• 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.

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