• Breaking Down the Causes of Acne

    One of the most common skin conditions dermatologists see is acne. Though it was once believed to be a problem solely for teenagers, doctors now recognize that acne can and does happen to individuals of all ages. Knowing what triggers acne can help you better understand the approach your dermatologist takes to treat it.

    Watch this video to learn what causes acne. Acne starts in the dermis layer of your skin and is caused by problems with your sebaceous glands. To manage acne, your dermatologist may use in-office treatments, topical medications, and oral antibiotics.

    You don’t have to live with acne. Make an appointment with Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City to find out which skin care treatments may be right for you. Call us now at (801) 266-8841 for more information.

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  • What Causes Warts?

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    Warts are viral infections that can be easily spread from person to person. Although warts can appear anywhere on the body, most people get them on their hands, fingers, or feet. Over 100 different viruses are associated with warts, and most will go away without treatment within two years of the infection. Since warts are contagious, it’s important to try to avoid spreading them when you have an outbreak.

    Although dermatologists can treat warts, the only real cure is your body’s own immune system. The treatments dermatologists use, such as topical treatments and injections, don’t actually cure the wart, but instead stimulate the body’s immune response so that it will tackle the infection. It may take a few dermatology treatments before a wart goes away.

    If you have a wart or other skin problem to address, visit Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City. To schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists, please call (801) 266-8841. You can find out more about our services on our website.

  • Understanding the Different Types of Skin Cancer

    Basal Cell Skin Cancer Treatment Did you know that skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States? Because early treatment from a dermatologist is such an important part of beating skin cancer, it’s essential to understand the different types of skin cancer and their signs. Here is a closer look at the three kinds of skin cancer.

    Basal Cell

    Basal cell skin cancer usually appears on skin that has been exposed to the sun. It is usually slow-growing and generally doesn’t spread to other parts of the body. Basal cell skin cancer may appear as a firm and red or pale and shiny lump. Red or brown patches that are rough, scaly, and sometimes itchy can also indicate basal cell cancer. Any sore or lump that bleeds or develops a scab should be checked by your dermatologist for skin cancer.

    Squamous Cell

    Squamous cell skin cancer is the most common form in people with dark skin, who usually get it on areas that don’t experience a lot of sun exposure, like the feet. In people with fair skin, squamous cell skin cancer is most common on areas that have received sun exposure, including the face and ears. Squamous cell skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body. The symptoms of squamous cell skin cancer are the same as those of basal cell cancer.


    Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer because it can spread through the body rapidly. People with dark skin rarely get melanoma, but when they do, it tends to appear under the nails. In fair-skinned people, men are most likely to get it on the head or between the shoulders and hips, while women most often get it on the lower legs or between the shoulders and hips. A change in the size, shape, color, or border of a mole can indicate melanoma, as can the growth of a new mole.

    If you have a suspicious change in your skin, make an appointment at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City for an evaluation. Our dermatologists offer fast skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Schedule your visit by calling (801) 266-8841.


  • A Patient’s Guide to Mohs Surgery

    Dermatologist Inspecting Middle Aged Patient's Skin Mohs surgery —also called Mohs microscopic surgery or MMS—is a procedure used to remove skin cancer using only local anesthesia. The process can be performed in your dermatologist’s office and offers a quick recovery with little post-operative pain. If you’re scheduled for Mohs surgery, here is what you need to know.

    What Kinds of Skin Cancer Can Mohs Surgery Treat?

    Mohs surgery is usually used to treat squamous cell and basal cell cancers that occur on the head and neck. It’s ideal for treating cancers in small areas, like the lips, nose, and ears, where removing large areas of skin can cause cosmetic concerns, and the hands and feet, where there is little excess skin. However, depending on the specific case, Mohs surgery may be performed on any part of the body. Mohs is not usually used to treat melanoma.

    What Happens During the Procedure?

    After the treatment area is numb, your dermatologist will remove a very thin layer of skin. That layer is then frozen, stained with dye, and examined under a microscope so your doctor can see the cancerous cells. Your dermatologist will continue to remove thin layers of skin and examine them until he or she can no longer see any evidence of skin cancer . After your dermatologist is confident that the cancer has been completely removed, he or she will make a plan for repairing the wound and minimizing scarring.

    What Is the Recovery Like?

    Most people are able to return to normal activities the day after Mohs surgery. Few people require any pain medication, but when necessary, over-the-counter remedies are usually sufficient. Your dermatologist will tell you when you need to return to have your sutures removed and what you can do to reduce scarring.

    Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology offers Mohs surgery to patients in our Salt Lake City office. To find out if this is the right procedure for you, schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists. For more information about skin cancer examinations and treatment, call us at (801) 266-8841.