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At-Home Winter Facial Care Tips

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Winter can wreak havoc on the face, leaving it prone to dryness and irritation that can, in turn, lead to the development of numerous painful and undesirable conditions. This is why it is so important for people to pay special attention to their facial care routine, particularly during the colder months of the year.  Adverse weather conditions will not only irritate the face but also leave it vulnerable to drying due to the cold temperatures.

The more extreme climate, the more precautions that people need to take to keep their delicate faces well moisturized, because they are not only particularly vulnerable to elements but also tend to be more susceptible than other areas of the body to irritation and the conditions that come with this.

The worst part is that because people need their mouths and noses to be at least partially exposed to breathe and their eyes unobstructed to see, it can be a lot more difficult to protect the vulnerable face from the elements compared to other parts of the body. In addition, the electrically and gas heated indoor environments that people use to shield themselves from the colder outdoor weather can be equally disruptive to the face, causing the skin to dry out and become even more irritated. Even typically relaxing activities like taking a nice hot shower or curling up to a cozy fireplace will contribute to pulling out all those natural oils that the face needs to stay healthy, so the only thing to be done is to take proactive measures to protect the face from harm.

The good news is that while there are few ways to avoid the unpleasant conditions that often come with winter weather, short of leaving town, that is, there are a lot of things that people can do to proactively protect their faces. That said, anybody who notices they are being affected by chronic irritation during the colder months of the year will definitely want to be sure to talk to a qualified dermatologist in Palo Alto to explore what types of procedures might be available to them. After all, skin treatment in Walnut Creek or the surrounding area can help keep the face looking young and healthy even when the weather isn’t cooperating.

So what can people do to modify their winter facial care routine to ensure they don’t require frequent trips to a skin doctor in Roseville during the colder winter months? Read on to find out.

1. Purchase a Humidifier

One of the best ways to counteract the not-so-great effects on the face that can be caused by a dry, artificially heated indoor environment is to purchase a humidifier that will help retain a reasonable amount of moisture in the air to keep the face soft and supple.

People should shoot to at least have a humidifier in the rooms that they use most frequently or spend the most time in, like the bedroom and living area. That said, there really isn’t such a thing as having too many humidifiers during the colder months of winter, and it can be a good idea to consider purchasing one for the office or workplace as well, or at least ask the boss to shell out for one so that everybody can benefit from healthier air quality.

2. Avoid Cranking the Heat

Sure, the contrast of coming in from the cold into a superheated home can feel really good, but it is actually not so great for the face. Rather than cranking the heat or periodically turning it up or down, people should keep their thermostat at a sufficiently warm and comfortable, yet even temperature setting. Generally, a temperature between 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit should be more than sufficient and will help homeowners save money on their energy costs as well.

If a person is feeling cold or chilled, they might want to consider grabbing a blanket, a warm sweater, a heating pad, or a fuzzy pair of slippers rather than reaching automatically to adjust the temperature setting. Their face will thank them for it in the end. 

3. Avoid Taking Long, Hot Showers

Stepping into a hot shower, especially right after coming in from the cold, can feel really good. That said, all that heat is not so great for the face. This is why it is important to avoid cranking the temperature to skin searing heat levels and try to limit shower time to five to ten minutes maximum during winter.

It may feel great to stay in the shower or bath until a person’s fingertips are wrinkled like raisins, but it may also result in the need for a visit to the dermatologist in the San Francisco area later down the line. It may seem like a sacrifice to cut that shower off in a reasonable time frame, but it’s all about forsaking a bit of short-term comfort in favor of a healthier and younger-looking face in the long term.

4. Use Gentle Cleansing Products

It is always a good idea to pay special attention to the products that one puts on their face, but during the winter, it is especially important to opt for gentle, fragrance-free products as recommended by a dermatologist in Palo Alto. Keep in mind that many products that are marketed as unscented still contain drying fragrances, so fragrance-free is the term to seek out instead. Looking for products that are designed to be particularly gentle or formulated for sensitive skin can be a good place to start.

Many commercial cleaners contain harsh additives that can further irritate the face. Look instead for soothing ingredients like natural oils and aloe that will help counteract the drying effect that standard cleansers tend to have on the facial area. Cream-based cleansers are usually the best pick during the colder months of the year.

5. Moisturize Often

The first thing that people need to keep in mind is that during the winter they should be moisturizing their faces much more frequently than they do in the summer. Keep a portable facial moisturizer in a handbag or purse to always have on hand and apply liberally after spending any period of time outdoors in the cold and well as when sitting inside in artificially heated environments.

Second, it is a good idea to stock up on richer, heavier moisturizers, especially for use during bedtime. Look for products rich in the oils that the face craves like jojoba oil, argan oil, almond oil, or coconut oil. Some people even like to apply these oils directly to their face, but they should also be wary that this can cause acne, especially in those with oily or combination skin types.

Keep in mind that just because it is winter, there is no reason people should be skimping on the SPF. Just because the sun isn’t as warm doesn’t mean that it isn’t shining, and it is easy to cause skin damage by exposure even on a cold day. Look for a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizing product that contains an SPF value of at least 15 and apply it often throughout the course of the day.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

Tips for Managing Rosacea

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Living With Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic condition that involves redness and inflammation, and most commonly occurs in the facial area. Common symptoms are redness, blushing easily, large pores, dry or rough feeling skin, acne-like bumps, and warm or inflamed blood vessels. Because it mimics many other common facial conditions, many people fail to realize that they are living with rosacea, believing they are suffering from an allergy or acne instead. The signs associated with rosacea will most often appear on the forehead, cheeks and nose area but rosacea can also occur around the ears, neck, top of the head, or even the chest area.

