Life went on hold during the pandemic, with everyone cutting back on outings, staying home from work, and missing regular appointments. For many, this included non-emergency healthcare. Taking care of your skin is an important part of your health, however, and now that vaccination is increasing and restrictions are loosening, it’s the perfect time to see a dermatologist. Learn more about how you can get back into a healthy post-pandemic skincare routine with help from Dermatology Associates of Central New York.
Return to Your Normal At-Home Routines
You aren’t the only person who skipped a few face washes or forgot about moisturizer during the pandemic. With so much stress in our daily lives, it was easy to feel apathetic about skincare or simply fall out of the routines you’d established. To get back into the swing of things:
- Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser and after removing makeup, if possible.
- Use a noncomedogenic moisturizer that is free from fragrances, dyes, and other irritants.
- Wear sunscreen each time you leave the house, and reapply frequently.
You should also avoid picking at blemishes. This will only lead to further irritation and breakouts, as well as potentially cause scarring. If you’re concerned about acne that developed during the pandemic, a dermatologist can help.
Schedule a Skin Cancer Screening
Skin cancer is easy to treat with good outcomes in most cases. However, it must be identified as early as possible to prevent the spread of abnormal cells. Your risk for skin cancer may have increased during the pandemic, given that many of us spent more time outdoors than normal. This can be especially worrisome if you’ve been skipping sunscreen. Whether you’ve noticed symptoms or simply missed a skin cancer screening, now is the time to schedule an evaluation.
Before your appointment, conduct a skin cancer self-check at home. This will help you identify any concerning moles or marks to discuss with your doctor, so you can stay on top of potentially cancerous areas and begin treatment as soon as possible if needed.
Catch Up on Cosmetic Treatments
Skin cancer screenings and other important appointments were delayed during the pandemic, and cosmetic treatments certainly fell by the wayside as well. This can be especially difficult for individuals who feel more confident when receiving anti-aging procedures and aesthetic treatments. If you’ve seen a backslide in the appearance of your skin over the last few months, now is the perfect time to begin working with a dermatologist again. You can discuss returning to any of the following:
- Dermal fillers
- Laser hair or spot removal
- And more…
For those who were not recently receiving cosmetic and aesthetic services, post-pandemic life can be a great time to start. These procedures can give your confidence a much-needed boost as we transition from Zoom calls and socially distanced activities to more normal daily living. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss your concerns about aging, texture, dark spots, and other issues to determine which treatments could be most effective for you.
Schedule an Appointment Today
It’s easy to understand why skincare was neglected by many during the pandemic. At the same time, regular dermatological care is essential to our overall wellbeing. To learn more about medical, cosmetic, and aesthetic dermatology care, contact Dermatology Associates of Central New York today. Led by Dr. Amin Fazeli, M.D. Ph.D., FAAD, FACMS, our expert team can recommend the most appropriate care for your needs and help you achieve healthier, more beautiful skin.