Spreading the Sparkle- Another Great Year!

to everyone who came out to our 2014 Sparkle Party! We had such a great time spreading the glamour of Germain Dermatology to all our fantastic patients and friends. We hope you enjoyed this year’s event as much as we did. Make sure to LIKE us on Facebook to see all the  ‘Red Carpet’ photos and shots from the evening! 
*Don’t forget to tag yourself so other’s can see all the fun you had! 

We’d also love to see your pictures from the night- share with us on any of our social media pages (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @GermainDermatology) and tag #GermainSparkle.

As always, your opinion matters! We would love to hear what you thought of this year’s event. Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or comment below.

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

One Blowout~One Week of Beautiful Hair

Blowouts are quickly becoming a beauty standard, and we love them! Whether giving yourself some TLC, preparing for a week of meetings or getting an extra dose of beauty before a night out we all want our money to stretch as far as it can, and with this popular treat that is not always an easy task.

Try these daily tips from Birchbox to extend the life of your next blowout:

Day 1
Bask in the glory of your freshly blown-out hair. Avoid touching your hair, which will cause it will lose volume and stimulate your scalp to produce oil. Before bed, wrap hair loosely in a silk scarf.

Day 2
Your hair should still be in pretty good condition today. Use a comb to part hair an inch or two further to the side for some extra volume. Again, avoid touching!

Day 3
By this point, your hair is probably starting to look and feel a bit limp. Revive roots with a restyling spray like Oscar Blandi’s
 Jasmine Protein Mist. According to Oscar Blandi, “Everyday styling can dry out the hair so my Jasmine Protein Mist is perfect to bring back the moisture so the hair will respond better.”Spray it on your roots before using a round brush and hairdryer to refresh your strands. Trust us, it’s not cheating.

Day 4
Dry shampoo is your best friend. We like to use a powder version like Blow
 Faux Dry Shampoo, which effectively soaks up excess oil and makes roots look fresh. Apply it to the crown of your head and then let it sit for a minute before brushing hair to remove any signs of the powder.

Day 5
One of the best reasons to skip shampoo is that it’s must easier to style dirty hair. Unwashed hair has the texture to stay in place, plus pesky flyaways won’t get in the way. Apply more
 dry shampoo at your roots as well as a heat protectant before curling hair with a curling iron. Bouncy waves will camouflage any dirtiness.

Day 6

When we think of dirty hair, we think of perfect braids. Without wispies and flyaways to worry about, your plaits are better than ever and no one will realize you haven’t washed in days. 
Day 7

You finally made it! Before you run for the shower we have one more style up our sleeve. Use a texturizing dry shampoo like Oribe
 Dry Terturizing Spray to majorly boost your volume and create a trendy topknot, and pair with a headband or sparkly barrette to dress up the style.
**Want your blowout to survive a workout regimen? Check out this article from Allure

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!

6 Steps to Washing Your Face- the Right Way!

We are always telling patients and customers what products are best to use for their skin and needs, but what about how to use these products. Many patients go home with a new product and have no idea how to properly use it for the best results.
One of the simplest and most widely used products is face wash. It is easy to assume you know how to wash your face, you’ve been doing it your whole life, however you may be surprised to know there really is a correct, effective, way to wash.
We love these 6 steps to correct washing from our friend, Dr. Jessica Wu, Hollywood.
1.     Remove eye makeup. If you don’t, it will smear all over your face, work its way into your eyes, and ruin your towels. I use Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, available at drugstores. If you wear contacts, take them out first.
2.     Splash with lukewarm water. This will help your cleanser spread over your skin, so you won’t have to use as much. Avoid hot water, which can dry your skin and aggravate rosacea and redness.
3.     Use a liquid face wash. Many bar soaps contain sulfates and other strong detergents that make a lot of suds — great for removing grime from dirty hands and feet, but irritating on delicate facial skin. If your skin is dry or sensitive, use a creamy or milky cleanser, like Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. For normal to oily skin, try a gel or foaming wash, like Olay Foaming Face Wash for Oily/Combination Skin, Orlane Purifying Gel Cleanser, or Clinique Wash Away Gel Cleanser (for very oily skin).
4.     For sensitive skin, massage cleanser onto skin with fingertips. For oily, acne-prone, or sun damaged skin, squeeze cleanser onto a facial sponge (like a konjac sponge) or cleansing cloth to help unclog pores and remove dead, dull skin flakes. (If you’re not familiar with them, check out my article on konjac face sponges next week.)
5.     Rinse with lukewarm water. Then pat dry with a soft towel; rubbing can redden your face and aggravate breakouts and rashes.
6.     If you use a skin-cleansing brush, rinse the brush, detach the head, and let it air-dry between uses. Many of my patients can only use their brush a few times a week, or else they break out in a rash.

