RECENTLY IN THE NEWS:
NBC News (3/5/2015) reports on its website that "family practioners, gynecologists and even dentists are getting into the cosmetic procedure business, and dermatologists say they're seeing the side effects." Several dermatologists "from around the country told NBC News that they've had to the fix the mistakes of physicians who are dabbling in their specialty." In a statement, the American Academy of Dermatology said, "A dermatologist is a licensed medical doctor and the only residency-trained physician fully educated in the science of cutaneous medicine, which includes medical and surgical conditions of the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes."
DRY SKIN CARE:
Keep your bathing to a minimum! Wash with lukewarm water and keep your bathing to less than 10 minutes. Wash with a soapless cleanser such as Dove and avoid harsh soaps such as Ivory or Irish Spring. After bathing, moisturize within a few minutes of patting dry with a towel. Moisturize with a sensitive-skin moisturizer without fragrance. If you have a skin condition such as eczema, you will need to moisturize a few times per day.
The day after your procedure, allow the cleanser and water to wash over the site. That is adequate cleaning of the wound. Thereafter, apply a generous layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or another greasy substance such as Aquaphor healing ointment. If the area is in contact with clothing, we advise you to cover it with a dressing. Repeat the same procedure the next day and every day until the wound has healed.
HOW TO APPLY YOUR TOPICAL RETINOID (ACNE PATIENTS):
Topical retinoids include adapalene (Differin), tretinoin (Retin-A, Atralin, Ziana, Veltin, Tretin-X). Apply a pea-sized amount to your entire face a few minutes after washing your face at bedtime (since most retinoids are inactivated by sunlight). If your face is dry with the retinoid, apply a moisturizer prior to the application of the retinoid.
CARE FOR SKIN IN THE SUN:
Use a daily moisturizer with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher on the areas that will be exposed. If you're going to be directly out in the sun, wear an SPF of 30 or higher and make sure the sunscreen says that it is "broad spectrum." Remember to reapply after two hours and after swimming or any exercising. Physical sunscreens which contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide are gentle and will not react with the skin. Seek shade between the hours of 10 am-4 pm.
Check your skin for any new, changing, non-healing or itching lesions four times a year or every major holiday. If you notice anything that is new or changing or not healing, please call and get it checked.
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Also known as skin abscesses, boils form as a result of a cut or break in the skin, which leads to a bacterial infection. They are characterized as a red, tender area with a painful, pus-filled center that can open spontaneously or by surgical incision. Some boils are caused by an ingrown hair. Others are caused by plugged-up sweat glands, such as some types of cystic acne. Anyone can get a boil. They grow quickly and are usually painful until they drain. However, left alone a boil will naturally come to a head and burst open, allowing the pus to drain and the skin to heal. People with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to boils than the general population.
Boils tend to occur on parts of the body that have hair or sweat glands and are exposed to friction, typically on the face, neck, armpits or buttocks. There are a variety of different types of boils:
Furuncle or Carbuncle. These abscesses are caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. A furuncle is an individual boil; carbuncles are deep clusters of boils that most often form on the back of the neck, shoulders or thighs.
Pilonidal Cyst. An infected hair follicle around the buttocks area caused by long periods of sitting. Pilonidal cysts almost always require medical treatment.
Hidredenitis Suppurativa. These are multiple abscesses that form from blocked sweat glands in the armpits or groin areas.
Cystic Acne. These boils are situated more deeply into skin tissue than the more superficial forms of acne. It typically occurs among teenagers.
Boils respond well to home remedies. To promote healing, apply heat to the boil in the form of hot soaks or compresses. Keep the area clean, apply over-the-counter antibiotics and then cover with gauze. Do not puncture or squeeze the boil because it can lead to further infection. If the boil does not go away within two weeks, is accompanied by a fever or is painful, contact your dermatologist. The doctor will clean, lance and drain the boil and prescribe an antibiotic to alleviate the infection.