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If you’ve been hitting the gym on account of your New Year’s resolutions, it is likely that you are reaping the benefits, including improved overall health and mood. However, gymgoers may also find that their skin is breaking out more than usual, putting a damper on your post-workout glow.
 
According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, working out can cause excessive sweating, as well as a buildup of oil, dirt and bacteria on your skin — all of which can lead to acne. Despite this, people don’t have to quit exercising in order to see clearer skin. The key, according to board certified dermatologist Dr. J.C. Caballero, is to maintain proper hygiene before, during and after your workouts.
 
While exercise itself doesn’t cause acne, the skin care habits you maintain around your workouts can significantly impact your skin. Germs thrive at the gym, so it’s important to maintain good hygiene while working out to prevent clogged pores and the spread of bacteria.
 
To help prevent acne caused by working out, Dr. Caballero recommends the following tips:
1. Dress in clean, loose-fitting, moisture-wicking clothes that won’t rub your skin. Clothing and accessories that are too tight, such as headbands, bra straps or spandex garments, can cause a type of acne that occurs at the spot of repeated friction.
2. Remove any makeup before working out, as makeup can clog your pores. Use an oil-free makeup remover, towelette or micellar water to take makeup off your face.
3. Before exercising outdoors, generously apply sunscreen on any skin not covered by clothing. Not only do the sun’s harmful UV rays cause skin cancer and premature skin aging, unprotected exposure can also cause breakouts. This is because the sun dries out your skin, leading to more oil production. To help, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Look for formulas that are water resistant and labeled “oil free”, “noncomedogenic” or “won’t clog pores.”
4. During your workout, keep your skin dry. Use a clean towel to gently pat sweat off of your body, since rubbing your skin can cause acne to flare.
5. Wipe off shared equipment. Shared workout equipment can be full of acne-causing bacteria and dirt. Most gyms supply a cleaning spray or towelettes to wipe off the equipment. Clean off the equipment before and after your workout as a courtesy to others.
6. After your workout, shower immediately. Use warm — not hot — water to remove sweat, dirt and oil from your skin. Wash acne-prone skin with a mild cleanser that is labeled “oil free”, “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores.” However, if your skin tends to be oily and not dry, consider using a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide instead. If you can’t shower immediately, wash your hands, and wipe off your face using a pad that contains salicylic acid. In addition, take a spare t-shirt and change out of your sweaty clothing.
7. After showering, change into clean clothes and wash the dirty clothes, which is full of sweat and pore-clogging culprits. Always wash your gym clothes between workouts.
 

If you still have acne after following these tips, make an appointment at Warrenton Dermatology to talk to a board-certified dermatologist. 540-341-1900

By Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center
October 23, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Care   treatments   hydrafacial  

If you're looking for an affordable, low-maintenance way to improve your skin's tone and texture, look no further than the dermatologists athydrafacial Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA. We're now offering hydrafacials, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available. If you're not familiar with hydrafacials, our dermatology team has compiled some basic information so you can educate yourself prior to scheduling a hydrafacial for yourself.

How it works

A hydrafacial offers three treatments in one: it cleans the skin, extracts buildup from pores, and hydrates the skin. An infusion of serums to brighten the skin or reduce fine lines can also be included. A small hand-held device is used to perform all of the steps, also offering the benefit of stimulating the skin's lymphatic processes and circulation. Unlike other cosmetic facial treatments, it offers instant results with no downtime.

Who it helps

Unlike other cosmetic treatments, which often target specific conditions, hydrafacials from your Warrenton, VA, dermatologist offer something for almost everyone! From a teenager's acne to an adult's sun damage, the benefits of a hydrafacial aren't limited to one particular patient group. It's a great way to boost your skin's appearance before an important event, such as a wedding or photo session, and can be performed monthly. The only people who should avoid hydrafacials are those with active rashes or sunburns; these conditions should be managed before scheduling a hydrafacial. As with many other cosmetic treatments, our pregnant patients should wait until after they deliver.

To learn more about these amazing facials, or to schedule a session, contact your dermatologists at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA, today.

It may sound too good to be true, but it’s really that good! CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction and body contouring treatment offered at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA. The CoolSculpting device targets and freezes fat cells so your body can naturally remove them in the weeks and months that follow.

Here are answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions about CoolSculpting:

1. How is CoolSculpting performed?

The CoolSculpting applicator is applied to one area of unwanted focal fat at a time. This typically involves one or more of the following areas: abdomen, hips, bra-fat, inner/outer thighs, or chin. Using vacuum suction, the device gently draws tissue with unwanted fat into a chamber. Controlled cooling is then delivered to the treatment area, and the fat cells undergo “cryolypolysis” (cell death) due to freezing, while the surrounding tissue is unharmed. Approximately 25% of the exposed fat cells will be permanently destroyed, for significant body contouring improvement.

2. Is CoolSculpting painful?

There is some mild, temporary discomfort due to the initiation of strong suction and extreme cold. You may experience sensations of pulling, mild pinching, tingling, stinging or cramping. However, as the temperature falls, there is a numbing effect and most patients sit comfortably during the treatment reading, watching television, or even napping. There may be some hypersensitivity of the skin in the treated area post-treatment, but this general disappears in several days. There may also be some tenderness or soreness for about a week – similar to muscle soreness after a strong workout session. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately post-treatment.

3. Will the fat come back?

The total number of fat cells in your body is constant once you reach adulthood. These cells will get bigger or smaller as you gain or lose weight, but the number of cells remains the same. CoolSculpting destroys fat cells in the treated area and they are eliminated for good. So, it actually reduces the total number of fat cells you have in your body, and makes it so your body cannot store as much fat in the treated area as you could have before, leaving that area “sculpted” even if you gain weight in the future.

