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May 17, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

If acne has you feeling down, find out some of the best tips for reducing your breakouts.acne

Nothing is worse than waking up to a pimple. Sometimes it feels like they crop up practically overnight. They often show up at the worst of times, too: for a date, school pictures or your wedding. Of course, you may not realize that some of your daily habits could actually be promoting breakouts. Our Peoria, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Mackey, pinpoints some things you may be doing wrong so you can maintain healthier skin.

Giving Up on Products too Soon

While everyone wants an overnight solution to acne, there just isn’t one. It takes skin time to respond to treatment, so patience is key when trying out products. Remember, any new acne product you try can take up to 12 weeks to see results. If you aren’t seeing results after 12 weeks, then you may want to talk to our Peoria skin doctor about another skincare line that might work better.

You Lather on Multiple Products

If one acne-fighting product might give you clearer skin then wouldn’t three products be even better? Hold up! By including too many different products at once you could actually just end up irritating and exacerbating your condition. Acne products can be drying, which can sometimes make acne worse. Play it safe and just stick to one acne-fighting cleanser or product at a time.

You Rub Your Skin Raw

Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you feel like the harder you scrub your skin the more bacteria and crud you’ll remove. Unfortunately, this aggressive scrubbing is actually doing more harm than good. Be kind and gentle to your skin when washing it, and remember that you don’t have to wash your skin more than twice a day.

You Want to Tackle the Issue Alone

While it’s certainly noble to try and solve acne all by yourself, you have to be able to admit when it’s time to get professional help. If you are experiencing frequent or painful pimples, if acne is affecting your self-esteem or if the treatments you are using just aren’t working, then it’s time to give us a call.

Are you frustrated by your acne? Looking for something that will finally tackle your acne problems? Then it’s time to turn to the skincare expert at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ, to help you get the smoother, healthier skin you want.

April 24, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Scars  

Scars The scar from when you fell off your bike as a child, from a recent car accident, from a surgery or even from acne may be a constant and painful reminder of events you'd rather forget. While you may not feel any physical pain from these wounds, scars can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed, particularly if they are located on exposed skin.

The good news is dermatologists now have many treatments available to significantly reduce the appearance of scars, no matter what their cause was!

Scars are an abnormal healing response of the skin to injury, resulting in atrophic scars, which are skin depressions, or hypertrophic scars and keloids, which are elevated. The larger the surface area of skin affected, the greater the chance of a noticeable scar. Scars occur with equal frequency in men and women, although they most often develop between the ages of 10 and 30. While scars can be disfiguring physically, psychologically or both, significant itching and burning can also accompany hypertrophic scars and keloids.  

How Do Scars Form?

Scars form when the dermis--the deep, thick layer of skin--is damaged. The body forms new collagen fibers to mend the damage, resulting in a scar. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue. Scars typically form after a wound is completely healed.

There are a variety of different kinds of scars, but most are flat and pale. However, in cases when the body produces too much collagen, scars can be raised. Raised scars are more common in younger and dark-skinned people.  Some scars can even have a sunken or pitted appearance, which occurs when underlying structures supporting the skin are lost.  Some surgical scars may have this appearance, as do some scars formed from acne.  

By visiting your dermatologist, you can better understand your scars and the treatments available to help diminish their appearance.

March 30, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts   Moles   Birthmarks  

Moles, Warts, and Birthmarks

Whether you have a mole, birthmark or warts, it is important to pay close attention to any skin abnormality to ensure they do not develop into a more serious condition. Regular self-exams and trips to your dermatologist are important in preventing further complications. While moles and birthmarks are normal and common, and warts are typically unpleasant but not serious, any of these conditions could develop into a more serious issue if you aren't paying attention.


Moles are common - almost everyone has a few and some people develop hundreds. Individuals with light skin tend to have more moles, with the average ranging from 10 to 40. 

Some moles can increase the risk of developing skin cancer more than others. Performing regular self-exams helps you recognize the early warning signs of melanoma. When examining your moles, look for the ABCDEs of melanoma detection:

  • Asymmetry – one half is not like the other

  • Border – irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border

  • Color – varied from one area to another, shades of tan, brown and black

  • Diameter – melanomas are usually greater than 6mm

  • Evolving – a mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.


Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). Usually skin-colored and rough to the touch, warts can also be dark, flat and smooth. The appearance of a wart depends specifically on where it is growing. There are several kinds of warts, including:

  • Common warts – Usually grow on fingers, around the nails and on the backs of the hands.

  • Plantar Warts – Typically found on the soles of the feet.

  • Flat Warts – Smaller and smoother than other warts, and tend to grow in large numbers.

