• Treatment Options for Cystic Acne

    Cystic acne is different from other types of acne. It affects deep layers of skin and can cause lingering scars. Typically, cystic acne doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, but a dermatologist can provide treatments that help to control breakouts and reduce the risk of scarring.  

    When you see a dermatologist for acne treatment, the first step will be diagnosing the kind of acne that is affecting your skin the most. Then, your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that may involve both oral medications and topical treatments. Special cleansers and moisturizers may also help. Many patients need to use these treatments for an extended period of time to achieve the best results. If you develop scarring, your dermatologist can recommend treatments like Bellafill and microneedling to improve your skin’s appearance. 

    You don’t have to suffer from cystic acne breakouts and the lingering impacts of scarring. Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology offers a comprehensive range of acne treatments in Salt Lake City to help you regain a clear complexion. To schedule an appointment, call (801) 266-8841. 

  • Diagnosing the Cause of Breakouts

    Skin breakouts can be one of the most frustrating dermatological issues. They often affect the facial region, which means they are highly visible. It’s often thought that acne is the only cause of skin breakouts. But actually, a dermatologist might diagnose a patient with other skin issues such as folliculitis, impetigo, or boils. 

    Folliculitis 

    Many people who think they are suffering from an acne breakout are actually experiencing folliculitis. This common skin condition can mimic the look of acne with its small, red bumps. However, it’s actually caused by the inflammation of the hair follicles. This may be the result of a bacterial or fungal infection. The bumps tend to occur in clusters. They may be filled with pus, which might break open and then crust over. Some people report itchy, burning skin that feels tender to the touch. There are different types of folliculitis. Most cases are mild, but complications can sometimes occur. Talk to a dermatology specialist about your treatment options. 

    Impetigo 

    Impetigo is a very contagious skin condition that causes crusty red sores. The patients, who are usually infants and children, develop these red sores primarily around the mouth and nose. Although the appearance of the red sores is understandably alarming for parents, impetigo usually doesn’t cause severe itching or soreness. Impetigo is a bacterial infection that can spread through direct or indirect contact. For example, someone might contract the infection by touching infected objects. Rarely, complications can occur. 

    Boils 

    Boils are another type of skin infection. They can look like oversized pimples or spider bites. Boils are reddish to purplish with a white head. They are caused by staph bacteria that enter the opening around a hair follicle. Boils can be itchy and painful, and some people report experiencing fatigue. 

    You’ll find compassionate, patient-centered care for all of these skin issues and many others at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our board-certified dermatologists in Salt Lake City are dedicated to helping each of our patients enjoy healthy, beautiful skin. You can request our next available appointment by calling our friendly office staff at (801) 266-8841. 

  • Are There Really Foods That Cause Acne?

    The link between food and acne is the subject of a great deal of debate. Although food isn’t thought to cause acne, your diet can increase inflammation, which can boost your acne risk. Your dermatologist can help you decide if dietary changes could improve your acne. This video also explores the controversy.  

    If you are interested in seeing if your diet can improve your skin, focus on eating foods that decrease inflammation. Cutting sugar and processed foods from your diet is a big step in lowering your inflammation rates.  

    If you’re concerned about acne or other skin issues in Salt Lake City, make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. We offer a variety of skin care treatments for all of your needs. To make an appointment, please call (801) 266-8841.

  • A Look at the Common Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments of Acne in Adulthood

    Acne is often thought of as a problem that only teenagers deal with, but the truth is that millions of adults suffer from acne each year. Adult acne can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance in the workplace and in social settings, but a dermatologist can provide options to treat acne, even in adulthood. Continue reading for an overview of what causes acne in adulthood and what can be done to treat it. 

    Symptoms 

    Acne can take a few different forms, each of which causes different symptoms. Blackheads are open clogged pores that look like black dots, while whiteheads are closed clogged pores that take on an enlarged, whitish appearance. Papules are small red bumps, which can be classified as pimples if they become filled with pus. Nodules are another type of acne and form large lumps beneath the surface of the skin, while cystic acne lesions are lumps that are filled with pus. 

    Causes 

    Hormonal fluctuations and excessive levels of androgen hormones are common causes of acne. Excess production of oil on the skin is another common cause, along with follicles that become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Finally, bacteria on the surface of the skin can make its way into the pores, resulting in acne breakouts. 

    Treatments 

    The best treatment option for your acne will depend on the symptoms you experience. Your dermatologist will be able to diagnose the cause of your acne and recommend appropriate treatment options. Common treatments include topical medications that are applied to the affected skin, oral medications to treat cystic acne and nodules, and skin treatments performed by your dermatologist. Photodynamic therapy, facial treatments, and skin peels are common procedures used to treat adult acne. 

    Don’t let adult acne make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we offer a range of effective acne treatments, including topical treatments, prescription medications, and photodynamic therapy. We also offer treatments for acne scars. To schedule a consultation, call our Salt Lake City dermatologists’ office at (801) 266-8841 today.

