Blog Talk: Integrated Dermatology

Posts for: June, 2015

By Integrated Dermatology
June 11, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Contact Dermatitis   Rash  

RashItching to find out what's causing your rash? Read on.

Have you been dealing with a recurrent, itchy rash? If the rash is new and isolated to a certain area of your body, it can often be blamed on contact dermatitis. Often, the best way to identify what caused your rash is to talk to your West Palm Beach dermatologist at Integrated Dermatology about where the rash originated.

Rash on the Head and Neck

Rashes that form on your face, neck and hairline are often identified as contact dermatitis, which develops as the result of an allergy. Switching makeup brands can trigger an allergic reaction. Also, sometimes companies will change their formulas, and products you've used for years may suddenly cause a rash. Grooming tools like tweezers and eyelash curlers can contain nickel, a common allergen, which can cause an itchy breakout after coming into contact with the sensitive skin around your eyes. Even shampoos and conditioners can cause a rash where the product has run down your face while rinsing it in the shower. If you notice a rash on the side of your face where you hold your cell phone to talk, you may be allergic to one or more of the metals often used to manufacture electronics. 

Once the source of the rash is identified, discontinuing use of the product usually solves the problem within a couple weeks.

Rash on the Extremities

Have you taken a hike in a wooded area? Poison ivy is often the culprit behind itchy rashes that form on the arms and legs. Other plants like stinging nettle or hemlock may also cause a rash if they are encountered during a walk in the woods. Your West Palm Beach dermatologist suggests breaking down the oils from these plants by washing any exposed areas thoroughly with a detergent soap after a walk in the woods, whether or not you're aware of coming into contact with any irritating plants.

Rashes can also crop up on the fingers or wrists from wearing jewelry that contains nickel. The dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach have seen many adult patients who previously had no problems but developed this allergy later in life.

If you're not sure what's causing your rash, one of our skilled dermatology professionals can perform a patch test to find out exactly what your skin is allergic to. Whatever the cause, recurrent rashes should be evaluated by a dermatologist. Contact Integrated Dermatology today to get to the bottom of your rash, and get relief!

By Integrated Dermatology
June 10, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Care   Acne  

Skin CareTo fight acne breakouts, you need to know how to prevent them.

As an adolescent, you may have battled inconvenient breakouts of pimples on your face. Even as an adult, you may find that acne - inflammation of the sebaceous glands - is still a problem for you. Knowing how to prevent acne from happening is an invaluable tool, so the physicians at Integrated Dermatology in Boynton Beach, Florida have compiled a list of tips to keep breakouts at bay.

Cleansing is key 

Washing your face twice daily is a great habit to get into, whether or not you're prone to acne. Clearing your skin of impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil is very important. Warm water and a mild cleanser designed for facial skin are all you really need. You can apply the cleanser with your hands and then rinse it with water the same way. There's really no need to scour your face with coarse sponges or washcloths, according to your Boynton Beach dermatologists. When you're finished, pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.

Product predicaments
A lot of over-the-counter anti-acne products dry the skin out. The staff at Integrated Dermatology suggests using a moisturizer to combat dryness and peeling after applying anti-acne products that contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. When choosing a moisturizer, check the label to see if it is "noncomedogenic." This means it won't clog your pores and potentially promote more acne.
If you wear makeup, make sure these products are also labeled as noncomedogenic and oil-free. Try to avoid facial cosmetics like blush, powder and foundation during a breakout. Always wash your makeup off at the end of the day.

Even your hair care routine may be contributing to acne. If you're prone to breakouts, avoid oils, pomades, and gels. They can block the pores and cause acne around your hairline. You should wash your hair often as well; oily hair can mean oily skin.

Hands off!

It may be tempting to remove the offending blemishes with your hands, but your Boynton Beach dermatologists caution against this practice. It can introduce more oil and bacteria into your pores and cause scarring in some cases. You should also try to avoid propping your cheek or chin in your hands.

Our staff of dermatology professionals - Drs. Barry Kuttner, Kathleen Herne and Heather Houck and physician's assistants Kristen Hafner and Belinda Girmonde - have the expertise necessary to help you treat and prevent acne. Call Integrated Dermatology today to start your journey to clear skin!