Thursday, 22 October 2020

How Your Facemask May Cause “Maskene” and How to Prevent It

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Besides the anxiety, stress, and insecurity the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing, another issue that has cropped up is acne breakouts due to wearing facemasks. 

These days, we cannot step out of our homes without facemasks, and putting them on for relatively longer may cause the skin to react negatively and lead to acne breakouts.

Particularly, acne breakouts due to wearing facemasks are called “Maskne.” This new term has emerged during the pandemic, as it is affecting many people, especially the frontline health workers, who need to wear masks throughout the day.

The regulations to wear facemasks are not going away anytime soon, and the onus on us to take care of our skin and prevent the discomfort of acne breakouts. With better preparation, it is possible to keep “maskne” at bay.

Read also: How to Find Your Real Skin Type for the Right Skincare Routine ? 

A Little More about “Maskne”


“Maskne” is a broad term that refers to overall skin issues such as acne, rashes, irritation, and redness that occur due to wearing facemasks.

Acne breakouts happen because facemasks cover our nose and mouth, trap air and humidity inside, and clogs skin pores with sweat, dirt, and oil. This is similar to acne breakouts that athletes often face, called “acne mechanica.”

In athletes' cases, acne breakouts occur due to excess heat, sweat, and friction that builds up below sports equipment such as helmets, straps, and padding.

Similarly, facemasks trap the air and heat, making the skin around the nose and mouth warm and moist, creating an ideal breeding ground for acne. On top of it, bacteria and yeast also can form and infect the hair follicles in the same area and trigger folliculitis.

Besides getting clogged pores and breakouts, the rubbing of facemasks' edges against the skin may lead to peeling, dry patches, and dark spots.

All of the mentioned factors, along with anxiety and stress about the pandemic, may trigger acne breakouts. Wearing masks may add up to the inflammation.

Read also: Different Types of Wrinkles that You Should Know 

Ways to Prevent “Maskne”


There are several ways to prevent acne breakouts due to wearing facemasks. Here are they:

Opt for cloth masks: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), N95/surgical masks are the most effective facemasks to prevent infection, and health workers should wear those. For average citizens, the CDC recommends wearing cotton masks because cotton provides both breathability and protection, and it is also gentle on the skin. 

Keep multiple clean masks: You can keep 2-3 clean cloth masks and wear them rotationally throughout the week. Whenever you use one, save another one handy next time you go out.  The added advantage of a cloth mask is that they are easy to wash and dry up faster. Wash your cloth masks as often as possible to remove dirt and bacteria and keep off “maskne” from breaking out.  

Get some breathers: If you get a chance to get away from people and take a break, remove your mask for a breather. Make sure to sanitize your hands before taking off the mask. It will give your skin the much-needed breathability and prevent clogging of the facial skin pores.

Wash your mask using gentle and fragrance-free detergent: It is better to wash your cloth masks using a mild and fragrance-free detergent. Strong detergents with fragrances may irritate your skin and lead to skin inflammation. 

Avoid makeup: This may not be what ladies would like to hear. However, it is ideal to skip your makeup when wearing a facemask. Makeup may result in clogged pores under the mask and lead to breakouts.

Closing Words


Many people, regardless of their age, have to deal with acne breakouts from time to time, which is quite natural. You do not have to hide your face because of acne. 

If you notice signs of acne, do not panic. Many times, as soon as we witness an acne breakout, we press the panic button and start with intense scrubbing and cleansing. However, this may worsen the problem by triggering more irritation of the skin. Just be gentle on the skin and avoid harsh skin products before wearing a mask.

A medical aesthetician can guide you to prevent as well as cure “maskene” and other skin issues with advanced and non-invasive skin treatment to bring back your youthful glow. 

For a consultation, call us today at 408-294-2399 or send an email to info@RaniMD.com, and we will be glad to resolve your skin issues.

How HEV Light of Your Gadgets is Damaging Your Skin?

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Are you spending too much time checking out your smartphone? Well, you are not alone.

Most people spend a lot of time or have a significant "screen time" gluing to their cell phones without even knowing the health hazards it may cause. 

