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What is Fraxel Laser?

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Have you noticed early signs of aging? Has tanning in your teens and twenties left you with sun-damaged skin? Do you want a fresh, glowing complexion without make-up?

If you said yes, come discover the latest innovation to rejuvenate tired, dull skin – Fraxel. This leading-edge skin treatment uses precision lasers to target the top layers of the dermis, revealing fresh skin and plumping the collagen beneath. For fresh, revitalized skin, book an appointment with your local Dermatology Consultants of Frisco. With locations in Frisco, Denton, and Carrollton to serve you, we offer comprehensive dermatology services for all patients, including general, pediatric, surgical, and cosmetic treatments.

The precision dermatology services from Dermatology Consultants of Frisco features Fraxel laser treatment. Using advanced micro repair technology, it enhances the body's ability to naturally heal damaged skin, accelerating the healing process for an all-over glow. The process works using the light from the laser to promote the formation of new collagen, giving you the resilience and plumpness of youthful skin. Fraxel may be right for you if you:

  • Have scarring from acne
  • Are prone to blemishes
  • Have visible age spots or uneven skin tone due to sun damage
  • Fine lines, or "crows feet" around the eyes
  • Light smile lines around the nose and mouth – "parenthesis"
  • Furrows between your eyes or lines on your forehead

Just one treatment with Fraxel laser can immediately reduce overall damage, working deeply to soften lines and enhance the texture of the skin's surface. This is a safe, non-invasive treatment, without the dangers of toxins like other procedures. In fact, over a quarter of a million dermatology patients have successfully experienced impressive results with Fraxel. The deep tissue penetration of precision lasers is unmatched by over the counter creams and prescription ointments, with long-lasting results.

Fraxel is especially beneficial to those with acne scars or other skin damage that's left behind icepick, boxcar, or rolling scars. Fraxel removes the textured, bumpy skin and allows all-over new growth, especially around the cheeks. The difference is the way that Fraxel breaks up the scar tissue in the top layers of skin, tough adhesions that regular creams or even deep exfoliation just can't reach. Using penetrative action that smooths deep tissue without damaging the delicate skin around the face is what makes Fraxel unique.

Fraxel treatment involves lasers with two different strengths. A lighter one erases the appearance of sun damage and mottled pigmentation, while a more powerful one goes deeper, smoothing wrinkles, lines, and scarring. Both work by creating microscopic columns of thermal "destruction", breaking down fibers and allowing your skin to naturally regenerate and heal from the inside out. Your dermatologist will precisely combine these two treatments to give you the smooth, youthful complexion you desire.

Fraxel treatment is straightforward, easily tolerable and taking under an hour; sessions typically last 15 to 45 minutes. The non-invasive nature of the treatment means little painful downtime afterward, typically just three to five days. Although Fraxel is a minimally invasive procedure, it's important to only receive this from a board-certified, fully trained dermatologist, with the knowledge and skills to ensure proper healing and care for the delicate skin of your face. Dermatology Consultants adheres to rigorous industry standards or professionalism and patient care.

Fraxel is just one of many custom skincare treatments available at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco. Give us a call or visit us online to explore our options and book your free consultation today!

 

Common Pediatric Skin Problems

Monday, February 25, 2019


Children's skin undergoes drastic changes on its way to adulthood; it is important to entrust your growing child's skin to trusted medical professionals. Dermatology Consultants of Frisco will take care of your child's skin by ensuring that all the pediatric skin problems your child is exposed to are treated or prevented. Visit us today to have your child have healthy skin.

Some of the common pediatric skin problems include dermatitis and acne. In this article, you are going to learn more about the causes and management of these conditions.
Dermatitis
Dermatitis is the general inflammation of the skin. Children are affected by two strains of dermatitis: diaper dermatitis and atopic dermatitis (eczema). Diaper dermatitis or diaper rash is usually a group of skin conditions affecting the diaper area.
Irritant contact dermatitis is the most prevalent strain of the disease. The condition is triggered by extended exposure to urine and feces in infants. It manifests as reddish patches similar to blisters in the diaper area. Failure to seek early treatment can cause infection in the groin and buttocks area. Frequent diaper changes are vital in preventing extended skin contact with moisture. Barrier creams and ointments made of zinc oxide can also be used in the treatment of diaper rash.
Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that often strikes during early childhood and can last up to early adulthood. Most infants outgrow this condition by the age of 2, though they may have sensitive skin throughout their adult life. The disease has a genetic correlation, affecting families with a history of allergies and asthma. Dermatitis is worsened by skin contact with irritants including harsh soaps and cosmetics. Tight fitting clothing can also aggravate the condition. Symptoms include red and itchy patches on the skin, rashes on the face 2 to 4 months after infection and oozing after scratching the rash.
Treatment includes gentle skin care with mild soap, use of moisturizers and having daily baths. We recommend that you use moisturizers containing ceramides because they help to repair the skin and protect against harmful germs.


