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By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
July 21, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne-Free Skin  

How your dermatologist in Winston-Salem NC and Thomasville and Kernersville NC can help you have clear skin
 
If you have acne, you are dealing with the most common skin condition in the United States. The good news is, you can do a lot to prevent acne breakouts, and your dermatologist can help too.
 
The dermatologists at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center offer comprehensive skincare solutions, including effective ways to treat acne. They have several convenient office locations in Winston-Salem, Thomasville, and Kernersville NC to help you have clear skin. Contact them today to learn more about acne.
 
Ways to Minimize a Breakout
Acne can come in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, and painful cystic acne. To minimize acne breakouts, here are 10 tips to help you enjoy clear skin:

  1. Get regular exercise, because sweating helps get rid of toxins and increases blood flow to your skin.
  2. Manage your stress through relaxation techniques, yoga, or breathing exercises because stress can bring on an acne breakout.
  3. Avoid greasy, fatty, or processed foods.
  4. Limit dairy products in your diet.
  5. Eat lots of natural, unprocessed foods like vegetables and fruits.
  6. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day because water flushes toxins from your body.
  7. Keep your cell phone and other items that are next to your face clean and free of bacteria.
  8. Use oil-free, non-comedogenic makeup to keep your pores clear.
  9. Change your pillowcase every week to keep sweat and dirt away from your face.
  10. Keep your hands clean and try to avoid touching your face.
     

If you suffer from chronic acne, don’t worry. We can offer several effective acne treatment options, including:

  • Antibiotics, in oral or topical form to treat the underlying infection
  • Products containing benzoyl peroxide to unclog blocked pores
  • Extraction treatment to remove the entire blackhead or whitehead

 
Don’t let acne interfere with your life and your self-esteem. Help is just a phone call away. To find out more about acne prevention and treatment, call the dermatologists at Westgate Dermatology and Laser Center, with offices in Winston Salem, Thomasville, and Kernersville NC. To schedule an appointment in Winston Salem, call (336) 768-1280. For the Thomasville office, call (336) 714-0238. Lastly, for the Kernersville office, call (336) 768-1280.


By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
July 09, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that dermatologists treat. Recommended treatments range from over-the-counter skin products, spot treatment, and light treatment. In reality, the best remedy is prevention. Stopping breakouts before they happen keeps your skin clear and happy. Here are some guidelines to follow for perfect skin.
 
What Causes Acne?
To fully stop acne in its tracks, you need to first understand why it develops. Your skin is covered in pores, five million of them to be exact. Twenty thousand pores alone are found just on your face! Acne happens when these pores become clogged or blocked in some way. This is because there is something wrong with the gland, causing it to create too much oil. The chemistry in the gland is creating an oil that is too heavy. Realigning the chemistry and clearing the pores helps acne clear up.
 
A Dermatologist’s Guide to Preventing Acne
Though it’s easier to say and harder to follow, the best preventive tip for clear skin is keeping your face clean. Wash your face twice a day but no more than that. Doing it too often does more harm than good. Use warm water and some sort of mild facial cleanser. This removes dead skin cells and clears away excess oil. Pay attention to how hard you are scrubbing, making sure to avoid using too much pressure. 
 
Exfoliation is the name of the game. These products contain salicylic acid, which shrinks your oil glands and cleans your pores. You can buy over-the-counter exfoliation products. They are available in peel masks too. Dermatologists recommend mixing different types of products. Talk to them about recommendations or what would work best for you. 
 
If you notice more breakouts after using certain hair products, try switching to another alternative. Oils and fragrances can get on your face and clog your pores. Keeping your hair clean and oil-free will improve your acne as well. 
 
Makeup is a no-go when dealing with a breakout. You might be tempted to cover them up with foundation or concealer, but this will only make your acne worse. Always wash off your makeup when you’re done. If possible, only buy and use oil-free products. Labels that say “noncomedogenic” signify that they don’t cause acne.
 
Keep your hands to yourself. Avoid touching your face throughout the day. This is a good way to spread bacteria and irritate your pores. Avoid scratching or picking at your acne too.
 
Take the proper precautions when going out in the sun. Pay attention to the instructions on any skin products you use. Certain acne products make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight. Use sunscreen labeled as noncomedogenic to avoid acne breakouts. 
 
Follow these tips to keep your skin acne-free. If you notice that your acne is getting worse even with proper care, contact your dermatologist for an appointment. 

By WESTGATE DERMATOLOGY AND LASER CENTER, P.A.
July 02, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   Tanning  

tanning

During the much longed-for summer months, people work on their tans. While enjoying a richer skin tone now, tanners take huge risks for premature aging and skin cancer. 

Sun and artificial tanning

It's what we use to get those tans. But, did you know that when you tan, you actually burn the top layer (epidermis) of your skin and damage your DNA, too?

According to Live Science, DNA damage mutates normal skin cells into cancer cells. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common kinds of skin cancer. Malignant melanoma is the most deadly skin cancer as it easily metastasizes to major body organs. About one-third of melanoma cases in the US kill their sufferers annually, says The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Unfortunately, artificial tanning is just as dangerous as sitting in the sun. Intermittent sun exposure or occasional tanning in the sun or tanning beds are harmful, too. Damage to the skin is cumulative, and both kinds of ultraviolet radiation (there are UV-A and UV-B rays) breakdown your skin's DNA over time. Further, UV-B harms your skin's natural elasticity normally provided by a protein called collagen.

Don't tan: protect

To protect your skin, avoid sunburns, intentional tanning and excessive day to day sun exposure with these strategies from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD):

  1. Cover up any exposed skin (face, arms, legs, ears) with a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeves and other sun-protective clothing.
  2. Use sunscreen lotion--SPF 30 or higher--on all exposed skin, and re-apply every two hours or whenever you sweat it off or swim.
  3. Stay indoors or in the shade from 10 am to 2 pm.

Also, all adults, particularly those 40 or older, should see a dermatologist for an annual skin exam. Do a careful self-exam once a month at home, looking for changes in the color, size, and shape of existing spots or moles. Report changes to your skin doctor as well as any sore which does not heal in a week or so.

It's your skin

Don't sacrifice its health for a little fashionable color. Tanning really is bad for you. Find healthy ways to enjoy the summer months and that wonderful sun. Your skin and your overall health will be better for your efforts.