The US edition of "Global Mobile Consumer Survey" by Deloitte a couple of years back revealed that, on average, American consumers check their smartphones 52 times a day!

You may have heard that spending too much time on your phone can affect your health in many ways, such as attention span, brain function, and sleep patterns. There are several studies to back up this claim.

Besides affecting the overall well-being, the HEV light, or the "blue light" that emits from your smartphone can mess with your skin. This post will revolve around this topic.

Read also: How an Esthetician Can Save Your Skin from Blackheads 

How HEV Light Affects Your Skin


First, HEV stands for "high-energy visible light" or "blue light," which has a wavelength ranging from 380 nanometers (nm) to 500 nm.

HEV light rays exist nearly everywhere. They turn the sky to appear blue when they meet air and water molecules in our atmosphere.

Some of the things that emit HEV lights are:

  • Sunlight

  • Smartphones

  • Computers

  • TV

  • Fluorescent bulbs

  • Tablets

  • Light devices for acne treatment

The sun emits the maximum blue light, and digital devices emit only a fraction of HEV in comparison. However, all digital devices, such as TVs, computers, and phones, add up over a period. 

Various ongoing dermatological studies are trying to figure out the relation between HEV light and its effects on the skin. However, the current findings have already confirmed that HEV light is hazardous for our skin. 

In 2010, a study by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that skin exposure to UV rays may cause more redness, pigment, and swelling than the same blue light level.

Another study by the Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity stated that skin's exposure to HEV light might trigger the free radicals production in the skin, which may result in premature aging.

It is important to remember that free radicals exist in our environment and can cause inflammation, DNA damage, and collagen and elastin loss.

The bottom line is, this array of studies reveal that HEV light has a damaging effect on your skin and may lead to the following visible changes:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Dark spots

  • Inflammation

  • Melasma

  • Thinness in skin

The same study also concluded that spending more time on digital devices worsens the skin condition. One promising approach to skincare is to stop the signs of aging before they become more visible. 

Again, HEV affects our body's natural sleep and wake cycle (circadian rhythm). Since HEV light is stimulating, too much exposure at night can make getting to sleep difficult. 

A good night's sleep critical for your overall health and well-being because it is at night when your skin repairs itself.

Some Simple Steps to Stay Away from HEV Light


Besides taking care of your skin through proper facial and moisturization, you can avoid the damaging effects of HEV light by taking some simple steps. 

  • Adjust the light settings on your digital devices at night and lower the brightness level. 

  • Various smartphones and computers come with a "night mode" option. You can use that filter to adjust the light. 

  • While stepping out on a sunny day, you can use sunglasses or blue light glasses to prevent eyestrain. 

  • Take frequent breaks and limit your screen time.

Particularly regarding the last point above, the American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests practicing the "20-20-20" rule. It means to look away from your digital devices' screen every 20 minutes and look at a far off object for a minimum of 20 seconds. The same study also recommends staying away from digital devices for 2-3 hours before going to sleep.

Read also: 7 Habits that May Accelerate Your Skin Aging 

Closing Words


Although researchers are still studying the effects of HEV light on the human skin, their current opinions confirm this light's hazardous impacts over a long period. 

Besides taking precautions while using your digital devices, if you notice signs of aging or dull skin, undergoing medical aesthetic skin treatments can turn the clock back. There are various non-surgical skin treatments such as anti-wrinkle fillers, facial rejuvenation, facelift, and skin tightening, which can make your skin smooth and glowing.

For an appointment, call us at 408-294-2399 or write to info@RaniMD.com, and we will be happy to help you.

Monday, 21 September 2020

How an Esthetician Can Save Your Skin from Blackheads

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Do you spend some time every day in front of the mirror, checking out blackheads on the tip of your nose, and squeezing them out? 

Well, most people do that, and the blackheads never seem to go away. 

No matter how hard you try, it does not work. However, you cannot stop doing it.

According to dermatologists, there is a vast difference between real blackheads and sebaceous filaments. If you know that, you will try better ways to get rid of them.


Read also: 5 Skin Treatments That Hold off Aging in Women After 40


What are Blackheads?


Blackheads are the debris and buildup that create those small dark spots. 

