Posts for: March, 2018
Although it may only seem like a temporary irritation, a sunburn can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. Skin that is sunburned is red, tender and warm to the touch. Severely sunburned skin may even result in the formation of painful blisters.
Too much sun is especially dangerous for children. One severe sunburn during childhood may double a child’s lifetime risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
It may take up to 24 hours after sun exposure to recognize the severity of your burn. For mild burns, follow these tips to relieve discomfort:
- Avoid the sun. Spending additional time in the sun after you already have a sunburn will only worsen the negative effects and delay the healing process.
- Take a cool shower or bath to relieve any pain or discomfort. Apply a cool compress, like a damp cloth, to the skin to help reduce discomfort.
- Apply moisturizer or cream to soothe the skin. Aloe gel is a common household remedy for sunburns as it helps ease pain and inflammation.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. A sunburn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body.
- Take ant-inflammatory medications. Do this as directed by your doctor to help decrease the inflammation and reduce redness and pain.
- Do not pop any blisters. This will slow the healing process and increase the risk for infection.
In most cases a sunburn does not require medical attention. Call a doctor immediately if there are signs of heat exhaustion, dehydration, fever, severe blistering or other serious reactions.
Fortunately, sunburns are completely preventable. Remember to always wear sunscreen and limit overexposure to the sun by seeking shade and wearing appropriate clothes and accessories that cover the skin, such as hats and sunglasses.
Remember, prevention is better than cure, so remember to take extra precaution to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays!
When school is in session, it’s easy for students to pick up a number of bad habits between late nights of studying and long sports practices. From poor eating habits to a lack of sleep and increased stress, unhealthy lifestyles can lead to unhealthy skin.
Whether you’re in middle school, high school or college, students everywhere can benefit from healthier skin. With a little extra care and attention, you can keep your skin blemish free all year long.
Keep your skin clean
This may sound obvious, but keeping your face clean is one of the most important things you can do to improve its health. Get in the habit of washing your face twice a day with warm water and a mild soap to remove the dirt and debris that accumulate throughout the school day.
Avoid touching your face with your hands throughout the day as your hands contain oils that cause breakouts. Never pop pimples as this can irritate the skin, make acne worse and increase your risk for scarring.
Moisturizers seal moisture into the skin to prevent skin from drying out. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best moisturizer for your skin type.
Avoid excessive sun exposure
Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen and avoiding overexposure. Too much sun can damage the skin leading to future breakouts and even skin cancer.
Improve your physical well-being
Your skin reflects what you eat, so remember to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Learn to manage stress as it can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. Get plenty of rest every night; approximately 7-8 hours of restful sleep is essential for healthy skin.
By maintaining a consistent daily regimen that includes washing and a healthy diet, you can achieve clear, healthy skin throughout the entire school year. Whenever you have a question or concern about your skin, talk to your dermatologist. Dermatologists offer a range of treatments that help prevent and treat acne and other skin conditions. We can help you find the treatment method that's best for you.
Are you tired of constantly waxing and shaving? Are you looking for a long-lasting solution? The doctors of Dermatology Specialists, in Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA, can offer you efficient hair removal solutions: laser hair removal.
Laser Hair Removal
The majority of us have to constantly shave, wax, pluck, and use creams to remove excess hair from our arms, legs, bikini area, face, chest, and back.
Hair removal is tedious, painful, messy, expensive and, unfortunately, the results are short-lived.
Laser hair removal in Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula can permanently reduce unwanted hair.
More on Laser Hair Removal
Not all hair is the same, but that's not a problem for the dermatologists at Dermatology Specialists.
Several series (4 to 6) of laser hair removal treatments can result in permanent reduction of hair. This means the other painful, messy and expensive methods can go out the window.
Laser hair removal is comfortable, quick, and it works with different types of skin.
How It Works
Dermatology Specialists us GentleLASE® laser technology. This laser uses rapid pulses of energy to penetrate the skin and target growing hair follicles. The length of each session varies and depends on the size your doctors are treating and the thickness of your hair. The duration may range from 10 to 60 minutes.
And since the laser only targets hair follicles during their active growth phase, coming to your doctor for another round may be necessary.
The procedure is performed by one of the registered nurses or physician assistants under your dermatologist's supervision, so you're in good hands!
If you would like to find out more about our cosmetic or medical services at Dermatology Specialists, INC., just call. Here is a list of phone numbers at any of their seven locations:
Oceanside, CA: (760) 757-7546
San Marcos, CA: (760) 738-7600
Fallbrook, CA: (760) 728-7546
Solana Beach, CA: (858) 259-0056
Murrieta, CA: (951) 304-7546
Menifee, CA: (951) 304-7546
Temecula, CA: (951) 304-7546
We all want to achieve a healthy tan. It makes us look and feel better, but that bronzed glow may not be as healthy as you think. A tan is your skin’s reaction to ultraviolet (UV) light. This darkening of the skin cells is the skin's natural defense against further damage from UV radiation.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), nearly 28 million people tan in the United States annually. Of these, 2.3 million are teens. Many people believe the UV rays of tanning beds are harmless, but this is far from true. Tanning beds emit UVA and usually UVB rays as well. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause long-term skin damage and premature aging (i.e. wrinkles, spots and sagging skin), and can contribute to skin cancer.
The AAD states that the risk of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—is 75% higher among people who used tanning beds in their teens and 20s. Despite the known risks associated with indoor tanning these numbers continue to increase, as do the incidences of cancer.
Visit your dermatologist immediately if you detect any unusual changes in your skin’s appearance, such as:
- A change or an increase in the size or thickness of a mole or spot
- Change in color or texture of the mole
- Irregularity in the border of a mole
Protecting yourself from UV exposure is the best defense against premature aging and skin cancer. In addition to avoiding indoor tanning beds, you should also always wear sunscreen outdoors to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Remember to self-examine your own skin as well as have your skin checked regularly by your dermatologist.
Whether you acquire your tan from the beach or a lamp, it’s not safe and it’s not healthy. If you’re a regular tanner, it may be time to rethink your current stance on the standards of beauty. There are safe alternatives to a bronzed glow without risking your health.