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Last Updated Mar 31, 2024

How to Take Care of Your Neck

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Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Muneeb Shah

Is neck skin different than the rest of the face?

  • Neck Sensitivity: The skin on the neck is inherently more delicate and prone to irritation compared to other parts of the body. Factors such as fewer oil glands and thinner skin contribute to this sensitivity.
  • Caution in Skincare: While similar skincare practices apply to the face and neck, it's essential to exercise caution when applying products to the neck area to avoid irritation and adverse reactions.
  • Gentle Approach: Opt for gentle cleansers and skincare products formulated for sensitive skin when treating the neck. Avoid harsh exfoliants or abrasive techniques that may exacerbate sensitivity.

    What are some common issues we see on the neck?

    • Horizontal Necklines (Tech Neck): Spending prolonged periods looking down at electronic devices can lead to the development of horizontal lines on the neck, commonly referred to as "tech neck." Prevention and early intervention are crucial to address this issue.

    • Poikiloderma of Civatte: Piloderma refers to a combination of dilated blood vessels, alternating light and dark spots, and redness on the neck and chest. Protecting the skin from sun exposure can help prevent and mitigate these symptoms.

    • Skin Cancer Risk: The neck is susceptible to skin cancer due to sun exposure. Regular skin checks and sun protection measures are essential for early detection and prevention.

    How to Treat Neck Skin: 

    • Sunscreen Application: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to the face, neck, and chest daily, regardless of weather conditions. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially when spending time outdoors.
    • Antioxidants and Retinoids: Incorporate skincare products containing antioxidants like vitamin C and retinoids into your daily routine. These ingredients help protect against environmental damage and promote collagen production for firmer, healthier skin.
    • Leverage At-Home Solutions:
      • LED Masks: Light-emitting diode (LED) masks emit low-level light therapy to stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture. Consistent use of LED masks can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the neck. To achieve optimal results with at-home treatments, consistency is essential. Follow the recommended usage instructions and incorporate these treatments into your daily or weekly skincare routine for best outcomes.
    • Professional Options:
      • Injectable Treatments: Injectable fillers like Sculptra and Botox can be administered by dermatologists to address wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin on the neck. Sculptra stimulates collagen production and provide noticeable improvement in skin laxity for neck lines. 
      • Thread Procedures and Ultrasound Therapy: Thread lift procedures and ultrasound-based therapies (ulthera) can also tighten loose skin on the neck. These treatments can enhance skin firmness and improve overall neck contour.
      • Lasers and Energy Devices: IPL (BBL) is the treatment of choice for discoloration and poikiloderma of civatte on the neck and chest. Fraxel, CO2 laser, Erbium-YAG, and microneedling can also help tighten and resurface the skin on the neck for profound anti-aging benefits. 

    Doctor's Note

    • Neck skin is slightly more sensitive than the rest of the face
    • Prevention is key! Bring your skincare routine down to your neck, including sunscreen
    • Retinoids can be used on the neck, just ease into it
    • Procedures in the office, like IPL and microneedling, can remove signs of sun damage and tighten the skin

    Dr. Muneeb Shah

    Board-Certified Dermatologist

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    Dr. Muneeb Shah

    Board-Certified Dermatologist

    Dr. Muneeb Shah is a double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Micrographic Dermatologic Surgeon in Hudson Yards, New York. He is passionate about educating the public on common skin issues and has accrued a following of 21+ million across his social media platforms on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.

    Location: New York City, NY

    Doctor's Note

    • Neck skin is slightly more sensitive than the rest of the face
    • Prevention is key! Bring your skincare routine down to your neck, including sunscreen
    • Retinoids can be used on the neck, just ease into it
    • Procedures in the office, like IPL and microneedling, can remove signs of sun damage and tighten the skin

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