Warts may be harmless, but they can also be painful and unattractive. Sometimes, warts disappear on their own, but because they are contagious, it’s wise to treat them right away so they don’t spread. Try at-home wart removal options or speak with a dermatologist about trying professional therapies.
At-Home Remedies for Warts
- Salicylic acid: This low-cost, over-the-counter wart removal treatment comes as a concentrated liquid, gel, or adhesive pad. For the best results, soak the wart for about 10 minutes to soften it and file away any dead skin before applying the salicylic acid. It may take several weeks of use for the wart to fall off.
- Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice: These mildly acidic substances burn off the wart and attack the underlying virus. Soak a cotton ball in two parts apple cider vinegar and one part water, or one part lemon juice and one part water. Tape the cotton ball over the wart when you go to bed. Repeat nightly until the lesion is gone.
- Garlic extract: The antiviral properties of garlic make it a suitable at-home wart remover. Place crushed garlic on the wart and wrap with a bandage. Reapply daily, filing down the lesion with a pumice stone between applications.
- Duct tape: This method removes warts one layer at a time. Place a small piece of duct tape on the lesion, letting it work for three to six days. Then, remove the tape and file off dead skin with a pumice stone. Leave the skin exposed to the air for 12 hours, and then reapply the duct tape for another three to six days. Repeat until the wart is gone.
- Clear nail polish: Apply clear nail polish every other day for two weeks to gradually suffocate the wart.
- Liquid butane spray: Available over the counter, liquid butane spray freezes and kills warts. Be aware that this technique may be painful and isn’t as effective as professional freezing methods.
Professional Therapies for Warts
- Cautery (burning): Electricity or pulsed-dye lasers can be used to cauterize the blood vessels leading to a wart, killing the tissue and causing the wart to fall off.
- Cryotherapy (freezing): After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, the dermatologist injects or applies liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart. Follow-up sessions may be required for larger lesions.
- Topical treatments: Cantharidin is a chemical substance that may be used if burning or freezing methods prove ineffective. Painted onto the wart and left for a few hours, it causes a blister to form beneath the lesion, allowing the doctor to remove it.
- Injection drug therapy: Injecting antigens into the wart generates an immune reaction that improves the body’s virus-fighting abilities. Discomfort, swelling, and redness are the most common side effects.
Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology offers professional, effective wart removal for our patients in Salt Lake City. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call 801-682-4715.
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Salt Lake City, UT
Do you feel self-conscious about the fullness under your chin? A minimally invasive procedure called Kybella may help you regain your confidence. Find the answers to these most frequently asked questions to help you decide if Kybella is right for you.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that improves the appearance of a double chin (submental fullness). This medicine is available by prescription only and is applied by a licensed dermatologist.
How does Kybella work?
The active ingredient in Kybella is called synthetic deoxycholic acid. The natural form of this molecule occurs naturally in the body, aiding in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected beneath the chin, deoxycholic acid attacks the excessive fat cells there. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, decreasing submental fullness in the process. Note that Kybella is only approved for use in the submental area.
How many treatments are needed?
Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan based on your chin profile. Expect to receive multiple small injections under your chin at each appointment, which are spaced at least one month apart. Many patients start seeing results after two to four treatments, with up to six treatments possible.
How long do the results last?
Because deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells and prevents them from storing or accumulating more fat, Kybella treatments are considered extremely long-lasting. Once you achieve your desired aesthetic, you should not require further follow-up sessions.
What are the possible side effects?
As with all cosmetic injectables, side effects are possible. The most common are mild and may include:
- Hard areas of skin
More serious side effects are also possible. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following after receiving Kybella treatment:
- Open sores (ulcers)
- Drainage from the treatment site
- Tissue cell-death (necrosis)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Nerve injury that causes an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness
Am I a candidate for Kybella?
Kybella is approved for patients who are 18 years of age or older and want to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat below the chin. Kybella may not be appropriate for candidates who have:
- Excessive skin laxity
- Prominent platysmal bands
- A current or prior history of dysphagia
- An infection at the injection site
- Blood coagulation abnormalities
- Prior aesthetic or surgical procedures in the submental area
Did Kybella go through clinical trials?
