Posts for: March, 2020
Caring for your skin doesn’t have to be challenging, and your dermatologist can help.
Healthy, clear skin isn’t just luck and genetics, it’s also a sign of your daily routine, your habits and lifestyle. What you do each and every day can have a major impact on your skin, for better or worse. Of course, our Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. Sanjiva Goyal also understands that there is a ton of information out there about creating the perfect skin care routine. Instead of driving yourself crazy with research, here are some simple things you should know,
Create Your Main, Daily Routine
When it comes to caring for your skin there should be three main components:
- Cleansing: washing your face with a gentle cleanser
- Toning: applying a toner, which balances the skin
- Moisturizing: preventing dryness by applying a moisturizer daily (and yes, even to oily skin)
Yes, it can be that simple. Of course, as you age you will notice that your skin-care routine will also need to change. Perhaps you’ll need products geared towards acne or anti-aging. If you have questions about changing products to accommodate your aging skin our dermatologist here in Jacksonville, FL, would be happy to provide suggestions and recommendations.
One of the best anti-aging tools at your disposal is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays. It is important that you use sunscreen everyday, even on those cloudy or snowy days (remember, the sun’s rays can still penetrate through clouds and reflect off snow). Apply sunscreen to the face and body about 30 minutes before going outside, opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Catch Those ZZZs
Want radiant, healthy smile? The answer could be hiding in your bed. Getting good, quality sleep every night can do wonders not just for your mood, energy levels and overall health, it can also keep skin looking its best. Not getting enough sleep speeds up the aging process, can cause puffy bags under the eyes and can increase cortisol levels, which can cause psoriasis and other skin conditions to flare-up. So, if you want to keep your skin looking great, make sure you are practicing good sleep habits.
Quit or Avoid Smoking
Might seem like a no-brainer but if you’re looking for (yet another) reason to quit smoking, the health of your skin may be exactly what you need to finally ditch the habit. Along with all the serious health problems that occur as a result of smoking, cigarettes and tobacco can also lead to premature and deep-set lines and wrinkles. Ever heard of smoker’s line? By quitting smoking you can greatly improve the health of your skin for the future.
Our dermatologist and his team here at Coastal Dermatology & MedSpa in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, provide comprehensive skincare to patients of all ages. No matter whether you are dealing with acne or you are curious about anti-aging treatments call our office today to schedule an appointment. For our Jacksonville, FL, office, please call 904-727-9123. For our Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, office, please call 904-567-1050.
If you’ve suddenly noticed your skin breaking out in a red, itchy rash, you could be dealing with dermatitis, a common skin condition that often leads to a red, swollen rash, or dry and intensely itchy skin. Sometimes dermatitis can even cause oozing or scaling blisters to form. This condition may be embarrassing but don’t worry—it isn’t contagious.
The most common types of dermatitis include:
- Contact dermatitis: occurs when an allergen comes in contact with your skin
- Eczema or atopic dermatitis: most commonly inherited
- Dyshidrotic dermatitis: often appears on the hands and feet
- Seborrheic dermatitis: a type of dermatitis that often affects the scalp (dandruff)
The causes really depend on the type of dermatitis you have. For example, contact dermatitis occurs when you come in contact with an allergen such as certain detergents, poison ivy, or nickel. Eczema most often runs in families and occurs more frequently in those with allergies or asthma.
With dermatitis, it is common to experience flare-ups with bouts of remission. Common symptom triggers include environmental or hormonal changes, stress, or certain irritants (e.g. new detergents; perfumes).
Since the symptoms of dermatitis are similar to other skin conditions, it is important to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Some types of dermatitis can be diagnosed through a simple physical exam; however, if your dermatologist believes that your symptoms are due to an allergic reaction, then allergy testing may be necessary to determine what’s causing your dermatitis.
Those with mild symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and topical creams to stop itching and redness; however, a dermatologist can create a customized treatment plan based on the type of dermatitis you are dealing with and your symptoms. Along with home care (e.g. oatmeal baths; cold compresses) and over-the-counter medications, a dermatologist may also prescribe stronger antihistamines, topical steroids, or oral medication to ease more serious flare-ups.
Your dermatologist can also discuss ways to prevent flare-ups including treating and preventing dry skin, using a proper moisturizer, and implementing necessary dietary changes. Some patients also find that alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage therapy help reduce the number and severity of flare-ups.
If you are experiencing symptoms of dermatitis, it is important that you see your dermatologist right away for care. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will experience relief.