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How to Take Care of Your Skin After a Vacation?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're going on vacation. you might not want to have to think about your skin care in general. However, lots of people will develop skin problems of some kind while they're traveling. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent some of these skin conditions. The Frisco dermatology center will be able to help the patients who develop skin conditions on their vacations. 

Sunburns

You should always take sunburns seriously. A sunburn literally signals DNA damage, even if it doesn't look serious. Your skin might be more damaged if it's blistered or peeling, but red and pink sunburned skin still needs to be treated. If you get a sunburn every couple of years, your chances of developing melanomas will triple.

It's important to wear sunscreen whenever you go outside during the day, even if it doesn't look particularly sunny outside. The sun might be particularly strong in certain areas. You might want to visit organizations like the dermatology center of Frisco after a particularly severe sunburn, giving doctors the chance to monitor this area of permanently damaged skin.

People who wear sunscreen frequently will be able to maintain youthful skin for a longer period of time, since ultraviolet radiation contributes so strongly to the process of skin aging. Wearing sunscreen needs to be part of your normal skin care routine, and this is certainly true when you're on vacation.

Dry Skin

People might be traveling to climates that have low humidity levels. The air on planes is famous for being dry. This can dry out a person's skin. People who are prone to dry skin in the first place might have a lot of issues with this.

Using an effective moisturizer can help to prevent a lot of these issues. Some people will start to experience acne breakouts as a result of their dry skin, which can only introduce additional issues. Using a good moisturizer might help you ward off an acne breakout. However, you might experience acne for other reasons.

Acne

People will get acne for a wide range of different reasons. Some of the food that you might consume on vacation will cause your skin to break out. Your skin might break out if you don't moisturize it well enough while you're on vacation. There is some evidence that there's a connection between acne breakouts and the consumption of alcohol, and people tend to drink more when they're on vacation.

Obviously, you'll still want to enjoy yourself when you're on vacation, and you won't want to limit your diet too much in order to prevent acne breakouts. Moisturizing and cleaning your skin regularly might make a difference in preventing some breakouts. If you're having consistent acne problems after a vacation, the Frisco dermatology center might be able to help you find a solution.

Tired-Looking Skin

Lots of people won't get enough sleep on their vacations. You will also probably have to adjust to different time zones during these vacations. Moisturizing your skin can help to keep it from looking dehydrated and dull. However, resuming your normal sleep cycle can also make a difference in that regard. You can also contact the dermatology center of Frisco in order to get some help with this process.

 

Is Acne the Number One Reason Why People See a Dermatologist?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

There are many reasons people opt to see a dermatologist. Common among them is to get treatment for acne. Affecting about 50 million people in America, acne can contribute to pronounced feelings of self-consciousness along with considerable physical discomfort. Although a majority of people use over-the-counter treatments and home remedies for acne, there are times when it's necessary to see a dermatologist in Frisco to get a more tailored and effective treatment regimen.

Acne includes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and cysts that usually form due to an over-production of oil (sebum) in the skin resulting in clogged pores. It occurs mostly in puberty but usually declines once a person reaches adulthood, although more and more people are experiencing acne long into their adult years. Dermatology Consultants of Frisco offers an array of advanced acne treatments and products to improve acne-prone skin including prescription creams and gels, oral medication, chemical peels, and laser therapy. Our qualified dermatologists will diagnose your specific type of acne and develop a treatment plan that will help minimize the visual appearance of acne scarring.

The appropriate treatment for acne depends on the severity. Topical acne medications can be used to treat mild to moderate acne. Oral therapies like antibiotics, birth control, or isotretinoin can also be prescribed for deeper acne spots and hormonal breakouts.

Laser/light treatments

these treatments can be recommended for patients who are dissatisfied with acne medications and need alternative treatment options. Laser acne therapy with the fractional laser uses the newest and most advanced fractional radio-frequency technology to treat acne breakouts. The procedure reaches deep to remove the problematic layers of the skin leaving the surrounding skin undisturbed and better able to participate in the healing process. Patients can achieve desired results with minimal discomfort and downtime.

For severe cases, the acne treatment is a highly effective alternative treatment approach for acne patients of any age or skin type. Without touching the skin, the gentle laser light procedure targets the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria in the sebaceous gland as well as the surrounding skin to eliminate the bacteria, destroy overly active oil glands and help reduce any swelling or inflammation. It doesn't require anesthesia and results in immediate relief of acne discomfort such as pain and pressure in acne lesions.

