• Top 5 Myths about sensitive skin

    If you have sensitive skin, you probably struggle to keep it clear and healthy. You may be frustrated by products that say they’re for sensitive skin but still irritate yours, and you may be worried that you’ll have sensitive skin forever, no matter what you do. We’d like to help you sort it all out, by busting some common myths about sensitive skin.

    • Myth 1: Sensitive skin is all the same. The word sensitive means different things to different people. If your skin is sensitive, you might be prone to redness, inflammation, peeling, or itching. Certain ingredients and formulas might make your skin sting or burn, or your skin might break out when you switch beauty products. Sensitive skin is reactive instead of adaptive: it reacts to its environment. The key to caring for it is to find products that clean and nourish your skin without irritating it.
    • Myth 2: It’s unusual to have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is very common, and because it’s so prevalent, much research has been conducted to discover how best to care for it. While only 11 percent of skincare products are designed for sensitive skin, you will be able to find some that work for you if you shop around.
    • Myth 3: Sensitive skin will always be sensitive. Many factors come into play with sensitive skin, and stress may be the biggest. The stress hormone, Cortisol, weakens the immune system and damages the skin barrier, so when you’re stressed, your skin feels more sensitive. Because more than 70 percent of women report moderate to high stress, it’s important to find products specially formulated to improve the health of stressed skin.
    • Myth 4: If you’ve got sensitive skin, you should only wash it with water. While you should avoid using harsh cleansers on your face, especially those with dyes or Sodium Laureth Sulfate, water won’t get your skin clean or help strengthen a compromised skin barrier. To choose a cleanser good for your sensitive skin, look for one the “dermatologist proven” label.
    • Myth 5: People with sensitive skin can’t wear makeup. Makeup isn’t really the problem; layering makeup over inflamed skin is the issue. When your skincare routine nourishes and soothes your sensitive skin, you’ll have a clean slate for applying makeup. Just make sure you remove your makeup each night, taking care not to leave behind residue that can irritate your skin.

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we provide superior, professional skincare in a manner that’s practical, efficient, and 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.

  • Skin Cancer Screenings 101

    How much do you know about skin cancer? In the United States, more than a million people each year are diagnosed with the two most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Less common is melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, but all of these cancers are curable if detected early. Does that mean that everyone should see a dermatologist for regular skincare screenings? Not necessarily.

    No research has been conducted to determine whether routine screening for melanoma is effective for people without a familial history of skin cancer. Periodic skin examinations by the patient or the primary care physician are typically the way changes to the skin are noticed, and those exams seem to be the key to catching skin cancer at the earliest stages. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma appear as skin changes, and the primary care doctor sends the patient to a dermatologist for a skin examination and biopsy.

    Family history raises the risk of melanoma, as does the presence of atypical moles or several common moles. Other risk factors include previous skin cancers, skin that burns easily, freckling, blue eyes, red hair, and a history of blistering sunburns. Screening people with these risk factors doesn’t seem to reduce the number of melanoma deaths.

    You should know the signs of skin cancer, and have a doctor check out anything suspicious. Watch for atypical moles, also known as dysplastic nevi, which have irregular borders, vary in color, or are asymmetrical. Learn how to identify the three major types of skin cancer.

    • Basal cell carcinoma: The most common kind of skin cancer is characterized by pearly, translucent growths that may crust, ulcerate, or bleed.
    • Squamous cell carcinoma: This looks like basal cell carcinoma but is more aggressive and can go internally.
    • Malignant melanoma: This potentially life-threatening skin cancer can arise from an existing mole, or from normal skin. Look for pigmented lesions, asymmetrical in shape, with irregular, scalloped, or jagged edges. They’re more than one color like black, blue, or brown, and show unusual thickening and dramatic growth.

    While regular screenings are not recommended, you should talk to your doctor if you experience:

    • Lesions that change from their original appearance
    • Lesions that appear differently from your other moles
    • Sores that don’t heal within one or two months
    • Lesions that are worrisome to you in any way

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we’re committed to providing superior, professional skin care 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.

  • Spotlight on our Cosmetic Skincare Services

    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.

  • How to Transition Your Skin-Care Routine for Cold Weather

    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.