Yes. Kybella has been involved in over 20 clinical studies where more than 1,600 people were treated. In the trials, 79 percent of participants expressed satisfaction with the results 12 weeks after their final treatment.
We at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology understand how frustrating it is to deal with a stubborn double chin. Kybella could be the key to eliminating unwanted fat in this area once and for all! To learn more, or to schedule your first treatment, please contact us online or call 801-682-4715.
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Salt Lake City, UT
After months of battling dry, cold winter weather, things are finally warming up outside. Help your skin wake up from its hibernation with these six spring skincare tips.
You might remember to exfoliate your face a couple of times a week, but what about the rest of your body? Heavy winter clothes and thick moisturizer may have prevented dead skin cells from sloughing off effectively over the past few months. Reveal a fresh, healthy layer of skin by exfoliating your whole body at least once this spring.
First, soak in a comfortably warm bath for 10 to 15 minutes to soften your skin. Then, apply a body scrub, giving extra attention to your rough knees, elbows, heels, and palms. Stick with gentler face-specific products for your delicate facial skin.
Every time you shower, bathe, exfoliate, or wash your face, end with moisturizer. Now that spring is here, it’s time to switch from heavy wintertime lotions to lighter creams that keep your skin hydrated without weighing it down. Always look for oil-free products for your face to prevent clogged pores.
You’ve heard it time and again—wear at least 30 SPF anytime you go outside. If slathering sunscreen on your face sounds like a recipe for shiny skin and breakouts, remember that some facial moisturizers have SPF built right in! It’s wise to make this a part of your morning regimen in the spring when you’ll start venturing outdoors more.
Focus not only on moisturizing your skin with lotion, but also on hydrating from the inside out by drinking more water. This tip applies in every season—the more water you drink, the healthier your skin is. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to prevent dry, flaky skin.
Revamp Your Makeup Brushes
As you spring clean the house, don’t forget to give your cosmetic bag some attention. Makeup brushes, sponges, and loofahs harbor microscopic bacteria. Even though you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there. That’s why you should clean or replace your makeup brushes every few months.
While you’re at it, check the medicine cabinet for expired gels, creams, and other topical products. Throw away any you find.
Get a Photofacial
If you’re looking for the perfect time to rejuvenate your skin, this is it! Help your face come out of hibernation with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial therapy.
This treatment utilizes laser-like technology to address sun-damaged skin, blotchiness, discoloration, wrinkles, freckles, and large pores. IPL photofacials undo years of damage to reveal a more youthful, revitalized appearance you’ll be eager to show off this spring. Best of all, treatments are noninvasive, well-tolerated by most, and result in minimal downtime.
Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is dedicated to helping you look and feel your best this spring with proven cosmetic and medical skincare services. To schedule a consultation with our dermatologist in Salt Lake City, please contact us today at 801-682-4715.
Spring is here! You may be excited for more sunshine and warmer temperatures, but this time of year is when skin damage becomes more prevalent. Learn six facts about skin cancer, and then take the necessary steps to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure.
More than 3.5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year.
Risk factors for getting skin cancer include:
- Blonde or red hair, freckles, and fair skin that burns easily
- A history of excessive sun exposure (your skin never forgets sun damage)
- Tanning bed use
- 50 or more moles (atypical or large moles are especially likely to develop melanoma)
- A suppressed immune system caused by disease or medical treatment
- A personal or family history of skin cancer
Skin cancer can affect anyone.
While certain people are more at risk for skin cancer than others, anyone can suffer from excessive sun exposure. In fact, people of color are more likely to receive a late diagnosis because they don’t know they’re susceptible to skin cancer until it’s too late. Dark-skinned people are more prone to skin cancer in unlikely areas, such as the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, groin, inside the mouth, and under the fingernails.
Excessive sun exposure is the number one cause of skin cancer.
A whopping 90 percent of skin cancer cases are attributed to UV light exposure from the sun and tanning beds. High exposure during childhood increases the risk. In fact, a single blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence nearly doubles a person’s chance of developing melanoma.
