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How Does the Holiday Season Affect Our Skin?

Even if you’re not exposed to freezing temperatures, snow, and wind, winter festivities can put your skin through the wringer so that by the time the New Year comes around, you’re having to deal with the terrible effects of a post-holiday complexion. Between getting together with friends and family, indulging in rich holiday foods, and perhaps going on an exotic vacation, we often let our healthy habits fall to the wayside when we get busy. This makes acne breakouts, irritation, and dry, dull skin more likely. A lack of quality beauty sleep deprives our skin of its chance to repair itself, all of the sweet treats cause inflammation to spike, stress harms our skin barrier, too much alcohol produces free radicals that break down skin fibers, and our normal skin care routine may get put on the backburner when things get hectic. At Western Dermatology Consultants, we provide a range of cosmetic treatments—including lasers and microdermabrasion—for Albuquerque patients to revive their skin by removing the buildup of dull and damaged skin cells that block the surface. 

Along with in-office procedures to restore more vibrant, healthier skin, we recommend that patients follow these tips for helping their skin survive the holiday stress. 

Avoid Certain Holiday Foods

Some high-glycemic and processed foods are believed to be linked to skin breakouts. Eggnog is something you’ll need to avoid because it contains plenty of inflammation-inducing saturated fats along with alcohol that will dry out your skin. Sugar cookies can also be detrimental for your complexion because of all the white sugar and white flour they contain. Trade in eggnog for water or hot chocolate or have a slice of antioxidant-rich pumpkin pie instead of cookies. 

Be Consistent 

Consistency is the key to healthy skin, so remember to follow the same skin routine—including wearing sunscreen—throughout the colder months. 

Don’t Sleep with Makeup On 

You’re likely to be wearing more makeup for holiday parties, but even if you feel too exhausted to remove it before bed, make a habit of at least using micellar water to cleanse your skin. Forgetting to take off your makeup results in blocked pores and bacteria. 

Explore options for cosmetic skin resurfacing procedures like microdermabrasion from Albuquerque, NM’s The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants. Call 505-855-9267 or submit a contact form to schedule a consultation if you need advice on skin care. 

What Can You Do to Avoid Acne Scarring?

If you have acne-prone skin, you may notice that the condition is likely to flare up a lot during the summer. When the weather is warm—as happened over the summer—acne breakouts tend to get worse. That’s because the high temperatures and humidity ramp up the skin’s production of oil and sweat, which can stick to the surface and lead to blocked pores. There’s also the added friction from damp hair and clothing, which is likely to irritate the skin. Although acne is a fairly harmless condition that’s usually just uncomfortable and embarrassing, it can leave some lasting marks on the skin when inflammation occurs in the blemishes and pores rupture. The skin attempts to rebuild the damaged areas, but can sometimes produce too much or too little collagen, causing scars to form. A combination of treatments for acne from Albuquerque NM’s The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants may be the best way of managing the symptoms and reducing prominent scars to create a more even complexion. 

However, the best way of treating acne scars is by preventing them from occurring in the first place. It helps to be aware of and avoid certain habits that make scars more likely. 

• Wear Sunscreen

Even if you’re afraid it will make your acne worse, sunscreen is a necessity if you’re trying to keep your skin clear. Not only do acne medications make your skin more prone to sun damage to begin with, but the sun exposure is more likely to delay healing and cause discoloration, making your scars more pronounced. 

• Avoid Heavy Makeup 

We often use heavy foundation and cover-up to disguise acne, but if the pores become blocked, it can cause irritation and worsen scars. 

• Don’t Pick at Your Skin

Though it might be tempting, don’t pop, pick, scratch or squeeze your skin. This is likely to spread bacteria and cause further damage, resulting in inflammation and potential scarring. Try to allow your skin to heal naturally. If acne lesions are large, deep, painful, and lasting, contact us to help.

Find out more about effective treatments for acne to restore more even and clear skin in Albuquerque, NM, from Western Dermatology Consultants. Give us a call at 505-855-9267 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you’re interested in learning more. 

How “Beauty Sleep” Improves Your Skin

Don’t underestimate the advantages of beauty sleep for making you look youthful and healthy. Research has shown that millions of Americans don’t get enough sleep at night. Along with contributing to other health problems, such as weight gain, getting less than seven hours sleep on most nights might also be causing your skin to suffer. As we all know, even just a few nights of tossing and turning can lead to dark circles, puffy eyelids, and an overall more haggard and worn-out appearance. If you want your skin and hair to look more refreshed, you need about seven to eight hours of quality sleep. The REM sleep that occurs in the middle of the night is the most essential type of sleep of all. While considering advanced treatments designed for skin rejuvenation at our Albuquerque, NM, practice, the team at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants recommends making changes to your lifestyle that will promote healthier skin. Here are some reasons why getting some shut-eye is great for your complexion. 

