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The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin

Monday, April 22, 2019


Do you know that drinking an adequate amount of water improves your skin's texture and complexion? Yes, Water does not only aid digestion and circulation of nutrition but also hydrates the skin. That's why water is considered as one of the leading anti-aging treatment agents because it hydrates the skin, making it soft, hence, keeping wrinkles at bay.

Daily, the body loses large quantities of water through urine, sweat and bowel movements. Therefore, it's imperative to replace the lost amount by drinking more water and consuming foods that contain high levels of water. These foods include milk and juices. The standard recommendation is drinking 8 glasses or 2 liters of water daily. But what are the benefits of water on your skin?

Below are evidence-based benefits of water on your skin.

  • Increases the elasticity of your skin

Taking enough amount of water helps in renewing the skin. Also, it maintains optimum skin moisture. The adequate amount of water also ensures essential nutrients are circulated to the skin cells which will improve the skin's quality especially the elasticity factor.

  • Prevents aging

Why do you invest a lot amount of money on anti-aging skin treatments? Let them go and swear your allegiance to water. Water is an effective anti-aging skin treatment. Drinking enough amount of water keeps the skin soft and supple. It also boosts the complexion of the skin.

  • Flushes out toxins

Enough amount of water in your body can combat skin disorders. This is because it keeps the skin hydrated, increases metabolic rate and improves the digestion system. As a result, large amounts of toxins are flushed out of the body, leading to a healthy and glowing skin.

  • Prevents sagging of the skin

When you lose some fat, the skin tends to sag. To reduce the sagging rate of the skin, drink ample amount of water. But what can water do with the sagging skin? Enough amount of water will tighten the skin and give a perfect glow.

  • Keep acne and pimples at bay

Drinking water can keep skin acne, breakouts, and blackheads at bay. Drinking enough water ensures that much of the toxins in the body are flushed out which certainly helps in curing skin breakouts such as acne and pimples. It also makes the skin clear.

  • Maintains the skin's pH balance

The skin's pH means its acidity or alkalinity on a scale of 1-14, 1 means it's very acidic, and 14 says it's very alkaline. You should know that the optimal pH of the skin is 5.5. Enough amount of water in your body maintains the pH balance of the skin meaning your skin is healthy.

  • Get rid of puffy eyes

Consuming enough water reduces puffiness around the eyes and keeps the eyes sparkly. Also, it improves the health of the eyes, hence, increasing their brightness.

  • Take care of brittle nails

If your nails tend to break and peel, it's a sign that your body is under dehydration. Drinking more water boosts not only nail growth but also prevents flaky cuticles.

Wrapping up

Though drinking water will give a better-looking skin, you should know it's not an overnight metamorphosis. You have to commit to drinking a lot of water and changes are gradual. For more details, book an appointment with us today!

 

Five Places to Avoid Getting Ringworms

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Ringworm manifest on the skin as a red or silvery rash. Did you know despite its name, this kind of infection is caused by Fungus and not a worm?

The rash often occurs in a circular pattern (ring-like) and hence the name. According to the CDC, ringworm infection is very common and can affect anyone. Extreme cases occur to people with a weakened immune system since the body has a hard time fighting it.

Ringworms are highly contagious and can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact, clothing, or coming into contact with surfaces where these fungi live such as locker rooms and public bathrooms. Importantly, athletes who are involved in contact sports are at a higher risk of contracting this infection.

It is important to realize that ringworms can infect different places on the body. Here are some:

1. Scalp 

This is common with children but can also affect adults. Mostly children obtain the fungus from pets. Your pooch might be harboring ringworms on its fur and skin. When children or even adults pet them they leave traces of the fungus on their hands or even bedding. once a person's head touches these surfaces ringworms might find their way to the scalp. Additionally, the sharing of combs and hats can lead to the latter scenario.

2. Groin 

It can be very embarrassing having a fungus in this region. However, it is always advisable to seek medical attention. This kind of ringworm infection is common with men. Tight clothing usually traps a lot of moisture from sweat on the groins creating an ideal environment for fungus to thrive.

Scientifically speaking, fungus prefers warm, moist areas of the body such as groin and feet. They manifest as a jock itch, which is an itchy rash in the groin area. This kind of infection can spread quickly that is why you should seek medical attention early.

Overweight people have higher chances of getting the infection because they sweat a lot on the folds of their skin.

