Tucson Lifestyle August 2013 : Page 5

Q Your Skinformation I have struggled with acne for many years. I just found out that I am pregnant, and I don’t know if I can keep using my acne creams, and I worry about how bad my acne will be if I can’t use them. What should I do? Q A Many acne medications, even over-the-counter ones, are not recommended for use during pregnancy, so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before using your products. Acne worsens for some pregnant women and improves for others, so you may not have the bad breakouts that you are concerned about. If you do experience acne problems, there are medications and acne treatments, such as microdermabrasion, that are safe to use while pregnant. It is best to talk to your dermatologist. A Last year I was away at college, was very busy and didn’t take care of my skin, and I got a lot of blackheads and blemishes. I’m about to leave for school again, and I want to do a better job with my skin but without spending a lot of time on it. What would you recommend? Q A I’m turning 30 soon and I’ve started to notice fine lines near the corners of my eyes. Is there anything that I can do to keep them from getting worse? A few minutes of your day will make a big difference. Wash your face twice daily using the Clarisonic Mia (60 seconds!) and a good acne wash like SkinCeuticals Clarifying Cleanser. Wear sunscreen daily; many also provide additional benefits, such as treating acne or doubling as a light makeup. If you take prescription acne medications, make sure that you have a good supply of them. More challenging, but important, try to eat fresh and “homemade” foods rather than processed or packaged whenever possible. $119 Clarisonic Mia $30 Elta UV Clear SPF 46 $29 Elta UV Physical SPF 41 The delicate skin around the eyes is often the first area to show signs of aging. This is largely caused by sun exposure, and in Tucson it’s not uncommon for even twenty-somethings to develop such changes. First and foremost, practice daily sun protection. Also use a good eye cream that helps to combat fine lines. In-office treatments such as Botox, Dysport, Belotero, chemical peels, and lasers are very effective in improving crow’s feet and dark circles. $95 Skin Medica TNS Eye Repair Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. $85 Skin Medica TNS Illuminating Eye Cream SKIN Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 www.skinspectrum.com

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