Besides laser therapy, a chemical peel also known as medical grade peel targets your specific concerns and penetrates deep into the skin to remove dirt and bacteria, addressing the underlying issues that cause acne. Dermatology Consultants of Frisco offer many other acne treatment options like acne facials, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), Accutane, Dermal– Infusion System among others.

These treatments methods may be prescribed alone or in combination, so it's advisable to have a consultation with an expert to discuss the best treatment options for your condition. Based on your individual needs, we'll formulate a custom acne treatment plan to help you achieve healthier skin.

Ultimately, if you feel like your acne is severely impacting your life, or if it happens to be a chronic issue you can't control on your own, don't try to manage by yourself. The experts at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco are specially trained to treat skin conditions and can help address your acne no matter how severe. We'll also recommend a daily skin care routine to help you achieve a younger, healthier and more vibrant appearance. Contact us today at 972-335-2727 to schedule your consultation.

 

How to Protect Your Skin at the Beach

Thursday, August 16, 2018

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pack your beach bag essentials

First things first your beach bag should have the following essentials;

Water – Drinking plenty of water helps to repair your entire body with the skin included. Always keep a bottle on hand whenever you are in the beach.

Healthy snacks – Relaxing on some fruits and vegetables helps to refuel your body with nutrients that not only repair your skin but also keep it hydrated.

Sunscreen – Sunscreen not only protects your skin from development and extension of wrinkles and fine lines but also from serious sun damage.

Moisturizer – Moisturizers help to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Apply it in the mornings and evenings as well as every time you come in from the sun.

Lip balm – Your lips are also defenseless against the sun. Always carry a lip balm with you even around the beach, especially one that contains SPF (Sun Protection Factor), to protect your lips.

Sun protective clothing – Thanks to technology, you can now find clothing that has SPF protection included in the fabric that you can buy for extra protection for your skin.

Floppy hat – Your scalp is part of your skin and it needs protection as well especially since a lot of people avoid sunscreen on their hair. Floppy hats are very helpful, especially ones with wider rims which offer extra protection to your face and shoulders as well.

Sunglasses – To protect your eyes as well as the skin around your eyes, sunglasses come in handy especially when you are in the direct sunlight.

Reapply, reapply and reapply

Smearing yourself thickly with sunscreen is not enough, constant reapplication is also important. It is recommended to reapply sunscreen after every two hours while in the sun as well as every time you get out of the water and use a towel. Stock your beach bag with enough sunscreen to make it easily accessible while you enjoy yourself.

Always seek the protection of the shade

While basking can be relaxing especially after the long winter months, sunscreen alone cannot give you enough protection from the sun's rays. Seeking the protection of the shade can be helpful especially in the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak. Therefore, stick an umbrella into the sand and lay in the shade for some time.

Always be prepared for a sunburn

Even the most attentive sunscreen users can have an unlucky accident. If you are having the time of your life at the beach and you spot a sunburn, take the following measures;

  • Head indoors to avoid exposing your skin to any more sun rays.
  • Cool things down by taking a cold bath or shower or apply cold compressors to help relieve the pain.
  • Apply moisturizer after the shower.
  • You can also apply aloe vera on the affected skin as it provides a soothing relief.
  • Lastly, put on loose clothes to reduce or avoid uncomfortable rubbing on the sunbathed skin.

 

For more expert skin care advice, contact Dermatology Consultants of Frisco. We offer all-inclusive dermatology services for patients of all ages, including general, surgical, pediatric and cosmetic. Our expert team of dermatologists is not only qualified but also experienced in giving quality skin care in a warm and comfortable environment.

 

Most Common Questions About Skin Cancer

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 100,000 individual sexes, 28.1 and 17.8 males and females respectively are affected by Skin Cancer as at January 2018. The statistics further indicate that the White race prevalence is disproportionately high at a figure of 25.1/100,000. Further, the risks gradually increase with age and also the environment, i.e., the east coast, and northern mid-country.

This revelation should not get you scared but inspire you to be alert by leading a healthy lifestyle. The first steps are to get answers for the most common questions that other people, patients or non-patients alike ask themselves. These concerns are;

 

What are the Causal Factors for Skin Cancer?

The cancerous cells grow when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiations. This, in turn, damages the DNA of the skin cells leading to uncontrolled growth and cell division. The genes that UV light destroys are the oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. The former helps cells to grow, stay alive and divide as the latter is regulates the lifespan of a cell.

Additionally, the American Cancer Society points out that there are also genetic risk factors that are inherited on bloodlines. No study has explained this phenomenon.

