Posts for: August, 2019
The telltale signs of aging skin—wrinkles, puffy eyes, age spots—may start to appear as we grow older. We can’t fight the aging process, but we can take steps now to help reduce and prevent wrinkles from appearing prematurely.
Many factors can contribute to the onset of wrinkles, which are frequently produced by years of unprotected sun exposure in combination with each person’s unique genetic predisposition. Wrinkles are a by-product of the aging process. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, is less capable of retaining moisture and is slower to heal. All of these contribute to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.
How Can I Slow the Progression of Wrinkles?
Daily skincare and proper sun protection are important factors in slowing the aging process, diminishing fine lines and minimizing wrinkles.
- Take your vitamins. Many vitamins are good for the skin. Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant found in citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, can help reduce the appearance of sun damage.
- Apply sunscreen. Protecting yourself from sun exposure can help prevent the progression of fine lines. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to protect against harmful UV rays.
- Moisturize. Dry skin causes the skin to look dull and aged. To prevent dry skin, apply moisturizer every day.
- Get your beauty sleep. When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Keep your skin looking and feeling young by getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.
- Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds emit harmful UVA rays and are never 'safe' alternatives to the sun.
- Take care of your hands. Our hands are often the first part of our body to reveal signs of aging, as they are the most used and exposed parts of the body. Protect the hands by wearing gloves, moisturizing and applying sunscreen.
- Quit smoking. Smoking may damage more than your lungs—it causes skin aging and wrinkles around the mouth.
Like it or not, wrinkles are a natural part of aging. Even the most diligent skincare regimen or the most expensive wrinkle cream won’t totally eliminate your fine lines. You can significantly reduce the appearance of your wrinkles, however. Start taking care of your skin now, embrace your age and love the skin you’re in!
While acne can be annoying to those with occasional outbreaks, if you are someone who is dealing with chronic acne, then you know that it can lead you to feel quite frustrated and self-conscious. From blackhead and whiteheads to those painful, under-the-skin cysts, read on to learn both how to properly treat acne and when it's the right time to turn to our Peoria, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, for treatment.
Can I treat acne on my own?
If you are dealing with minor acne, then you may be able to treat the problem with simple at-home care and over-the-counter products. Additionally, when it comes to treating acne, it’s important to give these medications and cleansers time to work—after all, it can take at least six weeks to notice effects. If you don’t notice any improvement in your skin after six weeks, then it’s time to raise concerns.
When should I see a dermatologist?
It’s time to call our Peoria office if:
You’ve never been diagnosed with acne before
While acne is a common skin disorder, it’s not the only problem that can lead to red bumps on the face or body. If you suddenly notice little red bumps when you never had this problem before, it could be folliculitis or another skin condition.
You have severe or cystic acne
If your breakouts are severe and cause serious inflammation and under-the-skin nodules, then you most likely won’t notice results with over-the-counter treatments. Instead of wasting time and money on these ineffective methods that don’t work, our dermatologist can help figure out the root cause of your acne and then decide how to best treat the source of your breakouts.
Your skin makes you feel embarrassed or depressed
Dealing with breakouts has the ability to cause patients to become depressed or avoid social situations because of their skin. If acne is negatively impacting you or your teen, then it’s time to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
From retinoid and salicylic acid-containing topical medications to oral contraceptives and laser therapies, we have a number of ways to treat your acne and reduce the severity/frequency of your breakouts.
Give us a call!
Here at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ, we can work with you to create an acne-fighting treatment plan that is effective and built for your lifestyle. If you want clearer skin, then call our office today at (623) 977-6700 to schedule a consultation.