  • The Best Dermatologist Recommended Skin-Care Tips

    When it comes to skincare tips, there are few sources as reliable as dermatologists. If you want to know how to control breakouts, reduce the signs of aging, or get rid of dark spots, a dermatologist can provide valuable advice. Don’t have a dermatologist? We’ve got you covered, with these helpful tips  

    • Use sunscreen every day. Use it everywheredon’t neglect your ears, hairline, neck, hands, and chest. Using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day will help keep your skin looking younger, longer, and if you’re experiencing dryness, tight skin, or redness, it may be time to switch to a higher SPF.  
    • Masks are a great solution for many different problems. If the hormonal shifts of your period have your skin in an uproar, use a mask to balance it quickly. Clay masks reduce oil, and gels calm redness. If your skin needs hydration, a sheet mask over your moisturizer for 10 minutes each night will make it fresh and dewy.   
    • What you do at night can improve your daytime skin. A good bedtime routine can head off morning dryness, and sleeping with an extra pillow under your head can help prevent puffy eyes upon waking. 
    • Strategically attack acne. Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and is a great solution for allover breakouts. If blackheads are your issue, salicylic acid is the way to go. If you’re breaking out along your hairline, hair products may be the culprit. A foaming face wash can gently but effectively cut through oil they leave behind.  
    • Make sure you’re using products the right way, for maximum effectiveness. Apply moisturizer before your skin is completely dry to keep your skin hydrated, and if you’re layering skincare products, wait two to three minutes between each one to keep from diluting them. Don’t shy away from using different products on different areas of your face if you’re dealing with diverse issues. Wash your face thoroughly: while cleansing cloths are convenient, they’re not sufficient if you live in a polluted area. 
    • Use different tactics to fight dark spots and lines. Brighteners like vitamin C are a great first line of defense, and weekly chemical peels or glycolic acid can improve the look of your skin and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria. Omega 3 supplements can improve your skin’s hydration, and glycolic acid peel pads are an easy way to treat lines and dark spots. Applying antioxidants during the day and topical retinoids at night also works well for dark spots.  

    If you’re looking for a competent dermatologist, look no further than Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. With over 30 years of experience in Salt Lake City, our practice can handle both medical and cosmetic problems with skill and discretion. Our friendly staff will help you feel at ease, and our board-certified dermatologists will assist you in getting effective treatment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 801-682-4715 or contact us through our website.  

  • The 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

    Having a good skincare routine can help promote healthy skin, but more important than what you put on your face is what you put in your body. The right diet can significantly improve the health of your skin and help slow the signs of aging. Here, we look at twelve of the very best foods for keeping your skin healthy.  

    • Fatty fish: Full of omega 3 fatty acids, fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring help keep your skin hydrated and supple. Omega 3 fats also reduce inflammation, helping to fight conditions like psoriasis and lupus, and can make your skin more resistant to UV raysFatty fish also contain high-quality protein, vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidantand zinc, a mineral that helps regulate inflammation. 
    • Walnuts: Good for fighting inflammation and high in antioxidants, walnuts help keep your skin healthy by providing fat, zinc, vitamins E and C, selenium, and protein.  
    • Avocados: Avocados have healthy fat, as well as vitamins C and E, all of which are important for good skin. Additionally, they contain compounds that protect against UV radiation.  
    • Sunflower seedsLike walnuts, sunflower seeds are a good source of protein, vitamin E, zinc, and selenium. 
    • Sweet potatoes: The beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes provides almost four times the RDA of vitamin A. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids act as a natural sunblock, to help prevent sunburn and damaged skin. 
    • Red and yellow bell peppers: Like sweet potatoes, peppers provide beta-carotene, and they’re also a good source of vitamin C, which helps build collagen. 
    • Broccoli: Lutein, found in broccoli, works like beta-carotene. Other nutrients in this powerful vegetable include zinc, vitamins A and C, and sulforaphane, which may help prevent skin cancer. 
    • TomatoesContaining all the major carotenoids, and particularly lycopene, tomatoes are especially good for you when paired with a healthy fat.  
    • Soy: The isoflavones in soy can protect against UV rays while improving wrinkles, collagen, skin dryness, and elasticity.  
    • Green Tea: Containing compounds called catechins, green tea helps protect your skin from sun damage and reduce redness.  
    • Dark Chocolate: When you choose chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa, you can protect your skin against sunburn while improving wrinkles, skin thickness and texture, blood flow and hydration. 
    • Red Wine: Resveratrol, which comes from the skin of red grapes, can reduce the effects of aging and slow the production of free radicals, making red wine a good choice if you drink alcohol.  

