How much time do you spend on skin care? Taking a little extra time to pamper your skin can help you look your best, prevent the formation of fine lines and reduce your skin cancer risk. Our Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, dermatologist, Dr. Gerald Newman at Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates, shares a few important skin care tips.
Use sunscreen year-round
If you wait until the weather warms up to buy a bottle of sunscreen, you may be shortchanging your skin. The sun's rays can damage your skin even during the coldest months of the year. Over time, sun damage can cause lines, wrinkles and age spots, and may even increase the chance that you'll develop skin cancer. When you buy sunscreen for your face, look for oil-free products that won't clog your pores.
Try a facial cleanser instead of soap
Do you use the same type of bar or liquid soap to clean your entire body? Although soap does an excellent job, it can strip oils from your skin, which can lead to dry skin. If you have acne, rosacea or another skin condition, harsh soap can worsen your condition. Facial cleansers are specially formulated to clean your skin without depleting moisture. If you prefer soap, buy fragrance-free products intended for use on the face.
Exfoliating improves skin tone by getting rid of dead skin cells. Look for fragrance-free products that gently remove the cells. Keep in mind that there's no need to scrub hard when you use an exfoliating product. In fact, vigorous scrubbing tends to irritate the skin and may worsen skin conditions. You only need to exfoliate a few times a week, although you can use exfoliating products every day as long as they're very gentle. Be sure to apply a moisturizer after you exfoliate.
Eat a healthy diet
A diet that features lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will help your skin look its best. Although the link between acne and diet isn't clear, you may notice that you experience flare ups after eating certain foods. If you do, avoid or limit those foods.
Take advantage of dermatological services
Whether you're concerned about wrinkles, acne or another skin condition, our Baltimore and Annapolis office offers a variety of treatments that will improve the condition of your skin. Your treatment plan will depend on your particular problem, but may include topical or oral medications, Botox and filler injections, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser light therapy.
Are you concerned about a skin problem? Call our Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, dermatologist, Dr. Newman at Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates, at (410) 224-8001 to schedule an appointment.