Acne
Acne is a major pediatric skin problem. It is frequent during the hormonal surge of adolescence. Acne is fueled by stress, poor diet, and hygiene. It is caused when hair follicles become clogged with sebum and keratin. The clogged follicles, full of pus develop into red swellings which make the skin to scar.
Hair care products including grease, conditioner, and gels can also cause acne around the hairline. You can reduce the risk of acne occasioned by the use of hair products by limiting the usage and avoiding your hair from making contact with the face. Mild acne can be treated using over the counter cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide. Visit a dermatologist if the use of over the counter medication fails to yield results after 8 to 12 weeks.
The secret to curing any skin problem is to visit a dermatologist as soon as you notice changes in your skin. The longer you take before you see a medical professional, the lesser the chances of recovering completely from your skin condition. So
today with Dermatology Consultants of Frisco and restore your beautiful skin!

How to Treat Hyper-pigmentation

Monday, February 25, 2019

Skin hyperpigmentation is the condition characterised by dark patches on the skin. The dark spots can cover only a small portion, but in other cases, it can spread all over the body. While hyperpigmentation barely poses any health risks, it indicates the presence of an underlying medical issue.

Melasma vs Sunspots

Melasma is known to be caused by disruption of the hormonal system and occurs mostly during pregnancy. Colouration occurs on the face and abdominal part, albeit it can also affect other parts of the body. On the other hand, sunspots, also known as solar lentigines, is the most common form of skin pigmentation. As the name suggests, it is caused by increased exposure to the sun's UV rays.

Causes of Hyperpigmentation

One of the common causes of skin coloration is excess melanin production. Melanin is the pigment responsible for our skin tone. Cells called melanocytes produce it. Several physiological and external factors may cause melanocytes to produce melanin abnormally.

According to a survey by the University Of New Mexico Cancer Centre, some treatment processes may pose a high risk of developing skin hyperpigmentation. For instance, chemotherapy medicines, used for cancer treatment, can cause pigmentation.

Hormonal changes due to pregnancy are also known to increase women's prevalence to exhibit skin condition. Other individuals have reported increased melanin production because of the Addison's disease, an endocrine condition.

Effective Ways of Treating Skin Hyperpigmentation

Having understood the critical information about the types of skin colouration and the causes, noticing the problem is straight-forward. Always consult Dermatology Consultants of Frisco to treat the condition. Here some viable treatment options.

Microdermabrasion

During microdermabrasion, the uppermost layer of the dermis is carefully removed in the bid of removing any sunspots, dark patches and other tinges of pigmentation. There are different approaches a doctor can take to treat sunspots. One effective method is DermaSweep. Anti-pigmentation chemicals are infused in the skin to inhibit melanin production. Resultantly, the skin maintains brightness.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

This is an effective way of treating skin darkening caused by exposure to the sun. It involves the use of light energy which is radiated into the skin which increases circulation in the blood vessels. IPL works to remove the discoloured spot by lifting the excess melanin. The treated areas usually turn dark as healing takes place but "peels" off after some time. At times, several laser treatments are performed before an IPL to ensure client satisfaction.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic is a skin acid that accelerates the exfoliation of the skin's top layer. That stimulates the production of new cells that replace the old cells. The process results in an even and smooth skin complexion. Most face acids are available Over the Counter (OTC) and in cosmetic stores. They include azelaic acid, I-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), kojic acid among others.

Fraction Laser Resurfacing

This approach works intensively to reverse severe skin discoloration. Since its discovery, fractional laser resurfacing has produced tremendous results. The procedure uses laser beams that cause micro-injuries in the skin to bring out the skin's natural healing power. A new skin layer develops following the removal of discoloration leaving the new layer sparkling. Some lasers used in FLR include Clear, Brilliant, Halo, Fraxel.

