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Common Pediatric Skin Problems

Monday, February 25, 2019


Children's skin undergoes drastic changes on its way to adulthood; it is important to entrust your growing child's skin to trusted medical professionals. Dermatology Consultants of Frisco will take care of your child's skin by ensuring that all the pediatric skin problems your child is exposed to are treated or prevented. Visit us today to have your child have healthy skin.

Some of the common pediatric skin problems include dermatitis and acne. In this article, you are going to learn more about the causes and management of these conditions.
Dermatitis
Dermatitis is the general inflammation of the skin. Children are affected by two strains of dermatitis: diaper dermatitis and atopic dermatitis (eczema). Diaper dermatitis or diaper rash is usually a group of skin conditions affecting the diaper area.
Irritant contact dermatitis is the most prevalent strain of the disease. The condition is triggered by extended exposure to urine and feces in infants. It manifests as reddish patches similar to blisters in the diaper area. Failure to seek early treatment can cause infection in the groin and buttocks area. Frequent diaper changes are vital in preventing extended skin contact with moisture. Barrier creams and ointments made of zinc oxide can also be used in the treatment of diaper rash.
Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that often strikes during early childhood and can last up to early adulthood. Most infants outgrow this condition by the age of 2, though they may have sensitive skin throughout their adult life. The disease has a genetic correlation, affecting families with a history of allergies and asthma. Dermatitis is worsened by skin contact with irritants including harsh soaps and cosmetics. Tight fitting clothing can also aggravate the condition. Symptoms include red and itchy patches on the skin, rashes on the face 2 to 4 months after infection and oozing after scratching the rash.
Treatment includes gentle skin care with mild soap, use of moisturizers and having daily baths. We recommend that you use moisturizers containing ceramides because they help to repair the skin and protect against harmful germs.


Acne
Acne is a major pediatric skin problem. It is frequent during the hormonal surge of adolescence. Acne is fueled by stress, poor diet, and hygiene. It is caused when hair follicles become clogged with sebum and keratin. The clogged follicles, full of pus develop into red swellings which make the skin to scar.
Hair care products including grease, conditioner, and gels can also cause acne around the hairline. You can reduce the risk of acne occasioned by the use of hair products by limiting the usage and avoiding your hair from making contact with the face. Mild acne can be treated using over the counter cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide. Visit a dermatologist if the use of over the counter medication fails to yield results after 8 to 12 weeks.
The secret to curing any skin problem is to visit a dermatologist as soon as you notice changes in your skin. The longer you take before you see a medical professional, the lesser the chances of recovering completely from your skin condition. So
today with Dermatology Consultants of Frisco and restore your beautiful skin!

How to Treat Hyper-pigmentation

Monday, February 25, 2019

Skin hyperpigmentation is the condition characterised by dark patches on the skin. The dark spots can cover only a small portion, but in other cases, it can spread all over the body. While hyperpigmentation barely poses any health risks, it indicates the presence of an underlying medical issue.

Melasma vs Sunspots

Melasma is known to be caused by disruption of the hormonal system and occurs mostly during pregnancy. Colouration occurs on the face and abdominal part, albeit it can also affect other parts of the body. On the other hand, sunspots, also known as solar lentigines, is the most common form of skin pigmentation. As the name suggests, it is caused by increased exposure to the sun's UV rays.

Causes of Hyperpigmentation

One of the common causes of skin coloration is excess melanin production. Melanin is the pigment responsible for our skin tone. Cells called melanocytes produce it. Several physiological and external factors may cause melanocytes to produce melanin abnormally.

According to a survey by the University Of New Mexico Cancer Centre, some treatment processes may pose a high risk of developing skin hyperpigmentation. For instance, chemotherapy medicines, used for cancer treatment, can cause pigmentation.

Hormonal changes due to pregnancy are also known to increase women's prevalence to exhibit skin condition. Other individuals have reported increased melanin production because of the Addison's disease, an endocrine condition.

Effective Ways of Treating Skin Hyperpigmentation

Having understood the critical information about the types of skin colouration and the causes, noticing the problem is straight-forward. Always consult Dermatology Consultants of Frisco to treat the condition. Here some viable treatment options.

Microdermabrasion

During microdermabrasion, the uppermost layer of the dermis is carefully removed in the bid of removing any sunspots, dark patches and other tinges of pigmentation. There are different approaches a doctor can take to treat sunspots. One effective method is DermaSweep. Anti-pigmentation chemicals are infused in the skin to inhibit melanin production. Resultantly, the skin maintains brightness.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

This is an effective way of treating skin darkening caused by exposure to the sun. It involves the use of light energy which is radiated into the skin which increases circulation in the blood vessels. IPL works to remove the discoloured spot by lifting the excess melanin. The treated areas usually turn dark as healing takes place but "peels" off after some time. At times, several laser treatments are performed before an IPL to ensure client satisfaction.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic is a skin acid that accelerates the exfoliation of the skin's top layer. That stimulates the production of new cells that replace the old cells. The process results in an even and smooth skin complexion. Most face acids are available Over the Counter (OTC) and in cosmetic stores. They include azelaic acid, I-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), kojic acid among others.

Fraction Laser Resurfacing

This approach works intensively to reverse severe skin discoloration. Since its discovery, fractional laser resurfacing has produced tremendous results. The procedure uses laser beams that cause micro-injuries in the skin to bring out the skin's natural healing power. A new skin layer develops following the removal of discoloration leaving the new layer sparkling. Some lasers used in FLR include Clear, Brilliant, Halo, Fraxel.

