Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Suffering From Summer Time Dry Skin?

Has your dry winter skin rolled over to the warm summer months? Dry skin can be frustrating, especially when you are constantly moisturizing with no results. Review our list of sneaky dry skin culprits to see if you are inadvertently feeding your irritation.

#1 Fragrance. No, we aren't saying not to spritz yourself with your favorite perfume; this is referring to the hidden scents in many of your day-to-day routines.  Facial lotions, body lotions, body washes, detergents, deodorants, fabric softeners, fabric sprays and so forth can all contain fragrance which tends to irritate already dry skin or make it worse. Check the ingredients list of your items and eliminate any products containing the word fragrance. We often suggest ‘free’ or ‘clear’ items and non-fragrance skin care products. *Don’t want to throw away your delicious country cucumber melon lotion? Opt for high quality products with natural scents containing ingredients like shea butter, coco bean, honey or vanilla.

#2 Soap. Nothing strips skin of moisture faster than cleansing. This is why those who tend to shower multiple times a day or continuously wash their hands tend to suffer from dry skin. Use gentle (and fragrance free) products, especially hand and body soaps, and moisturize with a high quality lotion/oil within 10-20 min. of washing. *Fabric Softeners can also contain high amounts of soap, which can irritate dry skin, always check ingredients.

#3 Hard Water. Hard water contains a high concentration of minerals like magnesium, lead, and zinc. These minerals can leave a film on skin that causes dryness.  Investing in a home filtration system can get pricey- Dr. Dennis Gross, NYC Dermatologist, suggests a great alternative- add products high in vitamin A and C to your beauty routine to counteract the film left by hard water.

#4 Chlorine & Salt Water. Our skin is only made to withstand being in water for certain lengths of time. Whether swimming in a pool or ocean, taking a bubble bath or a long shower water can ultimately strip the natural oil barriers protecting our skin. During the summer, especially in coastal regions like Charleston, water activities can cause or worsen dry skin symptoms. To make things worse, both, chlorine and salt water dehydrate your skin intensifying the affects of the water. *Moisturize after a long swim, as you would after a shower, to best control the effects. Those with severe dry skin can apply lipid based products that will actually block the damage from prolonged water exposure.

#5 Air Conditioning. Yes, it is a fact that both heat and air conditioning can harmfully affect the moisture levels of your skin. Air condition pulls humidity out of the air causing, worsening or irritating dry skin. *Running a humidifier in your bedroom, or even your office, (through summer and winter) can help to balance the moisture in the air and relieve dry skin.

If your dry skin doesn't improve with these lifestyle alterations, worsens or becomes painful come visit us at Germain Dermatology. Dr. Germain and staff are experts in skin care and will help you get to the root of your dry skin! Call today 843-881-4440

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Don't Miss Double Reward Points with Brilliant Distictions

NOW through AUGUST 28th get DOUBLE points on every treatment or product with our Brilliant Distinctions Reward Program. 
Just login and download the coupon to earn your double rewards! 

What is Brilliant Distinctions? BD is the only program that rewards you with instant savings on Allergan facial treatments and products, like Botox, Latisse, and Juvederm. Anytime you recieve BOTOX®, JUVÉDERM® XC Injectable Gel Filler, LATISSE®, SkinMedica® products or VIVITÉ® Skin Care products you will be able to earn points, later redeemable for future treatments.

Not registered? It's simple! Just visit Brilliant Distinctions online and sign up as a new user. You will be immediately enrolled to receive points for your purchases with us, at Germain Dermatology.

*Now you can earn even more with the NEW Brilliant Distinctions Mall. Everytime you shop online with participating retail stores- such as GAP, Ann Taylor and J. Crew- you will receive points toward your Brilliant Distinctions Program, allowing even more savings on the treatments you love!
  


Monday, July 7, 2014

411 on Heat Rash

The summer sun is out in full force, and while we caution you against the harmful effects of UV rays there is another culprit this time of year… heat rash. Severe outbreaks can look scary and cause intense itching, as well as a prickly sensation on the skin. However, very rarely do these annoying rashes need medical attention, and, no matter how frightening they look, they are rather common and simple in nature if you know what you are dealing with.

Many patients assume heat rash comes from sunburn, but this is not the case. A heat rash occurs when your sweat glands become clogged, thus not allowing the moisture to dry from your skin and causing a blister like rash. There are times when prolonged exposure to the sun causes both heat rash and sunburn, but the two are not interconnected.
Creases in the skin like the neck, armpit, or groin have skin touching adjacent skin, which makes it difficult for air to circulate- in result these areas more prone to the rash. While this is commonly seen in hot, humid areas there is no known remedy to prevent your glands from clogging; but we do offer the following tips:

- Avoid tight clothing that prevents sweat evaporation
- Avoid heavy creams or lotions when sweating may be involved (ie: before a run)
- When exercising wear moisture wicking/dri-fit clothing, and change out of your workout clothes promptly
- Shower soon after excessive sweating in luke-warm or cool water
- Keep hydrated
- Make sure skin stays dry and doesn't sit moist or sweaty

The rash itself can vary in appearance from person to person, depending on health, routines, etc. The location of the rash can also affect the appearance. Ranging from tiny ‘sweat bubbles’ with no other symptoms to larger, harder, bumps deeper in the skin which involve itching and a prickly sensation. Rarely, reoccurring and severe heat rash may be potentially dangerous if enough skin is involved, since the lack of sweating can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion.
'Sweat Bubbles' resulting from Heat Rash.
Heat rash often resolves on its own when the skin cools and air circulates to affected skin. If the prickly sensation persists, calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams may be helpful.