Usually passed from person to person, warts can also be passed indirectly in some cases. The gap from first contact to the time the warts have grown large enough to be seen is often several months.


Birthmarks are areas of flat or raised discolored skin that are often on the body at birth or may develop shortly after birth. Birthmarks vary in color and may be brown, tan, black, blue, pink or red. Some birthmarks are only 'stains' on the surface of the skin, while others extend into the tissues under the skin or grow above the surface.  

If you have a mole, birthmark or wart, it is important to visit your dermatologist for regular screenings in addition to self-exams at home.  Though these are often harmless, it is important to keep a close eye on your ailments to prevent any further problems.

March 24, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   Eczema   rashes  

Skin problems? Rashes, acne and eczema are just a few skin disorders that affect people every day. Some skin conditions can be minor skin problemsand easily treated -- while others can be very serious. Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology, which is located in Peoria, AZ, offers a full range of dermatology services. Read on to learn about rashes, acne and eczema and their treatments.

Rashes Overview

A skin rash refers to any sort of skin inflammation and/or discoloration that distors the skin's appearance. Common skin rashes include hives, poison ivy, eczema and athlete's foot. Infections that cause rashes may be viral, parasitic, bacterial or fungal. A skin rash lasting more than a few days should be evaluated by a Peoria dermatologist.

Rashes Treatments

Because skin rashes can be caused by many different things, it's important to figure out what kind you have before you treat it. Treatments may include baths, lotions, moisturizers, antihistamines, which relieve itching, and cortisone creams that relieve swelling. Although most skin rashes clear up quickly, others are long-lasting and need long-term treatment.

Acne Overview

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne lesions include small bumps, blackheads, whiteheads and nodules and cysts. The resulting appearance can lead to reduced self-esteem, anxiety and depression. If OTC treatments don't control your acne, you should see a dermatologist about your acne.

Acne Treatments

Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor for the treatment of acne. Antibiotics work by killing excess bacteria and reducing redness. Benzoyl peroxide is the world's most frequently prescribed acne treatment. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial agent that kills the bacteria that cause breakouts. Tretinoin gel is a drug prescribed to treat acne. Tretinoin clears your skin from within. It unclogs pores and promotes peeling of affected skin areas.

Eczema Overview

Eczema is a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become irritated or inflamed. Eczema symptoms include red, itchy and dry skin caused by inflammation. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it's believed to develop due to a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. For those suffering with eczema, it's important to consult with a dermatologist.

Eczema Treatments

Eczema is treated with steroid creams, oral medications, Ultraviolet light therapy and good skin care. There are also prescription creams that treat eczema by controlling inflammation and reducing the immune system reactions. You can prevent some types of eczema by avoiding things that you're allergic to and things that irritate your skin, such as certain lotions and soaps.

If you have a skin problem, who should you call? A dermatologist, of course. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology at (623) 977-6700 today to schedule an appointment in Peoria, AZ. Get your life back on track by receiving the best skin treatments available. Everyone deserves healthy, beautiful skin.

February 28, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Healthy Skin   Youthful Skin  

Youthful SkinEveryone wants to maintain a healthy, youthful look as they age. With some easy tips and preventative measures from your dermatologist, your skin can remain healthy and vibrant through the years. You can’t stop the aging process, but you can begin to prevent signs of premature aging by protecting your skin from the sun, quitting smoking and reducing facial strain such as squinting.

With aging, not only does the appearance of your skin change, but your risk of developing skin cancer can grow as well. Your dermatologist is here to help diagnose, treat and prevent skin complications. Protect your skin and extend your life by taking extra precautions and watching out for the health and appearance of your skin, because beautiful skin is healthy skin.  

Follow the Basics

By practicing a regular skin regimen, you can maintain healthy skin for a more youthful appearance.  Some basic steps to keep your skin glowing include:

  • Wash your skin twice a day with a gentle non-soap cleanser.
  • Use a moisturizer twice a day.
  • Use a sunscreen every day.
  • Choose make-up that is oil-free and non-comedogenic (doesn’t easily block pores).
  • Protect your lips with lip block or lipsticks with sunscreen
  • Avoid long hot showers or baths. Hot water extracts natural oils from your skin, leaving it dry.  

Keep your regimen simple in order to be able to stick with it over time. The more difficult your skin care regimen is, the harder it may be to maintain. Choose skin care products that you enjoy using every day and that are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Your dermatologist recommends that people perform a skin self-exam once a month to keep an eye-out for any changes in your skin that may be harmful.

If you notice any changes in the appearance of your skin, it is vital that you visit your dermatologist for a consultation. Your dermatologist has the ability to successfully diagnose any skin problems that may arise. 

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