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How to Exfoliate Sensitive Skin

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

 

What is Exfoliation?

This process is simply the removal of your skin’s oldest cells but don’t worry there’s no reason to fret. Most of those skin cells are already dead. Your skin replaces itself exponentially faster in your youth than it does further down the line. Thus, it is necessary to work exfoliation into your skincare regimen to keep it lush and soft. Exfoliation can be achieved through chemical or mechanical means. Shampoos and cleansers fall into the former, electric scrubbers and sponges fall into the latter. It is also recommended that one exfoliate their face at least once a week.

The Benefits of Exfoliation

According to Dermstore, there are 5 main benefits to exfoliation. The first of which is that exfoliation helps reduce the appearance of age spots. It does this through its removal of aged skin cells that contain that particular pigment. Secondly, exfoliation helps unclog the pores. Unclogging one’s pores allows for the release of natural skin oils like sebum which help hydrate and revitalize the skin. The third is that exfoliation can help minimize pore size – this is key because bigger pores are more prone to over-secreting sebum. Exfoliation also reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, and lastly it allows easier absorption of skincare products, e.g. moisturizers, antioxidants & serums.

The Dilemma

From what we’ve seen, we can ascertain that exfoliation is a net positive for your skin. However, it is an abrasive process – and if done with too much rigor can cause problems. Some of these problems include redness, dryness & flakiness. In addition to this, we have people with extremely sensitive skin types who are already susceptible to redness and irritation. In fact, you might be one of them. How do those with tender, highly reactive skin exfoliate without harming their skin? Well, allow us at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco to tell you how.

Tips

  • You should opt for chemical exfoliants, particularly acids – They help eliminate the debris on your skin’s surface. This is turn will helps unclog your pores. We recommend working with milder offerings and working your way up. This way, you’ll be able to better gauge your skin’s tolerance to an exfoliant. Starting off with a harsh chemical peel could be extremely counterproductive in the long run.
  • If you’re still keen on physical exfoliation, use washcloths and softer sponges. Many are usually skeptical about their usefulness as physical exfoliants. But they’re surprisingly good. Remember, with more sensitive skin, we recommend that you gently rub instead of scrubbing rigorously. The latter is bound to cause redness and irritation. Move the product not your skin.
  • Consider adding fruit to your skincare routine. There are a number of fruits with naturally occurring acids that provide a softer, gentler exfoliation than many of its chemical counterparts. We advise against using straight-up fruit juice – its acidic content might be far too high. Add it to a base made from water, yogurt and oils for the best results.

With the information you’ve gotten from this post, we trust you’ll begin to see that exfoliation is for everyone – even those with sensitive skin. To get even more personalized information and recommendations for your skincare routine, do not hesitate to contact us today.

 

How Often Should You See Your Dermatologist

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Among all your organs, your skin is the largest. It shields your body from the elements, regulates body temperature, and fights bacteria. Like other organs, it's susceptible to cancer. Annual skin cancer diagnoses in the US exceed those of every other cancer combined.

When caught early, most cases of skin cancer are curable, which is why your dermatologist appointment should be among your top priorities.

Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in treating conditions affecting the skin, nails, and hair. These doctors receive three years of medical training related to skin care after completing medical school and an internship. Most dermatologists attend to a wide variety of skincare issues, but some specialize in surgery, cosmetics, and pediatrics among others.

In addition to helping detect cancer early, your dermatologist can treat other various skin health problems—psoriasis, acne, hair loss, and hives—and carry out cosmetic procedures such as wart removal and scar removal.

How often should you see your dermatologist?

Visit your dermatologist at least once a year for a full body examination. These annual visits are necessary even if you're healthy and have no history of skin cancer. We at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco recommend more frequent visits depending on the result of the examination.

It's advisable for certain people to visit their dermatologist more frequently. These include:

  • People with a history of skin cancer
  • People with close relatives who suffer from skin cancer
  • People with suspicious growths or moles on their skin
  • People who received x-ray acne treatment in their youth
  • People with extremely fair skin tones

Risk factors for skin cancer

Age and gender play a role in the risk of skin cancer. Older people are at a higher risk because of how long they have been exposed to UV radiation. But younger people who get frequent sunburns because of continual exposure to the sun are at high risk of getting skin cancer.

