Avoiding Holiday Skin Freak Outs!

Here’s how to prevent them:

Acne Prone?   Watch your sleep – too little can disrupt your hormonal cycles which are what causes acne in the first place.   Stay really regular with your topical acne meds and keep a short course of doxycycline or minocycline around (1-2 weeks) and start these if you are starting to get a big breakout.   Also, most dermatologist offices can do last minute “cyst injections” for those huge ones that could last weeks.  If your skin is oily or acne prone, use moisturizers or sunscreen products that don’t make acne or oily skin worse.

Dandruff and seborrhea prone?   You know who you are!!  Scalp gets flaky, eyebrows and sometimes forehead get flaky and you break out in a rash right at the base of the nose.    Use that Selsun Blue or Sebulex every washing and let it sit on ALL those places for 1-2 minutes.   You can use your own shampoo and conditioner AFTER the Sebulex.   Or get a stronger prescription shampoo and cream from your doc – like cipropirox (Loprox) shampoo and cream.   Watch your diet –  too much sugar is bad for this, and take a probiotic daily;

Rosacea?   Diet wreaks havoc this time of year!  Try to keep the coffee, sugar and red wine especially to a minimum.  Take a probiotic daily, and use your rosacea meds religiously.   Like acne, keep a 1-2 week course of oral antibiotics on hand for real flare ups.  See the Pevonia Sensitive Skin Cleanser and Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream.  Or see a range of skin care products I recommend for sensitive skin.

Cover up problems?  Try this mineral cover-up product – it’s the best!  Mineral Corrector Palette. 

Dr. Irwin
Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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