Dermatologists Who Think You Should Change Your Skincare Routine ASAP | 22 Words

Summer is coming to a close, and we're all probably looking nice and leathery at this point, wondering why we didn't take better care of our skin over the last few months.

Luckily, once again, Reddit comes to the rescue with some super helpful skincare tips straight from dermatologists that will make you feel like your skin has traveled back in time.

So break out, erm... bust out that Amex Black card, fire up Amazon, and get your skincare shopping on because this is one helpful guide.

My skincare life is currently a mess. This is basically the extent of my routine:

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We don't want your life to fall apart from losing one chapstick. Life is hard enough. Chapstick is supposed to make you happy, not crumple up into a sad, depressed ball.

We don't want this to be you.

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So we're here to help! Get out that pen and paper you bought a long time ago and never used, and start taking notes!

Tip #1. Keep that facemask away from your pets.

Okay, this isn't a real tip, but it's still good life advice in general. Onto the real advice!

Look out for moles.

Changes over time. Watch those moles people.
-/u/fmoss  Keep an eye on how your skin changes over the course of months/years and especially pay close attention to any moles you might have!

Wear sunscreen! Daily!

Fiancee just finished her derm rotation. She now swears by sunscreen and has lathered on a questionable amount before going out lately. -/u/fried_chicken Hit next to find out if SPF really even matters.

Keep in mind, the SPF definitely matters.

My friend is a dermatologist, and he says to not believe the hype that 30 SPF is as good as 100 SPF. He tells me to get the highest SPF available. Also, he recommends applying first with cream or lotion based sunscreens and then reapplying with the spray. Do not forget often overlooked places such as nooks of ears, bends of knees, etc. If you wear makeup, lotions, etc. a lot of them come with sunscreens in them so get them, if you can. -/u/el_monstruo

It's easy to forget certain spots too.

Don't forget to sunscreen your lips! -/u/johncandyspolkaband I ALWAYS forget to do this. And I always pay the price.

Last but not least, the classic sun protection.

Wear sunglasses - you squint more than you think you do and it gives you wrinkles. -/u/lolihull Protect your eyes, protect your skin from wrinkles! This one's a two-in-one. Just for you, free of charge.

Now that we've made you terrified of the sun...

Let's move on to something a little more pleasant. (Sorry about that by the way.)

Sleep! Who knew sleep could be good for your skin.

If you sleep on your tummy or your side, keep your face near the edge of the pillow so that your skin doesn't get as scrunched up and creased. -/u/lolihull Who knew sleeping on your face could cause wrinkles?

And speaking of sleep...

Change your pillowcases often (wash and have a fresh one handy). -/u/materics This one makes sense. The oil from your face gets on your pillowcase and become a vicious cycle.

Speaking of laundry!

If you can help it, don't share worn clothing or shoes with others unless it has been washed. This is a good way to catch things like ringworm or athlete's foot which can then spread to things like fungal nail infections. -/u/el_monstruo Okay ew. I'm glad I know, but I'm still kinda mad.

Drink up! Fluids are important.

Drinks lots of water - your eyes get all sunken with dark circles when you're thirsty. -/u/lolihull

But not, uh, that kind of drinking.

Long-term regular alcohol use (not even abuse or alcoholism, although that doesn't help) takes a serious toll on your complexion. As I pass through my 30s, I'm really starting to notice the signs in those around me who drink a lot - some of my older friends especially so. -/u/Baconated-grapefruit

What about the pores on my nose?

/u/unloud asked: Bonus question: How do I legitimately make the pores on my nose less pronounced? It's the only thing about I am self-conscious about. People in the thread chimed in with various remedies, but the prevailing consensus was that this one comes down to genetics more than anything else. Bummer! Although, we may have a good alternative for you.

With that in mind, it's a good idea to know your skin. What works for one person might not work for you.

I am an esthetician that works for a dermatologist. You’d be surprised how many people are incorrect about their skin type, and the products they use can cause harm cause of this. Even just once, go for a skin consultation just to know this information, and ask about what skin product type you should be using for your skin. Just because your skin may have a tiny shine, and Becky down the street said to use a product that worked for her, doesn’t mean you have oily skin and that everything will work for everyone. -/u/leaudelune This is great advice. Go talk to your doctor!

