November kicks off National Healthy Skin Month, presenting an opportunity to learn new habits for healthier skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Association launched the first-ever National Healthy Skin Month in 1997. AAD launched National Healthy Skin Month with the hope of emphasizing the importance of good skin care, sharing tips that can lead to healthier skin, hair, and nails, as well as asking Americans to take time to pay attention to their skin and adopt healthy habits to care for their skin. As AAD calls it, National Healthy Skin Month is "everyone's awareness month."1
In an interview with Dermatology Times®, Muneeb Shah, DO, board-certified dermatologist and partner at Fora Dermatology in Mooresville, North Carolina, CEO & founder of DermCollective, LLC, and also known on TikTok as @DermDoctor, discussed what healthy skin means to him as a practicing dermatologist, how he fights misinformation on social media, and basic healthy skin routines for acne-prone, sensitive, and aging skin.
"I think healthy skin really depends on the patient that we're treating and what their main concerns are. For somebody that has acne, healthy skin to them would mean getting rid of their acne. For someone with melasma, it's about getting rid of that discoloration and the pigmentation that they have on their skin. Once you get through those phases, where you're solving their initial problem, it's still important to focus on healthy skin," said Shah.