Importance of Using Hydrating Products this Winter

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Importance of Using Hydrating Products this Winter

Cold temps, low humidity, harsh winds, and dry indoor heat are all common this time of year. All of which can deplete your skin of necessary moisture. This is why it is so important to use a product (or products) that provides lasting hydration. SkinCeuticals in particular offers a number of facial moisturizers that are great for just that! Some of our favorites include:

Woman in winter

  • Daily Moisture. A lightweight, long-lasting moisturizer that hydrates all while reducing the appearance of enlarged pores (for normal to oily skin).
  • Emollience. A great everyday moisturizer that combines natural extracts and essential oils to help restore and maintain daily moisture (for normal to dry skin).
  • Hydrating B5 Gel. An oil-free serum that combines vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid. This helps to replenish moisture and restore radiance for a smoother complexion (ideal for acne-prone skin).
  • Metacell Renewal B3. A comprehensive daily moisturizer, that is specifically formulated to improve the appearance of early signs of aging on the skin.

As you can see, hydrating products can help immensely to combat the harsh elements of the season. For more information on the products above and to find out which is best for you, call us at 716-688-0020 or click here.

Source: SkinCeuticals.com

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Winter Weather Skin Care

Winter can be a tough time of year on the skin. The cold air, wind, and indoor heat can all wreak havoc. There are some ways to combat this, however. Here are some tips that will help you keep your skin hydrated and looking great this season:

Winter Woman Skin

  • Limit time bathing or showering. Prolonged exposure to water can strip the skin of natural, necessary oils. This can leave the skin dry, cracked, and irritated (especially for those who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea). Try limiting the time in the bath or shower to 5-10 minutes.
  • When bathing or showering, use warm or lukewarm water instead of hot. The warmer the water, the more likely it will irritate the skin.
  • After bathing or showering, pat your skin dry with a towel, don’t rub. The process of rubbing can lead to skin irritation.
  • Apply a moisturizer while your skin is still wet. This will help to lock in moisture and prevent the skin from drying out.
  • Apply sunscreen daily to exposed areas of skin (even if it’s cloudy). Harmful UV rays are still able to penetrate cloud coverage. And if there is snow on the ground, it can actually multiply that UV exposure. This is because the snow reflects the sun’s rays. So you are not only getting hit from above but the ground as well.
  • Use a humidifier. Adds moisture to the air helping to prevent the skin from drying out.
  • Use PCA Skin Dry Skin Relief Bar. This product is one of our favorites for the winter! Not only because it improves dry skin, but also because it helps to soothe the entire body (even the scalp).
  • Get a HydraFacial. The drying effects of winter can make skin look dull. The gentle treatment of a HydraFacial will give it a much-needed boost of hydration and refreshment. After just one treatment, results are seen immediately.

If the winter weather is giving your skin trouble, contact our office today and let us help.

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Thanksgiving Foods That Can Benefit Your Skin

With Thanksgiving this week, there are sure to be plenty of delicious dishes on the horizon. And while overindulgence may be an unwritten rule of the holiday, it’s not all bad because some of those same foods can also be good for your skin. That’s right! It turns out that some turkey day staples can help your skin. So, we put together a list of some foods that your skin will be thankful for:

Thanksgiving Plate

  • Sweet Potatoes. They are full of vitamin C, which can help to smooth out wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen.
  • Green beans. Contains antioxidants that are very beneficial to anti-aging.
  • Pumpkin. Rich in vitamins A, C, and E which help to protect the skin.
  • Cinnamon. Helps to improve circulation and can help prevent acne.
  • Cranberries. Contains vitamin C and antioxidants which can keep skin firm and prevent wrinkles.
  • Apples. Excellent source of mandelic acids, which helps to reduce skin discolorations.
  • Carrots. Loaded with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights against the effects of aging.

So, remember, as you’re enjoying your meal this Thanksgiving, your skin may be benefiting as well!

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Viviscal PRO Now Available At Our Office

Are you like the millions of men and women dealing with hair loss? If so, there is a new option available at our office to address it. It’s called Viviscal PRO.

Viviscal PROSo What Is Viviscal PRO?

Viviscal PRO is a 100% drug-free hair growth supplement that is clinically proven to promote existing hair growth.

 

How Does It Work?

