new york city: bad for your skin?
This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on-hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.
Q: My skin was perfect until I moved to New York in 2001 but I now suffer from a kind of cystic acne around my mouth and chin. There are bumps which cannot be popped and never seem to go away and I feel like at 28-years old, this is an awkward problem to have. I clean my face twice a day, and use a gentle cleanser as well as a glycolic cleanser a couple days a week. Is it possible that New York is making me break out?
A: Perioral Dermatitis is most common in women and is characterized by chronic acne around the mouth. It typically occurs in people who use the phone constantly and whose hands touch their face frequently, who could be involved in an intimate relationship with someone with a beard, or who’s stress level may be increasing their intrinsic level of cortisol, which causes more acne. So while New York, per se, is probably not making you break out, the stress of New York, or your job in New York might be.
An expert in dermatology and dermatologic surgery, Dr. Pat Wexler brings over 22 years of skincare experience to the Counter this week. A board-certified dermatologist with a successful private practice, Dr. Wexler is based in Manhattan and also serves as Associate Clinical Professor for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
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