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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
February 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema   Dry Skin   Skin Care   Itch  

Eczema is made up of itchy patches of dry skinPracticing a simple skin regimen every day can help keep your skin healthy and more youthful in appearance. If you suffer from eczema or dry skin, with the development of a proper skin care routine from your dermatologist you can easily be on your way to healthier skin. Dry skin is not a serious condition, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones, and creating fine lines and wrinkles. A more serious type of dry skin is eczema, which is a general term for rash-like skin conditions.  

Follow Proper Skin Care Routines from Your Dermatologist

Eczema can’t be cured, but it can be managed. In order to effectively manage your eczema, it is important to avoid the things that trigger your breakouts. Limit your contact with external factors that can irritate your skin and wear gloves to protect the skin on your hands.  

It is critical that basic skin care measures be maintained in order to keep dry skin and eczema under control. Your dermatologist can help you determine a proper skin care routine that will help your condition and continue to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Some basic steps may 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 makeup that is oil-free and non-comedogenic.
  • Protect your lips with lip block or lipsticks with sunscreen.
  • Avoid long hot showers or baths.

If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, visit your dermatologist today for further diagnosis and treatment. Your dermatologist will be able to set up an effective and appropriate regimen to manage or eliminate your ailments. 

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
January 23, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Those red/orange patches have returned to your hands and elbows. The itchiness bothers you, but you know that if you scratch your skin, ECZEMAyou'll just worsen these scaly areas. What would relieve your eczema? Please consult your dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, at Advanced Desert Dermatology. Dr. Mackey diagnoses and treats skin conditions of all kinds, including eczema, in his Peoria, AZ, office. He is an expert on the various types of eczema, their triggers, and how patients just like you can control this chronic skin condition.

The details on eczema

Research indicates that the inflammation, itchiness, burning and raised skin patches common to eczema in Peoria, AZ, stem from auto-immune sources. The National Eczema Association states the 30 million adults and children in the United States suffer with eczema, and yes, it originates in their own bodies, runs in their families, and flares up in response to a wide range of triggers.

Areas behind the knees and on the face, back, elbows and abdomen become inflamed because of an allergic reaction to or contact with certain substances, including:

  • Pet dander or animal proteins (such as dog saliva)
  • Detergents
  • Perfumes
  • Smoke
  • Pollen
  • Fabrics such as wool

They aggravate the two most common forms of eczema: atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Both appear associated with two other autoimmune disorders: asthma and hay fever.

After visual inspection by your dermatologist, he'll likely recommend some common sense treatments for these kinds of eczema, including:

  • No scratching to avoid the itch/scratch cycle
  • Moisturizing creams
  • Topical steroids in severe cases
  • Avoidance of what triggers your symptoms


Other forms of eczema

Another common kind of eczema is dyshidrotic eczema, and it's primarily a women's skin issue. Marked by small, super-itchy, red blisters on the hands and feet, dyshidrotic eczema comes on with stress, moisture on the hands and feet (sweat), and contact with pollen, nickel (jewelry) and cobalt (often found in paint).

Other individuals suffer with lichen simplex  chronicus , an eczema that causes large leathery skin patches. Stress is the major trigger with this skin problem, and medications containing deep moisturizers, zinc, or steroids are the treatment of choice for this stubborn condition.

Finally, nummular (discoid), seborrheic (involving the hair follicles), and stasis eczema (resulting from poor circulation in the extremities) cause varying degrees of itchiness, lesions and

skin breakdown. While all forms of eczema may lead to scarring and skin thickening if untreated, stasis dermatitis may damage the skin extensively, leaving ulcers and infection.

Finding relief for eczema

You can when you consult Dr. Mackey and his team at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ. Call his office team at (623) 977-6700 to schedule your appointment.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
January 02, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Wrinkles   Cosmetic Dermatology   Aging  

Woman with and without wrinklesWhile fine lines may be an inevitable fact of life, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to improve the health and appearance of your skin. There are a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make to help diminish wrinkles. And with the popularity of cosmetic dermatology, you can talk to your dermatologist about safe and long-lasting procedures, such as Botox™, that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

Visible signs of aging may not be unavoidable, but the causes that lead to wrinkles and fine lines aren’t completely out of your control. The first step to diminishing the appearance of your wrinkles is to understand what causes them in the first place.  

  • Protect your skin from the sun. Sun exposure is the leading cause of wrinkles. When you must be in the sun, always wear sunscreen and protective gear such as a hat and sunglasses. This will not only help you prevent wrinkles, it will also help prevent skin cancer.  
  • Moisturize. Dry skin turns plump skin cells into shriveled ones, creating lines and wrinkles prematurely. Skin that is moist looks better and retains the skin’s elasticity. 
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking causes premature wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth. It upsets the body’s mechanism for breaking down old skin and renewing it. 
  • Wear protective sunglasses. Avoid crow’s feet and prevent wrinkles around your eyes by wearing protective eyewear, as repeated squinting causes these wrinkles.
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables that contain powerful antioxidants, such as berries and leafy greens, can help fight against the harmful molecules that damage skin cells. 
  • Stay hydrated. Water helps keep your body and skin hydrated, giving your skin a radiant glow while helping to rid waste out of your system.  

