Don’t Let Winter Get
Under Your Skin!
Keep skin smooth and moist
Taking care of your skin during winter takes
some special effort. The low humidity and harsh
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temperatures often combine to strip the skin of its
natural moisture barrier. “As we move from the
blistering cold of the outdoors to centrally heated
rooms indoors, the top layer of the skin tends to
dry and flake off,” says Clinic dermatologist
Christine P. Lopez, M.D. “Dry skin is easily irritat-
ed, and itchiness can cause a lot of distress.”
Prevent the drying effects of winter with
these simple skin care tips:
• Take short, warm showers rather than
long, hot showers or baths to avoid
drying out the skin.
• Apply an extra layer of moisturizer before
• Use moisturizing bath soaps or mild you step out into the harsh elements.
soaps that are not too fragrant. Avoid anti-
bacterial soaps (unless medically neces- • Always use broad-spectrum sun pro-
sary), which tend to be too harsh tection, and take extra precaution when
on the skin. skiing high in the mountains or on
snowy, cloudy days.
• Make a habit of applying moisturizer
as soon as you step out of the shower, • For discrete patches of extremely dry
even on damp skin, to seal in as much and itchy skin, use a cream or lotion
moisture as possible. that contains an exfoliant, such as lactic
acid, glycolic acid or urea.
Any persistent dryness and severe itching
Dermatology Services Now at Beachwood! may be signs of an underlying dermatitis and
(see page 2) should be brought to your dermatologist’s atten-
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Kiss chapped lips goodbye Pay special attention to your lips. Unlike skin, lips have
Give your lips extra care and attention
this winter season too. “Lips are more sensitive
fewer oil glands and no melanin pigment, making them
than the rest of our body, and they are certainly more prone to dryness and sun damage.
exposed to the same harsh environment,” says
Dr. Lopez. Because lips have fewer sebaceous
(oil) glands and no melanin pigment, they are before exposure to harsh outdoor ele- your lips together and, with a dry
more prone to dryness and sun damage. “Dry ments and dry indoor environments. toothbrush, brush your lips gently with
and chapped lips not only feel irritated, but circular motions until the flakes have
they also can appear more wrinkled,” she says. • Apply a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or
higher when going outdoors. Lips will dislodged. Wipe your lips dry and apply
Kiss dry and chapped lips goodbye with more lip balm.
these tips: not tan, but they definitely will burn!
• Apply lip balm underneath your lip- • Avoid lip licking (moistening lips with
• Apply lip moisturizer or lip balm daily saliva). Despite popular belief, this
to keep lips healthy and to maintain stick; not only will your lipstick go on
more easily and evenly, but it will give practice actually dries the lips more
their smooth feel and appearance. Look than hydrates them.
for products that contain petrolatum, you the protection you need.
Any persistent dryness and itchiness of the
dimethicone, aloe vera, cocoa butter, • For already-chapped lips, apply lip lips may be a sign of an underlying dermatitis
vitamins A and E, and beeswax, which balm that contains alpha hydroxy acid or cheilitis (infection of the lips) and should
are some examples of moisturizers and to exfoliate the dry, flaky skin. be brought to your dermatologist’s attention.
skin protectants. For an appointment, call 216/444-
• Exfoliate your lips by following this
• Add an extra layer of lip protection simple routine: Apply lip balm, rub 5725 or 800/223-2273, ext. 45725.
Dermatology Comes to Beachwood
Dermatology Staff: At the Beachwood Family Health Center, patients have convenient access to routine
Divya Singh-Behl, M.D. dermatological, surgical and skin care services. Patients can take advantage of “lunch
Clinical Dermatology hour” skin care treatments, such as collagen and Botox injections, laser hair removal and
Teri Kahn, M.D. microdermabrasion. For services that are routinely performed at the Clinic’s main campus,
Pediatric Dermatology such as hair transplants, liposuction and skin cancer surgery, patients may schedule their
Jon Meine, M.D. consultation appointments at the Beachwood facility.
Surgical Dermatology For all your adult and pediatric
Teri McGillis, M.D. dermatological needs, consider
Surgical Dermatology the convenience of the Beach-
Christine Lopez, M.D. wood Family Health Center,
Clinical & Surgical Dermatology located at 26900 Cedar Road near
Beachwood Place. For appoint-
ments, call 216/839-3000.
Rejuvenate Your Skin
In Less Than An Hour
For people with skin that is sun-damaged, wrinkles, age spots, small scars, sun damage
acne-prone or blotchy, a simple, outpatient and uneven pigmentation. “Some acne scars Fran Moore, P.A.
procedure can deliver smoother, healthier skin. can be treated successfully,” says Ms. Moore.
Because there is no recovery time and generally Generally, treatment time for the face is
no side effects, microdermabrasion can be between 20 and 30 minutes. If the neck and
performed almost any time—even on your upper chest area are included, the treatment
Microdermabrasion is an
lunch hour! may take up to an hour. “Most people require
outpatient procedure that between four to eight treatments about two
Nonsurgical procedure weeks apart,” says Ms. Moore.
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive offers smoother, healthier Following the procedure, some patients
procedure that removes the top layer of skin, experience a slight redness that usually
which mostly is made up of dead and damaged
skin in less than one hour.
disappears after about an hour. There is no
skin cells, explains Fran Moore, P.A., a phy- recovery time, and patients immediately can
sician assistant with the Cleveland Clinic’s return to their activities.
Department of Dermatology. Microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance If you’re interested in microderma-
The physician or assistant uses a special of large, open pores by unclogging sebum (oil) brasion, schedule an appointment with our
instrument that emits a fine stream of alum- build-up and eliminating whiteheads and dermatology office. One of our dermatologists
inum oxide crystals. By gently moving the blackheads. or skin care specialists will work with you to
instrument across the skin, the old skin cells Microdermabrasion is most effective for determine a specific plan based on your skin
are removed, revealing the smoother and superficial skin problems. For severe wrinkles type, condition and expectations.
healthier skin beneath. and acne scars, a chemical peel or laser For an appointment at the Clinic’s main
treatment may be more effective. In addition, campus, call 216/444-5724 or 800/223-
Improve irregularities patients with unstable diabetes or autoimmune 2273, ext. 45724. For an appointment at
The procedure is used to improve irregu- disorders and those who use Retin-A regularly the Beachwood Family Health Center, call
larities in the skin, such as fine lines and should not have microdermabrasion. 216/839-3000.
Reveal a Healthier, More Vibrant You!
A positive attitude is often affected by the way we look and feel. While it’s true that there
is no fountain of youth, a growing number of Americans are discovering new ways of retaining
a youthful image. At The Cleveland Clinic, you’ll find a number of cosmetic dermatology
services that can help you look and feel your best by correcting skin problems and improving
Learn more by requesting a copy of our Cosmetic Dermatology Services brochure.
Call 216/444-5728 or 800/223-2273, ext. 45728.
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