A Fresh Face for Fall

Two Reasons Why You Should Start Getting Skin-Rejuvenation Treatments

Posted by on Jan 17th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Reasons Why You Should Start Getting Skin-Rejuvenation Treatments

As you grow older, you may start to notice some changes in the way that your skin appears. You may find a few more fine lines and wrinkles, and the youthful sheen that you once had may not shine as brightly as before. While you may think this is all a part of the aging process and that there’s nothing you can do about it, you could be mistaken. Skin-rejuvenation treatments such as chemical peels could hold the key to helping you retain beautiful skin for a longer period of time. Use this information to learn more about why you should start getting skin-rejuvenation treatments as soon as possible. Skin-Rejuvenation Treatments Could Help to Stimulate Collagen Production One of the main reasons why you should get skin-rejuvenation treatments is that doing so could help to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen plays a significant role in determining how firm and youthful your skin appears.   While some people used to resort to invasive surgical procedures in order to regain a youthful appearance, you now have the ability to undergo laser treatments that can have nearly comparable effects without the risk of surgery. Laser treatments have the ability to dig deep into the innermost layers of the skin to regenerate the collagen-growth process. This makes the skin look firmer and younger. Keep in mind that if you have dark skin, there is the chance that lasers won’t be able to create an entirely even appearance. That’s why it’s important for you to see a dermatologist who can evaluate the condition of your skin to find out whether laser treatment is the ideal way for you to get the collagen restoration that you’re looking for. Skin Rejuvenation Tightens and Tones the Skin Another reason why you should get skin-rejuvenation treatments is that they can help to tighten and tone the skin. This includes the skin all over your body and not just your face. You may have started to wear certain clothing to hide the parts of your body that have started to sag. Just know that you have other options and don’t have to let the effects of Father Time make you feel like you should cover up from head to toe. Dermatologists are now using ultrasound technology to send pulsating waves throughout the body and effectively tighten up the skin in those hard-to-reach places. Getting skin-rejuvenation treatments could prove to be a wise decision. Visit a dermatology office such as Refined Dermatology today so you can learn more about all of the incredibly rejuvenating options that are available to...

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What Causes Dry Skin In Winter?

Posted by on Nov 18th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Causes Dry Skin In Winter?

Dry skin is a common problem in winter. Understanding the causes of dry skin and what you can do to avoid this problem can help you take care of your appearance and can also improve your physical comfort during the freezing winter months. What causes dry skin in winter? Dry skin is common in winter for a variety of reasons. To begin with, the air is very dry at this time of year. Dry air, particularly windy dry air, can zap your skin of its natural moisture, leaving it flaky and itchy. Even indoor air is often extra dry, because your home’s HVAC system strips the air of its natural moisture every time the furnace runs. In addition, many people participate in seasonal activities that can be drying to the skin. For example, sitting by a hot fire or spending long stretches of time in a hot shower or bath can damage the skin and sap out its natural moisture. What can you do to prevent dry skin in winter? There are many things you can do to prevent dry skin in winter. Run a humidifier: Running a humidifier in your house will help replace moisture in the air in your home. Lock in moisture: Apply moisturizer generously, particularly after a shower or bath when your skin is already moist. Patients who experience chronic dry skin in the winter will also benefit from using a stronger moisturizing formula than they use at other times of the year. Talk to your dermatologist about switching products if your standard lotion stops working. Moisturizing frequently throughout the day helps, so keep lotion on your desk at work, in your purse and in other easy-to-reach locations. Stay hydrated: Drinking extra water during the winter will help your skin stay hydrated and supple. Turn down the shower temperature: Since really hot showers are drying and damaging, lowering the temperature when taking a shower will help protect your skin and keep it from drying out. If you find it tempting to turn up the heat when taking a hot shower, consider lowering the temperature of your hot water heater. This will make it impossible to take steaming hot showers throughout the winter. Avoid excessive hand washing: Washing your hands and lathering up with soap can dry the skin on your knuckles and fingers. Only wash your hands when necessary, like after going to the bathroom and at other obvious times. For more information about how you can protect your skin and prevent it from drying out, talk to your dermatologist this winter. Dermatologists can help their patients devise creative ways to keep their skin moist and hydrated. For more info contact a local...

