• Understanding the Different Types of Eczema

    Despite what many people believe, eczema is not a single condition but rather a group of different skin issues that have similar symptoms but different causes. When you see a dermatologist for eczema, he or she will first determine what form of the condition is affecting you in order to pick the most effective treatment. There are many kinds of eczema. Here is a look at the most common forms.  

    Atopic Dermatitis 

    An atopic dermatitis is a form of eczema that looks like a red, scaly rash. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in kids. Usually, atopic dermatitis has periods of remissions and flares. Some people experience outbreaks that occur alongside hay fever or asthma symptoms. Dermatologists believe that atopic dermatitis is an autoimmune condition that sufferers are genetically predisposed to it. Like most forms of eczema, it can be treated with a combination of topical therapies, antihistamines, and medications.  

    Contact Dermatitis 

    This form of eczema flares up in direct response to making contact with an irritant. People who experience contact dermatitis may have outbreaks of eczema after coming into contact with shampoos, lotions, dryer sheets, soaps, fungi, or a wide range of other triggers. The best way to control contact dermatitis is to identify the triggers and then avoid them.  

    Seborrheic Dermatitis 

    This form of eczema usually affects the scalp and face. It causes scaly patches to appear, but the symptom that most people associate with this kind of eczema is dandruff. Your dermatologist may recommend special shampoos and antifungal medications to control the symptoms. Like other forms of eczema, the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis may come and go over time.  

    Eczema can be uncomfortable and impact your self-esteem, but you don’t have to simply live with it. At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, our team is experienced in treating all forms of eczema and can help you get the relief you need. Schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City today by dialing (801) 266-8841 

  • When Should You See a Dermatologist for a Skin Breakout?

    The term “skin breakout” usually brings to mind thoughts of acne. But there are plenty of other skin conditions that can cause the skin to break out in unsightly blemishes, and some of them can be serious medical issues. If you’ve noticed any unusual symptoms, consider talking to a dermatologist. 

    Folliculitis 

    Folliculitis can mimic the appearance of an acne breakout. Initially, it may take on the appearance of small, red bumps or whiteheads. But folliculitis isn’t acne. It’s a bacterial or fungal infection of the hair follicles. Those small bumps can turn into crusty sores that refuse to heal. Patients with folliculitis often experience itching, skin tenderness, and painful burning sensations. While folliculitis often clears up with basic skin care, it’s possible for it to cause permanent scarring and hyperpigmentation. A dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics or anti-fungal medications to clear up the infection. 

    Cellulitis 

    Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that can become life-threatening if left untreated. While it can occur anywhere, cellulitis most often affects the skin on the lower legs and feet. It can cause the following symptoms: 

    • An expanding area of reddened skin that looks like a rash 
    • Pain, swelling, and warmth 
    • Fever 
    • Blisters and red spots 

    Without treatment, it’s possible for the bacterial infection to spread to the lymph nodes and bloodstream, where it can become life-threatening. Seek care immediately. 

    Boils 

    A boil is a large, painful bump on the skin. As the boil fills with pus, it grows larger and more painful. Eventually, it will rupture and the pus will drain away. Boils often appear on the armpits, buttocks, thighs, face, and neck—places where friction and sweat most frequently affect the skin. It’s uncommon, but possible for the bacteria in a boil to enter the bloodstream. Complications can include sepsis, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis. A dermatologist can treat boils by lancing and draining them. Antibiotics may be necessary. 

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we provide comprehensive evaluations and effective treatments for cosmetic and medical skin issues. If you’re troubled by unusual symptoms or other skin issues in Salt Lake City, call our office at (801) 266-8841 and request our next available appointment. We look forward to helping you enjoy your healthy, beautiful skin once again. 

  • Is a Jessner’s Solution Peel Right for You?

    If you are considering a chemical peel, you’ll need to think about what type of peel is right for your skin type and the issues you want to address. The depth of the peel will influence the healing time and potential side effects of the procedure, and with the Jessner’s solution peel, you should not expect a light peel.  

    The Jessner’s peel is not a lunchtime procedure, because it removes several of the top layers of skin. As a result of this depth, the peel is able to address a wide range of skin discoloration and scarring, including dark patches, age spots, melasma, fine lines, and acne scars.  

    The best way to determine if any chemical peel is right for you is by talking to your dermatologist, who can offer a personalized recommendation based on your needs. For chemical peels, anti-aging care, and a full range of clinical dermatology services in Salt Lake City, call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for a consultation. You can reach our office at (801) 266-884.  

  • 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.