• Are Dermal Filler Injections Painful?

    Many people dream of the wrinkle-smoothing effects of dermal filler injections but fear actually getting them because of the needle involved. With the reliable results on the other side of the injections, some people push themselves forward no matter what, but others want to know from their dermatologists the real story about how the injections feel before going further. So, what is the story? Are dermal filler injections painful? 

    Although everyone experiences pain a little differently, the vast majority of people find dermal filler injections tolerable and worth the experience. There is a small prick when the needle passes the surface of the skin, but it’s minimal. Most people don’t find the experience painful but do describe the sensation as strange, since the filler material may feel thick or sludgy when it is being injected. Few people get dermal fillers once and don’t go back because they found it painful.  

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology offers a number of pain cosmetic treatments and skin care products to help you look and feel your best. To learn more about anti-aging skin care treatments in Salt Lake City, call (801) 266-8841.

  • Are There Really Foods That Cause Acne?

    The link between food and acne is the subject of a great deal of debate. Although food isn’t thought to cause acne, your diet can increase inflammation, which can boost your acne risk. Your dermatologist can help you decide if dietary changes could improve your acne. This video also explores the controversy.  

    If you are interested in seeing if your diet can improve your skin, focus on eating foods that decrease inflammation. Cutting sugar and processed foods from your diet is a big step in lowering your inflammation rates.  

    If you’re concerned about acne or other skin issues in Salt Lake City, make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. We offer a variety of skin care treatments for all of your needs. To make an appointment, please call (801) 266-8841.

  • Caring for Your Skin During Pregnancy

    You may have a skin care routine you love now, but when you become pregnant, you might need to take a different approach. Not only can pregnancy change your skin, but some of the products that you are currently using may be safe for your baby. Your dermatologist can help you make adjustments to your skin care routine that are safe and healthy during pregnancy. This advice will also help.  

    Avoid Harmful Ingredients 

    There are a few ingredients that are common in skin care products that could potentially be harmful to your baby. Generally, you should avoid products with these ingredients: 

    • Retinoids (such as Retin-A) 
    • Salicylic acid 
    • Benzoyl peroxide 
    • Alpha hydroxy acids 
    • Beta hydroxy acids 

    Some of these ingredients may be safe in small amounts when they are used under the supervision of your doctor. Be sure to consult with your dermatologist before using any of these skin care ingredients.  

    Opt for Gentle Cleaners 

    During pregnancy, it’s best to opt for gentle products. Replace your more aggressive cleaners with micellar water or another gentle facial cleanser. It will help to keep your skin calm and prevent dryness. After cleansing, follow up with a rich moisturizer, which will also keep your skin calm and smooth. It’s safe to use a moisturizer with sunscreen in it, but choose physical, rather than chemical sunscreen ingredients. Look for products with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, so you get sun protection without the chemicals that can seep into your bloodstream and affect your baby.  

    Reconsider Anti-Aging Treatments 

    Many treatments, such as Botox, are not recommended for use during pregnancy, and laser treatments are typically only recommended during the second and third trimesters. You can review your anti-aging treatment goals with your dermatologist to determine what treatments are safe for you and which should wait until after your pregnancy.  

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, our providers can help you construct a safe and effective skin care regime for your pregnancy and beyond. To learn much more, make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841. 

     

  • Reducing the Risk of Malignant Melanoma

     

    Malignant melanoma is a deadly skin cancer. Dermatologists have good success treating it if it’s diagnosed early, but when it goes undetected, melanoma can become very serious. Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take to dramatically reduce your risk of developing malignant melanoma and other skin cancers. In addition to taking the following precautions, you should schedule a skin cancer screening every year, and do a skin self-exam monthly. 

    Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. 

    It’s a common myth that unprotected exposure to sunshine is healthy, given the need for vitamin D. But actually, humans only need a little bit of sun exposure to absorb vitamin D. This vitamin is also present in some enriched food products. So protect your skin by staying out of the sun as much as possible. Schedule outdoor activities for the morning or evening hours, when the sun is weakest. When you do go outdoors, wear clothing that covers much of the skin, and put on a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses labeled for UV protection. If you shop around, you can even find clothing designed to reduce UV exposure. 

    Avoid tanning beds.

    Artificial sources of UV rays are just as harmful as UV rays from the sun. Avoid tanning beds at all costs. If you want to get your skin glowing, you can use a tanning lotion that doesn’t require any UV exposure to work. 

    Use sunscreen every day. 