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2 Tips To Help Ensure That You Find The Right Surgeon For Liposculpting Treatments

Posted by on Aug 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips To Help Ensure That You Find The Right Surgeon For Liposculpting Treatments

One of the most important aspects of getting liposculpting treatments is making sure that you find a qualified plastic surgeon to help you. The terms liposculpting and liposuction refer to the same procedure, the act of removing fat deposits from your body via surgery. Listed below are two tips that can help you ensure that you find the right surgeon for your liposculpting or liposuction treatments. Certified Surgeon The single most important thing that you should do when looking for a doctor to perform your liposculpture treatments is to make sure that they are certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS). The main reason for this is that anyone who is board certified will have had to have undergone extensive and rigorous training in order to become certified. For example, one of the requirements to become certified is that the surgeon must have spent at least one full year doing nothing but training in cosmetic surgery procedures. In addition, the ABCS will only certify a surgeon after he or she has performed a certain number of cosmetic surgical procedures. A surgeon can only be certified after he or she has completed a minimum of 300 cosmetic surgery procedures. By choosing a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, you can rest assured that your surgeon is both highly trained and experienced. Facility Accreditation Another important step to making sure that you find the right surgeon for your treatments is to ask where the surgery will occur so that you can check on the facility’s accreditation. This is important as an accredited facility must meet numerous criteria to ensure that it is safe and well-equipped. One of the requirements for an accredited surgical facility is to ensure that the staff has an anesthesiologist on staff to administer the anesthesia and to respond quickly if any complications arise. In addition, the facility will also need to have emergency staff and life support equipment on hand in order to be accredited. This is vital because even though liposuction and liposculpture are relatively minor procedures, they still involve surgery and serious complications can potentially arise during the procedure. The type of accreditation that you will want to look for is from The Joint Commission (JTC), The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), or The Accreditation Association Of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  Contact a cosmetic surgeon today in order to discuss how he or she can assist you with your liposculpture and what his or her qualifications are. By making sure that your surgeon is board certified and that the surgical facility that will be used is accredited you will be able to ensure that you are in good hands throughout the procedure. For more information, contact companies like Modern...

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Rosacea Dos And Don’ts

Posted by on Jun 6th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rosacea Dos And Don’ts

According to the National Rosacea Society, over 16 million Americans are afflicted with rosacea. This common skin condition causes redness of the face that sometimes looks like acne. Although there is no known cure for this condition, there are a few dos and don’ts to follow that will help keep it under control.  Do Identify Your Triggers The best way to stay in remission and prevent rosacea flare-ups is to identify what triggers an outbreak so that you can avoid it in the future. For example, if stress seems to bring about the rosacea, try eliminating excess activities and incorporate herbal teas and exercise into your diet, which are known to help reduce stress. Perhaps you notice more redness after you consume spicy foods. In that case, simply remove spicy dishes from your menu planning.  Do Wear Sunscreen Most rosacea sufferers are affected by the sun and summer temperatures. It is important to protect the skin on your face with a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher with either the ingredient zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. To stay cool, wear a hat and clothing that is loose fitting. A neck cooling scarf is another great way to keep your body from overheating during the hottest months of the year.  Don’t Take a Hot Bath Again, just like the excessive summer heat causes flare-ups, so does a hot bath. Opt for a temperature that is comfortable and warm but not steaming hot. Also, keep an eye on the products you use in the bath. If any of them lead to redder skin with more pimple-like eruptions, they may contain a chemical that irritates your skin. Put those products on a list of items to avoid.  Don’t Use Facial Scrubs Facial scrubs often contain tiny beads that are meant to remove dead skin cells from the face. Unfortunately, they are too harsh on skin that is prone to rosacea outbreaks. It is best to select a gentle cleanser and stay away from scrubbing. Splash the soap off of your face after applying the cleanser and then pat dry with a towel.  Following the above tips will help you keep your symptoms to a minimum; however, it is always best to seek the advice of a licensed dermatologist at a clinic like East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC. He or she will be able to monitor the condition and prescribe a cream or antibiotic to treat the symptoms as...