Shooting for Number 9

We were more than honored to be voted the BEST Dermatologist in Charleston for 2013, and for the past 8 years! However, we have to admit, we are only the best because we serve the BEST. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Voting for The Best of Charleston 2014 is underway, and we ask each of you to keep up the momentum by voting for Germain Dermatology! 
You can vote online at www.charlestoncitypaper.com. Don’t forget to share with fellow Germain friends. Looking forward to 9 years of being the best for you! 

New Year, New YOU!

Are you ready for a change? Let us help make 2014 the year of YOU! With only a couple days before the New Year we can give you realistic goals and plans to create the you that you have always desired.  From smoother skin to ridding the body of those hard to loose inches we can treat you head to toe making you look as young as you feel!
On average only about 60% of women are happy with their appearance, however 80% of women feel they look good for their age. But we don’t like to rely on numbers. We want our clients to look as good as they feel on the inside- age is just a number, right?!
Roughly 45% of women between teenagers and seniors would consider having plastic surgery. But what if there were less invasive, just as effective ways, to get the results you want? See below for some non-invasive, revolutionary procedures offered at Germain Dermatology. 
Have some extra Inches you can’t seem to shake? Maybe that stubborn muffin top or those saddlebags? Check out our CoolSculpting and DualSculpting procedures.
CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, no surgery required. Zeltiq uses precisely targeted cold therapy in a comfortable treatment room. Most people ask, ‘Well if you’re freezing fat, then why can’t I just put a 20-lb bag of ice on my muffin top?’, however, CoolSculpting is not actually freezing the fat but taking away the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystalizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes. It’s the painless “cool” new way to get rid of fat in specific areas.
Concerned about brown spots caused by sun damage or aging? Dr. Germain can examine your skin and customize a regimen specifically for you. From GermainRx products like the Retinol Smoothing Serum to the popular Clear + Brilliant Treatment we will have your skin tone even and bright in no time.

How about pesky loose skin around your neck or eyelids? Non-invasively remove the extra skin with our Ultherapy treatment.
Ultherapy allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin’s surface. New collagen is naturally created and restore skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look.
The beauty of Ultherapy ‘uplifting ultrasound’ is that it is a face and neck treatment that improves skin laxity in a meaningful way but completely non–surgically. One treatment triggers the body’s own regenerative process of building new collagen to lift and tighten the skin — gradually, naturally, and from the inside out.

Not feeling so smiley about your smile lines? How about sunken cheeks? Let us plump up your appearance for a new youthful look with one of our Dermal Fillers and Volumizers.

A beautiful, youthful look comes from within. So rejuvenating your appearance requires more than just topical treatments. True improvement requires that deeper issues be addressed, specifically loss of facial volume.
Whatever your concerns are we will work together to make sure you look and feel your best! Call now to make an appointment for the new year- let’s work on the year of YOU!

How is your Holiday Hair?

