• Understanding How Diabetes Affects Your Skin

    Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and if you have diabetes, it is often one of the first parts of the body in which complications appear. People with diabetes can benefit from working with a dermatologist to keep their diabetes-related skin issues under control.  

    Watch this video to learn about some of the skin issues people experienced by people with diabetes. When left untreated, diabetic skin conditions can lead to serious infections and even amputations. Therefore, it’s important to consult a dermatologist if you are experiencing complications.  

    For more information about skin issues in people with diabetes, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841. 

  • Exploring How Anxiety Can Affect Your Skin

    The health of your skin is not just dependent on how you care for it from the outside. Your skin health starts from the inside. Your diet and lifestyle can have a significant impact on your skin, as can your mental health. Anxiety is a condition that often causes symptoms that can affect your skin. Here is what you need to know about the ways that anxiety can cause skin issues and what you can do with the help of a dermatologist to ease the symptoms.  

    Psoriasis  

    People with psoriasis usually experience flare-ups and remissions of their symptomsIn studies of patients with psoriasis, stress is often reported as a trigger for symptoms. In fact, some people have their first outbreak of psoriasis symptoms during a period of extreme anxiety. There is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be managed. In addition to topical medications, biologics, and light therapies, dermatologists often recommend finding ways to reduce stress levels to keep flare-ups in check. 

    Alopecia 

    Alopecia, or hair loss, frequently occurs in response to anxiety. Researchers have discovered that many people who experience alopecia have an onset of symptoms about six months after an anxiety-provoking period in their lives. If you have anxiety-related alopecia, your dermatologist may recommend that you give your body time to recover from anxiety and allow your hair to grow back naturally. In other instances, he or she may suggest topical medications that can help with regrowth.  

    Acne 

    One of the things that happen in your body when you are experiencing anxiety is that hormones are released to help you deal with the stressful conditions. One of the hormones that is released increases the activity of your sebaceous glands, which produce oils. This excessive amount of oil can cause clog pores, leading to acne breakouts.  

    Don’t let stress-related skin conditions impact you. If the signs of anxiety are showing up on your skin, let Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology help. Make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841. 

  • 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 

  • Skin Viral Infections: Get the Facts

    Skin infections can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or virusesViral skin infections are rarer than bacterial or fungal injections, but they can be serious, and treatment by a dermatologist is usually necessary to control the symptoms and ensure you heal properly. Could you be experiencing a viral skin infection?  

    Cold Sores 

    One of the most common viral skin infections that dermatologists encounter is the herpes simplex I virus that causes cold sores. If you have been exposed to this virus, it will live in your body for life. Most of the time, it will not cause any symptoms, but when your immune system is weakened by another illness or stress, it can flare up and cause cold sores to form. Your dermatologist can offer treatments to control these breakouts when they occur, but it is best to contract him or her within 24 to 48 hours of the sores appearing for the best results.  

    Molluscum Contagiosum 

    This viral infection causes raised bumps on the skin that are often described as looking like pearls. They are usually painless, but they can be itchy and easily agitated. When an outbreak occurs, it usually lasts for about six to nine months, but sometimes, it can take a few years to clear up completely. Most cases occur in children and people with weakened immune systems.  

    Shingles 

    Chickenpox is a viral infection, and shingles—or herpes zoster—occurs when that virus is reactivated. With shingles, the skin develops painful blisters that are usually filled with pus. Shingles usually occur in people over the age of 50, but it can occur in younger patients occasionally. There is no cure for shingles, but your dermatologist can provide treatments to help control the symptoms.  

    Skin infections require fast treatment, so make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. If you need more information or want to schedule a consultation for a skin rash, dial (801) 266-8841. 

  • Spotlight on Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection, and for many people, it is easy to control. However, in some cases, the infection can become serious. If you think you have cellulitis, see a dermatologist to begin treatment as soon as possible.  

    Watch this video to learn more about cellulitis. Typically, antibiotics can stop the infection. A resistant infection can spread, however, so a dermatologist should manage it as soon as it appears.  

    If you suspect you have cellulitis or another kind of skin infection, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help. To make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City, call (801) 266-8841. 

  • Treatment Options for Cystic Acne

    Cystic acne is different from other types of acne. It affects deep layers of skin and can cause lingering scars. Typically, cystic acne doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, but a dermatologist can provide treatments that help to control breakouts and reduce the risk of scarring.  

    When you see a dermatologist for acne treatment, the first step will be diagnosing the kind of acne that is affecting your skin the most. Then, your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that may involve both oral medications and topical treatments. Special cleansers and moisturizers may also help. Many patients need to use these treatments for an extended period of time to achieve the best results. If you develop scarring, your dermatologist can recommend treatments like Bellafill and microneedling to improve your skin’s appearance. 

    You don’t have to suffer from cystic acne breakouts and the lingering impacts of scarring. Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology offers a comprehensive range of acne treatments in Salt Lake City to help you regain a clear complexion. To schedule an appointment, call (801) 266-8841. 

