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How to get rid of dandruff for good

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 

 


How to get rid of dandruff for good

 

Dandruff is an issue that impacts many people, with effects ranging from discomfort to lowered self-esteem and embarrassment. Dandruff is typically characterized by an itchy, flaky scalp and the appearance of white flakes, which can especially make it more difficult to wear darker clothes. Fortunately, there are ways of stopping dandruff, helping you live your life without worrying about flakes coming from your hair.

The most common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, which is a rash that can happen during both childhood and adulthood. While it is commonly thought that this comes from a dry scalp, that is not the case. It actually is caused by an overreaction to the yeast that is found on the skin, which can cause certain oils to overproduce, causing irritation and the creation of the white flakes.

Though this is the most common cause, it’s not the only possible reason you are experiencing dandruff. Illnesses and other dermatological conditions can also be at fault, as well as everyday things such as stress, hair products, or diet. For these reasons, it is beneficial for those suffering from dandruff to make an appointment to see a skin care specialist to get to the root of the problem.

While your Frisco dermatologist will recommend specific dandruff treatment based on your individual condition, there are a few common remedies. The first is dandruff shampoo, which can help exfoliate, decrease inflammation, or decrease certain types of bacteria and yeast on the scalp. The easiest way to figure out what will help certain symptoms is by reading the labels to search out which ingredients are active in the shampoo. Talk to your dermatologist to determine which ingredients you should be looking for when shopping.

Over the counter medications often help, there are times when a prescription medication is needed to help combat dandruff. One example is a topical steroid solution, such as hydrocortisone, which can decrease scalp inflammation to fight dandruff. Other simple remedies include tea tree oil which can help unclog pores to reduce itchiness and oil. Another possible solution is apple cider vinegar, which can help to diminish the irritation on the skin.

One important note is that many people feel like they should shampoo less often when they have dandruff, but this is not a recommended strategy. Since dandruff is an overproduction of oil, shampooing daily can dry your hair and clear the oil. It can also help to brush your hair a few times per day, which can help distribute the oils.

At Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, we know your skin the best, with comprehensive dermatology services for patients of all ages. If you are suffering from dandruff, contact us or book an appointment right through our website for one of our three locations. Dandruff is not a permanent condition, and there are ways we can help. Let us help you feel confident again that dandruff will not be in control.

 

Is your birthmark a skin care concern?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Is Your Birthmark a Concern?

Birthmarks come in all forms, with different colors and locations on the skin. Most birthmarks are completely normal, and any concerns are caused by psychological distress that can come from birthmarks in visible areas. However, if you are concerned about one, it can make sense to find a dermatologist in Frisco who can check your birthmark and see if there are any internal conditions associated with it.

There are some situations where a birthmark can cause more concern than normal. One such situation could be port white stains near the eye or on your eyelids, which could lead to a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Hemangiomas can sometimes form on the surface of the skin, and they are a vascular birthmark which can look like a large, red mole. These types of birthmarks are rare, but they do happen.

Often, all that is needed for diagnosis of concerning birthmarks is an examination by a trained dermatologist, who can help determine any concerns based on the appearance. A biopsy can also be performed to identify birthmarks, especially if they are internal. In some cases, additional testing may be required to make sure that the mark isn’t a symptom of a larger issue. Your dermatologist will be able to help determine what course of action, if any, should be taken.

While birthmarks often go away on their own or do not need additional treatment, there are options if something needs to be done. One option is birthmark removal, especially for children who have not yet reached school age, or for those with larger moles or hemangiomas. Depending on the issue and location of the birthmark, other treatment options include topical or oral medication, or rarely, steroid injections which would shrink the birthmark.

After treatment, most birthmarks do not require much in the way of aftercare. If a birthmark has been surgically removed, the patient should be sure keep the area clean, changing bandages regularly.

When looking at your birthmarks, if there is any concern at all, do not try to self-diagnosis your issue, as it can be a complex case. Come meet with a dermatologist who will understand and be able to diagnose any concerns, as well as recommending what treatment options should be undertaken, if any. Do not spend time stressing out about, but talk to a qualified professional about any concerns that you may have.

With locations in Frisco, Denton, and Carrollton, Dermatology Consultants is here to treat your skin care needs! Let our staff of trained doctors help keep you healthy for the long run. We are truly dedicated to the needs of our patients, providing care in comfortable environments. Give us a call or stop by the office today to let us of any needs or concerns you may have about yourself or your family.

