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4 Must-Do Healthy Skin Habits

Healthy skin. We all strive for it but for some, it seems to be a harder achievement. There are many factors that can play into the condition of your skin. Some are controllable and some are not, such as genetics or hormones. However, if you could do something about the controllable factors to get healthy skin, why wouldn’t you? It might just be easier than you think. There are 4 tips for healthy skin our Asheville dermatology office recommends to get a good basis for healthy skin and guess what? They are easy and won’t cost you an arm and a leg! Here goes our healthy skin habits: Cleanse. That’s right. Our first tip for healthy skin is simply wash your face to get a start on healthy skin. No need to wash more than 2x daily but when you do use lukewarm water, a gentle cleanser and use circular motions to get it good and clean. Protect and Moisturize: Our second healthy skin habit, after cleansing, moisturize your skin. In the morning use a moisturizer with SPF for protection. SPF will help to keep your skin looking longer by blocking those dangerous UVA and UVB rays from the sun. At night, use a different moisturizer to help rebuild skin cells so you wake up looking and feeling refreshed. Not sure what kind of moisturizer to look for? Go to your dermatologist to find out what kind of skin you have (oily, dry, combination) and from there they can recommend just the right one! Hydrate: 60% of the human body is made up of water. If we are dehydrated, our body... read more

Top 3 Ideal Candidates for Skin Tightening and Fat Burning

Skin tightening and fat burning?! Sign me up! We all have areas of our body we aren’t happy with whether it’s small saddlebags on the side of our legs, a belly pooch, a little extra arm cushion or slight sagging in our face/neck area. However, most of us don’t want to go under the knife and/or aren’t candidates for it due to only needing a small amount of body contouring. Luckily there are cosmetic options available that are non-invasive and can take care of the imperfections you keep focusing on when glancing in the mirror. Exilis is a new dermatology technology that offers a non-surgical solution for fat reduction and skin tightening anywhere on the body using radio frequency energy.  This thermal energy causes the fat cells to shrink while stimulating and strengthening the collagen, which improves skin laxity. Sounds pretty ideal, right? Exilis is a non-invasive treatment to help with fat burning and skin tightening, however, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Dermatologists feel the ideal candidates for this procedure are as follows: 1. People within 5-10 pounds of their ideal weight. We all know how hard it can be to lose weight and it takes time. Those last 5-10 pounds can also be the most frustrating to lose due to approaching a healthy weight. Exilis can be a great solution to help you get those lingering pounds off and to see that ideal number on the scale. * To get the ‘best results’ it’s better to be closer to an ideal body weight based on the body area you are interested in 2. Middle-aged (40-50) with some... read more

Exfoliation is GREAT for These 4 Skin Concerns

Exfoliation should be a regular part of your skincare regimen, but the majority of us skip this crucial step for maintaining a healthy skin glow. Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. If we don’t remove old skin cells, they can build up and cause the skin to look dull, dry and rough! Not the look you’re going for, right? After exfoliation, new skin cells will be exposed and the moisturizing products you use will be able to do their job and penetrate the skin more deeply so they are more effective! Dermatologists recommend everyone to exfoliate but here are 4 skin concerns exfoliation can help resolve: ACNE AND CLOGGED PORES: When you have acne, the first thought that comes to your head is wash, wash, wash. We think if we wash our face often then it will help us to be blemish free. However, over washing can dry out the skin, especially when using harsh acne products. When our skin is over-dry, we create more dry skin buildup which then traps oil in skin. Then what happens? MORE ACNE, which is a little counterproductive! Exfoliating will remove surface dry skin cells and less oil will stay trapped in the pores helping you to be blemish free! ACNE SCARS AND HYPERPIGMENTATION: Any kind of skin discoloration can be frustrating. Whether it’s dark marks from acne or brown spots from other life changes like pregnancy, hormones or just aging in general. Exfoliation encourages the formation of new healthy skin cells and can help to break up the pigmented cells allowing them to fade.... read more

The 3 Different Types of Acne and What to do about it!

As a teen I struggled with acne and was counting down the days to when I entered adulthood and all my acne nightmares would be behind me. Then all of sudden I’m 30 and to my surprise my acne is still haunting me! Evidently, I am one of the unlucky ones that will continue to get acne through adulthood BUT the type of acne I had has changed over time. Type of acne? Aren’t they all the same? Well I can tell you, they are NOT and I would give my left pinky to go back to the so called “acne” I had as a teen compared to what I struggle with now! Since this skin condition is sticking around, I decided to do some research. What exactly is acne? Well, acne occurs when a hair follicle gets clogged with dead skin cells, oil and bacteria but the different types of acne are not created equal. There are types worse than others and require the attention of a dermatologist. Here are the 3 types of acne: As far as acne prevention, it can come down to why you are getting this skin condition. Is it due to hormonal changes, using greasy make-up, taking certain medications or is it hereditary? Your dermatologist can help you determine the WHY but until you figure out the root of the problem, here are some basic things to try to help prevent the different types of acne: – Wash your face regularly with a mild cleanser. – Don’t touch your face! Don’t pop pimples, it can make you scar. – Pay attention to the... read more
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