When it comes to taking care of our skin, dermatologists know best. As skin doctors, they’re there to help us prevent and protect our skin against scary — read: deadly — ailments (such as skin cancer), achieve our healthiest-looking skin yet, and more. That being said, we often take their knowledge of skin for granted — especially when we just want to get in and out as quickly as possible.
Missed the opportunity to ask your dermatologist for some expert advice? Worry not; we tapped top dermatologist, Dr. Dendy Engelman to find out her best tips and tricks of the trade. Find out what skin care secrets dermatologists swear by, ahead.
1. Cleanliness is key
One of the first — read: most important — tips is to always wash your face and play close attention to your hairline. “When you wash your face at night, pull it back with a headband or towel,” says Dr. Engelman. “The reason for this is because many [people] forget to cleanse their hairlines, which can cause micro-breakouts along that area.
In addition to cleansing your hairline, you should think about your sleep situation. “I also recommend that before going to bed, pull hair back in a loose braid or ponytail because hair acts like a magnet for dirt and pollution, which can rub on your face and bedding,” she adds.