A little too much Sun?

Everyone knows the cautions of sun exposure, and if you are curious about any dos or don’ts, sunscreen tips or cancer facts you can scroll through our list of blogs and find all the information you need to be the most sun safe this Summer. However, we know accidents happen, hats are forgotten and sunscreen is sometimes NOT reapplied; therefore here are some after-sun care tips and tricks in the event that you get a little extra ‘vitamin D’.
          – First and foremost stay out of the sun until the sunburn goes away. This may be hard to do if you are on vacation, but it really is the most vital part of healing and protecting your skin as much as possible after the burn. If you must be out in the sun make sure to wear UV Protectant clothing that covers the affected areas.
–    Take a cool bath or shower. Cool water will stop the burning process, as well as cool yourself down. You can also apply a cold, damp towel to the burnt area for 10-15 min off and on to help take the heat out of the burn.
        –  After the shower/bath APPLY LOTION! Moisture is a huge key! It will help soothe the skin as well as help prevent or lessen peeling, itching and flaking. Products with Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are most recommended. They may also help reduce skin damage, although that is not proven.  Be careful not to use lotions or creams that have any of these listed in the ingredients: petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine. Things with petroleum trap the heat in your skin (and you don’t want that!) and benzocaine and lidocaine can bother your skin. Hydrocortisone cream is acceptable for use for a day or two to relieve discomfort as well.
–           Drink lots of water! Burns take fluids from the rest of the body causing dehydration. Sports drinks and juice are also good choices. Some with severe sunburn may feel sick or dizzy- this is due to dehydration, be careful with children as this is easier for them to become sick.
          – Take an Anti-inflammatory. As soon as you are aware of the signs of sunburn take a dose of ibuprofen and continue dosage (as directed) for the next 24-48 hrs. An anti-inflammatory, opposed to just a pain medication, will help swelling and redness as well.
* If you feel excessively dizzy, weak, sick to your stomach, are experiencing  fever and chills seek medical help; or if you have blistering burns covering more than 20% of your body (DO NOT POP Blisters! Doing so can cause infection.)

Information provided by SkinCancer.org and aad.org

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! 


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.