Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Doctor is In … the Christmas Crush


By Dr. Kathy Fields

Around the office, we call it the Christmas Crush—people putting off appointments until the last minute and then clamoring to be diagnosed, treated and recovered before the family photo op, the Hawaiian getaway, or the New Year’s bash. Not that I’m judging. I’m as likely as anyone to put off a doctor’s visit. In fact, I’ve come to believe procrastination for most of us is the rule, not the exception.

Ironically, accepting this truth has actually allowed me to change my behavior. Because I know I’ll likely delay or avoid things that are either not urgent (yet) or just plain unpleasant, I’ve learned to plan ahead for my inevitable procrastination by proactively implementing solutions before many of my problems start. For example, I know I tend to break out as life gets busy and stress runs high. So, as events start to ramp up, so do I ramp up my acne regimen, applying twice daily until after the holidays. This helps me keep my skin clear from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

I share this advice with my patients, because whether you’re battling acne, sensitive skin flare-ups or even melasma, following this advice can help keep your skin clear this holiday season. So, instead of feeling overwhelmed by what we can’t achieve in entirety today and overly optimistic about what we’ll get done at the last minute, make mini commitments daily and keep them.

For information on any products to help you with your skin care, feel free to contact me on my website or via my email

{Disclosure: I am an independent consultand for Rodan + Fields}



Carrie - said...

Totally agree...things get so crazy and I put things off and tend to forget about me.

But I'm learning, if I take care of me first, everything else seems to fall in order.

MOST of the time. =)

Lifeofkaylen said...

I have gone to the doctor three times this month-two times I only did because I've already met my deductible this year so my visits are all totally free!! I stocked up on some meds and had a lingering worry put to rest. I wouldn't have gone those two times if I had to pay out of pocket. :)

Jenine said...

I'm there with the twice a day acne regimen. Seems to be working so far. Now I've probably just jinxed myself.

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