Posts for: July, 2018
Find out everything you need to know about canker sore causes and treatments.
Canker sores are small painful ulcers that appear in the mouth. You may find that your canker sore makes it difficult to eat or talk without experiencing pain. If you are experiencing sores in the mouth that you think could be canker sores, find out what might be causing this pesky little problem and what you can do to reduce your symptoms and eliminate this mouth ulcer.
Canker Sore Causes
Unfortunately experts are unsure about what causes canker sores; however, it’s been speculated that either stress or injury to the oral tissues can bring about canker sores. Some canker sores may be brought about by other health disorders that weaken the immune system.
It’s important to note that canker sores and cold sores are not the same thing. A virus known as herpes simplex type 1 causes cold sores, and these sores occur outside the mouth. Canker sores, on the other hand, can be brought on by multiple factors, and appear only inside the mouth.
Canker Sore Symptoms
The most obvious symptom is a painful sore or ulcer that appears in the mouth, whether on the tongue, the roof of the mouth or inside of the cheeks. You may also notice a burning or tingling sensation a couple days before the sore manifests. The sore is usually round or oval in nature, with a red border and a white, grey or yellow center.
Canker Sore Treatments
The majority of canker sores will go away on their own without any kind of treatment; however, if you experience pain for more than a few days you may want to talk to your dermatologist about a corticosteroid cream or prescription medication that could help alleviate your symptoms.
If you suspect that you have a canker sore talk to your dermatologist about the most effective defense against canker sores and whether there are certain things you can do to prevent this condition from recurring. Call us today!
This cosmetic laser treatment could smooth away lines, wrinkles, and minor scarring.
Do you feel like your face could use a serious sprucing up? As we get older, everything from blemishes and age spots to sun damage can affect the appearance of our skin. If you want to reinvigorate your skin and get radiant, healthy and younger-looking skin then it might be the perfect time to talk to our Delray Beach, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Brian Feinstein and Dr. Bridgit Nolan, about a MicroLaser Peel.
What is a MicroLaser peel?
This laser treatment provides the benefits of a peel with minimal discomfort and a much shorter recovery time. This procedure removes the outermost layers of the skin and the deepness of the MicroLaser peel can be customized based on your goals and the condition of your skin.
What problems can a MicroLaser peel address?
Most people turn to our Delray Beach skin doctor for this laser peel because they want to smooth away lines and wrinkles. Of course, since this rejuvenating treatment is designed to remove the outer layers of the skin, not only will wrinkles and lines be reduced but also hyperpigmentations, superficial scars, and keratoses (a benign skin growth) can be corrected with this simple cosmetic laser therapy.
Who is a good candidate for a MicroLaser Peel?
It’s important that you are realistic about your treatment goals when considering cosmetic dermatology. After all, while these treatments can provide incredible results they won’t be able to tackle all issues or provide the same results that other more aggressive treatment options such as a facelift can often.
However, if you want to revitalize your skin, look younger, and improve the firmness and tone of your skin then this might be the best option for you. This treatment can provide even better results than lighter chemical peels and microdermabrasion with a much shorter recovery time.
How often should these peels be performed?
Most patients choose to get these peels every 6 to 12 months, depending on the type and severity of their symptoms. Of course, this is something to discuss with our dermatologist when you come in for your consultation.
If you are interested in this skin rejuvenating treatment and want to find out if you are an ideal candidate, then call Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, FL, today at 1.888.357.DERM.
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!