Before you go totally crazy with creams, try a patch test.

Here's a tip that might get overlooked for people looking to incorporate some of this advice into their lives/routines: Always patch test new products to determine sensitivity. Nothing like a nasty allergic reaction to turn you off. I usually do a patch test at least 24 hours before (potentially) starting anything new, just a dab on an inconspicuous place like near my elbow. -/u/Spurty

Here's a hygiene tip for you. Make that shower meaningful!

Clean behind your goddamn ears people. Like I'm talking get that bath-towel all up in there until its squeaking. -/u/mcmanybucks I feel like people always skip obvious stuff in the shower. Clean your feet too! Don't be afraid to get all up in there.

And while you're at it, don't stay in there too long!

Limit your bath and shower time, especially if you use hot water. This dries out the skin and can be the cause of many issues. -/u/el_monstruo

This one feels kind of obvious. Don't smoke.

Smoking tobacco dries the skin. I have a girlfriend, and she looks very cute and beautiful in photos at q distance. When looking closer the enchanting is lost, her skin looks like old people's. -/u/namkash Okay, well despite the rudeness, he has a point. We know about smoking, but what about vaping?

The short answer to vaping: we don't really know.

Yes, we know tobacco is bad for your skin, but there's no tobacco in things like the JUUL and other e-cigs. It's also too early to run extensive testing, so the short answer is, we just don't know yet. But we do know nicotine negatively affects the skin and brain, so it may be a good time to put down the pen anyway.

Whatever you do, don't lie to your doctor.

Do not lie to your doctor. If you smoke, tell them. If you drink, tell them. Smokers and drinkers skin does not heal as well and as quickly as non-smokers/drinkers and it helps them prepare your care based on your habits. -/u/el_monstruo Lying to your doctor only hurts yourself. You have nothing to be ashamed about!

Don't touch your face. And don't let anyone else either!

If you have an acne problem, don’t touch your face with your hands. The oils in your hands are different from the ones in your face and will cause it to break out. -/u/babybirdcawcaw

Wash your face properly.

Have you ever wondered why your face gets all oily after a wash? Washing your face dries out your skin, so your body tries to compensate for that. Try washing your face and using a moisturizer right after. -/u/Boy-from-space

Ehem, we said properly!

When taking off makeup, try to avoid using wipes. They're not very wet, quite thin, and you have to rub quite hard to get makeup off which is harsh on your skin. You're better off with a cotton wool pad and buying some makeup remover lotion/cleanser, it's a bit more gentle, and it gets more off. -/u/lolihull Keep reading to find what else should be avoided at all costs!

Here's one: put the fragrance on after you finish your skincare routine.

Don't use moisturizers that have perfume in them. Go for something with no coloring or scent because it can dry out sensitive skin. -/u/lolihull

Anti-aging cream works. Really! You just need to use the right one.

As a dermatologist I can confidently say there are only three evidence-based components of anti-aging: 1) daily use of a facial sunscreen/moisturizer ideally with an SPF of 30 or greater but 10-20 is probably OK 2) nightly use of a retinoid cream like Retin-A and 3) genetic predisposition towards good skin; everything else is marketing. -/u/4990 So don't get suckered into buying the next big thing. Find your routine and stick to it, if it's working.

What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your body.

I decided to cut sugar out of my diet. Lo and behold, the dermatitis disappears within days, along with a host of other medical problems like IBS and athletes foot that I’d been suffering with most of my life. I’d had an imbalanced digestive system which was causing the illnesses. -/u/ellie63e Definitely talk to your doctor to see if you can change anything in your diet that might be causing issues with your skin.

On the same note, avoid excess salt and sugar.

Salt and sugar aren't great for our health in general, but they can also have adverse effects on your skin. Don't eat too much sugar (insulin spiking) and salt (dehydrating). -/u/materics

Be proactive! Speak with your dermatologist.

We hope that this list was helpful. Go talk to your doctor before making any drastic changes. They have a degree, you and I just have the internet. Share with a friend who could use a few skincare tips!