Your skin is as unique as you are. Heredity, lifestyle and where you live can impact your skin. Everyone’s skin is different, and may not tolerate products and/or treatments the same way as another person’s skin. The first step in taking care of your skin is understanding your skin type.
If your skin gets really shiny within a few hours of washing it, you probably have oily skin. If your skin tends to peel and flake or requires a lot of moisturizer, then you may have dry skin. If your skin gets irritated easily when using products, then you most likely have sensitive skin. Most people have combination skin, where their skin can be dry in some areas and oily in others. This makes it particularly challenging to find the right products and treatments to balance their skin.
Oily skin is not all bad. Oils help keep your skin hydrated and looking young. However, many people with oily skin tend to overdo it on products to reduce oiliness, which can strip the skin of needed moisture and cause oil glands to go into overdrive to replace it. Those with dry skin, may find that many over-the-counter cleansers and soaps irritate their skin. The skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. Often times dry skin affects the entire body and causes rough, scaly patches all over.
Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, there are a few basic rules everyone should follow: Shower once a day in warm, not hot, water using mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid scrubbing your skin with abrasive brushes or loofahs. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer to the dry areas of the body such as legs, arms, elbows and feet as soon as you are done showering. On the face, neck, and chest area, use a high-quality, facial moisturizer that is non-comedogenic and safe for sensitive skin.
In addition to good basic skin care, the Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery has more advanced treatments that can help improve the texture and appearance of your skin, no matter the type:
Chemical peels are used to rejuvenate the skin. These peels correct skin texture irregularities. These peels can be done in different strengths for different skin types and to address different problems. One of our highly-trained medical aestheticians will recommend the right peel for your particular issue.
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layers of the skin that are damaged, revealing fresh, “new” skin underneath. It also stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells.
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense Pulsed Light, also known as IPL, is a facial treatment that can be used to address skin imperfections such as uneven pigmentation, freckles, rosacea, brown spots, and enlarged pores.
If you’re struggling with your skin issues, schedule a free consultation with one of our skin care experts at The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery’s new location at 4707 N. Davis Hwy. in Pensacola