• Post-Chemical Peel Skincare Tips

    A chemical peel can revitalize your skin, repair damage, and even help reverse some common signs of aging. However, chemical peels do require a period of recovery, during which you might experience some itching, redness, and discomfort. Your dermatologist will discuss these effects with you and help you decide whether the recovery is worth the benefits of treatment. If you do decide that a chemical peel is the right treatment for your skin, follow these tips for taking care of your face after you have had the peel.  

    Stay out of the sun.  

    Winter is a great time to schedule a chemical peel because sun exposure is especially harmful to your skin after the peel has taken place. A chemical peel removes the outermost layers of your skin, so the layers left behind are more susceptible to UV damage. Even in the winter time, when you do go outside you should use a sunscreen designed for sensitive skin along with protective clothing on your face and neck.  

    Keep your skin moisturized. 

    Because the peel will eliminate the protective barrier from your skin, you’ll need to apply more moisturizer than you might otherwise. Choose a medium-thick moisturizer to apply in the morning and in the evening and be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin supple and soft.  

    Go light on exfoliation.  

    Depending on the depth of your peel, you may not need to exfoliate your skin for a few days or a few weeks. Further exfoliation can irritate your healing skin, so avoid abrasive cleansers, brushes, and scrubs.  

    Stick to light activity.  

    Sweat and increased blood circulation can amplify itching, redness, and irritation in the face, so avoid heavy workouts just after a chemical peel.  

    For exceptional skincare that is customized to your needs, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our dermatologists in Salt Lake City offer care from two state-of-the-art offices providing anti-aging care, acne treatment, and skincare products for your at-home routine.   

  • Factors that Contribute to Premature Aging

    Though genetics have a role to play in the aging process, there is a long list of controllable factors that contribute to common signs of aging like wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. That’s why your dermatologist may talk to you about many of your daily habits if you are concerned about early signs of aging, so you can design a skincare routine and lifestyle that will promote healthier, younger-looking skin. If you want to keep the world guessing about your age, read on to get to know what contributes to premature aging.  

    Sun Exposure 

    People who live in sunnier climates tend to look older than they are. That’s no coincidence. The sun’s harsh UV rays can actively damage the skin, increasing the risk not only for skin cancer but also for wrinkles and other visible signs of age. To combat the sun’s effects, you should apply sunscreen daily on your face, hands, and other often exposed areas.  

    Cigarette and Alcohol Consumption  

    Cigarettes and alcohol both take a toll on skin. The occasional drink won’t do much damage, but regularly consuming alcohol is likely to dry out the skin and promote damage. Cigarettes (and all forms of nicotine) tend to accelerate age-related degeneration and cause a dull, uneven complexion. Smoking cigarettes is also a common cause of wrinkles around the mouth and lower face.  

    Improper Skincare  

    When it comes to skincare, you shouldn’t skimp on the products you choose, and you should always be gentle on your skin. Irritation increases the prominence of common signs of aging, so stick to gentle cleansers and light exfoliants that are recommended by your dermatologist.  

    Providing your skin with dedicated, specialized care can also help to fight the battle against aging. Find your dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at (801) 266-8841.  

  • How Common is Adult Acne?

    Adult acne is quite common, and it’s a major reason for visits to the dermatology office. This skin problem is particularly prevalent among women. This is due to the hormonal fluctuations women go through. Hormonal imbalances caused by pregnancy, peri-menopause, menopause, and birth control pills can all trigger a breakout. Many women also tend to get breakouts around the time of their periods. 

    Another reason why more women than men seek acne treatment is because women tend to use more hair and skin care products, including makeup. Dermatologists recommend looking for products that won’t clog pores. These are often labeled “non-comedogenic.” Other possible causes of adult acne include stress (due to hormone fluctuations), medications, and underlying medical conditions. 

    Men and women can find effective acne treatments in Salt Lake City at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our dermatologists provide guidance on skin care routines and products and perform professional-grade acne and acne scar treatments. Call (801) 266-8841. 

