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Exfoliation is GREAT for These 4 Skin Concerns

Exfoliation treatment 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 many reasons 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! Exfoliation treatment 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 and is a reason to exfoliate. Whether it’s dark marks from acne or brown spots from other life changes like pregnancy, hormones or just aging in general. Exfoliation treatment encourages the formation of new healthy skin cells and can help to... 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

3 Ways Facials Can Slow Down Aging Taking the time to pamper ourselves is not always a top priority, but what if making the time now could benefit your future self? Taking one hour per month to get a facial could keep your skin looking healthy and younger! That’s right. We don’t only need to exercise our legs and arm muscles but our face muscles also need some TLC to keep us looking younger! So how do facials help with slowing down aging? It’s all in the massage. Esthetician’s are trained on how to appropriately massage the face so you reap the full facial benefits from your pampered purchase! Brooklyn McKinney, our Asheville Dermatology DermaBlue esthetician, says “the facial massage encourages lymphatic drainage as it flushes out toxins while promoting circulation. One of the most important steps of a facial is exfoliation. This part of the facial process helps jump start cell turnover, encouraging the growth of new, healthy cells”. Those “new, healthy cells” are going to promote anti-aging qualities to keep our skin more supple and refreshed! In a little more detail, below are our TOP 3 FACIAL BENEFITS, and why you need to make facials part of your monthly beauty regimen: The obvious reason to get a facial is to RELAX. It feels good and we can take a few minutes to breathe and forget about our troubles. However, while you are drifting away to somewhere tropical, this relaxation is paying off! Relaxing facial muscles will relieve tension which in turn will help to prevent against lines and wrinkles. That’s right, when we are tense we furrow our brows... read more

4 Ways to Renew Your Skin in 2017

Every New Year there is opportunity for change and improvement. Whether we want to work on who we are internally or externally, the start of a new year is the perfect time to take action! Maybe 2017 is the year to put time and effort into YOU and doing something to make yourself feel refreshed, renewed and ready to take on the upcoming months with confidence! Your face is the first thing people see, and as we age, we start to lose volume and elasticity in our skin which can bring on unwanted wrinkles and can ultimately change the shape of our face. Due to this natural aging process we can start to be unhappy with how we look and lose the confidence we once had. Luckily, there are ways to reverse aging and give you a renewed sense of self! Here are four non-invasive injectables to give you that refreshed look for... read more

5 Unexpected Reasons You Might be Losing Your Hair

Hair loss is stressful no matter your gender or age. Most times you may not know why you are experiencing hair loss and there are a lot of reasons why this may be happening. They can be temporary which can be treated by a simple change in lifestyle or they can be more permanent caused by a more serious health condition. Your dermatologist can help you determine what may be the cause but here are some unexpected reasons for hair loss: Autoimmune disease – Alopecia areata (AA) is one of the most common forms of hair loss dermatologists see. It appears as circular bald patches on the scalp. They can appear in just one or two patches or all over the scalp. AA is an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles. Luckily, the follicles are not permanently destroyed so hair, in most cases, will grow back! The most common form of treatment used by dermatologists is corticosteroid cream applied to the affected patches for this reason for hair loss. Dramatic Weight Loss – While losing weight is good for your overall health, losing weight too quickly can sometimes cause hair loss as it is a form of physical trauma. Unfortunately, as you work on one aspect of your body and health, another issue can arise. The good news? It’s not permanent and after a few months, your hair should be back to normal. One way to try to prevent this side effect of losing weight is to make sure you do it in a healthy way eating a wide variety of lean proteins, vegetables, fruits and taking a good... read more