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Avoiding Winter Sunburns

 

Avoiding Winter Sunburns

When the temperature drops, do you stash your sun protection products in the cupboard until next summer?

Hang on! If you enjoy sports like skiing and snowboarding, you need to protect yourself and your family from the winter sun. In fact, higher altitudes and UV ray reflection off snow increase the risk of sun damage—even on cloudy days. And the bottom line is this: over 90% of skin cancers are linked to sun exposure.

You can protect your skin from sun damage in the following ways:

  • Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. Put it on 30 minutes before going outside and apply it evenly and liberally.
  • Pick the right level of protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is needed for extended exposure.
  • Choose a moisturizing formula. Ingredients like lanolin or glycerin will help you cope with the snow and wind.
  • Take extra care applying around the lips, ears, eyes and neck, as well as under your chin and on your scalp and hands.
  • Use a lip balm with at least 15 SPF.
  • Just like when swimming, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
  • Use hats, gloves and goggles to protect yourself from sun exposure, as well as to keep warm.

Other ways to take care of your skin? It also needs hydration: drink plenty of water. When possible, take a break from the sun during the midday hours—that’s when UV rays are most intense.

With these precautions, you’ll be more comfortable, will protect your appearance and avoid unwanted sun damage.

Why Seek Professional Acne Treatments?

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At some point in their lives, nearly 85% of people report having acne. For most, acne is an inherited condition which causes the pores of the skin to become blocked with dead skin cells and other contaminants.

The solution lies in acne products and treatments that penetrate pores and eliminate excessive build-up to reduce the appearance of acne. But if drugstore acne products aren’t cutting it, you might want to consider professional acne treatments.

Acne treatments administered by a specialist are critical to:

  1. Monitor your progress and make changes to your home-care regimen
  2. Hydrate your skin so that it’s receptive to your home-care regimen
  3. Extract existing acne impactions
  4. Kill acne bacteria inside pores
  5. Exfoliate your skin so that home-care products can penetrate pores
  6. Lighten dark spots caused by acne lesions

Professional acne treatments at NeoPulse Laser Therapy help get rid of acne scars more effectively than using home-care products alone. Our physicians will closely monitor your skin, ensuring that it clears without irritation. 

NeoPulse Laser Therapy is your partner in acne elimination, working together so you can have clear skin as quickly as possible.

Our new PicoSure laser system revitalizes your skin and repairs acne scars. It roughs up the layers of skin within and regenerates collagen and elastin. The treatment uses short pulses of micro-fine laser light to reach deeply into the skin’s sub-layers, treating the support structure. Then the body’s natural healing process sweeps away older, damaged tissue and rebuilds it with fresh, new collagen and elastin—the crucial building blocks of normal-looking skin.

And since we’re conveniently located in Roanoke, VA, you won’t have to travel far. Most acne treatment sessions last less than 1 hour. It’s a fast and simple procedure that’s easy to tolerate and requires little-to-no downtime. You can even come in on your lunchbreak and return to work after your session.

The PicoSure laser is FDA-approved to treat acne scars, and over 86% of patients are satisfied with the way their skin looks after just a few procedures.  The laser will not clear active breakouts, it will only help clear the skin of the scarring.

Give us a call at 540-283-6015 or request an appointment online for your consultation with one of our physicians to see if laser treatment is the right option for your acne elimination!

5 Tips for Winter Skin Care

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Winter weather is tough on all skin, but when you have a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema, it can be especially damaging. These five tips will help you keep your skin healthy all season long.

