MidState Skin Institute is a state-of-the-art dermatology practice offering medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services. Dr. Ashley Cauthen and her staff understand that high-quality medical care is achieved through a trusting, compassionate doctor-patient relationship.
Tell us about some of the newer services you offer.
We are excited to add new laser procedures, including CO2 laser resurfacing and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections.
What are three things everyone should know about skin care?
1. A gentle wash twice daily is enough exfoliation to keep skin fresh and healthy. Never sleep with makeup on. Not only can it lead to breakouts, it accelerates the aging process. Use a gentle cleanser. “Soaps” are too drying and leave a film on the skin.
2. Sunscreen is not just for sunny beach days; it must be used daily. Sunscreen is the most powerful anti-aging product on the market. Additionally, we know daily application greatly reduces the risk of skin cancer. For women, I encourage them to use it as or under their makeup primer. If you don’t wear makeup, there are some great tinted sunscreens on the market that offer light coverage. For men, I tell them to set their sunscreen near their toothpaste as a reminder to use it each morning. For everyday use, look for a product that says “broad spectrum” and at least SPF 15-30.
3. Moisturize your entire body. Women tend to be pretty good at this, but men are reluctant. It is best to moisturize after bathing because the hot water strips the natural oils from our skin and leaves it parched and dry. The thicker the product the better, i.e. creams are better than lotions. Set your goal for once daily but at least three times a week.
What are some of the conditions people might come to you for?
Well, skin is our largest organ, and we see and treat patients with any ailment involving their skin. Hair and nails also fall under the dermatology umbrella, so basically anything from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
Ashley Cauthen, M.D.
MidState Skin Institute
1630 SE 18th St.
7550 SW 61st Ave.,
Suite 1, Ocala