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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Sunscreen Pills?

August 22nd, 2014

Sunscreen is used to protect the skin from sun effects such as skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common and increasing form of cancer in the United States. From lotions to sprays to sticks, consumers have many options when purchasing a sunscreen. Now there is a new addition to the market: sunscreen pills. There are a number of pills that claim to help protect us from the sun’s harmful effects but these claims are not verified by the FDA. The most popular sunscreen pill is Heliocare, which is made from extracts from a fern called polypodium leuctomos. The company claims that the anti-oxidants in the pill help to minimize the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Sunscreen is applied physically to the skin, so how can a pill be as effective as a sunscreen? Taking a single pill cannot shield your skin from the inside out. Sunscreen lotions are the most effective form of skin protection and are approved by FDA. The FDA recommends using a sunscreen lotion of SPF 15 or higher. You can read more about sunscreens in our previous blog here.

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How often should you replace your pillows?

August 21st, 2014

Everyone has that favorite pillow that seems to help you sleep better. Despite how comfortable and clean your pillow might be, it’s the home of thousand of dust mites, bacteria, fungi and mold. People hang onto their pillows for too long. According to experts, pillows need to be replaced every six months. Keeping a pillow for more than a year can affect your skin and health.

Consequence

The average person uses a pillow for three years and risks neck problems caused by sleeping without sufficient head and neck support. There are multiple health problems associated with dust mite infestation. Even through dust mites don’t spread any kind of disease, they do create allergy and asthmatic risk. The dirt, oil, and dead skin that accumulate over time in pillows can cause acne breakouts and trigger allergies. Of the 20% of people who suffer from allergies, two thirds may be allergic to dust mites.

Solution

Your pillow should be aligned with your spine and support the neck. If you fold your pillow in half and it doesn’t spring back right away by itself then its dead and should be replaced immediately. To avoid getting headaches, and stiff neck, use latex, polyester, or foam contour pillows. Feather pillows should be avoided because they are often associated with more neck pain. Here are some tips to help reduce or avoid dust mites:

  • Wash pillow regularly with very hot water and mild detergent.
  • Use a drier on low heat as an extra precaution when washing.
  • Use a pillow protector as well as a bed protector.
  • Replace pillow every six months.
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