More Do's and Don't for the New Year




When it comes to skincare do’s and don’ts, we like to think we’ve got it all under control. Pointers such as ‘do take your makeup off before bed’ and ‘don’t use hand soap as a facial cleanser’ are mantras, widely known and rehearsed by us all. However, these are not the only tips that we should know about the health of our skin.
First, make sure that you are visiting the write medical practitioner. A primary care physician is not as specialized as a Dermatologist. If there are any doubts about diagnosis of a primary care physician, make an appointment with a Dermatologist or your physician may refer you to a Dermatologist. Don’t be fooled by so-called Dermatologist. There are far too many therapists advertising themselves as dermatologists out there. Dermatologists are doctors who, after their general medical University degree, have completed a formal higher specialist training in dermatology. Don’t feel afraid to ask for credentials of the dermatologist.

A facial may do more harm than good. High street and spa facials should be avoided by anybody with a tendency for breakouts, acne or rosacea. A study has shown that 80% of these may actually aggravate breakouts. Make sure to only have medical grade facials in your dermatologist’s clinic.

It is important to stress how vital regular mole checks with a dermatologist are. I wish everybody would go once per year. In between those expert checks, don’t forget to self-examine your skin at least once per month - top to toe!

You should always tailor your skincare products to your exact skin type and condition with the advice of your dermatologist. See a dermatologist who has a special interest in aesthetic dermatology and skincare.

Patient is the most important part of a clear complexion. Acne sufferers have a tendency to start their treatment for acne scarring while they are still developing inflamed spots and pimples. However, acne scarring should only be treated after all the active acne has fully burnt out – addressing it too early will only aggravate inflamed acne lesions. The primary goal at that stage is to prevent further scarring by getting the active acne treated by a dermatologist.

Your skin is the most visible and valuable asset on our bodies, take care of it this New Year.

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