• Tips for Preventing Dry Skin This Winter

    Hot cocoa and warm fireplaces are two of the perks of wintertime, but the season is problematic for your skin’s health. Once you turn the heat on in your home, the indoor air dries out—and your skin dries out along with it. Don’t wait for dry, itchy skin to develop. You can modify your skin care routine now to reduce the chances of acquiring troublesome skin issues this winter.

    Use a skin-friendly bathing routine.

    It seems counterintuitive, but taking a shower or bath dries out your skin. This is because hot water strips away the skin’s natural oils, causing it to become dry, itchy, flaky, and even cracked. Instead, take care of your skin by shortening your bathing time and using warm water, rather than hot. Try not to use an unnecessarily large amount of cleanser. Afterward, use a plush, soft towel to gently blot your skin dry.

    Select the right moisturizer.

    Apply moisturizer immediately after toweling off, and reapply moisturizer to your hands and other damage-prone areas frequently throughout the day. Make a habit of moisturizing your hands after each time you wash them. During the winter, put away your lotion moisturizers and look for an oil-based cream instead.

    Protect your hands while working outdoors.

    The dry, cold winter air outdoors can also damage your skin. And if you’re spreading rock salt in the driveway, expect that your hands won’t react to it well. Invest in a good pair of winter gloves, and wear them whenever you’re working outdoors.

    Plug in your humidifier.

    Humidifiers are your skin’s best friend in the winter. Put one in your bedroom, and run it throughout the night. Some humidifiers emit warm moisture into the air, which can be particularly pleasant during the winter.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology recommends EltaMD and CeraVe skin care products for our patients, which you can purchase at our dermatology clinic in Salt Lake City. You can also request an in-depth, personalized analysis of your unique skin issues and your recommended treatments. Call (801) 266-8841.

  • Common Skin Conditions in the Elderly

    As we age, our skin ages right along with us. However, like most things with the body, the skin is more prone to problems among the elderly than it is among the youth. Some skin problems , such as wrinkles, laugh lines, and dry skin, are normal and can be helped with some relatively simple tricks from your dermatologist. Other problems, such as skin cancer, are much more serious and require specialized medical services from a qualified dermatologist.

    Itchy or Dry Skin— Skin that feels dried out or constantly itches is a very common complaint among the elderly. This skin problem is usually simply due to the aging process and the loss of oil glands that accompanies it. With less oil production, the skin is no longer able to adequately moisturize itself, and may need specialized skincare products for the nourishment it needs. Dry or itchy skin is also commonly associated with other health problems common in the elderly, such as diabetes or problems with the liver or kidneys.

    Skin Cancer— The more sun exposure the skin has, the more likely it is to develop cancer, so it’s not surprising that people who have been alive longer have a greater risk of skin cancer . Unfortunately, age spots are also common, so many elderly people ignore changes in the skin that could indicate cancer by dismissing them as age spots. You should be examined by a dermatologist whenever you notice strange changes on the skin.

    Bedsores— Decreased mobility often forces the elderly to lie in the same position for long periods of time. This constant pressure from body weight, combined with a natural decline in circulatory function, makes the skin vulnerable to the painful ulcers known as bed sores.

    At Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology , we provide compassionate skin and medical care for all of our patients, including the elderly. From skin cancer treatment to premium skincare products, we can help you stay comfortable in your own skin. Visit our website to learn more about our practice and medical services in the Salt Lake City area, or call (801) 657-3779 for an appointment.