While the exact causes of rosacea are unknown, there are certain risk factors that make it more likely for some people to develop the condition than others. For instance, people with fair skin tones are more likely to develop rosacea than people with darker tones. Women also have a higher risk of developing rosacea than men do, as do people in their early thirties. Genetics may also be a significant predictor.

Rosacea will only get worse over time if it is not treated. This is why anybody who suspects that they have rosacea should visit a dermatologist in Pleasanton who can provide skin treatment in San Francisco and the surrounding area.

That said, even people who are already receiving treatment by a dermatologist in Cameron Park and elsewhere for their rosacea symptoms should also take special precautions to ensure their face or the part of the body most vulnerable to rosacea is always well cared for and protected.

A good facial care routine will support skin treatment in San Francisco by increasing the efficacy of the procedures, contribute to a greater sense of overall comfort, and reduce the incidences of uncomfortable flare-ups as a result of coming into contact with a trigger. That said, people should always follow the advice of their dermatologist in Placerville first and foremost when it comes to facial care for rosacea.

With that in mind, what are some general advice that people can apply in their everyday lives to help ensure their rosacea symptoms are kept in check? Read on to find out.

Helpful Advice for Keeping Rosacea in Check

Cleanse the Area Twice a Day

Many people who live with rosacea will avoid cleaning the affected region, because it is already red, sore, and irritated. That said, it is important to keep the area clean and free from bacteria to avoid further exacerbating the problem. That said, people living with rosacea should not wash their face in the same way as they would if they didn’t have rosacea. Rather, they should only use gentle, soap-free rosacea free cleansers and apply it to the area only with the fingertips, making gentle circles. Using washcloths, scrubbers, or any other facial accessories or tools can cause irritation, so be sure to stick with just the fingertips and nothing else.

Rinse in a similar manner, using comfortable lukewarm water that is neither hot nor cold enough to shock the affected area. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to the point that all cleanser is certainly removed, because any particles of the cleanser left on the face might aggravate the condition. Gently pat dry the face with a soft clean towel. This routine should be repeated twice daily.

Moisturize Regularly

Dryness and irritation are both common symptoms of rosacea, and using a gentle, rosacea-friendly, fragrance-free moisturizer or barrier cream on the area on a daily basis can help keep these uncomfortable symptoms at bay. Cream-based products will usually be less irritating than gels or liquids.

Be sure to do the research and make sure any skincare product is truly rosacea-friendly. Meanwhile, avoid any skincare products that contain any of the following ingredients, because they are likely to further irritate the condition:

     Alcohol

     Urea

     Glycolic acid

     Camphor

     Fragrances or perfumes

     Menthol

     Lactic acid

     Sodium lauryl sulfate

In addition, people living with rosacea should eliminate any toners or astringents completely from their daily facial care routine.

Use Sunscreen

The sun can wreak havoc on anybody’s face, but rosacea sufferers are especially vulnerable to the effects of UVA and UVB radiation, exposure to which can actually worsen the condition. This is why it is important for rosacea sufferers to keep a gentle sunscreen on hand to apply whenever they head outdoors, regardless of the weather conditions.

Look for a rosacea-friendly or reef-safe variety, which tends to use gentle non-irritating ingredients like coconut oil. Zinc-oxide and or titanium oxide-based products are usually best, and the product should always have a minimum SPF level of 30 and be fragrance-free. Be wary of products that are marketed as unscented, because they may use abrasive perfumes or additives to mask the natural scent of the ingredients.

Wearing other forms of practical sun-protection accessories like hats, hoods, or scarves will add an extra layer of protection and help rosacea sufferers make a fashion statement while they are at it. Be sure to always test a product in an isolated area before using it. To do so, apply a small drop of product to an area of the face just outside of the rosacea-prone area and wait four full days to ensure the face has no reaction to the product.

Rosacea sufferers want to also be sure to take special care to avoid overheating their face, because this is a common trigger for flare-ups. This means they might want to skip out on the sunbathing during a hot summer afternoon and pass on the hot showers in favor of a more gentle warm water temperature. Making use of shade structures and other apparatuses like portable umbrellas can help rosacea sufferers enjoy time outside while ensuring their face stays relatively cool and comfortable. Midday is typically the time when the sun is at its brightest and hottest, and people living with rosacea will probably want to opt for cooler morning or late afternoon rays to get their daily dose of sunshine.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

Decoding the Skincare Routine

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Whether you’re someone who’s just beginning to incorporate a skincare routine, or are already following a carefully selected skincare regimen, it can be daunting to try something new. There are so many products in the market, each with a different function, and new products coming out every day!

To get you started, we’ve broken down the skincare routine. By separating the main product categories and will explain what the function and importance of each product is; we hope that you’ll be able to make an informed choice when tailoring your own routine. Let’s get started:

Cleansers

The first step to any skincare routine is cleansing so that you can remove any sebum buildup overnight, or during the day, and can remove any makeup that you have applied. This step is important as it keeps everything from being a breeding ground for bacteria (and acne!) and prepares a clean canvas for the rest of your routine.

There are many types of cleansers, and knowing which type to use for your  type is important, as the wrong product could be overly drying or too oily. Here are the main types:

        Oil Cleaners: A gentle way to remove pore-clogging debris like makeup and won’t strip skin’s moisture (most types)

        Cream Cleaners: Usually thick with moisturizing properties and gently cleanses without being drying (dry and sensitive)

        Gel Cleansers: Has a clear, gel-like consistency and is for deep cleansing and unclogging pores (oily/combination)

        Foam Cleansers: A lightweight cleanser that transforms into a rich lather and effectively removes excess oil (oily/combination)

        Micellar Cleansers: Water-like consistency, and can easily remove oil, dirt, and makeup without having to rinse off (dry and sensitive)

Toners

Toning your face is a very understated second step, but we can assure you it is the unsung hero of every skincare routine. Your pH is usually thrown off balance after being cleansed, which can trigger sebum secretion and disturb the microflora that keeps everything healthy. Using a toner helps to restore the skin the optimal pH of 4–4.5.

