Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pamper your "autumn" skin

Joshua L. Fox, MD, founder and medical director of Advanced Dermatology PC, says skin goes through a transformation as summer ends.

First, it's drier outside. And your home and office is heated--making skin even drier. Fox recommends switching moisturizers from a lotion to a cream. Use products with humectants (glycerine, sorbitol urea or alpha-hydroxy) to attract moisture to your skin.

The eight glasses of water thing? You can do it but it won't show up in your skin. Just stay hydrated.

Think about exfoliating--rubbing off the dead skin layer. Maybe even a dermabrasion peel o chemical peel.

Keep up acne treatments--but switch to a heavier, oil-free moisturizer.

Cold winds can irritate roseacea. Avoid really hot beverages.

If you have those bumps on the backs of upper arms and thighs--called keratosis pilaris--exfoliate gently and bump up the moisturizer.

Allergies can also bring on rashes in the fall. If you are allergic to pollen, wash face and hands when you come inside---and keep windows closed from 10 am to 4 pm.

Just writing this is making me itch.

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