Get Glowing Summer Skin with Better Food Choices

Dermatology specialist Dr. Joshua Fox offers tips on eating the best foods for healthy skin

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Summer wardrobes featuring bathing suits, tank tops and shorts also feature a lot of skin. But since we all know by now that a natural glow is far healthier than a suntan, how can we achieve vibrant, fabulous skin from the inside out? It all comes back to the foods we eat, says Joshua Fox, MD, medical director of Advanced Dermatology P.C. (more…)

Acne Not Just for Adolescents

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Dermatology specialists Drs. Joshua Fox and Kaleroy Papantoniou explain adult acne and offer tips on treatment

It may seem like a cruel joke: Just when you thought you’d made it through the teenage years with your face finally free of acne, pimples start showing up again. But adult acne is far more common than most people believe, with nearly half of people in their twenties and up to a quarter of those in their forties experiencing recurrent zits, according to Joshua Fox, MD, medical director of Advanced Dermatology P.C. in Roslyn.
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5 Reasons Why You Have No Energy

Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing that’s draining all your energy. Little things you do and don’t do can contribute to tiredness mentally and physically. Here are 5 reasons why you could be tired and how to regain more energy throughout your day.
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1. Dehydration

Being even slightly dehydrated can take a toll on energy levels. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume which makes the blood thicker. It requires the heart to work harder. Dehydration reduces the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach the muscles and organs in the body. To avoid being dehydrated, consume eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which equals about 2 liters or half a gallon.

Iron Consumption

Too much or too little iron in the body can leave you feeling sluggish, weak, and unable to focus. Low iron leads to poorly formed red blood cells that deprive the body of energy. However, too much iron can wear you down as well. The body uses vitamins, minerals and energy to clear your system of the excess, leaving you with little iron in the body. The body needs 10 mg of iron daily.

Stress

Striving to do everything is impossible and it can take a toll on your body. Stress hormone cortisol level is highest in the morning and dips down at night to help maintain a normal rhythm. When the body is constantly alert, the cortisol levels may not go down at night and instead is relatively high. When the cortisol level is high at night the body is constantly alert and cause sleep to be disrupt. To avoid the abnormal fluctuation of cortisol level you should meditate, relax, exercise, and try to not work late in the night.

Exercise

As mentioned above, exercising can help reduce stress levels. It is mandatory that a person gets 30-45 minutes of exercise everyday. A stressful day at work increases cortisol and blood glucose levels. You must release the tension and energy by exercising. When the tension and energy isn’t released, sleep gets disrupted.

Junk Food

Whether you want to believe it or not, junk food leaves you sluggish and tired throughout the day. Sugar may be a quick way to boost energy, but does the opposite in the long run. Junk food increases blood sugar which causes fatigue over the course of the day. Avoid eating sugary products and eat a balanced diet.

Winter Skin Care Tips

winterskinWinter is right around the corner. The cold days bring more than just rosy cheeks. It also brings uncomfortable dryness due to the bitter winds, hot showers, low temperatures, and indoor heat. It is important to start making daily changes to your routine to help prevent dry and flaky skin during the cold temperature months. Here are some easy skin care tips for winter.

Hydration

Soft, beautiful skin does come from the inside. When the skin is dehydrated the skin cells turn over more slowly causing buildup of dead skin. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and by consuming food that contains omega-3 fatty acids. Food such as walnuts, salmon, sardines, and soybeans are very high in omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acid helps to boost hydration.

Moisturize

As the season changes, so does your skin routine. Find a moisturizer that is oil based rather than water based. The oil works as a protective layer on the skin. Oil helps to lock in more moisture than a lotion. However, not all oils are appropriate for the face. Look for non-clogging oils such as avocado oil, almond oil, mineral oil, or primrose oil.

Hot Baths

Having a hot, steamy bath has many benefits. However, it can take a toll on your hair and skin during the winter. Too many hot showers dry out the skin and cause it to be flaky. The arms and legs have fewer oil glands than the rest of the body, so they tend to be drier and scalier. The intense heat from hot showers breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which leads to a lack of moisture.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be worn every season. The earth is closest to the sun during the winter and further from it in the summer. Winter sun along with the snow glare can reflect 80 percent of harmful UV rays, which cause skin cancer as well as wrinkles. Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.

Promote skin health with these pro-skin vitamins

The health of your skin is largely effected by the overall healthiness of your lifestyle – especially your diet. There are a variety of vitamins that are especially good at promoting skin health and improving appearance. A good dietary rule to follow is to try to eat a large variety of colorful food including fruits and vegetables.

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VITAMIN A

Widely accepted as the most important vitamin to skin health, vitamin A has been shown to be highly effective at treating problem skin. Vitamin A can help reduce acne with its ability to promote cell turnover. Deficiency of vitamin A can lead to rough, dry, and scaly skin. Foods that have a higher content of vitamin A include liver and cod liver oil as well as kidney, egg yolks from pastured chickens, and cream and butter from pastured cows.

VITAMIN E

Both vitamin C and vitamin E can help reduce the harmful effects on the skin of UV rays. Vitamin E is part of the skin’s antioxidant system of defense against skin damage. A combination of vitamin E and vitamin A has also been shown to dramatically reduce the chances of getting basal cell carcinoma. Tofu, spinach, nuts, fish, and avocados are all high in vitamin E.

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VITAMIN C

Skin appearance can be improved and wrinkling reduced with an adequate intake of vitamin C. A diet high in vitamin C can also help reduce dry skin, reduce damage from UV rays, and improve wound healing. Foods that contain a high amount of vitamin C include dark leafy greens, broccoli, and citrus fruits. Since vitamin C is sensitive to heat it is better to eat these foods raw or only cook them lightly.

ZINC

The structure of proteins and cell membranes in the skin is assisted by zinc. Additionally zinc has anti-inflammatory effects and can assist in wound healing. Zinc interacts with vitamin A in its transport through the blood and so the combination of both produces a greater reduction in acne. Animal sources of zinc like kidney and liver, red meat, and seafood are superior to plant sources like nuts.

WHEN CHANGING YOUR DIET ISN’T ENOUGH

While a healthy diet rich in pro-skin nutrients is essential for maintaining the appearance of your skin it may not always be enough. If your efforts at improving the appearance of your skin through your diet aren’t giving you the results you want then contacting an expert dermatologist may be the next step. Advanced Dermatology, P.C.’s board-certified dermatologists can help develop a treatment plan that fits your unique needs.

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