Are some parts of your face shiny and greasy, while other spots feel normal or even dry? If so, you probably have combination skin. Your dermatologist offers you easy, helpful tips for a proper skin cleansing routine for managing your combination complexion.
Combination skin is part oily, part dry. Typically, the oily areas are located on the T-zone, which consists of the forehead, nose and chin. Cheeks are usually more on the dry side, but the degrees of oiliness and dryness can vary. The T-zone also tends to have larger pores and is prone to breakouts, while the cheeks may feel rough and irritated.
Some of the causes of combination skin include:
- Hormonal changes
How to Care for Combination Skin
To properly care for combination skin, your dermatologist offers some friendly advice:
- Cleanse: People with combination skin often have difficulty finding a cleanser that works for their unique skin needs. For the perfect solution, use a foaming or gel cleanser to get rid of dirt and oil without irritating or drying out your skin.
- Exfoliate: Regular exfoliation sloughs off dry, dead, rough skin cells and leaves the skin looking luminous and fresh. It also helps products penetrate into the skin. If you don’t exfoliate the skin, dead skin cells build up and block pores, causing blemishes and blackheads.
- Moisturize: Combination skin needs balance, and part of that balance means properly moisturizing your skin. Moisturizing is especially important for drier areas of the face, but your entire face needs hydration.
- Protect: Just like all other skin types, it is important to protect your skin from harmful effects of the sun. UVA and UVB rays can damage skin, so make sure to use oil-free sunblock all over your face daily.
Visit your dermatologist to properly determine your specific skin type and how to properly care for your skin.
Treating Your Chronic Acne: How your dermatologists in RI, can help
Acne is one of the most annoying, troublesome skin conditions you can have. It affects both teenagers and adults and is the most common skin condition in this country, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology want to share their knowledge about acne and acne treatment. They have several convenient office locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Barrington, and Westerly, RI, to serve your skin care needs.
Acne can cause several different skin formations including:
- Blackheads or whiteheads
- Papules or pustules
- Cysts or nodules
Many people have acne and don’t treat it. This may be a bad idea because acne can cause dark spots or permanent scarring. Acne also can make you lose your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Dermatologists begin by grading your acne. Grade 1 is mild acne, going up to grade 4, which is severe acne. If you have mild, grade 1 acne, with just a few blemishes, many over-the-counter products may work well for you. Make sure the products contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can help to unblock pores and clear up small blemishes.
For moderate to severe acne, grades 2 through 4, you need to visit your dermatologists at South County Dermatology. They offer several effective treatments to reduce or eliminate acne blemishes. They may recommend:
- Topical and oral antibiotic medications to treat the underlying infection in your pores
- Professional strength benzoyl peroxide products to reduce or eliminate blockage in your pores
- Tretinoin to unplug your pores and eliminate whiteheads and blackheads
- Extraction using a small instrument to completely remove whiteheads and blackheads
- Acne treatments for women with hormone-related acne
You don’t have to hide your face because of unsightly acne. There is help to clear your face, so pick up the phone and call Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology, with offices in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Barrington, and Westerly, RI. Get rid of acne for good by calling today!
Whether it is a bee sting or a spider bite, it is important to understand what to do to properly treat these irritations. With help from your dermatologist, you can properly treat your bite or sting.
Most reactions to insect bites are mild, causing little more than an annoying itching or stinging sensation and mild swelling that disappears within a day or so. A delayed reaction to a bite may cause fever, hives, painful joints and swollen glands. You may experience both the immediate and the delayed reactions from the same insect bite or sting.
Bites from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are typically the most troublesome. On the other hand, bites from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, ants, scorpions and some spiders also can cause reactions. For mild reactions follow these treatment tips from your dermatologist:
- Move to a safe area
- Remove the stinger (if it is stuck in your skin)
- Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling and pain
- Apply a topical cream
- Take an antihistamine
For severe reactions to bug bites and stings, your dermatologist recommends calling 911 immediately if the following symptoms occur:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the lips or throat
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea, cramps and vomiting
Your dermatologist is available to provide topical cream and other treatments for stings to help alleviate pain and itching. Contact your dermatologist for more information on how to properly care for your skin when an insect bites or stings you.
At some point in our lives we have all been guilty of it. We fall into a beauty routine and use the same products day after day - even year after year - and don’t recognize the harm that is being done to our skin. Your dermatologist works to provide you with common skin habits that might be harming your skin. By recognizing these harmful habits, you can take the next step to healthy, glowing skin.
Picking Pimples: When a pimple first appears, many of us immediately pop or pick at it. This is very harmful to your face. If you experience frequent pimples and blemishes seek professional help from your dermatologist. Your dermatologist can recommend products that contain anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterial and healing agents. Popping a pimple will only make the scar worse or could spread the breakout, so stop now.
Going to Bed with Dirty Skin: While many of us go to bed exhausted, sometimes skipping our own routines, it is important to not skip cleaning your face—it is a necessity. Whether you wear makeup or not, pollution, dust, skin cells and oil all accumulate on the surface of your skin throughout the day. Cleaning your skin at night helps to freshen your skin and remove these harmful agents.
Going Outside without SPF: Tanning is not the only reason for aging of the skin—any time spent in the sun at all also contributes to aging skin. SPF15 or above is the perfect addition to a skincare routine to help prevent aging. Look for a moisturizer or primer with tint and SPF added to give you a multi-tasking product.
Using Soap to Cleanse Your Skin: You might tell yourself to just grab a bar of soap to clean your face, but that can do more harm than good. Soap is an alkaline, which removes oil and dirt effectively. On the other hand, soap also strips the protective barrier from the surface of your skin. Your dermatologist recommends looking for soap-free, acid-balanced cleansers that are designed specifically for your skin condition and type.
Boiling Hot Showers: While the feeling of a hot tub or nice hot shower can help ease muscle aches and pains, while keeping us warm on a cold morning, the warmer the water the more stimulating it can be on your skin—especially your face. If you are choosing to cleanse, exfoliate and use a mask in the shower, be sure to turn down the temperature to avoid causing unneeded redness and inflammation.
Contact your dermatologist for more information on how to better care for your skin, and to skip those harmful habits you might be used to.
Dry, flaky or itchy skin can be extremely uncomfortable for your child. Dry skin is a common problem among children, especially during the winter when our bodies are exposed to dry air in the cold outdoors or heated indoor environments. It can occur when the skin lacks moisture and can be treated by returning moisture to the skin or preventing moisture from escaping the skin in the first place. Your dermatologist is available to help you relieve your child’s dry, itchy skin this season.
To prevent dry skin it is important to make sure your child eats a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of unsweetened beverages such as milk and water. Also, try to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, cold air or harsh winds, which can scratch or irritate your child’s delicate skin. Consider using moisturizing soaps or cleansers, and apply lotions, creams or ointments to keep the skin soft and hydrated.
If your child is prone to dry skin, try the following:
- Limit baths or showers to 2 or 3 times a week
- Apply a thick moisturizer early and often
- Humidify your home
- Visit your dermatologist
We are available to help provide you with proper treatment options for your child’s dry skin. If your child’s skin stays dry, especially if it is red or irritated, you should visit your pediatrician immediately, as this could be a symptom of a health condition.
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