Skin Benefits to No-Shave November

Listen up men, this one’s for you.

If you haven’t already heard, No-Shave November and Movember started as “manly” celebrations of facial hair that turned into greater purposes.

In 2003, The Movember Foundation was formed by two men who wanted to bring the mustache back in style. As the movement spread it turned into a global initiative to promote men’s heath. Today, 21 countries participate in the mustache-growing event, bringing attention to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health, and the importance of physical activity.

No-Shave November also began as a fun tradition, but transitioned into a charity foundation in 2009. The purpose of No-Shave November is for people to raise awareness for cancer by growing their body hair, and donating their monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause.
While both of these movements have benefited many organizations worldwide and increased men’s health awareness, participating in Movember or No-Shave November also gives men some skin health benefits.

According to Dr. Victoria Negrete, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, “if you keep your beard clean and well kept, you will benefit from:

1. Blemish Prevention: When you shave, you risk exposing your skin to bacterial infection. By letting your beard grow, you’re not only able to hide blemishes, but may prevent them from happening in the first place.

2. Sun Shield: Although sunscreen should still be applied, research has shown that a beard can help protect your skin from harmful UV Rays.

3. Moisturizer: A beard is basically a natural scarf, which makes November a perfect time for no shaving. By shielding your face from the cold, dry air, your skin stays moisturized with the natural oils in your beard.”

Give thanks this month by putting down the razor, donate to the No-Shave November or Movember Foundations, and enjoy the skin health benefits that the extra facial hair can provide.

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5 Tips for the Perfect Fall Skin Care Routine

November is National Healthy Skin month and it’s a great time to reconsider how you handle your skin care routine as the temperatures continue to drop. Here are the top 5 tips from Dr. Victoria Negrete, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, to keeping your skin healthy as the seasons change.

1. Continue to Wear Sunscreen – Sunscreen may be the last thing you think about as the days continue to shorten, but in truth it needs to be applied year-round, not just during the summer months. The sun’s UV rays are still powerful enough in the winter months to cause skin damage. At minimum, apply a moisturizer containing SPF30.

2. Seek out Healthy Foods – With holiday season in full swing, our lives are surrounded by sweets and treats every corner we turn. It is important to maintain a healthy diet to keep your skin’s health in check. Eating a diet that is rich in Omega 3s, whole grains and vitamins is essential to maintaining your skin’s natural glow. Find balance to the sweets by consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.

3. Don’t Forget Your Lips – At a time of the year where we cover up our skin from the cold, our lips take the brunt of the cold, wind and sun exposure. To prevent chapped and sore lips from ruining your holiday season, carry an SPF lip balm with you and apply generously throughout the day.

4. Keep Your Skin Moist – Your skin needs to stay hydrated in order to stay healthy. We have lost the “natural” moisturizer known as Mother Nature’s humidity so it is important to supplement with a whole body moisturizer. Apply a moisturizing cream morning and night and as needed throughout the day. Find a shower body wash that includes a moisturizer if you are short on time.

5. Check Your Stress – The holiday season can mean increased stress levels for many. From holiday planning, family, shopping, you name it stresses can find their way into our lives. Unfortunately, stress is a huge contributor to skin problems like acne and wrinkles. If you find your stress levels increasing, find a way to relax. For some it may be taking a walk or reading a book, and others it may be enjoying a bubble bath. Find what works for you and make sure to incorporate it into your week.

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If you are struggling with psoriasis or other skin issues and don’t know where to turn, the skin health experts at Forefront Dermatology are ready to help. To find the Forefront dermatologist nearest you, visit the locations page today.

The Hidden Way Pumpkins Can Benefit Skin Health

In the heart of fall, we find ourselves in a sea of orange. From carved pumpkins to pumpkin seeds, did you know pumpkins are a hidden secret to healthy skin? If you are looking to boost the appearance of your skin and hair, consider adding more pumpkin-infused products to your regimen. This signature fall specialty is packed with vitamins and minerals that promote glowing skin and healthy hair.

Pumpkins are a great source of vitamin B and C, which help protect skin from damage such as wrinkles.  Eating foods rich in vitamins B and C help promote collagen production and improve circulation. Overtime these benefits can improve skin tone and elasticity and increase skin cell renewal.

