Skincare Tips To Look Your Best

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Jason Lee:
Dr. Bowe good morning. Tell us the three most common skin issues.

Whitney Bowe:
Well Jason the three most common skin issues that people are dealing with especially this time of year are scars, stretchmarks, and sunburns. So I'm here to tell you sort of what you need to know about each one of those things.

So let's start with scars because that's one of the most common questions I get. Dr. Bowe what can I do to minimize the appearance of my scars? Now on average everyone has about three scars somewhere on their body and scars can form from a number of different reasons. Everyday cuts and scrapes. You can get scars from a burn such as from the oven. Scars from acne, chicken pox, even surgery and all those scars can look very different, but what they have in common is they start very inflamed and dark and then gradually overtime they become less and less noticeable. But what people want to do is they want to do as much as they can to be proactive to really minimize the appearance of the scars. And there's so many products out there that claim to be able to erase scars completely or minimize the appearance of scars, yet they really have very little science and evidence to support those claims.

So I'm going to tell you the two things you need to know when it comes to scars. So first you want to protect the scar from the sun. So UV light can actually lead to a process called hyper pigmentation where the scar actually gets darker and more noticeable. The other thing you want to do is you want to rub a product into scar that contains vitamin e ideally because that really promotes wound healing so I always recommend Bio-Oil to my patients because it's got that vitamin e, but it also has so much science and so many evidence-based studies supporting its use in scars that really proves that it works when it comes to scars.

Now stretchmarks are a form of scar, but stretchmarks form during rapid periods of growth like puberty or pregnancy so we have a little bit less control over stretchmarks, but you really want to keep those areas very well hydrated, very well moisturized to give the skin the greatest chance of having elasticity.

Jason Lee:
So Dr. Bowe tell us where we can go for more information.

Whitney Bowe:
You can visit my website. It's or you can visit or follow me on Twitter @drwhitneybowe. D-r Whitney Bowe.

Jason Lee:
Alright Dr. Whitney Bowe great advice there. Thanks so much for being with us. We appreciate it. And Eye Opener continues.