Wednesday, April 16, 2014

There is Always Time for Fun

We wanted to share some of our favorite moments from our fun photo shoot with Dr. Germain, Mimzi and long time patient, Patricia Altschul.

Pat is the mother of Whitney, one of Southern Charm’s leading ladies, on the newly launched BRAVO Reality Show based on life in Charleston. The show has become one of Dr. Germain and Mimzi's favorite guilty pleasures.

Only one more episode to go before Season One comes to a close. We are already anticipating what will happen in Season 2, and Pat wouldn't give away any secrets. Guess we will all have to watch and see!

We must take some credit for how amazing Pat looks on screen-
isn’t she gorgeous!?
And thank you to Andy with smART Image Photography for capturing these moments. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pregnancy Glow- Not a Myth.

Are you one of those amazingly beautiful pregnant women, who love every second of being pregnant? Or are you more realistically one of those women, who really want to enjoy being pregnant, but are uncomfortable, sick and frankly exhausted?

 It’s not a case of bad luck or bad genes, there is actually a scientific reason behind that ‘pregnancy glow’ some are blessed with (and we are willing to bet that you are glowing outside, whether you feel it inside!).

Your actual glow?
"During pregnancy, blood volume expands, giving the skin a flushed look, similar to what you get after exercise," explains Jennifer MacGregor, MD, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology, in New York City. "Your sweat gland activity also increases, leaving more secretions on the skin, which gives it a little bit of a sheen."

The Clear Skin?
"Your hormones seem to balance out in such a way that it can take care of skin problems," says Judith Hellman, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. "It's why women often go on birth control pills to clear up acne — the pills actually mimic the hormonal state of pregnancy."

Adding to the ‘glow’ your hair and nails flourish due to extended growing periods and pre-natal vitamins. Whether you feel like a house or loving every minute of your pregnancy- know that you are still glowing to everyone around you.

It’s a scientific fact. 
*Thank you to Everyday Health for some great facts.

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Been a Beautiful 9 Years Charleston- THANK YOU!

The Charleston City Paper, and each of you, has graciously blessed us with the honor of being the Best Dermatologist in Charleston for the ninth year in a row! We are more than ecstatic to have won this recognition, especially in a city known for it's BEAUTIFUL people. We could not get here without our wonderful patients and supporters- we are speechless.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Now Available: SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™

We are excited to share a fantastic product, now available at Germain Dermatology, SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™.
SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™ is the first topical scar product that supports the scar formation process and works from beginning to end to help smooth and minimize the appearance of most scars.

Designed for newer scars, this revolutionary formula features Centelline, a proprietary blend of naturally-derived specialty ingredients made up of Oleuropein – a standardized extract of olive leaf, with exceptional calming, soothing properties, Centella Asiatica – a highly effective antioxidant, which assists in the management of inflammatory responses to injury and Bulbine Frutescens – sap extract
from a South
African succulent, clinically proven to support the wound management process. 

Successful on all skin types, SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™ will effectively soften and minimize the appearance of red or pinkish scars.

Treatment is simple- just apply morning and evening once your wound has fully healed, continue use until the scar turns white and flat.  While the gel is useful in treating many scar types it is particularly helpful with post-procedure scars (such as a breast augmentation or a C-Section) massively lessening the incision scars.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Put Your Best Face Forward

Looking for some ways to up your make-up game? See some celebrity tips below, it's easier than you think. 

Applying Primer:
Primer fills in fine lines and smoothes pores, it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. Consider it the key to making your skin makeup-ready.
  • Apply Moisturizer First.
  • Remember that a little goes a long way.
  • Avoid the eye area (you want to use concealer and highlighting here).
  • Let primer set for a few minutes before applying foundation.

The Perfect Eyeliner:
Pencil, gel or liquid; winged, smudged or clean ­– the options are plentiful.
When using a pencil
  •  Make sure it is always sharpened to a point.
  •  Line as close to your lash line as you can (most suggest lining your ‘waterline’).
  •  Warm tip of pencil in your fingers for smoother application.
  •  Apply in short strokes.

When using cream or gel
  • Always choose a long wear formula.
  • Set the line by pressing eye shadow on top.
  • Use and angled brush for creative cat lines and more.
  • Use a precision brush for ultra thin lines.

When using Liquid
  • Great for hooded eyelids or oily skin.
  • Clean up mistakes with pointed q-tips.
  • Use a thin applicator for easiest use.