Note for New Moms: Babies have immature sweat glands that aren't able to remove the sweat they produce. They can develop heat rash if they are exposed to warm weather, are overdressed, excessively bundled, or have a fever.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dr. Germain Contributes to Health.com Feature on Acne- *Sneak Peak


Dr. Germain was asked to give her take on age old Acne Myths for an upcoming freelance article on Health.com.  Here is a sneak peak of her contribution. Make sure to visit Health.com in the next few weeks for the full article written by Germain Dermatology friend and women's health writer, Keira Aaron.


Can Chocolate cause acne?
“Yes. However, it is not the chocolate itself (not the cocoa powder) but all the other stuff that is added to make the chocolate taste good. Sugar itself, or any food with a high glycemic index, can increase acne. High glycemic index food increases insulin-like growth factor 1 which cause increased keratinization in the follicles and also is an inflammatory which has detrimental effects on acne prone individuals.” 

Can Sunscreen clogs your pores?
“Yes. Many people say that sunscreens make their acne worse. They can clog pores, but usually it is the chemical sunscreens that increase acne due to irritating the skin. Look for products that have physical blocks (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) in a sheer base.  Look for ingredients such as dimethicone, cyclomethicone and glycerin and look for added antioxidants like green tea. Green tea can actually decrease the keratin build up in the follicles which can improve acne.”
  
Can Toothpaste heal a zit?
“Toothpaste can dry out a pimple because it has some ingredients (like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, triclosan) which are antibacterial and drying.  That being said, I would not recommend it because it can be irritating if left on the skin for long periods of time and there are acne preparations and blemish creams that are designed for spot treatment that are much more effective.” 

Can Your period make you breakout?“Yes. Your hormones change over the month and right before your period, ratios of hormones change in a way the increases the probability of acne.  Also, 15% (a surprisingly high percentage) of the female population has polycystic ovary syndrome which can cause severe fluctuations in acne lesions and formation of nodules and huge cysts." 

Don't forget to visit Health.com for the full story on Acne Myths, contributed to by our own Dr. Germain, as well as many other great articles for your health and skin. And thank you to Keira Aaron for thinking of us for the feature!  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Schedule Your Next Appointment with Louisa Floyd, PA

Need a dermatologist? Have an immediate issue that needs to be seen? Come see our expert PA Louisa Flyod. Louisa sees patients Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 8-4pm, Wednesday 12-7pm and assists Dr. Germain in surgeries each Monday.

Have a busy schedule? Louisa also holds clinics alternating Saturdays from 8-12pm.
Call for details & schedule 843-881-4440
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Louisa offers this advice when choosing sunscreen: 
"When choosing a sunblock, remember to pay attention to the ingredients rather than just the SPF number.  The SPF number only indicates UVB protection, but you need a sunblock that is 'broad-spectrum' and protects from both UVA and UVB.  Look for ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide."


Call to schedule an appointment with Louisa Floyd, PA today: 843-881-4440

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Celebrate the Dad in Your Life with Germain Rx

REMINDER: Father's Day is THIS Sunday, June 15th

Did you know that 9 in 10 men (ages 18+) are using some sort of grooming product today? It's not only women who want to look healthy, youthful and glowing anymore. 
Photo by Montagne Jeunesse via SkinnyMuscles.com
For those scrambling to find the perfect Father's Day gift, we have you covered. Get the Dad in your life our Germain Rx Father's Day Gift Set which includes Brightening Polish, Antioxidant Pads and our Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen. This set comes bundle and wrapped- ready to give! Get it now for only $85 ~ Regularly $109!

Don't forget to enter your Dad for the Ultherapy Giveaway- 'Dad's Chin Could Win'! 
Or enter yourself, we won't tell!

Want to add something extra? Check out our June specials:
- Germain Pore Refining Mask: 20% off 
Vitamin C Brightening Serum: 20% off 
Clarisonic Pro (perfect for a man's face): 20% off 

We hope you and the 'Dad' in your life have a wonderful Father's Day. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Get The Most Out Of Your Skin Screening

Yearly skin screenings are one of the most important steps you can take to ensure early detection of skin cancers.  In order to get the most out of your skin check follow our simple three steps:

1-    Mark (with washable marker) any spots that concern you. New spots, ones that have changed in appearance or ones that are irritating you are always important to note.

2-    Come to your appointment sans lotions, oils and makeup. Having your hair down or without product also makes it easier for your doctor to check your scalp.

3-    Remove all nail polish before your appointment. Skin under the nails is especially susceptible to UV rays, being able to see through the nail for any spots is important.

Bring any questions or concerns you may have with you- we are here to help!