You Ask, I Tell – September 2018 Edition
Every month, we take this chance to answer beauty questions submitted through DrGL®’s social media platforms. We’ve rounded up three of our favourite questions amongst many interesting ones for Dr Georgia Lee’s expert opinion.
Congratulations to our winners @tiffkel5777, Shyuan Kok and William Lin from Instagram and Facebook. Find out more about their questions as well as Dr Georgia Lee’s answers below.
Q: How do I remove pimples and pigmentation?
Submitted by William Lin
A: Since this is such a large question, I may not be able to address all aspects of it, but, I will try to highlight some key causes of pimples and acne.
One of the causes for pimples and acne could be due to new products, makeup or shampoo. Sometimes, your diet could also be the root of the cause. Too much dairy intake or having a high GI diet could break you out. In rare cases, it could be due to a medical cause like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Try to eliminate these potential causes and see how your skin feels after a while.
Now once you have identified the root cause of the problem, it’s time to treat your existing pimples or acne. If the acne lesion is non-inflamed, try to cut back moisturising/use a gel or water-based type moisturiser. Start on sebum regulators with ingredients like AHAs/ Adapalene/ Benzoyl Peroxide/ milder Azelaic acid for those with sensitive skin. I would usually reserve Tretinoin if the other milder options fail to give good results as Tretinoin makes the skin photosensitive and increases the risk of pigmentation.
If the acne lesion is inflamed, an antibacterial like antibiotic will help. I would usually recommend that you spot treat the redness with Benzoyl Peroxide or Adapalene (as these attenuate the redness) alongside with the topical antibiotics as they contain antibacterial properties. Studies have showed that using them both reduces the risk of antibiotic resistance.
If the lesions are widespread or deeply embedded, oral versions of sebum control or antibiotics will be more effective.
Q: I have eye wrinkles due to sagging. How can I improve it?
Submitted by Shyuan Kok
A: Radio frequency devices are best for lifting around the eyes. You may consult your doctor regarding your issue as there are some pros and cons you should be aware of.
To protect your skin, start using sun protection around the around the eyes as UVA can cause premature collagen deterioration.
A pro tip, never forget to put on your shades when you’re outdoors for the added sun protection. They are also for you to avoid squinting in the sunlight, as it gives you wrinkles. Other than just using sun protection, use moisturisers that are packed with peptides to encourage more collagen growth. Every precaution you take counts and contribute to your desired end result.
Q: Hi Dr Georgia, is it better to wear sunscreen or sunblock?
Submitted by @tiffkel5777
A: Sunscreen is the preferred term for products that reduce UV penetration. Choose a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF15 (if indoors) and at least 30 (if outdoors). Ensure what you choose has an added PA (to protect yourself from skin cancer and aging UVA). You know the drill; spend at least 20 minutes applying the sunscreen over all parts of the body giving more attention to the sun exposed areas (not forgetting the eyelids). Reapply every two hours with an easy-to-use sun mist as touch ups. If you’re engaging in water sports, use one that is water resistant. Newer shower-on sunscreens in the market offers up to 80 minutes of water resistance. Most importantly, always remove all remnants of sunscreen at the end of the day to avoid product build-up which leads to acne and dull complexion.