    In addition to eating well, you can improve your skin by seeing a good dermatologist. If you’re looking for a dermatologist in Salt Lake Citylook to Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. With over 30 years of experience, our practice can handle both medical and cosmetic problems with skill and discretion. Our friendly staff will help you feel at ease, and our board-certified dermatologists will assist you in getting effective treatment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 801-682-4715 or contact us through our website.  

  • Learn How Botox Can Treat Excessive Sweating

    If you think Botox is only good for smoothing wrinkles and erasing lines, it’s time to think again. Though Botox got its start as cosmetic treatment, it’s now well known as a treatment for many other conditions, such as migraines, muscle spasms, and hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating. Many people are turning to Botox to control underarm sweating, even celebrities.  

    Chrissy Teigen, who tends to be open about her personal life, recently called it the best move she ever made, posting on social media, “I can wear silk again without soaking. Woohoo!” She’s not alone in her delight over the effectiveness of this treatment. People who have previously been in a state of perpetual anxiety about their sweating are now finding relief and regaining their confidence.  

    What, exactly is Botox? A neurotoxin made from the microbes that cause botulism, Botox is a very safe treatment when used by a medical professional. For many years, doctors have been using it to smooth facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles, and now it’s been proven to be effective for underarm sweating as well 

    So how does it work? Injections of Botox under the arm can block the nerves that turn on your sweat glands and keep them from activating. To perform this procedure, a doctor numbs the area to be treated, then uses a tiny needle to deliver 20 injections of Botox into each armpit. This treatment only works on the area into which it’s been injected, and it lasts for anywhere from three to six months. As soon as the doctor is finished administering the Botox, the patient can go back to work and normal life.  

    How do you know if you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis and are a good candidate for Botox? People with hyperhidrosis have overactive sweat glands that cause them to sweat excessively, sometimes even when it’s not hot. They might soak through their clothing or drip sweat, and regular antiperspirants don’t work for them. If you’ve tried everything, including prescription antiperspirants, and still can’t seem to get your sweating to improve, it may be time to talk to your doctor about trying Botox.  

    If you’re interested in learning more about Botox for excessive underarm sweating, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. With over 30 years of experience in Salt Lake City, our practice can handle both medical and cosmetic problems with skill and discretion. Our friendly staff will help you feel at ease, and our board-certified dermatologists will assist you in getting effective treatment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 801-682-4715 or contact us through our website.  

  • Everything You Need to Know About Anxiety Rash

    Do you experience physical signs of anxiety? According to experts, anxiety can manifest in many different physical symptoms, including pins and needles, a dry mouth, and excessive sweating. One of the ways people’s bodies respond to anxiety is by breaking out in a bumpy rash. Why does this happen, and can anything be done about it?  

    An anxiety rash, also known as a stress rash, is a response by your body’s immune system to the anxiety. During stressful events, your body produces the fight or flight hormone called cortisol, and when the levels of cortisol rise, histamines are released into the body to alleviate the anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety can’t be alleviated with histamines, so the skin reacts by producing hives or a rash.  

    Anxiety rashes look like other rashes, so how can you identify them? An anxiety rash can look like a heat rash, or can create itchy, raised bumps. In some people, it’s all over the body, while for others it’s just on one part of the skin. Sometimes, the rash itself can cause people more anxiety, which only makes it worse. To determine if the rash you’re experiencing is an anxiety rash, eliminate other possible causes of the rash, and pay attention to whether or not the rash goes away when your stress is reduced.  

    Taking over-the-counter antihistamines or using an itch-reducing cream may help with the pain and itching these rashes cause. You might also find relief from using aloe vera or taking an oatmeal bath. It’s important to talk to a doctor before trying any home remedies for a rash, because you want to make sure you’re using the right treatment for your particular rash.  

    Ultimately, if you’re reacting to anxiety and stress by breaking out in a rash, it’s a good idea to look for ways to manage your anxiety. This might mean seeking therapy or practicing meditation or yoga. For some people, exercise helps alleviate stress and anxiety, while others benefit from making time for personal hobbies.  

    If you’re suffering from rashes and want to determine the cause, it’s smart to look for a competent dermatologist like the ones at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. With over 30 years of experience in Salt Lake City, our practice can handle both medical and cosmetic problems with skill and discretion. Our friendly staff will help you feel at ease, and our board-certified dermatologists will assist you in getting effective treatment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 801-682-4715 or contact us through our website.  

  • Why Do Skin Cancer Rates Vary by Age Group?

    Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Prevention and early detection are the best ways to overcome this disease, no matter your age. 

