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The Top Four Mistakes in Treating Dry Skin

Itchy, tight, flaky skin can affect more than your appearance — it can also be painful. Even if you have the best treatment intentions, you might be sabotaging your skin. What are the most common mistakes people make when treating dry skin, and what are the best ways to correct and treat dryness? Your skin is unique, and therefore you should listen to dermatologist’s recommendations for your own treatment regimen. However, below are some guidelines to begin with.

Mistake #1: Exfoliating aggressively.

What do you do when you see those dreaded dry, flaky patches on your face? You immediately grab the exfoliating scrub and sand away. The truth is, that’s not the best tactic. Scrubbing too hard can lead to irritation. Over-scrubbing can actually make skin more inflamed and cause it to produce even more skin to repair itself. Peels and harsh cleansers can have the same results.

Solution: Don’t over-exfoliate.

Using a gentle scrub once a week will do the trick. Moderation is key. Also, avoid cleansers and foaming products with sulfates; they can contain harsh detergents that strip your skin of much-needed moisture. To begin your day, use a gentle cleanser like Georgia Dermatology’s Transformation System cleanser.

Mistake #2: Not knowing if your skin is dry or dehydrated.

One of the most common mistakes people make is thinking that their skin is dry when it’s actually dehydrated. Dry skin is actually very rare. So, how can you tell the difference? Dry skin has very tiny pores and is rather tight. Dehydrated skin lacks luster and shine, and can be flaky.

Solution: See What Your Skin was Made to Do.

Over-cleansing and over-treating your skin can lead to imbalances, which then leads to chronic dry or oily skin. Georgia Dermatology’s Transformation System transforms your skin at the cellular level. Through a series of specially designed products that are also easy to use, your skin becomes efficient again at balancing its moisture levels. With proper use, you won’t even need to use a moisturizer!

Mistake #3: Using products that are too rich or heavy for your skin.

Most dry-skin sufferers often use creams that are extremely rich and heavy. The products have large molecules, and it’s hard for them to penetrate properly. Basically, the product just sits on the skin and can’t penetrate the pores to do any good.

Solution: Look for targeted treatments rather than heavy balms.

A good serum has smaller molecules that allow it to penetrate and add much-needed moisture ahead of your moisturizer, locking it in and creating a good layer of hydration. A product like Georgia Dermatology’s Balancer Rx is made of a special formulation of hydroquinone, alpha hydroxyl acids, and saponins. When used in conjunction with prescription strength Tretinoin, these ingredients work to improve skin’s function, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, improve elasticity, and restore your skin’s natural hydration.

Mistake #4: Finding the right skincare regimen is like taking a shot in the dark.

We’ve all done it. We go to the local grocery store or pharmacy, or even to a cosmetic counter or beauty store and do our best to figure out what products are right for our skin needs. Sure, we know if we’re prone to dry skin, breakouts, have sun damage or want brighter skin. But, unless you’re a Dermatologist, how can you be sure that you are using the best products for your skin?

Solution: Get our licensed medical technicians to recommend a skincare plan for you.

That’s why The Georgia Dermatology Center exists: To help you care for your skin exactly as it needs to be cared for. They are ready to assess your skin and its needs, and to develop a customized treatment plan, like their physician-prescribed Skin Care Formula Transformation. When used together on a regular basis, these products essentially “wake up” the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production, balancing melanin production, and initiating increased nutrient and blood flow. Moisturizers become unnecessary as the skin relearns how to hydrate itself naturally. The skin is restored to a more youthful state, one where it works with you, not against you. The ultimate skin transformation begins at Georgia Dermatology Center.

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