Get In With Your Skin Gardens Dermatology Esthetic Blog
August 20, 2020
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Tips for researching skin care procedures online

People are always looking online for procedures to improve the look and health of their skin. Many learn about new procedures talking to friends, scrolling social media, and researching them on websites.  If you are feeling self-conscious about different skin issues, like wrinkles, and wondering if there is a way to change them. The answer is yes, but there are so many treatment options, how would you know where to start? Dr. Steven Shapiro, with Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Palm Beach Gardens, has an easy solution.

People tend to focus on which procedures can help them with their problems, but that method might not be the right one. Instead, Dr. Shapiro suggests starting with the issue that is bothering you and then consult your Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center board certified provider to discuss it. Your provider can perform a proper diagnosis and offer the best treatment options for you.

Treatments for common issues like wrinkles and frown lines are not always as black and white as they sound. For example, according to Dr. Shapiro, a wrinkle in motion and a wrinkle at rest are two different things that may require more than one procedure. For treatment options, providers may lean towards Botox for wrinkles in motion and fillers for wrinkles at rest.

According to Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center providers, Botox and Dysport injections treat wrinkles caused by facial expressions in both men and women. The injections reduce the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing muscles in the face, leading to smoother skin. Some of the target areas are forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet around the eyes, lines between the eyebrows, lip lines, and neck bands. These procedures are short and require little to no downtime. Patients can expect to see significant results after five to ten days. 

Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center providers define dermal fillers as injections placed into the facial tissue to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Dermal fillers target cheeks, lines, and lips. This minimally invasive procedure provides dramatic results by plumping thin lips, enhancing shallow contours, softening facial creases, removing wrinkles, and improving the appearance of recessed scars. Fillers can also reverse the effects of aging and sun exposure.

There are several filler procedures designed to target specific areas. Some of these include Juvederm and Restylane. Please consult your Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center provider to determine which option is best for you and your skin.

For more information on what causes acne and how to improve your skin, please call Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center at 561-776-7041 or visit them online at


July 16, 2020
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What really causes acne?

Have you ever wondered what causes acne? Is it your diet, genetics, stress, or the environment? While these are all factors, according to Gardens Dermatology providers, it actually starts with a blocked hair follicle.

Each pore on your skin contains a hair follicle and a sebaceous (oil) gland. The gland releases sebum, a natural oil that travels up the hair to the surface and keeps it lubricated. When the hair follicle becomes blocked, oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells become trapped under the skin.

Acne is common among all age groups, not just teenagers. Teenagers are at risk for developing acne during puberty, where the body is going through hormonal changes, including oil production. It appears on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks. According to Healthline, some risk factors include hormonal changes caused by puberty or pregnancy, certain medications like birth control, a diet that's high in refined sugars and carbs, and parents who have acne.

People who struggle with acne may also develop health conditions like low self-esteem because they are uncomfortable with their skin. Having a social life or going to school and work becomes challenging. In some cases, a severe case of acne can cause depression and suicidal thoughts, which is most common in teenagers. Additionally, acne can leave behind dark spots that may take months or years to fade. People who struggle with cysts and nodules can develop permanent scarring.

There are some self-care tips you can do at home to help clear your skin.

  • Clean skin daily with a mild cleanser, no more than twice a day, especially after sweating. Sweat can make your acne worse.
  • Use your fingertips to clean your face. Washcloths, mesh sponges, and other abrasive tools can cause irritation.
  • Avoid products that may irritate your skin, such as exfoliants, toners, and astringents.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Wash your hair regularly and keep it out of your face.
  • Keep your hands away from your face. Touching it can cause flare-ups
  • Monitor your time in the sun and stay out of tanning beds.

Despite how frustrating it can be, even the most stubborn acne cases are treatable. It's easier to treat when you catch it early. While most teenagers get acne, it can affect anyone at any age, even newborn babies. The providers at Gardens Dermatology customize and develop regimens and products based on the patient's skin type, acne type, and goals they have.

If you have been struggling with acne, talk to your dermatologist. They can make a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options with you.

For more information on what causes acne and how to improve your skin, please call Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center at 561-776-7041 or visit them online at

July 02, 2020
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Dangers of Buying Skin Care Products Online

Today, consumers can find hundreds of skincare products online, from exfoliants to rich moisturizers to chemical peels. Americans spend more than $12 billion on online beauty products every year according to global measurement company Nielsen. While online options may seem endless, unfortunately, not all beauty products are safe or suitable for your skin.

Please click on the link to see our Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center article regarding Dangers of Buying Skin Care Products Online.

Schedule your skin check today. (561)776-7041


June 12, 2020
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How you wash your face can make a difference in your appearance.

Follow these tips from your Gardens Dermatology providers to help you keep your face looking healthy.

  1. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.
  2. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin.
  3. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  5. Apply moisturizer if your skin is dry or itchy. Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin.
  6. Limit washing to twice a day and after sweating. Wash your face once in the morning and once at night, as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.

If you have questions or concerns about caring for your skin, schedule your appointment today


May 14, 2020
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Keep your skin hydrated

Applying a hand cream or ointment immediately after handwashing will keep your skin hydrated.


Has frequent handwashing left you with dry, cracked skin? With these tips your from Gardens Dermatology providers you can continue to wash your hands as needed to fend off COVID-19 (coronavirus) and heal dry skin.

Here’s what we recommend:

  1. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds in lukewarm water. Use soap, and wash every part of your hands, including between your fingers and around your nails.
    Dry hands? Continue to wash them.
    Washing helps prevent illness by removing harmful bacteria and viruses.
  2. Dry your hands with a clean towel but leave some water on them. You can also let your hands air dry. While your hands are slightly damp, apply your hand cream or ointment.
  3. Apply a pea-sized amount of hand cream or ointment into your skin, making sure you work some of the moisturizer into your fingertips and nails. Our providers recommend using a hand cream or ointment that:
    • Contains mineral oil or petrolatum
    • Comes in a tube rather than a pump-bottle
    • Says it’s “fragrance-free” and “dye-free”
  1. This moisturizer tends to feel less irritating to dry, chapped skin.

  2. When you use hand sanitizer, apply your hand cream or ointment immediately after the hand sanitizer dries. Because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to kill germs, hand sanitizer can be very drying.
    Using hand sanitizer
    Allow hand sanitizer to dry. Then apply moisturizer.

  3. Get your health information from a trustworthy source. Going online to chat with friends and family can be comforting. When it comes to health information, it’s essential to get accurate and reliable information, such as from your doctor, websites reviewed by doctors such as this one, and the CDC.

What the science shows

You may have seen well-meaning posts on social media about keeping your hands clean. Some posts may come from assumptions rather than science. Here’s what the science shows:

  • There is no evidence that using a hand sanitizer makes it easier to pick up germs. It’s dry skin that increases your risk of picking up germs. If you have dry skin from using hand sanitizer, apply moisturizer immediately after your hand sanitizer dries.
  • Handwashing helps to prevent illness, but frequent handwashing can dry your skin. To prevent and heal dry skin, apply a hand cream or ointment after you wash your hands.
  • When skin is moist, it can better protect you from germs.


Gardens Dermatology offers medical grade moisturizers. Please talk with your Gardens Dermatology provider if you have any questions.

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