    New Cases of Skin Cancer 

    According to the American Cancer Society (ACS)nearly 100,000 new cases of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—are expected to be diagnosed in 2019. It’s important to note that other forms of skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, are actually more common, but because nonmelanoma skin cancers are not required to be reported to cancer registries, it is difficult to estimate the true number of new cases. The most recent study of these occurrences estimated that 5.4 million cases were diagnosed among 3.3 million people in 2012. 

    Skin Cancer by Age Groups 

    Melanoma diagnoses have been on the rise for the past 30 years, but trends differ by age group and genderHere are some of the reasons for this as hypothesized by the ACS: 

    • Under age 50, skin cancer is more prevalent in women than in men. This could be due to young women sunbathing and visiting tanning booths more frequently than men. 
    • By age 65, skin cancer rates in men double, and by age 80, they triple. This is caused by the increased likelihood for men of retirement age to engage in more outdoor recreational activities. 
    • From 2006 to 2015, the incidence rate of skin cancer increased by 3 percent among both women and men in the 50-and-older age group, but it remained stable among those under age 50. This might be because, aknowledge of skin cancer risk grows, the younger population is starting to take more effective precautions against it. 
    • From 2007 to 2016, the mortality rate for melanoma declined by about 2 percent per year in adults age 50 and up. The rate decreased by about 4 percent per year in the under-50 age group. Greater attention to the importance of early detection could be the reason for lower mortality rates among younger people. 

    How to Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer 

    The probability of developing melanoma increases with age because sun damage accumulates over the years. Your skin doesn’t reset each summer—every sunburn and even every tan you get raises your risk as the years pass. While family history is a factor, especially for melanoma, a majority of skin cancer cases could be avoided if people practiced better sun protection. Here are some tips to help prevent skin cancer: 

    • Apply sunscreen every day. 
    • Wear protective clothing and sunglasses. 
    • Seek the shade. 
    • Avoid sunbathing and tanning booths. 
    • Perform self-evaluations once a month and visit a dermatologist once a year. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology offers skin cancer screenings and treatments to help keep you healthy and well. If it’s been more than a year since your last visit, please contact us at 801-682-4715 to schedule a consultation with one of our Salt Lake City dermatologists. 

  • What You Can Do to Reverse Sun Damage

    The weather is finally cooling off here in Salt Lake City, but your summertime activities may have left a lasting mark on your skin. Long after the sunburn fades, your skin could continue to suffer from dryness and age spots. While prevention is the best medicine, it’s also possible to reverse some signs of sun damage that have already occurred. Here’s how. 

    Treat Bad Sunburns 

    You may think tanned skin looks beautiful, but this is a sign of sun damage. Your skin amps up melanin production as a natural defense against UV rays. So if your skin is burned and peeling, this means your skin is so injured that your body must rid itself of the damaged cells. 

    Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix for a nasty sunburn. As you wait for your skin to heal, you can find relief by applying aloe vera and taking cool showers. Stay out of the sun, and refrain from picking at or exfoliating your peeling skin. You could cause scarring if you remove the skin before it’s ready, so just let it shed naturally.  

    Be mindful of the makeup you wear as well. Firm brushes and acne-fighting ingredients can irritate burned skin, so opt for soft makeup sponges and lightweight mineral powder until your skin heals. 

    Soothe Dry Skin 

    Overexposure to UV rays can cause your skin to dry out, even if you don’t develop a sunburn or sunspots. To reverse the appearance of a dull, dry complexion, exfoliate your skin once or twice a week (as long as you aren’t sunburned). Topical vitamin C and E are also helpful for repairing damaged skin cells. 

    Also, just because the temperature drops in the fall doesn’t mean your risk of getting sunburned disappears. Continue wearing sunscreen in the autumn and winter anytime you spend more than a few minutes outside. If you’re prone to dry skin, choose a moisturizing product to help smooth out your skin’s texture. 

    Lighten Sun Spots 

    Dark spots on your skin can come in many forms, including freckles, moles, birthmarks, and sunspots. These are all examples of hyperpigmentation resulting from high concentrations of melanin. Sunspots are larger than freckles or moles, and they usually appear othe parts of the body that get the most sun, including the face, hands, and arms. 

    To help sunspots fade naturally, try adding topical vitamin C to your daily skin-care routine. This antioxidant can help heal your skin, though it takes at least a month to notice results. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial therapy is a fast, effective method to help treat blotchy, discolored and sun-damaged skin. One to three sessions is all you need to revitalize your appearance!