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What Are Your Skin Sins? Here Are Today’s Top 5 Bad Skin Habits!

Aug 29 2012

Let’s face it, each of us is guilty of one bad habit or another – slouching, procrastinating, nail biting.  But, have you ever considered you may be guilty of a few skin sins as well?  Allure Magazine recently featured this topic, highlighting some of the most common bad skin habits around.

Borrowing from Allure, here is our list of Today’s Top 5 Bad Skin Habits:

“Skipping broad-spectrum sunscreen.” As Allure points out, “The best way to keep your skin from getting wrinkled, saggy, and speckled is sunscreen, SPF 30 at the minimum.” Sunscreen is also one of the best ways to increase your odds against skin cancer.

“Smoking.” We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but did you know it can also take a serious toll on our appearance?  Here’s what happens: Years of smoking cigarettes damages your skin’s collagen, a protein that works to keep it springy and youthful.  And, when this vital building block is no more, it can only mean one thing – wrinkles!

“Eating junk food.” Ever heard the phrase, “you are what you eat?”  Turns out it might just be true!  According to Allure, “A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that people who replaced processed carbs with high-protein foods and whole grains broke out less.”  Your skin – and your waistline – will thank you!

“Drinking too much.” While we’re not telling you to give up that glass of wine with dinner, “overindulging” could have an affect on your appearance. According to Allure, “Alcohol increases the level [of] inflammatory agents in the bloodstream.” And, what could that mean for you? Premature facial sagging.

“Overexfoliating.” Besides feeling great, exfoliating can actually have several important benefits for your skin.  But, be careful not to overdo it!  Overexfoliating can cause a host of skin issues such as tightness, irritation and worst of all, premature aging!

Correcting the Damage

Have you been neglecting your skin?  Starting to see some signs of premature aging?  Rest assured that cosmetic dermatology offers a host of solutions.  Want to know what issues other patients are facing?

Here are a few common skin concerns and a few ways cosmetic dermatology can help:

  • Wrinkles: Wrinkles are the number-one cosmetic complaint among patients by far.  Thankfully, it’s also one of the most treatable.  For “dynamic lines,” such as crow’s feet and frown lines, patients will often opt for BOTOX® injections.  For deeper, more persistent creases, often the best solution is a soft tissue filler like Juvéderm® or Restylane®.
  • Sun damage: Years of overexposure to the sun can lead to sun spots, age spots and rough skin.  Thankfully, however, we can often reduce the appearance of sun damage with chemical peels, microdermabrasion and/or intense pulsed light therapy.
  • Uneven texture: Has your skin seen better days?  It may be time to consider CoolTouch®.  By stimulating the production of collagen in the skin, this procedure works to improve skin texture and reduce or delay the signs of aging.  An innovative system with patient comfort in mind, CoolTouch delivers a cooling spray before, during and after the procedure.

Cosmetic Dermatologist in Danville

To learn more about these or any of the cosmetic treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact us today. Our offices are located in Danville, serving the surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment at (925)272-2695. We look forward to meeting with you.

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