• How to Do a Skin Cancer Self-Examination

    Performing regular self-examinations is critical for catching skin cancer in its earliest stages, when treatment will be most effective. As this video explains, it may be helpful to have a partner to ensure that your self-examination is as thorough as possible. Watch the full clip for an explanation of the five warning signs of skin cancer, which include any skin marks that are asymmetrical or that vary in color. If you notice any unusual skin marks, see a dermatologist right away.

    The experienced dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City will be happy to help you with all your skin care needs, including skin cancer treatment. We strive to provide high-quality skin care in a safe and patient-friendly environment. To schedule your consultation, call us today at (801) 266-8841.

  • How to Care for Your Dry Skin

    Sweet skin.

    Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? It is important to take steps to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen every day and visiting your dermatologist to make sure that it stays healthy. With all the various skin conditions that exist, perhaps the most common one is dry skin. Dry skin may crack, itch, and have an unsightly appearance that affects your self-confidence. Read on to learn how you can take care of your dry skin to transform it into looking healthy and beautiful.

    Smart Bathing

    Cleanliness is essential for healthy skin. When you are taking a shower, try using warm water instead of hot water, as hot water can actually strip your skin of its natural oils. Keep your shower to no more than 10 minutes, as the longer you spend in the water, the drier your skin may get. As you bathe, use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser that won’t irritate your skin. You don’t need to work up a thick lather to get clean—just use enough to wash away dirt and oils. If you have particularly sensitive skin, ask your dermatologist to recommend a cleanser that will help lock in moisture.

    Daily Moisturizing

    It’s easy for skin to become dry, especially when it is exposed to air and sunlight. After you bathe, apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp to better trap moisture in your skin. Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer on your face, and consider switching to ointments or creams instead of lotion for the most stubborn areas of dry skin. Apply moisturizer after every time you wash your hands and face to keep them smooth and supple.

    Care in Clothing

    Itchy, rough clothes are more than just annoying. Rough fabrics can irritate your skin and make dry skin worse. If you are experiencing dry skin , wear cotton or silk next to your skin instead of harsher fabrics like wool. Choose hypoallergenic laundry detergents to ensure that you aren’t causing further irritation to your dry skin.

    Dry skin is a common condition, and the friendly dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City are here to help you fight it. Call us at (801) 266-8841 to schedule your consultation, and let us help you keep your skin smooth, beautiful, and healthy.

  • What Is Eczema?

    The term eczema can be quite confusing, as it is often used by laypeople to describe a variety of different skin conditions. Watch this video to hear a dermatologist explain exactly what eczema is.

    Eczema is a chronic skin condition that often starts in childhood and can affect adults later in life. The skin gets very itchy, red, cracked, dry, and sometimes covered in bumps. Oftentimes, people who are prone to allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and other allergies will experience eczema along with their other allergic symptoms. Eczema may appear on the hands, feet, ankles, neck, face, and behind the knees. Flare-ups can be quite uncomfortable and will usually require the attention of a dermatologist.

    The board-certified dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City are well-versed in treating eczema and other skin conditions. Contact us at (801) 266-8841 or visit our website to learn more about our services and to find out how we can help you fight eczema.