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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 120+ locations.

What Are the Most Common Skin Rashes?

A skin rash isn't a specific diagnosis in itself. It simply refers to skin inflammation and discoloration, such as a reddened appearance. There are many types and causes of skin rashes, such as hives, contact dermatitis, and diaper rash. Sometimes, a mild skin rash may be treatable with over-the-counter skin creams. However, if you have severe symptoms or your rash persists longer than a few days, it's time to see a dermatologist.

Hives

If your skin rash develops suddenly, you may have hives. Also known as urticaria, this skin condition results in the appearance of pink areas of swelling that are typically itchy, burning, or stinging. These welts may be small or large and they can appear anywhere on your skin. Often, the development of hives is caused by exposure to an allergen, such as a medication, food, or other substance to which a person is allergic. If hives are accompanied by the swelling of the throat or face that makes it difficult to breathe, the patient requires emergency care. In most cases; however, hives are mild and clear up by themselves or with treatments such as antihistamines.

Contact Dermatitis

Much like hives, contact dermatitis can develop from exposure to an allergen. This red, itchy rash isn't dangerous, although it can be unpleasant. Contact dermatitis can result in red bumps, severe itching, and dry, cracked skin. In severe cases, crusting blisters can form. A dermatologist can prescribe medications to control this skin reaction and help patients figure out which substance is triggering it.

Diaper Rash

As the name suggests, diaper rash can develop on an infant's bottom. It may also develop on the skin of adults with incontinence. It looks like inflamed, reddened skin on the buttocks, thighs, and other nearby areas. To care for a baby with diaper rash, parents should keep the area clean and dry. If the rash persists, a dermatologist may recommend applying a mild hydrocortisone cream.

If you've developed an unusual rash, a medical dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery can provide an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan. Our clinics also offer cosmetic dermatology products and services. Get relief from your skin rash by calling (866) 400-3376 to arrange a visit with a dermatologist.

A Look at Differin Gel Treatment for Adult Acne

Adult acne can be difficult to treat and to cope with. If you're dissatisfied with your adult acne, consider visiting a dermatologist to discuss your treatment options. Your dermatologist may recommend Differin Gel, which is a once-daily prescription medication. Differin Gel is comprised of a retinoid that works by unclogging pores to treat existing acne and prevent your skin from developing future acne. Cosmetic dermatology professionals often recommend Differin Gel because it is strong enough to effectively manage acne, yet gentle enough to avoid irritating sensitive skin.

Your cosmetic dermatologist will likely recommend that you apply Differin Gel every evening. Apply the product over your entire face. You might initially see more acne shortly after beginning treatment. However, you should start to see clearer skin within just a few weeks. While using Differin Gel, you should protect your skin from sun exposure and moisturize it well.

Prescription acne medication is just one of the many products and services you'll find at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Contact a cosmetic dermatologist at one of our clinics at (866) 400-3376.

Considering Your Options for Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective and safe way to transform your skin. When you visit a dermatologist, ask whether laser skin resurfacing could be right for you. A cosmetic dermatologist may recommend this treatment for patients with fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, and other problem areas. Laser skin resurfacing can even improve the tone and texture of your skin. There are different types of laser therapy that may appeal to you.

CO2RE Fractional Laser

The CO2RE Fractional Laser from Syneron-Candela is the next generation of CO2 fractional lasers. Unlike other types of CO2 fractional lasers, the CO2RE system allows the dermatologist to customize a one-pass treatment. This means that patients can look forward to more comfortable treatment sessions and accelerated post-treatment healing. CO2 fractional lasers work by applying short pulsed light energy, called ultrapulse, to the skin. The light beams exfoliate the outer layers of skin to reduce or eliminate imperfections. Treatment with the CO2RE Fractional Laser may be appropriate for you if you wish to target acne scars, other scars, or wrinkles.

Elos Plus Rejuvenation

Elos Plus is a superior choice for dermatology patients who are interested in anti-aging technology. This advanced technology is unlike any other laser treatment because it combines radiofrequency and optical energy. Elos Plus addresses multiple areas of concern in just one treatment and it is safe for all skin types. The combined approach means that the energy can penetrate deeper into the skin without damaging the epidermis. Your dermatologist might recommend this laser treatment for you if you would like to address fine lines and wrinkles, melasma, sun spots, acne scars, large pores, visible blood vessels, and unwanted facial hair.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, you'll find a full suite of cosmetic dermatology services, including sophisticated laser therapy. Visit one of our convenient locations and ask a dermatologist about facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers, spider vein therapy, and any other skin care concerns you may have. You can reach us by calling (866) 400-3376.

What You Need to Know about Dandruff

If you have dandruff, chances are you've tried to fix it with over-the-counter shampoos and conditioners. However, this chronic condition is best treated by a dermatologist, who can provide prescription-level solutions to finally get your dandruff under control. If you have dandruff, here is what you need to know to resolve your symptoms.

What Causes Dandruff?

There is no single cause of dandruff. Sometimes, dry sky is to blame, while in other cases, oily skin becomes irritated and sheds. You may get dandruff if you don't shampoo enough, because skin cells from your scalp can build up and shed. Fungal infections, eczema, and psoriasis are also linked to dandruff. If you are sensitive to the ingredients in a hair product you use, the allergic reaction may lead to dandruff. Your dermatologist will isolate the cause of your dandruff before choosing a treatment plan.

What Are the Symptoms?

The most common symptom of dandruff is the telltale white flakes that appear on the shoulders of sufferers. These flakes are pieces of dead skin from the scalp. Itching is also possible, and may get worse in the fall and winter and then improve during the spring and summer. If you experience the symptoms of dandruff, you should see a clinical dermatologist for diagnosis. Other skin conditions can mimic the symptoms of dandruff and also require treatment.

What Treatments Are Available?

Shampoos with ingredients that treat the scalp are most effective at treating dandruff. Some are available over-the-counter, such as those that contain zinc pyrithione, sulfur, tar, and salicylic acid. Others are available by prescription. It may take trial and error to find the one that is most effective at treating your dandruff without causing irritation. If your dandruff is persistent, a steroid cream may be necessary.

Help for dandruff is available at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. We provide a comprehensive range of treatments for skin conditions as well as cosmetic dermatology services. To schedule an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.

What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

If you have bumpy, itchy skin on your upper arms or thighs—sometimes referred to as chicken skin—you may be relieved to know that your dermatologist can offer a solution. This condition, called keratosis pilaris, is easy to treat with simple skin care techniques.

Watch this video to learn more about keratosis pilaris. This condition isn't dangerous, but is a cosmetic dermatology issue. These bumps are caused by a proliferation of dead skin cells. They can be cleared easily by dissolving them with a chemical exfoliant recommended by your dermatologist.

Don't suffer in silence with keratosis pilaris or any other skin condition. Schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery by calling (866) 400-3376.

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