This week's edition of the Mainstream Patient features stories about barrier repair products for dry skin, face mapping for acne, how to reapply sunscreen over makeup, and more.
New this week: Allure lists recommended barrier repair products according to dermatologists and Elle reviews the latest skin trend of "glass skin." NewBeauty asks dermatologists about the do's and don'ts before getting injectables and Byrdie talks to dermatologists about swapping shampoo for body wash in a pinch. Women's Health considers face mapping for acne and Self reviews the best ways to reapply sunscreen over makeup.
"The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin (also known as the epidermis) that guards against external stressors. When not properly protected 'the skin barrier can start to crack, which can leave the skin more vulnerable to free radical damage,' Florida-based board-certified dermatologist Lesley Clark-Loeser, MD, tells Allure." To be even more specific, 'our skin barrier gets damaged from extreme weather, sun exposure, medical conditions, physical damage such as over-exfoliating, and also age,' explains board-certified dermatologist Nazanin Saedi, MD, who is based in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania."
"But while our wallets point towards increased interest—if not obsession—with matching our IRL skin to what we see on social media, our behavior online all but confirms it. On Reddit’s skin care communities, like r/SkincareAddiction, which is nearly two million members strong, 22-year-old women are asking for help fighting fine lines that are simply part of a normal human face. Requests for help to fix “enlarged pores” are almost endless; the constant stream of people obsessing over perfectly healthy skin has resulted in desperate pleas for members to remember what their skin is actually supposed to look like. “I am begging the moderators of this sub to start a new sub or just please do something to save this sub,” one distressed user lamented earlier this year. “It’s no longer the r/SkincareAddiction sub. It’s the ‘what’s wrong with my face?’ sub.”
"Don’t: Plan a Vacation the Next Day
"Although getting a ‘refresher’ while on vacation or on a girls’ weekend away may sound great, if you have any issues or concerns from your injectables, you want to be able to see the provider who performed your treatment,' says Concord, CA plastic surgeon Eric Mariotti, MD. 'Although uncommon, complications can happen and it is best to stay local a few days after your treatment to be properly assessed.'”
"We've all been there. Maybe you're on vacation and realize you left one crucial bottle in your shower, or perhaps you're just running low. So you sneak a few pumps of shampoo as a temporary stand-in for your body wash (or vice versa). But can these quick fixes really do the job of their cleanser counterpart? Ahead, we chatted with board-certified dermatologists Karan Lal, MD, Mona Gohara, MD, and Geeta Yadav, MD, about whether or not you can switch between the two and, if not, what you should use instead."
"Any time you experience a breakout, you probably fall down a rabbit hole of trying to figure out the cause. There's a multitude of reasons why you might get acne anywhere on your body, but face mapping is like a guide on how to better understand the source. “Face mapping uses the location of acne on the face as a guide to indicate what the cause of acne may be related to,” says Marisa Garshick, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City."
"'Ideally, you should be reapplying with a lotion, cream, or gel,” Azadeh Shirazi, MD, a dermatologist at La Jolla Dermatology in California, tells SELF. “They’re typically thicker and tend to be more effective by giving you more even coverage compared to sprays.' Of course, that’s not always practical with a full face of makeup. And unfortunately, no, you can’t just go hard under your foundation: You may think you’re good to go with one layer of an SPF 75 product to start your routine, for example, but dermatologists say that still isn’t enough to shield you from the sun’s harmful UV rays (which can burn your skin, cause hyperpigmentation, and increase your risk for skin cancer)."