Considering the circumstances, most of us at this point are working from home. While this may be a change for most, we want to make sure you’re still able to take care of your skin while doing so! Dr. Roz has come up with a list of at home things to do for your skin.
Let’s start with a big one: Avoiding breakouts
- We know that stress as well as foods with a high glycemic index ie sugary or processed foods and dairy can contribute to acne. With all of the uncertainty now I know the first thing I did was search for some comfort food, but try to maintain your normal diet and routine as much as possible.
- Cleanse your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser.
- Use a non comedogenic moisturizer and continue any prescription acne medications.
- Be sure to hydrate.
- If you are newly breaking out you can pick up Differin(TM) at the pharmacy, which is a prescription strength retinoid.
Next Up: Dry skin
It is common for our skin to get dry and irritated with the extra hand washing, and if you already had underlying eczema, it can certainly be flared by the extra precautions as well as the stress. Moisturizers are your best friend. Look for one with ceramides like cerave cream. Make sure to try to moisturize every time you wash your hands. I also like to use a thicker ointment based product like aquaphor or plain petroleum jelly at night. Be sure to hydrate from the inside as well with fluids
Lastly: Stay Protected
If getting outside to avoid cabin fever, don’t forget exposure to the sun requires protection with sunscreens and clothing. Missing this can not only lead to skin cancer, but long term exposure also contributes to advancing aging factors like pigmentation, wrinkles, etc.
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