I’m a dermatologist and here are seven things you need to know about skincare

DIFFERENT skin types often need different skincare products to take care of them.

But a dermatologist has revealed the seven things she tells all of her clients, regardless of skin type.


All skin types need some form of moisturizerCredit: Getty

Melbourne-based dermatologist Dr Cara Mcdonald revealed to Mamamia her top seven skincare tips to ensure your skin is at its healthiest.


It doesn’t matter if you have dry or oily skin, all of them need hydration.

She revealed, “Excessive cleansing, exfoliation, and harsh acne-fighting ingredients can cause the skin barrier to break down, which subsequently increases inflammation and breakouts.”

There are many options available to suit every skin type, including oil-free options for oily skin and richer options for dry skin.

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Solar cream

Regardless of your skin type or the weather, you should apply sunscreen daily.

Not only does it prevent the signs of aging, but it also helps protect you against skin cancer.

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And even if you’re not on the go during the day, you still need to apply it.

The expert revealed that UV light can pass through glass even if you’re indoors and recommended wearing high SPF every day.

To be coherent

Constantly switching skincare products could make your skin worse, so try to stick with the products for as long as possible.

Dr. Cara explained: “Some people think that if they no longer see any signs of irritation or skin reaction due to their anti-aging ingredients, they shouldn’t be doing anything positive.”

But this is not the case, although you may see instant benefits at first, the real benefits are seen in the preventative action.

Listen to your instincts

If you see a spot or mole that makes you uncomfortable, have it checked out.

Often people have a sixth sense about a spot when it’s not quite right and you should always have it checked out, says the dermatologist.

If you’re someone who tends to worry about everything, make sure you have a dermatologist you trust to watch things for you.

Acne spot treatment

Sorry to tell you, but using spot treatments on the acne probably won’t do anything.

Spot treatments are designed to fight one or two pimples and with acne you need to prevent breakouts altogether.

Acne treatments prevent clogged pores, and the best way to do that, says Dr. Cara, is to find a skincare routine that’s right for your skin type and stick to it.

There’s no point in targeting pimples once they’ve formed when it comes to acne.

Lifestyle factors

Skincare can’t do much for your skin, much of your skin’s health is affected by lifestyle factors such as stress.

Buying a skincare product that promises to get rid of wrinkles or dark circles won’t always be enough and you may need to re-evaluate your lifestyle to see results.

“Good mental and physical health shows in the skin,” Dr. Cara explained.

“Do your best to change the factors you can with a fresh, healthy diet full of antioxidants, good sleep, and taking care of your mental health to the best of your ability.”

Skin conditions can be controlled – not cured

For those of us who suffer from psoriasis, acne and eczema, we know all too well how they can suddenly reappear.

This is because there is often no cure for skin conditions, although they can be controlled with the right products and medications.

Dr Cara said: “Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of many medical conditions and illnesses.

“Like high blood pressure, some conditions require ongoing treatment and will recur if treatment is stopped.”

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