Toners also help to remove any residual debris left from cleansing and preps it to absorb moisturizers more effectively.

Moisturizers

Contrary to what the name suggests, moisturizers don’t add moisture to your skin, but actually pulls moisture from the air and helps it retain its hydration. Moisturizers also come in different textures, and there are many moisturizers on the market that help target different concerns (acne, rosacea, sensitivities, dullness, etc.).

Here are the basic types of moisturizers:

        Lotion: This has the lightest texture and can spread easily as water is the main ingredient. It is perfect for those who dislike products that feel heavy on the face, and those who have oily skin

        Cream: This has a slightly thicker texture than lotion and has more hydrating properties. Creams are suitable for those who have normal to combination skin

        Ointment: This is the thickest moisturizer type and locks in moisture the most effectively. This greatly helps those with itchy or extremely dry skin.

        Anti-aging: This targets aging skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and helps lifts it. However, if you’re looking to address any signs of aging more drastically, you can speak with your local Pleasanton dermatologists to discuss your concerns and possible treatments.

After you decide on which texture best suits you, you can start looking for ones that are formulated to address your top concerns.

Eye Creams

A lot of people tend to lump eye creams into the moisturizer category, but they are actually completely different. The area around the eye area is more delicate and has much smaller pores compared to the surrounding areas. As a result, eye creams are formulated with ingredients that have smaller molecules so that the benefits can penetrate properly, and not cause and clogs.

The most popular reason people use eye cream is to prevent early signs of aging, such as smile lines and loss of elasticity, which causes the eyes to sag. While eye creams are a good preventative measure, if the signs of aging have already started, you can also supplement with extra anti-aging treatments, which can be performed by your local Placerville dermatologist.

Others

There are also supplementary products that you may consider incorporating into your routine, depending on your needs. Here are some examples:

        Exfoliators: Exfoliators are a gentle way to slough off the dead skin on your face to help even out and brighten up a dull complexion. This step should be added into the routine once or twice a week (depending on sensitivity) and is done right after cleansing.

        Serums: Serums are made with smaller molecules so that the ingredients can penetrate faster and deliver the benefits at a higher concentration. This step is applied after cleansing and before moisturizing.

        Face Masks: Face masks are a great compliment to any skincare routine, as the main purpose is to give extra nourishment. It can also be a great way to relax and pamper your skin after a stressful day. There are many types of masks on the market—you can choose between sheet masks, cream masks, etc. depending on what concerns you want to target.

Having so spent so much time researching and picking out the perfect products, you may want to also want to consider additional services to elevate the effectiveness of your home routine. You may want to contact dermatologists in Cameron Park, or even around San Francisco to discuss what types of skin treatment they can provide to compliment your skincare!

Different Types of Acne and How to Manage Them

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Most people have gone through phases of acne where it was bad enough that it made them lose confidence and feel self-conscious. Some of them have outgrown this phase after their teenage years, with occasional outbreaks. Yet for some, the acne is recurring throughout their adult life.

To help you combat acne problems, we must first understand what acne is, its causes, and what typically triggers them.

So what is acne? It is usually a clogged and/or inflamed oil (sebaceous) gland found on the face, but can also occur on the back, neck, and other areas of the body. Most of the time it appears as a red and inflamed pustule, but can also look like blackheads, whiteheads, or cysts.

In the case that you think it might not be acne, we recommend researching dermatologists in the San Francisco area and booking an appointment so that they can assess if it could be something malignant.

Causes and Triggers

At the baseline, acne is caused by excessive production of sebum from the sebaceous gland, which creates a plug in the pore and can lead to inflammation if left as is. In some cases, the plug reaches the surface, oxidizes, and becomes blackheads. In other cases, they can stay beneath the surface and form whiteheads.

Genetic and environmental factors are also thought to be the cause of acne. Here is a list of common factors and how it triggers the onset of acne:

        How oily it is — oilier skin tends to be more prone to acne breakouts as pores get clogged up more often

        Sensitivity — if the skin is sensitive to its environment, even the slightest trigger, like a tight collar, can lead to acne

        Hormone levels — and imbalance of hormones usually cause outbreaks, which is why many experience more acne during puberty and menstruation

        Emotional stress — higher stress levels tend to trigger acne

        Diet — a diet high in sugars, simple carbs and dairy are usually the culprits for increased acne

        Personal hygiene — someone who doesn’t shower or wash their face periodically can be more prone to acne breakouts due to bacterial buildup on the surface

If you feel that your acne has been out of control lately, and don’t know why, it could be beneficial to look up what type of skin treatment you can get at clinics in Walnut Creek and get a consultation.

Acne Severity

The causes and triggers of acne affect people differently, and the severity of acne varies from person to person. Generally, acne can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe.

Mild Acne

Those with mild acne don’t get breakouts often, and they are fairly minor when it does occur—there will be some blackheads and unevenness, as well as very few (if any) inflamed pustules, but the acne is not widespread. This can usually be soothed and managed by over-the-counter acne products, as well as changing the diet.

However, if the acne persists and is left untreated, there is a possibility of it developing into a more severe form.

Moderate Acne

Those with moderate acne have more noticeable breakouts, where they have all the symptoms of mild acne, but also regularly get inflamed pustules. Some may be able to manage these breakouts from over the counter medication and diet modification, but for most, this doesn’t work.

If the acne really bothers you, you can consider calling your local Roseville skin doctor to ask for advice.