While it is essential to understand the different treatment options for skin discoloration, it is critical to avoid high-energy sun rays. Always wear a sunscreen when you expose your skin to bright light.


Microdermabrasions and its benefits for your skin

Friday, February 22, 2019


Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure used to renew skin tone and texture. The procedure utilizes a wand applicator with an abrasive surface to sand away dead skin cells on the epidermis. There is also an alternative microdermabrasion technique where fine particles of aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate are blasted onto the skin while simultaneously having these crystals, and dead skin suctioned away. Both procedures are safe and are suitable for most skin types.

What Happens During a Microdermabrasion Treatment?

For crystal microdermabrasion, the machine will emit fine crystals through a wand, gently sandblasting the face. For diamond-tipped microdermabrasion, the abrasive tip of the wand is used to remove surface skin cells physically. With every stroke of the wand, the crystals are dislodging compacted skin cells, while the vacuum siphon the displaced skin cells, crystals, and debris.

Keep in mind that even though it might sound like a brutal procedure, it is noninvasive and generally painless. The technician will work in small areas for the best effect. While you'll feel the coarse texture and suction from the wand, it's not uncomfortable since the wand is working in such a small surface area.

The procedure will take several minutes for a whole face. After the microdermabrasion, it's normal for the skin to be slightly red. The redness will subside after a couple of hours. A moisturizer and humectant will then be applied immediately after the microdermabrasion session.

Does Microdermabrasion work?

Good candidates for microdermabrasion are individuals between the age of 50 and 60 who are looking for a non-invasive treatment, former smokers who want to remove deep lines around the lips, have fine lines, and those who have suffered sun damage. Most skin types can benefit from exfoliating treatments. The procedures have become popular among people who are suffering from hyperpigmentation and skin unevenness.

Can acne sufferers benefit from microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is best for those who are suffering from mild breakouts. It helps to clear out the pores and reduce non-inflamed blemishes. It is not recommended for active lesions or severe acne sufferers.

Cosmetic Benefits of Microdermabrasion

You will see an immediate improvement in the skin's texture after cosmetic skin procedures like microdermabrasion. For best results, you may need repeated treatments to reverse issues with pigment. Other benefits of microdermabrasion treatments include:

  • Circulation. The mechanical process helps to stimulate the skin's lymphatic system.
  • Improved absorption of product and efficacy. By removing the top layer of dead skin cells, your favorite products will work more effectively.
  • Pore size. Microdermabrasion can help unclog congested pores as well as help reduce their size. While your pore size cannot be altered, microdermabrasion can help reduce their perceptibility.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides comprehensive services for your skin's health, including microdermabrasion treatments that improve the aesthetics of your skin. If you are fighting with clogged pores, stubborn hyperpigmentation, or need a non-invasive treatment, then contact us to book an appointment.

Skincare for the Lips

Friday, February 22, 2019

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there wouldn't be a be a better time to take care of your lips. While most of us are good at taking care of our skin, we often neglect the lips which makes them susceptible to damage.

Facts about the skin on the lips
The skin on the lips is susceptible to peeling, cold sores, splitting, and other conditions. This is because it is thinner than the rest of the skin. Besides, it lacks melanin and does not have oil-secreting glands like the rest of the skin. Due to the lack of oil-secreting glands, the lips have to be constantly moisturized.

Tips on how to keep the skin on your lips moisturized

Exfoliating
Just like the rest of your skin, it is necessary for you to remove any dead or dry skin from the lips. Exfoliating speeds up the process of renewing the skin and keeps your lips free of impurities. Exfoliate the lips every morning by rubbing them gently with your toothbrush. There are also store-bought exfoliators.
Alternatively, you can mix two teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of honey and applying the mixture on your lips. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water. The sugar eliminates the dull cells while honey nourishes and makes your pout plump. Do this twice every week for the best results. An occasional lip mask also helps exfoliate the skin on your lips.

Moisturizing
Follow up you're the exfoliation with a moisturizing procedure to keep them from getting chapped. The best and easiest way to achieve this is by applying some petroleum jelly. Use your fingertips to rub the jelly politely on your lips, then press them together.
Apart from petroleum jelly, you can use a natural or organic lip balm. Consider one with SPF (sun protection factor) as it will also protect your lips against harmful UV rays. Avoid balms that are rich in tints, flavors, and artificial fragrances. Keep a tube of your favorite balm in your bag and apply it whenever you feel that your drips are drying up.
Apart from using lip balm during the day, it is vital that you make it part of your night-time routine.

Lipstick application

Apply lipstick only after moisturizing your lips then kiss a tissue or the back of your hand to get rid of the excess lipstick. Avoid matte lipsticks as they could actually be the reason why your lips are dry. Choose lipsticks containing Vitamin E or glycerine.

Avoid licking your lips

Although licking your lips could provide you with some temporary relief, it does more damage in the long run as it causes your lips to become extremely dry. Saliva has digestive enzymes which break down the lips' protective barrier.

Eat healthy

For healthy and supple lips, you need to stick to nutrient-rich foods including fruits and vegetables especially those that contain Vitamin B and E. Make sure you also stay hydrated by taking 8 glasses of water a day.

Talk to a professional dermatologist
Despite all the above preventive measures, your lips could still get chapped or cracked. Should this be the case, then it's time to visit a doctor.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides you with comprehensive dermatology services to Frisco, Carrollton, and Denton residents. Get in touch with us today via 469-208-7181 and let's talk about more lip care tips.


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