It’s Been a Beautiful 9 Years Charleston- THANK YOU!

The Charleston City Paper, and each of you, has graciously blessed us with the honor of being the Best Dermatologist in Charleston for the ninth year in a row! We are more than ecstatic to have won this recognition, especially in a city known for it’s BEAUTIFUL people. We could not get here without our wonderful patients and supporters- we are speechless.

Now Available: SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™

We are excited to share a fantastic product, now available at Germain Dermatology, SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™.
SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™ is the first topical scar product that supports the scar formation process and works from beginning to end to help smooth and minimize the appearance of most scars.
Designed for newer scars, this revolutionary formula features Centelline, a proprietary blend of naturally-derived specialty ingredients made up of Oleuropein – a standardized extract of olive leaf, with exceptional calming, soothing properties, Centella Asiatica – a highly effective antioxidant, which assists in the management of inflammatory responses to injury and Bulbine Frutescens – sap extract
from a South
African succulent, clinically proven to support the wound management process. 
Successful on all skin types, SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™ will effectively soften and minimize the appearance of red or pinkish scars.
Treatment is simple- just apply morning and evening once your wound has fully healed, continue use until the scar turns white and flat.  While the gel is useful in treating many scar types it is particularly helpful with post-procedure scars (such as a breast augmentation or a C-Section) massively lessening the incision scars.

Put Your Best Face Forward

Looking for some ways to up your make-up game? See some celebrity tips below, it’s easier than you think. 
Applying Primer:
Primer fills in fine lines and smoothes pores, it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. Consider it the key to making your skin makeup-ready.
  • Apply Moisturizer First.
  • Remember that a little goes a long way.
  • Avoid the eye area (you want to use concealer and highlighting here).
  • Let primer set for a few minutes before applying foundation.

The Perfect Eyeliner:
Pencil, gel or liquid; winged, smudged or clean ­– the options are plentiful.
When using a pencil
  •  Make sure it is always sharpened to a point.
  •  Line as close to your lash line as you can (most suggest lining your ‘waterline’).
  •  Warm tip of pencil in your fingers for smoother application.
  •  Apply in short strokes.

When using cream or gel
  • Always choose a long wear formula.
  • Set the line by pressing eye shadow on top.
  • Use and angled brush for creative cat lines and more.
  • Use a precision brush for ultra thin lines.

When using Liquid
  • Great for hooded eyelids or oily skin.
  • Clean up mistakes with pointed q-tips.
  • Use a thin applicator for easiest use.

*Extra Tip: want to widen your eyes? Skip the black liner and go for a color. Black, like in clothing, narrows your shape.
Not so False Lashes
Not everyone has time to apply false lashes before stepping out the door, nor does everyone have the money for eyelash extensions, so here are some ways to create unbelievable lashes without the hassle or the money.
  • Use an eyelash curler. Heat your curler for a few seconds with a blow dryer. Then apply curler to the base of your lash line and hold tightly while rotating your hand upwards- pinch again.
  • Apply a THIN layer of powder to the base of your lashes using a small blending brush. This will create a full base for your mascara.
  • Apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom of your lashes (not your lower lashes). Wait a few minutes then apply another coat.
  • Make any touchups with the brush tip or liquid eyeliner for gaps. 

The Art of Lipstick
Whether you wear it all the time, or just use it to glam up a night on the town there is a definite RIGHT way to apply lip color.
  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush (baby brushes are great).
  • Apply a lip cream or concealer to fill in ridges (Chapstick will make the color wear off much quicker).
  • Apply a THIN layer of your foundation over entire lip area- yes you read that right. This acts as a blender for color and a primer.
  • Always use a lip liner. Choose a neutral shade or a shade that matches your lipstick.
  • Use a Lipbrush to paint your color on, inside the lines.

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Prone to Breakouts? Say NO to Dairy.

Thanks to the wonderful World Wide Web information is at our fingertips. While this is a great asset for many things, it can be a bit dangerous when it comes to the medical field. Self-diagnosing, at home remedies and even over the counter treatments can be troublesome without a basis of fact. We want to do our part in helping you sort out the fact from the fiction.
The Truth behind: “Eating Dairy will increase or cause Acne.”
True! Dairy stimulates the body to produce a variety of hormones, which can aggravate acne.

Here’s what to avoid if you’re prone to breakouts:
·       Whole milk and full-fat dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and ice cream. The worst offenders are sweetened lattes, cappuccinos, and other coffee drinks, since they contain dairy and sugar, both of which aggravate acne. Instead, try unsweetened soy milk or almond milk in your coffee or cereal. If you can’t make that kind of commitment, then at least try nonfat organic milk, which contains fewer cow hormones. (Hormones are concentrated in milk fat.)
·       Instant breakfast drinks, energy bars, protein drinks, hot-chocolate mix, and even luncheon meats — these often contain “hidden” dairy in the form of whey and casein, which are cow proteins.
·       Creamy desserts and sauces, spreads, butters, and condiments like mayo, ranch dressing, and dips.
·       Whey protein, found in many protein powders. A report last year linked whey to moderate to severe acne flare-ups.
                                                                                            – Via Dr. Jessica Wu, Hollywood, CA
Keep in mine, that if you’re avoiding dairy, you need to obtain calcium and vitamin D from other sources. Have a myth you want the facts on? Let us know!