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Dealing with Sensitive Skin

Dealing with Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you’ll always need to be careful when you’re using different products on your face. If you use products containing ingredients that are too harsh, your skin may quickly become red, irritated, and uncomfortable. You could end up breaking out in a rash that takes days or even weeks to go away on its own. The rash could even lead to unwanted blemishes on areas of the face. Having sensitive skin does mean you’ll need to be careful, but it doesn’t mean you can’t use different products or treatments. You’ll simply need to follow a few steps to keep your skin in good condition without causing any irritation.

Use Products Made For Sensitive Skin

Some facial cleansers, topical ointments, and moisturizers may be too rough on your skin. You should avoid any of the products that contain salicylic acid and other ingredients that are known to quickly cause serious irritation. The best thing to do is to look for skin care products that contain some of the finest natural ingredients. There are different companies that produce products made just for those with sensitive skin. These products often contain only a few ingredients that are gentle yet effective. You should look up the details of the ingredients before you start using the products to make sure they’re safe enough to use on your skin.

Never Get Too Rough With Your Skin

In the past, you may have roughly scrubbed your face with a facial cleanser while trying to get rid of any dirt and oil. If you’re being too rough, you could cause more irritation to your skin, which would likely lead to more problems. Instead of doing more harm than good, simply make sure you’re not being too rough. You don’t need to use a scrub brush on your face and you don’t even need to use one of those exfoliating brushes all the time. When you have sensitive skin, it’s often best to apply a small amount of cleanser to your clean hands and then work the cleanser into a gentle lather on your face before rinsing it off with warm water.

Use Gentle Laundry Products

The laundry detergent you’re currently using may be causing several skin problems for you. When you have sensitive skin, you must be careful about the laundry detergent and fabric softener you choose to use. Because some of the laundry detergents contain ingredients that could cause you to breakout in a rash, you should choose options that are known for being free and clear of those harsh ingredients. Once you start washing your clothes in gentle laundry detergent, you may no longer feel itchy and irritated after getting dressed.

Always make sure you’re taking proper care of your sensitive skin. If you’re using harsh products on sensitive skin, you’re going to end up experiencing even more discomfort and irritation. If you need additional help on how to deal with your sensitive skin, Windsor Dermatology is there to help you. Don’t hesitate to call for a consultation. You can reach the office at 609-443-4500.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Are you tired of shaving, waxing, and plucking unwanted hair all the time? You may feel like you spend more time in the bathroom trying to get rid of your body hair than you ever have before. Some of the hair removal products you’ve used in the past may have been painful while others may have been ineffective. If you’re looking for a permanent hair removal solution, you may be interested in laser hair removal. Before undergoing such a procedure, it’s important to make sure you’re a good candidate.

You Have Lighter Skin

Laser hair removal procedures are often most effective on those who have dark hair and lighter skin. The procedure works to attack melanin. It’s for that reason it’s not as effective on those with darker skin. Although it’s not a guarantee that you’ll have complete success, your chances of success are significantly higher if you’re someone with light skin who happens to have brown or black hair.

You Want to Save Money

Some people are worried about the cost of laser hair removal. Once the hair is gone, you’ll no longer have to deal with it. You could end up saving more money over a set amount of time because you wouldn’t have to purchase certain products, such as shaving cream, razors, replacement razor blades, and waxing products. If you’re regularly spending hundreds a year on some of these products, imagine how much money you’ll be able to save over the next few years.

You Understand Multiple Sessions Are Involved

It’s important to understand that multiple sessions will be needed to eliminate the hair you’re trying to remove. The number of sessions it takes will depend on a few factors, including the thickness of the hair and the area of the body where it’s located. You may start to see a difference after one session as the hair becomes a bit thinner and isn’t as dark or noticeable. However, you may still see some hair until you come back for additional laser hair removal treatments.

