Topical corticosteroids (steroids) are a common treatment option for a variety of dermatological conditions. The reason is that they promote anti-inflammatory responses by suppressing the immune system’s response. Typically prescribed for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema, and rashes, if prescribed appropriately they can yield very effective results.
This effectiveness however can lead to patients developing a dependency on them. Initially, after stopping the topical steroid, the condition may come back with a vengeance. So quite often, people will continue to apply the steroid even after the condition clears, and in doing so, severe side effects can arise. Examples include, atrophy of the skin (the consistency in the area of skin where the cream was used becomes comparable to saran wrap) or striae (thick red lines that look like stretch marks). A way to avoid potential addiction is through the use of a stagger program. This can be done by using the topical steroid twice a day for two weeks, then taking one week off.
Although topical steroids are an effective option, if not administered properly it can lead to serious issues.
Laser technology coupled with the number of people getting tattoos has boosted the tattoo removal industry. The newest lasers are less painful and leave less scarring than did in the past. The infographic below explains the process in further detail…
Source: American Academy of Dermatology; FDA; tattooarchive.com. Graphic: Bonnie Berkowitz and Alberto Cuadra /The Washington Post
Summer is a great time of year to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun. For many women with cellulite however, it can be one of the more stressful. The reason being, with the warmer weather less clothing is typically worn, making it more difficult to hide problematic areas. There is some hope though with the Velashape III Body Contouring & Cellulite Reduction treatment.
This non-invasive treatment utilizes a combination of technologies to smooth and tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. The most common areas treated include the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Most patients notice improvement after just their first treatment, with a total of four treatments being advised.
The nice thing about the treatment is that it is one of the few unaffected by sun exposure and there is little to no downtime. This means you can go to the beach the next day. Which makes it the ideal treatment for the season!
If you would like to find out if Velashape III Body Contouring & Cellulite Reduction is right for you, contact our office today.
Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women. Whether getting razor bumps or a rash, the process can be tough. Yet getting a smooth shave with minimal irritation is possible.
Follow these tips:
If you have any further questions about shaving, especially with acne-prone skin, contact our office. Treating a skin condition, such as acne, can go a long way in reducing irritation caused by shaving.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology
You may have heard that letting a cut breathe can help it heal faster. This is however not the case, as leaving a cut uncovered creates a dry environment actually leading to a slower healing process.
Cuts or wounds of any kind, need moisture to heal, and covering them with a bandage provides great benefits. Let’s say, for instance, you grate your knuckles instead of the cheese while preparing dinner. By the time you get to the medicine cabinet the blood will have started to coagulate. The resulting scab helps shut out dirt, but it also can get in the way of cells responsible for repair work. A bandage prevents the wound from drying, helping cells move freely in and around the cut. As a bonus, the bandage also soaks up wound fluid which contains growth factors that stimulate the repair process. Of course, bacteria-like moisture too.
So now to prevent infection, hospitals use bandages made of plastic wrap-like material that’s less porous than familiar bandages. This is better able to keep bacteria out. You can achieve some of the same results by smearing an antibiotic ointment on a cut and topping it off with a drugstore bandage. Read the label to make sure you’re using an antibiotic, which kills only bacteria and not an antiseptic like hydrogen peroxide, which can kill healthy cells too.
Studies have shown patients whose cuts are bandaged, heal twice as fast as those left exposed. Although removing a bandage may not be the most pleasant experience, remember that wearing one will help your cut heal that much faster.