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By Dermatology Center of McKinney
November 22, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Dry Skin  

Dry skin can cause a lot of problems. Healthy, well-hydrated skin can help you look younger, provide better protection for your internal organs, and can help prevent infection.

So, what causes dry skin? There are quite a few factors that can cause dry skin, including:

  • Environmental exposure to wind, sun, and cold or hot temperatures
  • Stages of life including aging and menopause
  • Medical conditions of the skin including rosacea and eczema
  • Inadequate hydration from perspiring heavily and drinking too little water
  • Exposure to harsh chemicals including alcohol and other cleaning agents

You can do a lot to help prevent dry skin, and it all begins with an excellent skincare regimen, which should include:

  • Washing your skin using only mild cleansing products, not soap
  • Gently patting your skin almost dry, leaving a layer of moisture still on your skin
  • Using an alcohol-free toner, which will balance your skin’s pH and not dry out your skin
  • Applying a moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 15 to protect and hydrate your skin

You should change to a thick, creamy moisturizer during winter months and harsh weather. Other tips you can do to prevent dry skin include:

  • Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, especially in summer and when you exercise and perspire
  • Wear protective clothing if you are outside in harsh weather, wind, sun, or hot or cold temperatures
  • Always wear appropriate protective gear including gloves, a mask, safety glasses, and clothing when handling chemicals

If you suffer from dry skin, it’s important to visit your dermatologist, who is an expert at skin conditions. Your dermatologist can help if your dry skin is caused by age-related skin changes, or a medical skin condition like rosacea, eczema, or dermatitis.

Your dermatologist offers a wide range of skincare services to help you enjoy hydrated, beautiful, younger-looking skin. Your dermatologist may recommend:

  • Serums and facials
  • Hydration treatments
  • Anti-aging treatments
  • Skincare products and cosmetics

To learn more about prevention, causes, and treatments of dry skin, talk with your dermatologist today.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
November 08, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skincare Routine   Skincare  

Taking care of your skin is important. Your skin protects your vital organs. Your skin also improves your appearance and helps you look younger. Taking care of your skin begins with a good skincare routine. Your dermatologist can help you establish the right skin care routine to help your skin look healthy and vibrant.

A good skincare routine should:

  • Take only a few minutes
  • Be easy, so you stick to it
  • Be effective, so it enhances the appearance of your skin

A good skincare routine requires a few important steps, including:

Cleaning your skin at least once each day with mild cleansing products like gels or foams. Don’t use soap because it can dry your skin.

Patting your skin gently. Avoid rubbing your skin. Leave a light film of moisture on your skin.

Using an alcohol-free toner. Toners containing alcohol can leave your skin feeling dry and tight.

Applying moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to guard your skin from sun damage.

Remember these important tips to care for your skin:

  • Always clean off your makeup before going to bed
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 if you plan on staying in the sun for a long period of time.

Summers and winters can be especially hard on your skin. Sun and wind exposure can age your skin. Remember to:

  • Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 30
  • Try not to be out in the sun from 10 AM to 4 PM when damaging UV rays are the most harmful
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Wear sunglasses, a hat, and other protective clothing
  • Use a heavier, cream moisturizer during the winter months
  • Avoid lingering in a hot shower or bath because it can dry your skin
  • Apply lip balm to keep your lips moist and prevent chapping

You can do a lot to keep your skin healthy, attractive, and young-looking. Your dermatologist can help. Your dermatologist offers a wide variety of treatments and services for anti-aging, skin conditions, acne, and more. To find out more about keeping a good skincare routine and how your dermatologist can help you, call your dermatologist today.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
November 08, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Botox  

Aging can be difficult, especially when your skin starts to look older than you feel. It’s common that your skin will start showing signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. Instead of continuing to feel uncomfortable in your skin, there is another option that you can pursue to rejuvenate your look and look as young as you feel! Dr. James Ralston at Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, can explain how Botox might be able to help you.

How Botox Can Help You

When you’re starting to feel uncomfortable and unhappy with the way your skin looks because of wrinkles and fine lines, you might be wondering what options are available for you. Botox from your dermatologist in McKinney, TX, can help smoothen out your skin and help you look young again!

