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October 17, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

If you are struggling with acne, it is possible to get control of it. There are a variety of effective acne treatments available for both clearing acneexisting acne and preventing the development of new acne. A dermatologist can examine your skin and recommend an appropriate treatment. The expert dermatologists at Dermatology Specialists, Inc. provide acne treatment in Oceanside, San Marcos, Fall Brook and Solana Beach, as well as Temecula, Murrieta and Menifee.

Causes of Acne

Acne is the most common skin condition affecting teens and adults in the U.S. It is caused by blocked pores. In normal skin, sebum keeps skin healthy, moist and protected. The oil glands release sebum, which then moves along the hair follicles inside pores. As it moves along the follicles, the sebum collects old skin cells and other debris and carries them away. This natural process keeps the pores clean. When this process is interrupted, sebum and dead skin cells become trapped inside and clog the pores, which results in the formation of acne on the skin.

Acne Treatments

There are many different types of acne treatments available to help you get control of your acne. Some treatments clear up existing acne, while others prevent future breakouts by either reducing sebum production or killing bacteria. There are also acne treatments that can both clear up existing lesions and prevent future breakouts. Dermatology Specialists, Inc. offer a full range of acne treatments at their Oceanside office and several other locations. Some of the treatments they offer include oral medications, topical products and laser therapy. These treatments can be used in combination with chemical peels.

Get control of your acne by seeing a dermatologist who can recommend the best treatment approach to clear your skin. Dermatology Specialists, Inc. have office locations throughout Southern California. For acne treatment in Oceanside, call (760) 757-7546. Call (760) 738-7600 for the San Marcos office, (760) 728-7546 for Fallbrook or (858) 259-0056 for Solana Beach. To schedule an appointment in Murrieta, Menifee or Temecula, call (951) 304-7546.

October 13, 2017
Category: Skin Condition

Poison IvyIf you spend time outdoors, then you’ve probably come into contact with poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac at some point in your life. The plants’ oily sap, known as urushiol causes many people to break out in an itchy rash. Urushiol is colorless or pale yellow oil that exudes from any cut part of the plant, including the roots, stems and leaves.

The intensely itchy rash is an allergic reaction to the sap and can appear on any part of the body. The severity of the reaction varies from person to person, depending on how much sap penetrates the skin and how sensitive the person is to it. The most common symptoms include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Redness or streaks
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Small or large blisters
  • Crusting skin when blisters have burst

When other parts of the body come into contact with the oil, the rash may continue to spread to new parts of the body. A common misconception is that people can develop the rash from touching another person’s poison ivy rash. However, you cannot give the rash to someone else. The person has to touch the actual oil from the plant in order have an allergic reaction.

When to See Your Dermatologist

Generally, a rash from poison ivy, oak or sumac will last 1 to 3 weeks and will go away on its own without treatment. But if you aren’t sure whether or not your rash is caused by poison ivy, or if you need treatment to relieve the itch, you may want to visit a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and care. You should also see your dermatologist if the rash is serious, in which case prescription medicine may be necessary. Swelling is a sign of serious infection.

Other signs that your rash may be serious include:

  • Conservative treatments won’t ease the itch
  • Rash begins to spread to numerous parts of the body
  • Pus, pain, swelling, warmth and other signs of infection are accompanying the rash
  • Fever
  • Facial swelling, especially on the eyelids
  • Rash develops on face, eyelids, lips or genitals
  • Breathing or swallowing becomes difficult

To avoid getting the rash caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac, learn how to recognize what these plants look like and stay away. Always wear long pants and long sleeves when you anticipate being in wooded areas, and wear gloves when gardening. If you come into contact with the plants, wash your skin and clothing immediately.  

Poison ivy, oak and sumaccan be a real nuisance and often difficult to detect. As a general rule, remember the common saying, “Leaves of three—let them be.” And if you do get the rash, visit our office for proper care.

October 02, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Rosacea  

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that affects an estimated 16 million Americans. Because rosacea is frequently misdiagnosed and confused with acne, sunburn or eye irritation, a large percentage of people suffering from rosacea fail to seek medical help due to lack of awareness.  It’s important to understand the warning signs of rosacea and need for treatment to make the necessary lifestyle changes and prevent the disorder from becoming progressively severe.

Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, you may be more susceptible to rosacea if:

  • You are fair-skinned
  • You blush easily
  • You are female
  • You have a family history of rosacea
  • You are between the ages of 30 and 50

A frequent source of social embarrassment, for many people rosacea affects more than just the face. Rosacea is a chronic skin disease, which means it lasts for a lifetime. Learning what triggers your rosacea is an important way to reduce flare-ups and manage symptoms. This may include avoiding stress, too much sunlight, heavy exercise, extreme temperatures and certain foods or beverages.

What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea frequently causes the cheeks to have a flushed or red appearance. The longer rosacea goes untreated, the higher the potential for permanent redness of the cheeks, nose and forehead. Symptoms of rosacea will not be the same for every person. Common symptoms include:

  • Facial burning and stinging
  • Facial flushing and blush that evolves to persistent redness
  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
  • Small, visible broken blood vessels on the face
  • Acne-like breakouts on the face
  • Watery or irritated eyes

If you recognize any of the warning signs of rosacea, visit your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. A dermatologist will examine your skin for common warning signs and tailor a treatment plan for your unique condition. Treatment will vary for each individual, ranging from topical medicine, antibiotics and lasers or light treatment. While there is currently no cure, with proper management patients can learn how to avoid triggers, prevent flare-ups and manage their condition to live a healthy, active life.