In reality, blackheads are also some acne. It means the bacteria that triggers acne has a role to play here. 

In simple words, we cannot call those dark dots "blackheads" until the bacteria exists there, and comedones form at the pores.

It means, technically, blackheads are "open comedones."

The Cause of Blackheads


The main reason for blackheads is the presence of excessive oil in the skin.

Besides, the buildup of debris happens over time due to dirt, old skin cells, and daily makeups. On top of it, a type of protein called "keratin," builds up and clogs pores and leads to blackheads. 

So, when can you figure out it is a blackhead?

There is a way to do that. If you use a pore strip on your nose and all the inner dirt comes out, then those are blackheads. If the dirt stays, those are not.

In that case, you are dealing with black clogged pores, which dermatologists call "sebaceous filaments."

Sebaceous filaments look similar to blackheads, but they require different treatments. 

Both blackheads and sebaceous filaments may appear on other areas of the face and also on the body, including:

  • Neck

  • Shoulders

  • Arms

  • Chest

  • Back

Should You Try Removing Blackheads on Your Own?


If you are thinking to squeeze out the blackheads all by yourself, it will not likely work out. 

Because pores are hair follicles, which locate in various angles, and you have to try removing blackheads from the right angle.

Firstly, it is hard to do it on your face. Secondly, you may damage the skin in the process.

To clean the blackheads, you need to get debris and sebum out of the pore, and it is better to leave the job to an expert.

We suggest that you consult an aesthetic expert.

An esthetician can quickly figure out the right angle of the follicle and adjust the extraction tool to remove blackheads gently.


Read also: 5 Face Enhancements to Make the Remainder of 2020 Memorable


Things You Should Use to Prevent Blackheads


The following list of ingredients can help you reduce blackheads:

AHAs: Glycolic acids and lactic acids can dissolve dead skin cells, working as chemical exfoliants. 

BHAs: Salicylic acid is also a chemical exfoliant that dissolves the outer layer of skin cells and prevents the pores from clogging. 

Charcoal: Charcoal helps in removing remove harmful substances from the skin by exfoliating it.

Niacinamide: Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that helps in restoring and repairing the acid mantle of the skin and lowers inflammation. It also protects the skin from bacteria.

Retinol: Retinol, also known as vitamin A helps to exfoliate skin cells and regenerate them. This powerful ingredient works diligently to make your skin more resilient against impurities. 

Things to Avoid


You need to avoid heavy moisturizers and oils to prevent the clogging of pores. 

It is also crucial to avoid soaps and body washes that contain harsh chemical emulsifiers.

Harsh chemical substances in these beauty products make the skin weak and vulnerable against bacteria, leading to the excessive production of oil and clogged pores.

Stay Healthy to Prevent Blackheads


The bottom line is, you need to keep your skin pores clean and healthy to prevent blackheads. Also, avoid DIY home extractions to prevent skin damage.

It is ideal to consult a professional esthetician to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

We have our medical aesthetic skincare clinic in San Jose, where you can get advanced, non-invasive, effective, and affordable skin treatments. We comply with all the safety regulations regarding sanitization and social distancing.

Call us today at 408-294-2399 or write to info@RaniMD.com, and we will be glad to assist you.

7 Habits that May Accelerate Your Skin Aging

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If you are worried about those fine lines and wrinkles in your face and rushing to buy premium anti-aging creams to combat them, the bad news is, those skin issues may not go away like that.

Why? Are not those expensive magic creams made for this purpose only?

The answer is both "yes" and "no." 

Yes, because premium skincare products work well depending on your skin condition. No, because without a healthy lifestyle, no product can reverse your skin aging.

In this post, we will walk you through seven habits that are aging your skin faster, and what you should do to restore your skin condition.

Here are seven habits:


  1. Eating Inflammatory Foods


The types of foods you are eating every day may cause those wrinkles. While having three meals a day, if the food items include white bread, butter/margarine, red meats, vegetable oils, or processed foods, they are not doing any good for your skin. 

These foods usually cause inflammation and are likely to accelerate wrinkle formation. To prevent or stop premature aging, consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acids (ALA), such as avocados, salmon, flaxseed oil, and olive oil. Besides, add fruits and vegetables to your diet as well. These foods will help you maintain the softness of your skin.