4. How long does it take to see results?

Results may be seen as early as 1 to 3 months after treatment. You will initially experience some mild inflammation and swelling to the treated area. This should resolve within one to two weeks, then it will take another few weeks to see a noticeable difference. Full results from that session should be achieved within 12 weeks. Many patients require more than one treatment session to achieve their desired results. So, we schedule a follow-up appointment (including before and after photos and weight) 3 months after initial treatment to assess results and schedule future sessions, if needed.

5. Are there any side effects?

Following treatment, you may experience mild redness, bruising, swelling or numbness in the treated area. This should resolve within 1 to 2 weeks. The fat cell death is a small enough volume that your body breaks down the free fatty acids and triglycerides into harmless energy substrates, so there is no risk of elevated harmful lipids, heart disease or atherosclerosis as a result of CoolSculpting treatment.

6. Will I lose weight with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a contouring or sculpting procedure that modifies the distribution of fat cells to change the shape of your body. Results are not related to weight and CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution. It is a tool to eliminate diet and exercise resistant fat pockets. The closer you are to your ideal body weight, the more you will see your CoolSculpting results. We recommend a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and exercise to augment and support your CoolSculpting results. Weight is monitored during your treatment cycle to ensure that patient weight gain is not impairing results.

7. What should I do before and after CoolSculpting?

Before treatment, avoid anti-inflammatory products (NSAIDs, ibuprophen, etc.) to help reduce the chance of bruising. After treatment, you may return to your normal daily activities immediately (including exercise). It is important to maintain your weight post treatment, as significant weight gain will compromise best results.

8. How much does it cost?

Every patient has a unique treatment plan based on their body’s distribution of fat and their desired results. A personalized plan, including cost, will be developed for you at a private consultation appointment where you will receive a full-body assessment and all of your questions will be answered. Most treatment plans for a particular area fall between $2,000 and $4,000. We offer no-interest financing options, that allow for easy monthly payments, if desired (must qualify for financing).

Schedule a consultation at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center today to learn more about CoolSculpting and get a personalized treatment plan. 540-341-1900 x214

Laser skin resurfacing treatment could give you a smoother, younger appearance.

Are you wondering if there is a nonsurgical way to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet or brow lines? Hate that you still have acne scars Laserfrom years of battling acne as a teen? Many of us are dealing with skin problems that make us feel more than a little self-conscious. Luckily, our Warrenton, VA, dermatologist Dr. J.C. Caballero offers the Fraxel Dual laser to target and treat a lot of these issues.

 

How does the Fraxel Dual laser work?

Using fractional technology, the FDA-approved Fraxel Dual system safely penetrates deep within the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing process to develop new, healthy cells and to improve the radiance of your skin. Fraxel Dual also stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, which enhances skin’s firmness and elasticity.

 

What problems can Fraxel Dual address?

Fraxel Dual can handle a variety of dermatological issues including,

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age and sun spots
  • Melasma
  • Acne and other superficial scars
  • Dull skin

 

How many Fraxel treatment sessions will I need?

This is something that our Warrenton, VA, cosmetic dermatologist can discuss with you in more detail once he has the opportunity to examine your skin and talk to you about your treatment goals. In most cases, several treatment sessions are required in order to get the desired results. This can range from two to five sessions, depending on the severity of the issues you are looking to treat with Fraxel. Each treatment session can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

 

Is it painful?

Our dermatologist will monitor and control the strength of the laser and how deeply it will penetrate the skin to achieve the optimal results. It is normal for there to be some stinging or a prickling sensation during treatment; however, we can apply a numbing ointment to the skin before treatment to reduce discomfort.

 

When will I see results?

You will already notice some improvements right away, and for the next 1-3 months as the stimulation of elastin and collagen improves the skin’s tone and texture.

 

Is there a recovery period?

It is common for patients to have a sunburn-like appearance for a few days after treatment (those with sensitive skin may take a little longer to heal).

 

Are you dealing with tired, distressed or aging skin in Warrenton, VA? If so, Fraxel Dual laser therapy could be the right way to give your skin the healthier appearance you want. Call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center today to schedule a consultation with.

1. Soak Your Feet Regularly

Take a bath or soak your feet in a large bowl with warm water for 10 to 15 minutes to help soften the skin. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil or Epsom salts. Epsom salts will help relax the nervous system, ease muscle strain and draw toxins from the body. Not only will a foot soak help relax your feet, hydrate your skin and relieve pain due to standing or walking for hours, it will also soften skin, making it easier to exfoliate.

 

2. Exfoliate

When feet are not properly moisturized, dry skin cells will begin to build up. After soaking your feet to soften the skin, exfoliate with a pumice stone (a natural lava stone) in warm water to remove dead skin and calluses. Apply light pressure while moving the stone in a circular motion across the skin, especially over the heels. Foot scrubs or exfoliating creams can also be used to gently get rid of dead skin cells between your toes.

3. Trim & File Toenails

Keep your toenails short. They are thicker and more brittle than fingernails, so soaking your feet before trimming your toenails will make the job easier and help prevent them from splitting. Try to clip the nails straight across to avoid painful ingrown nails, and gently file the corners to round sharp edges. Let your nails breathe. Consider taking a break from nail polish every now and then, so your nails don’t get too dry and discolored. When using polish, be sure to apply a clear base coat before pigmented polishes to keep them from staining the nail.

4. Moisturize

Hand creams are not necessarily formulated to meet the specific needs of your feet. Moisturize regularly with a product specifically made for foot care. Pay particular attention to the heel and ball areas of your foot.

Summertime is the time to enjoy sandals and bare feet in the sand! If you experience problems with your toenails and/or the skin on your feet (i.e. cracked skin, nail fungus, athlete’s foot), the skin care professionals at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center are here to help you. Call 540-341-1900 to schedule an appointment.





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