The sequence in which patients apply their prescription and over-the-counter skincare products can influence their effectiveness, and the American Academy of Dermatology is getting that message out to the public through its members and its consumer education YouTube Channel.
"It's important for people to know that using several products at the same time may not only negate the benefits of each product but also irritate the skin,” says dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD. "Using too many products may cause redness, stinging and dryness of the skin, especially if an antiaging product is included."
To maximize the effectiveness of skincare products, Dr. Taylor and the AAD recommend people take the following steps when caring for their skin:
1. Wash your face. Use a gentle cleanser and gently pat dry.
2. Apply medication or treatment. If you are using a medicine or other treatment on your skin, you should apply this right after cleansing unless otherwise recommended by your dermatologist. When applying any cream around your eyes, use your ring finger, as it is the weakest finger and will not pull too hard on this delicate skin.
3. Apply moisturizer and/or sunscreen.
4. Apply makeup, if desired.
These steps are demonstrated in "Get the Most from Your Skin Care Products," (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8OdZQU7u-I&feature=plcp) a video posted to the Academy website and the Academy's YouTube channel. The video is part of the Dermatology A to Z: Video Series, which demonstrates tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series will be posted to the Academy website (www.aad.org) and the YouTube channel each month.