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Our Recommended 2021 Skincare Resolutions

With a new year comes new resolutions! While most don’t think to create skincare resolutions, we highly recommend setting goals this year for your best skin health. By creating priorities for yourself, you’ll be doing your skin a major favor, and we’re here to support you. Here are our recommendations for your 2021 skin care resolutions. Wash your face every morning, and nail down your skincare regime with the proper products. Some may feel like this step isn’t necessary after waking up, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Use warm water to prep your pores, allowing them to open up to your cleanser for a full, deep clean. Shop any of our recommended cleansers here, and don’t forget to follow up with a toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen.  Schedule an annual skin exam. Scheduling your annual skin exam at the beginning of the

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How to care for your hands

Did you know that your hands are some of the most delicate areas of skin? Now more than ever, our hands are being affected by frequent washing and sanitizing, oftentimes leading to dry, cracked skin. On top of it all, the colder weather deeply dehydrates our skin, and most times, our hands are frequently exposed to the harsher weather. But not all is lost, our team has put together three quick tips on how to take care of your hands so they are always soft and smooth. Use a hand sanitizer with aloe vera. The alcohol solution in most hand sanitizers can dehydrate your skin, leading to a dry, flaky, cracked appearance overtime. Opt for a sanitizer that contains aloe vera, as the hydrating qualities in the aloe vera plant will sink into your skin, minimizing potential aging effects.  Moisturize after you wash with your hands. Carrying around an ultra-moisturizing

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Why sunscreen is still important during the colder months

While sunscreen is a crucial part of our skincare regimens throughout the summer, did you know that it’s equally as important to apply the proper protection during the winter months as well? Read on to see why forgetting this crucial skincare step may be leading to premature aging.  With less time spent outside in comparison to the warmer months, some might feel like sunscreen isn’t necessary. However, harmful UV rays still penetrate, sometimes in a stronger manner, through overcast clouds due to the fact that the sun is actually closer to the earth throughout the season. Therefore, the UV rays are closer to your skin than that of summertime. Another factor that comes into play throughout colder weather is that ice and snow reflect the UV rays, making it extremely easy for the UV rays to affect your skin. While we may not experience it directly in the Central Valley,

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Fight Eczema

How to Fight Eczema During Cold Months

Eczema, a common skin condition, is defined by the American Academy of Dermatology as “a group of conditions that causes inflamed, irritated, and often itchy skin.” While many may experience these forms of dermatitis starting at a young age, the winter months typically see more flare-ups of this uncomfortable skin condition.  When the weather cools, your skin becomes dehydrated, making for itchy, achy cells that result in eczema. To help prevent these episodes, we’re rounding up our top tips for a healthy skin season. Stay Moisturized: Making sure that you’re drinking plenty of water, even when it’s cold outside, is key. Avoid hot water temperatures, and moisturize with damp skin to lock in moisture to the skin. Try a humidifier to add some moisture inside if you’re frequently running the heater to stay warm. We suggest our Rapid Recovery Cream for extra relief.  Bring in the Vitamin D: Some studies

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Annual Skin Check

Annual Skin Check

As you may already know, November is the American Academy of Dermatology’s National Healthy Skin Month. We support this initiative, and encourage all of our patients to schedule their annual skin exams. These exams are crucial to identify early stages of skin cancer, as they give the clinician the opportunity to examine and identify any potential risks. If you have an upcoming annual exam, here are a few tips to help you prepare, thanks to the Skin Cancer Foundation:  Come makeup free. By coming with a clean face to your appointment, it allows for our clinicians to thoroughly assess the facial skin, especially around the eye area. Remove all makeup, and use a gentle cleanser. Avoid using any other products prior to your exam for the freshest skin possible. Remove nail polish prior to your visit. Many people forget about this detail – your skin exam also includes your hands

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Stress on Skin

In today’s day and age, it’s common for many to experience significant skin problems from one common cause: stress. Stress plays a critical role in our overall health, and is  the root of  many dermatologic issues – from acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rosacea, dermatitis, to hair loss and more, stress is commonly underrated as a core catalyst.  It’s common that people don’t realize how their lifestyle affects their skin appearance. This starts with a balanced diet – by ensuring that you receive a complete diet with proper nutrition, this will help balance your hormones, vitamins, and minerals that play an important role in your stress management. It doesn’t stop there, though. Exercising is an integral part of our overall skin appearance as well. When we work out, our body releases hormones that reduce stress – such as cortisol and other endorphins. This allows your body to sleep better, elevate your

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Sleeping for Skin

Sleep is a crucial piece of our overall health, but did you know that it also plays a large role in your skin’s appearance? Sleeping affects our hormones, collagen levels, and blood flow, all contributing factors into our skin’s overall look and feel. Here are a few tips to incorporate into your nighttime routine to  improve your skin health: Wash your face every night: Throughout the day, dirt, oil, and pollution enter your pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Wash your face each night after removing your makeup to avoid any irritation  – our cleansing line will do just the trick. Make sure you’re getting enough rest: Studies show that a full eight hours of sleep each night is necessary for most. If you’re not resting well enough, your skin may appear dull, discolored, and dehydrated, leading to signs of aging. By having a steady sleeping schedule, you’ll be

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Amneet

Amneet Brar, FNP-C, has a passion to help people feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.  In 2019, she joined Rao Dermatology and was able to put her passion into practice, with the bonus of a  familial culture and team values putting patient care at the forefront. You may have seen Amneet around our offices, as she specializes in skin cancer, acne, and always looks forward to assisting with MOHS surgeries. We sat down with Amneet to chat about transitional skincare and her tips for your best skin health. Read on to learn more about one of our Rao Dermatology clinicians. What’s your favorite part of being part of the Rao Dermatology team? When I first started working at Rao Dermatology, I knew immediately that I was going to love being a part of the team. All of the Rao Dermatology team members were extremely friendly and welcoming, just

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Skincare for children

3 Ways to Help Your Child’s Sensitive Skin

A proper skincare routine starts at a very young age. Your child has developing skin, and it’s key to prioritize skin health and maintain those habits into adulthood. If you’re wondering where to start, we’re breaking it down for you. As always, please feel free to call your local Rao Dermatology office for our recommended skincare products. Bath Time Safe skincare for young children starts in the bath. Using a mild temperature will ensure that your child won’t experience chills or burns. Once you nail down the right temperature, soaps and shampoos will play a huge role in sensitivity. To ensure your child won’t experience any potential skin harm, reach for bath ingredients that are chemical and fragrance free. Post-bathing care such as lotions and creams should also be nontoxic and non-fragrant.  Gentle Garments Did you know that your laundry detergent affects your child’s skin? Similarly to bath products, using

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