Skin care for the active woman

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - From working out in makeup, to using a tanning bed to get a base tan, Dr. Vidya Rajpara with Gardens Dermatology explains why these habits, most of us women have, should be kicked.

First, going from the office to the gym.

Vidya S. Rajpara, M.D.: "After a full day of work, most women do wear makeup to work, it's best to remove the makeup off before you do your gym routine. You don't want your makeup plus your sweat to clog your pores that can cause rosacea or acne."

Leigh: "I use astringents to remove makeup, but that can be really hard on your skin. Do you have a better alternative?"

Rajpara: "Gentle cleansers are generally sufficient. Astringent and toners can actually dry out the skin and make acne and rosacea worse instead of actually making it better. So you want to stick to a gentle cleanser – not too foamy, not to dry. But enough to get your makeup off."

Leigh: "And you're a little bit darker complected than myself, blonde hair and blue eyes, and before I'd go on a trip, I'd hop in the tanning bed. That's probably not a good idea."

Rajpara: "Not a good idea at all. Any kind of tanning is bad on the skin."

Leigh: "So what's the best thing to do if you're going out in the sun, and you haven't gotten sun all winter long?"

Rajpara: "The best thing you can do is actually try to avoid the sun as much as possible. Seek shade, try to stay in a covered area, try to avoid the sun between the hours of 10 and 4. That's when the sun's rays are the strongest. And, most importantly, wear sunscreen."

Leigh: "Before you go to bed, is it good, is it bad, does it matter if you take your makeup off?"

Rajpara: "You do want to sleep with a clean face. The makeup is really bad for the pores. As much as the makeup can say, oil-free, non-comedogenic, they are particles. They do clog the pores, and if you are acne prone or you do have oily skin, that can promote the acne conditions in your skin."

Leigh: "I'm 25, you're young yourself, when do women need to start taking care of wrinkles and things like that?"

Rajpara: "I'm a big proponent of sun-avoidance and wrinkle-prevention. I do treat wrinkles, but I really like to promote the fact you can wrinkles from coming out. The number one cause of wrinkles is sun. Number two is genetics, but that you can't control, so what you want to do is get into good sun safety habits: sun screen, sun avoidance to prevent further damage. But is there a certain age to start on anti-aging productions? I don't think so. When your body does start showing signs of aging that's a good time to consult a dermatologist."

Leigh: "I have a mole that's right here on the back, and it's exposed a lot to sun. I've watched it, and it has not changed ever since I was a little girl. And I've seen a dermatologist and she said it was fine. But, if things change, is that when I need to consult a dermatologist about getting it removed?"

Rajpara: "Correct, any changing moles should trigger you to come in and see the dermatologist to get it checked. I don't know if you know about the A, B, C, D, Es of skin cancer."

"A is asymmetry: Any mole that does not look symmetric, if you cut a mole in half, one side should look like the other. If it's not, that's a sign that should make you worry."

"B is border: The border should be round and regular. If it looks like scrambled eggs, that's really not regular."

"C is color: Most moles are just one color. If they start developing a light brown, dark brown or purple, that's another sign to make you worry.

"D is diameter: Anything that's bigger than a pencil eraser, you'll want to have it looked at."

"E is evolving: Any mole that's changing, coloring or changing shape, starts bleeding or itching, those are signs that would make you worry about that mole."

Leigh: "And can you get new moles as you age?"

Rajpara: "You can definitely get new moles as you age, but you want to keep an eye on them. What I recommend is having patients do monthly skin exams on themselves, and also once when you're with a dermatologist depending on how many moles you have."

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