Learn About The Cosmetic Procedures We Perform
In addition to the common cosmetic treatments listed above, Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center specializes in Botox, Coolsculpting, Facials, Sclerotherapy and Waxing Services.
Why It’s Important To Take Care Of Your Skin
Caring for your skin is important for reasons beyond aesthetics. As the largest organ in the body, the skin relies on heightened collagen and elastin production to remain strong and structured.
Most skin care routines include these six parts:
- Cleanser: The multitude of facial cleansers available provide the option to find the type that works for your skin through trial and error. Make sure to gently wash your face rather than scrubbing and rinse with warm water as hot water strips away natural oils which can exacerbate dry skin.
- Toner: Like cleansers, a wide variety of toners are available to address many different skin concerns. By applying a toner, the skin is prepped for the application of moisturizer and a serum.
- Moisturizer: This step is quite similar to using a cleanser. Many people need to trial and error with different moisturizers but whichever product ultimately works should be used daily. The goal of this product is to stop the skin from losing moisture and drying out.
- Sunscreen: The reasons to use sunscreen every day can’t be overstated. Though some moisturizers have SPF included, using a separate sunscreen is a good way to ensure your skin is protected.
- Exfoliation: This step shouldn’t be done more than twice a week unless directed by your dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells to encourage new cell production.
- Serum: Depending on your skin goals and needs, a serum may be added to regular skin care. Ingredients such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and hydrators permeate deeper into the skin tissue to target specific concerns.
Along with having a routine, it’s equally important to know when to care for your skin. This includes bathing or washing your face after sweating or working out, removing any makeup before sleeping, and not picking at acne or other breakouts. Seasonal weather sometimes causes your skin to behave differently which results in temporary changes to your routine.
How you care for your skin in your 20s and 30s lays the foundation for the effects of aging. Most skin care routines, regardless of age, include a cleanser and an SPF-based moisturizer. But, the ingredients in these products should change based on the needs of your skin at different ages. Your dermatologist may recommend adding specific creams and serums to increase collagen production or for improved moisture retention, for example.
Sun damage can occur at any age but is generally the culmination of years of sun exposure. While it’s commonly associated with skin cancers, sun damage causes several types of cosmetic concerns.
These flat, hyperpigmented areas are common in older people and frequently referred to as age spots or liver spots.
This condition is the result of uneven melanin production, generally caused by sun exposure and tanning. It may accompany pink and red spots, caused by broken capillaries under the skin.
This condition occurs when collagen and elastin fibers — the skin’s connective tissues — break down, resulting in easy bruising, sagging skin, and wrinkles.
Sun exposure and hormonal changes are the leading causes for the formation of dark patches on the face, known as melasma.
Many popular cosmetic and dermatological procedures can help reduce the appearance of sun damage, but preventing sun damage is the best treatment. Use daily lotions and moisturizers with an SPF on any exposed skin, especially the face and hands. Also, only apply sunscreens with both UVA and UVB protection and re-apply during water-based activities or activities that induce sweating.