Read also: Different Types of Wrinkles that You Should Know 


  1. Consuming Alcohol


Happy Hours with your friends or colleagues on the weekend may be a way of de-stressing yourself, but it makes your skin age faster. As a natural diuretic, alcohol makes you dehydrated and saps the natural moisture from your skin. 

Besides, excessive drinking may also trigger outbreaks of rosacea and increases wrinkles, fine lines, and acne. If you drink regularly, your body cannot flush out all the toxins and impurities, and it will show up in your skin. 


  1. Smoking


The habit of smoking is no less harmful than consuming alcohol. No organ in the human body benefits from smoking, and doing it regularly can cause wrinkles. You may start noticing the damaging effects of smoking within a few years. 

A study by the Mayo Clinic shows that the nicotine content in cigarettes may cause narrowing of blood vessels in the outermost skin layers, leading to reduced circulation. Low blood supply means fewer nutrients. Many chemicals in nicotine destroy collagen, which will aggravate the skin issue. Kicking the habit will benefit your lungs, heart, and brain as well.


Read also: How to Find Your Real Skin Type for the Right Skincare Routine ?


  1. Excessive Workout


According to experts, moderate workout, which at 40 to 60 percent of your highest heart rate, is right for your heart, lungs, and overall weight management. Also, optimum exercise rejuvenates your skin. Working out at 70 to 80 percent of your heart rate is likely to damage your skin. It means that as long as you do short and moderate exercise, you will get dual benefits of both weight-loss and anti-aging.


  1. Sunbathing


Sunbathing and tanning your skin feels great, especially when the sunlight is moderate. However, too much of sunbathing can inflict a lot of damage to your skin. Besides developing wrinkles, excessive UV rays can weaken your skin cells and pose the risk of cancer. 

To protect your skin from the harmful UV rays, use sunscreen all day long if you need to step out every day. To get the maximum benefits of sunscreen, apply around one ounce of it with at least SPF 30 in the areas that are exposed to sunlight, including your face. Also, keep reapplying sunscreen every two hours, especially during those scorching summer days. 


  1. Wrong Makeup 


Proper makeup can help you hide flaws in your skin, including signs of aging. However, applying the wrong makeup can cause wrinkles and make your look older. 

For example, if you apply heavy foundations and powders in your face, they can develop into wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, making the fine lines prominent. 

To avoid such makeup mess, apply a lighter foundation or a tinted moisturizer to cover the age spots, and make your face glow. 

Also, keep a handy stock of facial blotting tissues to soak up excess oil from your face without smearing your makeup. 


  1. Lack of Sleep


Medical professionals vouch for eight hours of sleep every day. Primarily, the word "beauty sleep" refers to the fact that while sleeping at night, our skin works on regenerating and repairing itself automatically. However, the hectic schedule of the modern lifestyle makes it difficult to sleep that much. If you sleep less than seven hours daily, you will notice puffiness around the eyes. 

Over a third of adults in the US do not get the recommended hours of sleep per night, causing various adverse health effects, including a weak immune system, weight gain, lack of focus, sallow skin, and declining memory. Another alert! Avoid sleeping on one side of your face for too long as it develops wrinkles and sleep lines.

Aesthetic Skincare Treatment at Affordable Rates


If you notice signs of aging in your skin, try avoiding the listed habits to improve the skin condition. You can also undergo non-invasive aesthetic treatments such as anti-wrinkle fillers, non-surgical facelift, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, etc.

At our aesthetic skincare clinic in San Jose, we offer advanced aesthetic skincare treatment at an affordable price. We adhere to all the safety regulations regarding social distancing and sanitization.

Call us today at 408-294-2399 for an appointment or write to info@RaniMD.com, and we will be glad to assist you.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

How to Find Your Real Skin Type for the Right Skincare Routine ?

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Do you know your skin type, or unsure about it? Generally, most people have an idea about the type of skin they have, particularly people with oily and dry skin.

