One way to ensure your skin is at it’s natural best, is to faithfully cleanse and treat blemishes. Cleaning your skin twice a day, gives you twice the chance to reduce breakouts. If you properly cleanse, exfoliate, and lightly hydrate, your skin doesn’t have as great of a chance of acting up. Even when we are faithful about treating our skin, this does not always ensure that we will be free of blemishes. However it will ensure an improvement and reduce the blemishes that we could have if we didn’t treat at all. One thing to keep in mind is that when we begin a treatment that is new to our skin, or just make changes to the treatment we already use, the results may get worse before they get better. The reason for this is that when we begin to “open” up our skin by properly cleansing and exfoliating, we release the white or black mixture that has so unwelcomely housed in our pores. This may seem discouraging, stick with it. It does improve.
Once we have started a basic routine, and have stuck to it faithfully for two to four weeks and we still want more results, consider this….
There is acne treatments designed to specifically target blemishes. Therefore you only apply them to blemishes. A recommendation…
When applying treatments such as this, you want to apply it before your moisturizer. This is because it is a gel and you want to apply things to the skin from thinnest in consistency to thickest. This ensures proper absorption. Also be sure that your moisturizer is oil free. When ever you increase exfoliation to the skin, you’ll need to increase the hydration too. This will keep your “new” skin protected. Try Doctor's Approach Oil-Free Hydrator. It has an ultra-light feel, its fragrance fee and it won’t clog pores. It is suitable for oily, acne, and combination skin.
Another assistant to great skin is the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. This brush works with your skins natural elasticity and provides gentle and effective cleansing. It uses a sonic frequency to produce over 300 movements per second! You’ll receive skin that looks and feels smoother. It’s more than twice as effective as manual cleansing, it increases product absorption while deeply cleansing and stimulating your skin. The brush should be used daily as part of your skincare regimen, and should be used with a nonabrasive facial cleanser. For oily skin, a cleanser not containing oil should be used. One great cleanser is the Doctor's Approach Purifying Cleanser 1. This cleanser deeply cleans and exfoliates using Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint. It’s non-drying and great for normal, oily, and acne prone skin.
For Acne that is too deep to treat on your own, consider Acne Surgery. Acne Surgery is the manual removal of whiteheads and blackheads. Acne Surgery speeds up the recovery time as well as rapidly enhancing cosmetic appearance. How does it work? The area is cleansed, then a little pinprick to each site. The lesion is expressed by using an extractor (a blunt-tipped oval instrument) that is moved in such a manner over the site to remove debris. Firm pressure is applied and instructions for care will follow.
There are many ways for us to treat and improve our skin. Always start with proper cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating. Remember, practice makes perfect… well almost! If you are seeking any of the products listed or you have questions about the treatments mentioned, check out www.docotorsapproach.com or call Doctor's Approach Dermatology and Laser Center (517)364-8170
Dr. Marcy Street, Lansing, Michigan, board certified, Mayo clinic trained dermatologist has been in private practice for nearly 20 years. She is a recognized skin care and skin cancer expert with many articles published in popular magazines, professional journals and newspapers. She is also the first Black female Mohs Surgeon in the nation. Dr. Street has also has been interviewed on radio and television, and has spoken to physicians’ groups in both the United States and abroad as a skin cancer expert. She is also the founder of a skin care line also under the name Doctor’s Approach.
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Doctor’s Approach is a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic with a cosmetic medical spa. Our dermatology practice has been well established and respected for over 15 years, with patients visiting from all over the Midwest region.