Charleston

DNA + Copper: Skincare Genius

admin Beauty, Derm Clinics, Health Leave a comment   , , , ,

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

admin Beauty, Derm Clinics, Health Leave a comment   , , , ,

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!


Charleston Dermatology Tip: The Proper Way to Apply Sunscreen

admin Health Leave a comment   , , , ,

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?


The Basics of Acne, Prevention and Treatment

admin Beauty, Health Leave a comment   , , ,

Let’s face it, most of us get it, but no one wants it. That’s why we’re here – to share everything you need to know about acne and provide some best practices for how to treat it.

Let’s begin with the basics. The term ‘acne’ refers to plugged pores, pimples and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and even the upper arms. For most, acne begins in puberty but can still occur on adults up to their ‘50s.

Acne lesions are either inflammatory or non-inflammatory. Non-inflammatory includes open or closed comedones. Open comedones are known as whiteheads, and closed comedones are known as blackheads. Acne scarring occurs often and is most prominent in patients with inflammatory acne.

Acne affects 40 to 50 million Americans and is the most common skin disorder in the US. Nearly 80% of 11- to 30-year-olds are affected – mostly on the face, neck and back. By mid-teens, more than 40% of adolescents have acne or acne scarring, which requires treatment from a dermatologist.

The causes of acne have been contemplated for years, but the most common known causes or triggers are emotional stress, menstruation, oil and grease from makeup or the environment, hereditary factors, and an increase in male hormones found in both meals and females. A common misnomer, chocolate and greasy foods have not actually been shown to cause acne.

The best way to care for acne is not to pick at it; this helps you avoid scars. If acne doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications, seek treatment early. General hygiene can also help with treatment, by washing affected areas twice a day with mild soap and water. Vigorous washing can irritate your skin and worsen your acne.

Also, shampooing your hair every day if it’s oily and using oil-free cosmetics and other products, such as sunscreen, will help prevent acne. Often, antibiotics that are taken orally are prescribed for acne. The antibiotic Isotretinoin is the only proven medication that safely and effectively controls the most serious form of the skin disease, known as severe cystic acne.

If you have mild acne and mild scarring, you are considered a good candidate for microdermabrasion, a process that scrapes away the surface to stimulate new cell growth. Also, new laser and light-based technologies have demonstrated that they improve mild to moderate acne after several sessions.

Lastly, professional treatment provides safe and effective treatments for acne scarring. Consulting with a dermatologist is recommended for everyone due to the fact that acne scars are unique and have complex characteristics. Determining an individualized treatment plan for you will lead to the most successful results.

 

Information from the American Academy of Dermatology.


  • Contact Us Today

    Call Us: (843)795-7546 (SKIN)

    Or visit us at:
    Cross Creek Village
    325 Folly Road
    Suite 305
    Charleston, SC 29412