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    Bad Habits That May Leave Your Skin Looking Old and Tired

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Aging is a natural part of life, but your skin could start to look old and tired even when you still feel young and energetic. If you do not take care of your skin by wearing sunscreen, visiting your dermatologist, and practicing a good at-home skin care routine, your skin may start to age prematurely. Just a few changes in your skin care habits can help keep your skin looking youthful, firm, and healthy. Read on to find out if any of these bad skin care habits sound familiar to you.

    Skipping Sunscreen

    Even though the sun’s warm rays can feel good on your skin, they can do extensive damage beyond just a temporary sunburn. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays damages your unprotected skin and greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. The sun can also hasten the arrival of fine lines and wrinkles on your facial skin and the rest of your body. That’s why wearing sunscreen every day is a must, even during the winter or when it’s cloudy outside.


    It should come as no surprise to hear that smoking is bad for your heart, lungs, oral health, and just about every other system in your body. Smoking is also notorious for making people look older than they are, contributing to more and deeper wrinkles as well as splotchy skin tone. In case you need one more reason to give up tobacco, it will make you look as well as feel unhealthy.

    Not Sleeping Enough

    If you’re like most people, you’ve had more than one morning where you wake up feeling tired and groggy. When you look in the mirror on those mornings, you may notice that your complexion looks different—and not just the bags under your eyes. Your body repairs itself during sleep, and a lack of rest can make you look tired and older than you are.

    Altman Dermatology Associates of Arlington Heights can help you discover your own bad habits that may be contributing to less-than-healthy skin. Call (847) 725-0817 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services. We treat a wide variety of skin conditions to keep you in your best health.

    What Should You Eat for Healthy Skin?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    In order to have healthy skin, start from the inside out by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Watch this video for tips on what to include in your diet for healthy skin.

    Foods such as yams and carrots that are rich in beta-carotene can help you have healthy, glowing skin. Dark green, leafy vegetables are also high in carotenoids that can make your skin look great. It’s important to stay hydrated for your overall health as well as your skin’s health, so drink plenty of water and minimize or eliminate your caffeine intake. Sugar and dairy can both provoke an inflammatory response, which can cause breakouts and make existing skin conditions worse.

    If you have questions on how you can best take care of your skin, talk to the friendly experts at Altman Dermatology Associates in Arlington Heights. Give us a call at (847) 725-0817 to make an appointment. We strive to provide the highest level of personalized care to all of our patients.

    What Are the Best Products for Your Home Skincare Routine?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and is subjected every day to harsh elements both in and out of doors. A good at-home skin care routine can help keep your skin soft, supple, and more youthful-looking. However, with so many skin care products out on the market, it can be difficult to choose which ones are the best for you. Your dermatologist can help you determine which products will work the best for your unique skin type. Keep reading for a look at a few of the top products for your home skin care routine.

    Elta MD Sunscreens

    The sun is one of your skin’s greatest adversaries if you do not protect yourself against it. In addition to contributing to premature lines and wrinkles, sun damage can increase your risk of skin cancer. This is why it’s important to incorporate a broad spectrum sunscreen from Elta MD into your daily skin care regimen. Elta MD sunscreens protect you against UVA and UVB rays using microfine transparent zinc oxide, and won’t leave any white residue on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, Elta MD products may still work for you as they are formulated to be as gentle as possible.

    Obagi® Elastiderm

    The skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, and is highly susceptible to forming fine lines and wrinkles as you get older. Obagi® Elastiderm is a popular and effective treatment that helps restore your skin’s elasticity around your eyes. It comes in both cream and gel formulations, and should be applied twice daily for best results.

    Replenix Green Tea Cleanser

    A good skin care routine starts with a gentle yet effective cleanser. Replenix cleansers contain green tea polyphenols, vitamins A, C, and E, and caffeine to give you clean skin without removing essential oils. There are formulations for oily, acne-prone skin as well as drier, more sensitive skin.

    Altman Dermatology Associates is proud to offer these skin care products and more at our Arlington Heights office. Call us at (847) 725-0817 to schedule a consultation with our experienced dermatology team, and let us help you make your skin healthier and more glowing.

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    What Are Actinic Keratoses?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Although lying in the sun might feel great, it is not good for your skin. Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are lesions that develop on the skin after years of going out in the sun without proper skin protection. Dermatologists consider them the first stage of skin cancer.

    Also known as sunspots, these legions can appear on the head, ears, neck, arms, lips, hands, scalp, and lower legs. Fair-skinned people are the most susceptible to this skin condition. If you notice sunspots on your skin, you should make an appointment with the dermatologist so you can find the right course of treatment.

    At Altman Dermatology, we care about the condition of your skin, which is why we help you find solutions to all of your issues. From skin cancer treatment to acne help, we are always working to give you the best skin possible. For more information on our services and treatment options, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817. 

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