The cold weather this time of year brings about a much lower level of humidity. This low humidity is what will cause your skin to dry and crack from your lips, face, hands, and to your feet. Cracked/broken skin can lead to infection.
So how do you protect your skin during these cold winter months? First is to make sure you moisturize as this is probably one of the most essential and easiest steps to follow. After a shower just use a moisturizer that has a bit of a heavier cream consistency, instead the one you may use during the summer months.
The second step is making sure you are covered up as much as possible before stepping out into the cold. Exposed skin takes a lot of damage especially when the wind picks up, your fingers, hands and toes are more susceptible to windburn and frostbite.
The third step is to make sure you remember your sunscreen. It may not be blazing outside but the sun can still do a lot of damage to your skin. It’s not direct light as in the winter, the sun reflects it’s light off of the snow that is covering the ground.
The last step or steps has to do with water. Make sure you’re drinking enough water each day. A common mistake is thinking that your body doesn’t need the same level of hydration in winter as it does in summer,so be sure to drink up. Also as enticing as a hot shower may be try to keep them short as hot water can strip your skin of the much needed moisture.
Lastly those with skin conditions like eczema should be weary as the colder climate tend to cause flares in condition. If your symptoms show or worsen consult your physician for treatment.
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Acne is not solely problematic for teens. Half of all women in their twenties face sporadic bouts of acne, and a quarter of forty-somethings still fight acne while keeping up with their Botox treatments, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Topical drugstore preparations may help shorten the lifespan of an isolated blemish, but such tools are limited. Benzoyl peroxide and alcohol are the chief active ingredients in most over-the-counter creams. For some troubled skin, these two ingredients cause as many skin problems as they solve. An oil-reducing skin treatment may work for a teen with overactive sebum glands, but drying agents are a poor fit for more mature skin. It’s counterproductive to seek age-defying skin treatments while parching the skin to reduce the severity of breakouts. Desiccated skin reveals all its fine lines, aging even younger skin beyond its time.
Just as a mechanic with only two tools cannot hope to restore a car to perfect condition, over-the-counter acne products cannot restore healthy skin. Dermatologists have a wealth of tools at their disposal. They combat acne with topical preparations, prescription medications and even injections of anti-inflammatory cortisone to end a painful pimple’s life quickly. Taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting acne pays off in the form of shorter, less severe breakouts.
A doctor can prescribe topical acne products containing antibiotics to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Prescription creams such as tretinoin and adapalene are more effective against acne than their drugstore counterparts. Oral medications help clear acne systemically instead of topically. Painful cystic acne succumbs quickly to cortisone injections or draining to relieve the pressure. Laser treatments and dermabrasion may help some cases of acne as well as restoring a smoother surface to previously troubled skin once the acne disappears. Dermatologists can also work with other doctors to adjust medications that might worsen acne such as birth control pills or steroids.
Other conditions such as rosacea or folliculitis mimic acne’s appearance, but require different treatment. Only a qualified dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition correctly and provide appropriate treatment, so it is vital to seek dermatological advice for any sudden rash or breakout. Trying an over-the-counter acne regimen to heal a skin problem other than acne could exacerbate the irritation and discomfort of the condition.
Healthy skin means more than simply being acne-free; a doctor’s care ensures that once the blemishes disappear, the skin beneath is vibrantly healthy. Injections of Botox or cosmetic fillers reduce the appearance of deep acne scars, while laser resurfacing smooth’s away shallower imperfections left by previous bouts of acne.
Acne may not be dangerous, but it merits a doctor’s attention. Seek a specialist in healthy skin and end the cycle of dry skin and breakouts that over-the-counter creams perpetuate.
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Keeping your skin healthy while traveling can be a hassle; however, it does not have to be. Simple steps can be taken to help maintain the health and beauty of your skin while abroad. These three tips will have your skin looking and feeling its best while you travel!
1) Keep a travel sized hand lotion in a purse or other piece of conveniently accessible luggage. By keeping a cream handy, it will be easier to apply when needed. If used frequently, it may be worthwhile to pack a couple small bottles.
2) Remove any makeup before going to sleep. This allows the pores of the face to breathe naturally. Be sure to pack any moisturizers or other facial creams that are generally utilized at home.
3) Pack a hat or visor and be sure to wear ample sunscreen; especially if traveling or visiting an area where there will be long periods of exposure to the sun. Although sun does provide Vitamin D, too much of a good thing can wreak havoc on healthy skin. Using sunscreen allows the Vitamin D to be soaked up without the harmful UV rays.
Keeping skin healthy while you travel does not have to be a difficult task. Simple tricks make it a breeze. Most of all enjoy the trip while keeping your skin looking and feeling its best.
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Topical vitamins, health and anti-aging for skin care and facial aging
New York, NY – If you told me as recently as 2 months ago that I would be blogging based on a question from my Facebook Fan page, I would have thought both you and I were crazy. Well, here it is; I had an inquiry from Pauline, a lovely lady from Charlottesville, VA about vitamins and skin tightening. This came as a response to an article in Natural Health Magazine February 2010, where I was quoted on the benefits of topical vitamins for skin rejuvenation.
We have long known about the beneficial effects of various vitamins on anti-aging. The most well documented is Retin-A, a vitamin A derivative. Technically, Retin-A is only FDA approved for the treatment for acne. However, people have been using this for decades for more youthful appearing skin and it is probably the single best anti-aging topical treatment you can use at home for facial aging. Retin-A has been demonstrated to reverse the signs of aging right down to the cellular level. There are potential side effects though; dryness, redness and sun sensitivity. So, use it at night and use daily sunscreen (as everyone should do so already). Other Vitamin A preparations are also available that have moisturizers or modified retinoids that may be less irritating and better tolerated by your skin.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is effective in fighting aging skin. Anti-oxidants combat the formation of free radicals. What does all that mean? Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun penetrates the skin and causes the formation of free radicals. Free radicals damage the skin cell membranes, enzymes, surrounding fluid and proteins making the skin age prematurely. Vitamin C neutralizes some of this damage. It is also a necessary building block for a number of the enzymes that make collagen for our skin. UV exposure also depletes the skin of Vitamin C making it less available for the skin cells. Oral vitamin C is good for overall health, but little gets to the skin so topical is helpful as well. Unfortunately, you can’t chop up vitamins and smear them on your skin. The vitamin C molecules need to be of a specific size and associated with certain carriers that enhance skin penetration and absorption. This varies from product to product.
Pauline also asked about Vitamin D. Vitamin D has been a hot topic lately, as it was even featured in the New York Times Science Section last week. Vitamin D is made in the body from sunlight and also found in fish and fortified milk. There are well documented health advantages from Vitamin D for many disease processes as well as overall health. What is not known is if we really need to take supplements other than what we get naturally from food and sunlight. Active healthy patients have higher Vitamin D levels. But is this from outside sources or do healthier people produce more Vitamin D themselves?
When it comes to vitamins taken orally, nothing beats a balanced diet and good hydration for healthy skin. The #1 thing I recommend for overall health is adding Omega 3 fatty acids. These are the highest in fish but can be obtained from a number of other sources such as flaxseed oil or even oral supplements.
Here’s to a healthier you. Steven J. Pearlman, MD, FACS