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Posts for: August, 2018

By Skin Center
August 29, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Chapped Hands   Dry Skin  

Chapped hands can be painfulChapped skin can happen at any time of the year, from the warmest climate to the coldest. Whether it’s harsh chemical soaps, cold temperatures, or over¬≠exposure to the sun, chapped hands are painful and inconvenient in any season.

What is to blame for this nasty problem? Unfortunately it has to do with a loss of moisture. Just washing your hands multiple times throughout the day can cause hands to peel and bleed. However, once you recognize your issue, then you can do something about it. Find out the best ways to care for your chapped hands to prevent this issue in the future.

Moisturize

If you want your skin to return to its once supple state, then you’re going to want to put back the moisture that you’ve robbed your skin of. Sadly, just drinking water just won’t cut it, although it is helpful. You must apply a moisturizer directly to your skin to combat this problem. 

The best way to prevent chapped hands is to start a moisturizing regime even before your hands start to feel dry. This way it’s already a normal habit in your daily routine, and you can keep your hands from drying out.

Some people are dealing with such deep cracks and bleeding that a light moisturizer isn’t going to do the trick. In this case, using a thicker product can be very effective, such as petroleum jelly or a rich moisturizer that contains cocoa butter or beeswax as an ingredient. For an even deeper moisturizing experience, trying putting this product on at night, and then wearing cotton gloves to bed.

Washing hands

It’s vital to wash our hands, and no one is recommending giving up this healthy habit. It can, however, wreak havoc on your hands! It’s important to follow these steps when washing: 

  • Use a mild soap
  • Avoid using hot water
  • Pat rather than rub your skin dry
  • Apply a moisturizer right away

While handwashing can be drying, hand sanitizer gels are even harsher on your skin. Try to avoid their use unless absolutely necessary, opting instead for a gentle wash.

If you are dealing with severely chapped hands and you can’t seem to find relief from your symptoms, then it might be time to see your dermatologist for treatment. Call us today!


By Skin Center
August 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Laser Hair RemovalHair often grows in some of the most undesirable places, such as the chin and neck (for women), the legs, arms, and underarms. Hair removal is a daily or weekly grooming process that can become difficult to maintain. If you want complete hair removal that will last much longer than shaving or waxing, go see a dermatologist at the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, for a laser treatment called The GentleYAG Laser System.

Unwanted Hair in Unwanted Places
It can be difficult to manage hair growth in unwanted places using traditional hair removal techniques. Shaving the hair eventually creates hard stubble that grows back after just a few days. Waxing can be painful and cause skin irritations. Patients who want a more reliable and effective way of removing hair and keeping it at bay opt for laser treatments.

The GentleYAG Laser System
If you’re ready for a more long-term hair removal solution, consult your Fort Lauderdale dermatologist about the GentleYAG Laser System. A laser light heats the hair follicle, causing it to fall out. A handheld device is placed over the targeted area and a cool spray of cooling cryogen liquid covers the skin to make the procedure easier to tolerate. Multiple sessions will ensure the best results. As is the case with most skin laser treatments, patients who have pale skin and dark hairs are usually the best candidates, but the GentleYAG laser can treat all skin types.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
After laser hair removal, you no longer have to shave every morning in the shower, or wax before a big event. You can put your tweezers away—no more painful, nervous plucking in the mirror. You will enjoy smooth, stubble-free skin for up to a year, sometimes longer, after repeated treatments.

See Your Dermatologist
You might be the perfect candidate for the GentleYAG Laser System, a specialized hair removal treatment offered at The Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Call (954) 500-SKIN (7546) to set up an appointment to consult with a dermatologist.


By Skin Center
August 17, 2018
Tags: Botox  

Botox has been used to help skin patients since the late 1980s. Its ability to “freeze” the muscles in the skin to make the face look botoxsmoother and younger has caused a rapid increase in its popularity over the years. Discover how a Botox treatment at The Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, can benefit your skin and give your confidence a boost. 

What Botox Does
Botox, short for Botulinum Toxin, is a liquid containing a purified neurotoxin. It has been used in a number of medical applications, including reducing hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and alleviating migraines. But the most common application is in dermatology. When injected into the skin, Botox stops the release of a neurotransmitter that causes the muscles to move in the face. When the muscles relax and stop contracting, deep lines and wrinkles begin to disappear.

