All about foot care - calluses, athlete's foot and toe nails

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Chances are you’ve been shaving since your teen years, but do you experience skin irritation, razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or other such problems associated with shaving. A poll by the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) found that 78% of men who shave experience irritation. In this post, we’re just going to give you a quick overview of shaving and some tips. Hopefully, one of the tips or steps may help your skin out next time you shave!

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Another area of confusion for many people is how skin is affected by ingesting foods or drinks that contain key ingredients (for lack of a better word) versus applying them topically to the skin. For example, we know that Vitamin C is a wonderful antioxidant for the skin, but does that mean you should eat an orange or get a Vitamin C serum to apply?

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The benefits of exfoliation and massage on skin. 

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Is your sunscreen doing everything that it can for your skin? Here are some tips/recommendations to get the most out of your sun protection!

 

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Our lives can be so busy and hectic that certain habits get pushed to the side. Somehow, these also tend to be the habits associated with health, such as eating right, exercise…and skin care! What skincare practices should you absolutely not skimp on?

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The age-old saying “A little goes a long way” certainly applies to skin care. Sometimes people want the effects sooner, so they will use more product than recommended in the hopes of accelerating the results. Other people will simply use more products to try and fix everything all at once. Show your skin some love by listening to the above saying – a little goes a long way.

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Skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is also one of the few that is constantly exposed to the elements –wind and rain, hot and cold, allergens and irritants, and more. In addition, skin is the gatekeeper to the rest of the body; it works to keep harmful things out and to hold beneficial things in. These two attributes together shine a light on how important it is for us to protect our skin as much as we can. If we protect our skin, our skin will protect us. So, what are the main concerns that we need to protect our skin from?

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Did you know that diet can affect skin?

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One way to show your skin some love is to be gentle!

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Under the blanket of “Exfoliation” are two main types of exfoliation – chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation. They have the same basic goal of sloughing away the upper layers of dead skin cells and stimulating the growth of fresh, new skin cells. They both are available as at-home or in-office treatments. Despite their similarities, there are a few key differences in how they work and how they are used.

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A burning or stinging sensation, redness or dryness after applying a given product does not necessarily mean that you have “sensitive skin.” This is a common misconception that has many people believing that they have a sensitive skin condition that they may or may not actually have. The reaction may be due to the nature of the ingredients or other external factors. So, what’s the difference between sensitive skin and skin sensitivity?

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We all know that significant stress can have an impact on our internal health – such as the heart (blood pressure) and the stomach, but did you know that stress has been shown to make skin conditions worse?

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While we sleep, our skin refreshes itself. It creates brand new cells and repairs damage sustained the day before (to the best of its ability). So, what is a simple way to improve your skin? Get enough beauty sleep.

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It is very tempting to use skin care products one after the other in quick succession, but to maximize the effectiveness of the products, you should give your serums and medicated creams or ointments time to really absorb into the skin before applying your moisturizer.

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Many people use hot water when cleansing their skin because they believe that hot water is required to truly clean the skin.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Oct 13, 2015 under

An often over-looked or misunderstood part of skin care is how much to apply! Sometimes there is confusion because the instructions say something vague such as “a small amount.” How much should that be?

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This month, we will be featuring one tip or fact about skin care products, treatments and general skin care during each post.Our first tip is this: When using a skin care product, pay attention to the recommended application times.

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In our last blog, we looked at 3 ways to prevent skin aging, but what if you already have signs of skin aging? While we will look in detail at most of the main aging-skin concerns in future blog posts, let’s look at a few general improvement tips.

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We all age, but sometimes we feel that our outward appearance does not reflect the youthfulness that we still feel inside! What are the top recommendations by dermatologists to keep skin looking young by preventing premature skin aging and reducing any already-existing aging skin issues?

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Travelling Internationally? Check out our tips on packing your skin care products and purchasing new products abroad!

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Flying in a circulated air, pressurized plan at 30,000 feet has some negative affects the skin. For some people, the difference is very noticeable (to them, if not to others) whereas others experience little effect. There are 2 main ways that plane travel affects the skin.

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This is the season when people start transitioning their workouts from the indoor gym to the great outdoors. Who doesn’t love a nice morning run (or walk) by the beach in the summer? For the most part, outdoor workouts have the same skin care recommendations as indoor workouts, but here are two that become particularly important in the warmer months.

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Summer is a popular time to partake in all that nature has to offer us, which is so much! Glistening lakes, centuries-old trees, impossibly deep caverns, flowers in an array of vibrant colors…so many things to see! While you’re out exploring, don’t let skin problems hold you back! Here are a few things to pack & remember for your outdoor adventures this season.

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You know to wear broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen & to reapply, but what are some other ways can you keep your skin looking its best?

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As we said in a recent blog post, “heavy duty” exfoliation (i.e. harsh scrubbing particles & deep peels) is not highly recommended in the summer because the increased UV exposure can damage the newer, freshly uncovered skin cells, but daily chemical exfoliation is great in the summer because it works more gently & slowly!

