• How to Select the Right Moisturizer

    Using the right moisturizer is a simple thing you can do every day to keep your skin healthy, inside and out. A moisturizer should be part of your daily skin care regime, but how can you choose the right one? 

    Watch this video to learn more about the different ingredients used in moisturizers and about the types that are available for different skin types. A great way to start is by talking to your dermatologist to learn more about the kind of skin you have.  

    To make an appointment with a dermatologist to talk about skin care, call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841.

  • When to Call Your Dermatologist for a Skin Cyst

    Cysts are normally more of an annoyance than a medical problem. However, there are some instances in which you should consult with your dermatologist about a cyst since some of them won’t go away on their own. When this occurs, your dermatologist may remove it surgically using local anesthesia. How can you tell the difference between a cyst that will get better on its own and one that needs treatment? Here are some signs that you should call your dermatologist about a cyst.  

    The cyst is painful.  

    Skin cysts that are likely to go away on their own usually aren’t painful at all. Generally, you won’t even know they are there until you accidentally touch them and feel the bump. However, some cysts grow painful, and when this happens, it’s time to call your dermatologist. Pain can be an indication that the cyst is infected, in which case it won’t go away unless your dermatologist either drains it and injects the area with medication or surgically removes it.  

    The cyst is red and irritated.  

    This is another sign that the cyst is infected. The problem with an infected cyst is that it won’t go away without intervention. Typically, an infected cyst grows a wall of cells around it under the skin that makes it impenetrable, so a dermatologist needs to drain the infected area and remove the cyst wall. Without treatment, it will continue to grow and worsen.  

    The cyst isn’t going away.  

    Sometimes, cysts don’t hurt or look red and angry but still won’t go away. When this happens, it is best to let a dermatologist evaluate it. Allowing a cyst to hang around indefinitely, even if it is harmless, increases the risk that it will become infected.  

    Are you worried about a cyst or other skin issue in Salt Lake City? Get a definitive diagnosis and the treatment you need by making an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can schedule a visit with a dermatologist by calling (801) 266-8841. 

  • 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! 

  • How Bellafill Reduces the Appearance of Acne Scars

    One of the most maddening parts of acne is that it can leave behind scarring long after breakouts have cleared up. When you’re undergoing treatment for acne, your dermatologist will help with skin care recommendations to reduce the risk of scars. When scars do occur, at last, there is a treatment to help: Bellafill.

    Bellafill is a dermal filler that is used to treat atrophic, distensible acne scars. These scars are the pitted type that leave the skin looking bumpy and damaged. Bellafill works by adding volume in the pitted portion of the scars to bring them up in line with the rest of the skin, creating a smoother appearance. It is the only approved treatment for this purpose and is recommended for patients 21 and older.

    If you’re frustrated by acne scarring, talk to your dermatologist Salt Lake City at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to see if Bellafill is right for you. Make your appointment for a consultation by calling (801) 266-8941.

  • How Just 15 Minutes of Sun Exposure Affects Your Skin

    You know that the sun can cause skin aging, but most people assume that just a few minutes of exposure won’t cause any harm. In reality, the sun causes the kinds of skin changes that can have you running to your dermatologist in as little as 15 minutes.

    Watch this video to learn more about the reactions just 15 minutes of being in the sun can cause in your skin. Being in the sun for 15 minutes can stop collagen and elastin production for 24 to 48 hours and trigger the release of enzymes that cause skin aging, among a long list of other effects.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help you improve the appearance of your skin with anti-aging treatments in Salt Lake City. For an appointment with a dermatologist, call (801) 266-8841.

     

  • Strategies for Maintaining Youthful Skin

    Everyone wants skin that looks young and healthy, so it’s no surprise that anti-aging treatments are some of the most commonly performed procedures in dermatology. If you’re looking for methods of maintaining your skin’s youthful appearance, then consider these strategies:

    Cut Back on Stress

    Chronic stress can affect your health in many ways. One reason for this is that the stress hormone cortisol can negatively impact your body’s ability to heal itself and make it more difficult for your skin to repair and stay looking healthy and youthful. Also, stress can cause you to frown and grimace more often, which may speed up the formation of expression lines and wrinkles. To help keep stress under control, get plenty of exercise and consider practicing meditation and deep breathing exercises.

    Cope with Moisture Loss

    With the onset of menopause, a woman’s body begins to produce less estrogen, a hormone which helps stimulate collagen and oil production in the skin. What this means for your complexion is more dryness and wrinkles. To combat these effects, practice good skin care by moisturizing regularly.