Viviscal PRO supplements work in four stages. First, they provide nourishment to the hair follicles. Then, from that increased nourishment, thin and wispy hair is strengthened. After that, breakage and thinning continue to decline, helping to encourage existing hair growth. Patients are then left with hair that appears stronger, healthier, and more vibrant.

 

How Often To Take It?

Take two tablets a day. Once in the morning and once at night. Try to space about 12 hours apart, taking with food and water.

 

How Quickly Will I See Results?

Results can be seen as soon as three months, depending on the patient’s hair growth cycle. Despite this, we suggest taking it for at least six months to know if it is working for you.

Viviscal Patient Results

A patient 3 months after starting Viviscal

Are There Any Restrictions To Taking It?

Viviscal PRO is not recommended for individuals with a fish or seafood allergy, women who are pregnant or nursing, or anyone under the age of 18.

 

As you can see, Viviscal PRO is an effective option for both men and women dealing with hair loss. For best results, pair Viviscal PRO supplements with the Viviscal PRO Thin to Thick Shampoo and Conditioner. If you would like to learn more about Viviscal PRO contact our office today.

Source: www.viviscal.com

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Why We LOVE Nurse Practitioners at the Neiman Dermatology Building

Offering a comprehensive and personalized approach with each and every patient, nurse practitioners possess many strengths in healthcare. That’s why in celebration of Nurse Practitioner Week, we wanted to delve into their significance and highlight what makes them so special!

So, what exactly is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners (or NPs as they are commonly referred to) are licensed healthcare providers with advanced education and training in a certain specialty. Usually, their specialty correlates to a particular patient population (ex. adult, family, pediatrics). From there, they can also subspecialize in areas such as cardiology, rheumatology, plastic surgery, and dermatology to name a few.

What are their qualifications?

Specifically, at our office, they are all dermatology trained and certified.

What can they do?

Our nurse practitioners diagnose and treat diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. In addition, they can prescribe medications and order lab work.

Lisa NP Treatment Picture

Nurse Practitioner Lisa S Ball, PhD, FNP-BC treating a patient.

Is there anything else to know about nurse practitioners?

With an overall focus on education, nurse practitioners do a wonderful job of helping their patients understand their condition. This in turn helps their patients to better manage their particular condition and/or ailment.

As you can see, nurse practitioners offer high-quality patient care and are an integral part of the healthcare community. If you would like to learn more about our nurse practitioners and how they can help you, contact our office today.

Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org)

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The Benefits of a HydraFacial With a Perk

As you may already know, the HydraFacial is an ideal treatment for the skin. Offering a wide variety of benefits, this revolutionary treatment can achieve some pretty incredible results. Pair it with a Perk, however, and the results get even better!

HydraFacial Perk

So, what’s a Perk? A Perk is an add-on treatment to the HydraFacial that specifically targets the most delicate parts of the face (eyes and lips). For the eyes, a combination of horse chestnut seed extract and arnica flower extract help to tone, firm, and hydrate the area. For the lips, ingredients of peppermint oil and peony extract help to leave the area refreshed, hydrated, and lightly plumped.  Aside from those in-office treatments, the Perks also include a take-home product that can extend the results even further.

As you can see, a Perk is a perfect complement to a HydraFacial. If you would like to learn more about it or schedule an appointment, contact our office today.

 

Source: HydraFacial.com

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How Face Masks Can Cause Contact Dermatitis

While face masks are important in the fight against COVID-19, they can also cause irritation and damage to the skin. Specifically, when it comes to the condition known as contact dermatitis.

Contact dermatitis occurs when direct exposure with a substance, in this case, fabric, irritates the skin. The irritation is usually represented by redness and inflammation in the area. While any kind of fabric can bring it on, it’s more likely to occur from fabrics made with synthetic fibers. The reason being that synthetic fibers don’t breathe as well as natural fibers. This, in turn, can make you sweat more which can further contribute to the irritation of the skin.

Woman wearing face mask

So, what can you do to avoid or manage contact dermatitis? Some things include:

  • Clean the skin. This will mainly help skin that is exposed to an irritant. Make sure to use warm water.
  • Apply a moisturizer. Helps to keep the skin hydrated while protecting it as well.
  • Frequently change and/or wash the face mask. Should be done after each use. At least daily.
  • Give yourself a break from wearing it. Leaving the face mask on for a prolonged period of time can cause more irritation to the skin. However, when you do remove it, make sure that you are following proper social distancing guidelines.
  • Make sure the mask fits comfortably and is not too tight. Make sure it fits snug. The tighter the mask, the more likely it is to cause irritation.