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Moisturizer is sometimes forgotten as we talk about summer skin care, but it is an important part of keeping your skin healthy & happy!

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I know that you know the sunscreen is important to your skin’s health because it helps prevent skin cancer and premature skin aging so instead of spending this post detailing why you need sunscreen and what to get (broad spectrum, SPF 30+, water-resistant), we’ll share just a few things to note:

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jun 11, 2015 under

Here in SoCal, we can be seen in our flip-flops at pretty much any time of year, but this is especially true in the summer months. Some people’s feet are smooth & glorious, but for the rest of us a bit of upkeep is needed to keep our tootsies looking good in our sandals. What can we do?!

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Depending on your skin type & the products you use, you may be able to use pretty much the same products all year round, but there are 2 minor changes we advise for summer!

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Sun protection is important all year round, but especially in the summer because (a) we tend to spend more time outside and  (b) longer days of sun with typically higher UV indices.  We won’t rehash all of those topics in this post, just highlight one of the lesser known things about UV rays: they reflect.

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We always get a lot of questions about sunscreens: What’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? Are the ingredients safe or harmful? Should I get the highest SPF available? Are spray sunscreens OK? Is sunscreen waterproof? In this article, we will touch on the most common questions!

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Hopefully you know how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, so I will try & keep this post brief, like an overview, just to remind you of the Sun Safe practices you hopefully follow every day, but especially during your upcoming outdoor summer activities!

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Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the US, affecting millions of people of a variety of ages (not just teens!). Recently, people have begun to show more interest in natural alternatives to treatment for acne (or to supplement their current treatments) either because traditional options irritate their skin or just because they are looking to be more natural in general.

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If you have oily skin, you may feel like your skin shines more than it glows…and not in a good way.

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You can turn dull, lifeless, uneven skin into vibrant, healthy, glowing skin with the right ingredients!

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Simple & easy changes to your already existing routing can also lead to more radiant skin!

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What you eat can affect your skin, helping it glow or accelerating aging.

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You know that you should be using sunscreen every day to protect your skin (sun damage is cumulative over time, not just during the summer), but you can boost your skin’s defense to sun damage to further keep your skin healthy & young.

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Most skin conditions do not require a million dermatologist visits (which is one reason people ignore issues), but there may be things you can be doing to relieve symptoms or improve the problem, even with chronic skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.

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While you’re working on point #4 (repair past damage), you should also work on preventing future damage! What are a few ways that you can protect your skin?

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We have all forgotten our sunscreen a time or two, picked at a pimple we shouldn’t have or done any number of bad skin habits in our lifetime. Unfortunately, skin remembers. Maybe the damage shows up quickly, like a popped pimple that is now a red or dark spot on the face. Other times, like with sun damage, the effect of those bad habits does not show up for years.

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I hope you’re still keeping up those New Year’s Resolutions because staying healthy is another great way to love your skin. 

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The second way to love your skin is to keep it hydrated!

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Our blog series this month is 7 Ways to Love Your Skin! Every post will feature 1 way to love your skin with tips & tricks, suggestions & recommendations on how to do it! The first way to love your skin? Keep it clean!

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It’s found in your morning latte, afternoon tea, and evening piece of chocolate.

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Are you looking to rejuvenate your eye area? Below are a few key tips & suggestions for showing this much-used area some TLC!

 

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Fall is a great time to work on skin tone problems, especially if they have been exacerbated during the summer. Sun damage is a main cause of uneven skin tone, including brown spots, and may make skin pigment conditions such as melasma worse. Below are some ways to improve your skin tone:

 

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The next topic in our “10 Things to Know About” series is Psoriasis!

Quick Note: psoriasis is pronounced “sore-EYE-ah-sis”

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10 Things to know about Rosacea

Quick Note: rosacea is pronounced “ro-ZAY-sha”, just FYI

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Things to Know about Acne

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The next topic in our “10 Things to Know About” series is Hair!

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Inspired by October being the 10th month of the calendar year, our blog series this month is “10 Things to Know About…”

In each post, we will let you know about 10 facts or tips about each topic, which will vary. In honor of our product of the month, Dermanail (What is DermaNail?) here are 10 Things to Know about Nails!

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Once you have found a product that you would like to use to combat skin aging, there are 6 things that you can do to really maximize and complement the product.

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Maybe your skin is just starting to age, has shown signs of aging for a while now or perhaps you’re still in the bloom of youth & your skin hasn’t really started to age yet – whichever it is, we would all like to know what we can do to slow skin aging. It WILL happen, let me just say that now; it’s a part of life, affected not only by habits, but also by genetics and just being human. But are there habits & practices that can affect skin aging? Absolutely!

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Nail care for kids is basically the same as for adults, but here are just a few notes & tips tailored for children:

*Use toenail clippers for toe nails. They are specifically designed in shape and form for toe nails (vs. just any pair of nail clippers), so they are best at cutting evenly and straight across. This reduces the risk of ingrown toe nails, which can be painful and become infected.

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If your school was like mine, for several years in elementary school, every now and then everyone would wait in a line at the school nurse’s office to be checked with lice. They would part your hair with those thick popsicle stick-like things as they searched your hair for lice.