  • Tips for Preparing for Your Chemical Peel

    Are you fed up with wrinkles, skin discoloration, or scars? Do you want younger-looking skin to give yourself a boost of self-confidence? A chemical peel might be a good option for you. Chemical peels work by resurfacing the skin. When the top layers of skin are removed by caustic chemicals, the new skin underneath is revealed. Once the healing process is complete, patients can enjoy smoother, beautiful skin! Talk to a dermatologist to find out if a chemical peel is right for you. 

    Discuss your medical history with the doctor. 

    Before you undergo a chemical peel, you’ll have a consultation with the dermatologist. It’s important to disclose your full medical history, including any medical conditions you might have and the medications you’re taking. This is especially important for patients who are planning a medium or deep peel. Your dermatologist will also ask you about your previous cosmetic treatments, including whether you’ve been using a retinoid cream. During the consultation, the doctor will also do a skin evaluation, discuss your expectations, and provide recommendations as to the type of peel. 

    Ask about precautionary medications and products. 

    People with a history of herpes infections around the mouth may still be able to have a chemical peel, but they might need to take an antiviral medication before and after the treatment. Those planning to have a light to medium peel might be advised to use a retinoid cream beforehand. Other patients might be advised to use hydroquinone and a retinoid cream to reduce the risk of skin darkening. 

    Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. 

    It’s always important to protect your skin from unnecessary sun exposure, but it’s especially crucial to do so before and after having a chemical peel. Your dermatologist will likely ask you to apply sunscreen and avoid excessive sunlight for at least four weeks before the treatment. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology provides a full menu of chemical peels and other cosmetic dermatology services. To request a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist in Salt Lake City, call (801) 266-8841. While you’re here, be sure to check out the skin care products available for purchase! 

  • A Look at Our Skin Care Products

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is known for providing personalized skin care assessments and recommendations to our patients. We only recommend products that we are confident are effective, safe, and skin-friendly. At our dermatology office in Salt Lake City, you’ll find EltaMD AM Therapy, PM therapy, and the foaming facial cleanser skin care products available for purchase. 

    EltaMD has a strong lineup of skin-friendly sunscreen products, including SPF lip balm with broad-spectrum protection and hydrating ingredients. Our dermatologists also recommend EltaMD’s foaming facial cleanser, which is ideal for all skin types, and the eye gel to minimize under-eye puffiness.  

    If you have any questions about our skin care products or services, you can call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City at (801) 266-8841. Our board-certified dermatologists provide effective treatments for all skin issues, including acne, eczema, and moles. 

  • Is Your Skin Telling You to Drink More Water?

    Without water, your body couldn’t function. Dermatologists often advise their patients to drink more water because so many people don’t drink enough. But how can you tell if you’re dehydrated? When you watch this video, you’ll hear a skin care expert explain some of the main ways that dehydration can affect your skin. 

    For example, people who are dehydrated may notice that they have very puffy bags under their eyes. That’s because the body retains water when it’s dehydrated. Another way to tell if you aren’t drinking enough water is by pinching your skin. If it looks excessively papery or crinkly, you should probably try to drink more water. 

    For personalized dermatology care in Salt Lake City, you can turn to the team at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call our office at (801) 266-8841 to request an appointment. 

  • Diagnosing the Cause of Breakouts

    Skin breakouts can be one of the most frustrating dermatological issues. They often affect the facial region, which means they are highly visible. It’s often thought that acne is the only cause of skin breakouts. But actually, a dermatologist might diagnose a patient with other skin issues such as folliculitis, impetigo, or boils. 

    Folliculitis 

    Many people who think they are suffering from an acne breakout are actually experiencing folliculitis. This common skin condition can mimic the look of acne with its small, red bumps. However, it’s actually caused by the inflammation of the hair follicles. This may be the result of a bacterial or fungal infection. The bumps tend to occur in clusters. They may be filled with pus, which might break open and then crust over. Some people report itchy, burning skin that feels tender to the touch. There are different types of folliculitis. Most cases are mild, but complications can sometimes occur. Talk to a dermatology specialist about your treatment options. 

    Impetigo 

    Impetigo is a very contagious skin condition that causes crusty red sores. The patients, who are usually infants and children, develop these red sores primarily around the mouth and nose. Although the appearance of the red sores is understandably alarming for parents, impetigo usually doesn’t cause severe itching or soreness. Impetigo is a bacterial infection that can spread through direct or indirect contact. For example, someone might contract the infection by touching infected objects. Rarely, complications can occur. 

    Boils 

    Boils are another type of skin infection. They can look like oversized pimples or spider bites. Boils are reddish to purplish with a white head. They are caused by staph bacteria that enter the opening around a hair follicle. Boils can be itchy and painful, and some people report experiencing fatigue. 

    You’ll find compassionate, patient-centered care for all of these skin issues and many others at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our board-certified dermatologists in Salt Lake City are dedicated to helping each of our patients enjoy healthy, beautiful skin. You can request our next available appointment by calling our friendly office staff at (801) 266-8841.