Severe Acne

Those with severe acne have a much higher degree of inflammation in their skin, and their blemishes are often much larger, red, and constantly swollen and painful. It is almost impossible to control severe acne with over the counter products and we recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can help you tailor a specific skincare regimen with more specialized products, as well as possibly giving you an oral prescription to keep the inflammation down.

Managing Acne

No matter how severe your acne is, you can take steps to minimize factors that may be contributing to your breakouts. Here are some things you can change in your daily routines that can help reduce the frequency of your breakouts:

        Keep good personal hygiene
Removing makeup before bed, face washing, showering: don’t skip them. Keeping good personal hygiene will help you prevent bacterial buildup on the surface, as well as remove any excess oils on the face that could’ve blocked your pores. This can help you lower the chances of acne forming.

        Don’t be lazy with skincare
It may be counterintuitive to go through a whole skincare regimen (toner, serums, moisturizers) when your skin is oily. However, excess production of sebum could be an indication your face is trying to compensate for the dryness. Moisturizers can help the sebum secretion calm down over time once the surface thinks it’s getting enough moisture.

        Watch your diet
Knowing that a high sugar, carb and dairy diet can trigger acne breakouts, try to adjust how much of each you consumer. You don’t have to cut everything out completely, but slowly reducing these triggers may help reduce breakouts.

        Moderate Exercise
Since a lot of acne breakouts are due to hormonal imbalance, doing more exercise can help bring your hormones back into balance and thus reduce the frequency of your breakouts! If you don’t normally exercise, try starting out light with mini workout sessions, and build up the intensity to suit your needs

        See a dermatologist
If the acne is really out of hand, or you want more quantifiable results, try booking an appointment with your local dermatologist in Palo Alto, or wherever you live. Together, you can explore the skin treatment options and determine which course of action to take from there.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

Seasonal Skin Care Tips

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Extreme weather can have a long term effect on your skin. Depending on the season, your skin will go through slight changes based on the climate because it is the largest organ of the body that needs to adapt to exterior conditions. Unfortunately, your wardrobe isn’t the only facet to change when a new season comes along, but also your skincare routine as well. A dermatologist based in Cameron Park can recommend ways to take better care of your skin or special products designed for extreme temperatures.

Depending on your skin type: oily, dry, combination or normal - your skin may feel overly dry in winter and super greasy in the summer. For some people, they can have skin that is so naturally dry that it feels even drier in freezing temperatures and dried out from the sun in summer. Either way, our skin still needs a little extra care around seasons with extreme temperatures and in transitional seasons too. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can care for your skin come summer, winter and for those in between seasons like spring and fall.

Summer

For those with oily skin, in summer the natural oils from your pores will be even more active, and for those with dry skin, patchy skin tone may be more visible in the hotter months. With both of these hot temperatures induced conditions, you're more likely prone to pimples, rashes, and redness. Knowing how hot weather affects you will make skin treatment easier during those warm San Francisco days.

What does summer do to your skin? In the summer, the days are longer which means the sun is shining more. Overexposure to sun rays can cause premature aging and dehydrate the skin. In addition, heat rashes can occur, making the skin on your body more irritated. Lastly, bacterial infections are common during the hottest time of the year and this is what causes acne. The rising temperatures give bacteria an environment to live in and can be found anywhere, especially in hot locations. When you touch your face after touching a germ-infested object, you’re spreading the live bacteria to your body. However, you can always visit a skilled dermatologist in Pleasanton to clear up summer inflicted skin conditions. In between visits, here are some ways to prep your skin against the scorching sun.

Facial Care

The first thing that you notice is your face. So why wouldn’t you take the best care of it? During the summer, opt for a skin care routine that will hydrate your skin and keep it clean after a long day. Any dermatologist from Placerville will recommend exfoliating a few times a week to remove any excess oil and dirt because in the summertime sweat is more prevalent and can cause acne breakouts. If you have dry skin, refreshing your face throughout the day will do wonders. This can be as easy as splashing clean water on your face or using a facial mist. Mists can consist of rose water for those with sensitive skin. Either one you choose, refreshing your skin on a hot day will feel calming and your skin will be less irritated from the sun. Lastly, sunscreen is an absolute must and should be reapplied throughout the day. Sunscreen will block harmful sun rays that cause aging and sunspots.

Body Care

The skin on your body should be taken care of relatively the same as your face. Exfoliating your entire body should be done weekly, and reapplying sunscreen will prevent any that may occur. For hydration to your body, thick lotions that are not tacky will make your body feel plump without the added thickness. For ultimate hydration, drinking plenty of water will replenish what the sun is absorbing from your skin.

Winter

In winter, freezing temperatures can quickly dry out your skin. Skin treatment for these weather conditions in San Francisco may not be absolutely necessary, but they are very handy to know if you ever travel to a cooler climate. As it gets cooler, humidity levels drop and the air becomes drier. This results in flaky skin and for those will ailments such as eczema, the issue can get worse. For those with oily, acne-prone skin, the colder months can relieve you from pimples but there are extra ways to keep them at bay. Here are some ways to put the moisture back into your skin and take better overall care for it. 

Facial Care

Believe it or not, those harmful sun rays mentioned earlier are not just exclusive to summer. Even on the most cloudy days, UV rays are still able to get to us, therefore, sunscreen cannot be skipped during the darker, colder months! For those that live in areas where snow, when the sun reflects on blankets of white snow, it can do just as much harm that it can in the summer. Because skin becomes drier in winter, exfoliating your face to remove dead skin will help. If dryness makes your face feeling tight, humidifiers can add moisture to your skin, and even your hair.

