7 Tips For Smooth Soft Skin

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Between washing dishes, cleaning with harsh chemicals, walking in heels and romping around without arch supports, our hands and feet take quite a beating from day to day activities.

Next time you wear designer sandals, wouldn’t it be nice to pair them with smooth, callous-free toes and feet? And the next time you hold hands with your honey, shouldn’t your hands be so smooth and supple they won’t want to let go? We certainly think so!

Below are helpful tips to gradually soften rough skin that builds on our hands and feet. The most effective method for you will depend on the degree of your dry skin and callous build up. Regular barefoot beach runners and guitar players may need to focus on exfoliating away rough calluses while others may just need to moisturize more regularly. Pick a method that works best for you and look forward to smooth, supple hands and feet.

  1. Apply a thick coat of moisturizer to your hands before bed and don’t rub lotion in completely. Put cotton gloves on over moisturizer and go to bed. In the morning, remove gloves and repeat process several times throughout the week until your hands are rid of rough textures.
  2. Purchase a pumice stone at a drug store and gently exfoliate the bottoms of your feet after they’ve soaked in the shower or bathtub for a few minutes. Repeat process every couple of days until your feet feel smooth.
  3. Drink at least 8 8oz cups of water a day to keep skin hydrated from the inside out, and moisturize hands and feet every night.
  4. Apply a generous amount of cocoa butter or Vaseline to feet and put on a pair of cotton socks before bed. Let your feet absorb the moisture while you sleep and repeat process a couple times a week until your feet are soft and smooth.
  5. Mix 3 parts oil (baby oil or olive oil are great options) and 2 parts sugar. Wash hands, apply mixture, and lather and exfoliate for a few minutes. One the mixture is washed off, you’ll notice softer hands after just one session. Repeat process every now and then to keep hands smooth and soft.
  6. Chamomile contains natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents that make it a great resource for soft skin. Prepare a foot bath with warm water and a few chamomile tea bags. Let your feet soak for at least 20 minutes. Any stains left behind can be washed off with soap and water. Whether you soak feet in chamomile water, Epsom salt, an oatmeal bath or plain old honey and water, a home remedy foot soak improves circulation and softens the skin, so it’s a great idea to make it a weekly routine.
  7. Mashed bananas aren’t reserved for cartoon appearances and toddler food anymore. Concoct a paste of mashed banana and honey and apply a mask over dry areas of your feet and leave for at least 10 minutes. This natural remedy will help repair cracked, dry skin.

It’s time to update your skin care for Fall!

It’s hard to tell in San Francisco, but the weather is changing. The long days of summer are slowly being replaced with colder, dryer days. The switch from sandals to boots signifies that it is time to switch something else—your skin routine.

Here are some easy ways to ensure your skin looks and feels beautiful from Halloween through Thanksgiving!

Consider adding a humidifier at night to increase the amount of moisture in the air.

Avoid scolding showers. The super-hot water will dry out your skin!

Make sure you are moisturizing daily. Use a thick cream on your face and body right after you get out of the shower (every time) to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

Be aware that your skin might be more sensitive during these dryer months. If you notice your skin is getting red or itchy switch to scent free soaps, lotions and detergents.

 

 

Easy Tips and Tricks for Beautiful Summer Skin

With warmer weather and longer days, hours spent outside in the sun are a welcome change to days spent inside.

Whether you are spending your days at the beach, working in your garden, or camping with your family, taking care of your skin so you feel comfortable and confident in shorts and sandals is an important part of your summer preparation plans.

Start now so your skin is beautiful and soft before June 20th!

Exfoliate

Use a gentle scrub twice a week with sugar to gently exfoliate those rough patches that were ignored throughout the winter—like your elbows and knees.

Hydrate

Use a light, unscented lotion morning and night. Avoid scented lotions because they strip the skin of its natural oils.

 

Treat your Heels

Cracked, uncomfortable heels should be no reason to keep you out of your favorite strappy sandals this summer. Each day, use a foot scrub or rub your heels with a pumice stone in the shower. Before bed, slather on a thick cream and lock in moisture by sleeping with socks.

Avoid Body Acne

Unfortunately, warm weather means sweating more which results in acne in less than desirable places like your back and chest. To prevent and treat body acne breakouts, wear clean, breathable shirts and add a salicylic or benzoyl peroxide body wash to your beauty routine.

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).

I know I have a nail infection, what do I do now?

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay Area, continues to answer your questions on nail infections.

Welcome back to the third post in our nail infection series. Today we will go over how to treat your nail infection at home and when you should make a visit to your doctor.

What you can do at home to treat your nail infection:

  • Use a topical medication from the drugstore like Lamisil or Penlac to prevent the spread of infection. These creams are also used to kill fungal infections, but are not 100% effective at getting rid of nail infections.
  • Apply tea tree oil or cream to dry out the area and prevent the spread of infection.
  • Keep your hands and feet dry. Fungi thrive in moist environments, so reduce your risk of infection spreading by creating a dry environment.
  • Avoid cutting your nails too short. Injuring your nails is a common way of spreading a nail infection; it gives fungus a chance to get into your system.
  • Don’t smoke! Believe it or not, smoking greatly increases your risk of getting a nail infection, or spreading one that you already have. Smoking decreases blood circulation, which increases the risk of nail infection.

