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Tips For Transitioning Your Skin From Summer To Fall

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Derm Clinics - Tips For Transitioning Your Skin From Summer To Fall

When the seasons change, so should your skincare regimen. It’s important to alter your regular routine to keep beautiful skin year-round. Fall is a great time to recharge and renew your skin!

Follow these tips to keep your skin’s beautiful summer glow as you transition into fall.

Wash Less.

How often you wash your face should change with the seasons. During the summer months we’re outside sweating and exposing our skin to the elements, so we should wash our faces more. Washing your face less in the fall will help to keep it from drying out.

Moisturize More.

Fall and winter weather dries out your skin. Make sure to moisturize every single day! The air is crisp and the wind is harsh on your face, so it’s important to use a heavier solution of moisturizer that’s oil based. Try to use a moisturizer with built in SPF to protect your skin against damaging UV rays.

 

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!  

Exfoliate your skin once a week in order to get rid of any dead or damaged skin leftover from summer. Use products with the smallest beads possible – they aren’t as abrasive as ones with larger beads and crystals.

Avoid Hot Showers

As tempting as it is to take hot showers in the winter months, “bathing in hot water breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin, which causes a loss in moisture.” Instead, opt for a warm shower and try not to stay in for too long.

 

With cooler weather setting in, how do you transition your skin? Let us know by commenting below!

Are you curious to see what our medical dermatology services can do for your skin? Call Derm Clinics of Charleston at (843) 795-7546 to inquire about our products and services that best suit YOU. We accept same and next day appointments, so you get the skin you’ve always wanted without the wait!


DNA + Copper: Skincare Genius

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Are you ready to hear about Derm Clinic’s latest dermatologic skincare obsession? From DNA damage control to anti-aging solutions, Neova Skincare has you covered. In the vibrant city of Charleston, we all want to look young forever, and Neova can help with that.

The introduction of copper in skincare products is quite fascinating. Studies have shown that copper initiates positive changes in mature skin that is experiencing loss of elasticity as well as dullness and wrinkles. Copper peptide, a common ingredient found in skincare products, is used to promote and produce collagen and elastin in the skin. By combining Copper Peptide with DNA-Repairing Enzymes that repair the sun-damaged DNA in your skin, you could look younger and healthier.

 

If you’re feeling down and negative about your appearance due to aging, turn to Neova for better looking skin through advanced technology using copper peptides. Neova has been seen on television shows such as the Today Show, The Doctors, and multiple news programs as well as mentioned in many magazines such as Vogue, Allure, Star, Dermascope, Marie Claire and more. The Neova line can help your skin repair damage and rediscover the youthful glow that you thought was long-gone years ago!

 

Are you curious to see what our medical dermatology services can do for you and your skin? Call Derm Clinics of Charleston at (843) 795-7546 to inquire about our products & services that best suit YOU. We accept same and next day appointments, so you get the skin you’ve always wanted without the wait!


The Sun, Your Skin and EltaMD

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At Derm Clinics, our primary concern is your health and happiness. We’re here to provide you with excellent dermatology services and advice, which is why we choose only the best products for our patients. Although it’s been a very rainy summer in Charleston, it’s still imperative to protect your skin and you’ll need the best skincare products to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are skin care products important?

Our skin needs moisture to prevent dryness. An all over moisturizer applied daily will help prevent wrinkles and keep skin moist. Our favorite EltaMD products seal moisture into the surface, thus preventing evaporation and lasting throughout the day.

 

Are sun care products really necessary?

Of course they are! As we’ve mentioned before, more than two million people in the United States each year are diagnosed with skin cancer & the sun causes 90% of these cases. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these sun facts, they just might change your mind:

  • Overcast days are not much safer than those that are sunny, as 70-80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can get through the clouds.
  • The sun is about 80% stronger when reflected off sand and snow.
  • The sun’s rays increase in intensity about 4% for every 1,000-foot rise in altitude.
  • It’s better to play or engage in sports before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. If that’s not possible, try to avoid being out at high noon.
  • In general, kids can get all the vitamin D they need for strong bones from fortified milk, salmon, vitamin supplements and/or brief, casual sun exposure.

 

So, why use EltaMD?

Our faces are in the public eye every day. Don’t we strive to keep youthful,

wrinkle-free skin as long as possible? EltaMD skincare products focus on providing safe, effective skin care that includes deep, gentle cleansing and intense moisturization for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin. With EltaMD products, you will see individualized results specific to your needs as they offer natural broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Skincare plays a very important role in our lives, and sun-care is important for all ages and races. Make moisturizer and sunscreen a part of your daily routine. As time progresses, you’ll be glad you did!