A More Youthful Appearance with Cosmetic Dermatology

For fast and long-lasting results, you may want to visit your cosmetic dermatologist. Today, cosmetic dermatology offers a wide spectrum of safe and effective procedures that can help you dramatically reduce the visibility of your wrinkles, improve your overall skin health and help you achieve your skin care goals. 

Three popular cosmetic procedures include:

  • Botox™: This popular treatment for facial wrinkles involves injecting Botox™ which relaxes and weakens the muscles beneath the wrinkle. This temporarily prevents the formation of expression type wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet. 
  • Wrinkle fillers: Popular wrinkle fillers, such as Juvederm™ and Restylane™, are composed of gel-like compounds that reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds. 
  • Chemical Peels: This process involves applying a safe and gentle chemical solution to the skin of the face, neck and hand, which includes exfoliation of the upper skin layers. This procedure is not only used for the reduction of wrinkles but for the treatment of acne and pigmentation problems as well. 

Wrinkles may be a natural part of the aging process, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for an aged appearance. With a healthy lifestyle, good sun protection and regular visits to your dermatologist, you can help keep your skin looking youthful for years and years. If you are considering treatment for wrinkles, talk to your cosmetic dermatologist about your options.  

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
December 12, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis  

Find out whether your red patchy skin could be due to psoriasis.psoriasis\

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes scaly, rough patches to manifest anywhere on your skin. These patches will often flare-up, meaning that sometimes you’ll experience symptoms and sometimes you won’t. The flare-ups may be severe or mild and some people experience flare-ups more regularly while others may only have a couple flare-ups a year. Of course, it’s important to determine not only if you have psoriasis but what kind you have. Our Peoria, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, is here to provide a little insight into the different kinds of psoriasis you could have.

There are five different kinds of psoriasis:

  • Plaque
  • Inverse
  • Guttate
  • Pustular
  • Erythrodermic
  • Psoriatic arthritis

Plaque Psoriasis

This is the most common type of psoriasis and it causes thick, red patches anywhere on the body; however, these patches most commonly appear on the elbows, knees, scalp and back. You may find that these patches are also itchy. If you scratch you will find that the itching only gets worse.

Inverse Psoriasis

This type of psoriasis is often shiny and red and these patches are more likely to be found within the folds of your skin such as your armpits. It’s not uncommon for someone with this form of psoriasis to also have another type of psoriasis as well. In the beginning, a lot of people mistake this psoriasis for a fungal infection.

Guttate Psoriasis

This is the second most common form of psoriasis often appearing as early as childhood. Unlike plaque psoriasis, these small pink spots are not as thick and they may be found on the arms, legs, stomach, scalp or face. In many cases, a flare-up is brought about by stress, an illness or taking certain medications.

Pustular Psoriasis

This is one of the more serious forms of psoriasis that causes (as you may be able to tell from the name) white bumps containing pus to develop on the skin. Even though many people think of pus and immediately assume they have an infection, especially because this form of psoriasis can also cause flu-like symptoms, there is no infection present.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

This is probably the rarest form of psoriasis and it often looks like someone has incurred serious burns. This is a more widespread form of psoriasis that can affect extensive areas of the body. Erythrodermic psoriasis is considered serious and should be treated right away.

Psoriatic Arthritis

While people often assume psoriasis is a skin condition, our Peoria skin doctors are here to tell you that it’s actually an autoimmune disorder that attacks the skin. In some cases, such as this one, it can attack the joints, as well. This causes serious and chronic pain and swelling in the joints.

Are you experiencing symptoms that make you concerned that you might have psoriasis? If you are faced with this disorder let the dermatological experts at Peoria, AZ, give you the care you deserve to fight your symptoms. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology today.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
December 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne   Clear Skin  

Boy with acne on skin

With proper treatment in its early stages, acne can usually be dealt with successfully and controlled before it leads to scarring and other skin damage. Luckily, an experienced dermatologist who specializes in treating conditions that affect the skin can help heal, prevent and control your acne.  

Preventing and Treating Acne

There are a myriad of face washes and products sold for the treatment of acne, many without any proven effects. That’s why visiting your dermatologist is the best way to find an acne treatment that will be the most appropriate and most effective for your acne. 

There are many simple ways to prevent and control mild cases of acne from home, including:

  • Wash your face gently with warm water and soap each day
  • Avoid excess washing and harsh scrubbing as this will only irritate your acne and lead to dry skin
  • Avoid touching your face as the oils from your hands can clog your pores 
  • Do not pop or pick at acne lesions; it will only aggravate your skin more
  • Remove makeup before bed and avoid wearing heavy makeup

Remember, acne can’t be cured overnight, as it takes time for acne to heal. For severe cases of acne or when self-care techniques aren’t effective, visit your dermatologist. 

When to See Your Dermatologist

Waiting for acne to disappear on its own can be aggravating, lead to permanent scarring and even cause severe depression. In fact, severe cases of acne may only get worse and lead to additional skin damage. Advanced acne treatments from your dermatologist can help heal existing acne, stop new lesions from forming, prevent scarring and minimize the embarrassment and emotional stress caused by this condition. 

The severity of acne and the extent of treatment will vary for each patient. If you are one of the millions of Americans that suffer from this skin condition, don’t put off treatment. See your dermatologist for professional treatment and care right away for blemish-free skin. 





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