Posts for: June, 2021
In infants, this skin condition is known as cradle cap and it results in greasy, scaly patches of skin on the head. Puberty often brings with it oilier skin, and this is often when we see teens and adults complaining of redness, swelling, or scaling on the scalp, eyebrows, nose, armpits, groin, or upper back.
While dermatologists see this condition in a wide range of patients ranging from newborns to seniors, this condition most often occurs between 30-60 years old. While the root cause still hasn’t been determined, there are certain beliefs as to what might cause seborrheic dermatitis, including a reaction to a type of yeast that’s normally found on our skin. Certain chronic conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, HIV, or epilepsy may also increase your risk for developing seborrheic dermatitis.
- Hormone fluctuations and imbalances
- Weather changes (e.g. cold or dry weather)
- Certain prescription medications
- Detergents, soaps, and cleaning products
In most cases, your dermatologist can prescribe specialized skin products that can help to keep skin moisturized while preventing scaly patches from forming. Cleansers, shampoos, and other products that contain zinc pyrithione are often most effective for treating seborrheic dermatitis symptoms. Some products can be purchased over-the-counter, but for those with more severe symptoms, you may require a prescription from your dermatologist.
Lifestyle modifications such as getting more sleep, eating a healthy diet, and reducing stress can also reduce the number of flare-ups you experience. A dermatologist can help map out a treatment plan for you to better manage your symptoms.
If you develop alopecia you may want to point a finger at your genetics. In fact, both parents have the ability to pass down alopecia to their children. So, if you have a family member with alopecia areata then you may be more likely to develop this condition at some point during your lifetime. Of course, genetics isn’t the only factor that plays a role in whether or not you develop alopecia. There are other deciding factors, as well.
As we mentioned above, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body attacks the hair follicles, causing them to slow or even halt hair growth. There are different kinds of alopecia and people experience different symptom severities. Some people may notice hair regrowth in a few months while others may not. Again, you must have a dermatologist that you can turn to for answers.
While there is no cure, there are treatment options out there that can help stimulate hair growth and reduce the immune system response. The type and severity of your alopecia, along with your age and the severity of your hair loss will play major roles in what types of treatment options are best for you. This is something that a skincare professional can discuss with you during your consultation.
- Topical or injectable corticosteroids
- Minoxidil solution (applied to the scalp to regrow hair)
- Anthralin cream
- Oral steroids
- Immunomodulatory medications
- Topical immunotherapy
A chemical peel may be a good option if you have lines, wrinkles, dark spots, or blemishes in your skin. Your San Antonio, TX, dermatologist, Dr. Linda Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology, can help you renew your appearance and improve your skin tone with a peel.
How a chemical peel can improve your skin
Chemical peels remove the outer layers of your skin, erasing fine lines, wrinkles, shallow scars, acne lesions, and dark spots. They also brighten skin, improve texture, and reduce large pores.
You won't notice a change in your skin immediately after treatment, as it takes a little while for the chemicals to work. About two to three days after your treatment, your skin will begin to peel and will continue to peel for two to five days, depending on the peel. After peeling is complete, your skin will be smoother and free of spots and blemishes.
Chemical peel options
During your visit to the San Antonio dermatology office, one of these peels may be recommended for you:
- Illuminize Peel: This gentle peel option improves tone and texture, yet only causes minimal discomfort. The Illuminize peel combines alpha-hydroxy acids with phytic acid to renew your skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids naturally exfoliate and brighten skin and also improve the production of collagen, a protein that keeps your skin firm. If you're concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, you may benefit from a series of Illuminize peels.
- Vitalize Peel: The Vitalize peel combines alpha-hydroxy acids with several other acids to improve aging skin and minimize sun spots, acne, freckles, wrinkles, lines, acne scars, and dark spots. It's an excellent choice if you have mild to moderate skin issues. Depending on the condition of your skin, a single peel or a series of peels may be recommended.
- Rejuvenize Peel: The Rejuvenize peel is a good option if you have moderate to severe skin imperfections. It not only improves skin tone and texture but also decreases lines and wrinkles, treats dark spots, and tones your skin. Although you'll see noticeable results after just one treatment, several treatments may be needed for the best results.
Are you ready to try a chemical peel? Call dermatologist in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Linda Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology, at (210) 494-0504 to schedule an appointment.