While it is essential to understand the different treatment options for skin discoloration, it is critical to avoid high-energy sun rays. Always wear a sunscreen when you expose your skin to bright light.


Microdermabrasions and its benefits for your skin

Friday, February 22, 2019


Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure used to renew skin tone and texture. The procedure utilizes a wand applicator with an abrasive surface to sand away dead skin cells on the epidermis. There is also an alternative microdermabrasion technique where fine particles of aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate are blasted onto the skin while simultaneously having these crystals, and dead skin suctioned away. Both procedures are safe and are suitable for most skin types.

What Happens During a Microdermabrasion Treatment?

For crystal microdermabrasion, the machine will emit fine crystals through a wand, gently sandblasting the face. For diamond-tipped microdermabrasion, the abrasive tip of the wand is used to remove surface skin cells physically. With every stroke of the wand, the crystals are dislodging compacted skin cells, while the vacuum siphon the displaced skin cells, crystals, and debris.

Keep in mind that even though it might sound like a brutal procedure, it is noninvasive and generally painless. The technician will work in small areas for the best effect. While you'll feel the coarse texture and suction from the wand, it's not uncomfortable since the wand is working in such a small surface area.

The procedure will take several minutes for a whole face. After the microdermabrasion, it's normal for the skin to be slightly red. The redness will subside after a couple of hours. A moisturizer and humectant will then be applied immediately after the microdermabrasion session.

Does Microdermabrasion work?

Good candidates for microdermabrasion are individuals between the age of 50 and 60 who are looking for a non-invasive treatment, former smokers who want to remove deep lines around the lips, have fine lines, and those who have suffered sun damage. Most skin types can benefit from exfoliating treatments. The procedures have become popular among people who are suffering from hyperpigmentation and skin unevenness.

Can acne sufferers benefit from microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is best for those who are suffering from mild breakouts. It helps to clear out the pores and reduce non-inflamed blemishes. It is not recommended for active lesions or severe acne sufferers.

Cosmetic Benefits of Microdermabrasion

You will see an immediate improvement in the skin's texture after cosmetic skin procedures like microdermabrasion. For best results, you may need repeated treatments to reverse issues with pigment. Other benefits of microdermabrasion treatments include:

  • Circulation. The mechanical process helps to stimulate the skin's lymphatic system.
  • Improved absorption of product and efficacy. By removing the top layer of dead skin cells, your favorite products will work more effectively.
  • Pore size. Microdermabrasion can help unclog congested pores as well as help reduce their size. While your pore size cannot be altered, microdermabrasion can help reduce their perceptibility.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides comprehensive services for your skin's health, including microdermabrasion treatments that improve the aesthetics of your skin. If you are fighting with clogged pores, stubborn hyperpigmentation, or need a non-invasive treatment, then contact us to book an appointment.

Skincare for the Lips

Friday, February 22, 2019

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there wouldn't be a be a better time to take care of your lips. While most of us are good at taking care of our skin, we often neglect the lips which makes them susceptible to damage.

Facts about the skin on the lips
The skin on the lips is susceptible to peeling, cold sores, splitting, and other conditions. This is because it is thinner than the rest of the skin. Besides, it lacks melanin and does not have oil-secreting glands like the rest of the skin. Due to the lack of oil-secreting glands, the lips have to be constantly moisturized.

Tips on how to keep the skin on your lips moisturized

Exfoliating
Just like the rest of your skin, it is necessary for you to remove any dead or dry skin from the lips. Exfoliating speeds up the process of renewing the skin and keeps your lips free of impurities. Exfoliate the lips every morning by rubbing them gently with your toothbrush. There are also store-bought exfoliators.
Alternatively, you can mix two teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of honey and applying the mixture on your lips. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water. The sugar eliminates the dull cells while honey nourishes and makes your pout plump. Do this twice every week for the best results. An occasional lip mask also helps exfoliate the skin on your lips.

