Skin

Caring for your skin

Exfoliate with care, dermatologist urges

Exfoliation removes the topmost layer of dead skin cells and can be done by applying acid that dissolves the cells (chemical) or by using a brush or scrub to physical remove the cells (mechanical).

Skincare in your 20s

The twenties are likely to see your skin at its best. You probably survived the agony of acne and your skin is clear, your pores invisible, and your complexion even and taut.

Skincare in your 40s

The big four-oh can be an emotional milestone, but it’s also an important time for your skin. You’ll notice that your skin tone is a little duller and your pores look bigger.

How to care for your skin

Most doctors recommend that people with acne gently wash their skin with a mild cleanser, once in the morning and once in the evening and after heavy exercise.

Skincare in your 30s

During your 30s, any persistent skin breakouts should dwindle. In their place will be the first signs of ageing. A decade ago you could party the night away and hide the damage

Shaving with acne

Dermatologists believe that in some cases, shaving is an excellent method of physically exfoliating the skin.

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Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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