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FAQs about Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis nigricans is a little-known skin condition, despite being increasingly common. Although no treatment is available, the symptoms may fade when underlying conditions that contribute to it are treated. Here are the answers to questions many people ask their dermatologists about acanthosis nigricans.

What exactly is acanthosis nigricans?

Acanthosis nigricans refers to skin that darkens in the areas of body creases and folds. Typically, it affects the groin, neck, and armpits, but can be seen in other parts of the body where the skin is creased. Generally, it is not a serious condition, but in rare instances, it can be a symptom of a tumor in the liver, stomach, or another internal organ.

What causes it?

There are several underlying conditions that can trigger acanthosis nigricans. The most common condition that triggers it is insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, the body can no longer use the insulin produced by the pancreas to manage blood glucose levels. It is typically a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Hormonal disorders, including hypothyroidism and ovarian cysts, are also linked to acanthosis nigricans. Some medications, and rarely, cancer, can also be triggers. Many people who develop acanthosis nigricans are obese.

Are any treatments available?

Addressing insulin resistance or hormonal imbalances is the most effective way to treat acanthosis nigricans. If your dermatologist thinks the medications you are taking could be the cause, switching to a different medicine may help. If you are concerned about the appearance of acanthosis nigricans, your dermatologist may recommend topical treatments or laser therapy. In some cases, oral acne medicine can also help. Be sure to avoid scrubbing your skin, which could exacerbate your condition.

Could acanthosis nigricans be to blame for your symptoms? Make an appointment with a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to find out. We have dermatologists nationwide who provide comprehensive care for clinical and cosmetic dermatology conditions. Call (866) 400-3376 to schedule your consultation.

Treating Skin Aging When You Have Sensitive Skin

When you have sensitive skin, finding anti-aging skin products that work for you can be difficult. Many anti-aging products, as well as treatments, rely on chemicals that be irritating for even normal skin types, so they are not typically suitable when you have sensitive skin. Fortunately, you do not have to resign yourself to a life of wrinkles and aging skin if you have a sensitive complexion. By working with a cosmetic dermatologist, you can find treatments that will help you look younger while avoiding the redness, itching, and discomfort associated with the inflammation of your sensitive skin. Here is what you need to know.

A gentle cleanser is essential.

If you want to fight skin aging, keeping your skin clean and healthy is the first step. If you use a cleanser that irritates your skin, you will increase dryness and redness—which will make your skin look older—and you will make your skin even more sensitive to anti-aging treatments. Once you find a gentle cleanser you like, don’t overdo it. Your dermatologist will recommend the right cleansing regimen for you, but many people with sensitive skin can benefit from only washing their face once per day.

Proper hydration will make your skin look refreshed.

Sensitive skin is prone to dryness, which can cause peeling, flaking, and a dull complexion. Your dermatologist may recommend that you use two moisturizers—a lighter one for daytime use and a richer nighttime moisturizer. Stay away from products with added fragrances, which can be irritating to the skin.

Dermatologists can select a regimen of topical treatments for your skin type.

People with sensitive skin can often use popular anti-aging products, such as vitamin A, as long as they are in reduced strength and contained in a product without unnecessary additives. Let your dermatologist help you create an anti-aging skin plan that uses products that are safe for your sensitive skin.

If you have sensitive skin, working with a cosmetic dermatologist can be a critical part of your anti-aging regimen. Let a cosmetic dermatology specialist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery help you achieve a more youthful complexion without irritating your skin. To make an appointment with a dermatologist, call (866) 400-3376 today.

Fighting Back Against Dandruff

Dandruff can be annoying and embarrassing. For many people, over-the-counter treatments are not enough. If you’re dealing with dandruff and the associated itching and flaking, see your dermatologist. He or she can recommend treatments to make dandruff a thing of the past.

There are multiple treatments that can address the symptoms of dandruff. Topical medications, such as antifungals and topical steroid creams, are effective for some people. For other people, medicated shampoos are a better option. These shampoos may contain the same active ingredients as over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, but in strengths that can only be prescribed by your dermatologist.

Dandruff isn’t one of those things you just have to live with. If you’re tired of the flakes, make an appointment with a clinical dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. We have dermatologists nationwide, including in a location close to you. To find a provider, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Treating Skin Discolorations

Skin discolorations are a common reason for people to visit a dermatologist. There are many different conditions that can cause skin discolorations, from psoriasis to aging. In this video, you'll learn about the symptoms of another potential cause of skin discolorations: tinea versicolor.

Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection that can occur on the skin. The fungus that triggers tinea versicolor infections occurs naturally on the skin, but grows at an abnormal rate on the skin of affected individuals. This can cause light or dark spots to appear on the skin.

Don't settle for a patchy skin tone. Consult with a dermatologist to find out what is causing your discolorations and what treatments are available. Schedule your appointment with a clinical dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery today by calling (866) 400-3376.

Can Stress Cause Acne Breakouts?

Acne is an extremely common skin condition that can affect both teens and adults. Because breakouts are so visible, acne can also cause a significant amount of stress for sufferers. Fortunately, dermatologists can offer more treatments than ever before, including acne laser treatment, to both stop the appearance of breakouts and reduce acne scarring. Your dermatologist can also help you understand more about the potential triggers for acne. Could stress be causing your acne to flare up? Here is what you need to know about the link between stress and acne breakouts.

Acne and stress are connected.

Most people with acne have noticed a link between periods of emotional stress and the severity of their breakouts. Although stress won't make acne breakouts appear for the first time in people who do not have acne, it does seem to trigger a response in people who do experience breakouts.

The reason for the connection is unclear, though doctors suspect that it has something to do with the cells that produce sebum—which is the skin oil that binds dead cells and bacteria together and causes pimples. Sebum-producing cells have stress hormone receptors, so when you have an increase in stress hormones in your system, then you will likely also experience an increase in sebum production. Excess sebum means there is more potential for bacteria and dead skin cells to clog hair follicles, which in turn causes breakouts.

Stress management techniques can offset the impacts.

Getting rid of stress isn't a standalone acne treatment. It is still necessary to see your dermatologist regularly for a long-term care plan. However, reducing your stress can minimize stress-related acne flare-ups. Talk to your doctor about stress management techniques that you can use, such as exercise, meditation, or indulging in a hobby. Finding a way to manage stress that works for you could help to keep your breakouts under control.

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offers a range of acne therapies, including acne laser treatment to reduce both breakouts and scarring. To make an appointment for an acne consultation with a dermatologist, please call (866) 400-3376.

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