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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
March 30, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

How your dermatologist at Advanced Desert Dermatologist can diagnose and treat skin cancer

Did you know that wearing sunscreen daily can help save your life? It’s true! Wearing sunscreen when you go outside can help protect you from malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer that can be fatal. There are other ways to prevent skin cancer too, and regular visits to your dermatologist are one of the most important ways to protect your health.

Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey and Dr. Brandon Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ, offer a wide range of skincare services, including diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.

Skin cancer affects over 3 million people in the United States, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. You can do a lot to prevent skin cancer. Remember to:

  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher every day
  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher if you plan on being outside for a long period
  • Try to stay out of direct sunlight during the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM when UV rays are the most intense
  • Put on a hat, sunglasses, and other protective clothing
  • Don’t go into tanning booths

Another important way to prevent skin cancer is to check your skin regularly, looking for moles. Abnormal moles could be an early sign of skin cancer. An abnormal mole is:

  • A mole with a diameter greater than 6 millimeters
  • A mole with an irregular, poorly defined border
  • A mole with an asymmetrical shape
  • A mole that doesn’t look like your other moles
  • A mole that is red, painful, or bleeding
  • A new mole or a mole that has recurred after it was previously removed

If you find moles that have any of the characteristics listed above, visit your dermatologist as soon as you can. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to achieving a good outcome and protecting your health.

To find out more about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ, at (623) 977-6700. Call now!

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
March 05, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts  

WartsWarts are the result of a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV), and they can easily be spread from one person to another through skin-to-skin contact or by sharing items such as towels or clothes with the infected individual. While warts of the hands may be unsightly or embarrassing, it’s important to note that these growths are benign and harmless. Here’s what you should know about treating warts, including how a dermatologist will treat this common skin problem.

How do I know that it’s a wart?

If you’ve never had a wart before then you may not know what this little growth is at first. Warts are raised, skin-colored bumps that may be rough to the touch and grainy in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may notice little black dots. These are small blood vessels. Since warts can be confused for cysts and other lesions, it may be a good idea to see a dermatologist first before you begin treatment.

How are warts treated?

Some people simply wait until their body fights the infection and the wart eventually goes away, but this can take months or even years. People who are dealing with warts in more sensitive and visible places such as their hands are more likely to want to get rid of the wart a lot sooner. Many healthy individuals turn to over-the-counter remedies first. There are salicylic acid solutions that you can apply directly to the wart and will need to continue to reapply regularly. This solution will shed layers of the wart until gone.

While no study tests the effectiveness of duct tape for removing warts, it not an unsafe practice or option (and if it works for you, great!). If you’ve given it a valiant effort to treat the wart on your own but it just doesn’t seem to respond to over-the-counter treatment options, or it returns, then it’s time to see your dermatologist. A dermatologist offers a variety of ways to remove a wart, including,

  • Cryotherapy: Freezing the wart off is a common method for removing warts
  • Cantharidin: A chemical is applied to the wart, which causes it to blister and fall off
  • Surgical excision: If the bumps do not respond to other treatment options or are in hard-to-treat areas, this may be the ideal method for removal

We understand that warts can develop in rather awkward and sometimes uncomfortable places like the hands. If this happens to you and you don’t want to wait until your body clears the infection to get rid of your wart, then a dermatologist can provide you with the treatment you need to remove the wart more quickly.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
November 25, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

How your dermatologist in Peoria, Arizona can help you have clear skin.

Acne is not very attractive, and it can also be painful. If you suffer from acne, you already know how it can affect your self-esteem and self-confidence. Fortunately, your dermatologist can help eliminate your acne, so you can show off clear skin. Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, Arizona offers a full line of skincare treatments, including acne solutions to help you enjoy clear skin.

Acne can take on many different forms including blackheads, whiteheads, and large, painful cysts. It’s caused by oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria filling up and clogging your pores. Stress, diet, environmental conditions, and other factors can also cause acne breakouts.

You can do a lot to prevent acne breakouts, including:

  • Washing your face in the morning and before bed, using a mild skin cleanser
  • Trying to avoid touching your face
  • Wearing non-comedogenic makeup products that won’t cause clogged pores
  • Drinking lots of water to flush out toxins

You may be able to treat mild acne with over-the-counter products. Products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are good choices. For stubborn, moderate to severe acne, you should visit Dr. Mackey. He may recommend:

  • Oral or topical antibiotics to treat any underlying bacterial infection
  • Benzoyl peroxide products to clear out blocked pores
  • Tretinoin medication to unblock clogged pores
  • Extraction treatment using a tool to remove the blemish completely

Acne can also leave behind unattractive scars. If you suffer from acne scarring, don’t worry. Dr. Mackey can help with that too by offering several effective treatments to minimize the appearance of acne scarring. He may recommend:

  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermal fillers
  • Prescription skincare products

You can get control of your acne, and your dermatologist can help. To find out more about acne treatments, acne scarring treatments, and other medical and aesthetic dermatology services, call Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, Arizona at 623-977-6700. Call now!