You Know the Results Will Vary

Although laser hair removal treatments are ideal for those who want to get rid of an excessive amount of hair on the body without constantly shaving, waxing, or plucking, you’ll need to understand that the results will vary from person to person. Some people see a significant difference after one single session while others don’t notice as much progress until they’ve undergone several treatments. If you’re trying to achieve the best results, make sure you’re scheduling an appointment with a certified and experienced professional.

You may be tired of dealing with hair on certain areas of the body, such as your face, back, underarms, or even your legs. If you don’t want to keep shaving all the time and you’d like to get rid of the unwanted hair for good, Windsor Dermatology is here to make it happen. To discuss your options, find out more about the procedure, and schedule a consultation, give us a call at 609-443-4500 to get the process started.

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5 Common Skin Rashes and How to Treat Them

5 Common Skin Rashes and How to Treat Them

It is important to know that there are some skin rashes that are more common than others. These rashes may appear on the bodies of both adults and children. Understanding why these rashes occur in the first place and knowing what can be done to treat them may help you and your family prevent their occurrence in the future.

Eczema

Eczema is a type of skin rash that commonly affects children. Adults may suffer from the skin condition, but it’s far more common in children under the age of 5 years old. Those with eczema often experience dry patches on different parts of the body. These patches may appear on the arms, legs, thighs, and even on the face. The patches are often red and itchy, causing major irritation. Treatment consists of seeing a dermatologist who can come up with a customized treatment plan. There are topical ointments, injections, and even oral medications available to treat this type of rash.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a rash that often develops on the skin after a person comes in contact with a specific product or object that has caused a bad reaction. After encountering the product or object, an individual may experience redness, irritation, and even blistering of the skin. A person with contact dermatitis may not need treatment, but would need to stay away from whatever it was that initially caused the irritation in the first place.

Shingles

The shingles rash is something that often appears on older adults. It’s the kind of rash that can develop on anyone who has ever had chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox at some point in your life, there’s always a possibility you’ll end up with shingles in the distant future. This rash is often painful to deal with and it does take a few weeks to go away on its own. In the meantime, those with shingles may ease the discomfort by soaking in an oatmeal bath.

The Christmas Tree Rash

Someone who develops this type of rash may notice random red patches appearing on different parts of their body. The rash is often found on the back, but it may appear on other parts of the body and could be triggered by a viral infection. The good news is that it’s not as itchy as some of the other rashes, but it’s still irritating to deal with because it’s noticeable. A steroid cream may be prescribed to treat the rash, but it will usually go away in a matter of weeks.

Swimmer’s Itch

Some people experience a rash known as swimmer’s itch after they’ve finished swimming in a lake. It’s not something you’ll normally get from swimming in a traditional pool with chlorine. The rash develops when someone encounters parasites that live in the water where they’re swimming. Blisters would normally start to appear on the legs, arms, and other areas of the body.

If you’re experiencing any of these uncomfortable rashes and need assistance, don’t be afraid to reach out to Windsor Dermatology for assistance. Give us a call at 609-443-4500 to find out more about treatment options for assorted skin rashes.

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Have You Heard of Psoriasis Support Groups?

Have You Heard of Psoriasis Support Groups?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that can crop up without warning at any time. It is typically caused by stress, depression, and anxiety. Even though psoriasis is not a contagious skin condition, it can lead to embarrassment and discomfort among people who suffer from it. Psoriasis appears on the skin as scaly, red, thick patches. It can be found most commonly on arms, legs, and the neck. This is a lifelong skin condition, which means finding emotional and psychological support is important in handling the emotions that come with it.

National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation was formed in 1968 by people who suffer from the skin condition. The goal of the foundation is to educate the public and those currently living with psoriasis. The foundation also performs research into finding a cure for psoriasis. There are branches of the foundation across the country that provide support groups for people who have the skin condition.

Online Support Groups

If you don’t want to meet with people in-person, you can always look for support groups online. There are thousands of these online groups, or forums, active today. They offer a host of educational resources, support, and anonymity. Anonymity is a big concern of many who suffer from psoriasis as they don’t want people to put a name to a face because of their skin condition.