The holiday season is ‘the most wonderful time of year’, but it comes with some consequences. You want to look your best for the parties, the photos, the old friends and even the criticizing family members. One of the first things we primp and prep for events is our hair, but what we do to our hair can affect more than just our appearance. Everything from the tools to the type of dye you use can determine your hair’s health. The habits of how you treat your hair before and after styling can set the path for healthy beautiful, natural, hair.
Try following these tips for better hair health from the AAD:

  • Dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath. Another alternative is letting your hair air-dry. Most people should handle wet hair as little as possible as wet hair breaks more easily when combed or brushed. However, people with tightly curled or textured hair should brush their hair when wet to decrease the chances of hair breakage.
  • Keep brushing to minimum. Brushing your hair 100 strokes each day can cause split ends.
  • Reduce the use of “long-lasting hold” styling products. Using a comb to style your hair after you apply the product can cause the hair to break and can lead to hair loss over time.
  • Flat irons should be used on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting, no more often than every other day. If you use a curling iron, only leave it in place for a second or two. No matter your hair type, excessive heat can damage your hair.
  • Do not continuously wear braids, cornrows, ponytails and hair extensions. These styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop.
  • When coloring your hair choose a dye that is darker rather than lighter than your natural color to minimize hair damage. If you choose to go lighter, select a dye within three shades of your natural color as more lightening requires higher volumes of peroxide.
Here’s to happy holidays and healthy hair! 

It’s Like Magic, Microdermabrasion

Put your best face forward this holiday season with one of our revitalizing microdermabrasion treatments.  Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that gently exfoliates your skin. The results will leave you with smoother, brighter and more even skin tone- with no down time!
There are many over the counter microdermabrasion products, but the microdermabrasion that a dermatologist performs goes a bit deeper into the skin making it more effective.

We offer two Microdermabrasion options:

SilkPeel® Dermalinfusion™ is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. The only technology to provide simultaneous exfoliation, evacuation, and the delivery of condition-specific topicals, SilkPeel offers advanced skin care for almost every skin type and condition. SilkPeel is customizable and can treat skin conditions such as acne, aging, pigmentation and other common ailments affecting the skin. This clinically proven treatment offers immediate results with no downtime and in only 40 minutes. Silk Peel is great as a stand-alone treatment, for pre-event, or as a way to optimize your laser treatments.  

The DermaSweep treatment uses soft bristles to gently exfoliate the skin with simultaneous delivery of skin specific topical solutions. The topical solutions are formulated to treat acne, dehydration, hyperpigmentation and other common skin ailments. DermaSweep is ideal for patients with more sensitive skin types.

If you are concerned about a dull complexion, uneven skin tone or texture, age spots, dark spots or melasma come visit us for treatment today- with plenty of time to look amazing in those holiday photos!

Higher BMI Can Affect Acne

This time of year everyone begins to stress about holiday eating and the lovely pounds that come with it. How much can you gain and be ok with, how much do you need to loose before the family feast arrives… it’s an ongoing battle and you’re not in it alone.
But, did you realize that being (medically) overweight could actually increase your acne? According to Allure Magazine, “In a study of 2,878 volunteers, all ages 18 or 19, researchers found that women (but not men) who had a BMI over 25 were significantly more likely to have moderate to severe acne than those who had a BMI less than 25, even after accounting for differences in diet… The link did not appear to be influenced by mental distress (which is known to affect both skin and body weight).”
“The most recent study highlighting a link was published this month in The Archives of Dermatology and included roughly 3,600 teenagers. The researchers looked closely at their weight and its relation to their skin, factoring in several variables that could also play a role, including age, puberty and diet. High-sugar junk foods like candy and soda are not only linked to weight gain, for example, but are also known to worsen acne.”
“Researchers have proposed several explanations for the link. One is that an excess of androgens caused by obesity provokes acne.” (Testosterone, for example is an androgen.)  “As for why girls would be more greatly affected than boys, it is possible that having bad skin and being overweight cause them greater psychological strain, which in turn prompts the release of stress hormones that only worsen the problem, some researchers suggest.” NewYork Times Well Blog, by Anahad O’Connor.
Maybe a little food for thought to be a touch more conservative with the holiday goodies? Over-eating, and eating badly, doesn’t just affect your muffin top- it can also have serious health effects as well as possibly increasing your acne.
If you suffer from moderate to severe acne we suggest you come in to see Dr.Germain or our PAs for a consultation. They can help find a link to what causes your acne, and how to control it. There may be many factors that contribute to your break-outs, and we will get to the bottom of it!