Body Care

For colder month body care, applying oils after a warm shower will help your skin retain moisture. In addition, applying a thick cream all over will lock in the oil while providing more hydration. This ritual is perfect for those who suffer from eczema or psoriasis. However, for these issues, a skin treatment from your local Pleasanton dermatologist will be able to tailor a more specific skin care regimen 

Transitional Seasons

Transitional seasons can be conditioned spring and autumn, the months when the days aren’t too cold or too hot but they’re reaching for those days. Most likely your skin will be at its most normal and natural state during these months, however, there are some ways to prep it for extreme weather. Swapping your facial moisturizer with something that is lighter in consistency won't clog pores because in spring your skin will hold more water before the scorching sun can absorb it. Lastly, don’t forget to keep sunscreen on your vanity table! No matter what season, or what the temperature is, the sun always shines and when it does, you’ll need to protect your delicate skin all year round.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.                     

Psoriasis and Eczema: Differences and Treatments

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dry and itchy skin is a lot more common than you may think. There can be several causes for such a skin ailment, sometimes they are issues that go away by itself and others may need extensive treatment. However, knowing the symptoms and differences between psoriasis and eczema can rule out possible guesses and confusion. Visiting a dermatologist in Palo Alto will be able to diagnose a patient, but in between skin treatment, there are preventative measures and knowledge that can be useful to a Walnut Creek client.

Both eczema and psoriasis are considered to be chronic skin disorders that both have similar features. They are both red, dry, flakey skin rashes. Regardless of the symptoms being similar, the causes are different which means that the way they are treated will be different as well. Because their traits are so similar it can be difficult to know which one a patient has and which treatment would work best. Knowing the differences, and slight differences in symptoms will give you a better understanding of both psoriasis and eczema.

Fundamental Differences

As mentioned earlier, knowing the difference between the two will better help you understand why your Roseville skin doctor chooses one method of treatment over the other. Before getting into different ways to cure these skin ailments, let's take a look at how psoriasis and eczema differ.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is known to be a chronic immune disease. But what does this mean? Essentially, that means a patient with this skin condition possesses an immune system dysfunction that is constantly activated, resulting in skin changes. The immune system attacks healthy cells resulting in this condition that causes raised, irritated, and scaly patches on the skin. They can be found in any part of the body, including the scalp, however, the most common areas are elbows and knees.

Individuals with psoriasis may experience breakouts and flare-ups that are extreme one week, and the week next it may calm down. Because it is an immune dysfunction, the persistence of it will vary. The cause of psoriasis due to the patient's immune system may be unknown but triggers can be identified. Sometimes sunburns, scrapes, and stress can be enough to prompt a flare-up. These are just a few triggers that can spark psoriasis. A San Francisco based dermatologist will be able to advise a psoriasis patient on potential triggers that can be dependant on lifestyle habits.

Eczema

Similar to psoriasis, eczema is also an inflammation to the skin and can also have several triggers. Instead of this skin condition being a result of a dysfunctional immune system, it is caused by allergies. It is best to think of eczema as an external allergic reaction, rather than internal, such as runny eyes and sneezing. Eczema mostly occurs in people who have a history of this condition in their family. If they do not have the skin condition, history of asthma, hay fever or other allergies, may pass down to others in the form of eczema.

Triggers of eczema can come from various sources, these include food and environmental stimulants. Nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy, soy, and wheat are just a few examples of food allergies that can cause eczema. The environment can be airborne particles from pollen, mold, pet hair, cigarette smoke, and dust. Your Palo Alto skin doctor will be better at finding the exact trigger based on an allergy test. Just like psoriasis, eczema can also be triggered by stress if you are prone to getting this skin ailment. It can also develop at any time in your life.

Symptoms

It’s important to remember that psoriasis and eczema are not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person. However, if it runs in the family, it can be transmittable through genetics. In addition, the symptoms are in some ways different but relatively the same. For precautionary measures, it is best to look out for these consistent symptoms and then make an appointment with a skin doctor in Roseville to better hone in the type of skin condition you have and what treatment will work.

Visually speaking, it can be difficult to know if it is psoriasis or eczema. Common signs for both are dry, cracked, itchy patches of skin. However, those with psoriasis, the patches on the skin will be thicker in flaky scales, but sometimes it still may be difficult to catch to the naked eye. One distinct feature of eczema is fluid, or wetness may persist in the dry patches, this is known as serous exudate. For proper skin treatment by a dermatologist in Walnut Creek, a biopsy will be able to disclose which condition it is. 

Different Types

Unfortunately, psoriasis and eczema are not just two similar but different skin ailments, but there are different types for each condition. Visiting a San Francisco dermatologist can pinpoint the type of psoriasis or eczema a patient has, but knowing that there is even a subcategory of them will help patients better understand their skin.

For psoriasis, there are several different types, but the most common is known as plaque psoriasis. This is thick and scaly patches on the skin that is red and sometimes even a silvery-white color. It looks this way on account of built-up dead skin cells.

Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that is associated with asthma and it is common to see the signs in childhood. Flare-ups are caused by internal or external allergies. Lastly, contact dermatitis is one of the most common types of eczema. This is when an allergen or substance touched the skin and irritates it, creating flaky, itchy skin. For this type, cortisone creams can reduce the symptoms, however, there are alternative treatments you can discuss with your Roseville skin doctor.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

Dermatology vs. Skin Treatment In San Francisco

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Skin problems are something that a lot of people have to deal with on a regular basis, often in varying degrees, from minor irritations and acne to serious problems that may impact other areas of your health. Often compounding this is the fact that many skin problems have a clear visual element, leading sufferers often feel self-conscious or lose confidence. In order to avoid having to deal with these issues, it’s always best to be proactive and reach out to a skin care professional for additional help and special procedures. This isn’t just about repairing damaged skin, but also about learning how skin works to understand how to better maintain it on your own.

