Ask the Diva

Ask the Diva

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

December 2019:
Ask Savvy Derm Diva

Dear Savvy Derm Diva,

I travel a lot for work,  is it alright to use the skincare products I get from the hotel?

Traveling Girl, Amy W.

Dear Traveling Girl ,

Though the hotel skincare items are convenient, I recommend only use for emergencies.  It is always best to travel with your essentials, such as cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF.  The hotel products are often full of fragrance and can wreak havoc on your skin. For simplicity, I have sample sizes of my essentials in a mandatory travel bag, so they are not forgotten

Diva Tip: You may even want to keep a folded pillowcase as the detergents used to wash hotel sheets may be irritating. ????

Dear Savvy Derm Diva,

Is chocolate terrible for my skin (i.e., acne) or is this just a myth, I love indulging during the Holiday Season?

A true chocoholic, Tammy L.

Dear True Chocoholic,

The excellent news is that “chocolate” per se is not harmful, but it is the SUGAR in the chocolate that can be problematic.  A diet with a high glycemic intake from sugar or refined carbohydrates can cause an inflammatory response, which can lead to acne flares. Refined carbohydrates include everything I love during the holidays:  pastries, sodas, snacks, white bread, and can also be found in processed foods. Enjoy in moderation, and make sure you are on a good skincare routine and get plenty of zzz’s to control your flares somewhat!

Diva Tip: Diet is an adjunct to proper skincare, and sometimes the holidays get the best of us. Be sure to have your Derm on speed dial just in case! ????