When you need to call your doctor:

  • If your nail infection is exhibiting signs of a bacterial infection. Sings of a bacterial infection include pain, swelling, redness, puss, or fever.
  • If the fungal infection appears to be spreading to surrounding skin or under the nail
  • If your nail is very thick and uncomfortable, or if you are concerned about the infection

 

What will the doctor do?

  • Your doctor might prescribe an oral antifungal medication. Taking an antifungal medication orally is the best way to get rid of a nail infection, but oral medications have dangerous side effects that require monitoring.
  • Your doctor might prescribe a stronger cream than you can find at the drugstore.
  • Your doctor can help you work out a plan for dealing with a nail infection and what the best plan of action is best for your body.

If you have a nail infection and want to learn more, check out this article on WebMD. If you want to see a doctor about your infection, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at info@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).

Thinking about Skin Tightening Procedures?

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay area answers your questions on Thermage and Exilis.

Thermage and Exilis skin tightening are non-invasive, single-visit procedures that instantly reveal tighter, smoother skin with no surgery or downtime.

Without the use of any needles, Thermage and Exilis heat the lower layers of the skin the same way a laser does.  Unlike a laser however, these procedures use radiofrequency technology to get deep into the skin to reach the dermis and subcutaneous layers. Deep heating stimulates the development of new collagen.

As Thermage and Exilis heat the skin, they simultaneously cool the top layers of skin to keep them from being harmed throughout the procedure.

Thermage and Exilis only require one treatment because they heats the skin at the deepest layers. Without the burden of recovery time, you can get back to your life the second you walk out of your doctor’s office!

The deep heating technique reveals results you see instantly and will last for months to come. After  one treatment you will have smoother, tighter skin with improved tone and texture.

If you are interested in Thermage or Exilis Skin Tightening, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at info@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).

Dermabrasion

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay area answers your questions on dermabrasion.
 
Dermabrasion is a resurfacing treatment that is over a century old. Dermabrasion, also known as skin planning, is used to treat facial scarring from acne, chicken pox, wrinkles, sun damage, tattoos, or pigmentation.

Dermabrasion is the physical removal of the top layers of skin. This treatment reveals fresh, new skin that hasn’t been exposed to the elements, and is free of sun damage and scarring. The procedure has extremely profound and long lasting results.

So what should I expect if I go in for a dermabrasion treatment?

First, your dermatological surgeon will cleanse the treatment area with a cleansing serum. Then, a spray is applied directly on the skin to freeze it. Once the skin is frozen, a high speed instrument with an abrasive surface is used to remove the upper layers of skin.

What happens after the surgery? 

Initially, the skin will look and feel burned, but within a few weeks, this look and feel will disappear, making way for newly formed, pink skin. This pinkness will take 2-3 months to go away and make-up is usually used to camouflage the raw appearance of the face while it heals. After the healing is complete, your skin will have a young revitalized look, free of wrinkes and spots! 

If you are interested in learning more about dermabrasion, contact Robert, our Patient Manager, to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at info@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).

Facials For Your Skin Type

Are you feeling stressed and looking for a quick and easy way to take some time to unwind and relax?
A great way to carve out a little “you time” while improving your skin is by having a relaxing facial!
At Premier Dermatology, we offer a huge selection a facials for every skin type. And right now, we are running a special on any service performed by one of our aestheticians. As long as you don’t bill your service through insurance, you will get $50 off! That is a big discount on facials, skin peels, and more!
Some of our best facials to leave you fresh-faced and relaxed include:
“Radiant”- The Anti-Aging Facial 
This power facial is to work in conjunction with your Rx skin care, taking years off. A custom cleanse and enzyme therapy to meticulously prepare skin for light extractions, chemical and physical exfoliation to promote collagen and elastin, antioxidants to prevent and brighten, a soothing facial massage to hydrate and plump. Sunscreen to protect.
“Clear”- The Acne Facial 
This treatment is for the acne prone skin, giving extra attention for extractions. This treatment eliminates the buildup of bacteria that causes acne bumps and helps reduce inflammation. With a deep pore cleanse and a soothing mask to clean and calm the toughest of acne.
“Glow”- The Pregnancy Facial 
This treatment is customized using products that are safe and effective for expectant or nursing mothers. A gentle steam and mask to clarify skin, extractions if needed. A light peel to encourage cell renewal, a light facial massage to relax, antioxidant serum to prevent, sunscreen to protect.
Call Robert, our patient manager, to schedule an appointment for a facial, skin peel, or any of our other great services performed by our aestheticians. He can be reached at info@premier-dermatology.com or by phone at 415-371-8600 (SF office) or 650-551-9700 (Peninsula office).


5 Asian Beauty Secrets to Staying Young

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay Area’s Premier Dermatology discusses how to be smart in the sun for this summer.