  • How Can You Treat Acne During Pregnancy?

    Many women experience acne during pregnancy, thanks to an increase in the hormone progesterone. Although some acne treatments aren’t safe to use when you are pregnant, your dermatologist can offer many alternatives to help you get your breakouts under control.

    Watch this video to learn more about treating acne during pregnancy. BLU-U light treatment for acne can be safe and effective for pregnant women, as can some topical treatments. Don’t use any acne treatments without consulting with your dermatologist and OBGYN.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help you find the right combination of acne treatments to fight your breakouts safely during pregnancy. To make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City, call (801) 266-8841.

  • Is It Ever OK to Squeeze a Blackhead?

    Bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells can partially block a pore, producing a blackhead. This is in contrast to whiteheads, which are completely closed. Blackheads get their dark pigment because of reactions between the air and the contents of the pore. It can be very tempting to squeeze blackheads, but this isn’t something you should try at home. Instead, visit a dermatology clinic for a safe, professional extraction.

    If you try to get rid of blackheads at home by squeezing them, you’ll end up redistributing the infected material to other areas on and under your skin. This increases the risk of a worsening acne breakout. Plus, squeezing blackheads increases the chances of acne scars developing later on. Dermatologists have a better solution. They are trained in the use of comedone extractors, which gently coax the contents of a clogged pore to the surface without spreading the bacteria around.

    You’ll find personalized solutions for your acne breakouts at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Give us a call at (801) 266-8841 to schedule an acne treatment appointment with one of our dermatologists 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.

  • How to Distinguish Between Rosacea and Acne

    If you’ve noticed that small, red bumps have begun developing on your skin, you might have either rosacea or acne. These two different bumps look so similar that it can be challenging to determine which condition you have. One easy way to figure out if you have rosacea or acne is simply to visit a dermatologist . Your dermatologist can perform a thorough skin exam and give you an accurate diagnosis before explaining your treatment options.

    Detecting Acne Symptoms

    Acne bumps often develop on the face, but may also affect the back, chest, neck, upper arms, shoulders, and buttocks. Although acne bumps all look similar, there are actually a few different types. Those small, reddish bumps may be regular pimples or they might be whiteheads or blackheads. Papules are raised lesions, while pustules are raised lesions that are filled with pus. Some people develop cystic acne. These cysts are nodules that contain pus or fluids. After acne fades away, it can leave an acne scar.

    Identifying Rosacea Symptoms

    Like regular acne, rosacea can cause breakouts of small, red bumps or thickened skin along with bumps. However, rosacea is distinguishable from regular acne because it causes other symptoms along with the bumps. Individuals who have this chronic inflammatory skin disease tend to blush and flush more easily than other people. In addition to the temporary flushing of the skin, patients with rosacea can develop persistent redness as the small blood vessels in the facial region become swollen and visible. Unlike acne, rosacea can lead to medical complications like ocular rosacea. Ocular rosacea can involve chronic and excessive tearing, eye dryness, flaking at the base of the eyelashes, gritty sensations inside the eyes, and recurring sties. Occasionally, rosacea may even cause enlargement of the nose, which is a condition called rhinophyma.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology offers rosacea and acne treatments for patients in Salt Lake City. Our dermatology specialists are dedicated to helping each patient look and feel his or her best. You can request a one-on-one consult and personalized treatment plan from a dermatologist by calling (801) 266-8841.

  • Treating Acne Scarring with Bellafill

    One common skin issue dermatologists see in patients is acne scarring. The inflammation caused by acne can promote the loss of collagen in the area. This results in a pitted scar, also known as an atrophic scar. Acne scars detract from one’s appearance and can be challenging to conceal with makeup. Fortunately, there is an FDA-approved solution available: Bellafill.

    Watch this video to find out how Bellafill works to instantly restore volume to the sunken area of skin. Bellafill has been approved to treat moderate to severe acne scars on the cheeks of patients who are at least 21 years of age.

    For effective acne treatments in Salt Lake City, including Bellafill, you can turn to Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist today by calling (801) 266-8841 or visit us online to view our full menu of cosmetic services .

  • Beat Acne Scars with Bellafill

    The red, inflamed pimples may have receded, but now off-colored pockmarks stand in their place. Acne scars are usually tricky and expensive to treat, and even then, these scars are sometimes resistant to treatment. However, you may find success with Bellafill, the only approved injectable that successfully treats certain types of acne scars. Instead of simply filling pockmarks, Bellafill penetrates the deeper layers of skin to restore skin from within. This means that the scars will “rise” and create the smooth, uniform skin surface that you deserve. Bellafill is a safe, commonly used filler, and better yet, the results are permanent—there’s no need for you to take time out of your schedule to make several office visits.

    Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology offers a variety of cosmetic treatments so you can look your best. Since injectables and fillers are administered by our licensed and experience dermatologists, you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands. To learn more about our dermatologists and services, visit our website or call us at (801) 266-8841 to schedule an appointment.