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History of Skincare Products

When people think of medical advancements, they don’t often think of skincare. But just as the practice of medicine has evolved and improved over the years, so has the process of caring for the body’s largest organ — the skin. Learn more about the history of skincare below!

The Evolution of Skincare

Keep reading to journey through the various phases of beliefs, ingredients, and practices that impacted the way people cared for their skin.

  • The earliest evidence of skincare and makeup comes from Ancient Egypt. Preserving youth was a strong theme within their culture, not too dissimilar from modern times. However, they used ingredients like castor, sesame, and moringa oils. They also used olive oil and clay mixtures to cleanse their skin, milk masks to moisturize, and dead sea salts to exfoliate. Additionally, the makeup they created had two purposes: to help decorate their skin and also to protect them from the harsh elements of the sun and desert.
  • Like the Ancient Egyptians, the Ancient Greeks relied on totally natural ingredients to create the elements of their skincare. Their regiment included lots of fresh berries, milk, olive oils, and yogurt to create items like perfumes, eye shadows, cleanses, and even hair dyes.
  • The 1700s globally saw skincare as an art form. Many people believed makeup was most beautiful when it was painted and layered on. Heavier makeup conveyed social and economic status. Popular skincare treatments during this time were saunas, sweat cleansings, and milk baths.
  • During the 1800s, skincare was a privilege. It was seen as vital for those in higher classes to participate in, but it wasn’t necessary for those who were just trying their best to survive. For a majority of this century, skincare products were hard to obtain and expensive. Using products to lighten the skin was also popular. To do this, many people used items like harsh cleaners, oatmeal, lemon juice, and egg yolks.
  • Fortunately for everyone, the 1900s and current times is when skincare really exploded. This century saw the birth of countless businesses for makeup and skincare products. For example, sunscreen wasn’t created until 1944. This also means that beauty products stopped being a privilege and became readily available for all types of people, no matter their economic status. Additionally, we’ve learned that using harsh chemicals to change our tone isn’t healthy while darker skin tones became more widely celebrated. Now, we focus on using natural ingredients like the civilizations before us. We also protect ourselves and our skin by using items like sunscreen and vitamins.

Avail Dermatology is here for any of your skincare needs. If you have any further questions about the history of skincare or want to speak to our staff, click here to reach out or give us a call at 770-929-9033. Click here to learn more about our telemedicine efforts!

 

 

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How to Tell You’re Allergic to Skincare Products

At the end of a long, stressful day, taking a hot shower and indulging in your skincare routine can be the best way to unwind and pamper yourself. But what if instead of feeling comforted and clean, your skin starts to break out and/or become itchy? Unfortunately, this usually means your skin is having an allergic reaction to a product you just used.

Our experts are explaining how to tell you’re allergic to skincare products below!

Reactions to Look Out For

Here are some of the most common ways your skin might negatively react to ingredients in your skincare products:

  • Red, itchy, and irritated skin, otherwise known as dermatitis.
  • Red pimples.
  • Flaky skin.
  • Sensitivity on the skin.

The important detail to remember is that an allergic reaction caused by skincare products will stay only on your skin. If you start to have other symptoms, like a runny nose or feeling queasy, another issue may be to blame.

What Causes This Reaction?

To figure out why your skin might be having a negative reaction, you have to consider common skincare ingredients. Unfortunately, this can be tricky, because there are thousands of different types of ingredients used across skincare products. For example, maybe you’re allergic to the preservatives or chemical components of certain fragrances in your face wash. Or perhaps the base ingredient in that anti-aging serum doesn’t sit well with your skin.

So, if you wake up with a skin reaction, the best way to determine the cause is to retrace your skincare steps and specifically examine the ingredients in those products.

What to Do if You Think You’re Allergic

If you suspect you’re having an allergic reaction to skincare products, stop using any of the products that could possibly have caused the reaction. Next, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist as soon as possible. If you’re able, it’s also helpful to record the times your symptoms appeared and which products you’ve been using. If you can bring them to your appointment, even better.

Bringing this information to your dermatologist will help them narrow down what could be happening. That way, the two of you can figure out which products are best to avoid and which products you can use instead.

Avail Dermatology is here for any of your skincare needs. If you have any further questions about the history of skincare or want to speak to our staff, click here to reach out or give us a call at 770-929-9033. Click here to learn more about our telemedicine efforts!

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Are “Organic” Skincare Products Really Better?

When it comes to skincare, it’s important to know what’s exactly in the products you apply to your face. When you find a product labeled with the word “organic,”, you might be tempted to assume it’s higher quality. However, while this might sometimes be true, it’s definitely not always the case.

The experts at Avail Dermatology are answering the question are “organic” skincare products really better? 

What Does the Word Organic Mean? 

By definition, when a skincare product uses the word organic, it’s referring to how their ingredients were farmed.  The USDA will give a skincare product an official “organic” seal if the food based ingredients like honey or berries do not contain any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. 

However, the rules for what percentage of those ingredients are actually organic differ from country to country. You can learn more about America’s definition of organic cosmetics here

What Does This Mean for Skincare Products? 

Organic skincare products use ingredients that do not require certain chemicals while certain ingredients are being grown. However, it doesn’t mean that the product is perfect. Organic products can still contain problematic ingredients or plants that can cause a reaction on your skin, just as those products without a USDA “organic” seal.

Organic also may not mean better for the environment. Some organic products still use growing methods that can be detrimental to the planet.  

Ultimately, it’s vital to look beyond labels like organic and thoroughly research what skincare products work best for you. By understanding how ingredients within these products might affect your skin, you’ll be more informed to purchase something that’s just right for you.  

Avail Dermatology is here for any of your skincare needs. If you have any further questions about how organic skincare products truly differ or want to speak to our staff, click here to reach out or give us a call at 770-929-9033. Click here to learn more about our telemedicine efforts