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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

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Roswell, GA 30076

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The Consequences of Sleeping In Your Makeup

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We’ve all been there. It’s been a long day and all you want to do is crawl in bed. You skip your face-washing regime in an effort to let your head hit the pillow a few minutes sooner. Harmless, right? While an occasional skip may not produce much harm, if you sleep in your makeup consistently, you’ll reap several unwanted consequences on your complexion.

The best defense against acne is a clean face. If you allow dead skin cells, oils and dirt to remain on your skin overnight, you are creating the perfect environment for clogged pores, chronic inflammation and pimples. Sleeping in your foundation (liquid or powder form) contributes to new acne formation as well as irritation of existing pimples. Take the time to wash your face to avoid embarrassing breakouts.

Dull Complexion
Your skin performs a very important renewal process during the night that helps your complexion look brighter. When the oils and makeup on your face remain matted against your pillow all night, this cellular turnover process is greatly inhibited. In turn, your complexion may appear dull because the epidermal layer of your skin didn’t get renewed. Consequently, you may have to apply even more makeup to create a glow.
Aged Appearance
What if you were told that when you neglect to remove your makeup before bed, you were actually helping to create wrinkles? It’s true. Oxidative damage to your skin can occur from environmental factors. In this case, trapped dirt and makeup causes your skin barrier to breakdown, which contributes to loose skin and wrinkles. This process can happen faster than you think! A 2013 study from Daily Mail showed proof of premature facial aging in one woman after only 30 days of skipping her nighttime cleansing routine.
Rash and Infection
Your skin is designed to protect your body from outside bacteria. When it is not cleaned and taken care of properly, your line of defense becomes weak and an infection could result. In addition, your facial skin is subject to rashes and inflammation when you leave your makeup on all night. Most products contain perfumes and dyes that can cause irritation when left on your skin for sustained periods of time.
The bottom line is that your skin needs to breathe at night. Just like your body, your skin undergoes important renewal processes while you sleep that allow it to look and function at an optimal level. While we certainly understand your need for makeup each day, don’t dismiss the importance of giving your skin some rest when the lights go out at night.
At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we are happy to recommend the best makeup products for your particular skin. It is important select cosmetic products that are not causing more harm than good. Our dermatologists can also suggest appropriate facial cleansers and moisturizes to boost your skin health and appearance.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Ashley A.

Mandy Ramer, NP-C was such a pleasure to meet with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed each one with a plan that fit my needs. I am so glad I picked Olansky Dermatology. Absolutely thrilled with their service from appointment setting through check out.

Kara E.

The appointment process is quick easy and convenient online. Parking is easy enough. I got in basically right at my appointment time. I didn’t have to wait hardly at all. The doctors and nurses are nice, knowledgeable and helpful. The procedure I had was easy and I got out fast and was on my way.

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!