Acne scars can be healed for better looking skin

Learn how laser treats acne from your Ballantyne Dermatologist

Acne can leave scars Acne breakouts can cause inflammation in the pores and follicles of skin. In severe cases, this inflammation destroys the collagen in your skin, leaving behind irregularities or scars which can be healed or at least minimized. Acne infections can also leave behind hyperpigmentation, which is recognized as brown or red dark spots that embed in the skin. To go away on their own could take months or even years. However, the clearing of these dark spots can be expedited with the right regimen or medical cosmetic treatment. Treat skin when it is clear Once your dermatologist has cleared up your acne breakout, she or he will develop a plan to target individual scars and address how to minimize the appearance of dark spots and divots. Board-certified dermatologists recommend the following the methods that they most often prescribe to their patients: Retinol to treat discoloration Topical retinoids are ideal for combating active acne, and they can also help to fade any dark marks left behind by the acne. In addition, retinoids stimulates collagen production to help fill in some of the depressed scars. Apply a prescription-strength topical retinoid according to your dermatologist’s instructions. Chemical Peels Chemical peels…

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Dermatologist provides effective treatment for hyperhidrosis

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Dermatologists treat hyperhydrosis Dermatologists are specially trained to treat patients with hyperhydrosis. Imagine any stressful situation… perhaps you are being interviewed for a new job, you are keynote speaker at a convention, or maybe you have been invited to sing the National Anthem. Remember the phrase, “Never let them see you sweat.” Most people can pull it off… unless you suffer with hyperhydrosis. Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating, to the point that it affects your appearance. Patients with hyperhydrosis experience extreme sweating in areas such as under the arms, on the palms of the hands, and on the soles of the feet. You will recognize them in any crowd because of their constantly needing to wipe their hands on their pants or try to conceal the enlarged damp circles under their arms. Living with hyperhydrosis Excessive sweating in the form of hyperhydrosis is a problem that affects many people. Though excessive sweating can be a symptom of certain medical conditions, primary hyperhidrosis occurs in the absence of a specific medical problem. Excessive sweating is not only embarrassing and unsightly, it nearly always has a negative impact on social interactions and diminishes self-confidence. Treatments for hyperhidrosis There are many effective treatments for…

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Skin cancer signs and symptoms of melanoma

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Skin cancer that is most aggressive Skin cancer is treated with a high rate of success when detected early. This discussion centers around melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer. Melanoma affects approximately 5% of all people diagnosed with skin cancer. Do not let the numbers mislead you, it is also the leading cause of all skin cancer deaths. Risk factors for melanoma Risk factors for melanoma include: A history of excessive sun exposure People with fair skin A family history of melanoma However, those without risk factors should be just as vigilant in looking for the signs and symptoms of melanoma and should contact their doctor or dermatologist if they discover anything abnormal on their skin. Melanoma, as with other forms of skin cancer, is most treatable when detected early. Moles or spots on the skin should be self-examined once a month. Look for any changes in the existing areas, but also be on the lookout for new moles. Signs and symptoms of melanoma A melanoma may begin as a change in an existing mole, or it could be discovered as a new spot on the skin. It does not matter how long you have had a mole,…

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Dermatologists explain year-round skin care

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Dermatologists recommended skin care Dermatologists constantly remind their patients about the importance of changing their skincare regimen with the seasons. Most people are more keenly aware of their skin condition when they wear less clothing in the summer, but we need to pay attention year-round to keep their skin healthy. We recommend that you consider the following strategies to keep your skin healthy in every season. Spring skin care The goal for Spring is to help your skin recuperate from the harsh winter season, and prepare it for spending more time outdoors. Here are a few Spring-time tips: Add the oncoming fresh fruits and veggies into your diet. You will naturally absorb nutrients that keep your skin healthy. For example, berries and green-leafy vegetables are high in vitamin C, which can help you achieve glowing skin. Vitamin A, another nutrient that benefits both your skin and your eyes, can be found in salmon, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe. Because the Spring is a time of changing weather, wear layers to warm up or cool down. Carry gloves with you to protect your hands during cooler days. Summer demands on skin Summer is when we spend the most time outside, and the…

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Cosmetic dermatology advice regarding important vitamins for skin and hair

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Cosmetic dermatology goals Cosmetic dermatology centers around aesthetic appeal of the skin, hair, nails, lips and mouth. Good skincare begins with proper nutrition. Sun protection is the prime objective for anti-aging strategy, but your skin also needs the right nutrients to stay healthy and young looking. Knowing which vitamin provides specific benefits; will help you understand what you should or need to focus on. Consider our short list of the best vitamins you should be giving your skin. Vitamin A Functions as an antioxidant; and can be found in foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and cantaloupe. Retinoid is a type of A vitamin; and can be found in beef, eggs, and dairy products. Creams containing derivatives of vitamin A are effective for treating wrinkles. Vitamin C Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and is vital for the overall health of your skin. Vitamin C is absorbed by eating citrus fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, and many other greens. Vitamin C helps create collagen, a type of connective tissue that keeps our skin firm. Vitamin E Another antioxidant, vitamin E, can make your skin beautiful because it is an oil-soluble vitamin that protects the skin from free radical damage…

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