  • Bad Habits That Cause Wrinkles

    What does your skin say about your age? If you’re guilty of engaging in the bad habits discussed in the featured video, then you might start looking older than you really are. Wrinkles are inevitable, but your lifestyle choices, skin care routine, and habits can either accelerate or delay their formation. 

    Dermatologists note that one of the most impactful bad habits that accelerates wrinkle formation is neglecting to apply sunscreen every day. Not wearing sunglasses can also encourage wrinkle formation, since constant squinting can damage the skin elasticity around the eyes. In this video, you’ll learn about the effects of sleeping habits, sugar intake, and facial expressions on wrinkle development. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City offers safe and effective solutions for wrinkles, including Botox and dermal fillers. Call (801) 266-8841 to request a consult with a dermatologist today. 

  • Protecting Your Skin from Winter Damage

    In the wintertime, it’s common for skin to suffer, especially in frequently exposed areas like the face and hands. As this video explains, the hands may become cracked and cut due to dryness, which makes them more susceptible to infections and irritation. Applying a thick moisturizer several times daily—once every few hours—can help keep the hands from winter damage.  

    If your skincare routine needs a winter boost or you are experiencing skin irritation from seasonal dryness, call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for an appointment. Our Salt Lake City area offices can provide you with care for breakouts, eczema, and all other types of winter irritation. To get started, call us today at (801) 266-8841.

  • How Does Winter Weather Affect Your Skin?

    It’s time to put away your sandals and summer dresses and break out the scarves and sweaters. It’s also time to start thinking about how the winter weather will affect your skin. If you do develop skin problems from the low humidity and dry heat, consider visiting a board-certified dermatologist to discuss changing your skincare routine. 

    How Sudden Temperature Changes Affect Your Skin 

    It’s common to experience skin redness or flushing during the winter. It’s the result of the sudden temperature changes. When you’re outdoors in the cold and you walk into a warm building, the abrupt fluctuation in temperature causes the capillaries in your face to suddenly expand. If you’re walking out into the cold from a warm building, the capillaries suddenly contract. These fluctuations can result in broken blood vessels and inflammation. 

    How Dry Heat Affects Your Skin 

    As soon as you turn on the heat in your home, your skin is subjected to harsh, dry air. Your home might be warm and cozy, but the humidity levels will drop. This causes your skin to dry out, flake, crack and become irritated. You may notice that your skin becomes itchy and dull. 

    How Hot Showers Affect Your Skin 

    After being outdoors in the cold, there are few things more relaxing than a nice hot bath or shower. Unfortunately, the hot water strips the skin of its natural oils. Just like the dry heat in your home, this will cause your skin to dry out and become irritated. 

    How You Can Care for Your Skin this Winter 

    There are a few things you can do to take extra care of your skin during the winter months. Dermatologists strongly recommend using a humidifier, especially in your bedroom. Be sure to clean it and change the filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Otherwise, you’ll be pumping germs into the air. You can also switch moisturizers. During the winter, your skin will benefit from a thicker, richer moisturizer. 

    Treat your skin to extra care this winter by shopping the EltaMD and CeraVe skin care products available at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our team also provides treatments for cold sores, eczema, and psoriasis. Call (801) 266-8841 to schedule a visit with a board-certified dermatologist in Salt Lake City. 

  • Bellafill Injections for Acne Scars

    Acne breakouts are frustrating, especially when you get them as an adult. But what’s even more frustrating is the scars they leave behind. Even if you’ve finally gotten your acne under control with the help of a dermatologist, you could still be dealing with lasting acne scars. There’s a better option than trying to cover up the scars with thick makeup. Talk to your dermatologist about Bellafill injections. 

    About Bellafill 

    Bellafill has been FDA-approved for the treatment of smile lines for over a decade. Board-certified dermatologists can also use Bellafill to minimize the look of acne scars. In fact, in the U.S., Bellafill is the only long-term dermal filler approved by the FDA to treat distensible acne scars. It’s a gel filler comprised of synthetic microspheres in purified collagen. Bellafill works by plumping up depressed areas of the skin, giving the skin stronger support, and smoothing out the area. Bellafill lasts longer than other dermal fillers because the microspheres are non-resorbable. This means your body cannot metabolize them. 

