Sandra N Hannegan, MD
Location and Office HoursLow Country Dermatology Associates
Charleston, SC 29407
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Carolina Care Plan
- TRICARE South/Humana Military Healthcare
Why does my skin look older when I don't get enough sleep?
YouBeauty answeredThere are several good reasons why your skin doesn’t look its best when you don’t get enough sleep. Nighttime is your skin’s time to repair and restore itself after the day’s assault. “Your skin accumulates toxic damage all day long,” says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine. While you’re sleeping, enzymes come in, cut out bits of damaged DNA in the cells and facilitate repair. “If you get enough sleep, your skin cells have a chance to rest and refuel for the next day’s battle,” Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas told us.
Is there an effective way to treat acne and wrinkles?
Discovery Health answered
There are plenty of over-the-counter creams, lotions and washes. For those looking for other remedies, topical retinoid can help unclog pores.
You can also fight acne and wrinkles before they appear by wearing sunscreen and avoiding smoking. You can also prevent acne and wrinkles by using a mild facial cleanser daily and moisturizing dry skin.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What's the best way to do an at-home skin peel?
YouBeauty answeredHere’s what you need to know about doing your own peels at home, and how to get the best results for skin that glows.
Ease up your skin routine. If you use products containing any form of retinol or alpha hydroxy acids (think glycolic, lactic and citric acids), discontinue use the night before, day of, and if dry or sensitive, day after your peel, so that skin doesn’t turn parched and irritated. It’s also redundant to exfoliate the following morning. “Scrubs are mechanical exfoliators and peels are chemical exfoliators,” New York dermatologist, Dennis Gross, MD, told us. “Doing both is too much for the skin.”
Plan to peel at night. “Peels are best done at night so you can avoid makeup or sun exposure immediately afterwards,” explains Maryland dermatologist, Noelle Sherber, MD. Applying a peel before bedtime also takes advantage of the body’s natural healing cycle, which amps up skin regeneration while you sleep.
Gently hydrate post-peel. A simple and soothing moisturizer that contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides is best applied after your treatment, to enhance the work of the peel without adding more cloying ingredients. “Avoid any additional exfoliators or retinol in your moisturizer,” advises Sherber.
Mind your sunscreen. Since peels remove the surface cell layers of skin, you’ll be more sensitive to sun rays. Wear a daily SPF of 30 for protection, and refrain from soaking up sun right after a peel, says Gross. Ignoring the sunscreen advice can significantly worsen the UV-exposure symptoms like spots, wrinkles and blotchy pigmentation that you’re likely trying to treat and improve with the peel in the first place.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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