The Top Skin Concerns Dermatologists Treat Every Fall
Dermatologists have seen it all — from breakouts on strange parts of the body to textural issues like orange peel skin. In the fall, there are some particularly common skin concerns that skin experts say they are asked to examine more than others. Ahead, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali and Dr. Michael Kaminer, board-certified dermatologists and Skincare.com consultants, share what these seasonal concerns are and detail their tips for treating and preventing them.
Summer Sun Damage
When summer turns to fall, Dr. Kaminer says that he sees an increase in appointments focused on sun damage. One common form of damage is melasma or skin discoloration characterized by the darkening of the skin, typically in patches on the face. Like most forms of skin discoloration, melasma is often caused or made worse by prolonged sun exposure. Other common forms of sun damage are sunspots and fine lines and wrinkles.
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As the humidity levels and temperatures drop, Dr. Bhanusali says that one of the top concerns he sees is dry or dehydrated skin. This can be caused by lower levels of moisture in the air and from summer sun damage. Be sure to incorporate a gentle cleanser like the CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser and a creamy moisturizer like the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream into your morning and nighttime routines. On the body, use a hydrating body wash when you shower, pat your skin dry and immediately lock in hydration with body butter, lotion or cream.
“We also see a lot of contact dermatitis due to reactions to wool and other cold-weather clothing,” says Dr. Bhanusal. To avoid this type of skin irritation, consider wearing a soft cotton shirt underneath sweaters and thick clothing to create a barrier between your skin and the fabric.
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