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Posts for tag: Dermatology

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.
February 18, 2014
Category: Rosacea
Tags: Dermatology   Chicago Loop  
If you experience frequent flare-ups of inflamed skin, you may have rosacea, which generally begins after age 30 and goes through cycles of flare-ups and remissions.  Over time, rosacea gets redder in color and small blood vessels may also appear on the face.  If left untreated, bumps and pimples may form, and the end of the nose may become swollen, red and bulbous.  It is not contagious, but there is some evidence that suggests that rosacea may be inherited. Dr. Toral Patel explains to our patients in the Chicago Loop that the inflammation caused by rosacea can affect the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or eyelids. 
Chicago Loop Residents: Avoid Triggers for Rosacea
With each case unique there is no cure for rosacea, but our Chicago Loop dermatologist can prescribe oral antibiotics and topical medications to reduce the severity of the symptoms.  When your condition goes into remission, only topical treatments may be needed.  In severe cases, a vascular laser, intense pulsed light source or other medical devices may be used to remove any visible blood vessels and reduce excess redness and bumpiness on the nose. 
The National Rosacea Foundation found that the leading triggers of rosacea include:
  • Sun exposure
  • Hot or cold weather
  • Emotional stress
  • Wind
  • Alcohol
  • Heavy exercise
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot baths
  • Heated beverages
  • Some skin care products
  • Humidity
  • Indoor heat
To help reduce the incidence of flare-ups, a gentle daily skin care routine is recommended.  Your skin care routine should consist of mild, non-abrasive cleansers, soft clothes, rinsing in lukewarm water, and blotting the face dry.  Additionally, patients need to protect themselves from sun exposure by using sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher and sunblock that eliminate UVA and UVB rays. 
You are encouraged to keep a record of flare-ups to try and determine the lifestyle and environmental triggers that aggravate the condition.  Contact Dr. Toral Patel in the Chicago Loop for Rosacea treatment information and how to avoid certain triggers.