Your certified Ballantyne dermatologist is dedicated to helping patients in Charlotte achieve their goals for healthy skin. Patients can find solutions for problems that range from skin cancer to prematurely aging skin. The goal is to help dermatology patients to have the best skin they can, especially as the harsh weather rolls in, and the holiday season brings us closer to friends and relatives that we may not have seen for a while. Your dermatologist will do everything he or she can to help your skin, but it is important to remember that treatments are more effective if you are in optimal health. Below are some tips that will help you avoid premature aging and other skin care issues.
Always use sunscreen
We cannot avoid aging, but for many people, our skin ages according to how we take care of it. Excessive sun exposure is the number one factor when skin ages faster than the normal passage of years. Sun damage is often directly responsible for wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems, the most serious of which is skin cancer. That’s why every dermatologist is an advocate for the use of quality sunscreen. Choose only sunscreens that are formulated to block both UVA and UVB rays. Dermatologists recommend that sunscreen should be at least 30 SPF or higher. Do not be misled by sunscreens that are labeled waterproof. They still should be reapplied after you have been in the water or sweating.
Cigarette smoking is a major factor in skin aging. Smoking narrows the blood vessels on the outermost layer of the skin. This decreases blood flow to the surface, depleting oxygen and other nutrients that keeps your skin healthy. Certain chemicals in cigarette smoke also diminishes collagen and elastin, making your skin less firm and structurally supported.
Cleanse and shave with care
Our skin is incredibly tough, but cleansing with harsh soaps can be hard on your skin. When you take baths or shower, avoid using water that is so hot that you can barely get in. Excessively hot water tends to dry out the skin’s natural oils according to a certified Ballantyne dermatologist. Follow up cleansing with the use of a quality moisturizer. Ask your certified Ballantyne dermatologist to recommend the best moisturizer for your skin type. Shaving is also damaging if you do not use the proper shaving cream or lubricant first. It is important that you use a sharp blade, and shave in the direction that your hair grows. Shaving against the grain can damage the hair follicles.
Skin care and treatment in Charlotte, NC
If you have a skin condition that concerns you, or you have a problem with aging skin; Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. In addition to chemical peels, they provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They are equipped for treatment of both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a complementary consultation to determine your specific needs.