1) Food and antioxidants- superfoods such as almonds, salmon, blueberries.  Nuts have antioxidant properties such as polyphenols and healthy proteins.  Almonds in particular have lots of arginine, an amino acid that inhibits tumor growth.  Ellagic acid, in berries is a cancer fighting polypherol also abundant in walnuts.  In my book, Asian Beauty Secrets, one of the secrets among Asians is eating well and ingesting superfoods such as ginseng, green tea, reishi mushrooms, and seaweed.
2) Exercise and stay hydrated – Exercise regulates neuropeptides and releases a neuropeptide endorphin that reduces stress and promotes a feeling of euphoria while reducing anxiety and depression.  Any regular exercise that is sustained for 20-30 minutes will stimulate the production of neuropeptides, which will contribute to the feeling of a youthful exuberance and a radiant glow.  And remember to stay hydrated with lots of fluids which let moisture stay in your body.
3) Avoid external factors such as sun and smoking and tanning –  Sun is the number 1 cause of external aging factor.  It causes free radicals to be produced and the skin will develop more sun damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.  This is why sun protection and avoiding tanning salons is important for staying young.  Also, smoking which is not only a carcinogen, it is also causes the skin to be wrinkly and aged.
4) Sleep well – Every woman should sleep at least 7 hours a day.  Make sure not to sleep on your stomach, which produces sleep lines on your face.
5) Decrease stress – meditate and have inner peace.   Stress brings the body down by increasing cortisol.  This causes hair loss, dry skin and wrinkles. Again my book talks about the balance of chi that Asians believe in whereby you need your internal energy to be healthy and have peace for outer beauty and health to occur.
You need to feel good in your own skin.
If you’d like more information on sunscreen options or come in for a skin cancer screening.   Please contact Robert, our Patient Manager to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at info@premier-dermatology.com or 415-371-8600 (SF office) /650-551-9700 (Peninsula office)

Dr. Marie Jhin, dermatologist in the Bay Area answers your questions on lasers.

Dr. Marie Jhin, a dermatologist in the SF Bay Area’s Premier Dermatology discusses how to be smart in the sun for this summer.
Talk about laser treatments is rampant.  If one were to believe all of the advertisements in magazines, laser treatments can be the answer to your skincare woes and are available everywhere from your hair salon to your Ob/Gyn.  Unfortunately, the majority of information is misleading at best and medically incorrect at worst.  This article attempt to de-mystify the information about laser treatments, provide medically important guidelines and potentially save you from disappointing results.
Types of Lasers
Lasers can be divided into two general categories:  ablative and non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers describe the group of lasers that actually cut the skin. These lasers are used to reduce wrinkles and severe sun-damage. This process is commonly referred to as “laser resurfacing”. Non-ablative lasers emit light and are commonly used for hair removal and the treatment of broken capillaries or redness in the face. 
Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing can dramatically improve the texture and appearance of your skin. In order to get these results, an ablative laser is used to remove the top layers of the skin. There is a depth of injury that you have to incur before the wrinkles will go away and when you laser to that depth, it will require at least 7 days to recover. If a provider or laser center promises a shorter downtime, then they are either not going deep enough to remove the wrinkles or they are under-estimating the recovery time.  In both cases, the patient will be disappointed in the results. Dr. Jhin always provides realistic expectations to her patients. She will take the time to explain the trade-off between down-time and real results and help patients make a decision that fits with their lifestyle.  Based on her medical training and vast experience, Dr. Jhin can adjust settings to provide a lighter or deeper treatment. Lighter treatments can improve texture and pore size with minimal (2-3 day) downtime.  
Know Who is Behind the Laser!
This is the most important aspect of any laser treatment.  The laser is a powerful tool but the outcome is dependent on the provider performing the treatment. Dermatologists are the only doctors, who in their residency, study lasers, laser physics, laser dynamics, and wound healing. Lasers are included on the dermatology board examination.  While others take weekend courses in laser operation, their experience and medical knowledge regarding lasers is lacking. Remember that laser resurfacing is a medical treatment and these lasers should be operating by qualified medical personnel. At Premier Dermatology, Dr. Jhin or one of the other doctors does ALL laser resurfacing procedures. 
Why Premier Dermatology is Your Best Bet for Lasers.
There are many considerations to take into account when researching laser procedures.
-          Does the provider have Board Certification in Dermatology and membership in the ASDS (American Society of Dermatologic Surgery)?
-          Is the physician actually operating the laser equipment?
-          Can they provide referrals from patients?
At Premier Dermatology, the answer is YES to all of these questions. Dr. Jhin performs hundreds of these procedures each year and has many happy customers.  If you are interested in finding out more about lasers and laser resurfacing, schedule a cosmetic consult with Dr. Jhin.  She will listen to your skin care concerns, determine the best options and provide honest feedback.
If you’d like more information on sunscreen options or come in for a skin cancer screening.   Please contact Robert, our Patient Manager to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at info@premier-dermatology.com or 415-371-8600 (SF office) /650-551-9700 (Peninsula office)