• 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.

  • Easy Things You Can Do to Reduce Premature Skin Aging

    There are many anti-aging treatments that your dermatologist can provide to dramatically reduce the signs of aging, but when it comes to premature skin aging, prevention is even better. Although you can’t stop the march of time, you can take steps to reduce the chances of premature aging and slow down the progression of fine lines and wrinkles. Try these easy skin care strategies to preserve your youthful complexion.  

    Wear Sunscreen Every Day 

    The sun is the biggest culprit behind premature skin aging. It can damage the collagen and elastin in your skin, which in turn causes fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging to occur. It can also cause discolorations that make your skin look dull and sallow. Wearing sunscreen every day, no matter the season or how much time you think you will be spending outside is one of the best ways to reduce skin aging. As an added benefit, wearing sunscreen will also help to reduce your risk of skin cancer.  

    Eat a Healthy Diet 

    Eating a healthy diet will give you the nutrients necessary to maintain healthy, youthful skin. Get plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and avoid excessive sugar and processed foods. Cutting back on alcohol and staying hydrated with adequate amounts of water will also support your skin health.  

    Follow a Healthy Skin Care Regimen 

    Wash your skin daily with a gentle cleaner that is appropriate for your skin type. Avoid harsh scrubbing, which will irritate your skin. Choose a moisturizer that is right for your skin type and use it daily. Don’t use any products that burn when you apply them. Your dermatologist can help you devise a skin care regimen that is that right for your needs.  

    Find out more about skin care by making an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. We can help you make the best choices for skin care for your specific skin type and offer anti-aging treatments to help you look and feel your best. Call (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City.  

  • Tips for Discovering Your Psoriasis Triggers

    If you have psoriasis, a critical part of your care plan is to know what triggers flare-ups for you. By avoiding your triggers, you can reduce the number of flare-ups you experience and manage your ongoing symptoms better. The trick is figuring out what exactly your triggers are. Your dermatologist can help you recognize things that are triggering your symptoms. These tips will also help.  

    Know the Usual Suspects 

    Psoriasis triggers can differ widely from person to person. However, knowing the most common triggers and looking at how they affect you is a good place to start. Some of the most recognized psoriasis triggers are stress, skin injuries, certain medications, and illnesses. These things tend to cause flare-ups in symptoms for many people who have been diagnosed with psoriasis. In some cases, they are also associated with the initial outbreak of symptoms that lead people to be diagnosed with psoriasis.   

    Keep a Journal 

    Because so many different things can trigger psoriasis symptoms, keep a journal of your flare-ups and the things you were doing close to the time that they occurred. Keep track of the weather, your diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, and weight, and then look for patterns. You may discover that every time you drink wine, your symptoms get worse, or that cold weather causes an outbreak of symptoms. Your journal can also be helpful to your dermatologist.  

    Know What Can Be Avoided 

    When you spot triggers, decide which ones can be avoided and which ones can’t. For example, you can’t change the weather, but you can avoid foods or drinks that seem to cause symptoms. Try removing the triggers you can change from your day and see if it has an effect on your flare-ups.  

    The dermatologists in Salt Lake City at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help you get your psoriasis under control so you can experience more days without symptoms. To make an appointment with one of our providers, please call (801) 266-8841. 

  • Can You Shave Before Laser Hair Removal?

    If you’re tired of shaving daily or fighting with smelly hair removal creams or painful waxing, then laser hair removal could be right for you. With as little as four treatments, you could experience a 90% reduction in body hair permanently. The hair that is left behind is fine and sparse, so it is much less noticeable than before. One question many people have before laser hair removal is if they are allowed to shave before their treatment.  

    Not only can you shave before laser hair removal, but it is actually recommended that you do. By shaving before your laser hair removal sessions, you can shape the area that you want to be treated and reduce the chance that the laser will irritate the skin. This is because any hair that is above the skin will absorb the laser’s energy. However, you should not use hair removal creams or undergo waxing or sugaring within six weeks of treatment. These hair removal techniques remove the hair from the follicles, which will render the laser ineffective.  

    If you’re looking for laser hair removal in Salt Lake City, choose Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can schedule an appointment for laser hair removal or any skin concern by calling (801) 266-8841.