Good Skin Care Habits To Start- Part Two

habit_signIn the last blog post, I outlined five good skin care habits to start as part of an effective preventive program to maintain and improve your skin’s appearance as you progress through life.  Today, I will add five more good habits to develop to continue to achieve your skin care goals:

      1. Do Not Pick Or Pop
        picking_skinAs humans, we all seek to have smooth skin.  As a result, we are frequently tempted to resolve a visual or palpable skin problem by picking at it or popping it.  Unfortunately, this temporary solution can result in permanent scarring.  The scars can be worse than the original problem, leaving behind dark pigmentation and even divots in the skin.  While there are treatments for these scars, they can not eliminate the scarring completely or restore the skin to 100% of its original status.  The best medicine is not to cause the scar in the first place.
      2. Have Regular Facials
        facialA good facial is not an extravagance, although you may feel pampered after having one.  Most people who have facials every 1-3 months notice that their face appears more healthy.  The Hydrafacial we use here at Maine Laser Skin Care combines benefits of cleansing, hydrating and exfoliating the skin in one treatment. Facials can complement your regular skin care routine in the same way that a dental cleaning (professionally done complements your daily brushing and flossing.
      3. Get Regular Sleep
        Many medical studies have shown the benefits of regular sleep patterns and amounts, with 7 hours per night considered the optimal minimum amount.  On the flip side, losing sleep has been associated with higher rates of skin aging and lack of ability to recover from skin damage.  They don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing.
      4. Eat An Anti-inflammatory Diet
        healthy_foodsAn anti-inflammatory diet consists of eating more plant-based foods such as fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.  All these foods include higher amounts of anti-oxidant vitamins as well as omega-3 fatty acids.  Such diets have been shown to decrease and neutralize the inflammatory chemical reactions within the human body that cause premature aging.  On the contrary, diets based on animal proteins and highly processed foods increase and fan the flames of inflammation in the body, accelerating the aging process.
      5. Exercise Regularly 
        exercise_sweatYou are all probably on board with the concept that regular exercise is good for you and your body in general.  But regular exercise is especially good for your skin as well.  Exercise increases circulation to the skin which helps speed healing and improve nutrients flowing to the skin.  Cardiovascular exercise which induces sweating helps to clear your pores and purge your skin of impurities.  Exercise also reduces your total body stress which itself can reduce cortisol-based hormone fluctuations, which also contribute to inflammation.

As you may have noticed from this group of tips and good habits, doing things that are good for your body in general will be good for your skin as well.  Any activity that causes stress or inflammation in your body will eventually show up in your skin either as premature aging or skin outbreaks.

Many of these habits will make your skin as well as your body and life better without any extra expense.  I know that many of them seem like common sense, but as I have often seen in medicine, common sense is not always commonly practiced.

If you have any questions about your skin, these habits or any skin treatments or products, please give us a call at (207) 873-2158 to schedule a free consultation.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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