  1. Moisturize. This doesn’t just mean applying your preferred ointment during the day and especially at night. Your home and workplace will also get drier during the winter season because the relative humidity drops. Offset the dry air with a humidifier.
  2. Skip the long, hot showers. Hot water dries out your skin. But if you’re like us, there’s nothing better than a warm bath in the winter. Adding an oatmeal bath mixture to your tub, as well as some moisturizing oil can help soothe irritated skin. Just be sure to lather on your favorite moisturizing cream after your soak.
  3. Stay healthy. Many medications prescribed for eczema and psoriasis are immunosuppressants, which can prevent your immune system from fighting off common colds, as well as the flu. But eczema and psoriasis can be flare up when you get sick. Keep yourself healthy by avoiding those who are sick, staying hydrated, washing your hands regularly and sticking to your vitamin regimen.
  4. Manage your stress. Eczema and psoriasis can also flare up when you’re stressed out. Schedule time to relax and recharge every day.
  5. Dress in cotton. Cotton fibers are soft and breathable. Cotton clothing won’t irritate sensitive winter skin. Dressing in layers will also help you adjust to temperature changes so you don’t overheat, which can cause flare ups.

Frightened of Wrinkles? Beware of Halloween Candy!

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Good costume makeup can turn your face into a scary delight this Halloween, but what if sugary candy is creating long-term effects that won’t wipe off after the trick-or-treating is over?

Foods that raise blood sugar, like Halloween candy, can cause wrinkles, an effect that some dermatologists have coined as “sugar sag.  “Sugar sag” occurs when high blood sugar levels cause your skin to lose its elasticity. As we age, this elasticity inevitably fades, but sugary sweets might speed up the loss.

High blood sugar causes collagen fibers in the skin to cross-link – a process called glycation – that results in advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) to form. When AGEs build up, the skin experiences structural changes that cause greater stiffness and decreased elasticity.

Doctors have long known that high blood sugar levels in diabetics promotes the premature aging of skin. But, physicians have become more aware in recent years that these effects occur even in those without diabetes.

It’s not just Halloween candy that might heighten your blood sugar and lead to wrinkles, though. Foods that contain simple carbohydrates, like white bread and soda, also lead to the formation of wrinkle-causing AGEs. Other foods cooked at higher temperatures, like fried foods, contain elevated levels of AGEs than healthier, leaner options.

High blood sugar also amplifies the effects of smoking and UV exposure, two other factors that foster premature wrinkling.

What’s NeoPulse Laser’s remedy for “sugar sag?”

First, cut down on foods that contain AGEs, like barbeque and fried foods, and opt for fruits and veggies instead. Promote a healthier and happier you by taking in natural spices, herbs and teas, all of which combat the wrinkle-causing glycation process.

For the best results, pair a lifestyle change with skin repair therapy. NeoPulse Laser in Roanoke, VA, proudly offers our new PicoSure laser system, which minimizes the appearance of age spots and wrinkles. Laser skin repair is a quick, non-surgical treatment designed to revitalize damaged skin – and boost your self-esteem.

Give us a call at 540-283-6015 or request an appointment online for your consultation with one of our physicians to see if laser treatment is the right option to remove wrinkles from your skin!

September is National Skin Care Awareness Month

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September is National Skin Care Awareness Month. At NeoPulse Laser Therapy in Roanoke, VA, we hope to bring awareness to the importance of skin care by sharing new ways to care for your skin. When you care for your skin, you’ll feel better and look more energized.

Here are a few suggestions to help you make the most of Skin Care Awareness month.

  • Slather on the sunscreen, no matter what season it is. Your face, neck and chest are particularly sensitive to sun damage, so choose a product that’s specially formulated for the delicate skin in these areas.
  • Have a skin care party! Invite your friends over to try out new products, applications and makeup tricks.
  • Treat yourself to a Mini Facelift. This minimally invasive outpatient procedure delivers immediate improvement for fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • Take a proactive approach to your skin care. Find a dermatologist and have a complete annual skin exam, and remember to perform a self-skin check every month to spot and track any potential problems as they develop.
  • Try an acne scar laser treatment. Acne scars from your youth shouldn’t haunt your adult life – 86% of our patients see significant improvement in acne scarring after just a few procedures.
  •  Remove an old tattoo. Whether you want a clean slate or need to fade existing art for a cover up or make room for new ink, our fast, effective non-surgical laser therapy will remove your unwanted tattoos.

Give NeoPulse Laser Therapy a call at 540-283-6015 or request a consultation online with one of our physicians to see if laser treatment is the right option for your skin!

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