The Magic of Moisturizer

Moisturizer is one of the most important parts of your skin care routine. Not only is choosing the right moisturizer vital, but also knowing how to use it correctly.

Washing your face with the correct cleanser is the first step to utilizing your moisturizer. Even on those busy, late nights washing your face properly makes the difference. It takes more than a splash of water to clear your skin of the day’s pollutants, bacteria, sweat and makeup.

In addition to cleansing exfoliating helps all products work at their finest. Sloughing off dead skin cells allows products to be absorbed easier and penetrate deeper- including your moisturizer. Exfoliating tools like the Clairisonic (available through Germain Dermatology) are ideal to help you get the most out of your skin care routine and products.

While skin is still damp apply your moisturizer- this will help lock in the water already on your skin– using gentle upward strokes. This light massaging motion will ensure even distribution and penetration.

Visit Dr. Germain to find out which moisturizer is best for you, follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to beautiful, soft skin.

Pregnancy Glow- Not a Myth.

Are you one of those amazingly beautiful pregnant women, who love every second of being pregnant? Or are you more realistically one of those women, who really want to enjoy being pregnant, but are uncomfortable, sick and frankly exhausted?
 It’s not a case of bad luck or bad genes, there is actually a scientific reason behind that ‘pregnancy glow’ some are blessed with (and we are willing to bet that you are glowing outside, whether you feel it inside!).
Your actual glow?
“During pregnancy, blood volume expands, giving the skin a flushed look, similar to what you get after exercise,” explains Jennifer MacGregor, MD, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology, in New York City. “Your sweat gland activity also increases, leaving more secretions on the skin, which gives it a little bit of a sheen.”
The Clear Skin?
“Your hormones seem to balance out in such a way that it can take care of skin problems,” says Judith Hellman, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. “It’s why women often go on birth control pills to clear up acne — the pills actually mimic the hormonal state of pregnancy.”
Adding to the ‘glow’ your hair and nails flourish due to extended growing periods and pre-natal vitamins. Whether you feel like a house or loving every minute of your pregnancy- know that you are still glowing to everyone around you.
It’s a scientific fact. 
*Thank you to Everyday Health for some great facts.

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!

Join Us for our 5th Annual Sparkle Party!


Have the stressors of everyday life dulled your glow? Let Dr. Germain and our skin experts help you reveal your true sparkle at the Fifth Annual Sparkle Party on Thursday, November 7 from 1:00-8:00 p.m.

The event is free, but space is limited. Guests are encouraged to call (843) 881- 4440 to reserve their space for this annual event.

Enjoy at least 25% off all cosmetic procedures and products, giveaways, live demonstrations, on site vendors, makeup consultations, cocktails and appetizers. You can also see up close the actual damage your skin has endured with the Reveal Skin Analysis.
We’ll see you on the 7th! 

Big Applause for SHE Charleston

Germain Dermatology had a wonderful time at the SHE Charleston event last weekend.  From jewelry and clothing to culinary and fashion shows the event had something for everyone!  If you were there we hope you got to pop by the Germain Dermatology booth, say hello and score some free goodies.
We are already looking forward to next year, September 26-28th 2014!

Discover the Clarisonic!

We announced recently that our office is selling the acclaimed Clarisonic tool! We are thrilled to be offering one of our favorite products straight from the halls of Germain Dermatology.  
Clarisonic tools have the power to improve your skin by getting rid of the bad to let in the good. The power is 6x better than hands alone, while still being gentle, and is done in just 60 seconds a day! 


We are offering the Clarisonic Mia 2 and the Clarisonic Pro. Each come with warranties, multiple speeds (made for sensitive to problem skin types), timers and a variety of colors.  The Clarisonic Pro comes with two extra speed settings, one for deep cleansing and the other for use on the body.
Visit us today to decide which tool is best for you! You won’t regret it.
Clarisonic, and Germain Dermatology, back up this product so strongly we are offering a 90 day no risk purchase guarantee!
Still not convinced? Get all the scoop at Clarisonic.com

Treat Yourself this Month

Being Beach ready has never been so easy! 

Botox $9.75/unit 

BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over! 
Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.


   Dysport $3.00/unit

   Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.

 SCULPTRA buy 3 vials for $2,000 (and get a $50 Rebate per vial!)

      Dermal fillers can replace lost volume in a non surgical treatment. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance. 


  Perfect 10 Peel- One Intermediate and One Advanced for $450! 

    Turning back the hands of time has never been so easy thanks to all the advancements in peels. Unveil clearer and more even skin tone with this most advanced chemical peel.

    CoolSculpting 20% off! 

      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.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes. The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless.

