Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  January 2016

Office News

Extended Hours:  Extended hours to 5 pm  Monday-Thursday for students and teachers follow up appointments with our physician assistants.

Same Day Appointments: Same day appointments available with Lauren Wilson, PA-C and Shawne Caputo, PA-C!  Please take advantage of this limited opportunity

New No Show Policy:  We have implemented a no show or late cancellation policy.  Please review this policy and cancel your appointment at least 24 hours prior to the appointment to avoid fees.

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Treat that special someone to a gift certificate for a cosmetic service of their choice.  DSC offers gift cards for any cosmetic service we offer.  A great way to let your love one choose the treatment of their choice!!  Gift cards come with a complimentary skin care analysis by our esthetician!

New Procedures: 

  • Vanquish ME:  The New Year Brings New Procedures to DSC! Vanquish ME removes abdominal fat more efficiently. See our Monthly Cosmetic Promotions for a special offer on Vanquish ME.
  • Halo:  Coming In March – Halo by Sciton.  Ablative like results with minimal downtime.

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Caring for your child’s eczema

You can take great care of your skin and stay within budget. All it takes is a little knowhow, which you’ll find in this month’s featured video.



Most children’s eczema does not have a clear cause, such as an allergy, but most eczema will improve with good skin care. These tips from dermatologists can reduce the severity and frequency of your child’s flare-ups.

Bathing tipsEczema- DSCMD- Ballantyne Dermatologist

  • Bathe your child in warm — not hot — water.
  • Limit your child’s time in the bath to 5 or 10 minutes.
  • Use cleanser only when needed and make sure the cleanser is mild and fragrance-free. Do not use bubble bath.
  • If your child’s eczema is frequently infected, twice-weekly bleach baths may be beneficial.
  • After bathing, gently pat your child’s skin partially dry.
  • If your child has medicine that you apply to the skin, apply medicine when your child’s skin is almost dry and use the medicine as directed.
  • Apply moisturizer on top of the medicine and to the rest of your child’s skin.

Tips for choosing a moisturizer

  • When selecting a moisturizer, consider choosing a thick cream or ointment.
  • Ceramide based products help the skin hold hydration in better
  • Moisturizers with ceramides and lipids hold hydration in best.  We carry Avene Xeracalm from France in our office, which also has these ingredients.  Prescription agents are also available.

Tips to ease discomfort

  • For best results, apply moisturizer at least twice a day. This prevents dryness and cracking. It also can decrease the need for eczema medications.
  • Keep your child’s fingernails short and smooth. Putting cotton gloves on your child’s hands at night may help prevent scratching during sleep.
  • Keep temperature and humidity levels comfortable.

Clothes-washing tips

  • Using a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin may be beneficial.
  • Only use the recommended amount of detergent.
  • Use enough water for adequate rinsing.
  • Buy clothes without tags because tags can rub against the skin, causing irritation.
  • Wash your child’s new clothes before wearing.

Good skin care is a key part of gaining control of your child’s eczema. If skin care has not been a regular part of your child’s treatment, you should make an appointment for your child to see a dermatologist.

  • Are the shots that treat hay fever and other allergies useful?
  • Allergy shots have not proven helpful for AD. Shots may even make AD worse.
  • Before trying allergy shots, be sure to talk with a dermatologist.



What dermatologists tell their patients

January is here and surely cooler months are ahead.  A few changes can be especially helpful if you have a painful skin condition or easily irritated skin. If you need help with your skin care, make an appointment to talk with your dermatologist.

You’ll also find many skin care tips that dermatologists give their patients below:


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