The One Thing You Should Be Doing for Healthier Hair

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay Area, answers your questions about greasy hair.

You may think that your hair is oily because of chemicals in your hair products, but the most likely reason your hair is greasy is because of over washing.

You might not realize it, but when you wash your hair every day, you strip your hair of its natural oils.  Your scalp compensates by producing even more oil–which results in dirty looking hair after only one day.

If your your hair is oily, you need to break the cycle!  This means washing your hair less–which can be hard to do after a hot summer day or a trip to the gym.

One of the best kept secrets to having a clean looking mane is by using a dry shampoo in between washes. Dry shampoos come in powder and spray forms, and a little goes a long way. Just add a bit to the roots and brush through with your fingers. The dry shampoo will soak up excess oil and allow you to wait another day to wash.

Over time, your scalp will adapt to your new, heathy hair washing cycle, and you will be able to go even longer without washing your hair. That means, beautiful, healthy hair and a great looking scalp!

If you suffer from oily or dry scalp and are having a hard time managing it on your own at home, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached atinfo@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).

 

Do you know which popular skin product just celebrated its tenth birthday?

Last week Botox celebrated its 10th anniversary!

Botox, the most popular injectable, first came onto the skin scene in the early 2000s, and since then, has transformed the way 11 million Americans have feltabout wrinkles and aging. Botox initially entered the market to treat eye disorders, but now is best known for eliminating harsh wrinkles between the eyebrows.

Botox is so popular because it offers profound results quickly and easily. After only one treatment, facial skin appears smoother and younger–and the results last for up to four months!

Over the past decade, many new uses for Botox have been discovered. Botox is used to reduce sweatingtreat migraines, and reduce the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ.

No matter what use Botox is for, make sure you find a good, reputable doctor to perform whichever procedure you are interested in. In order to achieve ageless, natural looking skin, make sure to visit a board certified physician with the correct education and experience.

Learn more about Botox and other popular injectables here.

Happy Birthday Botox!

If you are interested in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached atinfo@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).

The item in your beauty cabinet that could be poisoning you

Last month, the FDA released a statement warning consumers about certain beauty products sold illegally in the United States containing mercury.

Which beauty products contain Mercury?

Unlabeled face creams sold primarily to ethnic communities have been found in New York, California, Illinois, Texas, and Virginia. The creams claim to reduce wrinkles, fight acne, and lighten skin.  This makes sense because Mercury blocks melanin, the component which gives skin its color.

What Mercury does?

Mercury attacks the bodies nervous system, and can have extreme effects on personality.  Mercury is also particularly problematic for children whose bodies are still developing.

What to look for?

The FDA suggests that users look for words on ingredient labels like mercurous chloride, calomel, or mercuric.

Signs of Mercury poisoning.

Signs of Mercury poisoning include loss of vision, coordination problems with speaking, walking, or hearing, and tremors of the hands or feet, as well as depression.

The best way to fight wrinkles, treat acne, and even skin tone is by staying out of the sun and using FDA approved skin products and treatments!

If you are interested in learning more about safe and effective techniques to combat your skin concerns, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached atinfo@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).

The skin condition you may not realize you have

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay Area, answers your questions on rosacea.

Many more people have rosacea then you may realize—more than 16 million Americans!

Even though this skin condition is extremely common, affecting 1 in 20 Americans, most people don’t realize they have rosacea or what it is. April is national rosacea awareness month, so now is a great time to learn more about this common skin condition!

Rosacea may is characterized by red blotches and raised pimples. Many people mistake rosacea with adult acne. The cause of rosacea is unknown, but there are common triggers that set rosacea off.

What to do?

Living with rosacea is difficult, and since there is no cure, many people suffer from depression and anxiety because of their skin. Rosacea tends to worsen over time, so acting fast is key.

The best way to start dealing with rosacea is to recognize and cut out your triggers. Common triggers include menopause, stress, hot water or steam, and spicy or sugary foods.  Keep a food diary of all of the foods you eat and when flare-ups occur. Bring your food journal to your doctor to discuss your triggers and strategies to avoid them.

Treatment is available:

IPL, Intense Pulse Laser, like the one at Premier Dermatology, can reduce the appearance of rosacea. At home, try applying primrose oil directly to the affected skin. Your doctor may also prescribe oral or topical treatment to reduce the red blotches on your skin.

If you think you may have rosacea, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached atinfo@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).