The risk of squamous cell carcinomas is three times higher in males than females. Males are also twice as likely to develop basal cell carcinomas as women.

Conditions such as diseases and immune suppression related to organ transplants also heighten the risk of skin cancer. For example, basal cell nevus syndrome and human papilloma virus (HPV) infections increase the risk of developing carcinomas.

Previous treatment for certain conditions sometimes causes skin cancer. Psoriasis treatment involving a combination of UV light treatment, a natural remedy, and psoralen increases carcinoma risk. Same goes for radiation treatment.

Genetic risk factors like inherited conditions and a personal or family history of skin cancer increase your risk of developing skin cancer. So can lifestyle choices such as smoking and excessive UV exposure due to spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun.

Your dermatologist will take into account all the above risk factors and advice you on the proper steps to take to decrease your chances of developing skin cancer.

When to schedule an emergency visit

Dermatological emergencies are rare, but it's important to know them because they are potentially fatal. Examples of such emergencies include bacterial and viral infections.

Bacterial infections such as erysipelas and cellulitis warrant an immediate trip to your dermatologist's office. Erysipelas is a Streptococcus pyogenes infection of the superficial dermis, and cellulitis is a Staphylococcus aureus infection of the deep dermis.

The herpes simplex virus causes eczema herpeticum, which often occurs on the face around the eyes. In extreme cases, the condition can lead to severe conditions (e.g., hepatitis, encephalitis, and keratoconjunctivitis) or even death.

In case of any severe symptoms on your skin, call a qualified dermatologist in the DFW area immediately.

 

The Benefits of Vitamin E Oil

Sunday, December 16, 2018

                

Can you imagine that? Unbeknownst to you, one of the most versatile skin moisturizers on Earth has been under your nose this whole time. Vitamin E oil is truly the good stuff your skin’s been craving all along. It’s guaranteed to add that extra sheen you need with almost no drawbacks. So, are you ready to hear about all the wonderful things Vitamin E oil can do for you? Let’s get to it. Below are a few benefits, courtesy of us here at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco:

Vitamin E Oil is Rich in Antioxidants

This may very well be Vitamin E oil’s calling card. Due to the oil’s antioxidant properties, it fights against free radicals extremely well. What are free radicals, you ask? Free radicals are electrons which have broken away from atoms. They damage the skin by trying to snag extra electrons from your skin’s other atoms, and this in turn messes with your skin’s DNA. Free radicals in the skin have been linked to a number of illnesses and are also known to bring about premature aging.

Vitamin E Oil is Anti-Inflammatory

Vitamin E oil is also famed for its anti-inflammatory properties which calm and hydrate the skin. In fact, when coupled with Vitamin C, it can act as a natural form of sun protection. This also goes a long way in helping your skin stave off the free radicals responsible for wrinkles. From what you’ve heard so far, you can probably guess that Vitamin E oil might be the key to preserving your skin’s youth.

Vitamin E Oil is Good for Your Hair Too

Vitamin is such an adaptable moisturizer that it can rejuvenate dry hair as well. In fact, Vitamin E oil can even increase circulation to the scalp. In addition to breathing life into dull hair, the added blood circulation can strengthen one’s hair follicles. Given this benefit, can rest assured that Vitamin E oil will always be a key contributor to your self-care regimen.

Vitamin E Oil can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks

The topical application of Vitamin E oil on stretch marks and scars could help with their removal. Vitamin E oil is known to speed up skin cell growth and rejuvenation. These things coupled with the added moisture that Vitamin E oil gives will be sure to help combat the problem. Because of this aspect, it’s no wonder that Vitamin E oil is usually recommended to pregnant women. Their skin undergoes rapid expansion as their body does everything to accommodate the arrival of a new bundle of joy.

