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By Skin Center
September 01, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dandruff  
Hair DandruffDandruff is a common problem and one that you may not worry too much about if you deal with minor flaking every once in a while; however, severe dandruff can be embarrassing. First, it’s important to know whether you’re dealing with dandruff or a dry scalp, as these are two different problems that can result in the same itching and flaking symptoms. Since dandruff is caused by excess scalp oil, which is the opposite of dry scalp, you may want to turn to a dermatologist to confirm your condition.

Here’s how to tell the difference between dandruff and dry scalp:
  • Dandruff will produce large, oily flakes that are often yellow or white in appearance while the dry scalp is more likely to produce a lot of dry little flakes.
  • Dandruff may cause a red, scaly scalp while someone with dry scalp is more likely to experience dry skin on other parts of their body
  • The only symptom that both dandruff and dry scalp have in common is an itchy scalp
Most people can get their dandruff under control with simple home care. The first way to treat dandruff is usually with a special shampoo. Just like with acne, it can take several weeks to see results with dandruff shampoo so be patient; however, if your symptoms don’t improve or get worse after about a month you should consult your dermatologist.

Other tips to prevent dandruff include:
  • Wash your hair every day to reduce excess oil on the scalp
  • Use a shampoo that contains coal tar, pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or tea tree oil (a natural alternative)
  • Stay away from any har products that contain alcohols or bleach, as well as oily hair products that will only cause more oil to buildup on the scalp
  • Find ways to effectively manage stress, which can trigger or exacerbate dandruff
  • Get a small amount of sun exposure every day (just a couple of minutes), which could help get your symptoms under control (talk to your dermatologist before doing so, as excess sun exposure can be harmful)
  • Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin B, zinc, and healthy fats
If you want to say goodbye to flaky skin but you’re having trouble controlling dandruff on your own, then talk with your dermatologist about other treatment options and strategies to banish those unwanted flakes for good.
By Skin Center
August 07, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Rashes  

Many people have experienced a rash characterized by dry, itchy, or blotchy skin at one time or another. But did you know that rashes also appear as blotches, welts or blisters, depending on the cause? Skin rashes may stem from anything from heat to allergic reactions to immune system disorders to infections or the side effects of certain medications. If you have a rash and aren’t sure how to treat it, you should call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL.

While this is not an exhaustive list, some of the most common types of rashes include:

Eczema: Itchy patches of skin that are rough, red, and leathery and that may ooze or flake. This type of rash most often appears on the hands, feet, ankles neck, upper body, or limbs.

Pityriasis rosea: This rash usually looks like an itchy, scaly patch on your chest, abdomen, or back. As it spreads, additional patches pop up and may eventually create a pattern resembling a Christmas tree on your back.

Contact Dermatitis: Some cleaning products or industrial chemicals can cause a dry, scaly rash that is not itchy. Meanwhile, exposure to allergens such as latex, rubber, nickel, or poison ivy can sometimes trigger an extremely itchy rash that may be red and include bumps or blisters. If you aren’t sure what is causing your contact dermatitis, the specialists at the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL can help!

Rosacea: Redness on your face, which may be accompanied by red or puss-filled bumps, could be rosacea, a chronic skin condition that can affect adults.

Shingles: Before a shingles rash, a section of your skin usually feels itchy or painful for no apparent reason. Then the rash appears as red blisters, revealing the cause.

Ringworm: A ring-shaped rash that is raised, itchy, red, and scaly could result from a fungal infection called ringworm. Over time, the ring expands.

Psoriasis: If you have rough skin and a sudden outbreak of thick, silvery scales and red patches that itch and cause pain, you may have psoriasis. This condition is caused by extra skin cells.

Heat rash: A heat rash can either appear as clusters of small, red, stinging bumps or as clear blisters that are not accompanied by any other symptoms.

Drug rash: Drug rashes can appear within the first few days of taking a new medication. These rashes are red spots that potentially can spread and merge. Rarely, these rashes are accompanied by a life-threatening allergic reaction that affects the respiratory system and other organs.

While many of these rash-inducing conditions may go away with over-the-counter medications or no treatments at all, some will return or could pose serious health risks. If you have a rash that you aren’t sure how to treat, call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL at 954-526-3310 and make an appointment with one of our doctors.

By Skin Center
August 06, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: HydraFacial  

Want to get a radiant, glowing smile? Then you may want to consider getting a HydraFacial in Fort Lauderdale.

Do you work hard to keep your skin looking and feeling its best? We all want to sport beautiful, healthy skin that doesn’t give away our age. Our Fort Lauderdale dermatologists offer a unique treatment known as a HydraFacial. It doesn’t just give you radiant skin but also targets and reduces the appearance of common imperfections. Here’s what you should know about getting a HydraFacial at Skin Center.

What is HydraFacial?

This super-duper facial is a little different than other types of facials because it provides the skin with cleansing, exfoliation, and extractions all while infusing the skin with rich antioxidants. It’s like combining the benefits of two or three different types of facials in one. While the wand pulls dirt and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin it’s also enriching the skin with powerful nutrients and antioxidants.

Plus, it also offers comparable results to other cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion without having to go through the same intensive procedures or recovery period. This means that this facial alone can keep skin looking firm and smooth, improve tone and texture, while also reducing the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation and age spots
  • Enlarged pores

It’s also safe to use on any skin types, so no matter what personal issues you’ve been battling with your skin, a HydraFacial in Fort Lauderdale may provide you with the perfect solution.

What are the benefits of a HydraFacial?

