Friday, November 21, 2014

Man-icures, Man-Scaping & Bro-tox: Men's Health Month with News 2

November (or commonly referred to as Movember) is a month focusing on the awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, however the 2 Your Health team goes a step further using November as a month to "show guys the lifestyle changes they  can make to improve their health and prolong their life." Carolyn Murray recently interviewed Dr. Germain discussing her best tips for ‘cool weather grooming’ for men- from manscaping to bro-tox they covered it all! Grab a sneak peek below and catch the full interview on News 2

Is it okay for men to use hand soap to wash their face? 
"Skin on men's faces get stripped of all their essential oils when they use hand soap on their face. It's even more important now that it is cold."

Can a guy get the same youthful benefits from Botox as women?
"Guys actually develop lines before women do so they can look older than they really are. A little Botox goes a long way and, done right, they can look better and younger naturally. There are a lot more guys coming to my office for what we call bro-tox, than in the past."

If a man works with his hands (ie: construction worker or mechanic) will his hands always show it?
"There are a lot of jobs that men do that are really hard on their hands. they need to pay attention to their hands routinely... apply moisturizing lotions at least twice a day, sunblock if regularly outside and maybe even consider a man-incure every once in a while. If for no other reason, the women will notice their hands."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Spreading the Sparkle- Another Great Year!

to everyone who came out to our 2014 Sparkle Party! We had such a great time spreading the glamour of Germain Dermatology to all our fantastic patients and friends. We hope you enjoyed this year's event as much as we did. Make sure to LIKE us on Facebook to see all the  'Red Carpet' photos and shots from the evening! 
*Don't forget to tag yourself so other's can see all the fun you had! 

We'd also love to see your pictures from the night- share with us on any of our social media pages (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @GermainDermatology) and tag #GermainSparkle.

As always, your opinion matters! We would love to hear what you thought of this year's event. Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or comment below.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Are You Ready to SPARKLE?

That's Right! It's that time of year. Mark your calendars for  
November 13th and join us for our Annual Sparkle Party!
*Reservations are highly encouraged.
Please call today to reserve your spot 843-881-4440

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The 'Battle of Shine' Stops Here

We strive for a natural glow, not a greasy shine.

For those constantly battling shine it can feel like an endless cycle- reapplying powder and spending countless dollars on anti-shine products and treatments that never seem to be the solution.

Oil is two-fold. Excess oil can be associated with breakouts, but it also protects your skin from signs of aging. It is important to note that oil is not the same thing as moisture, and even with oil prone skin you still need to moisturize. 

Dr. Germain notes that it is especially important to remember this during winter months. People with an oily complexion tend to dry-out their skin causing redness, itching and flaking during the winter. 

How can you fight shine without over drying or irritating your skin?

Dr. Germain suggests, "A healthy skin care routine is the first step to controlling oil (as well as dry patches, irritation, acne, aging and more). Exfoliation is a big part of oil control, however patients need to understand that exfoliation doesn't mean rubbing your face raw. A gentle nightly exfoliation will keep your skin routinely renewed and fresh. I always recommend the Clarisonic cleansing system to patients. It's gentle enough for daily use and has brush heads for all skin types."

Aside from clean, balanced skin Dr. Germain advises patients to begin using a Retinol product. Retinol builds collagen which helps keep pores tighter causing pores to create and emit less oil. Retinol can be harsh, but introduced to your skin properly under the advisement of a dermatology professional it can be a vital key in managing a shine free complexion (as well as giving you youthful looking skin). 

Depending on your circumstance and skin type other treatments such as products with Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C or Clay. If you are tired of fighting the shin battle come in and see Dr. Germain or one of our expert PA's for a full skin evaluation and treatment plan. 

Put the powder down and come see us! 
612 Seacoast Parkway 
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464(843)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Germain Dermatology Welcomes Dr. McGowan- Mohs Surgeon

Dr. McGowan IV is a board certified dermatologist specializing in Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and completed his residency here in Charleston at MUSC. After medical school Dr. McGowan obtained his fellowship in Mohs Microhraphic Skin Cancer Surgery at the Dayton Skin Surgery Center in Dayton, Ohio. He has been a huge asset to the dermatological world from hosting lectures to writing countless articles on the technique, advancements and importance of Mohs Surgery. 

We are honored and excited to have Dr. Joseph McGowan on our team. It is a great step forward in ensuring our patients have the absolute best in care. 
Germain Dermatology: 843-881-4440

*For more information on Mohs Surgery visit our previous GermainRx Blog Post: 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Men Freeze their Fat, too!

It is widely accepted that women want to look beautiful, and today most women are very open about the lengths they go to in order to feel their best; however, many men still are not.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic PlasticSurgery, men currently account for 10% of all cosmetic treatments. Research has also shown that men tend to choose non or minimally evasive treatments where there is little to no down-time, and treatments where results appear more natural. 
It is easy to see why CoolSculpting Technology is becoming a popular choice for the male population with results that develop over time, no recovery period and proven satisfaction. Men are commonly using the procedure to eliminate the stubborn, hard to target, fat on their hips, lower abdomen and lower back.

At Germain Dermatology we treat both men and women for medical and cosmetic needs. We understand the pressure to not only look good, but to feel good, isn’t only a female concern.  Dr. Germain takes great measures to ensure each of our male patients feel as comfortable when visiting us as our female patients do.

Dr. Germain explains CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting  and DualSculpting are nonsurgical methods for healthy patients who want to target specific, stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. With fat cells being naturally more vulnerable to the effects of cooling, the cooling effect from the procedure causes crystallization of the lipids in the fat cells. The cells then begin to break down and are gradually eliminated by the body's normal metabolic processes, over a period of two to four months. These fat cells are eliminated from your body permanently. Unlike liposuction -which also eliminates fat cells from your body- the CoolSculpting procedure doesn't require the patient to endure surgery as there's no cutting or needles. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Magic of Moisturizer

Moisturizer is one of the most important parts of your skin care routine. Not only is choosing the right moisturizer vital, but also knowing how to use it correctly.
Washing your face with the correct cleanser is the first step to utilizing your moisturizer. Even on those busy, late nights washing your face properly makes the difference. It takes more than a splash of water to clear your skin of the day’s pollutants, bacteria, sweat and makeup.

In addition to cleansing exfoliating helps all products work at their finest. Sloughing off dead skin cells allows products to be absorbed easier and penetrate deeper- including your moisturizer. Exfoliating tools like the Clairisonic (available through Germain Dermatology) are ideal to help you get the most out of your skin care routine and products.

While skin is still damp apply your moisturizer- this will help lock in the water already on your skin- using gentle upward strokes. This light massaging motion will ensure even distribution and penetration.

Visit Dr. Germain to find out which moisturizer is best for you, follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to beautiful, soft skin.