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November 16, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts  

Treatment of wartsFind out the most effective ways to remove a wart.

The common wart is a small tumor caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can occur anywhere on the body. They may come and go over the years. The HPV infection can produce everything from the common, noncancerous wart, to cancerous warts of the mouth or genitals.

Since a virus causes warts, these benign growths are also contagious. Sharing towels and clothing, or even just coming in contact with their wart can cause the virus to spread. The good news is that most warts often go away on their own without treatment; however, it can often take months or even years for them to go away. If the wart is unsightly or in an uncomfortable spot then you may want to have it removed. Here are some of the top ways to effectively remove a wart yourself.

Salicylic Acid Treatment

Salicylic acid treatment can come in several forms including pads or gels. They can be used to get rid of a variety of different kinds of warts from the small ones to the large, lumpier ones. Salicylic acid works by breaking down the protein that makes up the layers of the wart.

At ­Home Freezing

While your dermatologist is able to remove warts with liquid nitrogen, if you’re looking to remove the wart yourself, then you can also opt for aerosol wart removals that can be sprayed on the wart to freeze it. While the over­the­counter products are nearly as effective as the freezing methods your dermatologist can use, many patients still find at­home freezing to be just as effective.

If none of these at­home treatments remove your wart, then it’s time to talk to your dermatologist about other treatment options. Keep in mind that even the most effective wart treatment can’t guarantee that the wart won’t grow back. This is because most of the treatments available only get rid of the wart but not the actual virus.

If you’re dealing with a painful or unsightly wart but over­the­counter treatments aren’t working, then it’s time to call our dermatology office today.

November 05, 2018
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: Moles   skin caner  

It’s important to know what warning signs to look for when it comes to skin cancer.

Early detection is key when it comes to skin cancer. Of course, this means understanding and knowing what to look for so that you can skin cancercome in for an evaluation if something looks amiss. Our Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA, dermatologists think it’s necessary for everyone, no matter whether they have risk factors or not, to perform thorough self-exams.

You should evaluate every part of your body, from the scalp down to between your toes (No joke!). Skin cancer can develop anywhere, and most of the time it’s in a less-than-obvious place. Be sure to check all moles and growths on your body. It’s important to understand that healthy moles shouldn’t change over time. If they are starting to look different this could be an early warning sign of skin cancer.

So, what should you look for when performing your self-exams? The best approach is to follow your ABCDEs when it comes to examining and inspecting your skin for potential skin cancer (both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer). Here’s what ABCDE stands for:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border
  • Color
  • Diameter
  • Evolving

As we mentioned before, moles stay the same over time. If you start to notice changes (evolving) such as itching, bleeding, or crusting then it’s time to call your dermatologist. Healthy moles are also symmetrical, which means that you could draw an invisible line down the middle of the mole and both sides would look identical in shape, size, and color. Asymmetrical moles are warning signs of a potentially malignant growth.

Healthy moles will also have a perfectly defined border. If the border of a mole is jagged or poorly defined this is something that needs to be checked out. The same goes for color. Moles should only contain one color. While a mole can range in color, if it contains multiple shades of brown, black, white, red, or even blue then it’s time to schedule a skin evaluation.

Lastly, size matters when it comes to moles. In most cases, a healthy mole will be smaller than the size of a pencil eraser. If a mole is larger it’s worth having it checked out. While melanoma does tend to be larger, some healthy moles can be larger than normal and some malignant moles can be smaller than a pencil eraser. If you are suspicious of any growth, we say, have it checked out just to play it safe.

If you are concerned about any changes to your skin it’s important that you talk to a dermatologist right away. Turn to the skin cancer experts at Dermatology Specialists serving Oceanside, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Solana Beach, Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, CA. No matter whether you are dealing with issues or you just need to schedule a routine screening, call us today.

November 01, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Facial Scars   Treatments  

Facial Scars can have reduced visibilityFind out how your dermatologist can improve the appearance of your facial scars.

From traumatic injuries to acne, there are a variety of reasons why you may be dealing with facial scars; however, it doesn’t mean you have to live with them for the rest of your life. Your dermatologist offers up a range of cosmetic treatment options that can improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the look of your scars. If you’re ready to get newer, healthier­looking skin, find out more about what treatments could help you.

Dermabrasion: This cosmetic procedure uses a handheld device to remove the outermost layer of the skin. By abrading this top layer, we are able to remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of healthy new skin. Dermabrasion is used to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores and acne scars. However, this treatment is not effective against deep­set scars.

Laser Resurfacing: By using a high­powered laser, we can remove damaged skin and surface scars, helping to minimize the appearance of unsightly dermatological problems like lines, wrinkles, age spots, pigmented areas and scars caused by acne, injury or surgery.

Chemical peels: This treatment requires your dermatologist to apply a strong chemical solution over your skin to remove the top, damaged layer of skin and exfoliate the healthier, smoother-looking layer of new skin that is revealed. Chemical peels are another great way to dramatically reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and acne scars.

If you are dealing with superficial scars that are close to the surface of the skin, you will benefit greatly from this cosmetic procedure; however, those with deeper scars will not experience a significant improvement.

Injections: Your dermatologist is happy to offer both collagen and cortisone injections to help shrink and reduce the appearance of scars. By increasing the collagen in your face, we can give your skin more fullness to smooth out visible scars.

If you are interested in any of these dermatological treatments talk to your dermatologist today. Don’t let facial scarring affect your self­esteem. Make the choice to improve your skin and your confidence!