Your facial skin care routine made simple - Ep. 15

June 21, 2021
Categories: Physical health
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Who doesn’t want to have great-looking skin (men included)?

While women are generally more inclined to investigate and spend time on skin care, most men also want to put their best face forward.

This episode will answer a lot of questions. What’s the one thing people should do daily to help avoid wrinkles, skin discoloration and skin cancer? Is microneedling as scary as it sounds? What skin care regimen does a dermatologist follow?

Our skin is our largest organ, and its care can be complicated. Luckily, we don’t have to try to figure out the best skin care routine alone. Dermatologists and estheticians are essential partners to help solve skin problems.

Listen as host Mark Gomez, MD, and his guest, dermatologist Alix Charles, MD, FAAD, discuss skin care techniques and treatment to keep your skin looking its best.

  • Alix Charles, MD, FAAD – Board-certified dermatologist and department chairman, Division of Dermatology at DuPage Medical Group.

Myths vs. Facts

“Microdermabrasion is painful.” – Myth
It’s gentle when it’s done correctly.

“Anyone can do dermal injections.” – Myth
If you get a dermal injection, you should see a board-certified dermatologist.

“I will always peel after every chemical peel.” – Myth
Chemical peels don’t always cause skin to shed. Deeper chemical peels may cause more noticeable peeling.

“Regarding facials, I can do the same treatment at home for much less.” – Myth
You’re almost always going to get a deeper, more effective, personalized treatment in the hands of a professional.

“Your peach fuzz will grow back thicker and darker after dermaplaning.” – Myth
Cutting the hair shaft doesn’t change the nature of the hair follicle.

“Darker-skinned people cannot get laser treatments.” – Myth
Back in the day, there weren’t lasers made that could be used on darker skin. Now there are lasers that can be used on darker skin for certain treatments.

“Summertime skin care regimens should differ from year-round skin care regimens.” – Fact
There are some things you could change in the summer, such as using a different moisturizer. Everyone should still use sunscreen year-round. But sometimes dermatologists will tweak someone’s regimen depending on the season.

“Exfoliation is one of the most important skin care steps and microdermabrasion represents one of the speediest paths to a smoother complexion.” – Fact
There is natural exfoliation that happens, but there are ways to speed up the process.

“Botox can freeze your facial muscles.” – Myth and Fact
Botox done correctly will not freeze your face completely. You’ll still have natural expression, you just won’t have lines or wrinkles.

“Skin cancer does not run in my family, so I do not have to worry too much about sun protection.” – Myth
Most skin cancers are caused by cumulative sun damage. An hour here, three hours there, adds up over a lifetime and can lead to skin cancer. Everyone needs to worry about skin cancer regardless of your racial or ethnic background or family history.

Listener healthy OH-YEAH!

“I have lost over 100 pounds since COVID started and I feel so much better. I took this pandemic and made the best of the situation with everything being closed. I worked on my eating habits and home exercises. I started March 2020 at a BMI of 46 and now I am at 29.9 with only one more goal to go!” – K.K.

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