The Archives of Dermatology published a study in 2009 that found online support groups for people with psoriasis to be very effective. The study also found that nearly half of the respondents said their overall quality of life improved after joining one. Aside from that, 41 percent of respondents said that their symptoms dropped in severity after they joined an online support group for their condition.

Starting a Support Group

If you feel the need to start your own support group, there is a program in place with the National Psoriasis Foundation that can help you get the group off the ground and running. This includes training for anyone interested in doing so, ensuring a successful endeavor.

Many people have started their own support groups due to lack of one in their area or because they feel the need to get involved and help others once they are feeling better. You can begin the process by asking your doctor if there are other people suffering from psoriasis that they know of in your area. You don’t need a lot of people to start the group either, as just a handful can make a difference. Once you start the support group, you can advertise for it at local community centers, medical offices, hospitals, and community bulletin boards.

Do you suffer from psoriasis? Are you looking for a support group to join in an effort to reduce your anxiety associated with this condition? The experienced staff at Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor can help you find a support group that will make you feel more comfortable living with your condition. Call the office at 609-443-4500 to speak with a friendly member of the staff.

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At Home Skin Remedies This Winter

At Home Skin Remedies This Winter

We all know that winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. The dry air makes skin easily susceptible to chapping within minutes of being outdoors, but no one wants to spend the entire winter indoors because of their skin. Here are some home remedies that you can test this winter season so that your skin does not dry out or become damaged due to the weather.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great way to provide your skin with natural moisture while simultaneously preventing the loss of moisture. It will also make your skin softer. Simply take some virgin coconut oil and apply it to the affected area, making sure to rub the oil into your skin until it is absorbed. You should not wash the oil off your face, but instead, apply it prior to bed and sleep with it rubbed into your skin overnight.

Lemon and Honey Mix

A lemon and honey mix can work wonders for winter skin. If you suffer from itchy, irritated skin during the winter, the honey will provide anti-inflammatory agents to soothe the affected areas. The lemon contains Vitamin C, which is very healthy for the skin. Simply squeeze the juice from half of a lemon into some honey and apply the mix to the affected areas using a cotton ball.

Sunflower Oil

A few drops of sunflower oil applied to the affected areas of your skin prior to bed each night could easily solve your irritation problems. Apply the oil in a gentle manner to your skin until it is absorbed. Do not wash the oil off your skin. Sunflower oil helps to keep the skin hydrated because it can retain moisture.

Honey and Raw Milk

A combination of honey and raw milk helps in two areas. The honey helps to keep your skin moisturized, while the milk can remove dry and flaky skin. Simply mix the milk and the honey and then apply it to the affected areas of your skin using a cotton ball. Let the mixture dry for ten minutes and then wash it with water. Be sure not to use this home skin remedy if you are allergic to milk or any type of dairy product.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly has long been an at-home remedy for skin care, especially during the winter season. Petroleum jelly can be used to heal cracked, dry, and itchy skin. It is an affordable remedy that should only be used if you are not prone to breakouts. All you need to do is apply it to the affected areas of your body until it is absorbed by the skin.

Glycerine

Glycerine can be found in pharmacies and grocery stores at an affordable price. You should wash your face and pat it dry, but make sure to leave it damp. Use a cotton ball to apply the glycerine on the face, making sure to avoid the lips and eyes. You can leave the glycerine on your face instead of washing it off.

Do you suffer from extremely dry and cracked skin during the winter months? Contact Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor to schedule an appointment and talk about which method of treatment is best for you. Call the office at 609-443-4500 today.

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Dealing with Cold Weather Psoriasis and Eczema Flare-ups

Dealing with Cold Weather Psoriasis and Eczema Flare-ups

The cold weather is slowly creeping into the Northeast, which means dry, itchy, irritated and red skin. If you already suffer from psoriasis and eczema, you are likely dreading the winter months. The cold, dry air can cause flare ups of your skin condition, but you can deal with those flare ups by following the tips outlined in this post.

