Dermatologists are experts when it comes to the skin, hair, and nails. They help treat and diagnose over 3,000 diseases and skin conditions, from skin cancer, acne, and psoriasis to eczema. But how do dermatologists themselves help maintain their own healthy skin? We have combined a list of skincare tips that dermatologists recommend to their patients, and that many dermatologists use themselves.
You’ll want to identify what your skin type is, understanding your skin type will help you learn how to take care of your skin and will help you select the right skincare products. Let’s find out what your skin type is:
- Combination skin, that is dry in some areas and oily in others
- Oily skin that is greasy and shiny
- Dry skin that is flaky, itchy, or rough
- Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
- Sensitive skin may burn or sting after product use
Here are some tips to have healthy, glowing skin:
- Put on sunscreen every day. Wearing sunscreen is of the most important things you can do for your skin. As we all know sunscreen protects your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays, which cause sunburns, skin cancer, premature skin aging, wrinkles, and age spots. To help you save time on your routine, you can purchase a facial moisturizer that has sunscreen. Just be aware that sunscreen unfortunately can not block 100% of the sun’s UV rays, so it’s important to find shade and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
- Stay away from tanning beds. Tanning beds emit harmful UV rays, just like the sun that cause burns and skin cancer. Just one indoor tanning session increases your risk of developing melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cell carcinoma by 29%.
- Less is more when it comes to your skincare. If you use too many skincare products it can end up irritating your skin. So you’ll want to focus on the skincare basics, like a gentle cleanser, sunscreen, and a good moisturizer. You will want to make this into a morning and nighttime routine and stick with them for the best results.
- You’ll want to pick products that are best suited for your skin type.
- Protect your lips. Many people are not aware but skin cancer can form on the lips, so you’ll want to apply lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before going outdoors. For added moisture apply petroleum jelly.
- Like most of us, we tend to touch our faces numerous times throughout the day, which in return transfers dirt, germs, and oil onto our faces. So just keep your hands off your face and avoid picking, squeezing, or popping any pimples.
- You will want to check your skin on a regular basis. The most common form of cancer is skin cancer in the U.S. which affects one in five Americans in their lifetime. About 20 Americans die a day from melanoma. But if caught and treated early, skin cancer along with melanoma is very treatable. If you notice any questionable spots or anything out of the ordinary on your skin, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.
The largest organ on your body is your skin and it helps protect your insides, so it is very important to take good care of it. If you have any questions or concerns about your skin contact SummitMD Dermatology to schedule an appointment.