The Benefits of Botox
If you are trying to avoid invasive plastic surgery while getting results similar to a facelift, Botox may benefit you. Your Fort Lauderdale dermatologist can target wrinkles in the forehead, smile lines, and frown lines. The results are temporary, but they can last several months before another treatment is required. After your appointment, you’ll begin to see results in about a week—just in time for your upcoming affair. Your skin will look and feel smooth to the touch. Botox could make you look years younger after just one session.

A Fast Skin Appointment
You don’t have to worry about spending a lot of time at the dermatologist’s office when you’re getting a Botox treatment. The visit will be very quick—about 15 minutes after sitting down, you can go right back to your normal daily activities. When the effect starts to fade, just call your skin doctor for a new treatment.

Discover Botox
Visit your dermatologist for a skin consultation to find out if Botox is something that would give you the results you’re looking for. Contact The Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at (954) 500-SKIN (7546) for an appointment with one of the dermatologists on staff.


By Skin Center
August 14, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Take years off your skin thanks to this skin resurfacing system.

 

Aging happens to all of us; however, it doesn’t mean our skin has to give away our age. Of course, if you’ve spent years basking in the sun to get the perfect tan or you had acne as a teenager that has now left scars, you may be looking for a treatment option that will be able to reduce or even get rid of these issues and improve the texture, tone, and overall appearance of your skin.

What is microdermabrasion?

During microdermabrasion, a dermatologist will glide a small device over the skin that contains fine crystals designed to remove the outermost layer of dead skin to reveal healthier, more radiant and younger-looking skin underneath.

As the handheld device is directed over the skin to blast away dead skin cells and remove the outer layers of the skin it also stimulates the production of collagen and the growth of new skin cells. Collagen is instrumental in keeping skin tight and firm but our bodies do not produce as much collagen as we get older, which is why the skin becomes loose and saggy.

What can microdermabrasion help with?

Microdermabrasion is a great treatment option for handling a variety of dermatological issues. If you feel like your skin has become dull and lifeless, this treatment can enhance and improve the tone and radiance of your skin.

Since this treatment removes the outer layers of the skin, it can reduce the appearance of acne scars, lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, age spots and other imperfections. If you are someone who has enlarged pores, microdermabrasion can clean out the pores to remove excess oil and to reduce their appearance.

Microdermabrasion doesn’t just reduce imperfections in the skin, it can also help tighten the skin and make it look more vibrant.

What can I expect from microdermabrasion treatment?

The treatment itself is completely painless and only takes between 30 minutes to one hour to complete. Depending on the severity of the issues you wish to treat, your dermatologist will tell you how many sessions you will need to get the results you want. Typically, you’ll receive anywhere from five to 12 treatments spread out a couple of weeks apart, but you should notice results almost immediately.

If you are interested in what microdermabrasion can do for your skin then it’s time to talk to a dermatologist who can discuss your treatment goals and determine the best course of action to give you that healthy, glowing and younger-looking skin.


By Skin Center
August 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Canker Sore  

Canker sores appear within the mouthFind out everything you need to know about canker sore causes and treatments.

Canker sores are small painful ulcers that appear in the mouth. You may find that your canker sore makes it difficult to eat or talk without experiencing pain. If you are experiencing sores in the mouth that you think could be canker sores, find out what might be causing this pesky little problem and what you can do to reduce your symptoms and eliminate this mouth ulcer.

Canker Sore Causes

Unfortunately experts are unsure about what causes canker sores; however, it’s been speculated that either stress or injury to the oral tissues can bring about canker sores. Some canker sores may be brought about by other health disorders that weaken the immune system.

It’s important to note that canker sores and cold sores are not the same thing. A virus known as herpes simplex type 1 causes cold sores, and these sores occur outside the mouth. Canker sores, on the other hand, can be brought on by multiple factors, and appear only inside the mouth.

Canker Sore Symptoms

The most obvious symptom is a painful sore or ulcer that appears in the mouth, whether on the tongue, the roof of the mouth or inside of the cheeks. You may also notice a burning or tingling sensation a couple days before the sore manifests. The sore is usually round or oval in nature, with a red border and a white, grey or yellow center.

Canker Sore Treatments

The majority of canker sores will go away on their own without any kind of treatment; however, if you experience pain for more than a few days you may want to talk to your dermatologist about a corticosteroid cream or prescription medication that could help alleviate your symptoms.

If you suspect that you have a canker sore talk to your dermatologist about the most effective defense against canker sores and whether there are certain things you can do to prevent this condition from recurring. Call us today!