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    Determining What Skin Type You Have

    Last updated 5 months ago

    All skin is not created equal. Skin actually varies greatly from person to person, and in fact, it can vary in individuals over the course of a lifetime. It’s important to discuss your skin type with your dermatologist, since the type of skin you have forms the basis for everything from dermatological treatments to which skincare products work best for you. There are four basic types of skin: normal, dry, oily, and sensitive. You can be one type, or you may have combination skin with different types in different areas. Here is what you need to know.

    Normal Skin

    Normal skin has a good balance of moisture, so it isn’t too oily or too dry. Pores are small and the complexion is clear and radiant. Normal skin also isn’t sensitive. Individuals with normal skin tend to have few skin issues and can use a wide variety of products.

    Dry Skin

    If your complexion is dull and flaky with red patches and visible lines, you have dry skin. Sometimes, people are simply born with dry skin, while medications, tanning beds, aging, and hormonal changes bring it on in other people. Talk to your dermatologist about moisturizers and cleansers that will help boost your skin’s hydration without exacerbating your dryness.

    Oily Skin

    Oily skin is characterized by enlarged pores, shiny complexion, and, in many cases, acne. It can be triggered by hormonal imbalances, stress, and excessive heat. If you have oily skin, resist the urge to wash it frequently. Stick to two times per day. Never pop pimples, which can cause scarring. Ask your dermatologist to recommend non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic skincare products to avoid clogging your pores.

    Sensitive Skin

    Sensitive skin is red, itchy, and dry. It may also burn. Sensitive skin may be genetic or it may be linked to your skincare routine. It is essential that you use very gentle skincare products to clean and moisturize your sensitive skin. Your dermatologist can recommend the right ones for you.

    Make an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about your skin type and to find out how to care for it. Call (866) 608-9531 to set up a consultation with one of our skin doctors. 

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    What to Expect from a Waxing Appointment

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Waxing is an excellent alternative to shaving for controlling unwanted hair, but it’s natural to have a few questions about what to expect before your first appointment. The first thing you need to know is that your hair should be at least one-quarter inch long, or the wax won’t take hold.

    When your hair is long enough for waxing, you’re ready for treatment. Depending on the location you’re having waxed, you may be asked to put on a robe or disposable undergarments. The technician will apply oil or powder to the skin to protect it, and then the warm wax will be applied across the hair. A soft strip is then placed over the wax, and your skin will be pulled taut as the technician uses the strip to pull away the wax and the attached hair. After treatment is complete, the technician will apply a soothing lotion to the treated area.

    Trust your waxing to the skin care professionals at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. We provide a range of medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments. To make an appointment, please call (866) 608-9531. 

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