Also called “dermatitis,” eczema refers to several different rash-like conditions where the skin is inflamed, red and irritated. The most severe and long-lasting type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. During a flare-up, the skin becomes extremely red, itchy and scaly. This skin condition can be widespread, or may be confined to only a few areas on the body. Eczema is not contagious, although if you have a family history of eczema, your risk for the disease increases. Generally, atopic dermatitis affects infants or young children and may last until the child reaches adulthood.
The appearance and symptoms for atopic dermatitis will vary for each person. Intense itching is the most common symptom, which can lead to severe discomfort and/or loss of sleep. Other common symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry, red and extremely itchy patches of skin
- Cracked, inflamed and scaly skin
- Small bumps or blisters that ooze and weep
- In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth
Eczema outbreaks are caused by an over-reaction of your skin’s immune system to environmental and emotional triggers, such as temperature, chemicals, dust, mold or stress. While there is currently no cure, eczema sufferers can practice self-care at home to help reduce flare-ups. Lifestyle adjustments are the best line of defense in controlling all types of eczema. Goals of treatment include reducing inflammation, decreasing risk of infection and alleviating the itch. To minimize symptoms and outbreaks:
- Moisturize every day to prevent dryness and cracking
- Limit contact with irritants, such as soaps, jewelry, and detergents
- Avoid sudden changes in temperatures, as over-heating and sweating are common triggers of flare-ups
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Minimize exposure to mold, pollens and animal dander
- Opt for cotton, loose-fitting clothes and avoid wool and other rough materials
Treatment for eczema begins with a proper diagnosis from a board certified dermatologist. If you are diagnosed with eczema, the dermatologist can explain your type of eczema and can work with you to tailor a treatment plan that meets your individual needs to effectively manage the symptoms. If you or a loved one are struggling with eczema, contact Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center at (540) 341-1900 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Dermatology Specialists for help.
Parabens are preservatives frequently used in skin care products. They were commercialized in the 1950s and possess antifungal and antibacterial properties. About 90% of grocery items contain parabens, as they are found in just about everything from deodorants to toothpaste, shampoo, hair conditioner, cosmetics and body lotion.
The role of parabens in product formulation is to kill fungus and bacteria that might grow in the bottle causing contamination and spoilage. Most skin care products must sit on the shelf for 3-6 months prior to purchase and then sit on the purchaser’s shelf for another year. Providing safe products that consumers can use with confidence requires preservatives of some kind.
The concept of preservation is not unique to skin care products. Even Mother Nature uses preservatives. Methylparaben is found in blueberries (consumed by humans) where it functions as a natural antimicrobial to prevent the berries from spoiling. Even plants have parabens to allow their seeds to be spread in a viable form over the earth.
Safety concerns over parabens arose because they can mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors. Parabens have been considered as a possible cause of early puberty in females, lower fertility in males, and even breast cancer. However, at the present time, the US FDA has determined that paraben preservatives are safe at the levels currently used.
Find out more about this unique dermal filler and what it can do to boost your skin’s appearance.
As we get older we start to notice that our once supple and cherub-like cheeks are now sagging and sinking. If only there was a simple way to fix this without needing invasive procedures? Well actually, there is. Our Warrenton, VA, dermatologist, Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero, has information on Juvederm Voluma® XC and how it might work to breathe life back into your aging skin.
What is Juvederm Voluma® XC?
This dermal filler is made up of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is already naturally found within the body and helps to lift and rejuvenate sagging skin. Even though we already have hyaluronic acid in our bodies this substance does start to deplete as we age. By injecting hyaluronic acid into these areas, we can help to bring volume and youthfulness back into your face.
What skin problems can it treat?
While Voluma® XC is mostly intended for treating a loss of volume within the cheeks, it can also help to provide a more youthful shape and contouring of higher regions of the cheekbones for women.
What should I expect from treatment?
Most people worry that getting dermal fillers will hurt, but there is very little discomfort associated with getting them. Before we inject the filler, our Warrenton, VA, skin doctors will apply a numbing cream to these areas. Once the area is numb a small needle is used to place the filler beneath the skin.
How long will my results last?
What makes Juvederm Voluma® XC such a popular treatment is that results can last up to two years. Your health or your body makeup will determine how it interacts with hyaluronic acid and how long your results will last.
