Acne is one of the most common and yet one of the most challenging skin problems people face. We know how frustrating it can be to try one over-the-counter acne product after another, thinking you are giving your skin everything it needs to combat acne and then suddenly the acne returns. What’s going on? If you find yourself struggling to find the perfect formula and treatment options for getting clearer skin a dermatologist will be able to help.
From children to teens to adults, anyone can develop acne. Of course, when we think about acne we do often think about those adolescent years; however, dermatologists also see a lot of adults that are still dealing with different forms of acne. When you come in for a skincare consultation a skin doctor will perform a thorough physical exam. From there we may ask you a series of questions regarding your skin care regime, lifestyle and habits, as this will provide some insight into what could be triggering your acne symptoms.
After your consultation is complete we will create a customized treatment plan that will cater to addressing the source of your acne symptoms; fortunately, today there are so many different treatment options out there. A dermatologist will most often recommend different strategies for handling your acne. These options may include,
Treatments that you place directly on your skin
Many of your acne treatments can be applied right on your skin to reduce both acne-causing bacteria and oil. Popular topical acne medications often contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. Your dermatologist will determine the topical treatment that will work best for your skin.
Treatment that is systemic and works throughout the body
Sometimes it’s necessary to systemically treat acne, particularly if it’s causing serious redness or swelling. By taking pills such as antibiotics, birth control pills or isotretinoin (the best course of action for severe acne), we can reduce both of these symptoms while also preventing acne breakouts.
Different dermatological treatments that can reduce or even get rid of acne
There are also some in-office treatment options available from your skin doctor that can help eliminate acne-causing bacteria and even get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. These common procedures include:
Laser or light therapy
Dermabrasion (to reduce the appearance of superficial acne scars)
Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to treating acne and a dermatologist can help you get your skin clearer. It’s important to be patient when it comes to acne treatment, as it can take several weeks to see results. Talk to a dermatologist today about how they can help you.
The skin is a very large organ that stretches across every inch of your body, providing protection, absorption of nutrients, release or perspiration, and aesthetic appeal. It is also vulnerable to environmental threats, particularly the sun’s harsh UV rays. Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer, but fortunately, treatment in its earliest stages is often straightforward. At Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL, a treatment called Mohs micrographic surgery has helped numerous patients.
Possible Signs of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer often develops in a mole, mark, sore, or growth on the skin. The cells begin to change the appearance, shape, and color of the mole or growth. Keep these questions in mind when examining bumps, marks, or moles on the skin:
- Is it asymmetrical (one side is different in shape from the other side)?
- Is the border irregular?
- Has the color changed or is it multi-colored?
- Has the size (diameter) changed recently?
- Does the mole seem to be evolving in any other way, such as becoming painful, irritated, or swollen?
Skin Cancer Treatment
Doctors encourage regular skin exams at home because the abnormal cells can usually be treated conservatively the earlier they are diagnosed. A modern treatment option offered at Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach is called Mohs micrographic surgery. After the skin growth is clearly defined, it is removed one layer at a time. Using a special dye, the doctor can see all cancerous tissue and continue to remove affected layers until it’s completely gone. The procedure is done in the office using local anesthesia.
Protecting Your Skin
Skin cancer is most often caused by too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It’s common in patients who often visit very hot vacation locations and spend a lot of time outdoors. Remember these tips on how to protect your skin:
- Purchase a large floppy hat that gives your face, neck, and upper torso shade when you’re outdoors. Also, invest in a good pair of UV resistant sunglasses.
- Wear the sunscreen formula recommended by your skin doctor.
- Know the risk factors for skin cancer, which include having a pale complexion, a family history of the condition, and the use of tanning beds.
Call Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL at 1.888.357.DERM today to schedule an initial visit with Dr. Brian Feinstein or Dr. Bridgit Nolan.
Caring for your skin properly is the best way to stay on top of the fight against aging and unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. However, knowing the best skincare routine for you can seem overwhelming with the countless options available. However, your dermatologist can help you with your skincare routine and give you the tips you need to ensure you are taking the best possible care of your skin. Find out more about proper skin care with dermatologists, Dr. Brian Feinstein, Dr. Bridgit Nolan, and vascular surgeon Dr. Albert Malvehy at Feinstein Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL.
What is a good daily skincare routine?