Moisturize Your Skin

Keeping the moisture in your skin throughout the year is key to having healthy skin, but it is even more vital during the winter. The dry air can damage your skin and cause quite a bit of pain. Aside from the dry air outside, having the heat on in the car, the home, and the office can also dry out your skin. If you suffer from eczema, be sure to employ a moisturizing routine that includes ceramides, which help to add even more moisture to your skin. You can then apply a thicker cream with petroleum to lock that moisture into your skin. You should consider purchasing a humidifier for your bedroom and office in an effort to add moisture to those rooms.

Exercise

Stress plays a major role in the flare ups of psoriasis and eczema. That’s why you need to take time for yourself, relax, and be sure to exercise often. Exercise will help to get your blood flowing. When you have better circulation, your skin becomes healthier. The more stress you can remove from your body, the better off your skin will be and the less often you will suffer from flare ups.

Stay Healthy

This is easier said than done, but you need to avoid getting sick during the winter months if you want to control flare ups of eczema and psoriasis.  Make sure you get a flu shot, get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, wash your hands, use sanitizer, and eat healthy.

Don’t take Hot Showers

One of the worst thing you can do to your skin if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis is take long, hot showers or baths. It’s understandable that you want to warm your body after being outdoors in the cold for a prolonged period, but do you best to avoid the urge. Your skin gets incredibly dry when exposed to hot water. If you can’t cut these out of your life entirely, cut down on the temperature and length of your shower or bath to reduce flare ups. Consider soaking in an oatmeal bath in order to help soothe the symptoms of your skin condition and reduce flare ups. These baths should last no more than 15 minutes at a time.

New Treatment for Plaque Psoriasis in Teens Approved

The latest news that has grabbed the attention of those suffering from plaque psoriasis, is the FDA’s approval of ustekinumab (Stelara, Janssen Biotech, Inc) for patients age 12-17. Stelara was already approved for patients over the age of 18, however, this expands the age studied down to age 12. Eligible patients include those 12 years of age and older with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, who are candidates for phototherapy or systemic therapy. This gives hope to the those living with the disease, as one-third of those who develop this form of psoriasis do so before age 20.

As you prepare your home and car for the winter, don’t leave your skin out in the cold. Schedule an appointment with the experienced staff at Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey. Call the office today at 609-443-4500.

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Holiday Food Favorites and Their Effect On Your Skin

Holiday Food Favorites and Their Effect On Your Skin

With the holiday season right around the corner, you are likely excited to see family and friends. You may be also getting excited about all of the incredible food you will get to eat at each party or gathering. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but some of the foods you will enjoy this holiday season can have a negative impact on your skin. But don’t worry; there are plenty of foods that will have a positive impact on your skin.

Holiday Foods with a Positive Impact on Your Skin

Just because there are some holiday foods on the menu that may have a negative impact on your skin, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy this aspect of the holiday season. There are foods available that will work wonders on your skin.

The first of those foods is pumpkin. Pumpkin season begins in earnest towards the end of September but really takes off in October and November. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin cookies to pumpkin bread; there are plenty of ways you can consume pumpkin. Even though pumpkin pie is high in sugar, it contains zinc and other natural elements that can improve your skin. In order to get the full effect of the pumpkin’s benefits, be sure to use real pumpkin and not the processed filling.

Cranberries are found in various forms on just about every holiday table. They are another food that can provide a positive impact on your skin with their high level of antioxidants, which we know can help fight damage caused by the winter and by aging. Be sure you cook with whole, fresh cranberries to receive the full effect of their benefits.

Sage is a popular seasoning for the various meats consumed during the holiday season, but did you know it can also improve your circulation? The more sage you use in place of sugar and salt, the healthier your meals will be this holiday season for both your skin and entire body.

