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By Central Park South Dermatology
May 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema  

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that produces itchy rashes that are scaly, dry, and leathery. It can appear anywhere on the body and mostEczema often appears in the creases of the arms, legs, and face. Something that many people may not know is that there are multiple types of eczema. They all share some common symptoms but are all different depending on the nature of what triggers the reaction and the location of the rash.

Types of Eczema           

Atopic Dermatitis

This is the most frequent and common form of eczema and it’s thought to be caused by the body’s immune system functioning abnormally. It’s characterized by itchy, inflamed skin and typically runs in families. Atopic Dermatitis usually flares up and goes away intermittently throughout a person’s life.

Contact Dermatitis

This is caused when the skin comes in contact with an irritant such as certain chemicals. Finding what triggers a breakout is important so that it can be prevented in the future. Triggers may be things like laundry detergent, body soap, fabrics, poison ivy, and more.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis usually affects the palms and soles of the feet. It is characterized by clear, deep blisters that itch and burn and occurs frequently during summer months and in warm areas.

Neurodermatitis

This form of eczema is a chronic skin inflammation caused by a cycle of scratching to a localized itch, such as a mosquito bite or spider bite. It’s characterized by scaly patches of skin, usually on the head, lower legs, wrists, and forearms. The skin may become thickened and leathery.

Nummular Dermatitis

This form is characterized by round patches of irritated skin that can be crusted, scaly, and very itchy. It frequently appears on the back, arms, buttocks, and lower legs.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is a common condition that causes yellow, oily, and scaly patches on the scalp, face, and other body parts. Dandruff is a form of Seborrheic Dermatitis. This form of eczema doesn’t always itch. Triggers can include weather, oily skin, emotional stress, and infrequent shampooing.

Stasis Dermatitis

This appears on the lower legs of older people and is related to circulation and vein problems. Symptoms can include itching and red-brown discoloration on the skin the legs. As the condition progresses it can lead to blistering, oozing, and skin lesions.

Eczema comes in all shapes and sizes and can be triggered by many things. If you have questions about eczema or want to make an appointment, call our office today!

By Central Park South Dermatology
April 30, 2018
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: Sun Damage   Dark Spots   Freckles  
Dark SpotsEven if you are someone who lathers on the SPF regularly, chances are good that if you’ve spent any time in the sun during your lifetime that you have some sun damage. Everything from dark spots to freckles can form as a result of exposure to the sun. Of course, if you find those dark spots becoming more visible or more widespread then you may want to consider how a dermatologist can help refresh your appear and hide those signs of sun damage.
 
If you are noticing more and more dark spots then it’s a good idea to seek a skincare professional who can determine the cause of these spots. There are many reasons discolorations occur and it’s important that we are able to detect early signs of skin cancer and melanoma before we decide the best course of action.
 
Once your dermatologist has performed a thorough screening and has determined that the dark spots aren’t cancerous, then it’s time to get down to business discussing what cosmetic option or options will work best for diminishing those dark spots, whether you are looking for at-home solutions or in-office treatments.
 
The number one treatment for getting rid of discolorations and dark spots is laser therapy. There are a variety of lasers available that can provide you with the results you want depending on your specific needs, goals, and skin problems. One of the most common lasers used to treat dark spots is the intense pulsed light (IPL). The goal of IPL is to reduce and even eliminate uneven pigmentation to provide a more even appearance. Another benefit to IPL is that is can also brighten the skin.
 
There are different wavelengths that are able to penetrate through different layers of the skin. Depending on the severity of your dark spots, your dermatologist will determine the wavelength that will provide you with the best results. As the laser is directed over the skin it will heat up and destroy the darker pigmentations of the skin. While it’s common for most people to treat their face, you can get IPL treatment just about anywhere, from your face and neck to your chest and legs.
 
Laser treatment can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to complete and can be performed without the need for anesthesia. The process is non-invasive and also boasts no downtime. Even though you may notice some redness afterwards, you can go right back to your daily routine. You’ll start to notice the dark spots flaking and going away over the course of a couple of weeks. You will most likely require a couple of sessions in order to get the optimal results.
 
Don’t let sun damage ruin the appearance of your skin. Turn to a dermatologist who can help meet your needs and provide you with the proper treatment option to give you the fantastic results you want. Laser treatment can be an amazing way to restore and revive sun-damaged skin.
By Central Park South Dermatology
April 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dryness   Itchiness  

Aging Skin CareYour skin changes as you age, and so should your skin care routine. The normal changes of aging are inevitable, but with skin rejuvenation products, facial treatments that don’t involve surgery and hair care products, there are plenty of options for enhancing your natural beauty as you age.  

Time in the sun, smoking, diet and heredity all have effects that become evident on your skin as you mature. Stress, gravity and obesity can also affect the way that your skin looks. As you age, your skin doesn’t produce new cells as quickly as it used to, so it gradually becomes less elastic and prone to dryness.  
 
A few simple steps are all you need to care for your skin, as you get older. The following natural beauty steps can get you started:
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Just say no to sunbathing and tanning salons.
  • Wear sunscreen religiously.
  • Check your skin for skin cancer.
  • Soothe dry skin.
  • Eat right and hydrate.
  • Try anti-aging products.
  • Know about skin treatments available your dermatologist.

Dry Skin

Because dryness and itchiness are common characteristics of mature skin, you will need to moisturize regularly. Certain soaps can further dry out your skin, so avoid scented, deodorant and antibacterial soaps—opt for a moisturizing body wash or soap-free cleanser instead. After showering or bathing, use a towel to pat your skin dry, but leave it a little damp. Next, apply a moisturizer within three minutes to help lock in moisture. If you skin is especially dry, try using a humidifier in your home to put moisture back into the air or talk to your dermatologist for further treatment options. 
 
For more information on how to fight the signs of aging, visit your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment options. 
By Central Park South Dermatology
March 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles   Healthy Skin  

Nutrition 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.
By Central Park South Dermatology
March 12, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Protection   Fair Skin  

Care for Fair SkinIf you have fair skin, you are often told to stay out of the sun, or to at least wear sunscreen with the highest SPF. Fair skin ranges from being extremely dry to very greasy, but the most common denominator is a susceptibility to irritation, sensitivity and damage caused by UV exposure.  

A smart skin-care regimen should largely depend on the type of skin you have—whether it is oily, dry, combination or normal. With fair skin, it is important to be familiar with conditions you might face. For starters, if you have fair skin, you may tend to sunburn easily, which makes you more susceptible to skin cancer.  
 
While it is important for everyone to practice smart sun protection, it is crucial for those with lighter skin. Your dermatologist urges you to be extremely diligent about applying, and even reapplying, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 year-round. Wearing protective clothing can also add additional layers of defense from sun damage. Alert your dermatologist immediately if you notice any changes in your skin and be sure to schedule annual skin exams and mole checks for added protection.  
 
Other skin care tips for those with fair skin, include:
  • Choose a good cleanser that is gentle and won’t dry out your skin.
  • Use a good moisturizer that replenishes the skin without clogging pores.
  • Protect your skin from the elements.
  • Schedule routine skin checks with your dermatologist
While proper skin care is essential no matter what color or type of skin you have, it is vital that those with fair skin take extra precautions to protect their skin from the harmful effects of the sun and other elements. Your dermatologist is available to help you properly care for your skin all year. 




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