Up Close With Katie~ Germain Dermatology Staff Feature

Just like our patients our Germain staff suffers from common skin issues, the occasional breakout and even wrinkles! Ever wonder what they do to look so fabulous? Find out on our Staff Blog post. Each month we will feature a different staff member their favorite products, routines, skin care battles and more.

Katie Hyatt  

Medical Assistant

26 years young

 Skin Type: Oily, Adult Acne, Melasma, Sun Damage

Morning Skin Care Regimen: 

Germain Rx Antioxident Soothing Cleanser
Germain Rx Skin Ton Enhancement Pads
Germain Rx Magic Eyes
Germain Rx Matte Perfection Sunscreen

Night Time Skin Care Regimen:
Germain Rx Problem Skin Cleanser 2
*Or Germain Rx Brightening Polish
Tazorac 0.1% Gel
Germain Rx Skin Enhancement Treatment Cream 20%
Latisse

Using Routine:  4 years off and on due to changes with Pregnancy

Favorite Germain Rx Product:

Germain Rx Skin Tone Enhancement Pads
“The Perfect lighter blend of kojic acid, arbutin and bearberry to achieve an even glow.”

Favorite other Product:

Germain Rx Brightening Polish
“It is the perfect Exfoliator that isn’t irritating for my skin.”

Favorite Cosmetic Procedure(s):  

Silk peel
“I tried to have one silk peel a month while I was pregnant, and I believe that was a major factor of how my acne continued to stay stable during pregnancy. I  also loved the Germain RX ‘Pregnancy Regimen’. 

*Katie also loves the V-Beam Calming Laser and Laser Hair Removal

Favorite Facial Make-Up:Jane Iredale BB cream

 Jane Iredale pure pressed powder
Best advice from Dr. Germain:

“What’s the biggest room in your house?…the room for improvement!”  – Dr. Germain
“You never want to look different, you just want to look like a better version of yourself.”

Katie’s Best Advice:The key to anti-aging is sunscreen and retinol. These are the two most important things that should be in everyone’s daily skin care regimen. Retinol is the backbone to all regimens, while sunscreen is your preventative main. If you are wanting a third product Vitamin C is the next in line!”
Katie leaves you with this last message:
“It’s a journey not a race, do what you can when you can.”

Up Close With Christina- Germain Staff Feature

Just like our patients our Germain staff suffers from common skin issues, the occasional breakout and even wrinkles! Ever wonder what they do to look so fabulous? Find out on our Staff Blog post. Each month we will feature a different staff member their favorite products, routines, skin care battles and more.

Christina Williams
Cosmetic Specialist
29 years young
 Skin TypeCombination Skin, Acne-Prone, Melasma

Morning Skin Care Regimen: 
Skin Enhancing 10% Glycolic Wash
Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Advanced Restorative Bio Therapy

Super Sheer Sunblock

Night Time Skin Care Regimen:
Skin Enhancing 10% Glycolic Wash

Rejuvenation Pads 10x
Skin Tone Enhancement Pads 6%
Advanced Restorative Bio Therapy

Using Routine: Approximately 7 Years

Favorite Germain Rx Product:
Germain Rx Rejuvenation Pads
“They are anti-aging and they increase your skin cell turnover making your skin brighter!”

Favorite other Product:
Germain Rx Advanced Restorative Bio Therapy

“I love this rich emollient moisturizer. It is made with apple plant stem cells, has ceramides and peptides to help with hydration and collagen building and it also smells good.”

Favorite Cosmetic Procedure(s):  

Clear + Brilliant
“After working here for seven years it’s hard to pick just one favorite procedure!  I love everything.  Clear and brilliant is probably my most favorite.  I suffer from melasma and it has helped to keep the melasma under control.   Coolsculpting, botox and silk peels are at the top of the list also.” 

Favorite Facial Make-Up:
Jane Iredale Radiant Loose Minerals


Best advice from Dr. Germain:

“You never want to look different, you just want to look like a better version of yourself.”

Christina’s Best Advice:
“The three best and most important products to have in your skin care regimen are Retinol, Vitamin C and Sunscreen.  Preventative maintenance is number one! Always wear sunscreen!”

Christina sends you off with note, I love helping people achieve great results.   When people feel good, they look good! 

Restore a More Vibrant You!

September is here and the kids are back in school. For all the parents out there, the summer is a chance to reconnect with the kids and also enjoy that special time with them. But often as the summer winds down, we hear from many parents that it also is a time where both the kids and parents are ready for school to be back in session. Remember when you were a kid and the summer seemed to last forever? 


But now that the kids are back to reading, writing and math (yes, we know arithmetic) – it’s time to undo all that sun damage your delicate skin experienced over the summer. Below is a local mom of two, Lauren. As you can tell, Lauren is has melasma. Melasma is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face. Melasma is a very common skin disorder. Though it can affect anyone, young women with brownish skin tones are at greatest risk. Melasma is often associated with the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. It is especially common in pregnant women, women who are taking birth control pills (oral contraceptives) and women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause. Sun exposure is also a strong risk factor for melasma. The condition is particularly common in tropical climates. You can read more about melasma here… 

Lauren underwent a laser illumination peel and look at the dramatic difference! Wow! 

