Posts for: October, 2022
Dermatology is an important area of medicine. Many people think of dermatology as the medical specialty to help them look more attractive. This is cosmetic dermatology. There is another type of dermatology which treats skin conditions and skin cancers and can potentially save your life. This is medical dermatology.
Medical dermatology services can be the answer if you are suffering from:
- Sun damage
- Skin cancer
If you have acne, your dermatologist can provide several medical dermatology treatments to help you enjoy clear skin. Your dermatologist may recommend:
- Benzoyl peroxide products to unclog pores
- Tretinoin for severe acne
- Laser treatment to kill underlying bacteria
- Extraction treatment to remove blackheads and whiteheads
If you have a rash, your dermatologist may recommend:
- Cortisone cream or lotion
- Oral or topical antihistamine
- Oatmeal or Aveeno baths
- Allergy testing to find out if the rash is allergy related
One of the most serious skin conditions your dermatologist can treat is skin cancer. To protect yourself from skin cancer, wearing a daily sunscreen is vitally important. Make sure to:
- Wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 every day
- Wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 if you are outside for long periods
You should also perform a self-check of your skin regularly, looking for any abnormalities like these:
- A large mole, with a diameter over 6 millimeters
- A mole with ragged, irregular borders
- A mole with an asymmetrical shape
- New moles, or moles that have grown back after previous removal
- Rough, scaly patches of skin
Your dermatologist can remove any abnormal moles and have them biopsied to check for abnormal or cancerous tissue. Mole removal can be performed several ways, including shaving the mole, or removing the mole completely.
Your dermatologist can provide medical dermatology services that can help you enjoy clear skin, make you more comfortable, and potentially even save your life. To find out more about how medical dermatology can help you, talk with your dermatologist today.
Your skin needs protection through all seasons of the year. Now that fall is here, and winter is approaching fast, you need to know how to protect your skin through fall and winter. Your dermatologist can help with the expertise, guidance, and skincare treatments you need.
In the colder months, your skin can dry out, from spending time indoors in heated rooms. During fall and into winter, your skin can become:
When you are out in colder weather, you need to protect your skin from harsh winds and colder temperatures. Remember to:
- Wear a thicker moisturizing cream on exposed skin.
- Avoid products with alcohol because they can dry your skin.
- Cover as much of your skin as possible with face masks, hats, gloves, and other warm clothing.
- Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for everyday protection because sun exposure can be just as damaging to your skin in colder weather.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher if you are outdoors in the weather for a long period of time.
- Avoid taking long, hot showers because they can dry your skin.
- Take shorter showers with lukewarm water.
- Use gentle soaps and washes to clean your skin and avoid exfoliating during the winter.
- Wear lip balm to protect your lips when you are outside.
- Consider installing a humidifier in your home to help moisten the air. It will soothe your skin, and your sinuses, and nasal passages.
Fall and winter months contain less moisture, so the drier climate can dry out your skin. If you suffer from psoriasis or eczema, it can get worse in the fall and winter. You should visit your dermatologist for psoriasis and eczema care.
Fall is the gateway to winter and fall and winter weather can be harmful to your skin. The effects of harsh winds, cold temperatures, and sun exposure can all accumulate and age your skin prematurely. You can develop fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and other early signs of aging, especially if you don’t protect your skin. To find out more about skin care tips for the fall and into winter, call your dermatologist today.