However, despite all the benefits that Vitamin E oil, it is worth noting that it is not regulated by the FDA. As a result, different companies could be adding ingredients that cause allergic reactions and other skin complications. Vitamin E oil is also rather thick in its consistency and is therefore not suited for those with oily skin. However, if the glazed donut aesthetic is what you’re going for, be our guest. Before you implement Vitamin E oil into your skincare regimen, we recommend you consult with us to find out whether Vitamin E oil is the best tool for your skin type.

 

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin

Friday, December 07, 2018


The importance of having healthy skin cannot be understated. After all, your skin is your largest organ and has several functions essential to maintaining the overall health of your body. Your skin's three main functions are:

  • To act as a barrier by providing protection from the external environment
  • To regulate body temperature, circulation and fluid balance
  • To alert you to sensations such as heat, cold, pain and touch

Interestingly enough, November is National Healthy Skin Month and it’s sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. It is a public health campaign that aims to raise awareness about the importance of healthy skin. In the spirit of this important campaign, here are a few tips that will help you maintain healthy skin all year long.

Treat Your Skin Gently

Your skin is your first line of defense against the environment around you. Daily bathing can take a toll on your skin. Treat your skin gently by doing the following:

  • Limit bathing time and resist the urge to use hot water. Long baths or showers and hot water strip essential oils from your skin, leaving it dry. It's best to take quick showers or baths while using warm, not hot, water.
  • Use mild cleansers rather than harsh soaps. Strong soaps can strip oils from the skin and leave a residue that further dries your skin.
  • Moisturize your skin daily to avoid painfully dry, cracked and chapped skin. Using lotion after showering or bathing is a great way to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day.
  • Wash your face promptly after exercising to remove sweat, dead skin cells and other particles that are damaging to your skin.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

While sunshine is known for promoting elevated moods and is essential for sustaining all life on earth, it can be very damaging to your skin. Therefore, you must protect your skin by wearing sunscreen when you’re outside. In the winter months, you should wear sunscreen on your face - the Sun damages even during the winter months.

Examine Your Skin Regularly

Take a few minutes to regularly examine your skin. You should look for changes such as new or unusual spots, moles that have an irregular border or have changed in size or shape. Also, check for any areas that are itchy, red or bleeding. Any changes you notice in your skin could signal serious concerns and will warrant a visit to a dermatology consultant to rule out or diagnose any suspected problems.

Visit Your Dermatologist

Good skincare is dependent on the products you use to cleanse, moisturize and maintain your skin. You must know your skin type before you can choose the right products for your skin. We, at Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, have the knowledge and experience to properly determine your skin type and recommend the right skincare products for it. Not only will a visit to your dermatologist allow you to make informed decisions regarding your skincare, but our DFW dermatology services will also benefit you by giving you a better understanding of future skin problems before they arise.

DCF offers comprehensive dermatology services all in one location. We have a highly trained team that prides itself on the care given to their clients. When you call DCF, you can rest assured your skin health is our priority. DCF can help you make every month Healthy Skin Month.

Cold Weather Skincare 101

Saturday, December 01, 2018

 


Good skincare can be challenging during the winter months, especially for those with conditions that leave their skin dry like psoriasis and eczema. The primary reason for this? The big drop in humidity which robs your skin of moisture.

Here are a few winter skincare tips endorsed by us, Dermatology Consultants of Frisco. Coupled with a dermatologist's advice, working a couple of these tips into your winter skincare routine could do wonders for you.

Invest in a Humidifier

If the lack of humidity really dries your skin out, then putting some humidity back into the air is a no-brainer. That's where humidifiers come in: they keep the air most -- hence the name.

When shopping for one, be aware that you have two options: warm mist or cool mist. Warm mist humidifiers have better moisture saturation, while cool mist humidifiers are quieter and better able to filter out impurities. The choice really depends on your needs, but go with warm mist for better overall moisture if you're not sure.

