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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
August 03, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Acne ScarsWe understand that dealing with the scars left behind by teenage acne can be upsetting and even embarrassing. We also understand how much it may impact not just your appearance but also your self-esteem; fortunately, a dermatologist is going to be the best doctor to turn to for safe, effective treatment. Not only will a dermatologist be able to help you better manage your current acne breakouts but also provide solutions to reduce and even eliminate the appearance of acne scars.

While there isn’t one treatment that may work best for you (everyone’s skin responds differently to various treatments), a dermatologist can talk to you about multiple ways to improve the appearance of your acne scars. The type of treatment and the results you’ll get will depend on your skin type as well as the severity of your scarring. While no one treatment will get rid of your scars completely, these treatments below (alone or in combination with other treatment options) may provide you with the results you’ll looking for.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

It’s important that everyone apply sunscreen every day to protect their skin from the harmful effects of the sun, but this is particularly important if you have acne scars. This is a simple habit to adopt that can reduce the contrast between the scars and your skin tone.

Consider Dermal Fillers

While most people think of dermal fillers as a purely cosmetic treatment designed to plump up areas of the skin that have lost volume due to age, dermal fillers can also plump up scarred skin to reduce the appearance of indentations left by these scars. Of course, results are only temporary, so you will need to turn to your dermatologist for follow-up treatments in order to maintain results.

Get Laser Resurfacing

Another popular treatment option that a dermatologist can offer you is laser resurfacing. Laser technology has come a long way, particularly in the field of dermatology. The powerful lasers used can treat everything from sagging skin and wrinkles to hyperpigmentation. This same treatment can also reduce the appearance of acne and other superficial scars. This is a great alternative to dermabrasion, which is a better option for those with more severe acne scars as well as those with darker skin.

Consider Microneedling

Another popular cosmetic treatment, microneedling helps to stimulate collagen production to keep the skin firm and supple. It may also be a simple but effective way to improve the appearance of scars. Since results are subtle, you may need to undergo several treatments to see the results you want.

If you are living with acne scars and want to speak with a dermatologist about your treatment options, then call one today to schedule a consultation.
By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
July 07, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin   Skin Care   Exercise  
ExerciseIt’s a no-brainer that exercise offers a wide range of health benefits. We know it’s great for the heart and lungs, and it helps you maintain healthy body weight; however, one thing you might not realize is that exercise might also improve the health and appearance of your skin. So, if you needed yet another reason to start exercising, healthier-looking skin could just be it!

It Reduces Stress

Exercise is a great stress reliever, and we also know that acne and other conditions can be exacerbated by stress. Since regular physical activity combats stress, it may also improve certain skin problems such as acne and eczema. After all, our stress hormones impact how much oil the skin’s sebaceous glands produce. You may just find that your brisk morning walk helps keep you calm and collected, while also maintaining healthier-looking skin.

It Gets the Blood Flowing

We all know that blood carries vital nutrients throughout the body, so getting the heart pumping and the circulatory system moving during your next workout session will also get blood pumping faster. This increased blood flow brought on by that HIIT workout or that boxing class also improves circulation even once you’re done working out. This increased circulation could actually help repair damaged cells while promoting the development of new ones. Increased blood flow also removes toxins from the cells.

The Concerns of Exercise on the Skin

Of course, one of the biggest concerns a dermatologist might have for the health of someone’s skin is if they workout outdoors. It’s important to protect your skin from sun exposure, especially during peak hours of 10 am-4 pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.

If you do plan to go for a run or workout outside you must look for a pH-balanced, broad-spectrum sunscreen that has at least an SPF of 30. Make sure to apply it to the face and body about 30 minutes before going outside. Since sweating can make sunscreen less effective, it’s also best to wear clothes that cover and protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

If you are dealing with skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, or rosacea and you’re looking for ways to keep these skin conditions managed while still being able to exercise, a dermatologist is one of the best specialists to turn to for answers, recommendations, and treatment options that fit your needs.
By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
May 07, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dermatologist  

A dermatologist can help you get beautiful, healthy skin. When you aren’t dealing with skin problems you may not think too much about seeing a dermatologist but having a skin doctor can be particularly important even if you aren’t experiencing issues. After all, your Peoria, AZ, dermatologists aren’t just here to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin problems. They can also help you prevent problems from happening in the first place. Some of the most common reasons people visit a dermatologist include:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Warts
  • Rashes
  • Hair loss

What are the benefits of having a dermatologist that you can turn to in Peoria, AZ?

Find Out What’s Going On Quickly

Dealing with sudden hair loss? Have a painful rash that doesn’t seem to be going away? These can be unnerving symptoms and you could spend all day googling your symptoms and looking at images, or you could simply talk with your dermatologist to get a fast, accurate answer. We know just how important it is to find out what’s going on so you can get the right treatment and our team of dermatologists can give you the answers you’re looking for.

Get Clear Skin

Acne is one of the most common problems that bring patients of all ages into our office. Most people try over-the-counter cleansers but don’t always see results. While these cleansers can work for some forms of acne, you aren’t going to see effective results until you find the treatment that’s going to target the underlying cause of your acne. We can figure out the cause of your acne and then provide you with everything from medications to laser therapy and chemical peels to help ease acne symptoms.

Protect Against Skin Cancer

As many as one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Of course, you and your dermatologist can both do your part to protect against skin cancer. Along with wearing sunscreen every day and applying it properly, our team of dermatologists can also perform annual skin cancer screenings to catch precancerous and cancerous growths and lesions early on.

If you are looking for a dermatologist here in Peoria, AZ, that can provide you or your family with the comprehensive skincare they need then simply call Advanced Desert Dermatology today at 623-977-6700.

 

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
May 05, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: rash  
Skin RashFrom coming in contact with poison ivy to dealing with a high dose of stress, there are many reasons a rash might appear. Most of the time, a rash will go away on its own without treatment; however, it’s also important to recognize when a rash may warrant turning to a dermatologist for treatment.

What causes rashes?

There are so many reasons why a rash may surface. Rashes may be the result of a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, or it could be caused by an allergy. Common causes of a rash include,
  • Atopic or contact dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Hives
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • Rosacea
  • Measles
  • Ringworm
  • Impetigo
  • Psoriasis
  • Diaper rash
  • Shingles
  • Lichen planus
  • Chickenpox
  • Lupus
  • Scabies
  • Allergy to a drug/medication
How do I treat a rash?

Most rashes are mild, self-limiting, and can be treated on your own without having to turn to a doctor. Some ways to ease a rash and promote faster healing is by,
  • Using only gentle cleansers and soaps that do not contain harsh chemicals or fragrances
  • Avoiding hot water and only using lukewarm or cold water
  • Being gentle when cleansing, bathing, and handling the skin
  • Not covering the rash (let it breathe)
  • Using only unscented products
  • Applying calamine lotion to control itching
  • Using hydrocortisone cream to reduce itchiness, swelling, and redness
  • Not scratching the rash, as this can lead to an infection
When should I see a dermatologist about my rash?

It’s important to recognize when a rash probably requires medical attention. You should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if,
  • The rash is widespread and takes over most of your body (this could be a sign of an allergic reaction, which requires immediate attention)
  • The rash is spreading quickly and suddenly
  • Your rash is accompanied by a fever (this is often a sign of serious infection)
  • The rash is painful or contains blisters
  • There are signs of infection such as oozing, crusting, or skin that’s warm to the touch
Dealing with a rash that is painful or causing your concern? If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your dermatologist. We can discuss your symptoms over the phone and determine whether you should come in for a consultation.
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!