• Adult Acne: Is It Really Rosacea?

    Acne can affect people well into adulthood, but not all cases of adult acne are actually acne. Persistent pimples might indicate subtype two rosacea, which is commonly referred to as acne rosacea. A dermatologist can accurately determine whether you have adult acne or rosacea, and he or she can recommend an appropriate skin care routine.

    Acne is distinguished by the presence of blackheads and nodules. In contrast, rosacea causes increased redness and flushing of the face. Patients might see tiny blood vessels visible beneath the skin. Small bumps that look like acne can develop, along with grittiness and redness of the eyes. Some patients with severe rosacea may have nasal swelling. These symptoms can be bothersome, but there are effective treatments available. These include prescription-strength oral and topical medications, lifestyle changes, and intense pulsed light (IPL) photo-therapy.

    For all of your skin issues , you’ll find expert dermatology care at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call (801) 266-8841 to request an appointment with one of our dermatologists in Salt Lake City.

  • Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Wrinkles


    Everyone gets wrinkles at some point. It’s commonly known that factors like smoking cigarettes, being exposed to secondhand smoke, and sustaining sun damage are major contributors to premature wrinkles. But there are many surprising lifestyle habits that also play a role, like skimping on sleep and using the wrong type of pillowcase. Talk to your dermatologist about the lifestyle changes that can complement your anti-aging skin care routine.

    Sitting in your office all day can contribute to wrinkles.

    Most people know that applying sunscreen is a must before spending time outdoors. Some people even know that sunscreen is important no matter what the weather is like, which time of year it is, or how chilly it might be. But did you know that your skin can sustain sun damage while you’re indoors? Unless you work in a windowless room, the sun’s rays can easily reach you while you work, and they can encourage the early appearance of wrinkles.

    Sleeping a certain way can prematurely age your face.

    If you sleep on your stomach, you probably wake up with various aches and pains on a regular basis. But now you have another compelling reason to become a back sleeper: Lines and wrinkles that develop from compression of the face. Dermatologists also recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase because it’s much gentler on the skin.

    Being sleep deprived can play a significant role.

    The quality of your sleep directly influences your health and appearance. Your body needs plenty of sleep to combat systemic inflammation and regenerate new cells. If you’re chronically sleep deprived, your skin will be less resilient and more likely to show its years.

    Texting constantly causes more than just “text neck.”

    Orthopedic doctors have noticed that many of their patients who use their phones constantly start to develop neck pain. Now, dermatologists are warning people to be mindful of the habit. Looking down constantly encourages premature sagging of the skin on the neck and jawline.

    With so many effective anti-aging treatments available in Salt Lake City, there’s no need to let your wrinkles betray your years. Call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 266-8841, and we’ll develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. We offer a range of options, including Botox and dermal fillers.

  • What Is It Like to Get a Chemical Peel?

    Chemical peels can be a useful addition to your normal skin care routine, although it isn’t a treatment patients get on a regular basis. Dermatologists apply a chemical solution to the skin to exfoliate the top layers. This helps minimize imperfections like age spots and fine lines, and it lets the skin look rejuvenated and youthful.

    When you watch this video, you’ll learn what it feels like to get a chemical peel. First, the dermatologist applies a gel barrier around the eyes, lips, and nose to protect them. After degreasing the skin with a prep solution, the chemical agent is applied for a set period of time.

    If you’re ready for your skin to look its best with a chemical peel, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 266-8841. We offer multiple types of chemical peels in Salt Lake City, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, TCA, and Jessner’s solution peels.

  • A Patient’s Guide to Sclerotherapy

    Varicose veins and spider veins often develop in the legs. They are visible blood vessels that appear twisted or gnarled. Varicose veins are larger, and they are swollen or raised areas. Spider veins are smaller, but still quite visible. These are both common skin issues, particularly in women. Dermatologists recommend sclerotherapy for patients who are displeased with the way these visible and enlarged blood vessels detract from their appearance.

    Candidates

    Sclerotherapy is generally well-tolerated and considered safe. However, not everyone is a good candidate for it. Women who are pregnant should wait until after they’ve delivered to have this treatment. Sclerotherapy isn’t recommended for women who are currently breastfeeding, either. The dermatologist will also need to know whether the patient has a history of blood clots.

    Preparation

    Patients will have a consultation with the dermatologist to make sure it’s safe for them to have this treatment. Patients who take certain medications or supplements may need to discontinue them temporarily. The doctor might also request that patients avoid shaving their legs and applying lotion for 24 hours before their appointments.

    Procedure

    Sclerotherapy typically takes less than one hour to complete. There’s no anesthesia required. Patients can expect to lie on their backs and elevate the legs slightly. The doctor cleanses the skin before using a fine needle to inject a solution into the blood vessel. Different solutions can be used, but dermatologists often use hypertonic saline.

    Results

    The hypertonic saline solution works by causing the lining of the blood vessel to become irritated. The irritated vein swells and closes , preventing blood from passing through. Eventually, the body will naturally break down the unused vein. There are no harmful long-term effects caused by closing off and breaking down a vein. After the sclerotherapy treatment is performed, patients are encouraged to stand up and walk around to prevent blood clots. Light activities can usually be resumed the same day, although patients may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for a couple of weeks.

    Sclerotherapy is one of our specialties here at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. We provide a full suite of effective anti-aging treatments for our patients in Salt Lake City. Call us at (801) 266-8841 and let us know how our dermatology team can help you restore your self-confidence.