• Talking to Your Dermatologist About Lichen Planus

    Lichen planus is an inflammatory skin disease. Although its appearance can be alarming, lichen planus isn’t contagious and it isn’t a type of cancer. A dermatologist may diagnose lichen planus that affects the skin, nails, mucous membranes, or scalp. Your dermatologist can help you understand your diagnosis and explore your treatment options.

    Know When to Consult a Dermatologist

    Even if a skin condition turns out to be benign, the sudden formation of lesions or unusual bumps should be examined by a dermatologist. Tell him or her about all of your observances. Lichen planus looks like flat-topped bumps that may be purplish in color. They often appear on the wrist, inner forearm, and ankle, but may also be present on the external genitals and mouth. Patients may experience itching, blistering, hair loss, nail damage, or nail loss. Ulcers that form in the vagina or mouth can be painful. This skin disease can also cause white patches in the mouth.

    Learn About Causes and Risk Factors

    Lichen planus is attributed to an abnormal immune response that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy cells of the skin or mucous membranes. Sometimes, other factors might trigger lichen planus, such as hepatitis C infections or the use of certain drugs.

    Discuss Your Treatment Options

    Lichen planus can sometimes clear up on its own within a couple of years, but its appearance can be distressing and sometimes the symptoms can be painful. When lichen planus affects the vulva and vagina, severe pain, scar tissue, and sexual dysfunction can result. Fortunately, there are multiple treatment options available and your dermatologist can help you find the right one for you. A variety of oral and topical medications are available. Topical retinoids can also help. Many patients undergo phototherapy such as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy.

    Patients choose Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology because of our personalized attention, compassionate care, and ongoing dedication to patient education. Lichen planus is just one of the many conditions our dermatologists in Salt Lake City can treat. Call (801) 266-8841 or visit us online to learn more about our dermatology services, which include acne treatment, laser hair removal treatments, and rosacea treatment.

  • How to Distinguish Between Rosacea and Acne

    If you’ve noticed that small, red bumps have begun developing on your skin, you might have either rosacea or acne. These two different bumps look so similar that it can be challenging to determine which condition you have. One easy way to figure out if you have rosacea or acne is simply to visit a dermatologist . Your dermatologist can perform a thorough skin exam and give you an accurate diagnosis before explaining your treatment options.

    Detecting Acne Symptoms

    Acne bumps often develop on the face, but may also affect the back, chest, neck, upper arms, shoulders, and buttocks. Although acne bumps all look similar, there are actually a few different types. Those small, reddish bumps may be regular pimples or they might be whiteheads or blackheads. Papules are raised lesions, while pustules are raised lesions that are filled with pus. Some people develop cystic acne. These cysts are nodules that contain pus or fluids. After acne fades away, it can leave an acne scar.

    Identifying Rosacea Symptoms

    Like regular acne, rosacea can cause breakouts of small, red bumps or thickened skin along with bumps. However, rosacea is distinguishable from regular acne because it causes other symptoms along with the bumps. Individuals who have this chronic inflammatory skin disease tend to blush and flush more easily than other people. In addition to the temporary flushing of the skin, patients with rosacea can develop persistent redness as the small blood vessels in the facial region become swollen and visible. Unlike acne, rosacea can lead to medical complications like ocular rosacea. Ocular rosacea can involve chronic and excessive tearing, eye dryness, flaking at the base of the eyelashes, gritty sensations inside the eyes, and recurring sties. Occasionally, rosacea may even cause enlargement of the nose, which is a condition called rhinophyma.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology offers rosacea and acne treatments for patients in Salt Lake City. Our dermatology specialists are dedicated to helping each patient look and feel his or her best. You can request a one-on-one consult and personalized treatment plan from a dermatologist by calling (801) 266-8841.

  • Meet Our New Team Member: Shane Farr, P.A.

    We are excited to welcome Shane Farr, P.A. to our team!

    Shane was born and raised right here in the Salt Lake City Valley. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah and a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University. Shane spend two-and-a-half years as a medical assistant right here in this office before starting graduate school, so he is a familiar face for many of our team members. He is glad to be back, and we are excited to have him!

    In addition to being a P.A., Shane is an outdoorsy family man. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids as well as various outdoor activities including camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

    Shane Farr will begin seeing patients in January 2017. Call us at 801.266.8841 or visit our website to learn more or make an appointment with our office. We look forward to serving you and to having Shane back in our office!

  • How Smoking Impacts Your Skin

    When asked about habits that are most harmful to the skin, many people would probably mention unprotected sun exposure. However, there is another major lifestyle risk: smoking. Dermatologists strongly recommend that their patients quit smoking or never start smoking not only because smoking causes cancer, but also because it prematurely ages the skin.

    To learn how smoking leads to premature skin aging, watch this candid interview. This expert explains that she can identify a smoker just by looking at the skin because the pores around the mouth and nose will be clogged with black tar. She also discusses some of the other troubling effects of smoking on the skin.

    For a personalized assessment of how smoking has already affected your skin, you can turn to a dermatologist in Salt Lake City. Contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 266-8841 and ask us about our skin care services , including skin cancer screenings and laser hair removal treatments.