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Posts made in March 2018

Skin Care Tips Every Teen Should Follow

Denver dermatology clinicIt’s nearly impossible to survive the teen years without a number of skin problems. As if being a teenager isn’t angsty enough, troubled skin only adds to the stress. If your teen is spending a lot of time in front of the mirror and is becoming increasingly frustrated with their skin condition, there is help.

Hormones, puberty, and hygiene all play a major role in the condition of girl’s and boy’s skin alike, with acne, blackheads, and oily skin topping the list of teen skin complaints. Particularly for the new teen, proper skincare needs to be taught.

Here are the top skin tips for teen skin care:

Daily Face Washing: Daily face washing for a teen is a must, and we don’t mean just soap and water.  Teens break out mostly due to a combination of hormones and increased oil production. That oil clogs pores and invites bacteria and debris inside, leading to breakouts. Find a cleanser that gently removes dirt, oil, and impurities while enriching and energizing the skin with vitamins.

Control Oil: First, choose a salicylic acid cleanser. Second, use an oil-free primer to control shine. Finally, blot oil during the day using specialized cloths or tissues.

Exfoliate: Exfoliate only once or twice a week, using a relatively gentle product. Don’t and don’t over-exfoliate.

Wash off Makeup before Bed: Girls who make a regular habit of sleeping in make-up can have an acne breakout or develop a bumpy rash called perioral or periocular dermatitis.

Keep Hands Clean: Wash your hands before you touch your face or touch up your makeup and regularly clean other surfaces that touch your skin, such as your phone.

Clear skin equals confidence and confidence is everything to a teenager. Seeing a dermatologist about acne can make a huge difference, especially if your teenage has red, pus-filled pimples or large lumps under the skin that are painful or leaving scars. Our Denver dermatology clinic, Colorado Skin Care, can help address your teen’s acne concerns and determine the necessary treatments. Give us a call today at (303) 740-4883 to schedule an appointment.

You Are the First Line of Defense against Skin Cancer

Happy woman with flawless skinMake no mistake: cancer is a serious disease. Amongst one of the most common types is skin cancer. However, with diligence and early detection, skin cancer is easily treatable and has a high cure rate. With this knowledge, it is important to keep in mind that treatment and prevention do not simply “happen:” it requires a diligent, concerted, and well-practiced ethic.

Within the field of dermatology, Denver doctors and medical care practitioners agree that the first step to successful cancer treatments is practicing proactivity. In other words, it is highly recommended to incorporate routine self-check examinations as part of your skincare routine.

How to Perform a Self-Check

Performing a self-evaluation is inexpensive and may be performed in the comfort of your own home. Simply have access to a full-length mirror, a handheld mirror, and a bright light source.

First, have familiarity with your body: this is where the importance of the routine comes in. If you know how your skin normally looks, it is easier to detect abnormalities or changes in the pattern. Keep in mind that symptoms of skin cancer may appear anywhere–even places that are not normally exposed to the sun.

It is easier to perform an exam after you have taken a bath. Using your light and mirrors, examine your skin by section:

Head and Hair

Hands and Fingers

Arms

Chest and Belly

Thighs, Shins, Feet, and Toes

Genital Area

Backs of Calves and Thighs

What You Are Looking for

Remember that familiarity encourages confidence. Not every blemish is a skin mutation. However, you will want to look for the warning signs:

Red or Dark-Colored Patches

Firm Lumps

Sores That Don’t Heal in at Least 2 Weeks

Moles That Have Changed Size, Shape, or Color

Painful or Itchy Moles

Communicate and Act

If you notice something out of the ordinary, request an appointment with your physician. Your care provider may issue additional testing, such as a biopsy, to determine the presence of cancer. You may also be referred to a dermatologist or cancer specialist to address the condition.

There is no mistaking this simple fact: early detection increases the odds of successful cancer treatment. When you detect an abnormality, don’t put things off or wish it away. Seek medical attention and make your opening moves against cancer the winning ones.

Control Acne with a Superficial Chemical Peel, Part 2

Experience the Acne Treatment that will Change your Life

When you go in for a chemical peel procedure, your clinician will discuss your specific needs. For example, you may want to discuss what you are doing for your acne, as well as any allergies you might have to certain skin care products.

After going over the details, the procedure itself takes roughly 10 to 20 minutes. The clinician will clean the skin first, apply and set the exfoliating agent, and then wash away the peel with water and a neutralizer. After drying the skin, you are free to go about your day.

Many clients who undergo a superficial chemical peel report a slight tingling or warming sensation in the affected area. This feeling is natural. Nonetheless, your clinician will advise you to wear sunscreen and maintain good skin care habits after your visit.

Chemical peels may supplement facial treatments, and you may also choose to schedule them on a routine basis to keep your skin appearing healthy, soft, and youthful. Request an appointment with your dermatology clinic and feel how easy it is to keep clear skin.

Colorado Skin Care offers chemical peels as part of our acne treatments. If you are interested in this procedure, schedule an appointment with our Englewood dermatology clinic today by calling (303) 740-4883.

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