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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. 
By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
September 01, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dandruff  
Hair DandruffDandruff is a common problem and one that you may not worry too much about if you deal with minor flaking every once in a while; however, severe dandruff can be embarrassing. First, it’s important to know whether you’re dealing with dandruff or a dry scalp, as these are two different problems that can result in the same itching and flaking symptoms. Since dandruff is caused by excess scalp oil, which is the opposite of dry scalp, you may want to turn to a dermatologist to confirm your condition.

Here’s how to tell the difference between dandruff and dry scalp:
  • Dandruff will produce large, oily flakes that are often yellow or white in appearance while the dry scalp is more likely to produce a lot of dry little flakes.
  • Dandruff may cause a red, scaly scalp while someone with dry scalp is more likely to experience dry skin on other parts of their body
  • The only symptom that both dandruff and dry scalp have in common is an itchy scalp
Most people can get their dandruff under control with simple home care. The first way to treat dandruff is usually with a special shampoo. Just like with acne, it can take several weeks to see results with dandruff shampoo so be patient; however, if your symptoms don’t improve or get worse after about a month you should consult your dermatologist.

Other tips to prevent dandruff include:
  • Wash your hair every day to reduce excess oil on the scalp
  • Use a shampoo that contains coal tar, pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or tea tree oil (a natural alternative)
  • Stay away from any har products that contain alcohols or bleach, as well as oily hair products that will only cause more oil to buildup on the scalp
  • Find ways to effectively manage stress, which can trigger or exacerbate dandruff
  • Get a small amount of sun exposure every day (just a couple of minutes), which could help get your symptoms under control (talk to your dermatologist before doing so, as excess sun exposure can be harmful)
  • Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin B, zinc, and healthy fats
If you want to say goodbye to flaky skin but you’re having trouble controlling dandruff on your own, then talk with your dermatologist about other treatment options and strategies to banish those unwanted flakes for good.
By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
August 04, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne Scars  
Acne ScarsIf your teen years brought about painful, cystic acne then you may have the scarring to prove it. These scars, particularly on the face, can not only affect a person’s appearance but also their self-confidence. While treating the acne is the best way to prevent scarring from occurring, if you’re already dealing with scars know that there are ways to reduce and perhaps even eliminate these scars.

Treating Acne Scars
The treatment you undergo will depend on the severity of your scars. This is something that a dermatologist will need to help you determine. After all, a board-certified dermatologist can provide you with a safe and effective treatment plan to help minimize scarring. If you are dealing with mild scarring then your dermatologist may recommend:
  • Chemical peels: This treatment, which is often used for cosmetic reasons, can also reduce the appearance of acne scars. Chemical peels remove the outermost layer of the skin to reveal healthy new skin underneath.
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion offers similar results as a chemical peel, but instead of applying a chemical solution to the skin, microdermabrasion often uses a handheld device with a diamond or crystal tip at the end to blast away the outer layer of the skin.
  • Laser skin resurfacing: This laser treatment will also remove the outermost layer of the skin, which is the most damaged layer, while also tightening the brand-new skin that’s revealed. The skin is numbed before treatment and the recovery time can take up to 10 days.
  • Fractional laser therapy: Are you dealing with deeper acne scars? If so, then laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion may not give you the results you’re looking; however, your dermatologist may recommend fractional laser therapy, as this targets deeper levels of tissue.
Acne scars often fall into three categories:

Icepick scars: These tiny little depressions in the skin often respond best to chemical peels, skin resurfacing, or laser treatment.

Rolling scars: These depressions in the skin may respond best to an injectable treatment such as a dermal filler, which can raise the indented areas of the skin to smooth out your appearance. Dermal fillers can help to plump the skin in areas that have lost volume, to reduce the appearance of superficial scars. Your dermatologist may also recommend laser treatment.

Boxcar scars: These larger indentations with clearer edges are often caused by inflammatory acne. These are treated through a minor procedure in which your doctor uses a needle to break up the scar tissue underneath. Laser treatment and dermal fillers may also be recommended.

Dealing with acne scars can be embarrassing, but your dermatologist can help. If you want to discuss your acne scar treatment options, then it’s time to talk to a qualified dermatologist today to find out your treatment options.