What are the Types of Skin Cancers?

Basal cell carcinoma: With over a million patients, it is the most common in the USA. It affects the areas directly exposed to the UV such as nose, ears, scalp, etc. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body but it is vicious to the affected parts.

Squamous cell carcinoma: It is the second most common type. It affects the top skin layer before spreading to other parts. Mostly it is a result of long-term exposure to UV radiation.

Melanoma: It mainly affects young adults in the late 20s and therefore the least common. It develops in the cells and transported to other body parts through lymph nodes. It has a high rate of cures in the early stages and difficult to control in advanced stages.

What are the Red Flags for Skin Cancer?

Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinomas signs;

  • Yellow, pale, firm or flat scar-like skin patches.
  • Itchy and raised reddish spots.
  • Colored skin bumps.
  • Pinky growths with lower midpoints and raised edges.
  • Perpetual skin sores with occasional oozing.
  • Crusty, bleeding and scaly skin patches.
  • Wart-like growths

Melanoma;

  • New and changing skin spots
  • Changing skin sensation

What are the Treatment Options?

Non-melanoma cancers are easy to treat. The key to success lies in whether the attack has spread to the lymph nodes. In such a case, radiation and chemotherapy can be applied.

In most cases, the surgical methods are used to remove the cells depending on factors such to be determined by the dermatologist. These methods are

  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Standard excision
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer?

  • Select water-resistant sun protectors at the beach or open-air pool.
  • Use broad-spectrum sunscreens for UVB and UVA radiation.
  • Use sunscreens at two-hour intervals.
  • Resist the urge for a tanning bed.
  • Apply lip balm.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Shop for UV resistant clothing.
  • Avoid suns exposure between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Visit the dermatologist often.
  • Eat Healthily.

Getting the Help that you Need from Dermatologists

DERMATOLOGY CONSULTANTS of Frisco TX offer world-class skin cancer care. You can practice the healthy lifestyle and also seek personalized attention from the doctors. The advantage of their specialty is that the dermatologists get to know your skin and, therefore, be in a better position to diagnose or offer appropriate advice.

 

What to Look Out for While Camping

Monday, August 06, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camping in the wild outdoors can be great family fun. Crackling campfires, inspiring nature walks, swimming at the beach, adventurous hikes on dusty, rugged trails, fun outdoor games, basking in the sunshine and the very best grilled foods - these are some of the family's best memories. But along with these enjoyable festivities, spending time with nature can also produce some very special hazards.

The Dangers

Here are some of the potential dangers to be aware of when camping:

Ultraviolet Light Exposure

There are three basic types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. The most common cause of all three is extended exposure to ultraviolet light, such as found in direct sunlight.

Camping can be fun, but it's important to monitor how much time is spent in the sun. Long sleeves, pants, gloves, and wide-brimmed hats all provide protection from direct sunlight. Finding locations to relax in the shade of trees or under an umbrella can keep that outdoor experience without the hazard of direct UV sunlight. A good, high-protection sunblock is also very helpful for reducing the effects of the sun’s rays if applied directly and often.

A potential problem can manifest itself through changes to a mole or other patches of skin. Differences in color, size or texture may be a warning sign and require immediate attention.

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Two of the most troublesome hazards found in the wild are poison oak and poison ivy. Exposure to either of these vining plants can produce painful sores, incessant itching, and overall general discomfort.

A good plan for avoiding these when camping is to study the appearance of each, along with how they grow and where they are commonly found. Avoid walking through clusters of unknown grasses, brush, or rubbing against trees with foliage attached. Learn to identify the two plants by their leaves and vines, and note any occurrences to share with the other campers.

Any suspected outbreak should be immediately diagnosed and treated by a dermatological professional before it has a chance to spread.

Ringworm

Despite its name, ringworm is not a worm but instead a fungus. It can be contracted nearly anywhere in the wild and is identified by its typical circular pattern of rash. A suspected ringworm infliction should be treated by a professional dermatologist as soon as possible.

The Solution

Camping is fun but the potential for complications exist. Staying aware and alert can catch a problem quickly that might otherwise go undetected.

Any symptoms or possible evidence of an issue, however minor, should be checked out. The most effective treatments for skin problems come with early detection, so it is crucial that any possible afflictions be located and treated immediately.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides full-featured, professional diagnosis and treatment of skin afflictions and diseases. A simple consultation can catch many serious problems in their infancy and resolve them quickly, professionally and effectively.


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