Fall in Love with our February Specials

We are starting out the month of love, flowers and chocolates with a few fabulous specials! These are great gift ideas, or wonderful ways to pamper yourself for the holiday!


· *  Botox $9.75/unit (Receive instant $50 rebate on Botox)
BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over!

Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.

·  * Dysport $3.00/unit
Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.

·  * Buy 1 syringe of dermal filler and get the 2ndsyringe 25% off!
Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, RADIESSE®, SCULPTRA® Aesthetic, Perlane® and Restylane® can replace lost volume in a non surgical treatment. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance.

Some fillers, such as JUVÉDERM XC, have incorporated lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience. For other fillers, Dr. Germain may use a topical anesthetic to ensure that your treatment is as pleasant as possible. She takes the time with each and every patient to be sure that she is accomplishing your aesthetic goals and, in the process, ensuring your comfort both during and after the procedure.

·  * 3 Vials of SCULPTRA for $2,100 (Receive a $50 mail in rebate PER VIAL!)
SCULPTRA Aesthetic is a long lasting dermal filler with subtle results over time; SCULPTRA aesthetic is an easy way to get a natural-looking, youthful appearance. Made with poly-L-lactic acid, SCULPTRA gradually replaces lost collagen for results that last for up to 2 years.
·  * 20% off CoolSculpting
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.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes. The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless

·  * UltraFrax:  Ultherapy +Fraxel  $900 Discount THIS MONTH!
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.

Fraxel is the original fractional laser treatment that works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections like fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. Fraxel light energy stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fraxel only treats targeted problem areas – so the results are focused and effective.

Come in to check out our great specials or pick up a gift card for your Valentine! 

Could CoolSculpting Be For You?

Have you made the same New Year’s resolution year after year with no success? Tired of fighting the gym crowds and struggling through each new fad diet? If your problem is certain target areas such as love handles, muffin tops, and hard to tone belly bulge then CoolSculpting may be right for you!

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.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes.




The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless. “No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. After your procedure you can typically get back to your regular day,” states CoolSculpting.com. The best part? Although a few months of treatment is best for your desired result you will most likely see a difference after your FIRST treatment!

Dr. Germain is the only certified dermatologist in the Lowcountry who offers this innovate process. If you are interested or have further questions give us a call today! 843-881-4440 or visit the Germain Website for lots of great demonstrations and information. 

The Brittle Nail Blues

Your nails are an important part of your appearance. Whether you realize it, or not, people notice your hands and nails from gestures when you speak, to pointing, and even with routine fidgeting. Many daily activities bring attention to your hands and your nails. It is always nice to have nicely manicured fingers, but what if your nails aren’t so cooperative? Over 20% of people have brittle nails causing them to look dry, cracked and plain out icky. Whether the cause of your brittle nails is from too many acrylic manicures or from a more serious problem it still affects your self esteem and should treated.

Photo From: DIYHealth.com
As you know, fingernails are made of hair, and just like the hair on our head our nails are completely unique from person to person. Some people can tolerate harsh detergents and cleaning products on their nails where it will destroy other’s. Brittle nails can be peeling horizontally or vertically, can have deep cracks or crevices, and are usually very weak.

According to the NYC Langone Medical Center, “Brittleness in the nail may be caused by trauma, such as repeated wetting and drying, repeated exposure to detergents and water, and excessive exposure to harsh solvents, such as those found in nail polish remover. If your nails are regularly exposed to such stresses, it may be worth trying protective gloves when washing dishes and doing other chores. In the case of nail polish remover, gentler, less toxic brands are available.

Photo From: Handresearch.com
Nail brittleness may also be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as Raynaud’s disease , low thyroid function ( hypothyroidism ), or lung conditions. Other possible causes include skin diseases (psoriasis, lichen planus, alopecia areata) as well as endocrine disorders, tuberculosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and malnutrition. Selenium poisoning can also cause brittle nails.”

Depending on the severity of your nails and your own personal feeling toward your health you may want to see your doctor to rule out any underlying causes. If you don’t have any underlying health issues and can’t seem to overcome your brittle nails visit your dermatologists for some treatment ideas and preventive suggestions (such as wearing dish gloves, nixing gel and acrylic manicures, etc). 

If your brittle nails seem to be another lovely symptom of the winter season try to temporarily protect your nails and hands against harsh agents and moisturize after washing your hands to prevent extra dryness. Hands and nails are often the first thing others notice about you, make yours a good impression. 

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*Don’t forget to Vote for Dr. Germain as Best Dermatologist in the 2013! Voting ends January 16th. Vote here: charlestoncitypaper.com/BOC.