National Healthy Skin Month

National Healthy Skin Month

National Healthy Skin Month is a time to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of our skin. This article will explore tips and tricks to help you maintain healthy skin, including skincare routines, diet, and lifestyle changes.

Let’s celebrate National Healthy Skin Month by giving our skin the care it deserves!

How can you tell if your skin is or is not healthy?

The condition of your skin can provide valuable insight into your overall health.

Here are some factors that can impact the health of your skin:

  • Genetics: Your skin type and the conditions you’re prone to can be determined by genetics. For example, some people may be more prone to dry skin or acne due to their genetic makeup.
  • Lifestyle: Your lifestyle can have a significant impact on the health of your skin. Factors such as diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption can affect the appearance and texture of your skin.
  • Environmental factors: Your skin is constantly exposed to environmental factors such as pollution, UV radiation, and temperature changes. These factors can cause damage to your skin and lead to premature aging or other skin problems.

To determine if your skin is healthy, look out for the following signs:

  • Even complexion: Healthy skin should have an even tone and texture. If you notice patches of discoloration or rough, uneven texture, this may indicate that your skin is not as healthy as it could be.
  • Good elasticity: Skin that bounces back when pinched is a sign of good elasticity. Loss of elasticity is a natural part of aging but can also be caused by other factors such as sun damage or smoking.
  • Hydration: Dry, flaky skin can be a sign of dehydration or lack of moisture. Healthy skin should feel soft and supple to the touch.

In contrast, unhealthy skin may display the following warning signs:

  • Dryness: Skin that is dry and flaky may be a sign that it’s not getting the moisture it needs to stay healthy.
  • Redness: Redness or inflammation can indicate an underlying skin condition or irritation.
  • Acne: Acne is a common skin problem that can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances, genetics, and lifestyle factors.

By paying attention to these signs, you can determine if your skin is healthy or not. If you notice any issues, don’t hesitate to seek advice from a dermatologist or skincare professional. With proper care and attention, you can keep your skin healthy and glowing.

What are the go-to, tried, and proper treatments for healthy skin?

A mild moisturizer with sunscreen, face wash, and a prescription retinoid.

What are the steps to a healthy skincare routine?

Maintaining a healthy skincare routine is essential for achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Here are the steps you can take to build a healthy skincare routine:

  • Cleansing: The first step in any skincare routine is to cleanse your skin to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Use a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser to avoid irritating your skin.
  • Toning: Toning helps to restore your skin’s pH balance and remove any remaining dirt or impurities. Look for a toner that’s free from alcohol and fragrances to avoid drying out your skin.
  • Treatment: If you have any specific skin concerns, such as acne or hyperpigmentation, consider using a targeted treatment to address these issues. Use treatments as directed to avoid overdoing it and potentially irritating your skin.
  • Moisturizing: Moisturizing helps to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Choose a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type and contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin to help lock in moisture.
  • Sun protection: Sunscreen is a crucial step in any healthy skincare routine. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours if you’re spending time outdoors.

By following these steps, you can establish a healthy skincare routine that will help you maintain healthy skin. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is unique, so it may take some trial and error to find the right products and routine for you. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with a skincare professional or dermatologist.

What should people consider before trying a new skincare treatment?

There are a lot of over-the-counter products out there. Some are great, but others can be potentially harmful. I usually recommend that patients try a “test spot” before applying the product to a larger surface area.

The other option would be to bring your products to your dermatologist appointment and review them together.

What are some healthy at-home face treatments to try now?

Moisturizing products are recommended as they are generally very mild and also have ceramides which are a component of a healthy skin barrier.

If you have any issues with your skin health, questions about skin irritation, or want to schedule an appointment, please reach us so we can help!

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries, questions, and appointments or talk to our consultants via LiveChat at so we can address and answer them for you.

How the Sun Can Hurt and Help Your Acne

How the Sun Can Hurt and Help Your Acne

If you struggle with acne, you’ve likely tried many different remedies to improve your skin’s condition. One factor that often gets overlooked, however, is the role that the sun can play in acne development and management.

While sunlight can have some positive effects on the skin, such as reducing inflammation and drying out pimples, it can also be harmful in other ways, causing skin damage and potentially making acne worse.

In this article, we’ll explore the ways in which the sun can help and hurt your acne, and provide tips for finding the right balance of sun exposure to keep your skin healthy and clear.

How can the sun help my acne?

If you struggle with acne, you may be surprised to learn that the sun can actually be beneficial for your skin in some ways. While it’s true that overexposure to sunlight can be harmful and even worsen acne, moderate sun exposure can help to reduce inflammation and dry out pimples. Here’s how:

  • Sunlight can reduce inflammation: One of the reasons why acne can be so stubborn is that it’s often accompanied by redness and inflammation. However, sunlight contains UVB rays that have anti-inflammatory properties and can help to calm down inflamed skin. That’s why you might notice that your acne looks less red and angry after spending some time in the sun.
  • Sunlight can dry out pimples: Acne is caused by a buildup of oil and dead skin cells in the pores, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Sunlight can help to dry out the excess oil and reduce the number of bacteria on the skin. This is why you might notice that your skin looks clearer and less oily after spending some time in the sun.