3. Hands 

We use our hands quite a lot in activities that involve contact such as hand-shaking, hugging, holding, and patting just to mention a few. This is one of the most common ways to contract ringworms. Coming into contact with an infected person, animal or object can lead to a fungus infection.

Ringworms manifest on the surface of the hands as a red or silvery circular itchy rash. We can mitigate this problem by properly washing our hands with disinfectants.

4. Feet 

This kind of fungus infection is mostly known as the Athlete's Foot and its caused by the same fungus as the Jock Itch. The most ideal environment for this fungus includes public restrooms and showers. To avoid them you should avoid walking barefooted in these facilities.

5. Nails 

This condition is quite common with toenails rather than the fingernails. Nevertheless, it is vital to note there is a difference between an Athlete's Foot and the ringworm of the toenails. For starters, these ringworms can be caused by wearing shoes that are damp, tight, or both. This is because they create a warm and moist environment, which provide the ideal environment of these fungi.

Final Thought on Getting Rid of Ringworms 

Good news! Ringworms are treatable and you can easily get rid of them. If you are infected do not shy away from contacting a professional medical expert to prescribe a viable anti-fungal medication. Additionally, you should avoid sharing personal belongings such as bedding, towels or clothes to avoid spreading of ringworms. Always keep the folds under the skin, the groin, and armpit dry.

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.

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.

 

How Often Should You See Your Dermatologist

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Among all your organs, your skin is the largest. It shields your body from the elements, regulates body temperature, and fights bacteria. Like other organs, it's susceptible to cancer. Annual skin cancer diagnoses in the US exceed those of every other cancer combined.

When caught early, most cases of skin cancer are curable, which is why your dermatologist appointment should be among your top priorities.

Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in treating conditions affecting the skin, nails, and hair. These doctors receive three years of medical training related to skin care after completing medical school and an internship. Most dermatologists attend to a wide variety of skincare issues, but some specialize in surgery, cosmetics, and pediatrics among others.

In addition to helping detect cancer early, your dermatologist can treat other various skin health problems—psoriasis, acne, hair loss, and hives—and carry out cosmetic procedures such as wart removal and scar removal.

How often should you see your dermatologist?

Visit your dermatologist at least once a year for a full body examination. These annual visits are necessary even if you're healthy and have no history of skin cancer. We at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco recommend more frequent visits depending on the result of the examination.

It's advisable for certain people to visit their dermatologist more frequently. These include:

  • People with a history of skin cancer
  • People with close relatives who suffer from skin cancer
  • People with suspicious growths or moles on their skin
  • People who received x-ray acne treatment in their youth
  • People with extremely fair skin tones

Risk factors for skin cancer

Age and gender play a role in the risk of skin cancer. Older people are at a higher risk because of how long they have been exposed to UV radiation. But younger people who get frequent sunburns because of continual exposure to the sun are at high risk of getting skin cancer.

The risk of squamous cell carcinomas is three times higher in males than females. Males are also twice as likely to develop basal cell carcinomas as women.

Conditions such as diseases and immune suppression related to organ transplants also heighten the risk of skin cancer. For example, basal cell nevus syndrome and human papilloma virus (HPV) infections increase the risk of developing carcinomas.

Previous treatment for certain conditions sometimes causes skin cancer. Psoriasis treatment involving a combination of UV light treatment, a natural remedy, and psoralen increases carcinoma risk. Same goes for radiation treatment.

Genetic risk factors like inherited conditions and a personal or family history of skin cancer increase your risk of developing skin cancer. So can lifestyle choices such as smoking and excessive UV exposure due to spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun.

Your dermatologist will take into account all the above risk factors and advice you on the proper steps to take to decrease your chances of developing skin cancer.

When to schedule an emergency visit

Dermatological emergencies are rare, but it's important to know them because they are potentially fatal. Examples of such emergencies include bacterial and viral infections.

Bacterial infections such as erysipelas and cellulitis warrant an immediate trip to your dermatologist's office. Erysipelas is a Streptococcus pyogenes infection of the superficial dermis, and cellulitis is a Staphylococcus aureus infection of the deep dermis.

The herpes simplex virus causes eczema herpeticum, which often occurs on the face around the eyes. In extreme cases, the condition can lead to severe conditions (e.g., hepatitis, encephalitis, and keratoconjunctivitis) or even death.

In case of any severe symptoms on your skin, call a qualified dermatologist in the DFW area immediately.

 


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