cleanser. Drier skin types should use a moisturizing cleanser. And if you have acne prone skin, try using a deep cleanser, or one that is specific for acne. Washing the face with warm water, not too hot or cold, and using a baby washcloth or cleansing brush helps with skin tone and texture. It is always important to remember to wash your makeup off every night. Sleeping with makeup on can clog pores, cause inflammation and give the appearance of dull skin.

Moisturize

Hydrated skin looks and feels youthful and fresh. Keeping your skin moisturized allows the skin to shed its dead cells, otherwise, it holds on to that top layer of dead skin. Using a moisturizer with SPF is also necessary for healthy skin. UV exposure causes skin damage such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and sun spots. Not to mention that sun exposure can cause skin cancer. Regular use of sunscreen keeps skin young and supple looking. It’s important to apply sunscreen everyday as well as throughout the day when exposed to the sun. Using a mineral makeup powder that contains zinc is an easy way to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliation facilitates cell regeneration, unclogs pores, help tame breakouts and gives your skin a more youthful appearance. Exfoliators remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, allowing for your other skincare products to soak in. Gentle exfoliators can be used more frequently while, stronger exfoliators, such as glycolic acids, should be used more sparingly. Your type of skin determines how often you should exfoliate. Dry skin should be exfoliated less often, while oily skin can be exfoliated daily.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your skincare needs, please call your Denton dermatologist at Precision Dermatology. Our dermatology consultants provide comprehensive dermatology care for all our patients needs.

 

 


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