However, it’s important to note that while moderate sun exposure can have some benefits for acne-prone skin, overexposure to the sun can cause more harm than good. UV rays can damage the skin, leading to premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and an increased risk of skin cancer. That’s why it’s essential to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even if it’s cloudy outside.

How can the sun hurt my acne?

While moderate sun exposure can have some benefits for acne-prone skin, overexposure to the sun can actually worsen acne and cause other skin issues. Here are some ways that the sun can harm your skin and make acne worse:

  • Sunburn: A sunburn is a form of skin damage that can cause redness, pain, and peeling. Sunburn can also trigger an acne flare-up, as the skin becomes more sensitive and inflamed.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Excessive sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation, which is a condition that causes dark spots on the skin. These dark spots can be more visible on acne-prone skin and can take longer to fade.
  • Dehydration: Sun exposure can cause dehydration, which can make acne worse. Dehydrated skin produces more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture, which can clog pores and lead to more breakouts.
  • Premature aging: UV rays from the sun can accelerate the aging process and cause wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. This can be especially problematic for acne-prone skin, which is already prone to scarring and other forms of damage.

To protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, it’s important to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even if it’s cloudy outside. You should also limit your sun exposure, especially during peak hours when the sun is strongest. If you’re struggling with acne, it’s best to speak with a dermatologist who can recommend a personalized skincare routine that takes into account your unique skin type and concerns.

Struggling with acne and not sure where to turn next? Give us a call or book an appointment with one of our dermatologists. We’re happy to help!

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries, questions, and appointments or talk to our consultants via LiveChat at so we can address and answer them for you.

Tips for Proper Face Washing

Tips for Proper Face Washing

As we go about our day-to-day lives, our skin acts as our first line of defense against visible (and invisible) foreign entities such as oils, dirt, bacteria and more. When left unmanaged, this unwanted debris can build up, creating a layer that leads to skin issues like breakouts and obstructs the effectiveness of the skin care products you apply. 

Though it may sound far from revolutionary, adopting a proper daily face-washing routine can help boost your skin’s health and appearance.

Here are some simple and easy steps to a cleaner, healthier face.

Choose the right cleanser

A proper face-washing technique means doing more than splashing your face with water. To help cleanse your skin, it’s necessary to supplement a cleanser for added support. Choose gentle, non-abrasive cleansers to avoid skin irritation. These are products that do not contain alcohol.

Always listen to your skin when experimenting with a new cleanser. If you develop symptoms out of the ordinary, it may be that your chosen product does not agree with your skin type. Consult with your board-certified dermatologist for recommendations on what cleansers may be best for you.

Be gentle when applying your cleanser

Though it acts as the body’s shield, our skin is sensitive to certain stimuli and can easily irritate depending on your skin type. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) recommends cleansers be applied with none other than your fingertips, washcloth or a mesh sponge. 

Avoid scrubbing your skin when exfoliating as this can also lead to irritation. A little can go a long way when using your cleanser. Remember not to over-apply. Begin by working the cleanser into a lather and then gently applying it to the entire face.

Avoid extreme temperatures when washing and rinsing

Similar to extreme weather, hot and cold water can actually damage skin. If the water is too hot, you may strip your skin’s natural oils and dry it out. If it’s too cold, your pores may not open, which will make it difficult to remove dirt trapped inside. 

Avoid these extreme temperatures when possible and instead opt for lukewarm water when washing and rinsing your skin. When drying off, pat with a towel instead of vigorously scrubbing.

Apply moisturizer to finish off your routine

After you’ve finished your cleanse, finish your routine by applying moisturizer. This will act as an added defense for your skin barrier and helps to both reduce skin dryness or help it avoid it. Moisturizing your skin can also help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and leave skin feeling softer.

If you have questions about skin care issues or developing a proper skin care routine, Shinagawa Aesthetics is here for you. Contact us today to schedule a visit with one of our experienced dermatologists and visit our website to explore all of our skin care services.

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries, questions, and appointments or talk to our consultants via LiveChat at so we can address and answer them for you.

Skin Aging

Signs of Skin Aging and Solutions to Try

There is no magical, mystical remedy that can stop the aging clock in its tracks. However, our team at Shinagawa Aesthetics focuses on the positives!

While aging is a part of every life, our dermatologists are experts in its effects on your skin. We love working with our patients to educate them on time’s impact and how to eliminate (or at least keep at bay) signs of aging on your skin.

The Causes, Effects and Solutions to Skin Aging

No matter your skin type, signs of aging on your skin are bound to appear as you grow older. For some, these may be due to biological factors, while others may notice the effects of their lifestyle or actions in their youth begin to surface at last. No matter the reason, one thing is for sure. There is no shame in getting older. We’re simply here to help you combat those cosmetic issues to help you feel more comfortable in your skin.

