Importance of Moisturizing Skin after Hand Washing to Prevent Dry, Cracked Skin & Infections
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, health officials have been urging Americans to wash their hands at every opportunity. Hand washing is critical to the effort to stop the spread of the virus. However, a side effect of frequent hand washing is dry skin that can flake, itch, crack and even bleed, say dermatologists at the American Academy of Dermatology, making people more susceptible to germs and other bacteria. Fortunately, there are simple precautions you can take to avoid excessive dryness due to hand washing:
1. Wash your hands using lukewarm water. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure to get between your fingers and around your nails. Always wash your hands after using the restroom, visiting a public place, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
2. Moisturize immediately after washing your hands. Moisturizing while your hands are still slightly damp helps lock in the moisture on your skin. Wash your hands, pat them dry, and then rub a pea-sized amount of moisturizer over your hands. Make sure to get the product onto the tips of your fingers, as that area can be prone to dryness and cracking.
3. Use moisturizers that contain mineral oil or petrolatum. Look for moisturizing ointments and creams (the ones you squeeze out of a tube), as these are more effective than lotions you pump out of a bottle. Fragrance and dye-free products are less irritating. If more relief is needed for extremely dry skin, dab petroleum jelly on your hands and put on cotton gloves before bed. This will lock in moisture all night.
4. When soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer, followed by moisturizer. The CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer made with at least 60% alcohol to effectively kill germs. Since these can be drying, it’s important to moisturize afterwards to maintain hydration. However, after applying hand sanitizer, make sure your hands dry completely before applying the moisturizer. Try to use only soap and water at home, and save the hand sanitizer for when you don’t have that option.
5. Don’t believe everything you hear or see online. Contrary to statements being made on social media, using moisturizer after washing your hands does not negate your hand-washing efforts, and there is no evidence that using hand sanitizer makes you more vulnerable to infections or viruses.
Even if your hands are dry, you should continue to wash them, as doing so can remove harmful bacteria and viruses. If moisturizing after hand washing does not relieve your dry skin issues, call for an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist at Warrenton Dermatology, as you may require a prescription cream or ointment. Dry skin can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as eczema, and a dermatologist can give you a proper diagnosis.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology
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
If you're looking for an affordable, low-maintenance way to improve your skin's tone and texture, look no further than the dermatologists at 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 from 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
- 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.
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