Don’t Let Sweat Ruin Your Clear Skin~ Germain Dermatology

Even though Fall may be on the horizon August is one of Charleston’s hottest months. Sweat can wreck havoc on your pores, especially when mixed with makeups and powders. Sweat will combine with the product on your face and become occlusive, or air-tight, preventing your pores from breathing. The results are breakouts, bumps and blackheads.



Want to keep your clear skin even with the heat? We recommend our Germain Rx Pore Refining Mask. This specially made mask cleans and tightens pores while absorbing excess oils, which are abundant this time of year. Made with Gycerin, Zinc Oxide, Kaolin, Hectorite and Benzyl Sulfer this cleansing treatment reaches deep into the skin and even helps to dry up blackheads.

Dr. Germain recommends using the mask twice a week to keep pores open and clear. 

Banish Your Blackheads

Living in the Lowcountry, we all know that we have to protect our skin from sunburns and other skin conditions, but did you know that during these humid summer months, your skin may also develop blackheads? 
Blemish Clearing Gel can help get rid of blackheads
A blackhead is a yellow or blackish bump or plug on the skin that is a type of acne. Contrary to the common belief that it is caused by poor hygiene, blackheads are caused by excess oils that mix with the skin. 
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it affects more than 40 to 50 million Americans today.
Pore Refining Mask sold at Germain Dermatology
Frequent causes of blackheads are genetics, hormones, some medications, stress, humidity, and physical irritation. When it is humid and someone suffering from acne sweats, the sweat may mix in with the oils in the skin, which could cause blackheads.  Tight clothing, which chafes or rubs an area of the skin, may also result in blackheads in these humid conditions. Pregnant women may also get blackheads, which is usually a result of significant changes in their hormones.
It is also very common for teenagers and young adults to get blackheads. While it is unknown why, a growing number of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s have blackheads according to the American Academy of Dermatology. 
Basic Acne Control System
Blackheads can be treated with products that don’t require a prescription but it’s in your best interest to sit with Dr. Germain for a consultation if you’ve never had one.  Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. However, sometimes medicine may not work if you have a severe case of blackheads. In this instance, it is best to make an appointment with Dr. Germain and her staff for a consultation on other treatments or procedures. For more on the Germain Rx Acne systems, please visit the products section at www.germaindermatology.com
Here are a few tips to help manage blackheads:
  • Do not pick, scratch, or squeeze blackheads as this can cause scarring
  • Do not under any circumstances tan to get rid of blackheads. Doing so increases your risk of getting skin cancer.
  • Be gentle to your skin. Scrubbing your skin will not clear blackheads and can often times make them worse. 

Remember, your skin is your largest organ, so just like your dental cleanings or yearly annuals, make your appointment with your dermatologist today by calling us at (843) 881-4440.