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By Advanced Desert Dermatology
March 18, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema  

Skin conditions can be irritating, itchy and, for many people, embarrassing. Eczema, known medically as dermatitis, is an umbrella term for itchy rashes. If you suffer from eczema, you are not alone as this condition affects about 35 million Americans. Learn to manage your eczema and avoid its symptoms with help from your Peoria, AZ dermatologist.Eczema

What is eczema? 
Eczema, or dermatitis, no matter which type, occurs as an itchy rash on the skin. Though the exact cause of eczema is unknown, it is a treatable and manageable condition. Eczema often occurs in families, especially those with cases of allergies or asthma. It can occur on any part of the body, but most commonly appears on the hands, face, knees, wrists or feet. Breakouts or flare-ups usually cause the skin to be dry and very itchy.

Are there different types of eczema? 
Eczema takes several forms, including:

  • Atopic eczema: The most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis is often heredity and flare-ups are usually due to some kind of trigger. Those triggers include seasonal, dust and animal allergies, fragrances in soaps or detergents, extreme changes in temperature, certain types of clothing and teething in babies.
  • Contact eczema: Contact eczema occurs due to the skin coming into contact with certain materials or substances.
  • Seborrheic eczema: Seborrheic eczema often occurs in people otherwise not diagnosed with the condition.
  • Stasis eczema: Stasis eczema occurs when there is a problem with the veins, often appearing on the legs.
  • Dyshidrotic eczema: Dyshidrotic eczema occurs mainly in women’s feet and hands, causing a blistering rash. This type of eczema can also occur in men though it is less common.

How is eczema treated? 
Eczema treatment most often comes in the form of lotions or creams. These can be over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams or stronger medicated ointments prescribed by your Peoria doctor. Antihistamines also help ease itching. In severe cases, prescription drugs to regulate the body’s response to certain triggers help prevent flare-ups.

For more information on eczema or its treatment options, please contact Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey and Dr. Wai Chan at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ. Call (623)977-6700 to schedule your appointment today!

By Advanced Desert Dermatology
March 01, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles   Healthy Skin  

Healthy Diet for Healthy SkinWith a few simple diet tweaks, you can help reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles, dryness and thinning skin.  When people say, “you are what you eat,” it is especially true when it comes to your skin.  In the same way that certain foods can ruin your figure, some foods will also ruin your skin—and, conversely, adopting a healthy skin diet can make all the difference in the world.  What you feed your body dictates whether you have healthy skin or problem skin, so it is time to watch what you eat.  Being food-conscious is officially not just important for helping you fit into your jeans. Your dermatologist can help you care for your skin by offering an effective diet plan. 

Your Diet and Your Skin

Here are some of the best foods you can incorporate into your diet to improve your complexion:
Low-Fat Dairy products – one of the most important components of a healthy skin diet is vitamin A, which can be found in low-fat dairy products.  
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums – these foods contain high antioxidant content, which provide an array of benefits for healthy skin. 
Salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flaxseed – these seemingly unrelated foods each deliver essential fatty acids, which are key elements in a healthy diet. 
Healthy oils – these contain more than essential fatty acids, which helps to keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall.  
Water – while the amount needed every day varies, it continues to remain undisputed that it plays a significant role in good hydration, which is essential for your healthy skin diet. 
Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good overall health.  Rather than focusing on specific foods for healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy diet in general.  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and visit your dermatologist for further diagnosis and advice on maintaining healthy, glowing skin.