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Posts for category: Skin care

By D&A Dermatology
December 16, 2014
Category: Skin care
Tags: Acne  
Acne Treatment ImageWhile acne usually appears during puberty, adults into their 50s can even develop acne. Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting 40 to 50 million Americans. Furthermore, the American Academy of Dermatology also reports that almost 85 percent of all people will experience acne at some point. If you’re dealing with acne then you are most likely looking for ways to get clearer skin. Follow these helpful tips from your Chicago loop dermatologist to promote healthier, acne-free skin:
 

1. Avoid overwashing

 
At the first sign of a pimple, you might feel the need to scrub your face as clean as possible. However, overwashing can strip skin of the essential oils it needs, which can make acne worse. Plus, acne washes contain strong chemicals, which can dry out skin. Try this approach instead: wash acne twice a day with only a mild face wash and lukewarm water. This will help reduce irritation
 

2. Opt for oil-free products

 
Oil-free cleansers won’t cause acne or clog pores, so they are the best choice for anyone, but particularly those prone to acne. When you go shopping for acne products, look for words like “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic”.
 

3. Limit sun exposure

 
The sun’s rays can dry out skin and aggravate acne. Not to mention sunbathing can cause wrinkles and even skin cancer. And if you are using prescription acne medications, you’ll most certainly want to avoid the sun (as your medication may already recommend), as it can make you more sensitive to UV rays.
 

4. Don’t pick or touch your face

 
When you notice a pimple your first inclination might be to pop or squeeze it; however, think twice before touching your skin. Our fingers and hands carry a lot of germs, which only get transferred to the skin. Plus, popping that pesky pimple could only push bacteria further into the skin, causing infection and scarring. Talk to your Chicago dermatologist about extractions.
 

5. Know your treatment options

 
If you aren’t happy with how your acne is responding to over-the-counter treatments, your dermatologist has a variety of different options from effective cleansers to hormonal treatments to extractions and antibiotics. We can get you on the road to clearer skin.
 
We would also be happy to sit down with you and create a unique treatment plan for clearing up your acne. Call us today to schedule your next dermatologist appointment.
By D&A Dermatology
September 16, 2014
Category: Skin care
Tags: Dermatology   skin care   skin problems  
It’s extremely tempting to spend as much time outside as possible when the temperatures are hot and the sun is high -- especially in the summer months. Many people look at this type of weather as the best time to go sunbathing, enjoying the beach or going to a park with family. But unfortunately, hot and humid weather is not a friend to your skin. Dr. Toral Patel runs a skin wellness center of Chicago called D&A Dermatology where she often treats patients who have serious skin problems that seem to only develop in the summer months.
 

Humid, Hot Weather & Your Skin

When the weather is humid it means that there is a lot of moisture in the air. That causes the pores of the skin to open and makes them susceptible to gathering dirt, oil and allergens. Too much humidity can cause problems like acne, skin breakouts, eczema and allergic reactions that show up on the skin. Many people who live in humid clients often complain of a condition they call “tropical acne.” As you can imagine this is a problem that most often affects patients who live in areas that are close to the equator, but Dr. Patel also sees these cases at her skin wellness center of Chicago.
 

How to Protect Your Skin

The best solution for this skin problem is preventative -- stay out of the hot, humid weather as much as possible. Stay inside in an air-conditioned room or at an air conditioned business during the hottest hours of the day. If you must do battle with hot humid weather, keep a package of wet wipes (preferably containing witch hazel) handy that you can use to keep your face clean as you sweat. Scrub your face clean intermittently throughout the day.
 
A common treatment for skin problems that occur because of humidity and hot weather is a topical antibiotic that Dr. Patel can prescribe at her Chicago office.
 

Get a Skin Checkup from Dr. Patel

If you feel that your skin issues may be related to hot, humid summer weather, and you need a solution ASAP, contact dermatologist Dr. Toral Patel at her skin wellness center of Chicago. She can provide you with products and treatments to rejuvenate your skin and give you a fresh new look.