Today I am letting the gorgeous and extremely knowledgeable Dr. Khongruk Wongkittiroch answer some of your most frequently asked questions on skincare today on the blog. Dr. Wongkittiroch is a partner at Z-ROC Dermatology here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She specializes in general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology with a focus on Mohs Micrographic Surgery, cosmetic surgery including mini-facelifts and blepharoplasties and aesthetic enhancement with Botox and dermal fillers.
1. When am I ready for facial augmentation procedures?
Procedures such as Botox and Fillers can help turn back the clock by years and save a person from having to undergo more invasive procedures from facelifts down the road. However, the decision to do so is an entirely personal decision and should be approached with caution. Always seek the expert opinion of a board-certified dermatologist. I suggest discussing your concerns with him/her and find out what non-invasive options are out there, including creams, lasers, and Botox and Fillers before you commit to doing surgery.
2. How can I tell if a skincare product is worth my money?
How about the creams that promise to fade dark circles and take away lines and wrinkles in a matter of weeks. Do they work? Is the price of the product indicative of its effectiveness? Ask your dermatologist which ones are best to use and which ones may be irritating to the skin. Heavily fragranced products, when used chronically, may be the cause of sullen, darkness on the face. The price tag is not always indicative of the value of the product. Look at the ingredients and talk to a dermatologist about which ones are best for your skin type.
3. What products should I use regularly?
A sunscreen is paramount to any person’s skincare regimen. Number one, the sun causes skin cancers and getting one on your nose is different than getting one on your forearm. I recommend sunscreen of an SPF 30 every day on the face. Another reason you should be using sunscreen is the sun breaks down collagen, and in time, this results in fine lines and wrinkles.
The other product every woman should be on is a retinoid derivative. Retinoids are the only product that has been proven to remold and remodel collagen, resulting in younger looking skin down the road. It also helps with fine lines and wrinkles.
4. I’m 30! Why am I still breaking out?
There are many reasons why you may be breaking out which include acne, acne rosacea, or hormonal imbalances. A dermatologist will discuss what type of acne you have, factors that may make it worse, and prescribe medications that will help get you on the right track to clear skin. Sometimes lifestyle factors can be modified as well to help improve skin clearance.
5. Why is my skin discolored?
There are multiple reasons why your skin may be discolored. Sometimes too much sun can cause discoloration on the face. Other times hormones can be the cause; such is the case in melasma, a condition that commonly occurs in darker skin types or in those who are pregnant or taking birth control. There are many options to help brighten your skin and even out the pigmentation. A couple of options include creams that contain ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, and azelaic acid. Other options include chemical peels and laser treatments. Always wear sunscreen as even minimal amounts of sun exposure can stimulate pigment production.