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Be A (Cold) Sore Loser: Natural Remedies To Heal Your Cold Sores

Posted by on May 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Be A (Cold) Sore Loser: Natural Remedies To Heal Your Cold Sores

Cold sores are no fun by themselves, but the duration of time that they stick around for is probably their least adorable attribute. If you don’t have the time or resources to go to the doctor and get a prescription for some high-intensity cold sore killer, what are you to do to speed the process along? If you’re looking for some at-home remedies to speed those cold sores off and away, then here’s what you need to know. Cover It Up Present in nearly every household and eternally useful, petroleum jelly can both help your cold sore to heal more quickly and prevent any new infections from diving into the sensitive area. Dab a bit of petroleum jelly onto a Q-tip, then apply, being sure to get the cold sore along with the skin immediately next to it. If you really want to sock it to those bacteria, apply a dot of any cream with benzocaine to the cold sore before the petroleum jelly; while the jelly helps to heal and protect the sore, the benzocaine can numb it up and kill the pain, making the application process that much smoother. Ice, Ice, Baby When you feel the proverbial Bat-Signal of a cold sore appearing – those telltale, tiny tingles that scream to get ready for a doozy – make your growing cold sore cool down by holding an ice pack on it. The ice can cut down the amount of time the cold sore sticks around, making it invaluable to your future healing. While you’re resting your face from the ice, dab at the area with a cotton swab dipped in cold milk; not only does the milk feel awesome on the irritated skin, but it also helps to speed up the healing process. Freezing the cold sore out as it begins to form is a good way to get on top of the situation and prevent a two-week stay. Feel the Burn When you were a kid, having hydrogen peroxide dabbed on a cut by your mom probably wasn’t a pleasant experience, but the good news is that at least you get to do it yourself this time in order to disinfect your cold sore. Using about a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (you might need slightly more or slightly less), soak a cotton ball in it, and apply that cotton ball directly to the cold sore. Yeah, it’ll sting for a bit, but hold it there for 10 seconds (and use a clock if you’re tempted to count really, really quickly), then leave it alone for another 5 or so minutes before rinsing. If you want a different kind of burn, try peppermint oil; rinse off any gunk on the cold sore (be gentle!), then dip a wet cotton ball in a bit of peppermint oil, and hold it on for about a minute. Doing this twice or even three times a day will hasten your healing and prevent the sore from getting too dry (which can make it crack and bleed). For more information on cold sores from a trusted dermatologist,...

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Using Tea Tree Oil To Treat Your Adult Acne

Posted by on May 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Using Tea Tree Oil To Treat Your Adult Acne

Have you tried numerous acne treatments with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide with no relief? Every case of adult acne is different, and while these conventional treatments work for some, they are ineffective for others. There’s another more natural acne treatment you may want to try if your breakouts have not responded to conventional treatments: tea tree oil. Here’s a closer look at this substance and how you can use it to calm your breakouts. What is tea tree oil? Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is made from the leaves of a tree that’s native to Australia. It is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, which make it a good choice for treating adult acne (since acne is caused, at least in part, by bacteria.) Tea tree oil is all natural, and it is a mild alternative to conventional acne treatments. It should not leave your skin flaky, dry or irritated. How can you use tea tree oil to treat your acne? There are actually several ways to harness the acne-fighting power of tea tree oil: Use a prepared tea tree oil-based acne wash: There are several prepared skin cleansers and acne washes on the market that use tea tree oil as the active ingredient. You can often find these at health food stores and higher-end cosmetic stores. The problem with these products is that they sometimes contain other dyes, foaming agents, and fragrances that may irritate your skin or make acne worse.  So if you prefer to use an already-prepared acne wash, look for one that’s made with natural ingredients only. Make your own tea tree oil wash: If you’re very sensitive to chemical additives, you can make your own tea tree oil face wash. Just mix a small squirt of unscented, liquid Castile soap with a drop of tea tree essential oil in the palm of your hand. Then, use this mixture to gently cleanse your face. Rinse with clear water. Castile soap is made with just olive oil, so it’s very safe to use on sensitive skin and should not contribute to breakouts. Spot-treat your acne: If you already have a mild face wash that you like, you may want to continue using that wash and then just spot-treat your blemishes with tea tree oil. After washing your face as usual, apply a little tea tree oil to a cotton swab, and dab it on your blemishes. The blemishes should clear up more quickly. If conventional acne treatments have left you displeased, it may be time to give tea tree oil a try. Like all acne treatments, it does not work for everyone – but it’s worth a try to see if it works for you! To learn more, contact a cosmetic dermatology...

