Habits That Harm Your Skin

Habits, we all have them. But did you know some of our habits can be harmful to our skin? Surprising we do things everyday that are ruining our skin or making us age. It may be a bad habit or something you didn’t know that is bad for your skin, like a cup of coffee. Advanced Dermatology’s Dr Sherry Ingraham shared her knowledge and offered tips during a recent Fox Houston interview. Learn how to avoid these common practices or activities that may be unhealthy for your skin.

Watch Dr Ingraham explain the harmful habits that may be ruining you skin and it may surprise you!  


Breaking bad habits…here are some helpful tips:

Chlorine – With summer, many of us will be enjoying the pool more. Chlorine can dry out the skin.  Even after a shower, chlorine can cling to skin reacting with topical medications, cleansers, even lotions. To effectively remove chlorine, always use an extra sudsy soap or body wash after you take a dip.


Long hot showers – while some may find it relaxing it can be harsh on the skin.  The heat from prolonged showers can lead to dry skin. Hot water washes away skin’s protective oils, leaving it dry, tight, and itchy. Using a harsh, soap-based cleanser in a hot shower is double trouble: the two conspire to liquefy and wash away the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of skin cells and sebum.


Salt & Sugar & Stress – Too much of anyone of these is not good for your skin.  Not only can it cause blemishes, acne, dullness and rashes… but stress lines from facial movements will also ingrain in your skin over time. Excess sodium in your diet can suck the moisture out of skin leaving it dry and dull. Excess sugar impacts the collagen nestled in your skin leaving you with sag. 


To much A/C –  it may be the opposite of what you want to do in the heat of the day…but instead of cranking up the cool air, turn your air conditioner down, giving your skin extra moisture. If your cooling unit is always blaring, you’re stripping the air of humidity and moisture your skin needs.


Pillow talk – If you regularly sleep with the same side of your face pressed against a cotton pillow case this may cause creases on the skin which can eventually turn to fine lines and wrinkles.


Straws matter – In fact, sucking on straws and drinking out of sports bottles causes the same pursing action – and therefore the same fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth – as smoking. Try drinking directly from the glass whenever you can to help keep the wrinkles at bay.


Cell phone Cleanliness – The amount of bacteria found on an average cell phone is much more than we’d care to imagine. As a result, leaning your phone on your face  

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 About Dr. Sherry Ingraham:

 Dr. Sherry N. Ingraham is a board certified dermatologist licensed in Texas with extensive training in skin cancer, psoriasis, medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology.

 Dr. Ingraham received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology/Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans where she also earned a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. After an internship at Christus St. Joseph Hospital, she completed Dermatology Residency at Tulane Medical Center Department of Dermatology.

 Speaking on dermatology and skin care across Texas, Dr. Ingraham has made great contributions to her field through presentations, research and publications. She is frequently featured in the media speaking as an expert on skin care conditions and treatments.

 Her professional memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society, Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association and American Medical Association.