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Skin Damaging Habits–5 Things to Avoid

Skin Damaging Habits–5 Things to Avoid

Everyday, your skin is exposed to all sorts of things that cause it to break out or look dull and tired. Fortunately, there are many very effective, cutting edge skincare products available to help you protect and support your skin so you can maintain and cultivate that healthy glow. But, there is another arena to consider that can greatly affect your skin, and that is your habits and lifestyle choices

Here is a list of five habits you should do your best to avoid:

1. Skipping Sun Protection:

The absolute best way to prevent wrinkles and age spots and preserve your youthful looking skin is by avoiding sun damage. It is ideal to avoid the sun at peak UV intensity, which is between the hours of 10am and 3pm standard time (11am to 4pm daylight savings time). When you are out, always protect all exposed areas of your skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen 15 minutes before going out. Also, wear proper protective clothing such as a hat or specially designed sun protection clothing.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or more and, remember, it takes at least one full ounce (that is an entire shot glass) of sunscreen, on average, to properly protect your skin. And don’t forget to protect your lips! If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time or are swimming or sweating excessively, be sure to reapply every two hours.

Also, Dr. Zimmet considers the daily application of a high quality antioxidant, such as C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF made by SkinCeuticals, as a required part of an effective sun protection regimen. Engage shields!

2. Smoking: 

Aside from the many horrible effects that smoking has on your body, the visible effect to your skin is dramatic. Smokers have notably increased wrinkling and laxity. Very obvious lip lines and crows feet are common as are age spots which smokers appear to be more susceptible to. To sum it up, don’t smoke!

3. Drinking Excessively: 

Having more than one drink a day can have a negative effect on your skin. To maintain your skin’s natural, healthy glow, it is very important to stay properly hydrated. Alcohol dehydrates you thereby robbing your skin of the moisture it needs making it dull and increasing the likelihood of visible wrinkling and laxity. Excessive alcohol can also lead to inflammation, the development of permanent facial spider veins and the depletion of vital nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy. Existing skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis may be exacerbated by the use of alcohol. Beware the buzz!

4. Using the Wrong Skin Care Products: 

Using products for the wrong skin type is a common mistake. It is ideal to consult with your dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician so they can assess the proper regimen for you. With all the incredible skin care options out there, knowing what is best suited to your skin type will yield the best results. Know your type!

5. Ignoring Your Neck, Chest, Hands and Forearms:

For whatever reason, these areas are the forgotten zones. They are also the areas that, when not protected, are the most obvious in terms of “appearing” to betray your age. I say “appearing” because you may not actually be as old as they make you appear. Do not forget them! Your hands and arms are constantly exposed to the sun when you drive. They are propped up there on the steering wheel like meat on a grill! And your chest and neck need the same pampering and protection as your face. You want all areas of your body to look like they came from the same zip code so don’t forget to take care of these areas too. Equal protection!

If are interested in learning about your skin type, what the latest advancements in skin treatments are, and what we can do to help you get your glow back, call Zimmet Vein & Dermatology to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zimmet or one of our aestheticians.

Tattoos: Risks and Precautions

Although tattoos are easier to get and more popular than ever, it’s still important to consider the risks that come along with permanent body art. Make sure you know what’s involved and if this is the right decision for you.


Tattoos break the top layer of your skin, which means that infections or other complications are possible. Some specific risks include:

  • Skin Infections – may cause redness, swelling, and pain.
  • Allergic Reactions – tattoo dyes can cause allergic skin reactions such as an itchy rash.
  • Blood Borne Diseases – if the needle used to create the tattoo has not been properly disinfected and is contaminated, a blood borne disease such as tetanus is possible.
  • Other Skin Problems – bumps called granulomas can form around the tattoo.

Medication or other skin treatments such as tattoo removal may be necessary if you develop a serious allergic reaction to the ink or develop a skin infection.

Safety Precautions

To avoid the risks that come with getting a tattoo, it is important to make sure your tattoo will be applied properly under the correct safety precautions. Ask yourself these questions before proceeding to get a tattoo:

  • Who is doing your tattoo? Go to a reputable tattooing studio that employs properly trained employees. Check with your city or state health departments on local licensing and regulations.
  • Does the tattoo artist wear gloves? Make sure the tattoo artist washes their hands and wears gloves throughout the whole process.
  • Does the tattoo artist use proper equipment? Make sure the artist removes needles and tubes from sealed packages. Pigments, trays and containers should be unused as well.

After getting a tattoo, make sure you take the proper steps to take care of it. Depending on the type and extent of work done, each tattoo may require a different type of care.

If you’re interested in getting your tattoo removed, call Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today and ask about our laser tattoo removal.

New Law Bans Tanning For Texas Minors

Picture of indoor tanning bedAmong the many laws going into effect this month is one that focuses specifically on teens in an effort to significantly reduce the incidence of skin cancer. Prior to September 1, 2013 minors between the ages of 16 and 18 were allowed to use indoor tanning beds with parental consent. This is no longer the case.

In the interest of public health, minors under the age of 18 are no longer allowed to use tanning beds, even with parental consent. State lawmakers passed the law toughening age restrictions on indoor tanning in July and the law went into effect on September 1.

Dr. Jeffrey Gershenwald at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston said there is more than enough research linking exposure to UV rays or ultraviolet light and melanoma.

“Starting indoor tanning before the age of 18 increases melanoma risk by 85 percent.” said Gershenwald.

The American Suntanning Association says this new law could hurt tanning businesses and possibly force some to close. They also say this ban could lead to unsupervised tanning and sunburns. Regardless, Dr. Zimmet strongly recommends tanning beds be avoided.

Texas is the fifth state to enforce a law banning children from using indoor tanning beds.

If you are concerned about the health of your skin, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology to set up an appointment for a thorough skin exam.

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Zimmet vein evaluationChronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins are not working properly. This makes it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs.

What Are The Symptoms?

So how do you know if you have CVI? The seriousness of the symptoms increase as the disease progresses. This is why it is crucial to see a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles
  • Aching or tender legs
  • New varicose veins
  • Flakey or itchy legs
  • Leathery looking skin on legs

If you do not treat CVI immediately, the pressure and swelling increase until blood vessels burst. CVI is often associated with varicose veins, which are twisted, enlarged veins close to the surface of the skin.

How To Manage This Disease

It is easier to manage CVI at its earlier stages. Some of the basic treatments include:

  • Avoid long periods of standing or sitting – if you must sit or stand for a long period of time, flex and extend your legs and feet every 30 minutes to keep blood flowing.
  • Exercise – exercise regularly, walking daily is often beneficial.
  • Elevate your legs – when sitting or laying down, elevate your legs above your heart.
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Take antibiotics as needed

Chronic Venous Insufficiency can be painful and unsightly. Call Zimmet Vein & Dermatology to set up a vein evaluation today.

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