Take an active role in treating your psoriasis

Psoriasis - Charlotte, NC

Understanding psoriasis Do you suffer with psoriasis? Most people do not realize that psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is actually caused by an overactive immune system. It is rather ironic that your immune system, which is intended to keep you healthy, can actually cause an illness. Scientists and doctors call this phenomenon an autoimmune response. This is when the immune system automatically launches an inflammatory response against your own body. A properly functioning immune system protects the body against any foreign bodies that might make you sick, such as bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. People with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, their immune system fights their body’s own tissues. Predominantly, their immune system attacks the skin and joints. Scientists are working hard to understand and identify the substance(s) inside the body that the immune system mistakes for antigens. The two sides of inflammation Inflammation plays an important role as one of the weapons used by the immune system to fight disease and infection. Specialized cells in the body spring into action to begin an inflammatory attack once they identify something as an invader. Inflammation causes the blood vessels to expand and send more immune cells to different parts of the body. Unfortunately,…

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Take a pass on parties for dermal fillers

Fillers - Charlotte, NC

Dermal filler and facial parties As we age, our skin loses its youthful fullness and dermal fillers can help to restore some of that lost fullness to the face, lips, and hands. This is the time of year that many people are invited to “Facial rejuvenation parties by Facebook friends through cosmetic companies. The idea revolves around someone hosting a gathering in their home where attendees can receive several treatment options, everything from botulinum toxin injections to various dermal fillers. They seek to take advantage of our natural desire to keep youthful and vibrant skin. There is nothing wrong with keeping your skin looking its best, and fillers are popular for good reasons. Dermal fillers are also an excellent option for patients that want or need to return to everyday activities immediately after injection of fillers. If dermal fillers are right for you However, if you decide that fillers are right for you, it is important to understand that injecting a filler is a medical procedure. Choosing the right professional for the job is always important. For example, if you hire a company to completely tear out and rebuild your kitchen, you want the professionals with the most experience and…

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Charlotte Dermatologist advises a change in skin care routine

Dermatologist - Charlotte, NC

Change your routine with your clothing Even if you do not have any skin conditions or issues, you should be aware that your skin care routine needs to change with the weather. Everyone understands changing the way we dress in the winter months. Away with the short sleeves and out with the sweaters. It is just as important to understand that skin care and cleansing need to change when our skin is exposed to harsher weather elements. This is typically the time of the year when the humidity drops. Exposing our skin to dry air and gusts of wind can cause fine lines and wrinkles to become more noticeable. Beyond its appearance, dry skin can itch, crack, and bleed in severe cases. Making appropriate changes in your skin care routine can help prevent or heal dry skin. Changing your cleansing routine When the humidity is low and you are susceptible to dry skin you must make sure that your cleansing routine helps your skin to retain moisture. The changes are amazingly simple. For example, when washing or showering, close the bathroom door to maintain maximum moisture in the air as you bathe. Cold winter mornings are so tempting for long…

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Cosmetic dermatology guidelines for choosing anti-aging products

Cosmetic Dermatology - Charlotte, NC

Dermatologists share their insider tips Dermatologists utilize many kinds of treatments to aid in the restoration of the skin and the reduction of wrinkles. Depending upon your skin condition and your ultimate goals, dermatologists can offer dramatic results in as few as 3 or 4 days with Botox therapy, or if you are looking for a more subtle approach to anti-aging, you should consider a doctor recommended wrinkle cream or serum. The top dermatologists in Charlotte offer a complete line of anti-aging skin care products that are highly effective. Over the counter products For those who prefer to choose a skin care product from your favorite cosmetics line, we would like to offer some handy tips to help you safely through the process. The first thing to remember is that shopping for an over-the-counter skin care product can be a hit-and-miss experience. There are so many choices; it can be difficult to know which products to choose. Our goal is to help you shop with confidence. Sunscreen and moisturizer Sunscreens and moisturizers are the two most-effective anti-aging products you can buy over the counter. This is the foundation of skin care and can make a noticeable difference in care for…

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Safe and effective laser hair removal

 Laser hair removal Individuals who are tired of shaving, plucking, or waxing unwanted hair, or dealing with razor bumps often consider laser hair removal as an excellent alternative. Although the process sounds rather simple and non-invasive, it is not an overnight miracle process. Removing the unwanted hair usually requires a few visits to the dermatologist office. After somewhere between 6 to 8 visits, most patients are free of unwanted hair for several months. Unfortunately, as happens throughout the health care world, marketers and manufacturers will attempt to bring the results of physician office procedures home to the consumer for a much cheaper price. The negative results from these home care treatments are never mentioned prominently. Avoiding websites and publications that profit from selling the devices, if one were to read the reviews from consumer advocate publications, you will discover a long list of consumers who are unhappy with the results and/ or the reliability of these devices. In addition, some medispas mislead consumers into thinking that laser hair removal treatments lead to permanent hair loss. Living with excessive hair growth The cause of excessive hair growth varies, but for those who consider it unwanted, the only thing that matters is having it removed…

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