• Can You Return to Work After a Chemical Peel?

    Chemical peels work by exfoliating the top layers of skin to reduce the appearance of discoloration, acne scars, and fine lines and wrinkles. It may be possible to return to work right after your dermatologist performs this treatment, but it depends on the type of peel you have. The most superficial chemical peels, which exfoliate only the top layer of skin, don’t generally require any downtime.

    If your skin issues are too severe to be treated with a superficial peel, then you may need to take a few days off from work or schedule the appointment before a weekend. Of course, if you’re a telecommuter, you can continue to work even after having a medium-depth or deep chemical peel. During your recovery, stay indoors as much as possible to protect your sensitive skin from the sun.

    Complete, personalized guidance about getting chemical peels in Salt Lake City is available at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology . Call (801) 266-8841 to request a consultation with our dermatology team.

  • Chronic Itching: When to Call the Dermatologist

    Skin naturally gets itchy from time to time, and it’s nothing to be alarmed about. Very severe or chronic itching can be problematic, however, since excessive scratching can damage and break the skin, increasing the risk of infections. There’s also a possibility that chronic itching is caused by an underlying medical issue that needs to be treated. If your itching is severe and relentless, see a dermatologist sooner, rather than later. If your skin itches persistently for a week or longer, it’s also time to call a dermatology office, even if the itching isn’t severe.

    What Might Cause Chronic Itching

    In some cases, itching may indicate an allergic reaction. Consider whether you’ve just started taking a new medication, or whether you’ve been exposed to any known allergens. You may need to call the prescribing doctor if a drug allergy is suspected. Other possible causes of severe and chronic itching include:

    • Dry skin.
    • Eczema.
    • Psoriasis.
    • Shingles.
    • Ringworm.

    Dermatologists may also consider whether you need to be referred to an internal medicine doctor. It’s possible for chronic itching to be caused by:

    • Liver disease.
    • Kidney disease.
    • Anemia.
    • Diabetes.
    • Thyroid disease.
    • Multiple sclerosis.

    How to Treat Chronic Itching

    The treatment for your chronic itching depends on its cause. Medicated topical products may be helpful for conditions like eczema. Fungal infections like ringworm can be treated with antifungal medications. Patients with shingles may be prescribed medications to manage the symptoms and shorten their duration. If your itching is caused by a systemic problem like thyroid disease, diabetes, or anemia, your primary care doctor or internist will coordinate your treatment plan.

    How to Prevent Itching

    When itching is caused by dermatological conditions like dry skin, your dermatologist may recommend a few lifestyle changes, such as bathing with lukewarm water instead of hot water. Others include:

    • Using fragrance-free, hypoallergenic products.
    • Applying thick, moisturizing cream.
    • Wearing soft fabrics like cotton.
    • Using a humidifier during the winter.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology provides comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic, and interventional services for all types of skin issues. Itchy skin problems like eczema, rosacea, and fungal infections are just a few of the conditions we treat. Call (801) 266-8841 to request our next available appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City.

  • Why Popping Pimples Is Always a Bad Strategy

    Acne is among the most common—and most frustrating—types of skin diseases. If your skin tends to break out frequently, talk to a dermatologist about professional-grade prevention and acne treatment. Your dermatologist can also extract your pimples safely. It’s not a good idea to try to pop your pimples at home, and you’ll learn why when you watch this video.

    This video explains how pimples form and why they sometimes hurt. Since popping a pimple spreads the infected material around your skin, it’s likely to lead to additional zits. Popping a pimple also increases the risk of acne scarring and skin discoloration.

    For safe and effective acne treatments in Salt Lake City, you can schedule an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology by calling (801) 266-8841. Our dermatologists can develop a customized skin care routine that’s right for you.