• Exploring How Anxiety Can Affect Your Skin

    The health of your skin is not just dependent on how you care for it from the outside. Your skin health starts from the inside. Your diet and lifestyle can have a significant impact on your skin, as can your mental health. Anxiety is a condition that often causes symptoms that can affect your skin. Here is what you need to know about the ways that anxiety can cause skin issues and what you can do with the help of a dermatologist to ease the symptoms.  

    Psoriasis  

    People with psoriasis usually experience flare-ups and remissions of their symptomsIn studies of patients with psoriasis, stress is often reported as a trigger for symptoms. In fact, some people have their first outbreak of psoriasis symptoms during a period of extreme anxiety. There is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be managed. In addition to topical medications, biologics, and light therapies, dermatologists often recommend finding ways to reduce stress levels to keep flare-ups in check. 

    Alopecia 

    Alopecia, or hair loss, frequently occurs in response to anxiety. Researchers have discovered that many people who experience alopecia have an onset of symptoms about six months after an anxiety-provoking period in their lives. If you have anxiety-related alopecia, your dermatologist may recommend that you give your body time to recover from anxiety and allow your hair to grow back naturally. In other instances, he or she may suggest topical medications that can help with regrowth.  

    Acne 

    One of the things that happen in your body when you are experiencing anxiety is that hormones are released to help you deal with the stressful conditions. One of the hormones that is released increases the activity of your sebaceous glands, which produce oils. This excessive amount of oil can cause clog pores, leading to acne breakouts.  

    Don’t let stress-related skin conditions impact you. If the signs of anxiety are showing up on your skin, let Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology help. Make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841. 

  • Skin Viral Infections: Get the Facts

    Skin infections can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or virusesViral skin infections are rarer than bacterial or fungal injections, but they can be serious, and treatment by a dermatologist is usually necessary to control the symptoms and ensure you heal properly. Could you be experiencing a viral skin infection?  

    Cold Sores 

    One of the most common viral skin infections that dermatologists encounter is the herpes simplex I virus that causes cold sores. If you have been exposed to this virus, it will live in your body for life. Most of the time, it will not cause any symptoms, but when your immune system is weakened by another illness or stress, it can flare up and cause cold sores to form. Your dermatologist can offer treatments to control these breakouts when they occur, but it is best to contract him or her within 24 to 48 hours of the sores appearing for the best results.  

    Molluscum Contagiosum 

    This viral infection causes raised bumps on the skin that are often described as looking like pearls. They are usually painless, but they can be itchy and easily agitated. When an outbreak occurs, it usually lasts for about six to nine months, but sometimes, it can take a few years to clear up completely. Most cases occur in children and people with weakened immune systems.  

    Shingles 

    Chickenpox is a viral infection, and shingles—or herpes zoster—occurs when that virus is reactivated. With shingles, the skin develops painful blisters that are usually filled with pus. Shingles usually occur in people over the age of 50, but it can occur in younger patients occasionally. There is no cure for shingles, but your dermatologist can provide treatments to help control the symptoms.  

    Skin infections require fast treatment, so make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. If you need more information or want to schedule a consultation for a skin rash, dial (801) 266-8841. 

  • Diagnosing Skin Breakouts

    Acne isn’t the only thing that can cause skin breakouts. There are several other things that cause inflammation, rashes, sores, and other lesions on your skin that often require treatment to prevent them from becoming worse. If you are having a skin breakout, see your dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.  

    Bacteria causes most skin breakouts. Folliculitis occurs when bacteria enter hair follicles and cause an infection that leads to red, pimple-like bumps. Cellulitis is a painful infection caused by bacteria that causes red, warm bumps and lesions that often appear on the legs. Boils are red and hard to the touch and are caused by a deep bacterial infection, while impetigo is a bacterial infection that causes pus-filled sores. Impetigo often occurs in children.  

    If you’re having a breakout or other skin issue in Salt Lake City, visit a dermatologist at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to get the treatment you need. Dial (801) 266-8841 to make an 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! 

  • Understanding How Pregnancy Affects the Skin

    Pregnancy is an event that brings on major changes throughout the body, including with the skin. While you may have heard of the “pregnancy glow,” that is not the only change that pregnancy may cause to your skin. Here is a look at how your skin may change throughout your pregnancy. 

    Mask of Pregnancy 

    The mask of pregnancy won’t do you any good on Halloween—this condition is also called melasma and results in dark spots that appear on the face. The areas of dark pigmentation may be splotchy and affect about half of all pregnant women. 

    Stretch Marks 

    As your abdomen expands to hold your growing baby, your skin will stretch out to accommodate this change. Stretch marks may form as a result, appearing as pink, red, or white streaks on the skin. Since the breasts also grow rapidly during pregnancy, they may be affected by stretch marks as well. 

    Acne 

    One of the common causes behind acne is hormonal changes, which can cause an increase in your skin’s oil production. As your hormonal levels fluctuate during pregnancy, you may notice that your skin breaks out as a result. If you already experience acne, it may become worse during pregnancy. 

    Spider and Varicose Veins 

    During pregnancy, there will be more blood in your body than usual, since some of your blood flow will be going to your growing baby. This can put excess pressure on the valves in your veins that keep blood flowing in the right direction. If the blood flows backward through a valve, it can pool and cause the vein to expand, resulting in a spider vein or varicose vein. 

    Darkening of the Skin 

    It is common for skin pigment to darken due to the hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy. This may be especially noticeable on areas of the skin that already have darker pigment, such as moles and freckles. 

    If you are concerned about spider veins, stretch marks, acne, or other common skin changes that occur during pregnancy, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is ready to help. Our team of skin care specialists can diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions. To schedule an appointment at our dermatology office in Salt Lake City, call (801) 266-8841 today. 

  • How Sunscreen Can Help You Look Younger

    You know that sunscreen is important for preventing painful sunburns and life-threatening skin cancer, but you may not realize that wearing sunscreen every day can also have cosmetic benefits. Watch this video to find out how sunscreen can help keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful. 

    The UV rays in sunlight cause the collagen and elastin in the skin to break down more rapidly, resulting in skin with a lower elasticity that will begin to fold into lines and wrinkles. By wearing sunscreen every day—even when it is cloudy outside—you can help to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. 

    If you want to find out more about the best ways to care for your skin, schedule an appointment with Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City. We can provide anti-aging skin treatments to help you look and feel your best. Contact us at (801) 266-8841 for more information. 

     

  • How Smoking Impacts Your Skin

    When asked about habits that are most harmful to the skin, many people would probably mention unprotected sun exposure. However, there is another major lifestyle risk: smoking. Dermatologists strongly recommend that their patients quit smoking or never start smoking not only because smoking causes cancer, but also because it prematurely ages the skin.

    To learn how smoking leads to premature skin aging, watch this candid interview. This expert explains that she can identify a smoker just by looking at the skin because the pores around the mouth and nose will be clogged with black tar. She also discusses some of the other troubling effects of smoking on the skin.

    For a personalized assessment of how smoking has already affected your skin, you can turn to a dermatologist in Salt Lake City. Contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 266-8841 and ask us about our skin care services , including skin cancer screenings and laser hair removal treatments.