Top 6 Tips For Healthy Skin | Sheperd Integrative Dermatology in Mount Pleasant, SC

It’s time to pay attention to your skin. You may not realize it, but your skin reveals a lot about your overall health. With November being National Healthy Skin Month, we thought we’d celebrate by bringing you the top 6 tips for healthy skin from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) themselves. Your skin is your body’s largest organ— let’s treat it with love.

Wash your face every day.

This may sound simple, but the AAD included it on their list for a reason. Wash your face when you wake up, before bed, and after exercising—no excuses! We recommend a 2-step process for cleansing. First, use a cleansing wipe or makeup remover followed by a wash with a cleanser to remove any remaining makeup, dirt, grime or pollution left on the skin. Cleansing brushes work better than just using your hands to wash your face. Use a mild cleanser (unless told otherwise by your dermatologist) and lukewarm water.

Determine your skin type.

Everyone falls into one of 5 skin types. Therefore, you probably shouldn’t be using the same skin product as someone with completely different skin concerns. Are you oily, dry, combination, normal (lucky you!), or sensitive? Choose skin care products tailored to that type.

Examine your skin.

Check your skin periodically for new or unusual spots, as well as anything changing, itching, or bleeding. Remember to look for the ABCDE (Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolution) signs of melanoma, and if you see one or more, make an appointment with your dermatologist immediately.

Protect your skin.

Even if you have practiced sun safety all summer, it is important to continue being cautious about your skin in the fall and winter months. UVA rays are responsible for about 95% of the UV radiation that reaches the Earth’s surface and are present all year long, even when it’s cloudy! Protect your skin from the sun by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Consider using petroleum jelly.

Vaseline petroleum jelly is a simple remedy that is never outdated. Try using it to treat minor injuries and to moisturize dry skin (hands, feet, or elbows) and brittle nails. Vaseline can protect against moisture loss, help prevent dryness and heal cracked skin. I never leave my house without a mini jar of Vaseline to soothe chapped lips and dry cuticles!

Moisturize daily.

Apply lotion or cream while your skin is still damp from bathing to lock in moisture and get the best results. It would be nice to slather on one lotion and be done with it, but body lotion should never be applied to your face. The skin on your face has different needs than your body and therefore needs a separate moisturizer. Don’t forget to pick the right facial moisturizer for your skin type!

Visit us at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology to learn more about how to take great care of your skin.

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Rebecca Repaire


Becky is a board- certified Physician Assistant and has practiced Dermatology for over 18 years. She graduated magna cum laude from her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, then completed her Physician Assistant studies at the Medical University of South Carolina. She now practices medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She has done extensive training in the use of a dermatoscope and equally extensive training in surgical techniques for the removal of skin cancers. As her practice and skill have continued to grow, cosmetic dermatology has become a passion of hers and she devotes herself enthusiastically to continuing training to ensure she remains at the forefront of innovations with Botox, fillers, threads, and other techniques. She believes that our skin is a reflection of our overall emotional and physical well-being, and she delights in helping patients find their inner beauty.

Amy Jetter


Amy brings her whole heart to her role on the Sheperd cosmetic team.  A graduate of Elon College and the Medical College of Virginia, Amy has been a board-certified nurse for over 30 years.  Bringing her skills as an ICU nurse into her role in cosmetic patient care, Amy provides a warm, reassuring presence to all her clients, listening to their concerns and collaborating with them in a plan to bring forth and enhance their natural beauty.  A standing member of the American Association of Plastic Surgery Nurses and a past RN trainer in cosmetic and aesthetic procedures, Amy offers all types of laser treatments, botox and dermal filler injections, and chemical peels.

Melissa Mancuso

Body Contouring Specialist

Melissa has six years of experience in body contouring, beginning with her role as the CoolSculpting representative for Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Since joining the Sheperd team, she has received additional training and now offers chemical peels, Vivace micro-needling, and Diamond Glow dermal infusion. She loves helping patients feel good about their bodies and teaching them about how the various cosmetic procedures can help them achieve the results they are seeking.

Margaret Gierhart


Margaret, a South Carolina native, is a Licensed Esthetician and makeup artist with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She began her career in beauty as the resident makeup artist for Bobbie Brown cosmetics at Saks Fifth Avenue in Charleston. In order to expand her knowledge, she earned her degree in esthetics from Trident Technical College, graduating with honors. She joined the Sheperd Integrative Dermatology staff in 2014 and is certified in a wide array of cosmetic procedures and skin care products. Her offerings include laser skin resurfacing, IPL, micro-needling, chemical peels, radio frequency, laser hair removal, and body contouring. Her background in both psychology and artistry gives her a deep capacity to care for patients and understand what makes them feel beautiful. A mother of two daughters, Margaret understands beauty as not only external appearance, but also as a manifestation of the inner qualities of kindness, generosity, and well-being.

Madeline Anderson


Maddie is a board-certified Physician Assistant and a Lowcountry native. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and then went on to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating with highest honors. While in PA school, Maddie served as a Student Representative for the SC Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. After graduation, she completed a six-month advanced dermatology internship here at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology. She also completed the Diplomate Fellowship with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Maddie has a heart for medical missions and is passionate about patient education. Her free time is shared with her family, her friends, and her two fur babies!

AnnaKathryn Keiper


AnnaKathryn completed her Doctorate degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and has seven years of experience in dermatology. She has completed additional training in medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and functional medicine. She provides skin cancer screenings, surgical removal of skin cancers, treatment of precancerous lesions, extractions of cysts, and the treatment of acne. In the cosmetic domain, she provides laser, filler, and neurotoxin treatments. Certified through the Institute of Functional Medicine, AnnaKathryn has a special focus on wellness, including weight loss and diet consulting. She uses her expertise in this field to create an individualized program to help each of her patients achieve optimal wellness supporting them in maintaining vibrancy and vitality throughout their lifespan.

Allyson Harrell-Garrison


Ally is a board-certified Physician Assistant and a Diplomate of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, their highest rating. She is a graduate of Clemson University and earned her Master’s degree in Physicians Assistant studies at the University of Alabama; additionally, she completed a dermatology fellowship at Charlotte Dermatology in North Carolina. For more than ten years, her focus on both medical and surgical dermatology has included identifying and treating skin cancers as well as managing biologic medications for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Ally has a strong love of surgical dermatology and she performs surgeries every day in the clinic, including excisions of cysts and skin cancers. She also loves the challenge of a difficult case! On the cosmetic side, Ally is a skilled injector of both Botox and Dysport. She sees compassion and empathy as vital qualities that she brings to all her patient interactions. She is mindful that skin cancer screenings can be frightening or overwhelming; her warm, calm manner and her focus on patient education throughout each appointment make her an outstanding clinician.
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