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What your dermatologist in Wilmington wants you to know
Your skin can either help you look younger, or older, depending on how well you care for it. Proper skin care is a must to keep you looking great and feeling great. Your skin is important to your appearance, but it also performs the important function of protecting your vital organs. So, how do you properly care for your skin? Dr. Michael Saruk at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group in Wilmington, DE, wants to share what it takes to keep your skin looking beautiful.
The steps you take every day provide the foundation for beautiful, healthy skin. Just remember to do this every day:
- Cleanse your skin using mild products like foaming cleansers or gels. Avoid soaps which can dry your skin.
- Pat your skin gently, leaving a small amount of moisture on the surface of your skin.
- Use alcohol-free toners to help balance the pH of your skin.
- Use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day.
If you live where the climate is hot and sunny, you need to add a few simple steps to your daily routine:
- Apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 when you are outside.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This helps to keep your skin from becoming dry.
- Protect your vulnerable areas by wearing hats, glasses, and other clothing.
If you live where the climate is cold, add these additional steps to your routine:
- Use thick, alcohol-free cream or lotion moisturizer at least once each day.
- Avoid long, hot baths or showers because it can dry your skin.
You should also visit your dermatologist regularly to check for moles, abnormal tissue growths, and precancerous or cancerous lesions, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer. Your dermatologist is an expert at treating specific skin conditions including rashes, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
Properly caring for your skin doesn’t have to be a complicated ritual, and it is well worth your time. You deserve to look your best, and it all begins with proper skin care. For more information about skin care and other dermatology services, call Dr. Saruk at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group in Wilmington, DE, today!
I think it is always interesting to read what "Consumer Reports" has to say. To be honest, I have a sunscreen "wardrobe". I choose daily from among six or seven products. Different locales and activities call for varying types of protection. My personal concerns about chemical sunscreens are limited to environmental ones. We now know they are toxic to coral reefs. Fortunately, I am a person and not a coral -- and, anyway, coral isn't so much an issue here in the mid-Atlantic region. So, I do use chemical sunscreens from time-to-time. Just the same, when swimming in the ocean I reach for UPF rash guards and leggings. My advice: just use sun protection consistently and choose whatever you find to be effective and, with which, you are psychologically comfortable. When in doubt, follow my lead and opt for sun protective clothing (UPF 50 or higher). These are widely available online. Also, don't forget the hat and sunglasses. You'll be fine and so will the coral.
Last Friday, Jason Saul, PA-C and I spent the day talking to staff at Longwood Gardens about how best to care for skin that is exposed to the elements all day every day. Of course, not everyone who works at Longwood works out of doors, but even they had questions and concerns we were happy to be able to address.
Overall, we were pleased to note how much many staffers already knew. It has generally been our experience that people who work out of doors are under the impression that they have built up some immunity to sun radiation and no longer need to worry about it. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth and, fortunately, the Longwood folks were already cued into that and were just wanting to know how to go the extra mile to protect themselves. Wind and water exposure also pose problems and we talked about that, too.
Thank you to Madelyn Underwood, Director of Human Resources at Longwood, for inviting and taking such good care of this while we were there. It was so successful, we may make this an annual event.
I must apologize for not taking any pictures. (At Longwood that's almost a sin.) I got so involved in a conversation with folks that I didn't have the chance. But since a visit is worth a thousand pictures, I suggest you visit https://longwoodgardens.org and plan a time to go and see for yourself. Don't forget to bring a hat, lip balm and, naturally, sunscreen.
Cosmetic dermatology has grown in popularity as more and more patients are seeking creative and modern treatments to rejuvenate and restore the beauty of their skin. Explore the various dermatology options available at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group in Wilmington, DE.
Botox and Cosmetic (Dermal) Fillers
As the skin ages, especially when exposed to the suns rays for many years, wrinkles, lines, and creases may start to appear. They are caused by a loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin. Dermatologists use Botox to freeze the muscles that cause wrinkles and dermal fillers replenish the smoothness and plumpness of the skin. Two of the most popular dermal fillers available at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group are Juvederm and Restylane.
Laser Treatments for the Skin
Laser rejuvenation therapy helps tighten and tone the skin using pulses of energy. It can also help lessen the appearance of scars, dark marks, and lines in the skin. One popular rejuvenation treatment offered at Delaware Valley Dermatology in Wilmington is called DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis). A treatment called Lutronic INFINI uses microneedling technology to send radiofrequency energy waves through the skin layers to reduce sagging and wrinkles. Patients can get a “facelift” without the need for surgery with a laser treatment called Alma Clear Lift.
Lasers are also used to remove hairs in unwanted places, including the chin, neck, arms, and legs. The results of a series of laser sessions can lead to permanent hair removal in targeted areas—no more shaving or waxing.
In some cases, a patient’s skin needs resurfacing so that fresher, healthier, more even-toned skin can emerge. Chemical peels deeply exfoliate the top layers of skin that have become damaged by the sun and the natural process of aging. Peels available include Salicylic and Glycolic Continuum of Care Express Peels, and a treatment called VI Peel for darker skin tones.
Which Options Are Right for You?
See a dermatologist at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group in Wilmington, DE to learn more about the cosmetic dermatology options that would be right for your case. Call (302) 478-8532 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael Saruk and his staff.
I actually got a call the other day from someone wanting to sell me pirated Botox®. Now, I knew someone had to be doing business with those people, but I also knew it was never going to be us. I said, "No, thank you.", of course.
Pirated Botox® and other injectables is a bigger problem than you might imagine. Not long ago Allergan, the makers of Botox®, took more steps to protect healthcare providers and their patients from product that might not be authentic, or may have lost potency. Here is their communication regarding those steps.
Many patients will not require an entire 100 unit vial of Botox® so, the carton containing the vial we are drawing from may be unsealed, but we are still happy to let you see the markings on the carton and the label. Don't be shy about asking. We want you to know that we would never allow you to receive anything other than the real deal.
Something else you should know: Allergan's Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program is another layer of protection for you. Brilliant Distinctions is only available in offices buying product directly from Allergan. In addition, your rewards points cannot be awarded without identifying the lot # on the vial from which your dose was drawn. If you are getting rewards points, you know its OK.
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