Are you interested in getting Juvederm Voluma® XC in Warrenton, VA? Do you have questions about this procedure or just want to find out if you are an ideal candidate? If so, the dermatology experts at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center would love to sit down with you. Call us today.
Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United States, and recent findings indicate that non-melanoma skin cancer is increasing in young adults, especially young women. It has been shown that ultraviolet light exposure early in life is linked to skin cancer later in life, since younger skin is particularly sensitive to the detrimental effects of ultraviolet light. So, it is particularly disturbing that, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, nearly 2.3 million American teenagers visit tanning salons every year. Furthermore, tanning is now thought to be truly “addictive” because of a proven endorphin release during sun exposure, which only reinforces this unhealthy habit.
More than 80% of teens surveyed did not believe that tanning salons were safer than natural exposure to the sun, yet almost 65% of the students felt that they should be able to use a tanning salon without the consent of their parents. 60% of teens thought that “tan” people were better looking, but 54% of the students said that they do believe tanning now will cause their skin to look ugly in the future; however, they will continue to tan anyway. The overwhelming majority of teenagers did not use sunless tanners.
Clearly, these teenagers believe that “tanner people are better looking.” Although intellectually, these young people (particularly females) realize that tanning may not be healthy for them, they will continue to expose themselves to dangerous ultraviolet rays. Why?!? The two most plausible explanations for this disconnect may be that: 1) teenagers often feel invincible and 2) there is a long lag time between exposure to ultraviolet radiation and the development of skin cancers, so vanity trumps future benefits. So, short of national legislation to prevent teenagers from accessing tanning salons, what else can be done?
The answer may be in addressing the vanity of tanned skin head-on. Rather than continuing to highlight the dangers of tanning to teens who already know it is unsafe but are willing to take the risk…give them safe, affordable, accessible and effective options to get what they want, just without UV exposure: Sunless tanners. Sunless tanning has made huge advances in both ease of application and quality of result over the past few years. Gone are the days of streaky, orange, “fake” looking results. Professionally applied “spray tans” are still available, but there are many at-home products which yield the same great results. There are lotions that can be applied nightly for a gradual change of color over time (Jergens Natural Glow), or pre-moistened wipes which are rubbed over the skin to produce a tan in a few short hours (Tan Towel), just to name a couple. The key to success with any of these products is good exfoliation of dead cells from the skin prior to application, and careful attention to the application directions.
Be proactive and talk with your teen about their safe self-tanner options. As prom and other spring/summer events approach, it is likely that your teen will want to look tan. Help them select the most appropriate self-tanner for their skin type and then be there to support their application efforts. If it keeps them from unsafe sun and/or tanning booth exposure – it just might also save their life!
Most of us are dealing with some sort of skin condition, such as sun damage, wrinkles, acne, acne scarring, or Melasma. If you fall into this category, now is the perfect time to correct and refresh your skin with a chemical peel. Chemical peeling is a procedure that aims to accelarate skin exfoliation, resulting in renewed, healthier looking skin and a more uniform complexion. These treatments don't mix particularly well with sun exposure. So this time of year, when the is lower in the sky and our lifestyles keep up indoors a bit more, is when we recommend using skin peels the most.
This time of year, it is also very common to find that no matter how much moisture you use, your skin still feels dry and dull.This is another reason why chemical peels are the perfect winter-time skin treament - because your dryness is probably at least due to an artificially thick build-up of dead skin cells, which are blocking the surface of your skin from absorbing and utilizing your moisturizer (and any other topical products you may be applying). By clearing off this layer, you not only brighten your complexion, but you also allow your skin to receive topical products in a meaningful and beneficial way.
The Vitalize Peel (V-Peel) from SkinMedica is our most popular chemical peel treatment. Suitable for all skin types, it combines Retinol, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid to fight the effects of time, sun damage, acne, and Melasma. it smooths the appearance of discolorations, fine lines, wrinkles and roughness and requires little-to-no down time. This painless peel produces a light to moderate amount of peeling for 2-3 days, and can be repeated every 4-6 weeks. You'll experience noticeable results after just one peel, and compelling results after a series of 4 peels (spaced 4-6 weeks apart).
To find out which chemical peel may be right for your skin, call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center at (540) 341-1900, to schedule a FREE consultation or ask to speak with our Licensed Master Esthetician!
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