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Four Factors That Will Affect How Effective Your Laser Hair Removal Session Is

Posted by on May 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Factors That Will Affect How Effective Your Laser Hair Removal Session Is

Most people need more than one laser hair removal treatment in order to experience the effects they desire. Some people need two or three while others need seven or eight. Understanding what factors influence how effective laser hair treatment is – and therefore how many treatments you’ll need in total – can help you get the results you desire in as few sessions as possible. Hair Color and Texture The laser is attracted to melanin, which is the pigment in your hair. Darker, coarser hair has more melanin, which means that the laser treatment is more effective for dark-haired people. If you have light brown or blonde hair, you’ll need more treatments than someone with darker hair simply because the laser hits your hair with less strength. But don’t worry; if you pay close attention to the remaining factors in this article, you can reduce the number of sessions you need even if you do have blonde hair. Avoiding Tweezing or Waxing Your dermatologist will advise you not to wax or tweeze for several weeks before your laser hair removal treatment. The better you are at adhering to these instructions, the more effective each treatment will be. The laser will not focus and work on a hair follicle that is “empty” because you tweezed a hair out of it. Try to go at least 6 weeks without tweezing or waxing before your laser hair removal appointment. If you can bear to go a full 2 months, this is even better. Shaving Close You’ll be asked to shave before your appointment. This is not for modesty – it’s because the laser will focus on the follicles beneath the skin a lot better if there are not hairs protruding above the skin’s surface. The cleaner and more thorough this shaving session, the better your results will be. Use a brand new, multi-blade razor with plenty of shaving cream to ensure a close shave. Shave when you’re warm and with warm water – you’ll get smoother, more even results. Make sure you shave as close to your appointment as possible, too. Skin Condition Laser hair removal does cause some skin irritation. If your dermatologist sees that an area is already irritated or dry when you come in for your treatment, he or she will probably leave treating that area for the next appointment – which will likely lead to the need for more total appointments overall. Keep your skin in good shape by regularly using a soothing moisturizer. Wear sunscreen when you go outside, and avoid any sprays or cosmetics that cause skin irritation. If your skin is in great shape for your laser hair removal appointment, you’ll have better, more thorough...

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3 Skin Issues That Can Be Treated By A Dermatologist

Posted by on May 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Skin Issues That Can Be Treated By A Dermatologist

If you believe that you have a serious skin issue, then it is in your best interest to call on the services of a professional dermatologist. Throughout the course of this brief guide, you will learn about just a few skin problems, their potential causes, and how a dermatologist can potentially help you recover from the issue. Acne Perhaps one of the most common issues that are treated by dermatologist, acne can be a deeply unsettling experience that can leave you with scarred tissue and a damaged sense of self worth. Acne is not an issue that resolves itself and many times, when left untreated, acne can easily spread from one localized area to other places on the body. There are numerous manners in which a dermatologist can treat acne. Often times, oral medication is used to treat acne, while other times, when the acne is a bit more severe, techniques that involve directly manipulating the skin tissue, like dermabrasion, are utilized. Psoriasis Psoriasis is another skin issue that dermatologists commonly treat. Psoriasis is an issue wherein the skin cells in your body become overactive and grow far too quickly. Normal skin cells cause skin to regenerate over the course of a few weeks. Those with psoriasis will find that their skin begins to regenerate over merely a few days. This becomes an issue as skin will continuously grow, even over skin that has yet to die. Luckily, psoriasis is a disease that is not contagious and can only be genetically inherited. Most of the time, a dermatologist will prescribe drugs that will disallow your skin from growing in such a robust manner. Eczema Eczema is a simple form of inflammation of the skin. However, some forms of eczema can be quite robust and chronic. Most of the time, eczema manifests itself as a small amount of skin that has become inflamed. You can easily tell what this is, as it will appear as a bit of red, bumpy, and flaky bumps on the skin. However, it can be quite a bit more egregious in its scope and appearance. Sometimes, eczema can wind up affecting the entire body, with large patches of flaky skin spanning entire body parts. A dermatologist will often prescribe topical ointments that will hydrate your skin. A dermatologist will often tell you that you will need to stay hydrated during these inflammation periods. If these skin issues have presented themselves as a problem to you, it is highly recommended that you seek the services of a local and trusted...