At Derm Clinics Charleston, we strive to provide you with the perfect dermatology solutions for your specific skin type. If you’re looking to update your skincare products, come in to sample our favorite products, or contact us at (843) 795-7546 for scheduling services. If you have any questions regarding EltaMD or other products we love, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Men, Let’s Talk About Skincare

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When discussing dermatology and skincare, you might think that we’re communicating directly to women. And that we’re focusing on the cosmetic aspects of skin – wrinkles, age spots and acne. You couldn’t be more wrong.

Your skin is the largest organ on your body and serves to protect you from the elements and control your body temperature. Additionally, the condition of your skin can give myriad indications into your overall health.

For these reasons and many others, it’s critical that men also take their skincare very seriously and regularly see a dermatologist for screenings. From rashes to bumps, irregular moles, discoloration and more, men experience just as many problem skin conditions as women and shouldn’t consider skincare a female issue.

Additionally, the better daily care men provide their skin, the less likely they are to experience issues that could lead to a more serious condition. Let’s face it, most of you have probably dealt with an ingrown hair on your face due to improperly shaving. However, did you know that ingrown hair could potentially be cosmetically disfiguring or require ongoing therapy? Proper skincare can help prevent this type of issue.

Here are some general steps every many should take daily to put their best skin forward:

  • Cleanse daily. If you have oily skin, we recommend cleansing at least twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed. If you go to bed with a dirty face, you’re spreading germs, dirt and oil on your pillow all night long. Just imagine what’s on that pillow after one week of not washing. Find the cleanser that works best for your skin. For example, men with dry skin will want to use a cream cleanser to add moisture to their skin.

Skincare for Men

  • Moisturize. There are so many products available today specifically for men, there’s no excuse to not moisturize. This step will help keep your skin healthy and able to withstand more of what nature throws its way. Dry, cracked skin invites bacteria, which can lead to infection.

 

  • Shave the right way. Yes, there is a wrong way to shave. It’s the way that leaves you with cuts, bumps and irritated skin. It might take you a little longer to get in a proper shave, but your skin will look better and feel better. Believe us, people will notice.

 

  • See a dermatologist. You get your teeth checked by an expert every six months, so why wouldn’t you have your skin checked by an expert as well? Skin cancer is a serious issue and can show up in people of all ages, races and gender. Especially in Charleston where we have so many days of sunshine every year, the suns rays can quickly cause damage that you may not see or know to look for. The best way to ensure your skin is in tip-top shape is to have a regular screening by your dermatologist.

 

At Derm Clinics Charleston, we put our patients’ health foremost and place more focus on the medical aspects of dermatology than the cosmetic. Men, if you’ve been considering a visit to a dermatologist, we urge you to schedule an appointment today. We offer same or next day visits, so you can be sure to see a doctor without the wait. Call us today at (843) 795-7546.

 


May is Melanoma Awareness Month

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May is not just the beginning of beach season here in Charleston, SC, it is also Melanoma Awareness Month. With warmer weather promising more outdoor fun, it’s important to be aware of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Thankfully, it is highly preventable with a few lifestyle changes.

Melanoma Awareness Month

Melanoma is a skin cancer that develops in the skin’s pigment cells. Although melanoma is not as common as other types of skin cancer, it can be potentially lethal because of its ability to spread to other areas of the body. Often melanoma appears on the skin as a blemish, spot or mole. Not all blemishes, spot and moles on the skin are melanoma, but the ABCDEs of melanoma can help determine if you need to get checked by a dermatologist:

  • Asymmetry: if a spot or mole on the skin seems bigger on one side than the other.
  • Borders: if a spot or mole has an irregular border or shape from other spots or moles on your skin.
  • Color: if a spot or mole is mutli-colored or a different color from other spots or moles on your skin.
  • Diameter: if a spot or mole is bigger than a pencil eraser.
  • Evolution: if there is a change in the size, shape, or symptoms of a spot or mole.

More than half of melanoma cases develop from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.  But don’t worry; if staying indoors is not in your summer plans, there are several things you can do to reduce your chance of potentially harmful sun exposure – we recently covered them and the traits that make a person more at risk for developing skin cancer in our blog: Skin Cancer Screenings: A Summer Must.