Moisturize Often

Of course, another way to combat the effects of low moisture is to apply moisture directly to your skin. Get yourself a high-grade moisturizer, and use it often. A little bottle or tube that can go with you everywhere is perfect -- especially on days where you have to spend a fair amount of time outside.

Look for a moisturizer that isn't greasy and spreads easily. Keep an eye out for brands that advertise themselves as specifically designed for sensitive or irritable skin.

Stay Hydrated

Don't just spend all your time focusing on keeping your skin itself moist; internal hydration is also very important.

Dry skin affects your body's ability to retain moisture, so you're going to feel dehydrated faster and more often than you would during warmer weather. Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day. On workdays, keep a water bottle handy if possible, and refill it during your breaks.

Be Careful With Showers

It may not seem like literally soaking your body in a bunch of water could exacerbate dry skin, but if you're not careful about how long your showers and baths are, they could indeed do just that.

Hot water strips oils off of the skin, and in low humidity our skin needs to hold onto the little oils it still has. Avoid hot showers and baths; opt for milder temperatures.

You should also avoid stepping outside shortly after you've showered or bathed. If your skin is still damp when you get a full dose of frigid winter air, you'll find that it chaps much more easily.

Stay on Top of the Thermostat

It's basic science: the higher the temperature in your house, the more moisture is going to be removed from the air.

For that reason, you should keep the thermostat at the lowest setting that you can tolerate, and just throw on a few more layers to keep warm instead. Obviously, you want to exercise some moderation; giving yourself frostbite won't be good for your skin either. Experiment with different settings until you find the sweet spot.

 

Why You Should Let A Dermatologist Take A Look At That Rash

Friday, September 28, 2018

 


Rashes come in all shapes and sizes. Even if your rash is not causing any immediate issues, it could quickly develop into something more serious. Let's take a look at why you should let a dermatologist take a look at that rash.

Diagnosis

There are three main categories of rashes. Infectious rashes include fungal, viral and bacterial infections. Inflammatory rashes enlarge the pocket of skin for various amounts of time. Finally, rashes linked to your immune system are triggered by antibodies passing through your skin. Without proper medical experience, it is difficult to identify which type of rash you have. Because all of these rashes have unique treatments, it is necessary to have a dermatologist's input on the best course of action. Sometimes, a rash can result as a byproduct of many of the above factors, and it's nearly impossible to diagnose these hybrid rashes on your own.

Escalation

Your rash might look small and relatively harmless, but it can rapidly escalate into a serious condition. Chronic rashes last for weeks and only get worse as the skin is exposed to bacteria and the fabric of your clothing. If you are able to treat a rash during its development, the time to recovery is nearly cut in half as opposed to if you let the infection spread. When you visit a dermatologist, he or she can prescribe pharmaceutical treatment within 24 hours. Time is of the essence for rashes, and putting off a visit to the dermatologist can exponentially increase the severity of the condition.

Documentation

Rash documentation is very important for treatment. Your dermatologist wants to be aware of the full progression of the rash in order to track changes and make fully-informed decisions. During your appointment, your dermatologist will take pictures and scans of your rash for future use. You will also likely fill out forms indicating your medical history. If the rash does escalate, all this information can be used to optimize your treatment and road to recovery. In any case, details about your rash are crucial additions to your medical record.

Overall health

An untreated rash isn't just a nuisance. It can be detrimental to your overall health, including sleep habits, physical activity and mental attentiveness. The antibodies and symptoms from an isolated rash can spread across your body, and your immune system can quickly break down if left unattended. A single rash can easily be contained by a dermatologist, so you don't want to be negligent and let this impact your daily lifestyle.

Conclusion

Your rash might be annoying and a little sore on the surface, but there could be much larger underlying issues beneath your skin. It's essential that you visit a dermatologist who can take a look at that rash and provide you with the optimal treatment.

 

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.

Common Skin Conditions

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Skin is the largest organ in our bodies and our protection against the outside world. Just about everyone encounters issues from time to time with their skin. Thankfully though, many of the more common skin conditions can be addressed through modern dermatology. Below are outlined a few of these conditions, including acne, moles, and rashes, as well as how they are normally treated.

