Dr. Germain Contributes to Health.com Feature on Acne- *Sneak Peak

Dr. Germain was asked to give her take on age old Acne Myths for an upcoming freelance article on Health.com.  Here is a sneak peak of her contribution. Make sure to visit Health.com in the next few weeks for the full article written by Germain Dermatology friend and women’s health writer, Keira Aaron.

Can Chocolate cause acne?
“Yes. However, it is not the chocolate itself (not the cocoa powder) but all the other stuff that is added to make the chocolate taste good. Sugar itself, or any food with a high glycemic index, can increase acne. High glycemic index food increases insulin-like growth factor 1 which cause increased keratinization in the follicles and also is an inflammatory which has detrimental effects on acne prone individuals.” 

Can Sunscreen clogs your pores?
“Yes. Many people say that sunscreens make their acne worse. They can clog pores, but usually it is the chemical sunscreens that increase acne due to irritating the skin. Look for products that have physical blocks (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) in a sheer base.  Look for ingredients such as dimethicone, cyclomethicone and glycerin and look for added antioxidants like green tea. Green tea can actually decrease the keratin build up in the follicles which can improve acne.”
Can Toothpaste heal a zit?
“Toothpaste can dry out a pimple because it has some ingredients (like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, triclosan) which are antibacterial and drying.  That being said, I would not recommend it because it can be irritating if left on the skin for long periods of time and there are acne preparations and blemish creams that are designed for spot treatment that are much more effective.” 

Can Your period make you breakout?“Yes. Your hormones change over the month and right before your period, ratios of hormones change in a way the increases the probability of acne.  Also, 15% (a surprisingly high percentage) of the female population has polycystic ovary syndrome which can cause severe fluctuations in acne lesions and formation of nodules and huge cysts.” 

Don’t forget to visit Health.com for the full story on Acne Myths, contributed to by our own Dr. Germain, as well as many other great articles for your health and skin. And thank you to Keira Aaron for thinking of us for the feature!  

Schedule Your Next Appointment with Louisa Floyd, PA

Need a dermatologist? Have an immediate issue that needs to be seen? Come see our expert PA Louisa Flyod. Louisa sees patients Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 8-4pm, Wednesday 12-7pm and assists Dr. Germain in surgeries each Monday.

Have a busy schedule? Louisa also holds clinics alternating Saturdays from 8-12pm.
Call for details & schedule 843-881-4440

Louisa offers this advice when choosing sunscreen: 
“When choosing a sunblock, remember to pay attention to the ingredients rather than just the SPF number.  The SPF number only indicates UVB protection, but you need a sunblock that is ‘broad-spectrum’ and protects from both UVA and UVB.  Look for ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.”

Call to schedule an appointment with Louisa Floyd, PA today: 843-881-4440

Celebrate the Dad in Your Life with Germain Rx

REMINDER: Father’s Day is THIS Sunday, June 15th

Did you know that 9 in 10 men (ages 18+) are using some sort of grooming product today? It’s not only women who want to look healthy, youthful and glowing anymore. 
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For those scrambling to find the perfect Father’s Day gift, we have you covered. Get the Dad in your life our Germain Rx Father’s Day Gift Set which includes Brightening Polish, Antioxidant Pads and our Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen. This set comes bundle and wrapped- ready to give! Get it now for only $85 ~ Regularly $109!

Don’t forget to enter your Dad for the Ultherapy Giveaway– ‘Dad’s Chin Could Win’! 
Or enter yourself, we won’t tell!

Want to add something extra? Check out our June specials:
– Germain Pore Refining Mask: 20% off 
– Vitamin C Brightening Serum: 20% off 
– Clarisonic Pro (perfect for a man’s face): 20% off 

We hope you and the ‘Dad’ in your life have a wonderful Father’s Day. 

Get The Most Out Of Your Skin Screening

Yearly skin screenings are one of the most important steps you can take to ensure early detection of skin cancers.  In order to get the most out of your skin check follow our simple three steps:
1-    Mark (with washable marker) any spots that concern you. New spots, ones that have changed in appearance or ones that are irritating you are always important to note.

2-    Come to your appointment sans lotions, oils and makeup. Having your hair down or without product also makes it easier for your doctor to check your scalp.

3-    Remove all nail polish before your appointment. Skin under the nails is especially susceptible to UV rays, being able to see through the nail for any spots is important.
Bring any questions or concerns you may have with you- we are here to help!