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skin care, Atlanta | Dermatology Specialists of AtlantaSkin care is an important concern for people of all ages because everyone wants beautiful, glowing and healthy skin. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and the appearance of skin, nails, and hair reflects an individual’s general health. The desire for beautiful skin isn’t a vain pursuit: a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Kathleen J. Smith at Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta can make a difference in the patient’s quest for beautiful hair, skin, and nails.

Dr. Kathleen J. Smith recommends only those skin care products approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) because the performance and safety of these products have been rigorously tested. Cosmetics and beauty products should never take the place of healthy skin, so the first steps of helping patients achieve their best appearance always involves evaluation of skin, nails, and hair health. And, because medical authorities such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) know that ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning salons are factors in skin cancer and other skin diseases, it’s important to use recommended sunscreens and products with sun-protection properties every day. These products are for everyone. Certain skin conditions may prompt the use of specific products: some may offer antioxidants, retinoids, growth factors, or peptides for both skin protection and repair properties.

Sun Avoidance

Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta can help patients to protect skin from serious skin cancers and the effects of premature aging. The directive to “use sunscreen” won’t help patients if they don’t properly apply recommended sunscreens:

  1. Dr. Kathleen J. Smith will prescribe a high SPF-factor sunscreen (please fill in). Water-resistant and broad spectrum coverage against UVA/UVB rays and other forms of ultraviolet light is necessary to protein skin.
  2. Patients should liberally apply sunscreen before heading outdoors. Adults should slather on at least an ounce for each application. Use generously on every exposed portion of skin, including feet, neck, ears, and face. Don’t forget to apply an SPF lip protection product! The skin needs about fifteen minutes to properly absorb these products. Without applying beforehand, it’s possible to get a bad burn before sunscreen starts to work.
  3. Patients with thin hair or pattern baldness should apply sunscreen directly to the scalp. Alternatively, a hat that protects the head and shades the face is fine to use.
  4. Apply more sunscreen every one to two hours. Always use more after exercise or swimming.

Sunburn is a serious threat to skin health. Using enough sunscreen is important. Any time the patient ventures outdoors (including overcast and winter days), it’s essential to use sunscreen for protection against harmful ultraviolet light.


Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta begins each patient relationship with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s present skin, hair, and nail health. She will take a complete patient history, as some conditions present more predominantly in families and according to genetic heritage.

Many patients engage the dermatologist because of skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, or factors related to aging. After confirmed diagnosis, Dr. Kathleen J. Smith makes treatment recommendations. These recommendations can include laser therapies, topical prescription medicines, oral medications, and much more.


Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta may recommend certain daily regimen or specific treatment products. How well these products work may require the patient to use them in sequence:

  1. The patient should wash the face using gentle motions, using warm water. A gentle cleaner that is specific to the patient’s skin needs should be used.
  2. Dry the skin using a gentle blotting motion. Make sure to use a clean towel (used only by the patient).
  3. Apply topical medicines or treatments. These are often prescribed for use directly after washing the face. When applying creams or lotions around the eyes, use a light touch with the ring finger to avoid pulling or damaging delicate, thin skin.
  4. Apply moisturizers or creams as recommended, then apply the high SPF sunscreen recommended.
  5. Use cosmetics sparingly, if at all. Many patients find that as skin health improves, they need fewer cosmetics to cover blemishes, under-eye circles, or wrinkles. They want to let their natural beauty shine for all to see.

Overuse, or simultaneous treatment products, can irritate skin. It’s best to use only those treatment products recommended by a board-certified dermatologist for ideal results.


The beauty industry’s siren song attracts many people in search of a quick skin care fix. Healthy skin is the goal of any treatment plan offered by Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta. Patients in greater Atlanta, including residents of North Decatur, Druid Hills, Tucker, Doraville, East Point, and Sandy Springs, GA, benefit from treatments and programs designed for health. Call Dr. Kathleen J. Smith today to make an appointment: 678-904-4932.


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