DR. BALDWIN POSTS
With winter comes snow-covered landscapes and cozy nights by the fire – but the winter chill doesn’t present many benefits for your skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ; therefore it is very susceptible to winter’s chilly temperatures, bitter winds and severe elements.
As a dermatologist, I can definitely say that no one has perfect skin. We all encounter skin imperfections at one point or another, but there are ways to keep these issues in check. Many of my patients ask me how to care for minor skin imperfections and to avoid expensive or invasive procedures; I usually recommend easy at-home treatments.
Moisturizing is an essential part of any skin care routine, and will help your skin look and feel its best. If you’re one of the many people who have scars, whether from acne, surgery or a wound, moisturizing is also necessary to care for and reduce the appearance of scars. Mederma® Advanced Scar Gel helps reduce the appearance of scars that result from acne, surgery and wounds, allowing you to put your best face forward.
Scars are an inevitable fact of life, but understanding why and how they form can sometimes be a mystery. We expect that scarring will occur with surgery or with a bad cut and wonder why we sometimes scar from seemingly minor wounds. Scars can form for many different reasons depending on the depth and type of the injury, location on the body, how a wound is treated but especially due to our unique individual physiology.
Stretch marks, a skin condition commonly associated with pregnancy and weight gain, are far more common than you may think, and can affect men and women alike. In this piece, I’ll explain how, why and where stretch marks form, and provide you with tips to reduce the chance you’ll develop them. I’ll also review a few “Old Wives Tales” for reducing the appearance of stretch marks to address which products work, and which don’t.
The good news: the weather is warming up, and we’re slowly shedding the sweaters and scarves we’ve been wearing since fall. The bad news: the effects of rich comfort foods and harsh winter air are starting to catch up with us, so our skin may not look quite ready for summer. Don’t stress out (it’s bad for your skin!) – I have a few tips that will help get your skin ready for a beautiful summer debut!
The market for scar and stretch mark therapies is a distinct segment in the skincare product industry, with different products and procedures to suit the needs of many skin types. I generally recommend to my patients that they consider a topical product – meaning a lotion or gel that is applied directly to the skin – to reduce the appearance of scars or stretch marks before they consider more aggressive, sometimes invasive and expensive treatments.
As a dermatologist, I see patients every day who come to me for help with their skin imperfections. Scars and stretch marks in particular are among the most common skin imperfections, and they can sometimes be embarrassing for people who have them.
My patients frequently come to me with scars from both major and minor surgeries asking what I can do to reduce their appearance. Unfortunately, surgical incisions are significant wounds to the skin and almost always heal with a permanent scar. However, there are steps that you can take before and after surgery to help reduce the appearance of a scar.
All information in the Mederma® Learning Center is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice. You should seek professional medical care if you have any concerns about your skin.