Is It Best To Wait To Start Medical Skin Care?

Q. Shouldn’t I wait until fall to start a medical skin care regime? Marcia, Warsaw

A. Marcia, I’m so glad you asked this question! It’s one I hear daily in my practice. Not only is summer actually a great time to start a medical skin care program, the sooner you start the sooner your skin will begin looking healthier and younger.

Many people assume that it is best to wait to start a medical skin care regime until the fall or wintertime when the sun is not shining as brightly.  On the contrary, summer is actually one of the easiest times to start medical skin care because the humidity in the air during the summer months makes adjusting so much easier on you and your skin. You see, Marcia, when you first begin using medical skin care you will find it to be stronger than over-the-counter products. While this means your results will be both better and faster it can also mean a few weeks of transformation for your skin while it is adjusting to the new skin care. It is much easier for it to adjust in the warm and humid air of summer than the cold and dry air of winter.

Another benefit of starting medical skin care in the summer is that it will help keep your brown spots, freckles or angel kisses –- whatever you like to call them — under control. Summer is notorious for drawing out brown spots on our face even for the most diligent sunscreen applier. By using the right combination of medical skin care products and sunscreen, you can help reduce or eliminate your pigmentation creating an even skin tone where foundation is not even needed.

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Don’t let summer scare you away from starting medical skin care, Marcia! As long as you are careful and conscientious about your sun protection, as you should already be, your skin will benefit all summer long and be glowing for the holiday season that will be here before you know it.  If you have any questions about your summer skin care regime, be sure to talk with your medical skin care professional.

Jennifer-Lab Coat-6cropJennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on sclerotherapy.
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