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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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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How Diet Affects Acne

One of the most important things to learn when you have acne is the triggers for acne flares. There are a lot of different factors that can affect the severity or appearance of acne. Among these may be diet. What you eat can have an impact on the severity of your acne symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about foods to avoid and foods that can improve your condition.

Foods to Avoid

Studies indicate that there are two main categories of foods that you should avoid when you have acne. The first is simple carbohydrates. This includes things like breads, sugars, white pasta and rice, and other high-carb, low-nutrition foods. Two of the triggers many people find with their acne are chocolate and pizza. Both of these are high in simple carbohydrates.

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Yearly Planning: Scheduling Your Exam to Check for Skin Cancer

Another year is almost here, and with it comes a lot of appointments that you should be making. Just as you should schedule a physical exam with your primary doctor and a dental exam and cleaning with your dentist, you also should be scheduling an annual checkup with your dermatologist. Getting annual exams to check for skin cancer is important for a number of reasons.

Skin Cancer Is Common

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Approximately 9500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer every year. With the prevalence of skin cancer in Americans, it only makes sense to be checked out annually, just in case.

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Dry Skin and Rash: Signs of Eczema

If you have dry skin accompanied by a rash, you might have several theories about the cause. Many people, when they have dry and itchy skin in the winter months, assume that it is because of the drier environment of heated homes and offices. Others may assume that they are allergic to a laundry detergent or something similar that they switched to recently. While these are common causes of dry skin and rashes, only a dermatologist can diagnose the reason for your dry skin and rash. In some cases, it is eczema, which can develop at any age, but is most common in children.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is the name given to a group of conditions, which can include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, or stasis dermatitis. Some of these conditions are related to allergies, while others are caused by different conditions of the skin. Only a dermatologist or allergist can diagnose what type of eczema you or your child has, and determine an appropriate course of treatment.

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What to Expect with Cryosurgery for Moles and Warts

If you have a troublesome mole, wart, or similar skin lesion, your doctor may want to remove it with cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is one of the most effective treatments for moles and warts, and it leaves minimal, if any, scarring. Here’s what you should expect if you get cryosurgery for your mole or wart.

What Happens in Cryosurgery?

Cryosurgery is performed in our office, and there is no anesthesia required. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the surface of the skin lesion and is left on for a few minutes to freeze the tissue. Many people think that the mole or wart just falls off in cryosurgery, but that is not the case. It can take two to four weeks for the lesion to fall off after cryosurgery. During treatment, the area will sting, burn, and possibly itch.

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Three Reasons for Cryosurgery for Moles

While most moles are harmless to your health, they can be quite annoying. Many people are self-conscious of their moles, especially if they are large, irregularly shaped, growing hair, or in a prominent place on the body. If you want a mole removed, one option is cryosurgery, during which the mole is quickly frozen and slowly thawed so that the skin cells die and it is removed. Here are three of the many reasons to try cryosurgery for moles. 

Aesthetics

It can be very embarrassing to have a mole in the wrong place. Some moles on the face are unobtrusive and add to your features. But if the mole is very large or growing hair, it could be affecting your appearance negatively. Moles are usually much more visible to the person they are on than the people looking at them. Still, to boost your self-confidence it is a good idea to have such moles removed with cryosurgery.

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What to Expect from Comprehensive Allergy Patch Testing

If you have contact dermatitis, hives, or another skin irritation, it could be the result of an allergy. In order to give you the best treatment for your skin condition, it is important to see a doctor who can accurately diagnose the problem. Part of that process will likely be allergy patch testing. Here’s what you need to know about how to prepare and what to expect from the process.

Preparing for Patch Testing

There will be a bit of preparation before you go into the doctor for your patch testing. You will have three appointments in all. During the first appointment, you will need to tell your doctor about any medications you take, including over-the-counter medications, as some of these may interfere with the testing. Your doctor may recommend that you stop taking certain medications for a few days before and during the patch testing. You should also skip any doses of antihistamines.

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Three Common Causes of Chronic Itching and Their Treatments

Chronic itching can be extremely irritating, and it can affect every aspect of your life. If you are constantly itching, it can affect your work performance and ability to portray yourself as a professional. You may also find difficulty concentrating and may become unable to follow conversations with your friends and family. There are many potential causes for chronic itching, but here are the three most common and what can be done about it.

Xerosis

Xerosis is the clinical term for chronic dry skin. Dry skin can cause severe itchiness, and it is not always remedied by simply adding a moisturizing lotion. Sometimes lifestyle changes are necessary to relieve dry skin, such as not taking long, very hot showers or baths, using a humidifier, and using a moisturizer right after showering. You may also need to use a cream containing lactic acid. Visiting a doctor will be your best bet in learning more about how dry skin can be treated at home.

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Three Common Causes and Treatments for Teen Acne

Teen acne is very common, but it isn’t always caused by the same factors. How acne is treated depends on the cause of the acne. In order to understand the causes and treatments for acne, you must first understand how the pores work. Every pore in your skin secretes an oil called sebum, and most causes of acne have to do with this oil or the pore itself.

Too Much Oil Produced

The most common cause of teen acne is an increase in production of sebum. When there is too much oil being produced, it clogs the pores and creates pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. The best way to treat this type of acne is to decrease the oil on the skin and in the pores, which can be done with medicated topical treatments.

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