    Take In-Flight Measures

    If you frequently travel by plane, then there are some extra measures that you should take to help protect your skin. When in-flight, you are much closer to the sun, and your skin may be at a greater risk of sun damage from any light penetrating the windows. Also, airplane air is known for causing skin to feel dry. For these reasons, consider applying a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to your skin, pulling down the shade if you’re next to a window, and drinking plenty of water during your flight.

    Visit Your Dermatologist

    Regular trips to the dermatologist office can help you maintain your skin’s youthful appearance. Through a variety of anti-aging products and treatments, your dermatologist can help you keep your skin healthy and looking its best.

    Are you interested in maintaining youthful skin with anti-aging treatments in Salt Lake City? If so, then please contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 682-4715 to schedule your appointment with an experienced dermatologist.

  • 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.

  • Recognizing Common Triggers for Rosacea

    Rosacea can be a frustrating condition to treat. In addition to seeking treatment from a dermatologist, rosacea sufferers can also benefit from knowing what triggers them to experience flare-ups. A good way to identify the things that exacerbate your rosacea symptoms is to keep a diary of when your flare-ups occur and what you were doing when they happened, and then reviewing that information with your dermatologist. Here is a look at some of the most common triggers patients with rosacea blame for their symptoms.

    Spicy Foods

    Spicy foods that contain curry, red pepper flakes, cayenne peppers, and other heat-generating ingredients cause many people to flush while eating them, but for people who have rosacea, that redness can persist for long after the meal is done. Some people with rosacea find that they can’t eat any spicy foods at all without having a flare, while other can eat them in moderation.

    Alcohol

    Alcohol is one of the most common triggers for rosacea symptoms. More than half of people with rosacea say that having a drink can cause their rosacea to flare up. Red wine is a common culprit, but vodka, gin, and whiskey are also blamed for symptoms. If you drink, keep track of which kinds of alcohol affect you the most, and remember to skip the soda and juice mixers, which can compound the effects of the alcohol on your skin.

    Stress

    Many people with rosacea notice that their symptoms are worse when they are going through periods of stress. Although you can’t completely prevent stress of occurring in your life, finding ways to manage it may not only make you feel better but also keep your rosacea symptoms under control.

    While there is no cure for rosacea, the dermatologists at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help you find a treatment plan that reduces your symptoms and keeps your skin healthy. To schedule a consultation for rosacea treatment 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.

  • Who Is a Good Candidate for IPL Photorejuvenation Therapy?

    Intense pulsed light (IPL) photorejuvenation therapy is a gentle, light-based treatment that can address several different skin issues. IPL therapy is well-tolerated among patients, and many people find it very effective in helping them reach their aesthetic goals. Only your dermatologist can determine if IPL phototherapy is truly right for you. Your doctor will consider the following factors when making treatment recommendations.

    Which Patients Are Good IPL Therapy Candidates

    Although IPL phototherapy is effective for a range of skin types, your dermatologist may suggest a different treatment if you have a darker complexion. You should also avoid having IPL therapy if you are pregnant, using Accutane, or have taken Accutane within the past six months. Good candidates are those who have:

    • Fair skin, not affected by tanning
    • Reasonably elastic skin
    • Reasonable expectations for the outcome
    • A preference for noninvasive treatments instead of surgical procedures

    Where IPL Therapy Works

    Your dermatologist can use IPL photorejuvenation therapy on nearly any part of your body. It’s often used on the face, neck, and décolletage. IPL is also appropriate for treating skin problems of the:

    • Feet
    • Back
    • Arms
    • Legs
    • Hands
    • Posterior

    What IPL Phototherapy Treats

    Of course, you’ll want to make sure you can truly benefit from IPL therapy before having this treatment. The pulses of light can minimize the appearance of sun damage on your skin, which may appear as blotchy discolorations, freckles, or sun spots. IPL therapy is even effective for minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It can address melasma and broken capillaries just beneath the skin. Large pores can be minimized with IPL photorejuvenation treatments, and the overall appearance of the skin will be more youthful, resilient, and healthy. Plus, patients tend to notice an improvement in the skin’s texture and evenness after having this treatment. If you have any of these skin concerns, then IPL photorejuvenation can be a great choice for you.

    The doctors at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology are leading providers of anti-aging treatments in Salt Lake City, including IPL photorejuvenation therapy. We look forward to meeting new patients and welcoming back familiar faces! Give us a call today at (801) 266-8841 to request the next available appointment.

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