When to Start Your Teen on Acne Treatment

Almost every teen goes through a period when they get at least mild acne. While most typical acne can be treated with over-the-counter treatments, severe cases of some types of acne should be evaluated and treated by a doctor. Here are some things to look for when deciding to seek other treatment options.

Cystic Acne

If the acne your teen is getting looks like cysts or is extremely painful, you will not be able to treat it on your own. You’ll have to make an appointment with a doctor, preferably a dermatologist, so that you can get prescription and individualized acne treatment. The sooner you seek out medical treatment the better. Cystic acne can cause significant scarring.

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Tips for Protecting Your Scalp

Summer is here. And even though people are social distancing, it’s a beautiful time to be outdoors. Whether you’re hanging out in your own yard, swimming in your backyard pool, or hitting the beach, you are going to be in the sun’s harsh rays for hours.

Most people are well aware of the need for high SPF sunscreen. But how often do you think about protecting your scalp from the sun? Your scalp is just like the rest of the skin on your body. It can become damaged by the sun even if it does not actually burn and become irritated, and your scalp is more sensitive than the rest of your skin because it almost never sees the light of day.

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When to Contact Us About a Rash

You don’t have to contact your doctor every time you notice a mild rash. A rash can occur anytime that the skin is irritated, not just during an allergic reaction or as a result of a skin condition. It is important to know when to see a doctor and when you can stay at home.

Some rashes are a result of coming into contact with a skin irritant, such as harsh cleaners or bleach. These rashes usually go away on their own within a day or two. They are also usually more patchy and not as thick or scaly as other rashes.

On the other hand, if your rash doesn’t start improving in a short amount of time, you should contact us for an appointment. You could be having an allergic reaction to a new household product, or you may have come into contact with another allergen while outside your home. Without allergy testing and treatment, the rash will not improve.

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Solutions for Psoriasis Flares

Having psoriasis can be inconvenient, embarrassing, and very uncomfortable. Most people do not have serious flares all the time. But when psoriasis flares occur, they should be addressed right away. As soon as you notice that your skin is becoming red and scaled, you should start taking action to knock down the flare before it can intensify. Here are some ways you can control your psoriasis flares at home.

Stay Moisturized

You need to keep your skin moisturized, without the greasiness or oiliness of lotions and some moisturizers. A moisturizing cream or after shower moisturizer is the best option for keeping your skin hydrated and as healthy as possible. The hydration can help control the flare so that your skin doesn’t break open.

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What You Need to Know About Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer

Cancer. The word strikes fear in the hearts of patients daily. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or if you fear a diagnosis of cancer, it doesn’t have to be a scary process. Most cases of skin cancer can be remedied by removing the cancerous part of the skin, and it rarely progresses to the rest of the body. 

The procedure that is used to treat skin cancer of this type is called Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery can completely remove the cancerous cells so that you can regain your health. Mohs surgery is done by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is a trained Mohs surgeon. After Mohs, you may want to undergo plastic surgery to reduce the appearance of scarring.

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What You Need to Know About Your Skin During Pregnancy

Many things change in your body when you are pregnant, and your skin is no different. You will notice your skin going through a number of changes throughout the course of your pregnancy. Here are the changes you can expect and how to treat them.

Stretch Marks

Every pregnant woman’s fear about their body is that they will gain weight and get stretch marks. Both of these things are almost inevitable. Almost 90 percent of pregnant women develop at least a few stretch marks. You can try to avoid stretch marks by applying a lotion that contains vitamin E and alpha-hydroxy acids to your abdomen and breasts daily.

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What You Can Do to Alleviate Dry Skin

Just about everyone has dry skin in the winter and spring. The winter is very dry, and the heat in your home or place of employment can dry the air out even further. Once winter is over, it is easier to get your skin’s moisturization under control. Here are a few springtime tips for alleviating the dry skin you got in winter.

Showering Habits

Taking long hot showers may be soothing, but they are also very bad for your skin. Try taking shorter warm showers instead so that your skin doesn’t dry out as much. You should also be using a mild unscented soap or a soap-free cleanser that will be more likely to leave moisture in the skin. Only use soap when needed, as soap is not necessary on the whole body every day. Another tip is to not dry off completely after showering so that the moisture can be absorbed by the skin.

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Why You Shouldn’t Scratch

There are few things in this world as satisfying as scratching itchy skin. You would think that something that feels so good wouldn’t be damaging to the body. Yet scratching has some potentially serious consequences. 

Scratching feels good because scratching activates the reward centers of the brain, yet it only feels good for as long as you are doing it. Usually the itching only becomes more persistent or more irritating after a good scratch.

This is because scratching is actually very damaging to your skin. Each time you scratch, you are breaking the barrier of the skin. When you persistently scratch or rub the skin nonstop, it wears away the protective barrier of the skin and can cause infection.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dry Skin and Moisturizers

The winter and early spring are the worst times of year for dry skin. You are not alone; it happens to everyone. Luckily, there are moisturizers that can keep your skin hydrated so that it does not become itchy or flaky. 

Skin becomes drier in the winter and early spring because you are spending more time in climate controlled areas. Climate controlled rooms and vehicles naturally have drier air. If you don’t have humidifiers in the areas you occupy both at work and at home, you will find that you have very dry skin by the end of the winter.

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Forms of Sun Poisoning and Their Symptoms

There is a big difference between a sunburn and sun poisoning. Many people do not truly understand what sun poisoning really is. It goes much beyond a bad sunburn, and it needs to be treated differently. Here are the different types of sun poisoning and their symptoms.

Polymorphous Light Eruption

This is the most common type of sun poisoning, and it is caused by both UVA and UVB rays. This is most likely to occur within the first few days of sun exposure after a long draught, such as taking a tropical vacation in the cooler winter months. Symptoms of polymorphous light eruption include itchy rash on the arms, hands, thighs, sides of the face, and the neckline.

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