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Skin Condition Triggers and Treatments: Resources for Further Reading

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Even if you follow a strict skincare regimen, environmental factors like diet and stress can trigger or worsen an existing skin condition. Talk to your dermatologist about how to manage your skin and the treatment options that may exist to treat it.

  • One of the most effective ways of treating pimples is to prevent them. In addition to watching which products you use, restrict behaviors like tanning or touching your face. For more pimple prevention tips, refer to this acne guide from WebMD.
  • While rosacea has no cure, the skin condition can be managed and symptoms controlled. This list of rosacea triggers identifies some common factors among patients who experience flare-ups, including sun exposure, stress, and temperature changes.
  • The Mayo Clinic outlines the various rosacea treatment options that can help patients better manage their skin. In addition to behavioral or lifestyle changes made to control the environment, topical and oral medications may also help.

For more information about managing and treating a variety of skin conditions, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Managing Severe Acne: Acne Cyst Treatment

Whether you are a teenager or an adult, acne can be damaging to your skin and your confidence. Patients with severe acne may develop cysts on the skin. Resembling pimples but never forming a head, acne cysts can be painful and leave behind scars. Talk to your dermatologist about treating and managing your acne, and hear more about your cyst treatment options in the video below.

For long-term acne management, your dermatologist may prescribe an oral medication. For patients who may be participating in a special event, for example, a steroid shot can be administered to quickly reduce inflammation and remove the acne cyst.

For more information about acne cysts, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Lesions and Skin Cancer: What Is Actinic Keratosis?

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When the skin is exposed to harsh UV rays over time, it may develop a number of skin conditions or lesions that could, in turn, become cancerous growths. Actinic Keratosis (AK) is one of the most common precancer skin conditions and is usually characterized by rough or scaly patches of skin. Because these lesions can lead to skin cancer, talk to your dermatologist to learn more about how to detect signs of and treat actinic keratosis.

Detecting Actinic Keratosis

While AK spots may not be immediately visible, they do change the texture of the skin. These scaly growths often feel like rough sandpaper and, over time will turn red, grey, or darken in color. AK lesions may feel tender, itchy, or cause no sensation at all. Common problem areas where actinic keratosis develops are the arms, legs, face, shoulders, and any other area that is frequently exposed to the sun.

Cause for Concern

AK is not cancerous but can lead to the development of skin cancer if left untreated. While not all AK will develop into squamous cell carcinoma, it is difficult to determine which lesions pose a greater threat. Therefore, dermatologists recommend that patients with actinic keratosis growths have them removed. Fair-skinned individuals have a greater risk of developing AK as do those who live near the equator.

AK Treatment Options

There are several treatments for actinic keratosis, including destructions, chemotherapy, and photodynamic therapy. In addition to growth removal through cryotherapy, laser surgery or chemical peeling, your dermatologist may recommend a topical medication to supplement other treatments and to minimize side effects.

For more information about actinic keratosis, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Red All Over: Rosacea Symptoms and Treatment

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Characterized by red and inflamed skin, rosacea, a chronic skin condition, affects men and women of all ages. Because it resembles acne and most often appears on the face, rosacea can be a cause of embarrassment and discomfort for many patients. If you suffer from rosacea, talk to your dermatologist about treatment options to help you manage your skin.

Rosacea Symptoms

In addition to redness, inflammation and soreness around the eyes, more severe rosacea symptoms may present themselves as the condition progresses. Skin redness can worsen with exposure to the sun or heat, and the condition can also cause papules or pustules, blemishes that often leave scarring. Older patients may also develop rhinophyma, an uneven swelling of the nose that is caused by the hardening of skin.

Rosacea may be worsened by certain triggers that can vary among patients. Sun exposure is the most common trigger that patients report. Other common factors that may irritate the skin are spicy foods, hot weather, cosmetics, and stress. If you suffer from rosacea, keep a log of your triggers to discuss with your dermatologist and to learn how to manage your environment and triggers.  

Rosacea Treatments

Patients with rosacea should talk with their dermatologist to see which rosacea treatment is appropriate for them. Although it is not curable, rosacea can be managed through lifestyle changes and a customized skincare regimen. Your dermatologist may recommend mild cleansers and moisturizers to soothe the skin; avoid harsh exfoliators and products containing alcohol that may aggravate your condition. Prescription medications may also help to reduce inflammation and are available in oral and topical mediums.

For more information about treating or managing rosacea, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Happy New Years from Advanced Dermatology!

Happy New Year's! From all of us at Advanced Dermatology, best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012!

New Year 2012

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