Maintaining the health and appearance of your skin relies on gentle but effective daily care and regular visits to your dermatologist's office to help prevent, diagnose and treat any potential abnormalities. The skin is susceptible to many different conditions, from acne, eczema and psoriasis to moles, warts and skin cancer lesions. Detecting these conditions as early as possible can often help minimize long-term damage to the skin, while a customized skincare regimen can help reduce the risk of developing these conditions and related complications.
Our doctors are highly trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of general skin conditions such as moles and birthmarks, rosacea, acne, skin cancer and more. In addition to having your skin examined by a professional on a regular basis, it is important to practice healthy skin care habits on a daily basis to help protect conditions from developing. Unhealthy skin care habits can lead to long-term problems such as skin cancer and premature aging.
Cleansing the skin is one of the most important steps in successful skin care, as it removes dirt, debris, germs, oils and cosmetic products from the skin on a daily basis to prevent buildup. Choosing the right cleanser for your skin type will help you achieve skin that looks and feels fresh, not dry and tight like some people may experience. With a myriad of cleansers available on the market today, only a dermatologist can recommend the most appropriate one for each patient.
Exfoliating is a valuable skin care step that removes the top layer of dead skin cells to revitalize the complexion and stimulate the production of new skin cells. This can be done with a scrub, retinoids or home microdermabrasion kits. There are also many natural ingredients that can be used to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliation is not needed everyday, but instead only once or twice a week for the best results. Patients notice an immediate sense of renewal after exfoliation.
Toning the skin effectively removes all traces of oil, makeup and dirt that remain after cleansing the skin and provides a fresher, tighter feeling to the skin, while also reducing the appearance of pores and preventing acne breakouts. They are often made of alcohol, citric acid or other ingredients. There are many toners and astringents available on the market, although natural products such as apple cider vinegar and witch hazel can also be used for this purpose.
Daily moisturizing keeps the skin hydrated throughout the day, promotes normal cell function and reduces the risk of damage from free radicals. It is also helpful in avoiding a cracked, flaky appearance that is common in the harsh winter months. Different moisturizers are available for dry, oily, normal, acne-prone and other types of skin. Your doctor will recommend an effective moisturizer for you based on an evaluation of your skin type and needs.
Following a daily skin care regimen customized for your individual skin type can be highly effective in maintaining a healthy, youthful appearance and reducing the risk of certain conditions, as well as the signs of aging. While facial skin care is a priority for many patients, it is also important to address the skin elsewhere on the body, especially when protecting against certain conditions. Our doctors provide patients with specific recommendations on how to maintain their overall skin health.