Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 140+ locations.

A Quick Look at the Benefits of Retinoic Acid

Your dermatologist may recommend cosmetic dermatology products that contain retinoic acid if you suffer from wrinkles, hollow or sagging skin, skin discoloration, or warts. Retinoic acid is also used in safe, effective psoriasis treatments, acne treatments, rosacea treatments, and scar management treatments. Retinoic acid promotes the turnover of old, unhealthy skin on the surface of your face, making way for new, healthy skin growth.

Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dermatology products containing retinoic acid. If you use prescription-strength retinoic acid consistently over 3 to 6 months, you will develop smoother, clearer, and more even-toned skin.

If you're interested in incorporating retinoic acid into your cosmetic dermatology routine, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our talented dermatologists can recommend the right combination of products to reveal your younger, healthier skin. To schedule an appointment to discuss your cosmetic dermatology options, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

After Your Diagnosis: What to Know About Psoriasis

After being diagnosed with psoriasis, you will work closely with a medical dermatologist to develop an effective psoriasis treatment plan. Psoriasis outbreaks have many possible triggers, and once you understand your triggers, you and your dermatologist can reduce flare-ups. Here are some important facts that you should know about psoriasis once you have been diagnosed by a dermatologist.

Determining Which Type of Psoriasis You Have

There are 7 types of psoriasis, and your medical dermatologist will perform a variety of tests to determine which type you have. Your psoriasis treatment depends upon the type of psoriasis that you have. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis, and symptoms include raised, red, scaly skin. Outbreaks typically occur on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. The other types of psoriasis are guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, nail psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis.

Recognizing Common Psoriasis Triggers

You can reduce the occurrence of your psoriasis outbreaks, and choose the most effective psoriasis treatment, by identifying your triggers. One of the most common triggers is stress, which can stimulate the body's production of chemicals that cause inflammation. Weather changes, skin injuries, infections, and consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes can also trigger an outbreak. Medications that can trigger outbreaks include those used to treat high blood pressure and bipolar disorder, as well as over the counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen.

Choosing a Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis cannot be cured, but the right combination of psoriasis treatments can reduce outbreaks and symptoms. Your dermatologist may recommend a combination of treatments, including topical psoriasis treatments, phototherapy, systemic treatments, and biologic medications. If your psoriasis does not affect your life severely, you and your dermatologist may determine that regular psoriasis treatments are not necessary.

If you're interested in learning more about safe, effective psoriasis treatments, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our experienced medical dermatologists can recommend a personalized, comprehensive psoriasis treatment plan based upon your type of psoriasis and psoriasis triggers. Call us today at (866) 400-3376 to make an appointment with a qualified dermatologist.

Understanding Neurofibromas

Neurofibromas are skin growths that are caused by a genetic condition known as neurofibromatosis. These skin growths are usually noncancerous, but can become cancerous over time. It's important to visit a dermatologist if you are worried about your skin. A clinical dermatologist should always evaluate them to be sure that they are benign.

Watch this video for more information about neurofibromas, including their symptoms and treatment options your dermatologist can provide. Neurofibromas grow on nerve tissue on the brain, spinal cord, and anywhere else in the nervous system.

If you have a skin growth and are concerned that it might be cancerous, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our clinical dermatologists and cosmetic dermatology specialists can test and evaluate a skin growth to determine whether or not it is dangerous. They can also provide effective treatment options. To schedule an appointment at one of our 140 locations across the country, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

The Patient's Guide to Using Topical Acne Medications

If you're suffering from adult acne, a clinical dermatologist can provide topical acne medications and acne laser treatments to reduce blemishes and scarring. It's important to carefully follow your dermatologist's instructions when using acne medication to ensure that it's as effective as possible. Here's a helpful guide to using topical acne medications.

Wash and Moisturize Your Face Prior to Use

It's important to remove makeup, oil, and bacteria from your face before using a topical acne treatment. Otherwise, you risk trapping irritants underneath the medication and making acne worse. Your dermatologist can recommend an appropriate cleanser and moisturizer for use when you have acne. After washing your skin, lightly apply your daily or nightly moisturizer. This will protect your skin from some of the side effects of acne medication.

Use an Appropriate Amount of the Medication

Your clinical dermatologist will advise you as to how much of the acne medication you should apply with each use. Typically, it should be no more than a pea-sized drop. Put the appropriate amount on your index finger, and then dab it on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Then rub it in carefully so that it covers your entire face. If you use more than recommended, you could seriously irritate your skin, causing redness, peeling, itchiness, flakiness, tenderness, and swelling.

Begin Using the Medication Gradually

You should begin using your acne medication gradually to prevent side effects and skin irritation. Your dermatologist will probably suggest that you begin by applying the medication every other day, or even every third day. If you still experience irritation, you should cut back on your use. After a few weeks without problems, you can increase your use.

If you're interested in learning more about acne medication or laser acne treatments, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our clinical dermatologists can develop a comprehensive acne treatment plan that will target and reduce blemishes, and minimize acne scarring. To schedule an appointment at one of our 140 locations across the country, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Reducing Your Chances of Skin Irritation

If you frequently experience skin irritations like rashes, hives, breakouts, itchiness, peeling, redness, or inflammation, a clinical dermatologist or medical dermatologist can help. A dermatologist can determine the biological or environmental causes of your skin irritations, and help you reduce the likelihood of them reoccurring. Here are some tips for reducing your chances of skin irritation.

Choose Skin and Hair Care Products Wisely

Some skin and hair care products contain ingredients that are known irritants, like alcohol, fragrances, alpha-hydroxy acid, ammonium persulfate, tretinoin, and p-phenylenediamine. Before purchasing a product, you should check its active and inactive ingredients. Look for products that are all-natural, organic, additive-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free. Your clinical or medical dermatologist can help you pick out non-irritating skin and hair care products.

Avoid Irritants in Soaps and Detergents

Dish soaps and laundry detergents can also contain irritants. Certain chemicals and fragrances in these products can cause rashes, allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, or can act as a trigger for an eczema or psoriasis outbreak. You can find all-natural, eco-friendly soaps and detergents that don't contain dangerous or harmful chemicals. If you switch to a new soap or detergent and notice that your skin has become itchy, inflamed, tender, red, or dry, you should discontinue use of the product, take note of the ingredients, and find an all-natural replacement.

Protect Your Skin from Sun Exposure

The harsh, UV rays of the sun are another common cause of skin irritation, including heat rashes, sunburns, and breakouts. You should protect your sun from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, pants, and long sleeves if you plan on being in the direct sunlight for 15 minutes or more.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, we have over 140 locations across the country, and our cosmetic dermatology specialists can diagnose and treat any skin, nail, or hair problems that you might have. We employ cosmetic dermatologists, medical dermatologists, and clinical dermatologists who can recommend skin care products and treatments that won't harm your skin. To make an appointment with one of our dermatologists, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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