One of the reasons so many people are getting a HydraFacial here in Fort Lauderdale is that it provides amazing results that you often don’t see unless you get a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. A HydraFacial is simple and painless, taking about 30 minutes. Plus, unlike other cosmetic treatments, there is no downtime after getting a HydraFacial; you can go back to your normal activities immediately after.

Plus, the HydraFacial is fully customizable based on your needs. During your consultation, we will discuss what issues you would like to tackle. For some patients, they may be looking to improve moisture and smoothness while others may be looking to get a HydraFacial for the anti-aging benefits. We will work with you to tackle your unique skin concerns to make sure you get amazing results.

Skin Center is a full-service dermatology practice here in Fort Lauderdale FL that can provide you with everything from HydraFacials to skin cancer screenings. To schedule a HydraFacial with us, please call (954) 526-3310.

By Skin Center
August 04, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne Scars  
Acne ScarsIf your teen years brought about painful, cystic acne then you may have the scarring to prove it. These scars, particularly on the face, can not only affect a person’s appearance but also their self-confidence. While treating the acne is the best way to prevent scarring from occurring, if you’re already dealing with scars know that there are ways to reduce and perhaps even eliminate these scars.

Treating Acne Scars
The treatment you undergo will depend on the severity of your scars. This is something that a dermatologist will need to help you determine. After all, a board-certified dermatologist can provide you with a safe and effective treatment plan to help minimize scarring. If you are dealing with mild scarring then your dermatologist may recommend:
  • Chemical peels: This treatment, which is often used for cosmetic reasons, can also reduce the appearance of acne scars. Chemical peels remove the outermost layer of the skin to reveal healthy new skin underneath.
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion offers similar results as a chemical peel, but instead of applying a chemical solution to the skin, microdermabrasion often uses a handheld device with a diamond or crystal tip at the end to blast away the outer layer of the skin.
  • Laser skin resurfacing: This laser treatment will also remove the outermost layer of the skin, which is the most damaged layer, while also tightening the brand-new skin that’s revealed. The skin is numbed before treatment and the recovery time can take up to 10 days.
  • Fractional laser therapy: Are you dealing with deeper acne scars? If so, then laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion may not give you the results you’re looking; however, your dermatologist may recommend fractional laser therapy, as this targets deeper levels of tissue.
Acne scars often fall into three categories:

Icepick scars: These tiny little depressions in the skin often respond best to chemical peels, skin resurfacing, or laser treatment.

Rolling scars: These depressions in the skin may respond best to an injectable treatment such as a dermal filler, which can raise the indented areas of the skin to smooth out your appearance. Dermal fillers can help to plump the skin in areas that have lost volume, to reduce the appearance of superficial scars. Your dermatologist may also recommend laser treatment.

Boxcar scars: These larger indentations with clearer edges are often caused by inflammatory acne. These are treated through a minor procedure in which your doctor uses a needle to break up the scar tissue underneath. Laser treatment and dermal fillers may also be recommended.

Dealing with acne scars can be embarrassing, but your dermatologist can help. If you want to discuss your acne scar treatment options, then it’s time to talk to a qualified dermatologist today to find out your treatment options.
By Skin Center
July 10, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rashes   Skin Rashes  

Here’s the 411 on skin rashes and when you should seek medical attention.

Everything from brushing up against poison ivy while walking outside to being stressed out can lead to an unpleasant rash. While most rashes aren’t serious and will go away on their own it’s also important to recognize the cause of your rash so you know when you should see a dermatologist at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After all, some rashes may require medication in order to go away.

Hives

This red, often insanely itchy rash usually appears as a response to stress, infection or an allergy. Hives look like large red, raised welts that may turn whiten when you press on them. While hives will typically go away on their own, you may try to manage symptoms with an over-the-counter antihistamine. If the itching, inflammation or rash is severe then it’s a good idea to see your skin doctor right away.

Pityriasis Rosea

Sometimes referred to as the “Christmas Tree rash” this small, scaly little rash is made up of a bunch of little red spots. It most often develops on the chest, stomach and back, and the rash may be itchy. This rash can also take days or weeks to fully develop, starting as a single red spot and then developing into many smaller spots. There is really no treatment needed for this rash and it will usually go away on its own; however, your Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologist may recommend an antihistamine to take away the itching.

Psoriasis

If you develop flare-ups of red, scaly plaques then you could have an autoimmune disorder known as psoriasis. There are many things that can cause psoriasis flare-ups including stress, injury to the skin and certain chemicals. This rash most often forms on the elbow and knees, as well as the scalp. While this condition is chronic our dermatologist can help you manage symptoms through topical and systemic medications, light therapy and other options to reduce the severity and recurrence of flare-ups.

While these are some of the most common types of skin rashes these aren’t the only kind. We can also treat rashes caused by,

  • Herpes simplex
  • Shingles
  • Scabies
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Allergies
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Ringworm
  • Impetigo

It’s time to see a dermatologist if your rash,

  • Is painful
  • Is getting worse
  • Isn’t responding to home care
  • Is showing signs of infection
  • Is painful
  • Has developed blisters
  • Is impacting your quality of life

If your rash appears right after eating or is accompanied by trouble breathing it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention, as this could be a sign of a serious allergic reaction.

Are you concerned about a nasty or painful rash? Any changes in your skin that have you concerned warrant seeing a dermatologist here in Fort Lauderdale. The team at Skin Center is here to help. Call us today at (954) 500 - 7546 to schedule an appointment.