• Summer Skincare Tips

    When summer arrives, all you want to do is spend your days outside soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm temperatures. However, the dry heat and high elevation here in Salt Lake City make spending time outside particularly damaging to your skin. Maintain a young and healthy look with these summer skincare tips. 

    Exfoliate Your Skin 

    Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells and other debris to prevent clogging your pores and improve the effectiveness of toner and moisturizer. We recommend exfoliating in the morning a few times a week before applying any makeup.  

    Hydrate Your Skin 

    After you exfoliate, and even on the mornings when you skip this step, apply a hydrating cream to seal in moisture. Use an oil-free product designed for use on the face. You might also layer a booster or toner underneath your moisturizer to refresh your skin even more. Then, up your hydration game with an intensive masque once or twice a week. 

    Drink More Water 

    Summer means higher temperatures and more outdoor activities, both of which can lead to dehydration if you’re not careful. Your skin is often the first thing to be sapped of moisture when you get dehydrated, leading to saggy, wrinkly skin. Keep these symptoms at bay by drinking at least eight cups of water per day—more if you spend a lot of time outside. 

    Wear Sunscreen 

    Everyone knows sunscreen is an important part of sun protection, but most people don’t apply enough. You should use about a teaspoon of sunscreen for your face, and cover the rest of your body with enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass. Then, reapply every two hours or any time you towel off. For the best results, stay indoors or hang out in the shade from about 10:00 am to 2:00 pm when the sun is at its most intense. 

    Soothe Sunburned Skin 

    If you forget to apply sunscreen, or you miss a spot, you could end up with sunburned skin. Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you can soothe the burn and reduce peeling by applying aloe vera and other cooling balms liberally and frequently. 

    Repair Sun-Damaged Skin 

    One blistering sunburn doubles your risk for melanoma, so prevention is definitely the best option. However, you can treat brown spots, wrinkles, and leathery skin caused by UV light with age-fight skincare ingredients. Specialized products can promote healthy cell growth and stimulate collagen production to help undo common signs of aging and slow future damage. 

    Get More Summer Skincare Advice 

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City, we offer beneficial cosmetic services and can recommend skincare products designed to protect your skin from the sun and prevent premature aging. You can also turn to us for dermatology services to treat everything from acne and warts to hair loss and skin cancer. 

    To learn more about our skincare services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our dermatologists today at 801-682-4715. 

  • Spotlight on Belotero

    Do you feel self-conscious when you smile because of the wrinkles and fine lines that appear around your mouth, nose, and chin? If so, Belotero could be right for you. This FDA-approved, ultra-fine filler temporarily smoothes away etched-in lines around the lips with just one treatment, leaving you with natural-looking results that last about nine months. Use the information here to help you decide if Belotero treatment is right for you. 

    How Does Belotero Work? 

    Collagenelastin, and hyaluronic acid are critical for making your skin look firm, smooth, and plump. One natural sign of aging is the loss of these natural components. When your levels drop, your skin develops wrinkles, lines, and folds.  

    Belotero is hyaluronic acid injectable filler that integrates seamlessly with your natural skin tissue. Some dermal fillers are designed to rebuild facial volume, but Belotero focuses on filling in stubborn, etched-in lines immediately surrounding the mouth. This results in smooth, natural-looking skin that maintains normal facial movements and feels natural to the touch. As a result, you simply look younger, not like you’ve had “work” done. 

    What is Belotero Treatment Like? 

    The procedure is simple and quick, occurring at a short appointment that works with your busy schedule. The use of a fine-gauge needle keeps pain to a minimum. Still, there may be some minor discomfort at the injection site, and temporary irritation, swelling, itching, bruising, and tenderness may occur. 

    You can choose to sit or recline during treatment. Upon injection, the soft, flexible gel integrates quickly and evenly into your skin. It’s powerful enough to handle moderate nasolabial folds around the mouth, yet gentle enough to treat delicate smile lines above the upper lip.  

    The results are immediate, and treatment requires little or no downtime time. That means you can go about the rest of your day with little need to rest and recover. After-treatment care includes avoiding strenuous activity, sun exposure, anti-inflammatory medications, and alcohol for 24 hours. 

    Why Hyaluronic Acid? 

    Dermal filler products use different substances to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. You may want to consider Belotero for its use of hyaluronic acid. This natural component of the skin binds to water, making it an ideal product for correcting wrinkles because it attaches to the moisture already present in your skin. The proprietary process used to create Belotero results in a uniquely smooth and cohesive gel that makes it easy to inject and provides a natural look and feel. 

    Learn More About Belotero Treatment in Salt Lake City 

    If you think Belotero might be right for you, visit Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for a consultation. We’ll discuss your goals and help you decide if Belotero is the best treatment for your situation. We can also review other anti-aging cosmetic injections, such as Botox and Juvederm XC, to make sure you get the results you’re looking for. 

    To learn more, or to schedule your consultation, please contact our dermatologists at 801-682-4715. 

  • How Is Psoriasis Treated?

    Psoriasis is a chronic skin issue that usually goes through periods of remissions and flare-ups. There are multiple kinds of psoriasis. In most cases, people who suffer from it experience scale-like patches and thickened red skin. In some cases, however, psoriasis can also cause other, systemic issues, including joint pain. If you have psoriasis, you will need to see a dermatologist regularly to manage the condition.  

    Usually, treatment for psoriasis involves some trial and error to find out what combination of therapies provides the best possible symptom control. A combination of topical treatments, light therapies, and injectable medications can help. Most people from psoriasis can limit the number of flare-ups they experience by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and protecting the skin from injuries as much as possible.  

    If you have psoriasis, the Salt Lake City dermatologists at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help. Schedule your appointment by calling (801) 266-8841. 

  • Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist About Shingles

    Shingles is a potentially painful condition that affects over a million people each year in the US. It occurs in people who have had chickenpox when they were younger. The virus flares up in the body and causes shingles. If you experience the symptoms of shingles, you should see your dermatologist right away to minimize the duration of the infection and reduce long-term impacts. You’re likely to have questions about shingles if you experience symptoms. Here are the answers to some of the questions that dermatologists hear most often.  

    What are the symptoms of shingles? 

    For most people, shingles start as a stabbing or burning pain that affects one side of the body. About 24 to 48 hours after the pain appears, blisters may develop. The virus that causes chickenpox and shingles—the varicella-zoster virus—resides in the nerve tissue after a person has chickenpox. When it flares up later as shingles, the associated nerve pain can be severe and long-lasting. Some people say that the pain caused by shingles is worse than the pain of a broken bone.  

    Who gets shingles? 

    Most people who get shingles are over age 60, but it can occur at any age in people with weakened immune systems. Unlike chickenpox, which only occurs once, shingles can flare up repeatedly, so past infections do not offer any kind of protection.  

    Is there a treatment for shingles? 

    There are not any medications that cure shingles, but antivirals can lessen the duration and severity of the infection. These medications work best within the first 72 hours, so see your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms. Anti-virals can also reduce the odds that you will experience postherpetic neuralgia, which is a painful nerve inflammation that can persist for years after a shingles flare-up. 

    Call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology as soon as you suspect you have shingles so that treatment can begin right away. For all of your skincare needs in Salt Lake City, call us at (801) 266-8841. 

  • 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.