Skin care tips for patients with dermatitis

Dermatitis - Charlotte, NC

Skin care in the winter Many patients who suffer with dermatitis must be a little more diligent with regard to basic skin care this time of the year. Using the summertime routine for skin care may not work so well when the humidity and temperatures drop. Without a change in your skin care, you can expect to deal with fine lines and wrinkles being more noticeable. Additionally, your dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed. We want to offer some tips to help manage your dry skin condition. Washing your face Something as simple as how you wash your face can make a big difference in your appearance. Consider the following tips from your Ballantyne dermatologist to help you keep your face looking healthy: Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser Wash your face with lukewarm water Use your fingertips to apply cleanser Resist the temptation to scrub your skin Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel Apply moisturizer to dry or itchy skin Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes Limit washing to twice a day or after sweating Use unscented skin care products The idea of pleasant smelling soaps and creams is…

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Avoiding allergic reaction to acne products

Acne - Charlotte, NC

Allergic reaction to acne products Sale of over the counter acne products total billions of dollars every year, and every year there are people who use a non-prescription acne product and develop a serious allergic reaction. Reports from the FDA state that these products contained either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, and that one of both of these acne-fighting ingredients may have caused the allergic reaction. It is also possible that other ingredients could have been a cause for the reaction. This is why it is important to visit a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment of your skin care issues. To protect your health, dermatologists recommend that you seek immediate medical care if your experience any of the following symptoms regardless of the type of product you are using: Difficulty breathing Tightness or swelling in your throat Lightheadedness or fainting Swollen eyes, face, lips, or tongue Hives or intense itching These symptoms can indicate that you are experiencing a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. When to see a dermatologist As we mentioned above, it is important, and you will find it helpful to see a dermatologist if you: Plan to use an over the counter acne product for the…

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The best winter skin care tips from your dermatologist

Dermatologist - Charlotte, NC

Winter tips from your Charlotte dermatologist A leading Charlotte dermatologist offers tips and treatments that can help your skin endure the assaults of harsh, cold winter weather, as well as the sometimes-harsher dry indoor air. There are simple steps that you can take to give your skin with the special care it needs during the winter season. We want to offer some helpful and effective tips for winter skin care that will help you look and feel your best, regardless of the weather: Avoid hot showers Skin care always begins first thing in the morning. A hot shower can be a relaxing way to warm you all over on a cold winter morning, but it also draws the natural oils out of your skin. This will dehydrate your skin, exposing it to potential damage caused by dry air. Take short showers with warm water and your skin will retain its natural oils for a supple and softer texture. Stay hydrated Make sure that you drink plenty of water during the winter. The tendency is to drink less water, but your body need lots of water to function properly. One of its major functions is to keep the skin hydrated. Water…

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Cosmetic dermatology for hands that show your age

Cosmetic Dermatology - Charlotte, NC

Cosmetic dermatology for hands Cosmetic dermatology is more than dealing with the signs of aging that occur on your face. Our face is our most obvious feature, making the first impression when it comes to age and vitality. However, for many of us have healthy and vibrant skin on our face, while our hands can really show our age. It is only natural that our face gets a great deal of special care because every morning we look in the mirror and can see the telltale signs of aging. Cosmetic procedures Our hands get a lot of sun exposure, absorbing a lot of UV damage. Nearly every day they are submerged or immersed in water and or chemicals. In the winter, they are exposed to frigid temperatures and drying wind. In addition to the daily wear and tear, the skin on the back of our hands tends to become thinner with age, making it more susceptible to wrinkling. The thinner translucent skin makes our hands less attractive because it usually reveals unsightly veins, and even the bones become more visible. The best Charlotte dermatologists offer several options for dealing with aging hands. Because we expose our hands to so much…

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Your options for successful skin cancer treatment

Skin Cancer - Charlotte, NC

Melanoma and other skin cancers A large segment of the population is at increased risk for Melanoma and skin cancer. In the U.S. alone, every year, more than 5 million people seek treatment for skin cancer. Although this sounds disheartening, the reality is that patients with skin cancer have several treatment options that carry extremely high cure rates. Your dermatologist determines the most appropriate treatment based upon several factors such as: Patient age Health condition Medication regimen Skin type Your dermatologist will perform a comprehensive skin and health evaluation, collecting many details before determining which treatment is best for your situation. The location of the skin cancer will also be a considerable factor for determining which option to choose. For example, a cancerous spot on a prominent part of your face may require a different approach than a spot on your back or hip. Skin Cancer Treatment Options Depending upon several factors, your dermatologist will most likely recommend one of three types of treatments for your skin cancer. Surgical excision Mohs surgery Radiation treatments All three procedures are highly effective, with radiation therapy serving as a non-surgical option for patients who are not good candidates for surgery. The type of…

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