Moisturizing
Follow up you're the exfoliation with a moisturizing procedure to keep them from getting chapped. The best and easiest way to achieve this is by applying some petroleum jelly. Use your fingertips to rub the jelly politely on your lips, then press them together.
Apart from petroleum jelly, you can use a natural or organic lip balm. Consider one with SPF (sun protection factor) as it will also protect your lips against harmful UV rays. Avoid balms that are rich in tints, flavors, and artificial fragrances. Keep a tube of your favorite balm in your bag and apply it whenever you feel that your drips are drying up.
Apart from using lip balm during the day, it is vital that you make it part of your night-time routine.

Lipstick application

Apply lipstick only after moisturizing your lips then kiss a tissue or the back of your hand to get rid of the excess lipstick. Avoid matte lipsticks as they could actually be the reason why your lips are dry. Choose lipsticks containing Vitamin E or glycerine.

Avoid licking your lips

Although licking your lips could provide you with some temporary relief, it does more damage in the long run as it causes your lips to become extremely dry. Saliva has digestive enzymes which break down the lips' protective barrier.

Eat healthy

For healthy and supple lips, you need to stick to nutrient-rich foods including fruits and vegetables especially those that contain Vitamin B and E. Make sure you also stay hydrated by taking 8 glasses of water a day.

Talk to a professional dermatologist
Despite all the above preventive measures, your lips could still get chapped or cracked. Should this be the case, then it's time to visit a doctor.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides you with comprehensive dermatology services to Frisco, Carrollton, and Denton residents. Get in touch with us today via 469-208-7181 and let's talk about more lip care tips.

New Year's Skincare Resolutions #4: Always Apply Sunscreen

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. In the United Kingdom, research has revealed that skin cancer rates have more than doubled since the 1990's. So, it's puzzling how despite the looming danger of skin cancer and the protection sunscreen offers against it, people choose not to wear it! Some people only wear it during the summer, believing that during the cooler months they're safe. But in reality, sunscreen should be worn every single day. Temperature and UV levels are not related.

Common misconceptions

There are numerous misconceptions and half-truths surrounding sunscreen use. For example, some people believe suntanned skin is healthy and that indoor tanning is healthier than direct sun exposure. Both thoughts are grossly incorrect. In fact, some believe that you stop wearing sunscreen in winter. Especially if you're bundled up or darker-skinned.

A suntan is a sign that skin damage is setting in. We need to start likening it to a deeper, less aggressive sunburn. Tanning beds, on the other hand, emit UV rays which break our skin's elasticity over time, accelerating the damage. How could one possibly think that's healthy?

Although clothing provides some protection, the lighter an item is - the less protective it is. Please note that wet clothing has the lowest SPF (Skin Protection Factor). While dark skin may not burn easily in the sun, it still gets damaged, nonetheless. If you’re particular about your vitamin D intake, laying in the sun for hours to accumulate vitamins. It is very much present in many everyday foods and the supplements are readily available at most pharmacies.

UV Rays in winter?

Is the Pope Catholic? Does the Sun emit UV rays all year round? The answers are the same for both. A resounding yes. There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. The intensity of UVB is lessened by cloud cover. But the UVA type, which makes up 95% of UV rays, penetrates the atmosphere all-year round. Also, contrary to some’s beliefs, they’re very much present in the colder and cloudier months. UVA rays are also responsible for wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer.

In fact, the sun-shielding, greenhouse layer is at its thinnest in winter. Thus, giving UV rays the best shot at your skin. Winter winds will also leave your skin dry and agitated. In addition, snow, concrete, and ice reflect almost 90% of UV rays. Winter-sport lovers, skiers and snowboarders are at an even greater risk considering that with every 1000 feet of their ascent, UV radiation intensifies by 4-5%. Additionally, recent studies have shown that low doses of ambient, infrared light from overhead lamps, mobile phone, and computer screens can stimulate pigment cells.

The daily sunscreen routine

Apply sunscreen religiously. Extended sun exposure has a cumulative effect. The results? Fine lines and wrinkled, sagging skin. So, please be sure make it a daily routine. Any sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 is recommended.

Apply sunscreen to any area that’ll be exposed to sunlight, and don't forget the lips! Be sure to put lip balm on them. Chapped, sunburnt lips can be a pain. We recommend reapplying every it 3 to 4 hours if you’re spending prolonged periods of time outside. Lastly, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in anti-oxidants to help fight sun damage.