In addition, pumpkins are packed with carotenoids commonly known as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. These carotenoids are responsible for giving pumpkins their classic orange glow.  Eating foods rich in carotenoids provide your body with protective antioxidants that can help to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture.

Pumpkins are also packed with minerals including potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and iron. These minerals help promote healthy skin and hair by promoting hair growth, protecting cell membranes, maintaining collagen, fighting acne and increasing skin renewal. An easy way to add pumpkin to your diet is through pumpkin seeds. Try adding them into salads, soups, yogurt and oatmeal or bake in the oven to eat as a snack.

Besides consumption, pumpkin can also be applied topically in the forms of peels, masks, creams, and conditioners to promote healthy skin and hair. Pumpkin is widely used in facials in combination with other soothing ingredients like honey and lemon to help brighten skin and treat a dull complexion.

Skin Struggles?

If you are struggling with skin issues and don’t know where to turn, the skin health experts at Forefront Dermatology are ready to help.  To find the Forefront dermatologist nearest you, visit the locations page today.

Fall-Proof Your Skin

While fall for many means football, sweaters and pumpkin-spiced everything, it is also a time of the year for you to re-evaluate how you are handling your skin care routine.

  1. Break out the Humidifier

One reason fall is so harsh on our skin is because of the drop in humidity. This dryness gives way to dehydrated skin and inflammation. This is why eczema and rosacea can also flare up at this time of year. To protect your skin against this, create your own humidity by using a humidifier. Humidifiers add more moisture into our homes, giving our skin relief from the dry climate and increasing its hydration.

  1. Incorporate a Heavier Moisturizer

In summer, the humidity in the air keeps your skin moist, allowing you to get away with a light moisturizer. In winter, the humidity levels drop drying out your skin. To provide extra moisture and prevent moisture loss, a heavier moisturizer is required. Apply generously both morning and night, especially after a shower. If you have extra-dry skin, keep a small container with you to reapply throughout the day.

  1. Hydrate!

While a moisturizer helps hydrate the skin on the outside, it is also important to hydrate from the inside. A fall-proof diet includes moisture-rich foods including leafy greens, fruit and soups. Challenge yourself to up your water intake as well. Without adequate water intake, your skin will appear dull while also making wrinkles and pores more prominent.

  1. Exfoliate Less

Exfoliating the face and body is a must during fall as it removes dead skin cells and revitalizes our pores, but it is important to avoid over-exfoliating. Over-exfoliation can irritate and over-stimulate the skin. Instead, between exfoliation shorten your showers and cool the water down a few degrees to keep skin feeling fresh and healthy.

  1. Add Retinol

Retinol is a Vitamin A product that helps diminish the appearance of brown spots caused by the summer sun, lines, and wrinkles. Retinol works by speeding up the cellular turnover rate, which allows the healthier cells to work their way up to the surface faster and decreasing the activity of the destructive enzyme collagens.

  1. Keep Lip Balm on Hand

The cold air and harsh winds can dry out your lips and even cause them to crack. To prevent this, apply a SPF lip balm every morning and keep it handy to reapply throughout the day.

Skin Struggles?

If you are struggling with skin issues and don’t know where to turn, the skin health experts at Forefront Dermatology are ready to help.  To find the Forefront dermatologist nearest you, visit the locations page today.

 

Skin Fun Facts

Your skin is your largest organ and plays a vital role in detecting hot and cold, regulating your body temperature and protecting your muscles, bones and internal organs from outside infection and disease. But that’s just for starters. There is so much more to your skin than you might think. Here are some of the most interesting facts about your skin:

  • The average person’s skin covers an area of 2 square meters.
  • Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.
  • The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin, which weighs 9 lbs and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
  • The average person has about 300 million skin cells. A single square inch of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands.
  • Your skin is its thickest on your feet (1.4mm) and thinnest on your eyelids (0.2mm).
  • The skin renews itself every 28 days.
  • Your skin constantly sheds dead cells, about 30,000 to 40,000 cells every minute! That’s nearly 9 lbs. per year!
  • Some sources estimate that more than half of the dust in your home is actually dead skin.
  • Dead skin comprises about a billion tons of dust in the earth’s atmosphere.
  • Your skin is home to more than 1,000 species of bacteria.
  • Skin that is severely damaged may try to heal itself by forming scar tissue, which is different from normal skin tissue because it lacks hair and sweat glands.
  • Skin can form additional thickness and toughness — a callus — if exposed to repeated friction or pressure.
  • Some of the nerves in your skin are connected to muscles instead of the brain, sending signals (through the spinal cord) to react more quickly to heat, pain, etc.
  • Your skin has at least five different types of receptors that respond to pain and touch.
  • Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health.