Although monthly self-exams using the ABCDE’s of melanoma are an important way to determine changes in skin appearance, the only person melanoma can be diagnosed by is your dermatologist. In addition to monthly self-exams, annual skin cancer screenings performed by a dermatologist are an important step in staying healthy.  A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin performed before any symptoms are present. If something appears abnormal during the screening, a biopsy will be taken. The biopsy will determine if the abnormality is cancerous or not.
To schedule a skin cancer screening appointment with Derm Clinics Charleston, contact us at (843) 795-7546.

 


Skin Cancer Screenings: A Summer Must!

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The temps are heating up here in Charleston, SC, which means lots of fun in the sun! Before hitting the beach there are some facts you should know about skin cancer: when to get screened and what precautions to take to avoid getting cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. That being the case, it is important to know about the different types of skin cancer, as well as the preventative measures to decrease the chances of having skin cancer.

 

More than two million people in the United States each year are diagnosed with the most common types of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These types of skin cancer are easily detectable as alterations or changes in the skin occur. If alterations and changes are noticed quickly enough, they are promptly examined by a dermatologist who also performs a biopsy. Non-melanoma skin cancers, because they are easily detectable, are also easily curable.

 

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer; luckily, it is not as common as other types of skin cancer. Melanoma is potentially lethal, and new cases of malignant melanoma have been steadily increasing since 2005.

 

People with the following traits are more susceptible to skin cancer and should receive lifelong dermatologic surveillance as well as perform monthly self-exams:

  • A family history of melanoma and other skin cancers
  • Atypical moles (irregular borders, color variation, or are asymmetrical)
  • Skin that burns easily/fails to tan
  • Freckling, blue eyes or red hair
  • A history of blistering sunburns

 

The most preventable cause of skin cancer is the sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), adequately protecting one’s skin from the sun is an easy way to prevent skin cancer. Here’s how:

  • Avoid tanning beds. The same dangerous ultraviolet light from the sun is used by tanning beds.
  • Seek shade during the sun’s apex (10am – 2pm). If your shadow is shorter than you, get out of the sun.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses whenever possible.
  • Near sand, snow and water? Use caution, as those surfaces reflect and intensify light and can cause skin damage regardless of the temperature.
  • Wear sunscreen. Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen on your skin before sun exposure (Sun Protection Factor of 30 or higher). Reapply every two hours regardless of the weather.

 

Along with lifelong dermatologic surveillance, we may recommend that you undergo a skin cancer screening. This screening is a visual inspection of your skin, performed by a dermatologist. These screenings are performed before any symptoms are found, if something appears abnormal during the screening a biopsy will be taken. A pathologist will evaluate the biopsy and determine if the growth is benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).
To schedule a skin cancer screening appointment with Derm Clinics Charleston, contact us at (843) 795-7546.


Makeup & Sweat – Why It’s Important to Wash Your Face

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The daily environment takes a toll on your face’s skin, but what about when you add in other factors such as makeup and sweat? As dermatologists, we recommend you take the extra time to consider the skincare regimens needed to ensure a clean face at night. We have provided all the practices and tips you’ll need to know below.

Eliminating the use of daily makeup or avoiding the gym isn’t necessary. Simply take the right precautions to protect and cleanse your skin each night and after every workout.

Makeup

When it comes to makeup, the longer you wear it, the more time it has to cause damage. Especially right before bed, cleansing your face as soon as possible will help your skin stay clear. Facial skin is full of pores and very absorbent, so think ‘would I want this inside of me?’ when applying makeup. During sleep, your body goes into recovery mode and heals all the tiny damages you may have done throughout the day.

The best habit to get into is taking your makeup off as soon as you feel you don’t need to wear it any longer. When getting off work or going back home for the day, take a quick shower or wash your face makeup off. Makeup cleansing cloths are great for when you’re feeling lazy – a quick swipe and your makeup is off.

If you know you will be wearing makeup all day long,  you can prevent any damage by purchasing cosmetics that actually benefit your skin. Expensive makeup doesn’t necessarily mean high quality – finding products that benefit your skin can be found in a range of prices. Look for products with SPF so you get coverage & sun protection in one step.

For those with oily skin, avoid comedogenic ingredients like lanolins, isopropyl myristate and red cosmetic dyes. A disclaimer: buying ‘mineral makeup’ doesn’t mean it contains all-natural ingredients and still has the ability to irritate skin the same way non-mineral makeup can. Products with talc and bismuth tend to cause irritation and breakouts.

