Newswise—ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 25, 2022) — In recognition of National Healthy Skin Month in November, board-certified dermatologists provide their top tips for caring for your skin, hair and nails.
These seven tips are practical solutions people can use at home to keep their skin, hair, and nails healthy and looking their best.
Many factors cause our skin to age. Some things we cannot control, but others we can influence. How you sleep at night can affect skin aging, said board-certified dermatologist Kesha Buster, MD, FAAD, who is in private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Although sun damage and age-related volume loss are the main culprits in wrinkling, sleeping on your side or stomach every day can contribute to the development of ‘sleep wrinkles’ on the face and chest” , said. “For those who can, sleeping on their back is a simple step to reduce or prevent these lines from forming.”
The skin is the largest organ in the body, so it is important to take good care of it. Vaseline is an inexpensive product that can address many skin concerns from head to toe.
“Removing makeup at the end of the day can be challenging,” said board-certified dermatologist Roopal Kundu, MD, FAAD, who is a professor of dermatology and medical education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “Vaseline is an effective way to remove eye makeup and rehydrate the skin on your eyelids. Apply a thin layer of jelly, wipe it off with a tissue or soft cloth, and gently rub any remaining jelly into the skin to rehydrate overnight.”
Dermatologists often recommend the use of “retinoids,” which are vitamin A-based products that have a number of potential benefits, including reducing inflammation, unclogging pores, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and regulating the growth of cells on the surface of the skin. skin.
Marjon Vatanchi, MD, FAAD, who is in private practice in Newport Beach, California, recommends that people with sensitive skin apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or a hydrating moisturizer under the eyes and to the corners of the nose and mouth before apply retinoids to the face.
Dermatologists warn that retinoids should be introduced slowly because they can cause irritation if someone hasn’t built up a tolerance to them.
“When you first use retinoids, your skin may become overly irritated, red and dry if you apply them every day from the start,” said Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD, FAAD, professor of dermatology. at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “To minimize these effects, try using them two to three times a week for a couple of weeks or so. If you don’t see excessive irritation, you can apply the product more often.”
A person’s hands and nails can become very dry from repeated washing and the use of hand sanitizers, said board-certified dermatologist Hassan I. Galadari, MD, FAAD, an associate professor of dermatology in the College of Medicine at the United Arab Emirates University.
“If your hands are dry, use an ointment-based moisturizer, like petroleum jelly, on your hands, nails, and cuticles after each hand wash to help prevent dryness and brittle nails from developing,” she said.
Athlete’s foot and sweating are major risk factors for the development of nail fungus, said Shari R. Lipner, MD, PhD, FAAD, associate professor of clinical dermatology and director of the Division of Nails at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Nail fungus can cause the nail to thicken, lift, and turn yellow. Keeping your feet dry and treating athlete’s foot right away can prevent these nail changes.
“It’s important to keep your feet clean and dry, look for signs of fungal infection, and treat any fungal skin infections on your feet right away to avoid infecting your toenails,” she said.
A popular but untrue myth is that cutting your hair more often will help it grow faster, said board-certified dermatologist Rochelle R. Torgerson, MD, PhD, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology and obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
“Getting your hair cut regularly will make it grow healthier because it eliminates splitting hair,” he said. “However, it will not make your hair grow faster because hair growth occurs below skin level and is not affected by cutting.”
Dermatologists treat more than 3,000 conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Skin diseases are especially common, affecting one in four Americans each year.
“Dermatologists know the difference between something small and something big,” said Dr. Kundu. “If you have questions about a condition that affects your skin, hair, and nails, partner with a board-certified dermatologist for the best care.”
To find a board-certified dermatologist in your area, visit aad.org/findaderm.
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About the DAA
Headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential and representative of all dermatological associations. With a membership of more than 20,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to advancing the medical, surgical, and cosmetic diagnosis and treatment of the skin, hair, and nails; uphold high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and support and improve patient care because skin, hair, and nail conditions can have a serious impact on a patient’s health and well-being. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow @AADskin on Instagram, Facebook, pinterest Y Youtube.
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