Your Skin Goes into Repair Mode

As we all know, our skin faces constant adversity from everything from dust, pollution, and the force of gravity to harsh chemicals, temperature fluctuations, and sun exposure. When you’re sleeping, your skin has the opportunity to repair damage sustained during the daytime. Cell turnover happens at a faster rate when you’re asleep, and the skin is also building new collagen. 

A More Even Complexion 

Is your skin looking blotchy, sallow, or discolored? Instead of using makeup to conceal it, getting a good night’s sleep can help, because proper rest promotes healthy blood circulation. This brings beneficial oxygen and nourishment where it’s needed. 

Fewer Breakouts

Even noticed that you have your worst breakouts when you’re stressed? When you’re sleep deprived, levels of a stress hormone called cortisol that can have bad effects on your skin increase. This triggers activity in sebaceous glands, causing excess production of oil that may contribute to acne breakouts. Levels of cortisol drop when we’re sleeping, which means less oil production when you’re rested.

Warn more tips for glowing skin? Learn about how cosmetic treatments like microdermabrasion and other techniques for skin rejuvenation at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants can help you reduce blemishes and enjoy smoother, clearer skin. Call us at 505-855-9267 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.

How to Prevent Chlorine Rash

While it’s the most fun time of the year for many of us, summertime can be rough on the complexion. We’re usually much more active during these months, but all of the moments we spend exposed to the elements—during barbecues, outdoor sports, tropical vacations, and lounging by the pool—often leave us with dry, wrinkled, or painful skin by the time September rolls around. You can use BOTOX® from our Albuquerque-based team to minimize wrinkles around the eyes from sun exposure, but the injectable won’t sooth dry, cracked, or blistered skin from other types of stressors.

The chlorine that’s added to swimming pools and hot tubs serves an important purpose—destroying germs and bacteria—but unfortunately this chemical is also an irritant that strips the natural oils from your skin, especially when you’re exposed to it for extended periods. This leaved your skin dehydrated and speeds up premature aging. Chlorine can also cause an itchy, red rash that’s similar to a chemical burn, especially among those who have sensitive skin or allergies.

The good news is: If you love everything that’s involved in late summer, you won’t have to let sensitive or irritated skin prevent you from doing the things you enjoy—like swimming. Simply plan to take certain steps before and after you swim to avoid uncomfortable rashes. You may also want to give your skin time to heal by avoiding exposure to chlorine for a while. 

• Start by putting on a waterproof, broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 50+) before you get in the water. For it to work properly, you need to apply it 15 minutes before you go outside. This protects your skin from UV damage and may reduce chemical damage from chlorine. 

• Create a barrier to protect your skin from the water by applying petroleum jelly to irritated areas before swimming. 

• Shower or bathe with clean water right after you get out of the pool, then use a good moisturizer that contains ceramides to protect the skin’s barrier and replace the natural oils it may have lost. 

Want more summer skincare tips? Talk to our team to learn more about skin conditions or set up an appointment for cosmetic procedures from The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants. Reach out to us by calling 505-855-9267, or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you’re interested in learning more. 

How Do You Identify Your Skin Undertone?

It’s likely that you’re already aware of your basic skin type (whether your skin is acne prone, dry, balanced, and so on), your body type, and whether your hair tends to be flat and straight or curly. Knowing your skin undertone is also important for your beauty routine, and many people find this part a little trickier. Buying new makeup or coloring your hair and finding that it clashes with your skin or does nothing for you can be disheartening. Knowing your skin tone makes it easier for you to find the ideal color palettes for lipstick, foundation, jewellery, clothes, and hair to really accentuate your natural beauty. A dermatologist from our Albuquerque, NM, practice can help you learn more about your skin type if you aren’t already aware of it, but it’s easy for patients to figure out their skin undertone on their own by following these basic tips. 

First of all, what exactly is the undertone? The skin undertone has nothing to do with how pale or dark your skin tone is and won’t change even if you get tanned or freckled. Undertone is actually the color below the skin’s surface. To find your undertone, start by washing your skin and removing any makeup or other skin products, then sit near to a natural light source so that you can see your skin clearly. Next, take a look at your veins on the inner part of your wrist. 

There are three main types of undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. Veins that appear blue, purple, or pink are signs of a cool undertone, while green-ish veins suggest a warm undertone. A neutral undertone is somewhere in between. Neutral undertones often look beige, olive, or orange/red. Another way of finding out is by trying out different types of jewellery. Gold looks best on warm or neutral tones, while silver, platinum, and rose gold look radiant on the cooler spectrum. People who tan easily usually have a warm or neutral undertone. 

Set up a consultation with us in Albuquerque, NM, at The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants to find out more about aesthetic treatments. Call us at 505-855-9267, or submit a contact form to request an appointment if you’re ready to get started.