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The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 100+ locations.

Quick Treatments for Back Acne

Back acne is common in both men and women, and can be rather distressing, especially during times when the back is exposed such as wearing particular evening dresses or relaxing by the pool. Back acne can be controlled and prevented, however, with the right combination of skin care and products.

Check out this video to learn about some of the skin care products available to help you treat your back acne. Options range from over the counter solutions containing benzoyl peroxide to chemical peels at your dermatologist's office.

If you're interested in general or cosmetic dermatology procedures to get your skin smooth, clear, and healthy, contact us at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. We offer a variety of treatments, procedures, and skin care products to keep you looking and feeling your best. Give us a call at (866) 608-9531 to schedule your appointment.

Learning the Basics of Good Skin Care

As the largest organ of your body, your skin provides vital protection against the world, is responsible for regulating body temperature, and even plays a large role in removing toxins and wastes from the body. It only makes sense to practice good skin care to keep it functioning at its best. What's more is that healthy skin looks fresher, younger, and more vibrant, making proper skin care that much more beneficial. Here are the basics:

Female Washing Face Clean

Skin accumulates oil, dirt, and even dead skin cells every day. If not removed properly and regularly, this buildup can become trapped in pores, leading to blemishes, a dull skin tone, and generally looking older than you are. Choose quality skin care products to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Try to do your main cleansing routine just before bed so you aren't exposing freshly washed skin to the outside elements. This also gives you the best opportunity to remove makeup from the day if you wear it, which should never be neglected.

Moisturize

Skin needs to stay hydrated in order to stay healthy, smooth, and supple. Not all moisturizers are created equal, however, and you may have unique needs. Talk to your dermatologist about the best skin care products for you, and get his or her recommendations on products both to try and avoid.

Protect

Sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 should be worn every single day. Your face and hands are constantly exposed to the sun, even when it's not beach weather. Time spent outdoors beyond 15 minutes is enough to cause sun damage, even if you don't burn or have any noticeable visible signs of this damage. The sun's rays aren't affected by the temperature—you can burn just as easily in 20 degree weather as you can in 90 degrees.

For more information about proper skin care, or for access to quality skin care products, contact us at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Visit us online, or give us a call at (866) 608-9531 to learn more about our products and services, or to schedule an appointment.

A Look at Common Skin Problems in Children

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Children are just as prone to skin problems as adults—sometimes more so. In some cases, your child may need the special care of a dermatologist and prescription treatments to control the problem. Other times, over the counter solutions may be all that are required until the problem subsides. Since certain skin problems are often difficult to distinguish from others, it’s always a good idea to consult a dermatologist before attempting an at home treatment. Some of the most common childhood skin problems include:

Diaper Area Dermatitis

There are actually several types of skin problems that can affect the diaper area of infant and toddlers. The most common is contact dermatitis caused by irritants, or diaper rash. Second is yeast overgrowth, which often accompanies diaper rash. Barrier ointments can help keep the skin dry and protected, while an antifungal ointment may be needed for yeast. Allergic contact dermatitis and inflammatory skin problems are also common. Your dermatologist may recommend a mild steroid cream in addition to barrier ointments.

Warts

Warts are extremely common in children and are caused by either the human papilloma virus or a pox virus, depending on the type of wart. There is no treatment for the cause of the wart, but there are treatments available for the affected skin. Warts are usually spread by contact, so teaching your children proper hygiene and avoiding damp areas where the viruses like to live is the best method of preventing them.

Eczema

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, often develops in childhood, though it can occur at any age. Many children outgrow the symptoms of eczema by the time they are two years old, but it can recur at any time. Since eczema is a lifelong, measures should be taken to avoid triggers and manage flare-ups properly if or when they do occur.

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we offer compassionate pediatric dermatology services in addition to our services for adults. Visit us online to learn more, or call (866) 608-9531 to set up an appointment for yourself or your child.

Tips for Coping with Acne and Facial Moles

Acne and facial moles are two of the most common skin problems people face. Incidentally, they are also two of the most embarrassing. If you find yourself trying to cope with either, there’s good news: many treatment options exist to help clear up your skin—and your problem!

Check out this video to learn about what causes acne and facial moles, as well as some tips for getting rid of them. Find out about a couple of at-home remedies you can try, but also learn when you really need to visit your dermatologist to be safe.

Moles can actually be a form of skin cancer, so do schedule an appointment to see us at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery if you have one that seems odd or changes. We can tell you whether your mole is something to worry about, and remove it for you if it’s causing you distress. Call (866) 608-9531 today.

 

When to See Your Dermatologist About Your Nails

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Most people don’t give much thought to their fingernails and toe nails beyond the occasional trimming, filing, and perhaps a bit of painting. However, your nails can give you and your dermatologist some fairly important information about what might be going on with your general health. Certain symptoms may be for problems with the nails themselves while others could indicate larger problems inside your body. See your dermatologist when:

You Notice Yellowing and Thickening of Your Nails

Yellowed nails that appear to grow thicker and more slowly can be a sign that you have an underlying respiratory problem. If you have problems with swelling in your hands, you may also notice the same symptoms. Sometimes your nails may be missing their cuticle in addition to being discolored, and they can occasionally separate from the nail bed.  In any event, you’ll want to schedule a dermatologist appointment soon.

You Develop Pits or Indentations in Your Nails

Pitting in the nails is usually associated with autoimmune disorders, especially psoriasis. Indentations running horizontally across your nails, known as Beau’s lines, can be indicative of vascular disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or a zinc deficiency, or may occur after a severe illness with high fever or injury. Your dermatologist can help you control your psoriasis if it’s the source of your pitting, and he or she may refer you to a specialist if Beau’s lines seem to indicate larger problems.

Your Nails Begin to Grow Upward and Curl Up

This symptom, often called spoon nail, happens when the nails become extremely soft and curl up into a shape resembling a spoon. It’s almost as if your nails are suddenly growing inside out. Spoon nails are usually a sign that there’s some sort of iron deficiency or iron-related disease such as hemochromatosis, but can also indicate heart and thyroid problems.

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you get to the root of your nail problems. We also offer general and cosmetic dermatology services, as well as treatment for skin cancer. Call (866) 608-9531 today to schedule your appointment.

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