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Here's what you need to know about three different skin care products available over the counter:
1. SUNSCREEN: People who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily. www.skincancer.org
Water resistant and reapply every 90 minutes
Use Cream/lotion as a base, apply Spray as maintenance
Do NOT use last year’s sunscreen, it expires and is not effective/reliable.
UVB blocking sunscreen also inhibits skin vitamin D synthesis so you must take vitamin D3 supplement to ensure adequate vitamin D stores in your body.
EVERYONE should use a sunscreen-containing face cream DAILY and YEAR-ROUND
2. ACNE: Less is often more- keep it simple! At-home treatment requires 4-8 weeks to see improvement. Once acne clears, you must continue to treat the skin to prevent breakouts. www.aad.org
Topical benzoyl peroxide- daily wash- antibacterial. Watch for bleaching of towels/bedding.
Topical retinoid daily- prescription retinoid, or can try OTC retinol products, keep out of light and air.
Hormones a big factor in acne. Diet probably NOT a big factor.
3. DRY SKIN:
Use CREAM (Scoop or squeeze) asap after baths or showers daily
Avoid Lotions (squirt) as they contain alcohol and will dry out your skin
Ointments (scoop or squeeze) are the best barrier and can use at bedtime for very dry skin or cracked skin and cover with a cotton sock/mitten. Example: petroleum jelly product