Sunscreen Textures

Sunscreen comes in several varying textures and forms. They can be creams, sprays, gels, and lotions. Many people avoid wearing sunscreen because it either makes the skin feel greasy or would leave a white cast on it. Others feel it's a messy affair and the rest just forget to do so.

Make sure you consult with your dermatologist to find out which sunscreen is the best for you. The advice they give could save you a lot of itching, burning or peeling. Be sure to pick one that is oil-free or has a moisturizer. Also find one that blends with your skin tone.

Physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or and similar active ingredients that block, reflect/deflect UV rays. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and release them as heat. The effects of both differ with each skin type. Seek the help of a qualified dermatologist to find one that is suitable for you. Ensure your sunscreen is broad spectrum, meaning, it offers protection for both UVA and UVB rays.

Conclusion

Use sunscreen every day to prevent wrinkles, premature aging and to help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Take care of your skin. To find out more about the specifics of sunscreen use and skincare, book an appointment with us at the Dermatology Consultants of Frisco here.

 

New Year's Skincare Resolutions #3: Clean Your Bedding

Thursday, January 24, 2019


On average, a person spends anywhere between six to nine hours in bed. Considering that we shed skin AND sweat in our sleep, our bedding can play host to plenty of unsanitary, bodily debris. Consistently failing to clean your sheets can affect your skin profoundly. Especially when you realize your skin’s in direct contact with them for several hours a day. Having healthy skin is the result of hard work, commitment, and discipline and this is one of its simplest requirements. Isn’t ironic that beauty sleep could ruin your skin’s beauty?

At Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, we are committed to ensuring that your New Year skin resolutions are fulfilled. Follow our easy tips to make your skin better and healthier.

The Beauty of the Skin

 To reiterate our early point, taking care of your skin isn’t about sophisticated procedures, but the simple things we do. As you sweat at night and shed skin, dead skin cells accumulate in your bedding. This poses not only a threat to your skin’s health but your overall health. Dander, dust mites and other allergens further accumulate and thrive in dirty linen. The bacteria trapped in your sheets’ fibers can go on to cause skin irritations and a myriad of other problems.

Fungal Breeding Site

 Without proper cleaning, beds are a perfect breeding ground for fungi. Dirty bedding may trigger fungal infections, skin breakouts, and other opportunistic allergies. Bacteria and dust mites can easily aggravate allergies and interfere with your everyday comfort and health. In severe cases of sheet neglect, mold and the mildew are the culprits activating your allergies. It is also worth noting that mattress care is as important as regular sheet washing. Old mattresses are a haven for germs and parasites that could wreak havoc on your skin.

Cleaning and changing the bedding

At Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, we believe that making sure your bed sheets and pillows should be washed and changed as part of your skincare routine. Your sleeping surfaces should always be kept fresh. People often ignore the importance of deep cleaning their mattress. Mattresses go for years without proper cleaning and foster a legion of threats to your skin.

At least twice a year, your bed should be deep cleaned to eliminate the allergens that form on its surface. Deep cleaning involves vacuuming it with an upholstery attachment. Any spots on the mattress are cleaned thoroughly and the bed is then promptly deodorized. Also, it’s worth noting that a mattress should be replaced every 5 to 10 years.

Your skin comes in contact with your sheets for hours on a daily basis. Thus, there’s a pressing need to keep them germ-free. We recommend cleaning them at least once every two weeks. Be extremely mindful of your bedding’s material and wash them accordingly. Pay close attention to the state of your sheets as well – worn out sheets are no good.

Pillows should be washed a few times a year to avoid wear. Fluffing your pillow every day helps get rid of accumulated dust. We recommend cleaning your duvet and its covers once every two to three months. Depending on the directions of the label and the material, some should be machine washed, dry cleaned or hand washed.

Believe it or not, your pajamas are an essential part of your bedtime skincare routine. We recommended change your nightwear daily to fight dead skin and bacteria accumulation. Both of which are serious threats to your skin. In the summer, this tip is especially key. The higher temperatures bring more night sweats, and with night sweats come the accumulation of sweat oil – abundant with its bacteria and fungi.

It is never too late to take control of the situation. Dermatology Consultants of Frisco are always here to give better and improved skin care tips that will make 2019 better. Make a date with us to learn more new year skincare resolutions and even a skin examination.

