Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

September 2nd, 2014

As we talked about in our previous blog, a good night sleep is beneficial to your health including the health of your skin. Everyone needs at least seven hours of sleep every night. Sleep is vital to a person’s health. It maintains your physical health and supports growth and development. Diet and exercise plays a role in how well you sleep. It’s very important to watch what you put in your body in the hours before bed. Here are five tips for a good night’s sleep.

  • Exercise. Just 30 minutes of any kind of exercise can help you sleep better. Exercise helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and lower the risk of diseases. Getting sweaty makes it easier to sleep. Do not exercise three to four hours before bed.
  • Caffeine. Try to limit or avoid caffeinated beverages especially coffee, tea, and soft drinks throughout the day. Do not consume any caffeine after lunch and definitely not before bed. You might sleep right after having some coffee but you will not get a good sleep.
  • Prescription / Medication. If you are taking any sort of medication it might be affecting your sleep. Some medication contains alcohol or other ingredients that can make it harder to sleep. Check with your doctor if your medication could be affecting your sleep.
  • Bedroom. Your bedroom should be a peaceful place to just sleep. Refrain from watching television, eating, or finishing work in the bedroom. The more screen time you get, the later you will go to bed as a result of not getting enough sleep.
  • Room Temperature. How comfortable you feel can have an effect on sleep. To get a good night sleep your room should be dark, quiet, and cool. A good room temperature for sleep is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures below 54 degrees and above 75 degrees have been shown to be very disruptive to your sleep.
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Ways to Prevent Scarring

August 29th, 2014

Scars are a natural part of the healing process. Scars caused by an injury need time to heal. The body produces collagen to help heal injuries fast. The appearance of a scar depends on multiple factors. The shape, size, and depth of the injury contribute tremendously to the way a scar looks. Total scar prevention may be impossible after an injury, but you can prevent the severity of lasting marks.

Stitches

A professional should stitch an injury that is deep and spread apart. Stitching helps the skin to heal better and faster. Injuries that need to should be stitched as soon as possible while the wound is fresh. If too much time passes the wound can get in contact with bacteria or germs, which can cause an infection. It is best to see a doctor in a timely manner.

Moist Wound

It is very critical to keep the wound moist with petroleum jelly and a non-stick bandage to prevent scarring. By keeping the wound moist, it speeds up the healing process and will minimize scarring.

Scar Creams

Do not purchase or fall for any type of scar creams. There is no over the counter product that has been scientifically proven to improve scars.

Sun Exposure

Avoid the sun to help minimize discoloration.

Natural Healing

Do not pick at scabs. Scabs are the skin’s natural dressing. Picking at scabs will only reduce the healing process and increase scarring. Avoid using hydrogen peroxide because it can cause irritation and will slow down the healing process as well.

Patience is a Virtue!

Healing will take time and possibly years. There are phases of the healing process. Scars never stop changing and improving.

Laser treatments

If you have scars we offer various laser treatments that can reduce their appearance. Fraxel is one example of a laser that can reduce acne and surgical scars. Schedule a consultation with one of our expert board-certified dermatologists to discuss your options.

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Fall Skin Care Regimen

August 27th, 2014

As the days grow shorter, the temperature decreases, and the air becomes drier, the skin loses moisture. You may not want to believe it, but fall is right around the corner. Yes, the leaves are beautiful and the cooler weather is refreshing but there’s definitely something sad about putting away your shorts and taking out your sweaters. It is universally understood that clothing varies by season (especially here in the Northeast), but your skin care regimen should also change with each season. Here are some simple skin care tips for the fall season:

  • Evaluate Your Skin Type – With the cooler weather, many observe a change in their skin type. Whether previously normal skin becomes dry or oily turns to normal, the skin care products you used all summer may actually make your skin worse in the winter. If you have any doubts about your skin type, our dermatologists would be glad to assist you.
  • Sunscreen – Don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen just because summer is over. Although you are no longer going to the beach, the sun’s ultraviolet rays still exist elsewhere. Use a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. Make sure that the sunscreen contains an SPF of at least 15. Regardless of the weather, sunscreen is a must.
  • Update your Routine – In cold weather, use a more moisturizing cleanser. Since exfoliation and certain other skin care techniques may cause exfoliation if done too frequently, it is important to remember when you have done each step. Set aside specific days for each skin care task to keep a routine and avoid irritation. While this should be done year-round, it is especially important in the fall and winter seasons, when dry skin typically occurs.
  • Moisturize Daily – To avoid dryness, your skin requires constant hydration. Use a moisturizer every day to keep your skin moist and smooth. It is best to apply moisturizer after a shower or bath, once you have dried off. Start moisturizing now to prevent cracked lips and dry skin.
  • Get Cuticle Oil – When it comes to dry skin, the cuticles tend to suffer the most. Even if you use hand cream religiously, it may not be enough to moisten the cuticles. Purchase a cuticle oil and use a few times a week to relieve cracked, painful cuticles.
  • Replace your Body Wash – Fragrant, soapy body wash might feel good after a day at the beach, but they will leave your skin dry during the winter. To prevent dry skin, replace your body wash with something that is hydrating and soap-free. If you’ve been using a shower gel in the summer, you may want to switch to a moisturizing body wash for the fall.
  • Get a New Hand Cream – Hands often become dry and cracked during fall and winter. When it comes to dry skin, your hands take the brunt of it, as they are constantly exposed to water. It is therefore important to moisturize your hands more often than the rest of your body. Pack a hand cream with you for when you’re on the go.
  • Exfoliate with Oil-Based Scrub – The summer sun and chlorine may leave your skin feeling dry and flaky. The fall is an excellent time for oil-based scrubs, as they simultaneously hydrate and exfoliate your skin. There is a dizzying array of oil-based scrubs, each containing a different amount of oil. You should have no trouble finding an oil-based scrub that’s right for you.
  • Cosmetic Procedures – Fall is the best time for facial cosmetic procedures, as your face will be exposed to the sun much less compared to summertime. In addition, with the holidays not too far away, undergoing your procedure now will ensure that you look youthful and refreshed in front of family and friends.