For more help on buying cosmetics that benefit your skin, visit our website or give us a call at 843-795-SKIN (7546).

Sweat

We’ve explained the perils of not washing off your makeup, but what about when you’re at the gym and wearing makeup? Not many males can attest to this, but women often visit the gym after work while still wearing makeup. First things first, carry a pack of cleansing cloths in your gym bag. Wiping your face clean before sweating will help you avoid breakouts or over-drying, and helps with the cleansing process post-workout.

In general, sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself by perspiring out toxins from the pores. There is a barrier created when you have makeup on, making it difficult for sweat to break through. It then gets stuck on the surface of your skin and creates a greasy mess that could lead to breakouts and dryness when sitting on your face.

Sweating is actually good for your skin and is a great way to maintain clean, healthy skin. It releases toxins and dirt that is clogged in your pores. In fact, sweat isn’t what actually has an odor, but it’s the hair and skin follicles that provide smell when they aren’t clean.

While perspiration helps clear that dirt, it is then left on your skin to help cool your body temperature. While you’re still cooling down, the sweat will lower your temperature until you reach a normal state. This is when it drys on your skin and can cause damage. All of the toxins and dirt now on your skin should be cleaned off as soon as possible.

In addition, wiping your face while sweating only pushes the sweat back into your pores. Avoid touching your face throughout exercising and then shower or wash your face immediately post-workout. Exfoliating is important to aid your skin’s rejuvenation process, but doing so too soon after a workout may damage sensitive skin. Intense scrubbing should wait until after your skin calms down from exercise and closer towards bedtime.

One last tip for you – moisturize after cleansing! Especially in Charleston’s summer heat, extra body perspiration can leave your skin dry, so slather on some lotion. And not just on your face,  but your whole body!

So, have you been washing your makeup off as soon as possible, and especially before a session at the gym? We sure hope you do now after reading this! Let us know your thoughts and leave a comment below.

 


Derm Clinics – Accepted Insurance Companies

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In order to help you better your medical experience, we have compiled a list of insurance companies that we currently accept:

Aetna

AARP

Beech Street

BC/BS

BC/BS State

BC/BS Federal

Blue Choice

Care Improvement Plus

Cigna

CWI – employees of Roper St. Francis Hospital

GEHA

Humana

Medcost

Multiplan

Medicare

Medicaid

Mailhandlers

NALC – National Association of Letter Carriers

United Health Care

Tri Care – Standard

If you have any further questions or would like more information, please comment below or give us a call at 843-795-7546.


Rosacea 101

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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin disease that usually begins with having a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The National Rosacea Society has designated this upcoming April as Rosacea Awareness Month, so we find it an apt time to help you & the general public understand this condition.

More than 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, so taking the time to help create awareness of this common skin disease is crucial.

Rosacea Symptoms

FIrst, rosacea is a very complex skin disease that has numerous symptoms. Aside from excessive blushing or flushing in the face, the redness can also spread beyond the nose and cheeks, reaching the forehead and chin, and even the ears, chest and back all at the same time.

However, rosacea is much more than just redness; the many signs and symptoms of rosacea are so diverse they have consequently been assigned to four subtypes. If you’re concerned that you may have any of the following symptoms, contact us immediately.

Subtype 1: Facial Redness

Medical name: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea

Symptoms: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels, stinging, burning and swelling

 

Subtype 2: Bumps and Pimples

Medical name: Papulopustular rosacea

Symptoms: Redness, swelling, bumps (papules), acne-like breakouts or pimples (pustules), red patches

 

Subtype 3: Skin Thickening

Medical name: Phymatous rosacea

Symptoms: Excess tissue, skin thickens and has bumpy texture, often results in enlargement of the nose and irregular surface nodules (bump-like lesions)

 

Subtype 4: Eye Irritation

Medical name: Ocular rosacea

Symptoms: Red, irritated, watery, or bloodshot eyes, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, sty-like effects, and recurrent styes

Talking About Rosacea

As with discussing any visible disease, talking about rosacea and insensitive questions can be frustrating and embarrassing. Don’t worry – you’re not alone when it comes to experiencing these situations. Trust us, many individuals feel uncomfortable and humiliated, but that’s why we’re here for you!

