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January 04, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dermatologist   Acne   Skin Care   Pimples  

Your teen years may be several decades behind you, but your skin may not have gotten the message. Acne can affect people at any timeacne in their life; 20% of its sufferers are adults. Regardless of your age, it can be very frustrating to manage by yourself, especially if it's painful and recurrent. The skin care professionals at Warrenton Dermatology and Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA are here to help you understand what acne is and how we can help you treat your condition in this informative article.

What is acne?

The skin contains sebaceous glands to create its own oil, which helps to lubricate the skin and keep it from drying out. However, these secretions of oil can become trapped in the hair follicles, the tiny openings of the skin's surface, and cause lesions to develop from a combination of the oil and dead skin cells. Everyone gets a pimple or blackhead now and again, but when they are numerous and chronic, your Warrenton dermatologist will likely diagnose you with acne. Contrary to what you might have heard, acne isn't a problem associated with too much chocolate or bad hygiene. The causes of acne are thought to be linked to hormones and genetic predisposition.

How is acne treated?

The first line of defense in treating acne at Warrenton Dermatology and Skin Therapy Center is often topical therapies, which can be either over-the-counter or prescription-strength, depending on the severity of your acne. Oral medications that treat the bacteria associated with acne can also be effective. There are other medications that can help to control hormones if your Warrenton dermatologist determines that your acne is due to hormonal imbalances. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs.

You don't have to live with embarrassing and uncomfortable acne. Contact Warrenton Dermatology and Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA to make an appointment with Dr. Caballero today!

December 06, 2016
Category: Nail Health
Tags: Dermatologist   nails   healthy nails   nail problems   Tips  

Your nails dry out as you age, losing the natural oils which act as a glue to hold the nail layers together. Exposing your hands to harsh soaps, cleaning products, solvents and rough work makes things worse. At first your nails begin to ‘fray’ on the edges, becoming brittle. Eventually the layers split.  Ironically, “nail hardeners” make this worse, because the alcohols, formaldehyde and other chemicals in those products really dry out your natural oils. So, what can you do about brittle nails?

1. Hydrate and Add Oils. Use creams, oils and ointments on your nails every day, after they've been wet.The best hydrating ingredients for nails are Shea Butter, Jojoba oil, avocado oil, or other rich natural oils.  The thicker the cream the better, and oils or ointments are best. The trick is to use something that stays put for a while and doesn’t just rub off right away. “Bag Balm”, which contains lanolin, is a great option. Always moisturize skin and nails immediately after water exposure; applying moisturizers to dry nails is a waste of time.  Put your moisturizer on within minutes after your bath or shower (or after washing your hands), and do it as often as possible.  
2. Clip and file your nails when they're wet. Clipping and filing dry nails makes the splits worse, so always do this after water exposure (i.e. bath or shower).  Towel off the water and then use sharp nail clippers to trim your nails, followed by gently filing the edges.  You can also very gently buff the nail edges to keep the splitting layers from catching on things and progressing down the nail.

3. Wear gloves when you do rough work or get your hands into harsh chemicals.

4. Supplement your diet: Gelatin capsules won’t help you, but vitamin supplements formulated specifically for nail growth (containing biotin) may help. However, many of the ingredients in these supplements are lavishly present in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, natural oils, beans and fish.  Eating a richly nutritious diet is key to supporting healthy nails, and vitamin supplements should be used in addition to, not in place of a healthy diet.

There are diseases that can affect splitting fingernails, the most common being thyroid problems and anemia.  Some skin diseases affect the nails, as well, and can cause splitting.  If your nails don't improve using these easy remedies, we recommend you

Call (540) 341-1900 to make an appointment with
Dr. Caballero, Audrey Ludwig-Bunch, PA-C or Heather Callahan, PA-C
at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center

By Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center
February 03, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dermatologist  

Do you have stubborn acne that will not go away? How about fine lines or wrinkles you wish were not there? From Botox to skin cancer removal, your dermatologist Juan-Carlos Caballero, M.D. is available for a wide variety of procedures. But what requires a visit to your dermatologist? With help from Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center, you can learn what conditions warrant an appointment.Acne

  • Acne: The most obvious reason to see your Warrenton dermatologist Dr. Caballero is acne treatment. Blemishes that do not respond to over-the-counter acne medications often benefit from more aggressive treatment your dermatologist provides.
  • Aging: If you notice fine lines and wrinkles or that your skin is starting to sag, a visit to your dermatologist can revitalize your skin and makes you look and feel great. Treatments are available to smooth and tighten the skin, improve its texture and correct uneven complexions due to sun damage.
  • Cosmetic: Cosmetic treatments could be for you, even if signs of aging are not what is troubling you. We offer procedures to plump your lips or cheeks and prevent wrinkles to keep you looking great.
  • Eczema: Eczema causes inflammation of the skin. This condition most commonly presents in the form of a red, itchy, swollen and dry rash. If you think you have eczema, your doctor can help you understand the condition and determine the best course of action to treat it.
  • Hair loss: Your Warrenton dermatologist uses several tests to determine the cause of your hair loss. Once he has pinpointed the cause, you and your doctor can move forward with a treatment plan.
  • Psoriasis: Caused by weaknesses in the immune system, psoriasis is an irritating and often emotionally distressing condition. Skin cells form up to 10 times too quickly, causing a scale-like area of thick silvery skin to form. These areas, called plaques, are itchy and often painful.
  • Skin cancer: The most common form of cancer, skin cancer, if diagnosed early, has the highest cure rate. If you see a skin growth such as a mole which has changed in color, texture size, thickness or shape, you should see your dermatologist immediately.
  • Rosacea: Rosacea is characterized by redness or red patches on the face, ears and chest. More severe cases involve swelling, skin thickening and bumps occur.

For more information about dermatological conditions and how they are treated, please contact Juan-Carlos Caballero, M.D. at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center in Warrenton, VA. Call (540) 341-1900 to schedule your appointment today!