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Things to Do Everyday to Your Skin

Friday, June 07, 2019

 


Skincare is important because the skin is the largest barrier between your immune system and possible infection. Keeping our skin healthy and moisturized helps maintain a healthy acid mantle. This acid mantle consists of natural oils and is slightly acidic in nature to prevent harmful contaminants. By taking care of this mantle, you are protecting your skin from acne, hyperpigmentation, and signs of premature aging.

Thankfully, protecting your skin and its mantle can be done with a skincare routine that includes a face wash, toner, and moisturizer. While the skincare routine has always evolved and affected by trends, the basic three-step routine is the most cost-effective way of protecting your skin.

What To Do Every Day

1. Wash. your facial cleanser is what's going to remove dead skin cells, impurities, and excess oils. For people who have particularly dry skin, use a facial cleanser that has natural emollients or humectants. You'll find that an oil-based cleanser can be useful in removing impurities while keeping your acid mantle intact. For oilier skin types, you will want a slightly stringent face wash that is formulated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if you have acne prone skin. Many people have reactions to various types of cosmetics and lotions. If you have sensitive skin type, use a face wash that is free of parabens, potential irritants, and drying alcohols.

2. Toner. The toner is an overlooked part of the everyday skincare routine. The skin toner will neutralize any active ingredients that have been left on your skin, soothing the skin and restoring the acid mantle. A mild face toner that is formulated with a witch hazel tends to be universally accepted by most skin types. It acts as a mild astringent to shrink the pores, while actively reducing inflammation. If you have congested skin, then a skin toner that is formulated with a mild acid like salicylic acid can be beneficial to unclog orders and to clear out your sebaceous glands.

3. Moisturize. Moisturizing after toning will help maintain its balance. People with oily skin types believe that moisturizers contribute to their problem. However, what happens is that the skin becomes dry without proper moisturization, causing it to increase sebum production. Then the person with oily skin responds to that excess production by attacking it with a harsh face wash. The skin becomes dry again, and it becomes a cycle. A moisturizer will make sure that your skin isn't too dry or too oily, that way your sebum glands do not need to be so responsive. Choose your moisturizer based on your skin type, with dryer skin benefiting from emollient based creams, while oily skin types benefiting from lighter lotions.

Specialty Treatments

While your everyday skincare routine is enough to prevent and mitigate most skin issues, you will also benefit from the semi-regular specialty treatment that targets certain skin concerns.

At the Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, we provide comprehensive dermatology services that include cosmetic procedures. For example, regular use of microdermabrasion or chemical peels is beneficial for those who have clogged pores or issues with pigmentation. For age-related problems, laser resurfacing and fotofac
ials can help rejuvenate skin. To learn more about how we can create a comprehensive plan that will supplement your everyday skincare routine, contact us.

 

What exactly does Chemical Peel do?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Chemical peels typically fall under light, medium, or deep categories. These categories designate the level of exfoliation and how aggressive the chemical peel is. However, regardless of its category, chemical peels are essentially the controlled destruction of epidermal layers performed in a way to ensure efficacy, safety, and maximum results.

With the right technique and dermatologist, a chemical peel can be very efficient at sloughing off the upper and medium layers of skin. Here are some of the benefits of chemical peels, their advantages to fixing certain problems, and their potential side effects.

The Benefits of Skin Peels

A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to aggressively exfoliate the skin in a relatively short amount of time. The chemical peel disrupts the bond between the skin cells, speeding cellular turnover. Regular use of chemical peels also causes your skin's fibroblasts to regenerate collagen, which improves firmness and suppleness. Not only do chemical peels improve the texture of your skin, but it can also improve its color and aesthetic.

Are chemical peels safe? Yes, chemical peels are safe to use as long as they are tailored to your skin type. There is a myriad of chemical peels and they can be useful for different skin issues. While many light peels are accessible to the everyday consumer, it is recommended that you visit a dermatologist for medium and deep level peels. Without the proper application and removal, deep chemical peels can be disfiguring, and can actually add to your skin problems instead of alleviating them.

Are You The Right Candidate For A Skin Peel?

Chemical peels are beneficial for many skin conditions, including those who are suffering from hyper-pigmentation, discoloration, scarring, and congested pores. However, there are ideal skin types that will benefit most from chemical peels. Darker skinned individuals are fully able to reap the benefits of a chemical peel, but typically these chemical peels will fall under the light or medium category. Deeper chemical peels may cause potential discoloration.

Generally, people who are fair skinned and have light hair are better candidates for chemical peels. This is due to the fact that lighter skin does not respond to surface trauma with hyper-pigmentation Individuals with severe bulges or sags may not respond well to chemical peels. There are other treatments like laser resurfacing or photo facials that can be beneficial.

