• Steroids or cortisone creams: These creams are used to treat redness and inflammation, but if used more than three times a week, it can cause thinning of the skin, steroid-induced acne and even stretch marks.
• Bleaching products: Skin-lightening agents are commonly used to treat dark spots, but overusing them can actually create the opposite effect. Dr. Shamban advises bleaching for two months straight, then taking two weeks off.
• Scrubs: Sloughing off dead skin cells with facial scrubs helps create a healthy, vibrant complexion; however, over-exfoliating can have an adverse effect that irritates the skin and causes breakouts. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends exfoliating no more than once or twice per week.
• Seasonal skin care tips
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• Laser peel for younger-looking skin