However, people with skin problems may often deal with options paralysis at first. Not only are there lots of procedures out there to choose from, but also a lot of different types of professionals to work with. Understanding who you have to work with in this regard and what separates them apart can make the challenge of getting skin care help less daunting-especially for first-timers.

Explaining Your Options

The easiest way to break down your choices for skin care help is to sort them into three main categories: dermatology, cosmetology, and esthetics. Dermatology is a formal medical position, and a dermatologist in Pleasanton is a licensed physician who handles skin disorders and other problems. Esthetics is fundamentally different because diagnosis, prescriptions, and other practices that require a medical license are off-limits. However, if you are seeing a dermatologist as well, an esthetician may be able to provide complementary therapies to support their efforts. In addition, estheticians are also trained to recognize the early signs of different medical conditions that impact the skin. As a result, if you need advanced care, an esthetician may refer you to a dermatologist in Placerville.

Cosmetology, by comparison, is the greater field of studying beauty treatments. This includes hair care and nail care on top of skin care. Some estheticians may combine their work on skin care with work in other areas.

Different Treatments

Different treatments are offered based on the skill level of the professional you’re working with. For example, if you’re looking into a chemical peel, you will need to see a formal dermatologist. This is an exfoliation process that works with a variety of different potential skin problems, from aging to acne to mild scarring to skin damage. As a bonus, it also improves the overall brightness of the skin and skin tone.

This process has a variety of different intensities based on your needs, and either require minimal down time from work and activities or up to a week for the skin to fully heal. It’s important that only dermatologists practice deep chemical peels for your safety.

By comparison, there are treatments that are more popular with estheticians, like the facial. This has a number of uses, including supporting the skin as well as serving as a general diagnostic to try and understand your skin conditions before going into more aggressive treatments. Your average facial will include makeup removal, skin cleansing, before going into a lighter exfoliation treatment. In some cases, there may be steaming and extractions, and even facial massages added on. On average, you can have a facial every four weeks, but some professionals may recommend otherwise based on your needs.

When it comes to looking at potential treatments, there isn’t a “right” or “wrong option.” Your skin therapist will help you find the best option based on your needs and preferences.

Finding Care

While cosmetic treatments may be very different than the work that your dermatologist does, there are a few elements that all skin care practitioners share, mainly in the process of getting care. For example, most skin care professionals will recommend that you schedule a consultation prior to any treatment, especially if you are new to this. The main goal here is for you and your professional to understand the full scope of your problems, as well as set together long-term and short-term goals and expectations for treatments. Many people get skin care expecting a certain result, not fully understanding that all our bodies are different and require different approaches when it comes to care.

Generally, consultations begin with an in-depth intake form, even if you’ve already shared some of your symptoms or problems over the phone. The main goal here is to try and get as concrete an example of what you need as possible. Along with this, a dermatologist may do a general skin analysis in order to get biological information about your skin and its needs. With the information you and your body provide, your skin therapist or dermatologist has all the tools they need to create a treatment plan that fits your needs. This can include both procedures they perform as well as recommendations for products to use at home.

We should take some extra time to mention home care. Especially for cosmetic treatments, but in any skin treatment regimen, a major component in seeing consistent improvement is developing proper home care. The good news is that you have a professional in your corner to provide recommendations and guidance. However, you ultimately need to follow through with the instructions, the same as you would for medical or dental care.

Now, when it comes to your finding that professional help, you always want to make sure that you work with a properly trained individual. Never be afraid to ask, whether you are looking at an esthetician or a dermatologist in Cameron Park, about key facts regarding their background, experience and training, especially regarding the treatment that you need. The good news here is that it’s easier than ever for you to find the resources you need to get this information. With a properly trained professional and a regimen designed for you, you’ve set the stage for helping to get healthier skin.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

The Fundamentals on Psoriasis

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Psoriasis is one of the most common skin conditions people come to dermatologists for help with, and on the surface, it seems like a minimal problem. Psoriasis occurs when the life cycle of skin cells suddenly starts to speed up. This leads to rapid cell buildup on the skin’s surface, which can sometimes lead to additional scales and red patches that become itchy and painful.

Psoriasis can be frustrating to deal with because there is no formal cure. However, there are different types of treatments, that mainly focus on stopping the skin cells from growing so fast. In addition, you can take lifestyle steps like moisturizing more and managing your stress. The support of a dermatologist in Palo Alto can mean a lot, also. Here’s what you need to know about this condition and how treatment works.

Psoriasis Types and Symptoms

One thing that can make targeting your psoriasis difficult is the fact that every person has different symptoms. The most common one, as we mentioned, are the red patches of skin with silvery scales, and small scaling spots, especially in children. However, there’s variance even here. A psoriasis patch can go from a few spots of scaling, similar to dandruff, to large eruptions that encompass patches of the skin.

In addition, these aren’t the only ways that psoriasis pops up. Sometimes, it’s represented by dry, cracked skin that starts to bleed. In other cases, it may lead to itching, burning, or soreness. In addition, the root issue behind psoriasis can extend to areas beyond your skin. For example, you may feel swollen joints or thickened/ridged nails. Generally, your average case of psoriasis progresses in cycles. It may appear for a few weeks or even a few months, then relax for a time, sometimes even going into remission by itself.

Compounding the issue is the fact that there are several different types of psoriasis that may appear. For example, plaque psoriasis can cause dry, raised, red lesions, also known as plaques. The plaques can occur anywhere on the body, including your genitals and the mouth’s inner, soft tissue. Note that psoriasis can also affect the fingernails and toenails, leading to issues like pitting, discoloration, and abnormal nail growth. In some cases, the nail may even begin to crumble.