Have Any Skin Concerns? Contact Us Today!

If you are experiencing any skin concerns, contact us today to schedule a consultation. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating all concerns of the skin, hair and nails. We also offer the latest minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

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Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

August 26th, 2014

What are bedbugs?

Bedbugs are very small, fat, reddish-brown insects that feed on human and animal blood. They are the size of an apple seed. The average length of a bedbug is four to five millimeters. Bedbugs are mostly active at night. A female bedbug can lay up to five eggs in one day. These eggs take about 5 weeks to hatch. The average bedbug can live eighteen months without feeding. Bedbugs do not fly – they move very quickly across walls, floors and ceilings.

Signs of Bedbug Infestation

Bedbugs like to live in beds, on pets, and in furniture but they can be found in other areas of a home.

The following are common signs of bedbugs:

  • Small reddish brown fecal on bed and walls.
  • Bite marks on your body.
  • Casing or shedded skin.
  • Blood stains.

Getting Rid of Bedbugs

If you suspect that bedbugs have invaded your home, you should do the following to get rid of them:

  • Launder clothes with hot water and dry on hot settings. Dry clean if needed.
  • Vacuum you entire home. Vacuuming will remove bedbugs from walls, furniture and other surfaces.
  • Repair or replace cracked and open holes to eliminate bedbug sites.
  • Hire the professional. An exterminator may be expensive but very effective.
  • Use a plastic cover over the bed and box springs.

Treatments

A bedbug bite is very itchy and looks like red bumps. The bites are often mistaken for mosquito bites. To reduce swelling and itching, follow these steps:

  • Wash the bite with soap and water.
  • Apply corticosteroid cream.
  • Use baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the bites for at least an hour.

Still Itchy? Contact Us Today!

For some people, the above steps may not be enough to reduce the itchiness associated with bedbug bites. If you are experiencing redness, soreness, swelling, or extreme itchiness, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating adverse reactions to insect bites and other skin conditions. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County (Ossining), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

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Sleep – An Important Anti-Aging Regimen

August 25th, 2014

Getting only a few hours of sleep can hold back metabolism and hormone production in a way that is related to the effects of aging and early stages of diabetes. It is indisputable that a good’s night sleep is beneficial for your health on many levels. Study after study has shown that getting at least seven hours of shuteye a night can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, strengthen your immune system against colds, help you manage your weight, and increase your overall productivity throughout the day. A recent clinical trial seems to have found yet another benefit to a good night’s sleep: more youthful skin and quicker recovery following sun exposure. What more do we know about how sleep affects the skin?

What Happens When We Sleep

At the same time as we sleep at night, our bodies take time to restore energy and rebuild tissue and cells. While we are asleep, hormone growth is at its peak and cell and tissue repair begins. This method reinforces fresh, new skin that replaces the old, dead skin. Throughout our sleep, the facial muscles are relaxed, which allows the layers of skin to rejuvenate, therefore helping to smooth wrinkles and fine lines.
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Younger, Faster-Recovering Skin amongst Good Sleepers

Those with poor sleep quality had greater signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and skin laxity. In addition, the skin of individuals with good sleep quality recovered much quicker than individuals with poor sleep quality. For instance, individuals with poor sleep quality had higher rates of redness 72 hours after a sunburn compared to those with good sleep quality. What does this mean for you?

Sleep Position Matters

As stated time and time again, a good night’s sleep does wonders for the entire body. Not only will your overall health benefit but your skin as well. As we age, the connective tissue and collagen in the face isn’t as tough and supportive as it used to be. When you constantly sleep in the same position every night, the skin gets damaged. Where your face is pushed into the pillow wrinkles and fine lines may form.

Aging Skin Keeping You Up At Night? Contact Us Today!

No matter what, noticeable signs of aging may still present themselves on the skin. If you are concerned about your aging skin, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are trained in the latest minimally invasive treatment options to rejuvenate loose, aging skin. If wrinkles and fine lines are your problem, we offer Botox and a full range of injectable fillers. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

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