Because April is Rosacea Awareness Month, we’re here to educate the public on how to talk about the condition and to create awareness on this common skin disease. Here are some tips to follow when talking about rosacea or trying to share information:

  • Many adults have it (16 million Americans), so you are part of a very large group. You are not alone, not everyone is aware of rosacea and may not know how common it truly is.
  • Often times people confuse facial redness with heavy drinking or poor hygiene – both of which are untrue about rosacea. Point out these facts to anyone who is confused. Let them know the condition is unrelated to cleanliness, and although heavy drinking can aggravate the disorder, the symptoms can be just as severe in someone sober.
  • Rosacea is a condition that comes and goes and is worse during flare-ups. This fluctuating nature is due to specific triggers, so let people know of personal triggers you are avoiding and that you are helping control the condition with medication.
  • Subscribe to Rosacea Review and encourage others to educate themselves on the topic. You may know someone with rosacea or have a friend who should see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment – encourage them to be knowledgeable about the condition.

 

How to Treat Rosacea

If you believe you may have rosacea or have previously been diagnosed, the following tips can help:3

○      At the first sign of symptoms, treatment often controls the disease and eliminates the visible effects and feelings such as burning or itching.

○      Treating it early can stop the condition from getting worse – before it becomes more difficult to treat.

○      Rosacea may not go away on its own and tends to worsen as time goes on.

○      Different types of rosacea (see ‘Rosacea Symptoms’ above) need different treatments.

○      Over The Counter treatments may worsen your rosacea, as some contain ingredients that cause rosacea to flare up. Prescription treatments from your doctor are specific to your individual’s needs.

  • Learn what triggers your rosacea. There are many everyday things that can cause flare-ups, including sunlight, stress and many foods and beverages. Every individual has different triggers, which is why it’s crucial to determine your personal triggers so you can avoid them.
  • Follow a rosacea skin care plan. Also an important role in controlling rosacea, the right skin care regimen can help keep rosacea under control. There are products that are too harsh and can worsen your condition.

In additional, there are support groups available and other resources that help many with the disorder live more comfortably.

Do you think you have any of the following symptoms or need help controlling your rosacea? We’re here to help, so please contact us for any concerns you may have. We offer laser treatments for blood vessels and generalized redness and can prescribe topical or oral antibiotics.

If you have any friends who you may want to share this information, or want to help create awareness with the general public, please feel free to comment below or to share this post.


Charleston Dermatology Tip: The Proper Way to Apply Sunscreen

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After reading our previous blog post on sunscreen, New FDA Rules on Sunscreen, you should be aware of how to choose the right sunscreens for effective protection. However, the correct application of sunscreen isn’t monitored like the label requirements and can make as much or more of an impact on your skin’s protection from the sun. Living in sunny, warm Charleston means that you’ll need to take extra precautions to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

As a dermatologist located in the Lowcountry, we receive many inquiries regarding sunscreen application: How often should you apply sunscreen? ‘Frequent’ is a vague term often used on labels, but doesn’t offer much depth in instruction. And how much is an adequate amount to apply? How early prior to going outdoors do you need to apply?

These important factors can make a vast difference in the effectiveness of your sunscreen, so follow the steps below according to the AAD for the proper way to protect your skin.

Who?

Who needs sunscreen, you ask? Well that’s a trick question – because everyone needs to wear sunscreen. Skin cancer appears on people of all skin colors, of which many incidents could have been avoided if proper skincare had been implemented.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting more than 2 million people with more than 3.5 million skin cancers. Applying sunscreen the correct way is crucial for everyone to having healthy skin.

What?

The AAD recommends everyone use sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB rays), SPF 30 or higher, and lotions that are water resistant. (Check out our blog to help you pick the right one.)

When?

Apply sunscreen every day. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can pass through the clouds and penetrate your skin. In addition, snow and sand increase the need for sunscreen. Ever gotten a goggle tan-line from going skiing? That’s because snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays. Make sure you apply sunscreen 15 minutes BEFORE going outside.

How much?

Most people only apply around 25% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. In reality, you must wear a generous amount to cover your skin completely – a full ounce, the amount of one full shot glass, should be enough to cover all of your exposed areas.

Re-apply every two hours or after swimming or excessively sweating, according to the directions on the bottle. Studies have shown that applying every 20-30 minutes is more effective than waiting 2 hours.

Last but not least, make sure you’re covering those tricky spots – lips, ears, scalp and the tops of feet, for example. Your lips are also at risk of cancer, so apply a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher for full coverage.

Thinking back, do you think you’ve been applying enough sunscreen for adequate protection? Have you noticed yourself using more sunscreen with the new FDA regulations in place?


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