 

New Year's Skincare Resolutions #2: Moisturize More

Monday, January 21, 2019


 

If you read our first article in our New Year skincare resolution series, you'll know that facial serum is a winner. Once you've applied your serum, the next phase is moisturizing. Moisturizer keep your skin smooth and lock in your serum for maximum absorption.

Moisturizing Is Key to Beautiful Skin

If you want to preserve your skin’s fresh and glowing look, it's essential to moisturize regularly. Making moisturizer a key element in your daily skincare regimen prevents extremely dry or oily skin. It also wards off the irritation that comes with it. To reiterate an earlier point, yes, even oily skin needs to be moisturized. Who’d have thought?

Funnily enough, skin can become overly oily when soaps and other products strip it of its moisture. It’s your sebaceous glands overcompensating for the dryness that leaves your skin in that state. By using a daily moisturizer, you can restore your skin's natural pH balance. It could also help regulate your body’s sebum production. That way your skin remains healthy and isn’t too oily or too dry.

The regular use of a good moisturizer can even help protect you from skin cancer. Your skin needs hydration for rejuvenation. By supplementing your skin's rejuvenation, your cells will turn over faster. This results in healthier looking skin that’s less susceptible to skin cancer.

Not All Moisturizers Are Created Equally

When you're thinking about a moisturizer, it's important to know that all moisturizers are not created equally. Some are water-based, and others might be oil-based. Some have fragrances, while others don't. Most importantly, some contain important skincare ingredients like vitamins, antioxidants, and SPF, while others don't. Get with the former not the latter. Here are some key ingredients and terms to look for in your moisturizer.

Oil-Free – Even if your skin is dry, to avoid clogging your pores. It's best to choose a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.

Vitamins C+E – These anti-oxidant rich vitamins will help protect your skin from free radicals and fight skin damage before it appears.

Vitamins A+B5 – These vitamins heal the skin and promote firmness while keeping your moisture levels up.

SPF 15 or Higher – An SPF of 15 or higher will help prevent premature aging, and sun damage as well as certain types of skin cancer.

Humectants – Humectants like glycerin, and hyaluronic acid draw moisture to your skin and are important for maintaining skin health.

Applying Moisturizer

Moisturizing is a daily process that should be at the core of every skincare regimen. The skin is the body's largest organ after all. For the best results, you should moisturize your face at least twice a day. We recommend doing so after washing your skin, patting it dry, and applying your serums.

Most people just moisturize their face and the parts of their body that are visible to others. They often neglect their chest, upper arms, inner thighs etc. Moisturizing is best done right after a shower, a shave, or after exfoliating. After you get out of the tub, pat yourself dry with a towel, and then apply your moisturizer immediately. This locks in the moisture from the water. If you fail to moisturize after a shower, the water quickly evaporates and leaves your skin extremely parched. Following this instruction will help give your body an age-defying glow that will keep skin irritation at bay.

It's also important to hydrate internally by drinking lots of water. External moisture may be key, but internal moisturizing is equally important to your skin's health as well. So, keep drinking that water, it's helping you save your beautiful complexion.

For additional guidance in choosing the best skincare regime for your skin, you should book an appointment with a dermatologist like Dermatology Consultants of Frisco today!

 

New Year's Skincare Resolutions #1: Use a Facial Serum

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Moisturizers? Check. Face wash? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Exfoliator? Check. With all these things, you’d figure you’ve got everything your new skincare routine needs. However, at Dermatologists Consultants of Frisco, we highly recommend integrating the use of a facial serum into your new year skincare resolutions. 

Facial serums aren’t widely considered a skincare staple. However, its paramount to have one as a source of nutrition and nourishment for your face’s skins. Facial serums are lightweight moisturizers that integrate a higher concentration of active ingredients like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid. In fact, because of serum’s high ingredient concentration, they can offer more targeted treatment to a number of skin issues.

Truth be told, you’ve might pay a pretty penny to get your hands on some high-quality facial serum. However, we’re not saying it’ll cost an arm and a leg either.

Since your skin is the largest organ, we believe no expense should be spared for its maintenance. In skincare, we can sincerely say, “Preventing is always better than curing.” Taking good care of your skin rewards you in the long run.

