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The skin is the body’s largest organ, accounting for roughly 18% of an adult’s weight. It serves as a protective outer layer that keeps in moisture and keeps out invasive organisms. Our skin is host to a number of bacteria, most of which are beneficial. When the integrity of the skin breaks down, however, these bacteria can penetrate the skin and create an infection.
Cellulitis is a skin infection that is caused by bacteria, typically step or staph, that normally helps protect you from infection. If you have a cut, sore, or insect bite, bacteria can get into the skin and spread to deeper tissues. If it is not treated with antibiotics, the infection can spread into the blood or lymph nodes, which can be deadly. Some people can even get cellulitis without having a break in the skin, which includes older adults and those with diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Visit your dermatologist immediately if you have an infected area of skin that is getting redder, more painful, larger or has red streaks extending from it. You should also seek medical attention if you have a fever and if the infected area is on your face. Treatment often includes the use of antibiotics.
Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects infants and children. It appears as red sores on the face, especially around a child’s nose and mouth. Although it commonly occurs when bacteria enter the skin through cuts or insect bites, it can also develop in skin that is perfectly healthy. Seldom serious, impetigo usually clears in two to three weeks on its own. Since impetigo can sometimes lead to complications, your child’s dermatologist may choose to treat it with an antibiotic ointment or oral antibiotics.
Skin Care Routine
Maintaining a proper, healthy skin care routine throughout your life can help to reduce the symptoms of aging and infections. For proper skin care, make sure to:
- Wash your face using a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water twice a day.
- Pat skin dry. Do not rub it.
- Exfoliate the skin twice a week to remove dead cells.
- Apply a moisturizer to skin immediately after a shower or bath.
- Wear sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 every day.
- For women who wear makeup, be sure to leave time each day when the skin is clean and free of makeup.
- Do not use tanning beds.
- Maintain a healthy diet and drink lots of water
- Get an adequate amount of sleep every day.
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid stress.
- Conduct a monthly self-examination of your skin to detect any changes that might lead to cancer.
- See your dermatologist once a year.
A healthy skin care routine is vital to protecting your skin from damage and harmful infections. Begin today and implement a proper routine. Contact your dermatologist for further treatment and a consultation on proper skin care.
Great skin is a major part of a great first impression! At your dermatologist, we want to provide you with a proper skin care regimen that will help you maintain healthy, clear and balanced skin.
First, be sure to keep your skin care regimen simple and consistent. A basic regimen should involve a couple of products and techniques that work well for you. Over time you may need to try other techniques or products to best match your individual needs, but remember to keep it simple and utilize them on a regular basis. Your dermatologist will be able to help you determine the best strategy.
Second, remain active. Sweat will help to keep the skin’s pores open and clear debris and oils that are the primary offender in the development of blackheads and acne. Be sure to bathe shortly after perspiring to keep your skin clean. Frequent exercise and activity can help regulate hormone levels, which is important for teenagers who are going through puberty.
In search of a better complexion? Here are some suggestions:
- Clean your face at least twice a day
- Exfoliate twice a week to eliminate dead skin cells
- Be sure to get plenty of vitamins
Want to get your dermatologist's advice on how to structure your new skin care regimen? Contact us today to discuss a plan customized to your skin type and specific needs!
Are some parts of your face shiny and greasy, while other spots feel normal or even dry? If so, you probably have combination skin. Your dermatologist offers you easy, helpful tips for a proper skin cleansing routine for managing your combination complexion.
Combination skin is part oily, part dry. Typically, the oily areas are located on the T-zone, which consists of the forehead, nose and chin. Cheeks are usually more on the dry side, but the degrees of oiliness and dryness can vary. The T-zone also tends to have larger pores and is prone to breakouts, while the cheeks may feel rough and irritated.
Some of the causes of combination skin include:
- Hormonal changes
How to Care for Combination Skin
To properly care for combination skin, your dermatologist offers some friendly advice:
- Cleanse: People with combination skin often have difficulty finding a cleanser that works for their unique skin needs. For the perfect solution, use a foaming or gel cleanser to get rid of dirt and oil without irritating or drying out your skin.
- Exfoliate: Regular exfoliation sloughs off dry, dead, rough skin cells and leaves the skin looking luminous and fresh. It also helps products penetrate into the skin. If you don’t exfoliate the skin, dead skin cells build up and block pores, causing blemishes and blackheads.
- Moisturize: Combination skin needs balance, and part of that balance means properly moisturizing your skin. Moisturizing is especially important for drier areas of the face, but your entire face needs hydration.
- Protect: Just like all other skin types, it is important to protect your skin from harmful effects of the sun. UVA and UVB rays can damage skin, so make sure to use oil-free sunblock all over your face daily.
Visit your dermatologist to properly determine your specific skin type and how to properly care for your skin.