• Reducing the Risk of Malignant Melanoma

     

    Malignant melanoma is a deadly skin cancer. Dermatologists have good success treating it if it’s diagnosed early, but when it goes undetected, melanoma can become very serious. Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take to dramatically reduce your risk of developing malignant melanoma and other skin cancers. In addition to taking the following precautions, you should schedule a skin cancer screening every year, and do a skin self-exam monthly. 

    Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. 

    It’s a common myth that unprotected exposure to sunshine is healthy, given the need for vitamin D. But actually, humans only need a little bit of sun exposure to absorb vitamin D. This vitamin is also present in some enriched food products. So protect your skin by staying out of the sun as much as possible. Schedule outdoor activities for the morning or evening hours, when the sun is weakest. When you do go outdoors, wear clothing that covers much of the skin, and put on a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses labeled for UV protection. If you shop around, you can even find clothing designed to reduce UV exposure. 

    Avoid tanning beds.

    Artificial sources of UV rays are just as harmful as UV rays from the sun. Avoid tanning beds at all costs. If you want to get your skin glowing, you can use a tanning lotion that doesn’t require any UV exposure to work. 

    Use sunscreen every day. 

    Everyone should apply sunscreen every day, no matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like outdoors. Clouds aren’t effective filters for UV rays, and cold temperatures have no effect on them at all. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply a generous amount to all areas of exposed skin, making sure to get commonly missed areas like your ears, back of the neck, face, and back of the hands. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you sweat heavily or go swimming. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology invites new and current patients to schedule a skin cancer screening at our state-of-the-art dermatology clinic in Salt Lake City. We emphasize the critical importance of preventive health because the well-being and quality of life of our patients are important to us. You can reach us at (801) 266-8841. 

  • How a Chemical Peel Improves Your Skin Tone

    Chemical peels are an effective way to improve your skin tone, texture, and overall appearance. Dermatologists also recommend them to reduce the appearance of scars and areas of hyperpigmentation. You can learn more about chemical peels by watching the accompanying video. 

    It only takes about 30 minutes to get a peel. Depending on the depth of peel you choose, you may resume your normal activities afterward, or you might take a few days off work to let your skin heal. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology performs glycolic acid, salicylic acid, Jessner’s solution, and TCA chemical peels in Salt Lake City. Call our dermatology office today at (801) 266-8841 to request our next available appointment. 

  • FAQs About Folliculitis

    Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition of the skin. Since folliculitis looks much like pimples, it’s difficult for a patient to self-diagnose. If you think you might have a skin condition, it’s best to visit an experienced dermatologist. He or she can confirm the diagnosis and prescribe the medications to treat folliculitis. 

    What causes folliculitis? 

    Most often, folliculitis is caused by a skin infection of staph bacteria. Fungi and viruses can also cause it. The infection causes the hair follicles to become inflamed. It’s also possible for the infection to spread. Certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of developing folliculitis. These include: 

    • Having a medical condition that negatively affects the immune system 
    • Having dermatitis or acne 
    • Wearing tight clothing or items that trap heat and sweat 
    • Soaking in a poorly maintained hot tub 
    • Having curly hair and shaving 

    What does folliculitis look like? 

    There are different types of folliculitis, but it’s generally described as looking like a cluster of small, red bumps or pimples. If the infection spreads beyond the hair follicle, folliculitis can cause pus-filled blisters to form. These may break open develop a crust. Folliculitis can also be itchy, causing tender, painful skin. 

    How can my dermatologist treat folliculitis? 

    This depends on how severe your condition is. For mild cases of dermatitis, patients can get good results with antibiotic creams, lotions, or gels that are applied directly to the skin. If your infection recurs or is more severe, your dermatologist may prescribe an oral antibiotic—but only if the infection is caused by bacteria. If the skin condition is caused by a fungal infection, an antifungal cream or shampoo, or antifungal medications can treat it. In some cases, folliculitis resists even oral medications. Your dermatologist may recommend that you consider having laser hair removal to destroy the hair follicles and manage the condition. 

    Folliculitis is one of the many skin issues we treat here at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call us at (801) 266-8841, and one of our board-certified dermatologists in Salt Lake City can give you an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. While you’re here, be sure to check out our approved skin care products! 

  • Ditch Your Double Chin with Kybella

    A double chin can be among the most frustrating cosmetic issues since it doesn’t typically respond to diet and exercise. Plenty of people who are within a healthy weight range have double chins. If you’re fed up with yours, it’s time to consider speaking with a dermatologist about Kybella. Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment that injects an FDA-approved substance directly into the submental fat. 

    The injected medication works by breaking up the fat cells. The body will then process the fat cells and naturally expel them over time. Since the body doesn’t acquire new fat cells, the effect is permanent. However, it’s important to note that the remaining fat cells can still grow larger, so be sure to follow your healthy diet and exercise routine to prevent your double chin from returning. 

    You can speak with a board-certified dermatologist about getting rid of your double chin when you make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call our dermatology clinic in Salt Lake City at (801) 266-8841.