When your eyes do the talking, make sure they say WOW! We offer many solutions to improve the look of brows, lashes and care for the skin in the under eye area.
What to do when summer does a number on your skin? You need a good skin care routine!
- Dry skin on the upper arms and thighs — Use your ZO complexion renewal pads and follow it with Nectifirm moisturizer daily as part of your facial routine.
- Keratosis Pilaris or arm bumps —Try 12% Lachydrin lotion
- Dull skin on the face — Add ZO exfoliating polish and Daily Power defense to your usual routine of sunscreen and Retin A.
- Too much brown — Try the ZO Pigment Control Kit or add Lytera to your hydroquinone regimen. Skin care routines can be customized at Arklatex Dermatology.
Things not to do to treat acne:
1) Do not mash. It feels good but lengthens healing time.
2) Do not treat with topical cortisone. It will cause rebound and worsening acne.
3) Do not take just one or two antibiotic tablets. This can cause bacterial resistance.
DO CALL your dermatologist!
Acne is not just a teenage problem. Many women experience acne in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Causes and treatments may differ when you are older.
Consider birth control methods and acne. Certain low estrogen oral contraceptives may actually improve acne. On the other hand, hormone-coated IUDs such as the Mirena may make acne prone individuals more likely to break out.
Check with your dermatologist, as well as your gynecologist, beforehand!
Be proactive and prevent problems by adding these helpful tips to your routine for skin care.
- Acne breakouts—Make sure to blot sweat frequently. Sweat build up clogs pores. Wash headbands, bras and other occlusive clothing to avoid dirt buildup. Make sure your makeup/sunscreen is non comedogenic and oil free. If you wear a mask, don’t wear makeup under the mask.
- Dry skin—Shower and shampoo after getting out of the pool. Use extra conditioner for your hair. Use sunscreen, and use it often, as a burn will take you all summer to recover. Make sure your soap is mild, and always apply moisturizer immediately after showering. Remember that excessive air conditioning is drying to your skin.
- Folliculitis—Change out of sweaty clothes as soon as possible. Loose clothes don’t block your pores as much. Avoid hot tubs as they can contain a kind of bacteria called Pseudomonas.
- Nail salons—Not all nail salons are created equal. Choose a salon that is meticulous about cleaning. Some salons keep separate tools for each client. Never shave right before an appointment, as small cracks in the skin can be an entry point for bacteria.
- Sun allergy—Check your medicines before getting in the sun. Certain medicines such as tetracycline can make you more likely to sunburn. When in doubt, check with your dermatologist.
Have a blemish or a bruise? Cover up with a mask or use Jane Iredale’s corrective colors palette. This corrector palette camouflages all stages of bruising and also covers hyperpigmentation. The colors actually follow the “life cycle” of a bruise, concealing it at every stage:
– Yellow conceals redness
– Peach hides blue, purple, or grey
– Lilac covers yellow
– Beige conceals hyperpigmentation
This palette can be purchased at either our Shreveport or Bossier location, or follow the link below to purchase via our online store. $24
Not enough lashes? Latisse grows lashes longer, fuller and darker.
If you are thinking about a new skin care program, you need to consider how to maximize the benefit of your new products. Our new ZO line has just the solution.
1) Start with a good cleanser. Their exfoliating cleanser is great for oily skin, even if it’s acne prone. For most of the rest of us I recommend their gentle cleanser.
2) Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin that blocks the absorption of products. ZO Exfoliating Polish is the perfect answer for that. I use mine 2 to 3 times a week.
3) Finally, everybody needs a toner, and the ZO complexion renewal pads really clean out the pores and get rid of makeup residue.
Take home message: clean and prepare your skin properly before using your other products for optimal results.
Since everyone is sheltering at home and staying healthy, this can be a good time to start a new beauty routine. Here are a few suggestions to fit any budget.
1) Less than $50
You can still have the essentials. Neutrogena ultra sheer sunscreen—about $12 on Amazon and prescription Retin-A—about $30 with a GoodRx card.
2) Less than $150
a) Sunscreen and Retin-A as above
b) Vita CE (our own Ark-La-Tex Dermatology brand) $75
3) Less than $260 or $230
a) Sunscreen and Retin-A
b) ZO anti-aging kit $213 or ZO pigment control kit $182
All of our skin care products are currently 20% off, and we can mail all but prescription products through our online store. You can also schedule a free telemedicine consultation to discuss what products would be right for you. Call (318) 212-3440. Let me know you heard about it on my blog!
Please take care of yourself and stay healthy.
Josie Futrell, MD