• 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.

  • How to Select the Right Moisturizer

    Using the right moisturizer is a simple thing you can do every day to keep your skin healthy, inside and out. A moisturizer should be part of your daily skin care regime, but how can you choose the right one? 

    Watch this video to learn more about the different ingredients used in moisturizers and about the types that are available for different skin types. A great way to start is by talking to your dermatologist to learn more about the kind of skin you have.  

    To make an appointment with a dermatologist to talk about skin care, call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841.

  • When to Call Your Dermatologist for a Skin Cyst

    Cysts are normally more of an annoyance than a medical problem. However, there are some instances in which you should consult with your dermatologist about a cyst since some of them won’t go away on their own. When this occurs, your dermatologist may remove it surgically using local anesthesia. How can you tell the difference between a cyst that will get better on its own and one that needs treatment? Here are some signs that you should call your dermatologist about a cyst.  

    The cyst is painful.  

    Skin cysts that are likely to go away on their own usually aren’t painful at all. Generally, you won’t even know they are there until you accidentally touch them and feel the bump. However, some cysts grow painful, and when this happens, it’s time to call your dermatologist. Pain can be an indication that the cyst is infected, in which case it won’t go away unless your dermatologist either drains it and injects the area with medication or surgically removes it.  

    The cyst is red and irritated.  

    This is another sign that the cyst is infected. The problem with an infected cyst is that it won’t go away without intervention. Typically, an infected cyst grows a wall of cells around it under the skin that makes it impenetrable, so a dermatologist needs to drain the infected area and remove the cyst wall. Without treatment, it will continue to grow and worsen.  

    The cyst isn’t going away.  

    Sometimes, cysts don’t hurt or look red and angry but still won’t go away. When this happens, it is best to let a dermatologist evaluate it. Allowing a cyst to hang around indefinitely, even if it is harmless, increases the risk that it will become infected.  

    Are you worried about a cyst or other skin issue in Salt Lake City? Get a definitive diagnosis and the treatment you need by making an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can schedule a visit with a dermatologist by calling (801) 266-8841. 

  • Understanding Different Types of Skin Cancer

    Although skin cancer is often mentioned as a single disease, there are actually multiple types. Each type of skin cancer has its own set of symptoms, treatments, and prognoses, so it’s important to talk to your dermatologist for a better understanding of your skin cancer risk. Here is a closer look at the different types of skin cancer.  

    Basal Cell Carcinoma 

    Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, and fortunately, it usually grows very slowly. It is most common in fair-skinned people and appears as a flesh-colored or pink bump or patch of skin. It can form anywhere on the body, but it most common on the head, neck, and arms. With early diagnosis, your dermatologist can remove cancer before it affects the underlying nerves and bones.  

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma 

    Squamous cell carcinomas look like sores or scaly patches of skin that may seem to heal and then reappear. They usually grow on skin that gets the most sun exposure, including the arms, chest, back, and neck, and they also frequently appear on the face. In some cases, squamous cell carcinomas are preceded by precancerous growths called actinic keratoses. Treating the actinic keratoses can prevent squamous cell carcinomas from developing. If you have a squamous cell carcinoma, your dermatologist will need to remove it to prevent it from spreading.  

    Melanoma 

    Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer. Changes in existing moles or the appearance of new moles are often the first signs. It’s important for melanoma to be treated in early stages, since it can quickly spread to other parts of the body. If you notice the symptoms, see your dermatologist right away.  

    Merkel Cell Carcinoma 

    Merkel cell carcinomas are rare, but they are extremely dangerous. They typically look like bluish or flesh-colored nodules on the face, head, or neck. Like melanoma, this kind of skin cancer can quickly spread to other parts of the body.  

    Early diagnosis is crucial for skin cancer, so make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology if you think you could have any symptoms. To schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City, call (801) 266-8841. 

  • 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.