    Candidates for Bellafill 

    Many people with acne scars are good candidates for Bellafill. However, you should always advise your board-certified dermatologist of your underlying medical conditions and any medications you’re taking. Bellafill is intended for patients 21 years of age and older. Your dermatologist will perform a simple skin test before administering the treatment. 

    Advantages of Bellafill 

    Bellafill is safe, generally well-tolerated, and effective for treating patients with moderate to severe atrophic, distensible acne scars. The treatment takes very little time to complete. You’ll be able to see results right away, and you could continue to enjoy the results for up to a year. Afterward, you may decide to get additional injections. There is no downtime required for the injections. 

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, there are few things we enjoy more than helping another patient restore his or her self-confidence. If you’re bothered by the appearance of acne scars, visit our dermatology office in Salt Lake City to chat about Bellafill injections. You can reach us at (801) 266-8841. 

  • Diagnosing Skin Breakouts

    Acne isn’t the only thing that can cause skin breakouts. There are several other things that cause inflammation, rashes, sores, and other lesions on your skin that often require treatment to prevent them from becoming worse. If you are having a skin breakout, see your dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.  

    Bacteria causes most skin breakouts. Folliculitis occurs when bacteria enter hair follicles and cause an infection that leads to red, pimple-like bumps. Cellulitis is a painful infection caused by bacteria that causes red, warm bumps and lesions that often appear on the legs. Boils are red and hard to the touch and are caused by a deep bacterial infection, while impetigo is a bacterial infection that causes pus-filled sores. Impetigo often occurs in children.  

    If you’re having a breakout or other skin issue in Salt Lake City, visit a dermatologist at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to get the treatment you need. Dial (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment.  

     

  • Do You Need Sunscreen in Winter? 

    Most people know that they need to wear sunscreen in the summer when they’re spending days by the beach or the pool, but since you’re not sunbathing in winter, is sunscreen really a must? Find out what a dermatologist has to say in this video. 

    Sun in the winter can be just as damaging to your skin as it is in the summer, so wear sunscreen year round. You may need to swap out some of your skincare products in the winter because your skin gets dry in cold weather, but you should still use sunscreen daily.  

    Do you have questions about winter skincare or help with a skin problem in Salt Lake City? If so, call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to make an appointment. Dial (801) 266-8841 to schedule your visit.  

  • Focus on Melanoma: Recognizing the Signs and Exploring Treatment Options

    Melanoma represents a small percentage of skin cancer cases, but it is responsible for the vast majority of deaths caused by the disease. It can spread quickly through the body, which is what makes is such a serious condition. However, when your dermatologist diagnoses melanoma in its early stages, it is easy to treat, so knowing how to recognize the signs could save your life. Here is what you need to know about the symptoms of melanoma and what treatment options are available.  

    Melanoma Symptoms 

    The most common symptom of melanoma is a mole that has either just appeared or has changed in appearance. Dermatologists recommend that patients remember ABCDE when they are evaluating their moles: 

    • A means asymmetrical shape and refers to moles do not have a uniform shame.  
    • B stands for border. Moles that are a sign of melanoma often have irregular borders. 
    • C means change or color. If an existing mole changes colors, or if the color is not uniform across the mole, then it could indicate cancer.  
    • D means diameter. Any mole larger than one-fourth of an inch could indicate melanoma.  
    • E stands for evolving. Moles that change shape, size, or color or that develop new characteristics, such as bleeding or itchiness, could be cancerous.  

    Sometimes, melanoma symptoms are hidden under nails, between the toes, on the scalp, in the genitals, and even in the eyes. The best way to detect these hidden melanomas is to see your dermatologist regularly for a skin check.  

    Melanoma Treatment Options 

    The treatment for melanoma depends on many factors, including the stage of the disease when it is diagnosed. In early stages, your dermatologist may recommend that the entire melanoma be removed.  

    If the melanoma has spread to other parts of your body, there are other treatments that can help. These include surgery to remove your lymph nodes, chemotherapy, radiation, and biological therapy.  

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology provides skin cancer diagnosis and treatment in our office to help patients get the early diagnoses they need. To make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City, please call (801) 266-8841.