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Fall In: Prepping Your Skin For The Seasonal Transition


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. To submit a question, e-mail celia_

What can I expect from the summer-to-fall transition, and how can I prep my skin to properly deal with it?

The amount of moisture in the air changes, so you’ll start seeing more dry skin, psoriasis, more dandruff, more dry lips. Then you’ll see your tan disappear and all the horrible things you did in the summer will start to show up. You may be left with melasma, new brown spots, and maybe even skin cancer. To reverse the sun damage, I recommend doing two or three Fraxel [laser treatments] in between the fall and winter, in addition to light chemical peels on the face and neck. [New York Dermatology Group's] Triad medical facial, a microdermabrasion procedure paired with a laser toning that’s followed by our flower acid wash, works to return the skin to a less damaged state. Also, you should switch to a more gentle cleanser for both your skin and hair, and remember: You don’t need to wash your hair and face as often in the fall as in the summer.

David A. Colbert, M.D., is the founder of New York Dermatology Group and its Head Physician. A board-certified member of the American Academy of Dermatology, he has served as a consultant for Chanel skincare and has published numerous articles on medical and cosmetic dermatology.

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