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By Dermatology Associates
September 07, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Chemical Peels  

What your dermatologist in Indianapolis, Indiana wants you to know about chemical peels

 

Chemical Peel ResultsYou’ve probably heard about chemical peels and you might be wondering what they can do for you. The truth is if you want smoother skin, with fewer wrinkles, fine lines, and imperfections, chemical peels can help. Chemical peels can help rejuvenate and revitalize your skin, helping you look younger.

Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at Dermatology Associates wants to introduce you to what chemical peels can do for you. She has three convenient office locations in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, Indiana to help you and your skin.

Chemical peels are a major tool to fight aging and lessen the appearance of skin imperfections. They contain materials like glycolic and trichloroacetic acid. These acids work to slough away the dead skin and debris from the epidermis, the upper layer of your skin. The material is applied, left on for a short period of time, and then rinsed off, revealing healthy, dewy, younger-looking skin.

Chemical peels aren’t just for use on your face. In fact, they can be used to reduce skin imperfections on your neck, chest, hands, arms, legs, and back. Chemical peels have been used for years because they are safe, minimally invasive, and require little to no downtime, allowing you to get back to your day. Consider chemical peels if you want to reduce the appearance of:

  • Fine lines or wrinkles
  • Uneven, blotchy skin tone
  • Sun damage or scaly, rough skin
  • Acne or acne scarring
  • Freckles or spots
  • Skin discolorations or hyperpigmentation

To achieve excellent results, you should schedule treatments once every 1 to 2 weeks, up to 6 treatments. Treatments last from 20 to 30 minutes and are tolerated well.

Chemical peels are an excellent choice if you want to revitalize and renew your skin. You deserve to look your best no matter what your age, and chemical peels can help. To find out more about chemical peels, call Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at Dermatology Associates, with offices in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, Indiana. For the Indianapolis location, call (317) 257-1484. For Batesville, phone (800) 303-3228, and in Tipton, call (765) 675-1410. Or email us at [email protected]

By Dermatology Associates
August 29, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Chapped Hands   Dry Hands  

Chapped hands can be painfulChapped skin can happen at any time of the year, from the warmest climate to the coldest. Whether it’s harsh chemical soaps, cold temperatures, or over­exposure to the sun, chapped hands are painful and inconvenient in any season.

What is to blame for this nasty problem? Unfortunately it has to do with a loss of moisture. Just washing your hands multiple times throughout the day can cause hands to peel and bleed. However, once you recognize your issue, then you can do something about it. Find out the best ways to care for your chapped hands to prevent this issue in the future.

Moisturize

If you want your skin to return to its once supple state, then you’re going to want to put back the moisture that you’ve robbed your skin of. Sadly, just drinking water just won’t cut it, although it is helpful. You must apply a moisturizer directly to your skin to combat this problem. 

The best way to prevent chapped hands is to start a moisturizing regime even before your hands start to feel dry. This way it’s already a normal habit in your daily routine, and you can keep your hands from drying out.

Some people are dealing with such deep cracks and bleeding that a light moisturizer isn’t going to do the trick. In this case, using a thicker product can be very effective, such as petroleum jelly or a rich moisturizer that contains cocoa butter or beeswax as an ingredient. For an even deeper moisturizing experience, trying putting this product on at night, and then wearing cotton gloves to bed.

Washing hands

It’s vital to wash our hands, and no one is recommending giving up this healthy habit. It can, however, wreak havoc on your hands! It’s important to follow these steps when washing: 

  • Use a mild soap
  • Avoid using hot water
  • Pat rather than rub your skin dry
  • Apply a moisturizer right away

While handwashing can be drying, hand sanitizer gels are even harsher on your skin. Try to avoid their use unless absolutely necessary, opting instead for a gentle wash.

If you are dealing with severely chapped hands and you can’t seem to find relief from your symptoms, then it might be time to see your dermatologist for treatment. Call us today!

By Dermatology Associates
August 01, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Canker Sore  

Canker sores appear within the mouthFind out everything you need to know about canker sore causes and treatments.

Canker sores are small painful ulcers that appear in the mouth. You may find that your canker sore makes it difficult to eat or talk without experiencing pain. If you are experiencing sores in the mouth that you think could be canker sores, find out what might be causing this pesky little problem and what you can do to reduce your symptoms and eliminate this mouth ulcer.

Canker Sore Causes

Unfortunately experts are unsure about what causes canker sores; however, it’s been speculated that either stress or injury to the oral tissues can bring about canker sores. Some canker sores may be brought about by other health disorders that weaken the immune system.

It’s important to note that canker sores and cold sores are not the same thing. A virus known as herpes simplex type 1 causes cold sores, and these sores occur outside the mouth. Canker sores, on the other hand, can be brought on by multiple factors, and appear only inside the mouth.