 

In all, what can you do to best deal with contact dermatitis? First and foremost, identify what may be causing the problem. Next, avoid it (if possible). Then finally, take the corrective measures above to better protect your skin. If you believe you may be experiencing contact dermatitis, contact our office right away as early treatment is crucial to prevent the condition from worsening.

 

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Fourth of July Summer Skin Care

With the Fourth of July this weekend, many people will be spending a significant amount of time outside. And as we know from a previous post, even if it’s not sunny out, harmful UVA and UVB rays can still be prevalent. Here are just a few important things to keep in mind to help protect your skin and keep it looking it’s best:

Summer Skin Care Lotion

When applying sunscreens, layering does not give added SPF protection. The SPF you end up with is only the SPF of the highest sunscreen you applied.  For example, if you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 then apply one with an SPF of 25, you will solely have the protection of the SPF of 30.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) does recommend applying two layers of sunscreen on all exposed areas though. The second layer should be applied about 30 minutes after the first, at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.

Reapply sunscreen periodically throughout the day. It is advised to reapply every two hours or after you have been exposed to water.

SPF protection is on a logarithmic scale. This means there is a bigger difference between SPF 25 and SPF 30 than there is with SPF 30 and SPF 45.

SPF’s below 15 are essentially worthless. We recommend an SPF of at least 50 to all of our patients.

Don’t forget your lips. The sun’s rays can dry delicate lip tissue. Keep your lips hydrated by using a lip balm with an SPF.

After a long day out in the sun take a cold shower. It can decrease acne breakouts and helps to better hydrate your skin.

If you do contract sunburn take Advil or Motrin. This will help to block the inflammation and can actually lessen the burn itself.

Remember these tips to keep your skin healthy this holiday weekend and beyond!
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Why Now Is the Best Time to Start This Hair Regrowth Treatment

With ‘stay at home’ orders in place for much of the country, many people have a lot of free time on their hands (no pun intended). This newfound free time offers the perfect opportunity for those struggling with hair loss to give minoxidil a try.

As discussed in a previous blog entry, minoxidil is a topical treatment that is used to address hair loss. There are three different formulations: solution, foam, and spray. With each of them, regular application (twice-daily) and continued use are necessary for the best results. If you do not apply it appropriately or discontinue use at any point, progress will be lost and the hair loss will begin again. Man Looking at hair

It is a common misconception that minoxidil can only be applied to the crown (back top part of the scalp). That is not true, as a number of our patients have used it on other areas of the scalp with great success (there have even been some men who have applied it to their beards). Some patients can see results as soon as 3-4 months after starting it, with full results being seen anywhere from 6 months to a year.

Again, regular twice-daily application of minoxidil is crucial to the progress and results. This is why now is the best time to start the treatment. Your extra free time will provide you with an ample opportunity to get into the routine of using it.

If you are interested in learning more about minoxidil and if it may be right for you, contact our office today. It is important to note, that if you are experiencing hair loss and do not know the cause, minoxidil may not help.

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How To Avoid Skin Irritation From Face Masks

Woman FacemaskDue to the spread of COVID-19, the CDC made a recent recommendation that everyone should be wearing face masks in public. Although face masks provide important protection from the virus, wearing them for an extended period can also lead to skin irritation. Here are some things you can do to avoid that.

  1. Make sure the mask fits comfortably and snug. If it is too tight, the more likely it will cause a skin reaction.
  2. Try to take off the mask as much as possible when not in public. When doing this one, make sure to take into consideration proper social distancing.
  3. Change or wash it regularly depending on the frequency of use. When breathing in the mask, moisture collects in the area and can provide the perfect breeding ground for a number of different bacteria. This can lead to skin conditions such as folliculitis.
  4. Cleanse the skin. Try to avoid products containing drying ingredients as it can be further aggravated with the use of a face mask. Moisturizing is of the utmost importance, especially before, because it can serve as a protectant for the skin.
  5. Moisturize/hydrate the skin. This one is especially important prior to, as it can serve as a protectant for the skin. Avoid oil-based moisturizers as they can block the pores leading to breakouts.

If you are already noticing skin irritation due to wearing a facemask, try to identify the cause and take the above tips into consideration. If the condition still does not improve, contact our office right away.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

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