First, you should determine if you have dry, oily, or combination skin and choose your products accordingly. Regardless of your skin type, use a cleanser or soap gently applied to the face to clean the dirt and oil from the skin. Moisturize every day using a moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Use sunscreen every day, even if your moisturizer has an SPF in it already. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If you wear makeup, always remove it before bed.
How can I care for my skin long-term?
The sun can damage your skin in just 15 minutes of exposure. Since the sun does so much damage so quickly, it is best to protect your skin as much as possible against it. In addition to wearing sunscreen every day, try to stay out of the sun as much as you can and always wear a wide-brimmed hat if you know you will be in the sun for a significant amount of time. Use water-based makeup and try to avoid oil-based makeups. Try to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet and avoid too much sugar.
Proper Skin Care in Delray Beach, FL
Caring for your skin now is a crucial part of avoiding issues like sun damage, wrinkles, and fine lines later. Your dermatologist can help you choose the best skin care routine for you. For more information on proper skin care, please contact dermatologists, Dr. Brian Feinstein, Dr. Bridgit Nolan, and vascular surgeon Dr. Albert Malvehy at Feinstein Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 498-4407 to schedule your appointment today!
What are cold sores and what can you do to relieve your symptoms?
Most people who have had cold sores often know when they are about to appear. The tingling and burning sensation around the mouth is often the first indicator that a cold sore is imminent. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of Americans have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), which causes cold sores. If you have cold sores then you are probably wondering more about this condition, how to treat it and what it means for your health.
What are the symptoms of cold sores?
Symptoms often stick around for about two to three weeks. Besides experiencing oral sores around the mouth, people may also experience flulike symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and fatigue. These oral sores will often appear as tiny blisters that break open and scab over.
When should I see a doctor about cold sores?
While cold sores often don’t warrant a trip to the dermatologist, there are certain times when it might be advisable. These sores can be painful, so if you find it difficult to eat or talk then you will want to talk to your doctor about the best ways to alleviate the pain to make eating easier. The last thing you want to deal with is dehydration on top of an outbreak.
If these oral sores look different from other cold sore outbreaks, then it’s also worth seeing your dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. Those with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or chemotherapy should also see their dermatologist to prevent further complications.
What treatments are available for cold sores?
While many cold sores will go away without the need for treatment, if you are experiencing pain we may prescribe a topical anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. There are also overthe-counter treatments that speed up healing and reduce pain. However, for those with severe infections your dermatologist may also prescribe an oral antiviral medication.
Those with weak immune systems and those who become dehydrated as a result of cold sores may need to go to the hospital to prevent further problems and to receive oral antivirals.
While you cannot cure the virus that causes cold sores, there are certainly ways to reduce your symptoms. Talk to your dermatologist to find out more!
Rashes will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime, whether it’s from coming in contact with poison ivy while on a camping trip or from an allergic reaction to a skincare product. While most rashes aren’t anything to worry about, we know that the other symptoms that accompany them—redness, itching and burning—can be annoying. Find out the most common causes for rashes and when your rash requires an evaluation from a dermatologist.
What causes a rash?
There are a variety of reasons rashes develop. Your rash could be caused by:
- Contact dermatitis
- Certain medications
- Heat rash
- Viral infections
- Asthma or allergies
- Bug bite
- Poison ivy, oak and sumac
When do you seek medical attention?
Most rashes will go away on their own and won’t require medical attention; however, while all rashes might look the same it’s also important to be able to recognize when a rash is serious enough that it needs to be evaluated by a skin doctor. Since there are so many different things that can cause a rash it’s important to have a proper diagnosis so you know exactly how to treat it.
You should have a rash checked out if:
- It’s all over your body
- It’s accompanied by a fever
- It’s painful
- It’s showing signs of an infection (oozing; warm to the touch; swelling)
- It’s blistering
- It appears suddenly and continues to spread quickly
How do you treat a rash?
The treatment plan your dermatologist creates for you will really depend on the cause of your rash. Sometimes over-the-counter creams such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion can help manage itching and other symptoms until the rash goes away. Oatmeal baths can also be soothing for rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak. While the rash heals, avoid using any products on your skin that contain fragrances or harsh chemicals. Try not to cover the rash, as it needs to be able to breathe.
If you do have to come in for an evaluation, we will provide you with the proper medication or treatment necessary to get rid of the root cause of the rash. It’s important that you follow the treatment as prescribed in order to effectively get rid of the rash.
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