 

Why Cold Weather Messes with Your Skin

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 


Cold Weather & Skin Aggravation 

It’s no secret that when the temperature drops, your skin can take a beating! Many people notice that during the fall and winter season, their skin can get tight, itchy, and prone to painful cracking. While people notice the difference, what is it about the cold weather that messes with your skin? It turns out there are a few reasons.

One reason is simply the harshness of the weather. Many people assume that the summer sun is worse on your skin (and they do carry their own risks), but often there is not enough time spent outside to cause major problems. However, the cold temperatures, high winds, and rain or snow of the winter are very tough on dry skin. The cold temperature can create problems or exacerbate existing problems, causing many to need a skin care specialist to help.

Another major factor is not the cold weather itself, but the central heating that most people use to combat the cold. The heat is often running in the house, care, and office, with the hot air making dry skin even worse. Additionally, the large temperature changes that are often experienced during winter increase damage to the skin.

In addition to the central heating, many people turn to a hot shower to warm up when the weather is cold. However, hot water can strip away the natural oils of the skin, leading to an increased feeling of dryness. Naturally, dry skin will already be struggling to maintain these oils, so the high heat from water simply makes the problem worse. To treat dry skin, try to take showers that are comfortably warm rather than scalding hot. Also, do your best to cut down on shower time, as the longer you stand in the water, the more it will impact your skin.

The winter season is known for being cold and flu season, which is why many people take special care to wash their hands more frequently than normal. While this is a good thing, it can also lead to dried and cracked hands, both from the hot water that people use, as well as from the soaps. Both can strip away skin oils, leaving a raw feeling that is painful, especially when irritated.

Many people who experience acne may also find that it flares up during the cold weather. Mild UV exposure can help to clear acne and help your skin be healthier, which is one benefit of the warmer, sunnier weather. Those getting fewer UV rays in the winter may find it necessary to look for acne treatment in Carrollton, TX, helping combat the cold weather.

If you are looking for a Carrollton dermatologist, contact us at Dermatology Consultants today! We provide comprehensive dermatology care for all of our patients, treating patients of all ages. Our team has been trained at some of the best schools and facilities in the country and is determined to provide our patients with the best possible care.

 

How Precision Dermatology Can Help with Hair Loss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 


Treating Hair Loss with Precision Dermatology!

Hair loss, or alopecia, is something that impacts many people, both male and female. Alopecia can cause either partial or full loss of hair, both with and without scarring. Hair loss can cause a lot of stress, especially when it is happening to a female, taking a physiological toll that can seep into all aspects of a person’s life. It can lead to a loss of confidence and self-esteem which has wide-ranging impacts on everyday life.

Fortunately, there are ways of treating hair loss, which is why it is so important to come see your Frisco dermatologist at the first sign of any symptoms. At Precision Dermatology, we start with a physical exam as well as learning about your history, which can help us understand what might be causing this issue. There are many common causes of hair loss, which can range from genetic causes to being induced by stress.

After the physical exam and patient history, we have different combinations of lab tests, as well as a possible biopsy of the scalp, which will help narrow down the specific cause of the hair loss. Once we have the full range of information, we are better able to properly diagnose the cause, which will help us determine correct treatment options that can help in your situation.

Some options include topical medication, prescription medications, or even hair transplantation, with specific options depending on the cause and severity of the condition. Treating hair loss is not something that can be self-diagnosed, but requires the care of a trained, professional dermatologist with experience in skin care and hair loss.

A major reason it is important to see your dermatologist as quickly as possible is that some types of hair loss or reversible, while others are permanent, or can become permanent. The earlier we are able to diagnose and confirm the cause, the better the long-term outlook will be. Our doctors at Precision Dermatology are specially trained to give you the best medical care that you can receive.

If you are looking for hair loss treatment in Frisco, contact Precision Dermatology today. We offer experienced, professional care that puts the needs of our patients first. We know how important skin care is, especially when you are suffering from a condition such as hair loss. Recognizing that all of our patients have different needs and personalities, we treat everyone on an individual basis, working with you for the best long-term health and treatment.

Give us a call or stop by one of our locations to let us help you. Don’t let hair loss take control of your life, but learn your treatment options!

 


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