Indoor tanning is dangerous.
The artificial UV light that darkens your skin in a tanning bed is no safer than UV light from the sun. Researchers estimate that indoor tanning is responsible for around 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the US each year. Due to widespread tanning among young females, the most susceptible demographic are women under age 45.
Sunscreen and sun-smart habits can prevent skin cancer.
UV light is the biggest risk factor for skin cancer, and it’s also the most preventable! Follow these top sun protection tips:
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen labeled 30 SPF or higher. Reapply every one to two hours, especially while swimming or sweating profusely.
- Wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants when outside for long periods.
- Minimize your sun exposure from 10 am to 4 pm when UV rays are at their strongest.
- Seek shade when outside between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Skip the tanning salon.
Skin cancer is curable.
Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are all highly curable—if they’re detected early. Perform a monthly self-exam and visit the dermatologist any time you notice a suspicious mole.
You strive to take good care of your skin every day, but are you sure you’re doing everything right? Here are some of the most common skin care fails we hear about and how to avoid them.
Forgetting Your Hands and Décolletage
Most people’s skin care routine only includes their face. However, the hands and décolletage (comprised of the neck, shoulders, upper chest, and upper back) are also highly visible areas of skin that can develop signs of aging.
The easiest way to protect these sensitive parts of your body is to wear sunscreen and other forms of sun protection. For a more significant anti-aging effect, consider trying retinol or retinoid products.
Failing to Moisturize Oily Skin
People commonly fall for this skin care fail because it stands to reason that oily skin doesn’t need additional hydration. However, excessive oiliness could be the skin’s way of compensating for lack of hydration. Because of this, starting a healthy moisturizing routine could actually improve the condition of your skin.
If you have an oily complexion, make sure you choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. If you also have sensitive skin, avoid artificial ingredients, including coloring agents and fragrances.
Exfoliation is necessary to remove dead skin cells and other debris that stick to your skin. It’s so effective that it can instantly improve the look and feel of your complexion. In the long term, exfoliation improves cellular turnover, which can decrease the onset of visible aging.
However, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Exfoliating every day or with too much intensity can cause irritation and inflammation. If you remove dead skin cells mechanically (by scrubbing your face with a washcloth or loofa), you can exfoliate up to three or four times a week. If you prefer using chemical exfoliation (by applying mild acids that react with your skin), limit yourself to once or twice a week.
Failing to Wash Your Face Before Bed
Leaving makeup on overnight prevents your pores from breathing. This can lead to dullness, dryness, irritation, and acne breakouts. Even if you don’t wear makeup, you should wash your face before bed to remove sweat, dirt, and pollutants from your skin. Failing to do so could disrupt the overnight cell turnover process, accelerating the signs of aging as a result.
Sleeping on a Dirty Pillowcase
As you can imagine, pressing your face against a grimy, old pillowcase for eight hours a night isn’t good for your skin. Launder it once a week, along with the rest of your bedding, to ensure only clean sheets and pillowcases come in contact with your skin all night long.
At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we offer cosmetic skin care services and dermatologist-recommended skin care products to help you look and feel your best. For more help protecting your skin, please contact us online or call (801) 682-4715 and schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist in Salt Lake City, UT.
In addition to treatment for conditions like skin cancer, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology provides a variety of cosmetic services. Our licensed cosmetic service providers offer treatment that helps you look your best and feel confident about the impression you’re making on the world. Here’s a list of options:
- If your teenaged years were plagued with acne, we can help reduce the appearance of acne scars. We offer Bellafill, an in-office treatment that requires no downtime and leaves you with much smoother skin.
- We provide many different treatments to help you achieve a more youthful look. Belotero can rid you of wrinkles and lines for almost a year, and Botox helps get rid of eye, brow, and forehead wrinkles. Radiesse is considered a mini-lift, and we offer two different varieties of JUVÉDERM. JUVÉDERM XC uses gel to fill in the area around the nose and mouth and provide a youthful, natural-looking appearance, while JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is a treatment that’s most effective for older women, and is injected solely into the cheeks. Chemical Peels provide amazing results for your skin, getting rid of not just wrinkles but also acne.