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What To Expect When You Have Skin Cancer Surgery

Posted by on May 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Expect When You Have Skin Cancer Surgery

If you’re scheduled for skin cancer surgery, you may be worried about a lot of things. Cancer in itself is a scary diagnosis to deal with. Besides the stress of that, you may also be worried how the surgery will affect your appearance, especially if the cancer is on your face. Thanks to the surgical techniques used today, your doctor is able to remove the precise amount of tissue needed to get rid of the cancer while doing the least amount of damage to your appearance. Here is some information on how the procedure works. Removing Cancer A Layer At A Time Every skin cancer surgery is different because a lot of factors come into play. Your doctor considers the depth of the cancer under your skin along with the location of the tumor when deciding on the best way to remove it. One of the most effective types of surgery involves removing the cancer a thin layer at a time. When a layer of tissue is shaved off, it is frozen and examined under a microscope for cancer cells. This allows your doctor to spare as much healthy tissue as possible while making sure no cancer cells are left behind. Your doctor keeps removing layers of tissue until no cancer is seen under the microscope. The advantage to doing this type of surgical procedure is that your tissue is examined during the surgery, so the doctor knows exactly how much tissue to remove. This also reduces the risk of needing a second procedure because the doctor missed some cancer cells. Having The Procedure As An Outpatient This type of skin cancer surgery is usually done as an outpatient. You may be in the office for several hours since the procedure is drawn out by examining each layer of tissue removed. It is difficult to predict how extensive the surgery will be until it is underway and the doctor uncovers the roots of the cancer. However, you shouldn’t experience much pain. The doctor will give you a local anesthetic if you need it in the area to be treated. You will be awake and alert throughout the process, and you’ll know when you leave the doctor’s clinic if all the cancer was removed. Dealing With The Scar It will take many months for the scar from your surgery to stabilize. The scar will change size and shape as your skin grows new tissue. If your surgery wasn’t too deep, the scar may be nearly invisible. If you are left with a noticeable scar, there are several ways to deal with it. You may be able to cover it with cosmetics. Also, if the scar is a depression in your skin, a collagen filler may plump the area so it is less noticeable. If the scar is raised, you may consider a laser resurfacing treatment to make it smooth. If your cancer was deep under your skin and the doctor had to remove a lot of tissue, then you may need some reconstructive surgery to improve the appearance of your skin. While being left with a scar isn’t a pleasant thing to deal with, it is much better than the consequences of not removing the cancer. You can be sure that any scar you have will be the minimum necessary...

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3 Things Parents Need To Know About Acne Fulminans

Posted by on May 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things Parents Need To Know About Acne Fulminans

While all types of acne are distressing to sufferers, some types are worse than others. Acne fulminans is considered the most severe type of acne, and it can be disabling for teenagers that develop it. Here are three things parents need to know about acne fulminans. What are the signs of acne fulminans? Acne fulminans develops young teenagers who have had either mild or moderate acne in the past. This acne suddenly gets much worse, and painful lesions appear on the face, chest and upper part of the back. These lesions can be crusty, ulcerated or hemorrhagic. Since this type of acne is so severe, it can lead to systemic symptoms, as well. Your child may have a fever or start losing weight. Myalgia (muscle pain) can also occur, and it can be so severe that it can impair movement. What causes acne fulminans? Researchers aren’t sure why some teenagers with acne develop acne fulminans. One theory is that acne fulminans is an autoimmune disease; the immune system responds too strongly to the skin bacteria that cause mild or moderate acne, and this immune reaction causes the symptoms of acne fulminans. Testosterone is also thought to be a factor, since this type of acne gets worse during testosterone therapy and also tends to be seen in younger teenagers. Genetics may also play a role, because this type of acne has been reported in monozygotic (identical) twins. How is acne fulminans treated? If your teenager has acne fulminans, they’ll be treated with a combination of isotretinoin, a medication used to treat severe acne, and oral steroids. They’ll need to take oral steroids for about six weeks; over time, the dose will be tapered to help prevent the damaging side effects of long-term steroid use. Four weeks into their steroid treatment, an isotretinoin regimen will be started. The dose of isotretinoin will be small at first, but it will be increased gradually until their acne is gone. If the acne comes back after they stop taking isotretinoin—which is rare—a repeat course of the medication can be used. Stubborn cases of acne fulminans can be treated with infliximab, a drug that’s used to treat a number of autoimmune diseases. This drug can only be given intravenously, so your child will need to go to a clinic or hospital for treatment. If your child’s acne has suddenly become very severe, they may have acne fulminans and should be evaluated by a...

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