Canker Sore Symptoms

The most obvious symptom is a painful sore or ulcer that appears in the mouth, whether on the tongue, the roof of the mouth or inside of the cheeks. You may also notice a burning or tingling sensation a couple days before the sore manifests. The sore is usually round or oval in nature, with a red border and a white, grey or yellow center.

Canker Sore Treatments

The majority of canker sores will go away on their own without any kind of treatment; however, if you experience pain for more than a few days you may want to talk to your dermatologist about a corticosteroid cream or prescription medication that could help alleviate your symptoms.

If you suspect that you have a canker sore talk to your dermatologist about the most effective defense against canker sores and whether there are certain things you can do to prevent this condition from recurring. Call us today!

By Dermatology Associates
July 12, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Microdermabrasion  

Learn about microdermabrasion from your Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton dermatologists.

MicrodermabrasionWant flawless skin? Microdermabrasion treatments are the secret to youthful skin. Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that uses diamond tips or crystals to exfoliate and remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells. Dermatology Associates in Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, IN, offers a full range of dermatological services. Read on to find out what microdermabrasion can do for you.

1. Improve Acne Scars- Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of mild acne scarring. It is not effective for deeper problems such as deep acne scars. Deeper acne scarring can be treated with dermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is not a quick fix for mild acne scars. People with mild acne scars will likely need multiple treatment sessions to see improvement in their skin.

2. Treat Wrinkles- Microdermabrasion is an effective means of removing unwanted fine lines and wrinkles and it gives your face a refreshed, vital look. Microdermabrasion stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to smooth wrinkles and fine lines. Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive treatment that delivers fantastic results. It doesn't require anesthetics or surgery.

3. Fix Uneven Skin Tone- Microdermabrasion is used to renew overall skin tone and texture. Increased collagen levels produce stronger skin, which can cause the tone of the skin to appear evener. Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colors. It makes subtle changes, causing no scarring or skin color change.

4. Get Rid of Acne- Acne is a common skin condition. Patients with acne will benefit from microdermabrasion treatments, which exfoliate the skin and clear clogged pores of dirt and oil. Studies show that microdermabrasion treatments produce a positive effect on the improvement of acne.

5. Repair Sun Damage- Although exposure to the sun is necessary for people to function well, overexposure to the sun can lead to skin damage. Microdermabrasion can treat sun damage, especially sunspots, because it removes the surface layer of skin that has the excessive pigmentation.

6. Treat Hyperpigmentation- Microdermabrasion is used to improve hyperpigmentation. Because microdermabrasion removes the external layer of skin, pigmented areas will appear lighter after treatment. The procedure also speeds up cell turnover to replace the lost cells. Healthier skin cell renewal can reduce the occurrence of further hyperpigmentation problems. 

If you want to watch your skin problems disappear from your eyes, contact Dermatology Associates today! Call us at (317) 257-1484 to schedule an appointment for a microdermabrasion session in Indianapolis, IN. Call (800) 303-3228 to schedule an appointment in Batesville, IN. Call (765) 675-1410 to schedule an appointment in Tipton, IN. Or email us at [email protected] Our microdermabrasion treatments will make you look and feel younger and more beautiful.

By Dermatology Associates
June 28, 2018
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Cold sores  

Cold Sores can appear on the outside of the lipWhat are cold sores and what can you do to relieve your symptoms?

Most people who have had cold sores often know when they are about to appear. The tingling and burning sensation around the mouth is often the first indicator that a cold sore is imminent. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of Americans have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV­1), which causes cold sores. If you have cold sores then you are probably wondering more about this condition, how to treat it and what it means for your health.

What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Symptoms often stick around for about two to three weeks. Besides experiencing oral sores around the mouth, people may also experience flu­like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and fatigue. These oral sores will often appear as tiny blisters that break open and scab over.

When should I see a doctor about cold sores?

While cold sores often don’t warrant a trip to the dermatologist, there are certain times when it might be advisable. These sores can be painful, so if you find it difficult to eat or talk then you will want to talk to your doctor about the best ways to alleviate the pain to make eating easier. The last thing you want to deal with is dehydration on top of an outbreak.

If these oral sores look different from other cold sore outbreaks, then it’s also worth seeing your dermatologist to receive a proper diagnosis. Those with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or chemotherapy should also see their dermatologist to prevent further complications.

What treatments are available for cold sores?

While many cold sores will go away without the need for treatment, if you are experiencing pain we may prescribe a topical anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. There are also over­the-counter treatments that speed up healing and reduce pain. However, for those with severe infections your dermatologist may also prescribe an oral antiviral medication.

Those with weak immune systems and those who become dehydrated as a result of cold sores may need to go to the hospital to prevent further problems and to receive oral antivirals.

While you cannot cure the virus that causes cold sores, there are certainly ways to reduce your symptoms. Talk to your dermatologist to find out more!





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