Skin 101

As summer ends and the school year begins, there are a few steps to include in your routine. It is always important to take good care of your skin, but with school dances and senior pictures on the horizon, it is especially important.
Wash your face. We recommend washing your face every morning and evening using a good cleanser. It sounds simple enough, but many are failing at this easy step. Washing your face is your first defense against the pore-clogging dirt and grime that accumulates on the skin.
Wear sunscreen. Don’t forget about harmful UV rays. Whether you are outside playing sports or marching with the band, it’s important to limit your UV exposure since much of the damage to the skin comes during adolescence. We recommend using at least an SPF 30 sunscreen for every two hours in the sun along with hats and clothing for the best protection during your activities. We carry EltaMD products which are great at keeping your skin protected.
Don’t pop your pimples. Picking or popping your breakouts can spread infection, increase swelling, and possibly lead to permanent scarring. The best treatment is to continue to wash your face twice a day and use a topical acne medicine regularly.
Be consistent with your skin care. Whether you are treating breakouts or a rash, consistency is key with the skin. The stress of school and activities can make many conditions flare, so it’s important to make your skin care regimen part of your daily homework.
Visit your dermatologist. We have numerous treatment options for many common school age conditions including acne, warts, and eczema. If you have any questions regarding your skin care, we would be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns

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