Acne

Acne is probably the most well-known skin condition on earth. Most adolescents go through a phase where facial acne is very common due to high levels of oil production. However, acne in adulthood and in other areas of the body are also fairly common.

Acne causes small pustules, most frequently red pimples filled with pus, to form on the surface of the skin. Other types of acne include papules, caused by hair follicles, as well as nodules and cysts, both of which develop below the surface of the skin.

Acne can be treated with topical cleanser and creams and, if necessary, advanced medication. Prescription medication can help in severe cases and with the treatment of cysts specifically.

Hives

Another common skin condition is hives. Hives are small, itchy bumps that form on the surface of the skin. Generally, hives result from an allergic reaction in the body, but may be a response to stress or sickness. The best way to prevent hives is to avoid all allergens. If an outbreak occurs, it can be treated with antihistamines.

Warts

A very unpleasant but common skin condition faced by many is warts. Warts are a highly contagious skin condition that can affect any part of the skin, but usually show up on the hands and feet. Warts will often disappear naturally, but they can also be treated by a dermatologist. Usually, the use of medicated creams or freezing can clear up warts.

Cold sores

It's not uncommon to develop cold sores, especially when coming down with a case of a full cold. A cold sore is usually a red blister which forms around the mouth. Cold sores can be irritating or painful, but you will likely experience discomfort or itching in the spot of the sore.

Cold sores can last for several weeks and recur over time when associated with the herpes virus. The herpes virus does not currently have an established cure. That said, cold sores can be treated by dermatologists using creams or prescription medicines.

Measles

Those with children know that measles is a very contagious condition. In addition to young children, measles tends to affect pregnant women more than other adults. Measles in not just a skin condition, however. Symptoms include fever, runny eyes and nasal passages, and often coughing. Additionally, measles tends to cause red spots within the mouth and a generalized body rash. Measles can be treated by a doctor but will taper off on its own after one or two weeks.

Skin issues are a fact of life. With the right dermatological care, however, you can regain your perfect skin. Contact Dermatology Center of Frisco for more information or to schedule a consultation today.


Odd Rash on Your Child? It Could be Molluscum Contagiosum.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 

What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection that affects an individual's skin. It is most commonly observed in children, although it can occur at any age. MC is usually a harmless skin rash that will get better within a few months without any specialized treatment. However, it is all too common for the condition to spread around the body take up to 18 months or more for the condition to clear up completely.

What Does Molluscum Contagiosum Look Like?

If you have noticed an odd rash on your child, then chances are it could be MC. In most instances, the only symptom of MC is small, raised spots on the skin that have a small dimple in the middle. The spots are not painful but are usually rather itchy. These spots can appear in small clusters and can be spread all around different parts of the body. The most common places for these spots to appear is around the armpit, behind the knees, or on the groin. It is possible for MC to affect an individual on more than one occasion, but this is very uncommon.

The spots will generally be red or pink, although they may have a tiny yellow or white head in the middle. If this head splits, then a thick substance will be released, which is extremely infectious. It is vital to never attempt to pop the spots as this will more than likely lead the infection to spread to other parts of the body. Most children will have only around 20 to 30 spots on their body, although if they have a weakened immune system it is likely that they will have more.

In the majority of cases, individual spots will begin to crust over and heal within two months of appearing. Some individuals may experience mild swelling and redness in the affected areas as they begin the healing process.

Treating Molluscum Contagiosum

In most instances treatments for MC are not necessary. This is because the infection will usually clear up by itself without any other symptoms apart from the spots. The infection doesn't normally interfere with an individual's everyday life either, and some treatment methods can be painful and cause scarring. If treatment is required, then a dermatologist will likely prescribe liquids, creams, or gels that can be applied directly to the affected area. In some instances, Dermatology Consultants of Frisco will recommend minor procedures such as cryotherapy, a simple procedure whereby the spots will be removed by being frozen.

For more information on treating MC, visit our website or contact us today and see how we can help you or your child.


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