- If acne is your primary concern, there are treatments for that, too. In addition to Chemical Peels, we offer IPL Photorejuvenation Therapy with Lumenis One®, a laser treatment that removes blemishes from your face, neck, hands, and upper chest. VBeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser is another option for ridding your skin of blemishes, and it can also be used to treat warts and psoriasis.
- We can take care of your stubborn double chin. If you’ve tried exercise and dieting, but still can’t seem to get the sculpted chin you desire, we offer Kybella, a treatment that ruptures fat cells to firm up your chin.
- Unsightly spider veins on your legs are no problem for us. We provide Sclerotherapy, a quick treatment for spider veins that causes minimal discomfort.
- If you’re embarrassed by unwanted hair, we can help. Laser Hair Removal will give you the smooth, hairless skin you’ve always wanted.
- Ask us about your other cosmetic concerns. We can treat many conditions, including skin tags, brown spots, fine blood vessels on the face, and more.
If you’d like more detailed information, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we’re committed to providing superior, professional skincare in a manner that’s practical and efficient, yet compassionate. With more than 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a wide range of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers, along with our friendly staff, are here to provide you the care you need in a comfortable and professional atmosphere. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us through our website or call (801) 682-4715 today.
As the weather gets cooler and you begin breaking out your cold-weather wardrobe, have you thought about cold weather skincare? Cooler weather and lower humidity, combined with the dry heat from indoor heating, can wreak havoc on your skin, often causing problems like eczema and dry, itchy skin. How should your skincare routine change in fall and winter? We have some tips.
- Thicken up the moisturizer. While you may have loved your lightweight, oil-free moisturizer in the summer, it’s not going to provide the right hydration for dry, cold, winter days. Look for a heavier moisturizer, preferably a cream made with ceramides, healthy, naturally occurring fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need a boost in colder weather.
- Use body lotion liberally. Hydrate from head to toe, slathering on body lotion as soon as you step out of the shower. The best body lotions contain moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, shea butter, cocoa butter, and ceramides, along with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, colloidal oatmeal, petrolatum, and urea, designed to lock in that moisture. Choose a body lotion that you enjoy, because if the texture, feel, or fragrance don’t appeal to you, you’ll be less likely to use it.
- Knock off the exfoliation. Things like retinoids and glycolics can be too harsh for cold weather months, so it’s smart to cut back on these rough ingredients. If you’re concerned about skin discoloration leftover from summer, try glycolic treatment pads or a mask once a week.
- Keep hydrated. To keep your skin hydrated from the inside out, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water every day.
- Boost the hydration in your environment. You won’t be able to do much about the dry air in your office and out at the mall, but you can invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home.
If you can’t seem to keep dry, itchy, winter skin at bay, it may be time to consult with a dermatologist. At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we’re committed to providing superior, professional skincare in a manner that’s practical and efficient, yet compassionate. With more than 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a wide range of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers, along with our friendly staff, are here to provide you the care you need in a comfortable and professional atmosphere. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us through our website or call (801) 682-4715 today.
If you have a nutritional imbalance, your skin is often the first area to show signs of damage. As a result, what you eat has a significant impact on the health and appearance of your skin. Here are the best foods to include in your diet if you’re looking to promote healthy skin.
- Fish: Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical for keeping your skin thick, supple, and moist. Omega-3s also reduce inflammation that can cause skin redness and acne.
- Avocados: The healthy fats found in avocados help make your skin flexible and springy, thus reducing the onset of wrinkles. Avocados are even thought to contain compounds that help protect your skin from sun damage.
- Nuts and seeds: In general, nuts and seeds are excellent sources of nutrients that benefit your skin. Walnuts, in particular, are a good source of omega-3s. They also contain a small amount of vitamin E, as do sunflower seeds, an important antioxidant for the skin.
- Sweet potatoes: Orange vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and carrots, are high in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that protects your skin when exposed to the sun. This may help prevent sunburn, along with the dryness, cell death, and wrinkles that come with it.