In some cases, psoriasis may become more serious and pronounced. For example, inverse psoriasis tends to affect the skin in the armpits, groin, as well as under the breasts and around the genitals. Generally, this causes matches of red and inflamed skin, aggravated by friction and sweat. In some cases, fungal infections serve as a sort of “trigger” for inverse psoriasis.

There are also more uncommon types of psoriasis to look out for, like pustular psoriasis. This tends to occur both in wider patches or smaller areas on the hands, feet and fingers. One thing that’s notable about this is how quickly it develops, with the signature blisters appearing often hours after your skin becomes red. Some additional symptoms can include fever, chills, and even diarrhea. Erythrodermic psoriasis is the least common type, though, where the entire body can be covered with a red rash that peels, itches, and sometimes burns.

In one particular case, psoriatic extends beyond the skin to the joints, causing them to become swollen and painful like with arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis isn’t as crippling as other types, but it can lead to stiffness, extended joint damage, and even permanent deformity if left untreated.

If you think any of these situations may apply to you, seek out a dermatologist in San Francisco right away. You should also reach out to a doctor if you find that your psoriasis is affecting your life via discomfort or pain, or if it’s leading to joint problems or making your daily routine more difficult to perform.

Treating Psoriasis

One thing we should mention about psoriasis before getting into treatment is the fact that there are several potential complications that can arise from it. For example, psoriatic arthritis is a condition that leads to joint damage and loss of function in some cases. Psoriasis is also linked with higher instances of other conditions, like eye problems, obesity, diabetes, and some autoimmune diseases. We don’t entirely know the link between all these conditions, but they bear mentioning.

One additional consideration is that skin conditions may also lead to mental health issues due to their impact on your appearance. Even if you don’t have a formal mental health issue, the self-consciousness that comes with skin conditions can prove problematic.

When it comes to skin treatment in Walnut Creek, most doctors make their choices based on the type and severity of psoriasis and the areas of the skin that are impacted. However, the general approach here is to begin with the milder treatments on the spectrum, like topical creams or phototherapy. This generally applies to patients who are only showing the normal skin lesions that come with psoriasis. If more is needed, they can then progress. However, patients who are dealing with different varieties of psoriasis, such as erythrodermic psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, will generally need to get systemic therapy starting at the beginning of their treatment.

There is also a growing rise in alternative medicine when it comes to psoriasis treatment, and skin care in general. Generally, this includes skin-friendly diets, herbs, supplements, and creams. None of these have a concrete basis in science, but some of them have been shown to at least be safe. For people with milder plaque disease, these may be able to be effective in reducing symptoms. Some of the more popular options include aloe vera, fish oil, and barberry.

Because there’s a relative lack of scientific backing, with any type of alternative therapy, you want to get the input of a skin doctor in Roseville first. They can be a great asset in terms of steering you to the right options, or even finding choices that complement your existing treatment.

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.

Can You Eat Your Way To Good Skin Health?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

When we talk about getting your skin to look its best, it’s important to try and make a well-rounded approach. The skin is just like any other organ in that it needs proper nutrition in order to do its job. So, while a skin treatment in Walnut Creek will always be helpful, you also want to reinforce this with good habits, and a diet is a great place to start. Here are some of the foods you should try looking into if you want to support your skin health regimen.

Healthy Fats

Along with seeing a skin doctor in Roseville, you want to start your skin-healthy diet with healthy fats. There are a lot of sources you can go to for these. One of the top sources are fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, and herring. These fish are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep your skin thick and moisturized. In fact, there are some studies showing that being deficient in omega-3 fatty acids may actually result in dry skin. Omega-3s help in other areas as well, like minimizing inflammation which can lead to redness and acne.

In addition to omega-3s, fatty fish also has plenty of the antioxidant vitamin E, which helps protect your skin from damage caused by free radical molecules. Free radical molecule damage is associated with a lot of the things we consider signs of aging. On top of all that, you’re getting zinc, which helps regulate inflammation and produce new skin cells. A diet built around these as your main protein is going to be great for your skin and overall health.

Fatty fish is one of the best high-quality proteins out there, but there are other options for getting healthy fats. For example, avocados are high in these fats as well as vitamins A and C. This is part of the reason why we see avocado as a common ingredient in some skincare products. Walnuts and sunflower seeds also are cheap and portable ways to get your healthy fats, but you want to make sure that you take these in moderation. Some nuts also have other types of fats that you don’t want to have too much of.

Other Options

Healthy fats are the foundation of a skin-healthy diet, but there are other foods you want to add as well. Combine these with the support of a dermatologist in San Francisco, and your skin will always look its best. As a start of these other nutrients you want to focus on, let’s talk about beta-carotene. This plant-based nutrient can be converted into vitamin A, which helps your skin in several ways. As a start, it helps keep your skin looking healthy by serving as a natural sunblock. By doing this, you can minimize both cell death and wrinkling skin.

You have a few options to get yet your daily dose of beta-carotene, but sweet potatoes is one of the top options available. The reason for this is that your average half-cup of baked sweet potato has enough beta-carotene to provide four times your RDI of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are already a great healthy alternative when it comes to starches, and this adds another There are other options to choose from as well, like carrots, spinach, or bell peppers.

Bell peppers deserve a little bit of extra mentioning, as along with providing a lot of useful beta-carotene, they are also a strong source of vitamin C. Vitamin C, along with generally being good for you, also helps create the protein collagen which helps keep your skin firm and strong. One observational study in women showed that high vitamin C consumption was linked to reduced risk of wrinkled or dry skin with age.

To go to even more of a Swiss-army-knife when it comes to skin nutrition, let’s talk about broccoli. Broccoli and other green vegetables are some of the most nutrient-packed foods in nature, and there are plenty of potential applications for skin health here as well. For example, you’re getting plenty of vitamin A, zinc, and vitamin C with each broccoli serving. However, there are a few unique nutrients worth mentioning here as well.

