By Irene Wilbur, RN
As a registered nurse who works with cosmetic dermatology patients at SSDP, I am often asked about the skincare products offered by our practice. Many times, patients want to know what makes the products offered by their dermatologist different from the ones sold at the drugstore or on the Internet, and which products will fill their needs.
There are many factors that may affect one's decision on whether to use a prescription quality, personalized skincare regimen. Here are some facts to help you decide.
At SSDP, our cosmetic dermatology products all have been evaluated for effectiveness by our Board certified dermatologists. That means you can use them with confidence knowing you've got an extra layer of protection against misleading claims and promises.
Another advantage is the wealth of knowledge and experience you receive from our specially trained team of doctors and nurses. At SSDP, our cosmetic dermatology providers examine every aspect of your skin health before making any recommendations, and help you choose the right products for your specific needs. If you have a question or if a problem arises, you also have a medical expert to consult. You won't find that on the Internet.
That professional input also plays a role in helping you achieve your goals. When you purchase a product from SSDP, a trained healthcare professional will teach you how to properly apply your skincare products, how to avoid adverse reactions, and how to manage side effects such as redness or irritation of the skin.
Then there are the contents of our skincare products. Although over-the-counter products may contain some of the same ingredients as their physician dispensed counterparts, the ones available from your dermatologist have higher concentrations like hydroquinone and alpha-hydroxy acids, so they're more effective in reducing skin discoloration, brown spots, fine lines, and uneven texture and tone. Physician dispensed products also penetrate the skin more deeply to minimize the effects of premature aging, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. Tretinoin, considered by many to be the "gold standard" for treating sun damage, is only available by prescription.
WHEN TO BEGIN?
With today's growing interest in maintaining a vibrant, youthful appearance, people of all ages and with all skin types can look better and feel better about their skin with the proper skin regimen. A targeted skincare regimen can even restore firmness and elasticity and reduce discoloration and brown spots in problem areas like the chest and neck.
When is the right time to take a pro-active approach to caring for your skin? The truth is you're never too young to start. Teenagers and young adults will benefit from a skin care routine that includes a gentle skin cleanser, a toner without alcohol, a non-comedogenic, hydrating moisturizer, and a sunblock that contains either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to prevent sun damage. People of any age with concerns about the appearance of their skin can enjoy better skin clarity, color and vibrancy with a regimen tailored to their specific needs.
By now, you may be wondering how you can be sure if the use of cosmetic dermatology products will improve the appearance of your skin? The answer is simple. Just ask me.
To schedule a cosmetic dermatology consultation at SSDP, phone 508.535.DERM (3376), Option 7, or email us from the Contact Us page on the SSDP website.
Irene Wilbur, RN, is a registered nurse at South Shore Dermatology Physicians with 15 years of experience in dermatology nursing. She has a special interest and expertise in cosmetic dermatology.