Loose skin and Wrinkles

Cause & Effect: As we grow older, our bodies experience a loss of elastic tissue (elastin and collagen) in the skin. Collagen provides strength and form, while elastin is crucial in maintaining the skin’s ability to stretch and recoil. As their presence decreases, gravity’s effects on the body become stronger, and the skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Elasticity loss can be linked to UV exposure and smoking.

Solution: Cosmetic dermatological services, such as Botox injections and Belotero fillers, can be applied to help reduce and smooth out wrinkles and lines on the face. These solutions should always be provided by and with the consultation of your board-certified dermatologist.

Prevention: Practicing proper sun protection techniques (regularly applying sunscreen, covering unprotected skin, etc.) and avoiding smoking can help reduce skin elasticity loss later in life.

Easier Bruising

Cause & Effect: Though the effects of sun-damaged skin may not show during your youth, you may find them popping up later in life. Overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to the breakdown of collagen in the skin’s vessel walls, resulting in much more easily bruised and damaged skin. Bruises may also take longer to heal as a result.

Solution: Medications, such as topical retinoids, are available that can help to strengthen the epidermis. Topical vitamins (C, E and K) have also been used to help reduce bruising. As with all medications, speak with your doctor to see which plan is right for you.

Prevention: Reducing your sun exposure is key to avoiding sun damage. Aside from sunscreen and protective clothing, you should also consider avoiding outdoor activity during peak UV hours (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).

Skin Discoloration

Cause & Effect: Discoloration in the skin is common as we age. This cosmetic change is known as hyperpigmentation, or an overproduction of melanin in the skin that can either occur in large patches or small plots, commonly known as age/liver spots. Hyperpigmentation is harmless at its core but may signify a more significant medical condition. 

Solution: There are several effective treatments for reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, including topical medications such as retinoids, which help lighten the skin’s appearance over the course of several months. Laser therapy and chemical peels may also be viable options depending on your skin type and board-certified doctor’s recommendation.

Prevention: As with many signs of aging, skin discoloration is typically the result of years of excessive sun exposure. Common techniques like regular sunscreen application, tanning avoidance, etc., can help to reduce your risk.

Rough and Dry Skin

Cause & Effect: Dry and scaly. Rough and itchy. These are common adjectives to describe the skin of aging patients. Causes of dry skin come from a wide variety and can include dehydration, excessive sun exposure, smoking and stress, as well as a result of medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease. Our bodies’ oil productions also reduce as time goes on, which leads to skin drying out.

Solution: Creams and ointments are viable solutions for keeping skin healthy and moisturized. Drinking liquids and sleeping with a humidifier can also keep your skin refreshed. Avoiding hot showers and opting for warm or lukewarm water can be helpful as well.

Prevention: In the case of dry skin, prevention, and solutions are one and the same.

Show your skin some love!

At Shinagawa, our experienced dermatologists and staff are always ready to help you look and feel your best. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and visit our website to explore our full list of services.

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries, questions, and appointments or talk to our consultants via LiveChat at so we can address and answer them for you.

when to see a dermatologist

When To See A Dermatologist

If a rash or other skin problem covers more than 10% of your body, consult a dermatologist immediately, especially if you have a fever, joint aches, muscle pain, difficulty swallowing or you can’t sleep. It is a must.

Talk to a dermatologist for any ulcers that won’t heal after a week or two. These open sores can lead to serious infections.

Don’t take the mild appearance of a new skin condition lightly, either. A skin problem is sometimes the first sign of a significant, systemic autoimmune disease, such as lupus. Diagnosing skin inflammation can also reveal inflammation in your organs, including the lungs, kidneys, or liver.

Dermatologists can offer:

    Faster diagnosis: If you suspect a serious problem, but start with your primary care doctor, you may wait longer for a diagnosis. In serious cases, this increases the risk of more severe organ damage, potentially leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome or significant damage to your kidneys or liver. Even if a skin-related symptom is mild, you can have a pattern of rash that a dermatologist can recognize immediately that is worrisome.

    Scar prevention: Dermatologists will treat lupus, scalp conditions associated with hair loss, and severe acne aggressively enough so that they don’t lead to scarring.

As advanced as cosmetic procedures are, there’s no definitive way to reverse scarring. So the longer the problem goes on, the more extensive permanent damage can become.

Ultimately, seek medical advice when you first notice a problem. When the skin condition is one symptom of a larger, more serious problem, doing so will limit possible permanent skin or internal organ damage. The Skin Care Foundation recommends seeing your dermatologist once a year for a skin exam to check for anything out of the ordinary and to answer any questions you may have.

What to do if you have an urgent issue

Contact our expert dermatologists at Shinagawa! They are more than looking forward to aiding in solving all your skin problems. It’s the time!

Schedule a consultation with our skin experts! Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries, questions, and appointments or talk to our consultants via LiveChat at so we can address and answer them for you.