Skin Care Products
The regular and proper usage of sunscreens is vital to a good skin care regimen, including the prevention of skin cancer and to arrest the process of premature photo-aging. Many different types of sunscreens exists, and it can be difficult to know which product to choose.
In general, there are two different categories of sunscreens:
These include chemicals (UV filters) such as octylcrylene, avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, homosalate, helioplex, mexoryl, tinosorb and uvinul. Many sunscreens will have a combination of UV filters to provide the best photo-protection. Importantly, chemical sunscreens can occasionally be irritating (or allergic) to the skin in predisposed individuals.
These include the inorganic substances titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. In general, physical sunscreens can provide a broader spectrum of photo-protection (compared to individual chemical sunscreen ingredients), and are less irritating to the skin. However, they can sometimes be problematic in that they can have a thicker consistency and more opaque (white) color upon application. They can rub off more easily and therefore must be applied more frequently. Additionally, titanium dioxide can be problematic for some patients predisposed to acne, as it can clog the pores.
As stated above, many sunscreen products have a combination of both physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients. This is done to ensure the broadest UV protection possible. Sunscreen products can also be intended for different body sites, since some are more oily or irritating than others. Since every patient is unique, it is not often possible to recommend a universal sunscreen for every patient. In these situations, Dr. Lambert can provide a customized sunscreen regimen depending on your skin type, texture and history of any underlying dermatologic conditions, such as acne, rosacea, or skin pigmentation issues.
A good skin care regimen along with regular sun protection is vital to maintaining healthy, youthful skin. However, many of us would like to seek additional treatment to enhance the vitality of our skin and defy the signs of aging. There are many products and services designed to achieve these goals, whether it be a nightly topical cream or more involved cosmetic procedures. For example, topical retinol is available in many formulations, both prescription and over-the-counter strength, and can be used as a daily maintenance treatment for an anti-aging regimen. At South Tyler Dermatology, we also offer a range of cosmetic services that can enhance your youthful appearance. For more information on these services, please click here.
Acne is a very common condition that result in significant distress about our appearance. Whether breakouts or mild or severe, there are many treatment options available designed to provide patients with the best possible outcomes and long-term control. These can include simple treatments such as face washes and topical creams, as well as more involved therapies administered in pill form. Regardless of your condition, Dr. Lambert can provide a treatment regimen uniquely suited for your individual needs. For more information on acne treatments, please click here.