    Everyone should apply sunscreen every day, no matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like outdoors. Clouds aren’t effective filters for UV rays, and cold temperatures have no effect on them at all. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply a generous amount to all areas of exposed skin, making sure to get commonly missed areas like your ears, back of the neck, face, and back of the hands. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you sweat heavily or go swimming. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology invites new and current patients to schedule a skin cancer screening at our state-of-the-art dermatology clinic in Salt Lake City. We emphasize the critical importance of preventive health because the well-being and quality of life of our patients are important to us. You can reach us at (801) 266-8841. 

  • How a Chemical Peel Improves Your Skin Tone

    Chemical peels are an effective way to improve your skin tone, texture, and overall appearance. Dermatologists also recommend them to reduce the appearance of scars and areas of hyperpigmentation. You can learn more about chemical peels by watching the accompanying video. 

    It only takes about 30 minutes to get a peel. Depending on the depth of peel you choose, you may resume your normal activities afterward, or you might take a few days off work to let your skin heal. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology performs glycolic acid, salicylic acid, Jessner’s solution, and TCA chemical peels in Salt Lake City. Call our dermatology office today at (801) 266-8841 to request our next available 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! 

  • Ditch Your Double Chin with Kybella

    A double chin can be among the most frustrating cosmetic issues since it doesn’t typically respond to diet and exercise. Plenty of people who are within a healthy weight range have double chins. If you’re fed up with yours, it’s time to consider speaking with a dermatologist about Kybella. Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment that injects an FDA-approved substance directly into the submental fat. 

    The injected medication works by breaking up the fat cells. The body will then process the fat cells and naturally expel them over time. Since the body doesn’t acquire new fat cells, the effect is permanent. However, it’s important to note that the remaining fat cells can still grow larger, so be sure to follow your healthy diet and exercise routine to prevent your double chin from returning. 

    You can speak with a board-certified dermatologist about getting rid of your double chin when you make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call our dermatology clinic in Salt Lake City at (801) 266-8841. 

  • A Look at the Common Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments of Acne in Adulthood

    Acne is often thought of as a problem that only teenagers deal with, but the truth is that millions of adults suffer from acne each year. Adult acne can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance in the workplace and in social settings, but a dermatologist can provide options to treat acne, even in adulthood. Continue reading for an overview of what causes acne in adulthood and what can be done to treat it. 

    Symptoms 

    Acne can take a few different forms, each of which causes different symptoms. Blackheads are open clogged pores that look like black dots, while whiteheads are closed clogged pores that take on an enlarged, whitish appearance. Papules are small red bumps, which can be classified as pimples if they become filled with pus. Nodules are another type of acne and form large lumps beneath the surface of the skin, while cystic acne lesions are lumps that are filled with pus. 

    Causes 

    Hormonal fluctuations and excessive levels of androgen hormones are common causes of acne. Excess production of oil on the skin is another common cause, along with follicles that become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Finally, bacteria on the surface of the skin can make its way into the pores, resulting in acne breakouts. 

    Treatments 

    The best treatment option for your acne will depend on the symptoms you experience. Your dermatologist will be able to diagnose the cause of your acne and recommend appropriate treatment options. Common treatments include topical medications that are applied to the affected skin, oral medications to treat cystic acne and nodules, and skin treatments performed by your dermatologist. Photodynamic therapy, facial treatments, and skin peels are common procedures used to treat adult acne. 

    Don’t let adult acne make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we offer a range of effective acne treatments, including topical treatments, prescription medications, and photodynamic therapy. We also offer treatments for acne scars. To schedule a consultation, call our Salt Lake City dermatologists’ office at (801) 266-8841 today.

  • 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. 

  • Treating Fine Lines with Belotero

    Fine lines develop naturally over time, especially around areas of the face that move often, such as the lips. Belotero is an injectable filler that your dermatologist can use to improve the appearance of fine lines. 

    Belotero is an ultra-fine dermal filler, making it ideal for sensitive areas like the skin around the lips. This anti-aging treatment provides results that look natural and last for about nine months. It is a safe treatment that is well-tolerated by patients. Belotero consists of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the skin, but is depleted with time. By restoring lost hyaluronic acid, Belotero is able to provide a smoother, more youthful appearance. 

    Would you like to learn more about Belotero or other cosmetic skin treatments? Call (801) 266-8841 to schedule a consultation at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. At our Salt Lake City dermatology office, we’re committed to helping all of our patients find the right services to effectively treat their skin concerns. 

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