• Treating Rosacea with the Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser

    The redness and bumps of rosacea can be embarrassing, and the medications used to manage it aren’t always a good option for some patients. Talk to a dermatologist about whether laser therapy might be a better alternative for you. The Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser is a gentle, yet powerful therapy that’s safe for people of all skin types.

    Laser therapy can effectively minimize the reddening of the skin, but there are a few precautions you should know about. Your dermatologist may ask you to avoid sun exposure before and after treatments. If you must go outdoors, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply it every two hours. Additionally, avoid products that can make your skin more sensitive to light, such as retinols and benzoyl peroxide.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is pleased to offer a full menu of dermatology services in Salt Lake City, including rosacea treatment with the sophisticated Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser . Call (801) 266-8841 to become our next successful skin care patient.

  • What You Need to Know About Recovering from a Jessner’s Peel

    A Jessner’s peel is a type of chemical peel that results in aesthetic improvements due to the peeling of the top layers of skin. Dermatologists categorize peels according to the level of penetration they achieve—light or superficial, medium-depth, and deep. Jessner’s peels are medium-depth peels. This means you’ll get great results, but some downtime is required.

    How Your Face Will Feel

    It’s normal to experience tightness of the treated skin for the first 24 hours. Your skin will also feel dry. Resist the temptation to touch or scratch at your skin during this time. Swelling can develop, but it should subside within a couple of days. Soon, your skin will develop a reddish hue, as if it had been sunburned. After about two to three days, the treated skin will start peeling . The peeling may last a few days, or up to a week. During this time, it’s normal for the peeling skin to feel itchy and uncomfortable.

    What You Should Avoid

    For the first 24 hours, you should avoid getting your face wet. Avoid any skin care products unless your dermatologist has told you to use them. For two weeks, you should avoid saunas, hot tubs, and strenuous exercise. You must also avoid all unnecessary sun exposure. Perhaps the most challenging part about recovering from a Jessner’s peel is resisting the urge to pick at the peeling skin. It’s important to let the old skin fall off when it’s ready, as it’s protecting the new skin underneath. If you remove it prematurely, you could end up with bleeding, scabbing, a longer healing process, and possibly a skin infection.

    What You Should Do

    Stay indoors as much as possible while your skin heals. If you must go out, apply a high SPF sunscreen 30 minutes before leaving your home. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, and limit your time outdoors. After 48 hours have passed since your treatment, you can apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to relieve the discomfort.

    Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, TCA, and Jessner’s solution are the chemical peels available at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology . Our professional skin care solutions can help you achieve the healthy, glowing look you want. Call our office today at (801) 266-8841 to discuss scheduling a chemical peel in Salt Lake City.

  • A Look at the Causes of Acne Scarring

    Acne is among the most common dermatology-related complaints. But as troublesome as pimples are, the scars that can result are even more frustrating. Watch this video to learn how acne scars form. The dermatology expert featured here explains that scarring is the result of inflammatory processes in the dermis, which is the second layer of skin.

    When a pus-filled cyst or pimple ruptures, the pus will then leak into the dermal tissue. This can damage healthy tissue, and the body’s attempt to heal the damage results in scar tissue. Continue watching this video to find out how the different types of scar tissue are formed.

    Effective acne scar treatment for Salt Lake City residents is available at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call (801) 266-8841 to request a consult with a board-certified dermatologist.

  • Surprising Ways You May Be Aging Your Skin

    Your skin says a lot about you. If you’re looking older than you actually are, your skin might be telling you that it’s time to adjust your lifestyle. Consider talking to a dermatology expert about your skin health and cosmetic concerns. He or she might recommend avoiding the following mistakes.

    Neglecting to Wear Sunscreen

    If you ask a handful of dermatologists for their No. 1 skin care tip, they’d probably all agree that minimizing sun damage is at the top of the list. Ultraviolet (UV) rays inflict damage on the skin that can lead to skin cancer. It will also prematurely age your skin. If you’ve neglected to apply sunscreen regularly , your face might show premature lines and wrinkles, poor skin tone, and areas of discoloration. To properly protect your skin, you should apply sunscreen, SPF at least 30, about half an hour before leaving home each day. Reapply it every two hours. Many people only wear sunscreen during the summer, but it should be applied year-round, rain or shine.

    Being Chronically Sleep Deprived

    Not getting enough sleep can take a heavy toll on your skin and your overall health. People who are chronically sleep deprived are more likely to develop bags and dark circles under the eyes. Sleep deprivation can even affect your body’s collagen production, which can encourage the early formation of wrinkles.

    Eating Too Much Sugar

    The occasional indulgence is harmless, but if you have an untamed sweet tooth, you may eventually start to look older than your years. This is because the sugar molecules adhere to the protein fibers in your cells. This is known as glycation, and it’s a contributor to many problematic skin issues, including skin puffiness, increased pore size, dark circles under the eyes, and poor skin tone.

    From acne scar treatment to laser therapy, you’ll find everything you need for a complete anti-aging skin care treatment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. A dermatologist will evaluate your skin to develop customized recommendations for your anti-aging treatments in Salt Lake City. Our friendly office staff is available at (801) 266-8841.