*Extra Tip: want to widen your eyes? Skip the black liner and go for a color. Black, like in clothing, narrows your shape.

Not so False Lashes
Not everyone has time to apply false lashes before stepping out the door, nor does everyone have the money for eyelash extensions, so here are some ways to create unbelievable lashes without the hassle or the money.
  • Use an eyelash curler. Heat your curler for a few seconds with a blow dryer. Then apply curler to the base of your lash line and hold tightly while rotating your hand upwards- pinch again.
  • Apply a THIN layer of powder to the base of your lashes using a small blending brush. This will create a full base for your mascara.
  • Apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom of your lashes (not your lower lashes). Wait a few minutes then apply another coat.
  • Make any touchups with the brush tip or liquid eyeliner for gaps. 

The Art of Lipstick
Whether you wear it all the time, or just use it to glam up a night on the town there is a definite RIGHT way to apply lip color.
  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush (baby brushes are great).
  • Apply a lip cream or concealer to fill in ridges (Chapstick will make the color wear off much quicker).
  • Apply a THIN layer of your foundation over entire lip area- yes you read that right. This acts as a blender for color and a primer.
  • Always use a lip liner. Choose a neutral shade or a shade that matches your lipstick.
  • Use a Lipbrush to paint your color on, inside the lines.

For more tips visit 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Prone to Breakouts? Say NO to Dairy.

Thanks to the wonderful World Wide Web information is at our fingertips. While this is a great asset for many things, it can be a bit dangerous when it comes to the medical field. Self-diagnosing, at home remedies and even over the counter treatments can be troublesome without a basis of fact. We want to do our part in helping you sort out the fact from the fiction.

The Truth behind: “Eating Dairy will increase or cause Acne.”
True! Dairy stimulates the body to produce a variety of hormones, which can aggravate acne.

Here’s what to avoid if you're prone to breakouts:
·       Whole milk and full-fat dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and ice cream. The worst offenders are sweetened lattes, cappuccinos, and other coffee drinks, since they contain dairy and sugar, both of which aggravate acne. Instead, try unsweetened soy milk or almond milk in your coffee or cereal. If you can’t make that kind of commitment, then at least try nonfat organic milk, which contains fewer cow hormones. (Hormones are concentrated in milk fat.)
·       Instant breakfast drinks, energy bars, protein drinks, hot-chocolate mix, and even luncheon meats — these often contain “hidden” dairy in the form of whey and casein, which are cow proteins.
·       Creamy desserts and sauces, spreads, butters, and condiments like mayo, ranch dressing, and dips.
·       Whey protein, found in many protein powders. A report last year linked whey to moderate to severe acne flare-ups.
                                                                                            - Via Dr. Jessica Wu, Hollywood, CA

Keep in mine, that if you’re avoiding dairy, you need to obtain calcium and vitamin D from other sources. Have a myth you want the facts on? Let us know!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Is Your Indulgence Safe?

What’s your favorite beauty indulgence? Getting a routine blowout, spray tan or how about a mani/pedi? While manicures and pedicures are a nice treat, they aren’t always as simple as you think. Chemicals used in a basic manicure, and especially in the application of artificial nails, can be harmful to your nails and the surrounding skin.

The most common issue is a contact reaction. This occurs much like contact with poison ivy and can cause a rash, irritation, redness or itching under the nail and on the fingers. If an allergy does exist it is likely to also appear on the face and neck due to secondary contact. Allergies can exist from many products, something as simple as the Top Coat can cause an allergic reaction.

Gel (or Shellac) Manicures are growing in popularity due to the lasting nature of the polish. Many women think they are better for their nails and a better deal for the money. Recently Dr. Chris Adigun, assistant professor of dermatology at The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU School of Medicine, released research claiming this new fad isn’t as safe as we think. While studies haven’t determined whether the harm comes form the actual gel chemicals or if it’s the exposure to acetone to remove the nails- experts suggest limiting how often you get gel manicures or shying away completely until more details are known. 

Being open with your manicurist is also important. If they are too rough or have cut you- make sure to tell them. One of the worst side effects of manicures and pedicures is infection. While standards have been raised for facilities germs do get through and you do not want them attaching to an open cut. If your salon feels untidy to you- leave- do not risk infection.

Generally, a reputable nail salon and technician conducting basic manicure is mostly safe. Just be aware and in the know, protect yourself. Indulging in artificial or gel nails, in a safe environment, is ok, but giving your nails time to replenish and breathe between sessions is also important.