Spring Forward with Germain Dermatology & Jane Iredale

Spring is in the air and that means it’s time to update your makeup and skin care routine. Just in time for the season we recently were lucky enough to visit with Jane Iredale’s global trainer, Shawn Towne, learning all the top tricks and trends to share with you! 
If your makeup needs a fresh face come by and see Germain Dermatology Cosmetics Specialist, Nic Donnellan. With Jane Iredale products you can achieve any look you desire while taking the best care of your skin. You will leave feeling like the absolute BEST version of yourself. 

Call 843-881-4440 to schedule a makeup consultation today.

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.

We Are Thankful For…

We are ever grateful at this time of year for so many things!
Here is our TOP 10 list for Thanksgiving:
  1.  Our Clients! We couldn’t do any of what we do without the amazing people that come into this office! First off we thank YOU!
  2. Our Staff! With a few changes over the past year we couldn’t be more proud than the staff we have at Germain Dermatology. From the office to the doctors we truly have the best.
  3. Our City! We are blessed to be practicing in such a beautiful, historic place. Charleston is an involved, giving city and we love being here.
  4. Technology! Yes, it may sound silly, but we are grateful for the many advances in dermatological technology and IT Technology. Each of these allows us to offer the best solutions and simplest visits for our patients.
  5. Our Growth! Even in a less than ideal economy we have been lucky enough to continue to grow- including a new website, updated products and more clinic hours.
  6. Education! All of our staff not only continues their education with conferences, trainings and seminars, but also strives to learn more each day- which keeps us on top of our game for each of YOU!
  7. The Ability to Give Back! With all our blessings we feel it is very important to give back to our community. We have been lucky enough to be able to participate in community health fairs (offering free cancer screenings), charity auctions, and much more.
  8. Awareness! With campaigns such as SPOT Orange the awareness of skin cancer and yearly skin screenings is on the rise. Unfortunately, Skin Cancer cases are still on the rise as well. Our hope is with this push in awareness we can begin to bring those statistics down.
  9. FUN! We are very thankful to be able to have fun with our staff and our clients throughout the year. With events like our CoolSculpting Nights, Sparkle Party, and more we are able to get to know our patients on a different level and have fun while sharing the things we love!
  10. Our Families! We can’t leave out all those who help us ‘behind the scenes’ of Germain Dermatology. Those that listen to our exciting new additions, pour us a glass of wine on hard days, and keep us smiling and motivated every day throughout the year. 
We wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving with loved ones and thankful hearts. We truly are thankful for so many things- and it is in large part because of YOU!

Where did the Summer go?

 For most families summer break is officially over ending with the hectic back to school chaos. School supplies, new clothes, meeting with teachers, bed times and early mornings all kick off the beginning of the 2013 school year. No matter what age your kids, there are common issues that arise when the germs begin to flow. 
At one point or another kids/teens usually suffer from at least one type of acne. Whether it is severe or chronic, acne can affect the way a youth feels about themselves. Having low self-esteem or being self-conscious can greatly impact the school experience for your child.

Before the acne gets out of hand talk to a dermatologist about what the right skin care products would be. Everyone’s skin is different and different types of acne are treated in different ways. Make sure to test new products on your own skin or do a test area (small part of the cheek for example) where the skin is less sensitive to reactions before using a treatment.

Head Lice:
Head lice are a very common back-to-school problem. Despite its reputation lice does not signal uncleanliness, anyone is susceptible to the parasite. Head lice are transmitted mainly through close head-to-head contact, but can also be transmitted by sharing personal items such as combs, brushes, towels and hats. It is very important to treat lice as soon as you notice the infestation to limit spreading.

Impetigo is one of the most common skin infections in children. Impetigo, which is a bacterial infection, is contagious and can be spread to others through close contact or by sharing towels, sheets, clothing, toys, or other items. Scratching can also spread the sores to other parts of the body.

Often these bacteria enter the body when the skin has already been irritated or injured because of other skin problems such as eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, chickenpox, burns, or cuts. Children may get impetigo after they have had a cold or allergies that have made the skin under the nose raw. However, impetigo can also develop in completely healthy skin. Usually the best course of treatment is antibiotics.

Warts are more common in kids than in adults, warts are skin infections caused by viruses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. They can affect any area of the body, but tend to invade warm, moist places, like small cuts or scratches on the fingers, hands, and feet.
These warts can develop from touching anything someone with a wart has used, like towels and surfaces. Kids who bite their fingernails or pick at hangnails tend to get warts more often than kids who don’t because they can expose less-protected skin and create open areas for a virus to enter and cause the wart.
While there are obviously many other issues, infections, illnesses and unwanted things kids can bring home from school these tend to be the most common. The best recommendation for prevention is to encourage your children (and teens) to WASH THEIR HANDS often. Most issues in children are developed through viruses that can be killed with antibacterial soap. Also pay attention to your child’s environment. Does the school wipe their counters with antibacterial products? Are the bathrooms cleaned daily? These things can help to eliminate mass spreads of common problems.