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What Does Healthy Skin Mean To You?

Dec 14, 2020 10:30:53 AM

Did you know that Medable's co-founder & CEO, Dr. Michelle Longmire, is a practicing Physician specialising in Dermatology? In the spirit of learning, how about an interesting skin fact? Did you know that skin is the largest organ in the human body? It’s true! Factoids aside, what does healthy skin mean to you? 

Keeping my skin moisturized and itchiness-free” - eczema patient

Pimple-free skin! I focus my routine on keeping my skin clear and I feel my skin is the healthiest when I don’t have to wear any makeup” - acne patient

Feeling comfortable in my own skin” - psoriasis patient

We connected with a healthy skin expert and dermatologist, Dr. Georgina Ferzli, to get some tips on how to keep your skin healthy while you winter in quarantine:

  • Limit shower time to under 5 minutes and keep water lukewarm
  • Invest in a good humidifier
  • Use antioxidants to help your skin looking fresh
  • Use creams (in jars) instead of lotions (with pumps) as moisturizers
  • Avoid harsh acidic toners or washes
  • Limit exfoliation to once per week with a glycolic acid wash
  • Stay hydrated!
  • Incorporate hyaluronic acid into your routine 
  • Consider switching from retinal to bakuchiol

According to Dr. Ferzli, there are a variety of factors that impact our skin including gut health, mental health, stress levels, habits, and the way we feel about ourselves. Understanding the relationship between our skin and other variables is a huge step towards healthier skin. Some variables to consider when working towards improving your skin health are:

    • Sleep - are you sleeping enough? Also, did you know that sleeping on the same side of your face too much may result in an uneven distribution of wrinkles and creases in your skin?
  • Diet - as the saying goes, “you are what you eat!” Limited / avoiding oily, fried foods and abundance of alcoholic beverages is a good start!
    • Water intake - stay hydrated! Water does a body good.
    • Air quality / pollution - poor air quality and high exposure to pollution can lead to skin conditions including but not limited to dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and acne
    • Exposure to the sun (don’t forget to apply your SPF moisturizer even when it’s not sunny!)
    • Smoking - did you know that smoking is one of the fastest catalysts to aging your skin?
    • Cell Phones - there is an alarming amount of bacteria that can be detected on our phones. Be sure to clean your phone with antibacterial wipes. 
  • Makeup - remove your make up completely before going to bed! 
  • Products - with an abundance of skincare and makeup products available to consumers, it’s important that you’re using the products that work for YOU! Using the wrong products may result in adverse effects on your skin. 

About Georgina Ferzli, MD

Doctor

Dr. Georgina Ferzli is a cosmetic and laser dermatologist in New York City. As a former acne patient herself, Dr. Ferzli chose dermatology as her specialty in order to help others who suffer from skin-related issues. Dr. Ferzli spends her time curating personal skin care routines for her diverse patient community. 

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Get in touch with Dr. Ferzli via email at georginaferzlimd@gmail.com or send her a direct message on Instagram @dermdocny

Sumaira Ahmed

Written by Sumaira Ahmed

Sumaira Ahmed is an influential and passionate advocate for rare autoimmune diseases and recently joined Medable’s Patient Advisory Council to support community development and increase inclusivity. She founded The Sumaira Foundation for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) shortly after she was diagnosed with sero-negative neuromyelitis optica/CRION. The Sumaira Foundation is geared towards generating global awareness and finding a cure for NMOSD. Additionally, in 2015, Sumaira became the 1st Miss Bangladesh-USA advocating for equal opportunity education for the children of Bangladesh in efforts to increase tolerance and strengthen the country’s international presence, economy, and infrastructure.

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