Five Things Your Dermatologist Wants You to Stop Doing ASAP!

1-SKIMPING ON SUNSCREEN

You might think that if it’s overcast you don’t have to rub on extra SPF. Or maybe you’re under the impression that the sunscreen in your makeup is enough to keep you covered. It’s not. Be warned: UV light exposure causes skin cancer and premature aging.

2-PICKING YOUR PIMPLES Even if you’re one of the many who inexplicably find pimple-popping to be a stress-relieving activity, it’s time to cut that habit. Picking your pimples is the fastest way to spread bacteria and breakouts and also leads to inflammation and redness.

3-TAKING HOT SHOWERS You might love a long, hot shower, but it’s not doing your skin any favors. Excessive exposure to water, particularly hot water, can strip the skin of essential oils and disrupt the skin barrier. Try limiting your shower to less than 10 minutes and using only lukewarm water. The ideal temperature should be somewhere around 84 degrees F. Also, remember to moisturize within five minutes of getting out of the shower to lock in hydration.'

4-AGGRESSIVELY REMOVING YOUR EYE MAKEUP Aggressively removing eye makeup can cause trauma to the skin. Even low-grade inflammation caused by rubbing can promote pigment production and cause damage to elastic fibers. Instead, use gentle, circular motions — and don’t forget an eye cream to help keep the skin around the eyes looking young.

5-SKIPPING YOUR YEARLY SKIN CHECK You might feel like you have enough doctor’s visits on your plate, but your yearly visit to the dermatologist isn’t one to let slide. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an annual visit to ensure you’re doing all you can to protect against skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer.

Immediate appointments are available in both Hazleton and Mechanicsburg… plus Mechanicsburg now offers Thursday appointments and Saturday hours from 8:30am to 1pm on every third Saturday of the month. The next date is March 16th. Call now to schedule your appointment or schedule online here: Schedule

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