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) 881-4440www.GermainDermatology.com

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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Friday: FREE Botox!

Could it be true? Free Botox? It is! 
Grab your best friend and join us THIS Friday,
September 26th for our VIP Botox event. 
This special event is available to any of our current patients who are enrolled in the Brilliant Distinctions program and their friends who are NEW to Botox! Not a part of our Brilliant Distinctions program? It's easy to sign up just visit here, then schedule your spot and enjoy your reward! 

You will receive 200 Brilliant Distinctions bonus points (which gives you future savings on treatments such as Botox) and your BFF will receive a FREE Botox treatment from Dr. Germain! For more information on how Brilliant Distinctions can help you save visit here.  

Spots available 12:30-4:00pm- Space is limited so call today, 881-4440. 
Can't make it? Make sure to follow us on Facebook for another BFF Event soon! 
*Program Eligibility Requirements: You must be enrolled in Brilliant Distinctions, It has to be over 3 months since your last Botox Treatment, Your BFF must be new to Botox

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Germain Rx: Vitamin C Serum

There is a new product at Germain Dermatology and our patients have fallen in love! The Germain Rx Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum is quickly becoming our most popular product.

This brightening Vitamin C serum delivers skin enhancing benefits of expertly combined ingredients to achieve improved skin texture and tone resulting in healthier looking skin.

How does it work? Dr. Oz explains

One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.

Age Spots
When it comes to treating age spots, you don’t need chemical peels and lasers – it turns out that vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, vitamin C protects against and may repair UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.

Your Anti-Aging Rx
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally.

Suitable for all skin types, the Germain Rx Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum is made to brighten and even out skin tone, tighten your skin, help lighten hormonal pigmentation and ward off wrinkles. Order online or stop by our office today!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Beauty of our Hands

“Some people read palms to tell your future, but I read hands to tell your past. Each scar makes a story worth telling. Each callused palm, each cracked knuckle is a missed punch or years in a factory.”  - Sarah Kay

Our hands are a beautiful gift. Whether rough and calloused or wrinkled and fair, they tell a story about our lives. Where we’ve been, what we’ve done, all the good and bad we’ve endured. But, because of the beating our hands take throughout our lives sometimes they can make us look older than we feel inside.

Don’t let your hands age you. Recent technology and research has found that the same treatments we use to preserve and restore the face can also be used on hands.

The first is Radiesse injections. 
Radiesse is a volumising filler commonly used to restore volume and contour to sunken cheeks or chins. Since Radiesse molds to the area being injected, stimulates natural collagen growth, and has proven to have durable and lasting results it is now an on demand product to treat the aging appearance of hands.
*Courtesy of RadiesseTreatment.com 

The second is Fraxel laser treatments.
Fraxel is a non-invasive laser treatment that penetrates the top skin layers and produces light technology to stimulate collagen and resurface the skin.  If you spend a lot of time in the sun, your skin may overreact by producing too much melanin, causing your age (or sun spots) to multiply. Fraxel works with your own skin cells to resurface your skin from the inside out. Due to it’s gentle nature Fraxel has become a popular treatment for reducing the aging appearance of hands.

Don't miss out on our September Hands Special:
Receive 3 Fraxel hand treatments and 2 syringes of Radiesse* for only $1,500.