BEFORE LASER ILLUMINATION PEEL 
& GERMAIN RX PRODUCTS 
AFTER LASER ILLUMINATION PEEL & 
GERMAIN RX PRODUCTS 

If your skin is crying out for a renewed look, it’s time to discover the wide variety of peels we have. 

Germain Dermatology offers a variety of skin care treatments. With just one treatment you will notice a difference in the overall appearance of your skin. Best results are obtained through a series of treatments. 
Enjoy luminous results from a medical grade form of microdermabrasion.  Skin conditions such as acne, aging, pigmentation or other common conditions can be treated during this procedure. A silk peel provides exfoliation as it delivers specifically formulated solutions deep into the skin without damaging its natural structure.  This clinically proven treatment can be used by itself or as a way to optimize laser treatments.
 $100 per treatment or 6 for $500

Give yourself a fresh start with this medical grade form of microdermabrasion for sensitive skin.  The Dermasweep is a unique procedure that provides the use of soft bristles that sweep away the dead skin layer while infusing the skin simultaneously. This procedure has no down time and leaves you with immediate results of smoother and softer skin.
 $100 per treatment or 6 for $500

Reveal a clearer and more youthful you!  A mild chemical peel using Salicylic acid leaves your skin softer and your complexion clearer. The Therapeel is beneficial in improving dull looking skin, acne prone or oily skin, and photo damaged skin. You will begin to see effective results as the exfoliation process takes place a few days after treatment.   You can expect 3-5 days of visible exfoliation.
$75 per treatment or 3 for $200
Discover your inner glow.  Great anti-aging benefits are achieved though the application of glycolic acid. Enhance a procedure or experience this chemical peel on its own. The overall appearance of your skin will be brighter and smoother. Glycolic compliments any acne regimen but is not recommended for rosacea patients.
$50 per treatment or $30 as an enhancement to a Silk Peel or Dermasweep
Unveil and restore a more vibrant you.  Even your skin complexion with a moderate combination of chemicals. With the use of Lactic, Resorcinol, Salicylic and Retinol acids the skin will slough its top layer and reveal a more even toned complexion.  Helps to improve acne and hyperpigmentation.   You can expect 4-6 days of visible exfoliation.

$150 per treatment or 3 for $400

Fight the effects of time.  Aggressively treat your uneven complexion with an affective combination of chemicals. With the use of a higher percentage of Lactic, Resorcinol, Salicylic and Retinol acids the skin will shed its top most layer and reveal a more even tone. You will notice a reduction in fine lines and rough textures and an improvement of hyperpigmentation and acne. You can expect 4-6 days of visible exfoliation.
$200 per treatment or 3 for $550
Achieve baby soft skin.  This procedure will slough off unwanted hair and excess skin allowing for an improved make up application. Dermaplaning can be requested as a stand alone treatment or in combination with a peel. The hair does not grow back thicker or darker and is a better solution to waxing or plucking for the same immediate and amazing results.
$50 per treatment or $30 as an enhancement to a Silk Peel or Dermasweep

Find out why we’re Charleston’s Best Dermatologist. Call for your appointment today 843-881-4440. 



Lighten Up! The skinny on Melasma

With summer rapidly approaching, it is important that residents of the Lowcountry protect themselves against skin conditions. While many people are aware of conditions such as melanoma, not many are aware of the more common condition known as melasma. 


Melasma is a common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. It is common for most people to get it on their cheeks, the bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, or above their upper lip. In rare instances, it can appear on other parts of the body that gets lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck. Statistics show that women are much more likely to get melasma than men. In fact, it is so common during pregnancy that it is sometimes referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”. 

Studies have also shown that people with darker skin, such as those of Latin/Hispanic, North African, African-American, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern,  and Mediterranean descent are more likely to get melasma. It is not life threatening, however many people dislike the way melasma makes their skin look.
Lauren Before – patches of melasma
on forehead 
Lauren after – using Germain Rx Products
& utilizing laser procedures 





Common melasma triggers include:
Sun Exposure: Ultraviolent (UV) light from the sun can stimulate the melanocytes. In fact, just a small amount of sun exposure can make melasma return after fading, which is why melasma is often worse in the summer.  It is also why many people with melasma get it multiple times.
A change in hormones: Pregnant women often get melasma. When it appears in pregnant women, it is called or chloasma or the “mask of the pregnancy”. Birth control pills and hormone replacement medicine can also trigger melasma. 

Cosmetics: Skin care products that irritate the skin may worsen melasma.

If the melasma doesn’t fade, there are many treatment options available that we can offer. These include hydroquinone, topical medicines and laser procedures. 
Here’s some easy ways to manage melasma

* Wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat
* Use your medicine as directed 
* See Dr. Germain and her staff regularly.