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Category: Skin Care Questions

Ask a Dermatologist : How do I properly wash my hands?

  Question : What is the proper way to wash your hands? To properly wash hands, especially in light of the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that you lather the cleanser on your hands for a minimum of at least 20 seconds before rinsing with water thoroughly. Some people have mentioned singing a song such as the Happy Birthday song since even children know it to ensure the 20 seconds elapses. Frequent hand washing is recommended over the use of antibacterial gel due to the fact that we touch door handles and other surfaces throughout the day. For more helpful tips during COVID-19, please click here.   Dr. Ellen Turner is a double board-certified dermatologist with practices in Dallas and Irving, Texas. She specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology, as well as anti-aging and regenerative medicine. To schedule an appointment, please call 214-373-7546. Written by Dallas Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner.

Ask a Dermatologist : Why shouldn’t I pop a pimple?

Question : Why is it bad to pop a pimple? What are the side effects of popping a pimple? Theoretically, a pimple, if manipulated could lead to more inflammation and, thus scarring. Often times, deeper cystic pimples do not allow “poppnig” and when patients try to pop or manipulate them, they worsen the inflammation and thus cause more problems. By treating the inflammation with the appropriate topical or oral therapy prescribed by a dermatologist, you can expect to have clear skin. Don’t suffer! Schedule your appointment now. For acne before and after acne treatments, click here. For more information about acne and, click here.     Dr. Ellen Turner is a double board-certified dermatologist with practices in Dallas and Irving, Texas. She specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology, as well as anti-aging and regenerative medicine. To schedule an appointment, please call 214-373-7546. Written by Dallas Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner.

Ask a Dermatologist : How to properly wash your face?

Question : How do dermatologists wash their faces? Is there a proper technique to wash the face? To properly wash your face, one should use a good cleanser which is appropriate for one’s skin type. If one has sensitive skin, then a gentle cleanser is appropriate. If one has an oilier complexion, then an exfoliative cleanser is appropriate. If one’s skin runs dry, then a hydrating cleanser is appropriate. I prefer either a soft washcloth using small circles to address each location of the face–the forehead, each cheek, the nose, and the chin, then the neck and the decolletage. I feel the Clarisonic Pro brushes are the best technological advancements in skin facial cleansing because they ensure that each area is properly addressed for the correct amount of time, and the company offers the appropriate brush head for each skin type. All the consumer has to add is the proper cleanser. For dermatologist-approved skin care products, please visit Belladermis.com     Dr. Ellen Turner is a double board-certified dermatologist with practices in Dallas and Irving, Texas. She specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology, as well as anti-aging and regenerative medicine. To schedule an appointment, please call 214-373-7546. Written by Dallas […]

Ask a Dermatologist : What age should I start getting BOTOX?

Is there an ideal age to start getting BOTOX? What are the signs that I need to get BOTOX? It depends! Once you begin to have lines at rest, you are probably a bit tardy in getting your BOTOX. Most people begin getting BOTOX sometime during their twenties or early thirties. Some people have more issues with their glabella, or frown lines—also known as the “elevens”. Some people have more issues with the horizontal forehead lines, while others have problems with the crows’ feet or fine lines radiating out from the eyes. Regardless of the area of concern, BOTOX can address any or all of these areas, and rest these muscles of facial expression creating a relaxing and youthful appearance. Click here for more information about BOTOX and here for before and after BOTOX photos.     Dr. Ellen Turner is a double board-certified dermatologist with practices in Dallas and Irving, Texas. She specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology, as well as anti-aging and regenerative medicine. To schedule an appointment, please call 214-373-7546.     Written by Dallas Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner.

Dallas Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner’s Interview with Practical Dermatology

In each issue, magazine asks leading physicians about new products that they are recommending to their patients. This month, Ellen Turner, MD, a dermatologist in Dallas, TX, discusses Colorescience Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50, which she wears every day. How long have you been recommending Colorescience Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50? Do you use it on yourself? Dr. Turner: I have been recommend­ing Colorescience Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 since it first launched. I practice what I preach and therefore skin protection is an integral part of my daily routine. It is hard to remember my skincare regimen without Face Shield. How and how often do you suggest that your patients use this product? Dr. Turner: Just as we brush our teeth every single day, I want my patients to apply this product daily. Often times patients will tell me they only wear sun protection when they are going outside, but I am quick to remind them we are on our phones, and sit in front of our computers all day long and the Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 will protect them not only from harmful UVA damage but also environ­ mental damage caused from their device screens […]

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