 

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In a previous post earlier this month, we noted that sometimes schools prohibit bringing sunscreen on campus due to allergy concerns. So, are there other ways to protect your kids? Yes -- with clothing! Ideally, it is recommended to use sun protective clothing AND sunscreen, but clothing alone can also offer protection to your children’s skin.

 

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Did you know that about 1 in 10 kids develop eczema? As you can tell by the statistic, eczema is very common children, often appearing before age 5 (this is true for about 90% of all eczema sufferers). Eczema goes away by adulthood in about half of all people who had it in childhood.

 

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Making the switch from plastic, kiddie “dress-up” jewelry to regular jewelry? Here are just a few things to keep in mind:

 

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Are there any skin care products that your child should bring with them to school?

 

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School will be starting back up soon, as you know, so we thought we’d talk a bit about common skin care concerns for kids! Many blog entries will also link to a website by the AAD with information in more basic language written for kids to learn more about skin (these will by noted by “(For Kids!)” before the link), so that your kids can have a bigger role in their own skin care & to develop healthy habits for life!

 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jul 31, 2014 under

Some of us are happy to remain indoors. It is just too hot outside, and in some places, too humid. If you’re staying primarily indoors, you can pretty much keep your skin care regimen the same as usual, just please note:

 

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Travelling for the summer?! I love to travel and see other parts of this country as well as the world (I just went to Perugia for Umbria jazz!) and summer is often a nice time to travel because it’s typically not the rainy season (or the snowy season) in most places so you can better see the sights and not have to pack so much for weather. How does travelling affect your skin care? What are the essentials to bring?

 

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Sports are year-round of course, but they are popular summer activities as well!

 

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We’re in Orange County; who doesn’t love going to the beach or the pool? With our great weather, we can go year-round, but in the summer, the kids are out of school so we all tend to spend more time there! In this blog post, I just want to give you a few things to look out for at the beach, on the ocean, and at the pool to keep your skin healthy!

 

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So you found a vacation spot without any mosquitoes, spiders, or poisonous plants? Awesome! Alas, if you brought your skin with you there are still some skin conditions that are especially common in the summer that can still find you J: Heat Rash, Swimmer's Itch, Hives & Sunburn.

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We’ve talked bugs, so now let’s talk about plants & other possible skin irritants that you may experience in the great outdoors! When something that you have touched irritates your skin and leads to rashes or other skin conditions, we call that “contact dermatitis.” 

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Whether you’re going camping or just going for a picnic, hiking in the mountains or walking through a park, bugs can find you. If you have never gotten a bug bite, congratulations! You are one of the lucky ones; somehow you are the Brussels sprouts at the bug buffet.  

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All this month, we will be discussing topics that relate to summer activities. As “summer activities” are primarily outside, I just wanted to remind you again to practice Sun Safe practices!

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Happy Summer! The temperature is warming up; June gloom is starting to go away (hopefully, anyways); we’re all ready to have some fun in the sun, complete with beach, Disneyland and/or BBQ.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jun 30, 2014 under

Next month (July 2014), our blog series will be on summer skin care tips! Stay tuned all month for information on common summer skin conditions, summer skin care tips, and more! As a kick-off, check out our 5 Summer Skin Care Tips!

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Now let’s talk about those feet! Like hands, men don’t tend to spend all that much time thinking about foot care. 

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I understand that you guys are not all that likely to go get a manicure at the salon. 

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Chances are you’ve been shaving since your teen years, but do you experience skin irritation, razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or other such problems associated with shaving.

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Acne is the most common skin condition in the US, plaguing men & women, teens, adults and sometimes even babies! As we have pretty much all experienced it (some of us still do!), I don’t have to go into a lot of detail about it, so let me give you a quick overview of what causes acne and then go right into helpful tips for you guys!

 

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As mentioned in our last post, the majority of men need their skin care routine to be simple, or they just won’t do it. It's ok- we understand! I know many women who use so many products that they take up the entire counter around the sink! (hence why the double sink was invented).  

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If you are a man and pretty much the only skin care products you use are shaving cream & after shave, you are not alone. It seems like it’s mostly women buying the “lotions & potions” for their skin, but it’s time to re-think this.

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Did you know that Beverly Dermatology is now on Pinterest? Interested in anti-aging skin care? Wondering how to protect your skin from sun damage? Curious about a cosmetic procedure?

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Apr 24, 2014 under

Working out is great for your all-around health and also for your skin! Exercise gets your heart pumping, which is great for cardiovascular strength & endurance, but also increases the blood and oxygen flow to the skin. Sweating helps the body to rid itself of toxins and can unplug your pores. Also, studies show that exercise helps you to relieve stress, and stress causes some skin conditions! There are many, many benefits of exercise which is why doctors recommend getting in at least 30 minutes a day, 3-5 days per week.

 

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Applying cold to the areas affected with eczema, helps to calm the inflammation and reduce discomfort. Try these methods next time you're eczema is particularly bothersome:

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BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 

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