About Dermatology Consultants of Frisco

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco offers comprehensive skincare, including cosmetic procedures. Our chemical peels are designed to those who are suffering from melasma, acne scars, pigmentation issues, freckles, and superficial wrinkles. We offer all three levels of chemical peels — superficial, medium, and deep.

Our consultation will ensure that the right chemical peel is used for your particular skin tone, target problems, and skin's condition. Depending on the level of peel, you can go back to work on the same day, or you may require a downtime of several weeks. Contact Dermatology Consultants of Frisco to book an appointment.


What Is My Skin Trying To Tell Me?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Covering an area of 2 square meters, or about 22 square feet, your skin is the largest organ in your body and plays a crucial role in protecting yourself as well as aiding you in perceiving the world. However, the skin is more than just a cocoon that protects your bones, muscles, and internal organs, it also changes due to your health. It can communicate if you are sick, not feeling well, or if something is wrong. Here is how to pay attention to the signs, and decipher what your body is trying to communicate to you.

What is Your Skin Trying To Tell You

It's telling you that your stress is out of control. If you have relatively stable skin, then suddenly notice a random patch of acne or a breakout in an area of your body that usually doesn't get any sort of breakouts, then that can be a sign that you are stressing yourself out. When you are constantly stressed, your body releases a steroid hormone named cortisol. This cortisol may be an evolutionary response to stress or danger, but it does not do your skin any favors, typically manifesting as an acne breakout. To manage your stress, incorporate some stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga, or painting. Find your stress reliever and stick to it whenever you find yourself overwhelmed.

Possibility of anemia. Internal issues can affect your skin's pigmentation. Vitiligo, for example, can manifest and be aggressive if you are diabetic, have pernicious anemia, or are suffering from thyroid disease.

Hormones are out of whack. If you notice new lesions across your jawline and chin, then this could be a signal of a hormone imbalance. This sort of acne is particularly common in adult women - even if they had relatively clear skin in their teenage years.

Unusual hair growths can be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you are a woman and suddenly are experiencing hair growths in areas that are classically male, like the chin, neck, or right below your belly button, then there might be an issue with your ovaries. Genetics and hormones can also play a part in strange growth patterns Consult a doctor to rule out the onset of PCOS.

Unhealthy lifestyle factors. While dark circles around the areas are largely genetic, there can be more insidious causes. As you age, the fat pads around the areas change and can cause hollows around the eye area. Dark skin in this area can also be caused by nutrient deficiencies or a lack of hydration. Eating healthier and ensuring that you get enough sleep can help alleviate dark circles in some cases.

Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

Monday, April 29, 2019

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is characterized as a disease in which cells in your body grow out of control, with it being one of the more common types of cancer in the United States.

The two most common types of skin cancer are basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, are the most frequent forms of skin cancer. They appear as abnormal, uncontrolled growths and lesions that lift away from the lining between the deepest layer of your skin and the epidermis. Depending on location and melanin, these lesions are often pink, with red patches. BCC rarely spread and seldom does it metastasizes on other parts of the bother. This leads to a diagnosis that isn't dire, with most BCC lesions being surgically removed, with smaller lesions extracted with the help of a curettage.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most popular, with it appearing in areas that tend to be exposed to UV rays, including the head, neck, upper back, lips, arms, and legs. While it is a slow growing cancer, it can spread to other parts of the body, including lymph nodes and bones. It's evasive, making it hard to treat is not diagnosed early enough.

Preventing Skin Cancer

To know how to prevent the formation of skin cancer, you'll need to be able to recognize factors that contribute to their manifestation. Here are risk factors for skin cancer:

  • Repeated Exposure To UV Rays During Peak Hours. The sun is highest in the sky between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. To protect yourself, try to avoid extended exposure to the sun during this window of time. Take advantage of shade, hats, and sunscreen of at least 20 SPF to protect your skin.
  • Unprotected, fair skin. While any skin color can form cancerous cells, fairer skin groups tend to be at risk due to a lack of melanin, which helps protect against UV radiation. A diligent suncare routine is important with this skin group.
  • Exposure to arsenic matter. Exposure to known arsenic raises the risks of skin cancer. Arsenic is a type of heavy metal that is sometimes used on unregulated products, as well as many insecticides. Workers who work closely to coal, industrial tar, and paraffin are at an increased risk.
  • Carelessness near water, snow, and sand. These surfaces are highly reflective, and can actually intensify exposure to UV radiation. Make it a habit to include sunscreen in your skincare routine, even during the winter months or when partaking in watersports during the summer months. Water resistant formulation will help protect your skin.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco

Precancerous conditions can manifest as irregular growths that can eventually develop into skin cancer. If not treated, they can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. If you notice lesions, skin growths, or spots that you haven't noticed before, contact us. We'll be able to remove growths, as well as help you with tips to decrease your exposure to UV radiation.

 

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.

 


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