Posts for: December, 2020
There are many ways to address acne symptoms.
Dealing with unsightly blackheads on your nose? Embarrassed by those whiteheads that seem to pop up around your period? Acne is the most common chronic skin problem that we see, and it doesn’t just affect teenagers. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists have treated different types of acne in everyone from children to seniors. Here’s how to manage your breakouts,
Disinfect Your Phone
Think about how often you use your phone and then think about the last time you actually cleaned it. Yuck, right? Your phone is probably riddled with bacteria, which can’t wait to cause some nasty breakouts on your cheeks and chin. Simply use an antibacterial wipe on your phone at least once a day and say goodbye to those pesky little pimples.
Wash Your Face Twice a Day
It’s important to remove excess oil and daily grime from your skin to keep it clean. Wash with a gentle cleanser and warm (not hot) water. You only need to wash your face twice a day to keep it clean (washing more than you need to can make pimples worse because it dries out the skin). Also, remember to be gentle when washing your face. Scrubbing and rubbing isn’t going to get skin cleaner, but it will aggravate acne.
Wash Your Pillowcases
Along with giving your phone a good wipe down every day, it’s also important that anything that your face comes in contact with is also cleaned regularly, including your pillowcases. If you don’t remember the last time you cleaned your pillowcases, it’s time to toss them in the laundry right now. Environmental pollutants, oils and dead skin can collect on your pillow, which can only make acne-prone skin worse.
Look for Products that are Non-Comedogenic
As you might imagine, everything from hair products to makeup that contains oils will clog your pores. This means that you will want to give all the labels on your current products a once over to see if you can find the term “non-comedogenic”, which means that it won’t clog pores. Any products that contain oils should probably get the boot.
When should I see a dermatologist?
If you’re getting ready to throw in the towel when it comes to treating acne yourself then this is probably a good time to call our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologist for an evaluation. After all, there are several causes of acne ranging from inflammation and overactive oil production to bacteria within the pores. Our dermatologist can pinpoint which one is contributing to your acne and provide you with any of these treatment options,
- Cleansers or prescription-strength topical ointments containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids
- Antibiotics to kill acne-causing bacteria within the pores
- Oral contraception to manage hormonal acne
- Isotretinoin to treat severe, cystic acne
- Laser or light therapies
- Chemical peels or facials
If you’re having trouble getting your acne symptoms under control, then it might be time to consult a dermatologist. To schedule an in-person or virtual visit with our dermatologists, call Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, today.
What causes lichen planus?
Lichen planus is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person. In fact, it typically appears when the immune system starts attacking the skin or mucous membrane. Certain things can trigger it including:
- Certain OTC pain medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Medications used for arthritis, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease
- Hepatitis C
- Viral infections
- Certain allergens
- Certain chemicals or metals
Should I see a dermatologist?
If you have developed a purple rash or bumps that resemble lichen planus it’s worth it to pay a visit to your dermatologist to find out what’s going on, especially if you notice any unusual bumps on the genitals.
To determine that you do have lichen planus, we will need to biopsy some skin cells to diagnose lichen planus and to also determine whether it’s being caused by an underlying infection or an allergen. From there, further testing may be needed.
How is lichen planus treated?
So, you found out from your dermatologist that you have lichen planus. Now what? In some cases, this condition may just go away on its own; however, it’s important to recognize that there is no cure for lichen planus but there are ways to help alleviate certain symptoms such as burning or pain. Common treatment options that your dermatologist can recommend or prescribe include,
- Antihistamines: To help with itching
- Corticosteroid creams: To reduce inflammation and redness
- Oral or injectable steroids: This treatment is more effective for persistent, recurring, or more severe bumps
- Photochemotherapy: Light therapy can be effective for treating oral lichen planus
Most people don’t know what impetigo is. Maybe you haven’t even heard of it. This contagious bacterial skin infection is most often seen in babies and children; however, adults can catch this infection, too. Dermatologists often see a rise in impetigo cases during the summer. How does impetigo even happen in the first place?
Well, our skin is home to millions of bacteria. Most of them are actually good bacteria that help you stay healthy; however, bad bacteria can develop on the skin too. If these bad bacteria can get into a wound or opening in the skin, this can cause impetigo.
What are the symptoms?
Impetigo causes red bumps mostly on the arms, legs, and face. These bumps will eventually turn into blisters that will crust over. The skin under and around the blisters may look raw. At first, you may only notice one or two spots; however, the condition will continue to spread. Bumps may itch or also be tender.
Who is at risk for impetigo?
As we said, we often see this condition in children and infants; however, certain factors can also put adults at risk. You may be more at risk for impetigo if you have been diagnosed with,
- Liver conditions
- Eczema or dermatitis
Since many skin conditions cause painful blisters to form it’s important to see a dermatologist right away for a proper diagnosis. When you come into the office, our skin doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history to help rule out what conditions it could be. A physical examination performed by a qualified dermatologist is often all that’s needed to make a diagnosis; however, we may collect fluid from the blister to look for the presence of bacteria.
How do you treat impetigo?
It’s important to see a doctor for treatment because impetigo will require antibiotics. Depending on the severity of the blisters, your dermatologist may simply prescribe an antibiotic cream, while those with more widely affected areas or more severe symptoms may require oral antibiotics. Once you start taking the medication you should recover within a week.
If you or your little one is dealing with symptoms of impetigo you must see a dermatology professional right away for a proper diagnosis and treatment.