Understanding the difference between chemical peel and exfoliation

Chemical Peel - Charlotte, NC

Chemical peel for a fresh new look Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat a number of skin conditions such as adult acne and conditions that discolor the skin. Additionally, a dermatologist can use varying levels of chemical peels to diminish many signs of aging on the face, hands, neck, and chest. A chemical peel is exactly what it sounds like; it is a process by which dermatologists use safe and effective chemicals to peel signs of aging from your skin. Unfortunately, TV advertising for some exfoliating products can lead people to believe that exfoliating and chemical peels are the same. Exfoliation is not a chemical peel To be clear, exfoliation is good for your skin. In fact, healthy skin undergoes a natural process in which epidermal cells are shed daily. The process is so efficient that for people with health skin, the uppermost layer of skin cells is completely replaced every month without notice. Sometimes illness and/or environmental factors can dictate that individuals exfoliate periodically. The most common form of exfoliation involves mechanically removing skin cells with a buff puff, loofa, or washcloth. There are also products on the market that contain sugar or salt crystals and other potentially abrasive…

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Understanding dermatitis takes a bit of detective work

Dermatitis - Charlotte, NC

Diagnosing contact dermatitis To put it in the simplest terms, contact dermatitis is an inflammatory reaction of the skin when it is exposed to either an irritant or an allergen. A common misconception is that the irritant or allergen must be a chemical or substance that is highly reactive. However, cases of contact dermatitis are usually linked to substances that are harmless to the vast majority of people, even water. “Eczema” and “dermatitis” are often used synonymously. Contact dermatitis is commonly recognized on the skin as a rash of tiny blisters that are sometimes moist and oozing, or it can appear as dry, inflamed, reddened skin. It is important that you consult with a dermatologist if you suspect that you might have contact dermatitis. The first step toward treatment is understanding whether an allergen or an irritant is affecting you. The following are some of the most common substances: Bath soaps Shampoos Eye shadow and mascara Make-up Antiperspirants Hair styling chemicals Allergic contact dermatitis Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when you have a reaction to something that comes in contact with your skin. In most cases, signs and symptoms will rarely appear on contact. It can take anywhere from a few…

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Fotofacial treatment for smoother, vibrant skin

Fotofacial - Charlotte, NC

The benefits of Fotofacial treatment Fotofacial treatments is an innovative and effective way to revitalize your face without resorting to invasive procedures that require downtime. Your friends and family will be amazed and full of compliments once your skin and face is rejuvenated and appealing. Fotofacial, or Broadband light therapy is an advanced technology that allows dermatologists to revitalize their patients’ faces and skin without the need for surgery. Our skin consists of three layers, and as we age, the top layers lose their cohesiveness, and elasticity. Even the bottom layer begins to detach from the supporting muscles beneath the skin. Gradually for some, and more quickly for others, our skin wrinkles and develops pigment issues. Fortunately, dermatologists have a number of therapies and procedures to treat these skin issues. How it is used Fotofacial treatments uses heat and intense light energy to pulse gently on the skin. The light and energy targets problem areas on the face, neck, back, chest, and hands. The treatments stimulate the production of your own collagen, and encourages the growth of new cells in the upper layer of skin, restoring some of its strength and elasticity. A skillful dermatologist can tell you if you…

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Charlotte dermatologist has solutions for aging skin around the eyes

Dermatologist - Charlotte, NC

Aging skin around the eyes Your Charlotte dermatologist has effective solutions when signs of aging begin to emerge is around your eyes. Every year, millions of people spend countless dollars in drug stores, hoping to find creams or cosmetics in an effort to conceal problems around the eyes. Dermatologist can prescribe and recommend the most effective products because they understand the physiological causes behind the thinning skin, dark circles, and puffiness that can be so characteristic of aging skin around the eyes. Factors for aging skin Skin texture, thickness, and function changes based upon its role on your body. For example, the skin on knees and elbows is intended to deal with different stresses and exposures than skin around the eyes and on the face. The skin surrounding your eyes is unique and can be a little more delicate. As a result, the skin around your eyes is a little more sensitive to developing fine lines from years of laughing, facial expressions, and squinting. Those fine lines can eventually turn into wrinkles. Because of the physical characteristics of the skin around your eyes, it is especially vulnerable to unsightly age-related changes such as dark circles, and swelling under or around…

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Cloudy days and cold weather still present risk for skin cancer

Skin Cancer - Charlotte, NC

Increased risk for skin cancer As the day get shorter and winter draws near, the natural tendency is to let your guard down when it comes to protecting your skin from skin cancer. We think of summertime as fun in the sun, but a significant percentage of the population that see winter as a wonderful time for outdoor adventure. Many will trade in their water skis to hit the slopes; others simply enjoy a regular walk in the brisk winter air. The bottom line is that winter outdoor enthusiasts spend almost as much time outdoors as their summer counterparts, and they must be careful because you are at risk for skin cancer in the winter too. We cannot forget that our skin never takes a day off. Whatever environment you occupy, whether you are sitting at home looking out a window, or hanging off a mountainside, your skin provides non-stop protection from the elements. During the winter, the focus can naturally shift to protecting the skin from frostbite and windburn. However, people often fail to realize that the sun’s Ultra-Violet rays can be just as damaging on a snowy day as they are on the beach. It is important to…

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