Any disruption to your daily routine can bring about changes to your skin. So it’s no surprise the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations have many people searching for the best ways to care for their skin, especially between in-person visits to the dermatologist. Our Houston-area professionals compiled a few helpful tips for giving your skin the extra care it may need during this time.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your skin as healthy as possible while staying at home.
1. Moisturize your hands.
You know washing your hands frequently and thoroughly is essential to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The downside is it can lead to dry and cracked skin as cleansers strip away natural oils. To combat dry skin, opt for moisturizing soaps, which are typically creamy liquids rather than bar soaps. Follow each wash with a rich moisturizing cream to restore hydration to your hands.
2. Avoid irritating ingredients.
Steer clear of heavy fragrances, synthetic dyes, and sulfates, which can further dry out and irritate your skin. This rule applies to hand soaps, body washes, and facial cleansers. Look for products that contain plant oils, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin, which are hydrating ingredients known to soothe irritated skin.
3. Don’t forget the SPF.
It can be tempting to forego sunscreen when you’re only taking short walks outside, but any time in the sun—even near glass windows, which can be penetrated by UVA rays—puts you at risk for sun damage. Choose mineral-based sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide instead of chemical-based sunscreens. Your body can absorb chemical-based sunscreen ingredients that pose potential dangers, according to the FDA.
4. Schedule a telemedicine appointment with a dermatologist.
DermSurgery Associates is currently offering telemed dermatology services in light of COVID-19. These appointments take place over video chat or through the EMA app, allowing you to access the expertise of a board-certified dermatologist from the comfort and safety of your home. Telemed appointments minimize your risk of exposure and limit community spread of the virus. Learn more in our previous blog post.
5. Use your time for research.
If you have been considering a potential skin procedure, such as a laser service or injectable treatment, time at home can be a great opportunity to learn more about it. Explore DermSurgery’s website, review sites such as RealSelf.com, and other online resources to learn more about whether this service may be right for you.
6. Manage your stress in healthy ways.
Excessive stress can lead to breakouts, inflammation, and other skin issues. Do your best to stay active at home, channel your emotions through engaging hobbies, eat a healthy diet, and get plenty of sleep to keep your stress as low as possible. These activities also provide a host of mental benefits to keep you feeling as strong and positive as possible.
To learn more about skin health during the COVID-19 outbreak, or to ask about available telemedicine services with a dermatologist in the Houston area, please contact us online or call the office nearest you.