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By Applegarth Dermatology PC
May 27, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skincare Routine  

Developing an effective skincare routine can help keep your skin looking its best. Washing your face gently, applying a moisturizer, and protecting your skin in the sun are all components to a good skincare routine. Visiting the dermatologist regularly is also a great way to ensure your skin remains healthy and looking its best. At Applegarth Dermatology in Valparaiso, our dermatologists, Dr. William Applegarth and Dr. Thomas Sandin, can help you develop a good skincare routine.

Developing a Skincare Routine

A good skincare routine includes several steps, such as cleansing your skin and applying moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. However, it is essential to follow steps in the correct order to enjoy maximum results. Applying certain skincare products at the wrong time can cause those products to be less effective. For example, acne treatments are best applied right after cleansing and before applying moisturizer. Additionally, using too many skincare products can cause skin irritation or diminish the effectiveness of some of the products.

When developing your personal skincare routine, we recommend completing steps in the following order for the best results:

  • Wash your face using a gentle cleanser and then pat dry.
  • Apply treatments or medications directly to the skin immediately after cleansing.
  • If using eye cream, gently apply it using your ring finger and avoid pulling too hard on the skin.
  • Apply moisturizer to the skin, as well as sunscreen if going outdoors.
  • Makeup should be applied last for individuals who wear it.

Tips for Washing Your Face

It is essential to properly wash your face to maintain healthy-looking skin. When washing your face, always use a gentle alcohol-free cleaner that is non-abrasive. The best way to apply cleanser is with the fingertips after wetting your skin with lukewarm water. Using a washcloth or sponge can be too abrasive and irritate the skin. You should also avoid scrubbing the skin. The best method is to simply use your fingertips to apply your facial cleanser. After washing, rinse the cleanser off with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry with a soft towel.

Importance of Visiting a Dermatologist

Visiting the dermatologist regularly can play an important role in caring for your skin. The skilled dermatologists at our office in Valparaiso can help you develop an effective skincare routine that includes products best suited for your skin type. In addition to helping you develop a skincare routine, our dermatologists can also treat a wide range of skin conditions or issues, such as acne, eczema, rashes, and other conditions. It is also a good idea to visit a dermatologist regularly for skin cancer screenings.

A good skincare routine that includes periodic visits to the dermatologist can keep your skin healthy and looking its best. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Applegarth or Dr. Sandin, our experienced dermatologists, call Applegarth Dermatology in Valparaiso at (219) 548-0360 or at (219) 362-0161 for the La Porte office location.

By Applegarth Dermatology PC
May 13, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Facial Treatments  

FacialsGetting a facial can certainly feel like a luxurious, relaxing, and pampering experience but did you know that a facial could also provide your skin with some amazing health benefits? Not only does turning to a dermatologist ensure that you get quality and comprehensive care to treat everything from sun damage to acne, but also a dermatologist has the knowledge, skills, and tools to be able to provide customized facials that can target and treat common skin problems.

A facial offers the skin a variety of benefits including:

  • Deep cleaning
  • Extractions
  • Exfoliation
  • Hydration and moisturizing

A facial can also be tailored to your skin type and the concerns or dermatological issues you are worried about. A facial can be used to treat:

  • Redness and uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dry, dull and flaky skin
  • Acne-prone skin
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Sun damage
  • Enlarged pores

One facial won’t be able to address all skin issues you may have, but our dermatological team can work with you to create a customized facial and treatment plan that will be able to treat any and all problems you’re concerned about.

The products that we use during your facial will also depend on the results you’re hoping to achieve. For example, certain enzyme peels and products with glycolic acid can help to remove dead skin cells to produce fresh, radiant skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have questions about the different products we use and their ingredients, or if you have any allergies, it’s important to discuss this first with your skin doctor.

Getting regular facials can be a great way to keep skin looking and feeling its best, and it should be a normal part of most people’s skincare routines. Along with keeping skin clean and hydrated, facials can also target problem areas when they arise. Have questions about facials? Ask your dermatologist today.