These fun facts are just some of the thousands of important aspects of your skin and its health. Forefront Dermatology’s skin care experts have all of the information you need, including how to best care for the health and beauty of your skin, and the advanced expertise and experience to help you protect it throughout your lifetime.

5 Reasons for Dry Skin in Fall

As the leaves begin to fall and days start to get shorter you may notice changes happening to your skin. It is common for people to develop dry, itchy skin during the colder months and there are 5 top reasons behind it.

  • Cold, Dry Air
    Cold air is dry air. In summer the air is warm and moist keeping your skin moisturized without you even realizing it. Once the cooler air arrives, the humidity levels drop and you lose that “natural” moisturizer leaving you with dry skin.
  • Harsh Winds
    Strong, cold winds can strip your skin of its natural barrier that keeps it from drying out. It is best to cover up your skin during a cold, windy day with long sleeves, a hat and a scarf.
  • Cold Outside, Warm Inside – Dry Everywhere
    Just because the weather has changed doesn’t mean we stop being active both indoors and out. Going back and forth between cold and warm air can be tough on your skin. Not only is the outside air cold and dry, but the forced warm air in your house is also dry causing your skin to dry out quickly no matter where you go.
  • Hot Showers
    A hot shower always feels great after coming in from a cold day, but hot showers are very harsh on your skin. Hot water removes many of natural oils promoting dry, itchy skin and causing it to redden and become irritated.
  • Itchy Fabrics
    Sweater weather is here, but it is important to watch the fabrics you are wearing. Fabrics like wool can cause irritation, leaving you with itchy skin. If you must wear a wool sweater, layer it with a cotton shirt to prevent rubbing.

Skin Struggles?
If you or your child are struggling with hair, skin or nail issues and don’t know where to turn, the experts at Forefront Dermatology are ready to help. To find the Forefront dermatologist nearest you, visit the locations page today.

Eczema 101

October is National Eczema Awareness Month. If you are reading this article chances are you, or someone you know, is recently affected by it.

What is Eczema?

According to Dr. Michelle Cihla, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, “eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. It commonly appears as dry or scaly patches and can develop anywhere on your body. It isn’t contagious, but develops because of a combination of environmental triggers and genetics.” Eczema is a very common condition with over 30 million Americans having some type.

Types of Eczema

There are eight different types of eczema that can develop:

  1. Atopic dermatitis – caused by a malfunction in the immune system and problems with the skin barrier.
  2. Contact dermatitis – a result of skin touching a known irritant and/or allergen.
  3. Dyshidrotic eczema – occurs on the feet and hands as itchy blisters, usually caused by exposure to allergens.
  4. Hand eczema – caused by a combination of genes, irritants and/or allergens.
  5. Lichen simplex chronicus – results in thick, scaly patches on the skin, often caused by too much scratching and rubbing.
  6. Nummular eczema/discoid eczema/nummular dermatitis – usually caused by allergens or very dry skin and appear as round lesions that can weep fluid, especially in older populations.
  7. Seborrheic dermatitis – white or yellow flaky, greasy patches in places with more oil-producing glands, caused by a combination of genetics, hormones and microorganisms on the skin. In infants this is commonly referred to as “cradle cap”.
  8. Stasis dermatitis – happens when poor circulation to the legs causes the veins to swell and leak fluid, causing swelling and skin redness and itch.

Treating Eczema

While living with eczema can be an ongoing challenge, the condition is manageable. Depending on the age and severity, treatment options may include prescription topical medications, phototherapy and biologics. According to Dr. Cihla, “if you are affected by eczema it is best to know your triggers to avoid exposure. Be consistent with your treatment plans and develop a daily moisturizing regimen to help sooth dry skin.”

If you are struggling with eczema or other skin issues and don’t know where to turn, the experts at Forefront Dermatology are ready to help.  To find the Forefront dermatologist nearest you, visit the locations page today.