Daily Skin Care

Daily Skin Care

All skin types can benefit from a gentle, non-drying cleanser, an exfoliant and broad-spectrum protection from sun damage. Most bar soaps contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which dries skin by stripping away natural oils. A non-soap facial cleanser will remove dirt and bacteria while moisturizing the skin with emollients and humectants. Even if you’re not prone to breakouts, a topical exfoliant such as a lotion with alpha hydroxy acid will remove sun damage and keep skin supple as you age. Finally, using a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays daily will prevent wrinkles and skin cancer.

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    ADoris Day, MD, Dermatology, answered
    Dr. Doris Day - How is phytic acid used to treat skin?
    Phytic acid is one of the gentlest of all the acids; it's great for those with sensitive skin or those with rosacea. In this video, dermatologist Doris Day, MD, discusses the skincare benefits of phytic acid, how to use it and where to find it.
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    ADoris Day, MD, Dermatology, answered
    Dr. Doris Day - How is lactic acid used to treat skin?
    Lactic acid is very effective for dry skin; it gently exfoliates dead skin cells and it's also a great humectant. In this video, dermatologist Doris Day, MD, explains how lactic acid is used to treat skin and how to find it in skincare products. 
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    AKulreet Chaudhary, MD, Neurology, answered
    Kapha individuals tend to have naturally beautiful skin that ages slowly. Their skin tends to be plump and full of moisture. However, out of balance, Kapha skin tends to accumulate more toxins that predispose them to large pores, skin growths, skin eruptions, and a grayish film. The main focus for Kapha skin types should be removing toxins.

    Kapha skin types should favor spicy foods. The spicy food helps to stimulate their digestion and since Kapha individuals have the slowest metabolism, they need all the extra heat their food has to offer.

    Kapha skin needs herbs that help boost metabolism to remove toxins from their body and help their skin look clearer and more vibrant. Kapha individuals should add black pepper and garlic to their meals. They should also take the supplement guggul, which helps remove toxins by regulating fat metabolism throughout the body. Start guggul at doses of 75-150 mg a day. However, don't take guggul if you are at higher risk of estrogen-sensitive cancers or are taking estrogen supplements. Also, if you are undergoing treatment or chemotherapy for cancer, discuss taking guggul or other supplements with your physician first.

    Kapha skin types should avoid all heavy, oily foods because their skin already tends to be oily and their digestion slow.

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    AKulreet Chaudhary, MD, Neurology, answered
    Vata skin needs to be nourished and hydrated. It is at risk for premature aging due to a deficiency of well-nourished tissues in the body. Vata skin tends to be dry, cracked, and thin. Because of its thinness, Vata skin types have easily seen blood vessels. Lips and fingernails tend to be somewhat pale due to poor circulation.

    To look younger, Vata skin types should eat more whole grains, warm milk, and cooked vegetables. These are nourishing foods that are packed with nutrients and easy to digest. Also, ginger is a great food to replenish Vata skin because it helps increase metabolism and improve digestion, which impacts the color, thickness, and moisture of the skin.

    Ashwaganda helps to ground Vata types, who are constantly moving and tend to spread themselves out too thin. In ayurveda, By reducing the excess mental activity of Vata individuals, ashwaganda helps their gut absorb nutrients better, making the skin look younger and less wrinkled. A typical starting dose for ashwaganda is 500mg twice a day.

    Vata skin types should avoid raw vegetables because their digestion is not strong enough to break them down in order to get the nutrients.
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    AKulreet Chaudhary, MD, Neurology, answered
    Pitta skin types need to stay cool. Their skin tends to burn easily and they are more sensitive to sun exposure. A Pitta imbalance can result in rashes, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis.

    Pitta skin types should eat sweet, watery fruits like melons, mangos, and pears. Think of a pot of water on high heat – Pitta evaporates the heat from your skin so you need to add foods with a high water content to keep Pitta in balance. Pitta is the exact opposite of Vata in terms of temperature, so eating foods that are cooling such as coconut oil and rose petal jam helps to reduce the skin inflammation.

    There are three great herbs for balancing Pitta skin:
    • Turmeric powder, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in your cooking
    • Amla berry, which is a cooling herb. You can take this as a supplement beginning at 250 mg a day. It is also available in jam form.
    • Fennel seeds, which are ideal for digestion. Chew a pinch of fennel seeds after your meals.
    Pitta skin gets aggravated by eating spicy foods so they should avoid foods like chilies, black pepper, and jalapenos. The heat in spicy foods further increases Pitta people’s own natural internal heat.
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    AClifford Bassett, MD, Allergy / Immunology, answered
    If you have sensitive skin, strong colognes, fragrances, scented cosmetics and facial products may irritate you after contact with any of those just mentioned. The irritation may present symptoms similar to those of eczema or rosacea. Sunlight may even make these symptoms worse for those who are "photosensitive" and therefore might develop a sunburn-like rash as a result of a combination of exposure to sun and the aforementioned products.
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    AKulreet Chaudhary, MD, Neurology, answered
    Rose water has been used for thousands of years to cool the body and mind. Pure rose water sprayed on your face, especially in summer, is refreshing and brings out the natural glow of your skin by reducing excess redness and inflammation. Using rose water as a toner for your face before bed can be a great way to keep your skin naturally young.
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    AJeanine B. Downie, MD, Dermatology, answered
    Allumera is the first noninvasive photodynamic cream that can even out skin tone and improve texture. You need to avoid the sun for two days after having the cream applied by your doctor, so plan accordingly. Pore size is reported to decrease in 44% of patients after three treatments.
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    AJeanine B. Downie, MD, Dermatology, answered
    The Fraxel Re:Store Laser is a resurfacing laser that works on skin types ranging from the lightest of the light to the darkest of the dark and helps with deeper pigmentation issues, including acne. People are usually able to return to work the next day, which is incredible considering that it can diminish the signs of crow's-feet, age spots, melasma, and precancerous lesions.
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    AYouBeauty answered
    If you have patches of dry skin that stick around longer than normal no matter how much moisturizer you put on them, or are painful, itchy, scaly or changing shape, you should see your doctor. A possible health concern is actinic keratosis (AK), a pre-cancerous lesion that could become a squamous cell carcinoma if untreated.