Botox is injected into your skin and your doctor can also target specific areas. Botox then freezes the muscles that contract and cause wrinkles. This stops them from continuing to contract and helps smoothen out your skin. The process is usually very quick and can be done within ten minutes. There’s no downtime required after Botox and you can continue with your day as scheduled.

Results usually last anywhere from four to six months and you’ll need to continue getting Botox to make sure that these results last and your skin continues to be smooth and wrinkle free. Botox can also be used to combat migraines if this is something you continuously struggle with. Botox can help improve your life in a variety of ways!

Contact Your Dermatologist Today

Find out how you can rejuvenate your skin and smooth out wrinkles in no time. Contact Dr. James Ralston at Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, to learn more about Botox and how it could help you. Call for more information and to schedule your appointment today at (972) 548-0333.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
November 07, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Fillers  

If you have been interested or curious about dermal fillers you should know that quality fillers are available in McKinney, TX with Dr. James Ralston of the Dermatology Center of McKinney.

Dr. Ralston has written in textbooks and received awards for his skill, so if you want the best dermatologist in the area look no further than McKinney, TX.

Dermal Fillers Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are dermal fillers? Dermal fillers injections of specific safe ingredients to make your skin appear fuller. The filler actually stays in the injection spot for localized improvement. 
  • How long do fillers last? Up to one year depending on the location and other factors. Some locations or situations may need checkups and possible upkeep injections in as little as 6 months. 
  • Do dermal fillers hurt? There may be a slight poke or sting at the moment of injection but the feeling does not last and should not hurt after that moment. 
  • Can anyone tell I had fillers on the same day of the procedure? The positive results are immediately noticeable on your skin. For most people, the evidence of the fillers will be nearly invisible, but some do have on-site bruising where the needle penetrated the skin. 
  • Should I get Botox or fillers? Some people may benefit from both, others one or the other. They are not really interchangeable as they to very specific things. Botox is a specific toxin that freezes muscles in the face, and fillers are literally that, fillers for underneath the skin or to make specific areas appear plumper such as the lips. 

Dermatology Center of McKinney offers many options for aging skin. If you have been interested in fillers then we can answer any questions you may have and discuss the best option for your situation during a consult with Dr. James Ralston.

Call us at the Dermatology Center of McKinney to schedule your consultation and possible first filler appointment today, at (972) 548-0333.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
October 25, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Aging can bring many issues, and one issue most people deal with is wrinkles and fine lines. You may also have acne scars or texture and pigmentation irregularities throughout your skin. One great way to tackle these issues is with a chemical peel. If you’re not sure about chemical peels, Dr. James Ralston at Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, can explain some of the benefits that come along with chemical peels.

3 Benefits of Chemical Peels

  • It treats acne and large pores.
    If you struggle with acne and you’ve had a hard time finding a treatment that works for you, you may want to ask your dermatologist in McKinney, TX, about chemical peels. Chemical peels exfoliate deep into the skin to reveal a new layer that isn’t dealing with acne. Chemical peels can also help get rid of acne scars. Large pores are also often minimized with this procedure.
  • Get rid of fine lines and wrinkles
    Aging can be difficult to deal with, but you don’t need to show all the signs of aging right on your face. Dealing with fine lines and wrinkles may make you feel older than you are, and you might not feel comfortable in your skin. Chemical peels can help ease tough wrinkles and remove some of the fine lines that set into our skin over time.
  • It treats discoloration and different textures.
    If you’re dealing with sunspots or discoloration in your skin, you may not know how to go about treating these issues. A chemical peel can lift discoloration from the skin, revealing healthy, new skin that’s all one color. If you’re dealing with different textures throughout your skin, a chemical peel can also help exfoliate and show new skin that’s smooth and fresh.

Contact Your Dermatologist Today

Stop hesitating on rejuvenating your skin. Contact Dr. James Ralston at Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, to learn how chemical peels could benefit you! Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (972) 548-0333.





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