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Are You Keeping a Good Skin Care Routine?

The American Academy of Dermatology says that the skin is your largest bodily organ. However, its sheer size (about 20 square feet on skin care routineaverage) doesn't dictate the importance of your skin. What it does--protects you, insulates you, filters out toxins and microbes, colors and enhance your appearance--makes it important to your health and overall well-being. So your dermatologists, Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Hobson Dupree, ask you to perform a good skin care routine daily and come to North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA for medical and aesthetic skin treatments as needed. You can have healthy, attractive skin!

Your daily skin care regimen

The American Academy of Dermatology says you should cleanse your skin at least once daily. Gentle washing with a quality skin cleanser or soap exfoliates dead skin cells, removes oils, indoor and outdoor pollutants, cosmetic residues and more, reducing the occurrence of clogged pores, skin infections, allergic reactions and more.

Gentleness is key to cleansing your skin, particularly if you suffer from acne or other skin conditions. Be sure to use warm, not hot, water, and use your fingertips or a soft washcloth to apply your soap or cleanser. Hard scrubbing only aggravates dry skin and acne and strips the skin of important oils.

Next, you should treat your skin daily. For instance, if you use an acne medication as prescribed or recommended by Dr. Thomas or Dr. Hobson Dupree, be consistent with it. The same goes for any over the counter lotions or creams you use for dry skin or age spots.

Third, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. This is so critical for aging skin which naturally tends to be dry and less elastic. Use creams and lotions with hyaluronic acid and glycerin as these help your skin retain the moisture it needs to remain supple and strong.

Fourth, protect your skin. What's the big enemy? Well, it's the sun. The American Melanoma Foundation says limiting sun exposure decreases your chances of developing skin cancers of all kinds, including malignant melanoma. What should you do daily? Cover up. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and long-sleeves when out in the brilliant sun, and apply sunscreen--SPF 30 or higher. Stay in the shade, or indoors, between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on hot days.

Your skin is worth it

So pay attention to it by cleansing, treating, moisturizing and protecting it each and every day. If you have a concern about the health of your skin or how to care for it, contact North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA for an appointment. Call (760) 230-2805.

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