• Why Do Moles Develop?

    Moles are an extremely common skin issue. They occur when cells called melanocytes grow in a cluster rather than spreading out. These cells are responsible for giving skin its color. Over time, moles typically darken after being exposed to the sun and during periods of hormone fluctuations, such as adolescence and pregnancy.

    Most people have up to 60 moles by the time they reach the age of 25 . A few moles are usually present at birth, and then more will emerge during a person’s lifetime. Moles often become darker and more pronounced over the years. In the vast majority of cases, moles are not a cause for concern, but sometimes they can indicate skin cancer. Report any changes in your moles or the appearance of new moles that are asymmetrical in shape or color to your dermatologist right away.

    You can trust Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for all of your skin care needs. Our dermatologists are experienced in both medical and cosmetic dermatology and are ready to help you look and feel your best. Make your appointment for skin care in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841.

  • Get the Truth Behind These Common Sunscreen Myths

    Sunscreen should be an important part of your skin care regime. Unfortunately, myths about sunscreen keep some people from using it properly—or from using it at all. Don’t let misconceptions about sunscreen put you at risk for skin cancer and other sun-related skin issues. Here are the facts you need to know about some common sunscreen myths.

    Myth: Sunscreen only matters on sunny days.

    Don’t let the clouds fool you. You can easily get a sunburn on days when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining. On cloudy days, 80% of the sun’s UV radiation still reaches the Earth. Clouds can also reflect UV rays, which makes them even more potent. Sunscreen should be part of your daily skin care routine, and you should apply sunscreen in the same way you would on a sunny day if you are on the beach or outside for extended periods on a cloudy day.

    Myth: Sunscreen doesn’t have an expiration date.

    Most people aren’t even aware that their sunscreen bottle has an expiration date on it, but checking these dates is extremely important. Sunscreen ingredients lose their potency over time, so using a bottle of expired lotion could put you at risk for sunburns and skin cancer. Chances are that your sunscreen is expired if you’ve had it for longer than one year.

    Myth: Sunscreen contains toxic ingredients.

    In the U.S., sunscreen is considered an over-the-counter medication, so it is highly regulated. Although there have been some studies that have called into question the ingredients in some sunscreens, the medical community largely believes that sunscreen is safe and necessary. The risk of skin cancer caused by sun exposure is extremely well-documented, and using sunscreen is one of the best preventative steps you can take.

    If you have questions about choosing sunscreens, talk to your dermatologists at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. We provide comprehensive care for problems ranging from aging to skin cancer. Call us at (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City today.

  • Skin Care Tips for a Beautiful, Even Skin Tone

    You don’t have to live with uneven skin tone. Talk to your dermatologist about treatments that can improve your skin tone and even out your complexion. This video will also help.

    To keep your skin tone even, wear a sunscreen daily and avoid prolonged periods of sun exposure. The sun is to blame for many cases of hyperpigmentation. Ask your dermatologist about topical treatments for minor discoloration or if you could benefit from a more potent treatment, such as IPL photorejuvenation therapy or microdermabrasion.

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology , we are committed to helping you achieve healthy, beautiful skin. Take the first step towards better skin today by calling (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment with one of our dermatologists in Salt Lake City.

  • Are You Ready to Banish Your Double Chin?

    Double chins can be frustrating and unsightly. Many people struggle with double chins and feel powerless to do anything about them, since diet and exercise are seldom effective solutions. Fortunately, your dermatologist has an answer: Kybella . Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment that can improve the appearance of your double chin permanently. Here is what you need to know.

    What is Kybella?

    Kybella is an injectable treatment that contains deoxycholic acid . Deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, breaks down fat. When you receive a concentrated injection of deoxycholic acid in your chin, fat cells in that region are destroyed. As a result, the fullness that creates your double chin will vanish. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they cannot come back, so your results are permanent.

    Who is a good candidate for Kybella?

    You could be a good candidate for Kybella if you are bothered by the appearance of your double chin, and you want to see improvement without getting surgery. Although Kybella is safe for the vast majority of patients, only you and your dermatologist can determine if it is the right treatment for you. Your dermatologist will consider your medical history, current medications, and the nature and severity of the excess fat around your chin. Kybella has not been tested in children under 18, so it is only recommended for adults. Because the effects of Kybella on unborn babies and breast milk are unknown, your dermatologist will delay your treatment if you are pregnant or nursing.

    How many treatments will I need?

    Your dermatologist will help you decide how many Kybella treatments are right for you, but most people achieve the results they want in two to four sessions. Treatments should be spaced at least one month apart.

    Don’t let a double chin ruin your confidence. Talk to a dermatologist at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology today to see if Kybella could be right for you. Schedule a consultation or find out more about the skin care treatments provided by our board-certified dermatologists in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841.