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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.


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.


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).


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.


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 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.


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.)


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?

New FDA Rules on Sunscreen

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It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry, especially when it comes to protecting your skin. That is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come up with new rules for sunscreen manufacturers and labelers to better protect consumers and their knowledge of the products they are using.

In 2011, the FDA announced significant changes to sunscreen products in order to help consumers make buying decisions and to help them use these products to protect themselves more efficiently. The measures being taken include the following:

    • Establishing standards for testing and effectiveness of sunscreen and requiring labels to accurately reflect test results
    • A regulation proposed limiting the maximum SPF value label to “SPF 50+”
    • A data request for safety and effectiveness information formulated in dosage forms (i.e., sprays)
    • A draft guidance for sunscreen manufacturers on how to test and label their products according to these new measures

On June 18, 2012, the final FDA regulations became effective that determined which products are allowed to say “Broad Spectrum” on their label. When doing so, the FDA didn’t want to commence a shortage of sunscreen available, so the compliance dates for testing and labeling were moved to December 17.

Products that pass the broad spectrum test provide UVB and UVA protection and will be properly labeled as such. Sunscreens that aren’t broad spectrum will be labeled with the following warning, “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.”

There will be water resistance claims on the front label stating either 40 minutes or 80 minutes based on how long the user will get the expected SPF level of sun protection while swimming or sweating. In addition, labels are no longer allowed to say “waterproof” and “sweatproof” or identified as a “sunblock.”

Finally, sunscreens aren’t allowed to claim instant protection upon application or that users are still being protected after two hours from application, unless they submit accurate data and it’s approved by the FDA.

With these new regulations being rolled out, you will be better informed as to which sunscreens suit your needs. Before buying any sunscreen, make sure you read the labels front and back to ensure you know what you are purchasing. Don’t forget that not all sunscreens are made equal, so choose wisely! And when in doubt, contact us and we can provide any information needed.

What do you think of the FDA’s stricter regulations?

The Basics of Acne, Prevention and Treatment

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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.

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