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
November 05, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

The most common skin condition to affect teens and adults in the U.S. is acne, which is associated with the formation of pimples, cysts, blackheads, or whiteheads on the skin. Developing an effective skincare routine at home can help clear up existing acne and prevent new acne from forming. Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, the skilled dermatologist at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ can treat existing acne and help you develop an at-home skincare routine.

Causes of Acne

Acne is most often caused by the pores becoming clogged with sebum and debris. Sebum is naturally produced and excreted by the skin to keep it moisturized. In addition to moisturizing the skin, sebum also helps keep pores clean by pushing out dirt and debris.

During the normal process of sebum production, the sebum travels along the hair follicles inside the pores. As the sebum moves forward along the hair follicle, it carries debris and impurities along with it and pushes them out through the pores. When this process is interrupted, impurities become trapped inside. This clogs the pores and results in the development of acne.

Developing a Skin Care Routine

Developing a gentle and effective skincare routine can help you maintain clearer skin by preventing new acne from forming. Some key components of a good skincare routine include cleansing, moisturizing, and applying acne treatment, if needed. The knowledgeable dermatologist at our office in Peoria can develop and acne treatment program for you to help clear up existing acne and prevent additional acne.

One of the most important aspects of a skincare routine is cleansing the skin. Choose a cleanser that is gentle, non-abrasive, and free of alcohol, which can dry out the skin. To wash your face, wet it with lukewarm water and apply the cleanser with your fingertips or a soft washcloth. Gently work the cleanser into a lather, being careful not to scrub the skin. When finished, rinse the cleanser away with lukewarm water and gently pat the skin dry with a soft towel.

To achieve the best results with any acne medications you are using, apply them immediately after cleansing the skin before using moisturizer. Applying acne treatment products immediately after cleansing allows them to be absorbed directly into the skin for maximum effectiveness. Finally, apply a moisturizer afterward to keep the skin hydrated. Additional tips for preventing acne include avoiding touching the face during the day, washing the hair regularly, and limiting the skin’s exposure to the sun or tanning beds.

If you are dealing with acne, developing an effective at-home skincare routine can help you achieve clearer skin. Our highly trained dermatologist can also prescribe medications or ointments to clear up existing acne and prevent the formation of new acne. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ at (623) 977-6700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
November 02, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Shingles  
Treating ShinglesAs kids, we dealt with that notoriously itchy rash caused by chickenpox. Unfortunately, as we get older, the same virus that caused our childhood chickenpox can also cause shingles. If you’ve had chickenpox in the past, then that same virus is lying dormant within the body. This means that at some point during your lifetime, the virus does have the ability to reactivate, causing a painful, blistering rash on the stomach and sides. This is known as shingles.

Think You Have Shingles?

If you notice a blister-like rash developing on one side of the body it’s possible that you could have shingles. If you suspect that you have shingles, you must see a doctor.

Those over the age of 60 years old as well as those with chronic conditions such as diabetes are more at risk for complications related to shingles, so you must seek immediate dermatology care from a qualified doctor. A dermatologist can also rule out other possible conditions or infections.

Treating Shingles

For the antiviral medication to be most effective, you must see a doctor right away if you think you have shingles. The most common types of antiviral medications used to treat shingles include acyclovir and valacyclovir. These antivirals can speed up the healing process and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
There are also simple home remedies that you can use to ease discomfort associated with the rash. Some of these remedies include:
  • Applying cold compresses to the rash
  • Soaking in a cool oatmeal bath
  • Wearing light, loose-fitted clothing that won’t rub against the rash
  • Applying calamine lotion to reduce itching
  • Managing stress effectively and finding ways to help you relax
  • Eating healthy, balanced meals
  • Getting good quality sleep every night
Preventing Shingles

The good news is that there is a shingles vaccine that can protect you against this infection. If you are over the age of 50, you could benefit from the shingles vaccine so ask your doctor. The vaccine can protect you from shingle for up to five years.

If you are worried that you might have shingles, or if you’re interested in finding out whether or not you should get the shingles vaccine, a qualified dermatologist will be able to answer all of your questions and provide you with the custom dermatology treatment you need to ease your symptoms.