On some occasions, however, it is not easy to figure out your real skin type if it is other than oily or dry. Well, different skin types are normal, sensitive, and combination skin and they need specific treatment as well.

Understanding your skin type will help you get the ideal skincare routine. If you buy beauty products regularly, you need to purchase something that will suit your skin type rather than working against it.

Read also: Different Types of Wrinkles that You Should Know

1. The Day Test to Know Your Skin Type


The easiest way to find out your skin type is to observe how well it does from morning to evening on a day. Here are the likely results:

Skin Condition (Towards the Day End)

Skin Type

Does your skin have minimal oil, redness, or flakiness, or nothing at all?

Normal skin

Has your face turned oily and appear shiny?

Oily skin

Does your skin feel tight or flaky?

Dry skin

Is there redness, itchiness, or inflammation in your skin?

Sensitive skin

Does your T-zone shine, but the remaining of your face is matte?

Combination skin


There is a common notion about dehydrated skin type. There is no such skin type. Dehydration is a separate condition. Your skin can get dehydrated even when it is oily, dry, sensitive, or all the above.

2. Do the Wash Test


Harsh weather conditions, like wind, or scorching sun, take a toll on your skin. Doing a wash test will determine how your skin deals with these external skin irritants.

Wash your face using a mild cleanser and do not apply makeup or any product. Then, wait for 30 minutes and observe how your skin feels.

Take this test when the face feels calm and stable. It means do not try it after coming back home from the raging sun or after an intensive workout.

3. Take Pictures of Your Skin


A dermatologist or an aesthetician may apply some photographic methods to help you assess your skin’s behavior if required.

A skin specialist can identify and tell you if your skin is sensitive, irritated, sun-damaged, and prone to pigmentation or rosacea. Besides, subtle changes in pore size or skin texture may indicate oil production.


Skin Type May Change with Time


Women may experience a change in their skin type over the years due to diet change, pregnancy, climate, and other factors.

The ideal way is to feel your skin is to understand the change. It means by touching your skin with clean hands and feeling the texture, buoyancy, and temperature.

Also, take a soft pinch test often to evaluate your skin’s hydration levels.

You can balance your skin type in the following ways:

Skin Type

Balancing

Normal skin

Take preventive measures to protect the skin, and use SPF, antioxidants, etc.

Oily skin

Restore the skin’s balance with oils and clay masks

Dry skin

Hydrate and moisturize the skin

Sensitive skin

Avoid harsh skin products and ingredients

Combination skin

Manage skin by undergoing spot treatments



Healthy Skin: Treatment Solutions


Generally, healthy skin is rare. If you have this skin type, that is great! However, do not forget to take good care of it. Use high-quality sunscreen and an anti-aging evening product with a retinoid as part of your skincare routine.

1. Oily Skin: Treatment Solutions


Try using oil-based skin care products and avoid the ones that dry the skin.

Keep your skin hydrated. Dehydrated skin can lead to increased oil production and clogged pores.

Apply sulfur-based spot corrector to treat blemishes.

Use a toner containing saltwater or seaweed.

Apply a clay mask that has bentonite.

2. Dry Skin: Treatment Solutions


While showering or bathing, avoid too hot water.

In the morning, you can skip using a cleanser.

Buy a humidifier.

Apply cleansing oils or creams that do not require rinsing off.

Try a sheet mask at night.

3. Sensitive Skin: Treatment Solutions


Careful how your skin reacts to essential oils.

Avoid products that contain ingredients like parabens or sulfates.

Use products that do not have fragrance and dyes.

4. Combination Skin: Treatment Solutions


Exfoliate your skin with a mild enzyme mask.

Using a balancing toner would be ideal.

Treat acne-prone patches with a roll-on containing tea tree oil.

Closing Words


The skin types that we have mentioned in this post are according to the classification by the skincare industry.

A comprehensive skincare approach is to undergo medical aesthetic treatments, which converge aesthetics, rejuvenation, and wellness of the skin.

At our aesthetic skincare clinic in San Jose, we offer highly effective and affordable skin treatments. We always comply with all the safety regulations regarding social distancing and sanitization.

Call us today at 408-294-2399 or write to info@RaniMD.com, and we will be happy to assist you.