Having beautiful looking nails is important to a lot of people. And for good reason. I mean who doesn’t want to show off a nice set of freshly manicured nails on their Insta? Aside from just the look, their overall health is just as important. This is why proper care and maintenance is crucial.
Here are some tips that will help keep your nails healthy and looking their best:
• Leave nails clean and dry to prevent bacteria, fungi, and other organisms from collecting under the nail.
• Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
• Trim and file your fingernails regularly. Cut your fingernails and toenails straight across and rounded slightly in the center. This keeps your nails strong and helps avoid ingrown toenails.
• When toenails are thick and difficult to cut, soak feet in warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt per pint of water) for five to ten minutes, then apply urea or lactic acid cream. This softens the nails, making them easier to trim.
• Wear proper-fitting shoes and try to alternate shoes on a regular basis (tight shoes can cause ingrown toenails).
• Do not try to self-treat ingrown toenails, especially if they are infected.
• Do not bite your fingernails. This can cause damage to the skin around your fingers, allowing infections to enter.
If you follow these tips and still notice nail problems, contact our office immediately, as this may be a sign of a serious health condition.
Effecting nearly 50 million Americans, acne is the most common skin condition. With June being Acne Awareness Month, there was no better time for us to offer our popular Acne Facial for a discounted rate of only $59.
The treatment is a deep, thorough cleansing and extraction to break down impurities, sebum, dead skin cells, and blackheads. An ideal treatment for teens or anybody with stubborn active acne.
If you would like to learn more about the Acne Facial or would like to schedule an appointment contact our office today!
As the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma has more than 4 million diagnosed cases each year. Typically found on exposed areas of the skin (face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back), it is caused from continual exposure to sunlight.
Some signs that you may have basal cell carcinoma include:
• An open sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts and remains open for three or more weeks. A persistent, non-healing sore is a very common sign of an early basal cell carcinoma.
• A reddish patch or irritated area, frequently occurring on the chest, shoulders, arms, or legs. Sometimes the patch crusts. It may also itch or hurt. At other times, it persists with no noticeable discomfort.
• A shiny bump, or nodule, that is pearly or translucent and is often pink, red, or white. The bump can also be tan, black, or brown, especially in dark-haired people, and can be confused with a mole.
• A pink growth with a slightly elevated rolled border and a crusted indentation in the center. As the growth slowly enlarges, tiny blood vessels may develop on the surface.
• A scar-like area which is white, yellow or waxy, and often has poorly defined borders. The skin itself appears shiny and taut. Although a less frequent sign, it can indicate the presence of an aggressive tumor.
If you believe you may have basal cell carcinoma or simply just a suspicious spot on your skin, contact our office today.
Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation
With the unofficial beginning of summer next week with the Memorial Day holiday, many people will be spending more time outside over the next few months. As we learned in an earlier post, even if it’s not sunny out, harmful UVA and UVB rays are still prevalent. Here are just a few important things to keep in mind to help protect your skin this upcoming summer:
• When applying sunscreens, layering them does not give added SPF protection. The SPF you end up with is only the SPF of the highest sunscreen you applied. For example, if you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 then apply one with an SPF of 25, you will only have protection of the SPF of 30.
• The American Academy of Dematology (AAD) does recommend applying two layers of sunscreen on all exposed areas though. The second layer should be applied about 30 minutes after the first, at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.
• SPF protection is on a logarithmic scale. This means there is a bigger difference between SPF 25 and SPF 30 than there is with SPF 30 and SPF 45.
• SPF’s below 15 are essentially worthless.
• If you do contract sunburn take Advil or Motrin. They block inflammation and can actually lessen the burn.
Just remember these tips to keep your skin safe and healthy this summer!
Maybe you fell asleep on the beach, or forgot to pack sunscreen. However it happened, sunburn can be painful and in severe cases, even dangerous. If you do get burned:
• Take a cool shower or bath, or apply wet, cold washcloths.
• Avoid products that contain benzocaine, lidocaine, or petroleum (Vaseline).
• Cover blisters with dry bandages to prevent infection.
• Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, but do not give aspirin to children.
Call a doctor if you have a serious reaction:
• Feeling faint or dizzy
• Rapid pulse or rapid breathing
• Extreme thirst, no urine output, or sunken eye
• Pale, clammy, or cool skin
• Nausea, fever, chills, or rash
• Eyes hurt and are sensitive to light
• Severe, painful blisters
Of course, it’s best to protect yourself from getting burned in the first place. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends taking these steps:
• Wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.
• Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30: reapply at least every 2 hours, and after swimming or sweating.
• Avoid direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when rays are strongest.
• Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps: both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.
Source: American Cancer Society, Healthy Living