For example, broccoli has lutein, a carotenoid that works similarly to beta-carotene. Lutein will help protect your skin from oxidative damage, which can lead to dryness and wrinkling. If you eat broccoli florets, you are also taking in a special compound known as sulforaphane. This has a variety of different benefits, but one of the biggest is serving as a powerful protective agent against skin damage from the sun. Remember, even if you’re not going to the beach or living in a tropical area, the sun can still take its toll on your skin. One study showed that sulforaphane reduced skin cells killed by UV light by as much as 29%. Protection lasted up to 48 hours as well.

We’ve been talking a lot about things you can eat to improve skin health, but what about things you can drink? To close the conversation, let’s talk about green tea. Green tea contains a series of compounds called catechins, and these do a lot to help improve the overall health of your skin. One study showed that over the course of 12 weeks, 60 women found that drinking green tea on a daily basis reduced sun exposure by up to 25%. In addition, green tea also improved the overall roughness, thickness, moisture, and elasticity with skin. If you’re drinking green tea to support your skin, you may want to skip the milk. There’s nothing wrong with milk itself, but when combined with tea, it may impact the intake of those all-important antioxidants.

If you have other dietary questions about skin health, don’t be afraid to ask a dermatologist in Palo Alto for more guidance. Remember, the best way to move towards health is through a combination of focused treatment and general lifestyle improvements.

Common Skin Care Mistakes

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

For a dermatologist in Pleasanton, a part of the work of helping patients fix their skin issues is also trying to figure out what caused the problem in the first place. This isn’t just to make diagnosis more effective, but also to make sure that issues don’t recur when it comes to after they get their skin treatment in San Francisco done. With this in mind, here are some common skin care mistakes that well-meaning people make, that may end up causing more problems in the end.

Protecting Your Skin

Probably the first thing that a dermatologist in Placerville is going to tell you when it comes to anti-aging advice is to try and protect yourself from sunlight. However, there are layers to this advice. A lot of people think that as long as they aren’t actively sunbathing or going to the beach, they don’t need to worry at all about the sun. However, the truth is that any sort of sun exposure will lead to damage, and even little 10-minute bursts of this while you are running your daily errands can lead to problems over time. As a result, you want to make sure that you use a moisturizer with SPF, to add protection into your daily skin regimen.

On the topic of sun protection, those who already are wearing sunscreen are doing well for themselves. However, there's a right and a wrong way to apply sunscreen. A lot of people make the fundamental mistake of not putting on their sunscreen until they are already for the sun. Remember, sunscreen needs time to settle and become active before it can actually do its work. Ideally, you want to try and apply it around 10 to 15 minutes before you plan on going outside. Along with this, you also want to make sure that you cover as many areas as possible, including those that get missed often like the ears and lips. The forehead by the hairline also often gets neglected.

In some cases, advancements being made in some skin care products isn’t enough to circumvent some common issues (yet). For example, more and more makeup formulas are being designed to be more lightweight. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can still leave them on overnight. The primary reason that makeup isn’t meant to be left on overnight is because it still clogs your pores, no matter how light it feels. When our skin secretes oil, the makeup them covers it up, causing buildup. This can lead to them looking larger and even leading to breakouts. A simple wash before you go to bed at night can do a lot.

On the topic of makeup, some people are just naturally more prone to breakouts than others. This is unavoidable, but you can make some smart purchasing decisions to try and minimize the problem. As a start, make sure that all the makeup products you are buying are oil-free. The easiest way to ensure this is the case is making sure that any products you buy clearly say they are oil-free on the label. One of the best ingredients you can use to get around this issue is hyaluronic acid, as it internally hydrates the skin.

Proper Skin Care

In some cases, people just have a fundamental misunderstanding of what may leave to skin imperfections or issues. Large pores are a good example of this. Most of the time, people believe that these generally step from clogs caused by oil, dirt, or makeup. However, aging plays a surprisingly large role in this as well. The main factor here is the fact that as we get older, collagen is doing to diminish around a pore. Collagen is the firming protein in the skin. As these skin fibers start to get looser, the pore itself appears bigger. If this is the root issue, scrubbing or unclogging products aren’t going to help, because they’re not fixing the root problem.

Instead, you want to make sure that you’re getting more vitamin C and peptides against your skin. These will help strengthen the collagen fibers in your skin and keep pores smaller.

Another thing that some people do is skip out on shaving cream, either to save time or because they are forgetful. However, shaving cream is more important than you think. When you use a razor, this helps the razor glide over the skin as opposed to you having to press down on it. As a result, this will lead to less risk of injury. In addition, these creams often help soften the hair, making it easier to cut and giving you a closer shave that lasts longer. With cream, you can go over the same area 10 times and not cause the problems you may see from doing it just once or twice slowly.

One thing that may surprise you is that toothpaste can actually cause trouble if you have naturally dry and cracked lips. Because a lot of toothpastes are made with some sort of minty derivative, it can actually hurt lips when they are dry. If you’re dealing with this issue, you can mitigate it a little by taking the time to coat your lips with some Vaseline before brushing. This helps your lips recover faster and minimizing any irritation.

As a final note, many people preach the importance of moisturizing for healthy skin, and indeed, hydrating is very important. However, there’s one area where it may backfire, and that’s while working out. When you exercise, your skin is going to naturally release sweat. However, if you put on cream before your workout, this can trap the sweat, and end up leading to breakouts or heat rash. Make sure you give your face and chest a quick wash before working out.

Overall, prevention is surprisingly important when it comes to skin health. By combining this with a consultation with a dermatologist in Cameron Park, you have the perfect platform to make your skin look its best at all times.


 
 

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