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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2005 October;140(5):515-29

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Cosmetic dermatology: a review of skin care

Draelos Z. D. 1,2

1 Department of Dermatology Wake Forest University School of Medicine Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
2 Dermatology Consulting Services High Point, NC, USA


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Dermatologic treatment involves 2 phases: therapeutic and maintenance. The therapeutic phase of dermatologic treatment includes the diagnosis of the condition and the development of a plan to alleviate the signs and symptoms of disease. The maintenance phase of dermatologic treatment involves the recommendation of a skin care routine that prevents the recurrence of the disease state, since failure to identify and eliminate the causative factors will result in disease recurrence. This review article deals with the maintenance phase of dermatologic treatment by discussing the use of cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, and facial cosmetics to maintain the integrity of the skin barrier and the ultimate health of the skin.

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