- Bell peppers: Again, beta-carotene is what gives red and yellow peppers their signature color. Bell peppers also contain vitamin C, a compound your body needs to create collagen, which helps prevent wrinkles.
- Broccoli: This vegetable is packed with several vitamins and minerals for healthy skin, including vitamins A and C and lutein, which protects your skin from oxidative damage. Most importantly, broccoli contains sulforaphane, an antimicrobial compound with cancer-fighting qualities that may help prevent skin cancer.
- Tomatoes: Another excellent source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lutein, tomatoes also contain lycopene, another carotenoid that protects the skin from sun damage.
- Soy products: Soy is famous for its isoflavone content, a plant compound that can either mimic or block estrogen in the body. In postmenopausal women, eating soy every day may reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity.
- Dark chocolate: If you need an excuse to eat chocolate, choose a dark variety that contains at least 70% cocoa. This delivers a high amount of antioxidants that protect the skin while keeping the added sugar to a minimum.
- Green tea: As with other foods high in antioxidants, green tea protects your skin from sun damage. It also contains catechins, compounds that improve the health of your skin by reducing redness and roughness while increasing hydration and elasticity.
In addition to eating a healthy diet, accessing the skin care products and dermatological services at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help you maintain healthy skin. We remove unwanted moles, provide care for conditions like eczema, and diagnose and treat skin cancer. To schedule a consultation at our Salt Lake City office, please call 801-682-4715 today.
When summer arrives, all you want to do is spend your days outside soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm temperatures. However, the dry heat and high elevation here in Salt Lake City make spending time outside particularly damaging to your skin. Maintain a young and healthy look with these summer skincare tips.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells and other debris to prevent clogging your pores and improve the effectiveness of toner and moisturizer. We recommend exfoliating in the morning a few times a week before applying any makeup.
Hydrate Your Skin
After you exfoliate, and even on the mornings when you skip this step, apply a hydrating cream to seal in moisture. Use an oil-free product designed for use on the face. You might also layer a booster or toner underneath your moisturizer to refresh your skin even more. Then, up your hydration game with an intensive masque once or twice a week.
Drink More Water
Summer means higher temperatures and more outdoor activities, both of which can lead to dehydration if you’re not careful. Your skin is often the first thing to be sapped of moisture when you get dehydrated, leading to saggy, wrinkly skin. Keep these symptoms at bay by drinking at least eight cups of water per day—more if you spend a lot of time outside.
Everyone knows sunscreen is an important part of sun protection, but most people don’t apply enough. You should use about a teaspoon of sunscreen for your face, and cover the rest of your body with enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass. Then, reapply every two hours or any time you towel off. For the best results, stay indoors or hang out in the shade from about 10:00 am to 2:00 pm when the sun is at its most intense.
Soothe Sunburned Skin
If you forget to apply sunscreen, or you miss a spot, you could end up with sunburned skin. Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you can soothe the burn and reduce peeling by applying aloe vera and other cooling balms liberally and frequently.
Repair Sun-Damaged Skin
One blistering sunburn doubles your risk for melanoma, so prevention is definitely the best option. However, you can treat brown spots, wrinkles, and leathery skin caused by UV light with age-fight skincare ingredients. Specialized products can promote healthy cell growth and stimulate collagen production to help undo common signs of aging and slow future damage.
Get More Summer Skincare Advice
At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City, we offer beneficial cosmetic services and can recommend skincare products designed to protect your skin from the sun and prevent premature aging. You can also turn to us for dermatology services to treat everything from acne and warts to hair loss and skin cancer.
To learn more about our skincare services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our dermatologists today at 801-682-4715.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and if you have diabetes, it is often one of the first parts of the body in which complications appear. People with diabetes can benefit from working with a dermatologist to keep their diabetes-related skin issues under control.
Watch this video to learn about some of the skin issues people experienced by people with diabetes. When left untreated, diabetic skin conditions can lead to serious infections and even amputations. Therefore, it’s important to consult a dermatologist if you are experiencing complications.
For more information about skin issues in people with diabetes, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841.
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