Below are a few of facial serum’s benefits:

Perfect Wrinkle Remover and Brightens Dull Skin

As you age, your skin wrinkles and loses the youthful radiance it once possessed. One way to help your skin’s battle against Father Time? A facial serum. They have a reputation for being an excellent anti-aging remedy. Importantly, most of these products’ formulae integrate golden micro-reflectors that illuminate the skin and stimulate cell renewal. Thus, restoring and preserving the skin’s youth

For the serum to work perfectly, apply it to clean skin both in the morning and in the evening.

Helps Eliminate Dark Spots

Exposure to UV radiation leads to dull skin and dark spots. These dark spots need to be handled with the utmost seriousness – just like any other skin infection. At DCF, we advise consulting with your nearest dermatologist to find out the right serum-based facial products for your ailment.

Doubles Up as an Exemplary Moisturizer

It is important to point out that facial serums are applied after cleansing, but before moisturizing - especially for water-based serums. In fact, the step-by-step process to washing your face:

  • Cleansing
  • Applying serum
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Broad Spectrum sunscreen

Facial serums have concentrated active ingredients that are absorbed deeper and faster by the skin. Despite being labeled “serums, they’re an excellent complementary moisturizer – not a substitute though.

Facial Serum versus Moisturizers

Is facial serum a type of moisturizer? A very common question. The answer is actually yes, and no. Serums integrate many moisturizing ingredients such as Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid. However, the fact that it has these ingredients, does not make it a traditional moisturizer. In the world of dermatology, creams and lotions are typical moisturizers because they are substantially richer in moisturizing ingredients and they create a good barrier on the skin that keep all the good stuff in.

So, if you're in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, book an appointment at DCF (a premier DFW dermatologist), to find out which facial serum works best for you.

For more information, contact us.

 

 

How to Exfoliate Sensitive Skin

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

 

What is Exfoliation?

This process is simply the removal of your skin’s oldest cells but don’t worry there’s no reason to fret. Most of those skin cells are already dead. Your skin replaces itself exponentially faster in your youth than it does further down the line. Thus, it is necessary to work exfoliation into your skincare regimen to keep it lush and soft. Exfoliation can be achieved through chemical or mechanical means. Shampoos and cleansers fall into the former, electric scrubbers and sponges fall into the latter. It is also recommended that one exfoliate their face at least once a week.

The Benefits of Exfoliation

According to Dermstore, there are 5 main benefits to exfoliation. The first of which is that exfoliation helps reduce the appearance of age spots. It does this through its removal of aged skin cells that contain that particular pigment. Secondly, exfoliation helps unclog the pores. Unclogging one’s pores allows for the release of natural skin oils like sebum which help hydrate and revitalize the skin. The third is that exfoliation can help minimize pore size – this is key because bigger pores are more prone to over-secreting sebum. Exfoliation also reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, and lastly it allows easier absorption of skincare products, e.g. moisturizers, antioxidants & serums.

The Dilemma

From what we’ve seen, we can ascertain that exfoliation is a net positive for your skin. However, it is an abrasive process – and if done with too much rigor can cause problems. Some of these problems include redness, dryness & flakiness. In addition to this, we have people with extremely sensitive skin types who are already susceptible to redness and irritation. In fact, you might be one of them. How do those with tender, highly reactive skin exfoliate without harming their skin? Well, allow us at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco to tell you how.

Tips

  • You should opt for chemical exfoliants, particularly acids – They help eliminate the debris on your skin’s surface. This is turn will helps unclog your pores. We recommend working with milder offerings and working your way up. This way, you’ll be able to better gauge your skin’s tolerance to an exfoliant. Starting off with a harsh chemical peel could be extremely counterproductive in the long run.
  • If you’re still keen on physical exfoliation, use washcloths and softer sponges. Many are usually skeptical about their usefulness as physical exfoliants. But they’re surprisingly good. Remember, with more sensitive skin, we recommend that you gently rub instead of scrubbing rigorously. The latter is bound to cause redness and irritation. Move the product not your skin.
  • Consider adding fruit to your skincare routine. There are a number of fruits with naturally occurring acids that provide a softer, gentler exfoliation than many of its chemical counterparts. We advise against using straight-up fruit juice – its acidic content might be far too high. Add it to a base made from water, yogurt and oils for the best results.

With the information you’ve gotten from this post, we trust you’ll begin to see that exfoliation is for everyone – even those with sensitive skin. To get even more personalized information and recommendations for your skincare routine, do not hesitate to contact us today.

 


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