HAND-TAILORED SKIN REGIMENS
Do you really need to spend thousands of dollars on skincare? How can you sift through what you need and need to avoid? Dermatologists are professionals in the arena of skincare. They know the purpose of those ingredients on the back of your anti-aging cream and sunscreen bottle. We can give simple pointers like which sunscreen is the best to avoid brown pigmentation and which ingredients are best for anti-aging in someone with red or rosacea-prone skin.
We use a number of non-prescription products in our practice to treat everything from acne to eczema. In fact, we spend time un-training people regarding skincare habits. An obsession with squeaky clean skin results in damaging the natural ‘barrier function’ of the skin. If the skin ‘barrier function’ is impaired, it is less able to trap moisture and more likely to let in allergens and irritants. This lead to a chronic inflammatory state that is at the root conditions like eczema and rosacea. Also, we avoid treating people with long-courses of antibiotics and antimicrobial washes because these things upset the skin’s natural bacteria balance. Our skin has a microbiome or colony of bacterial that are supposed to live in harmony to help protect us from pathologic or harmful bacteria, environmental toxins, and moisture loss. We recommend products that restore this bacterial balance.