Holiday Foods with a Negative Skin Impact

Foods that are laden with salt can negatively impact your skin. Salt causes excess retention of fluid in the skin. This can cause you to have that unwanted puffy look. It’s alright to have a meal or two with salt every now and then, but if you want to avoid that puffy look, be sure to cut back on the salt this holiday season and throughout the year.

Eggnog is a popular holiday drink, but it can also cause you to break out in acne if you consume too much of it. Why? Eggnog made with full fat will be high in fat, cholesterol, calories, and sugar. If you consume too much dairy, you can cause your skin to produce a high volume of oil, leading to a severe outbreak in acne.

Cookies and candy are everywhere you turn during the holiday season. They are practically unavoidable, however, this doesn’t mean you should indulge all the time. Eating too many cookies or candy can lead to damage of the collagen and elastin in your skin because they are high in white flour and refined sugar.

If you are worried about your skin, do yourself a favor and schedule an appointment with an experienced dermatologist prior to the holiday season. Call the Windsor Dermatology team in East Windsor at 609-443-4500 today.

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Avoid These Common Wrinkle Forming Habits

Avoid These Common Wrinkle Forming Habits

Wrinkles can develop on your skin at any age, but they become more prevalent later in life. Everyone seeks out different information on preventing wrinkles, or getting rid of them if already present. Many say that wrinkles are timeless, they show the beauty of aging, and wisdom. Despite this, people still want to know how they can prevent wrinkles from forming. Be sure to avoid the following habits the best you can in order to slow down wrinkle formation.

Sleeping on Your Side or Stomach

Who would’ve thought that the position in which you sleep can cause wrinkles to form? It’s a sad truth that sleeping on your side or stomach can have a negative impact on your skin. Doctors recommend that you sleep on your back to reduce acid reflux, prevent pain in the neck and back and even minimize wrinkles in the face. Sleeping on your side or stomach pushes your face into the pillow, which wrinkles your skin. This does not happen when you are on your back.

Frowning and Squinting

Both frowning and squinting often can cause wrinkles to develop quickly in your face. Try making a conscious effort to smile more and avoid frowning. You just may improve your mood while preventing wrinkles.

If you’ve struggled with the sun lately, finding yourself constantly squinting, try visiting your eye doctor for prescription eyewear meant for the sun. It’s best to visit your eye doctor regularly in order to update your prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Raising your eyebrows, furrowing your eyebrows, and squinting can all cause wrinkles in the long run.

Rubbing Your Eyes

The skin around your eyes is the most sensitive skin on the body. You will likely suffer sagging and wrinkles if you treat this skin roughly. The best way to avoid wrinkles around your eyes is to refrain from rubbing your eyes as much as possible. Rubbing your eyes tends to stretch the skin, which breaks the elastin and collagen in the skin. This results in the skin becoming wrinkly.

Smoking

One of the most commonly known causes of wrinkles is smoking. Not only does smoking cause issues with your overall health, it can also cause a plethora of skin issues. Aside from wrinkles, smoking also causes baggy eyelids, saggy upper eyelids, a saggy chin, wrinkling around the lips, bags under the eyes, and more facial damage.

Innocent Exposure to the Sun

Innocent exposure to the sun occurs on a daily basis. You should apply sunscreen to your skin each time you know you will be outdoors for a prolonged period. This includes when you are cutting the grass, raking the leaves, going for a run or walk, washing the car, and more. The sun can damage your skin throughout the year, not just when you are lying on a beach towel beside the ocean. Even cloudy days can cause issues.

Are you tired of seeing wrinkles on your face? Do you need excellent skin care help? Contact Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey at 609-443-4500 to schedule an appointment with our experienced staff.

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New Treatment for Plaque Psoriasis in Teens Approved

New Treatment for Plaque Psoriasis in Teens Approved

The latest news that has grabbed the attention of those suffering from plaque psoriasis, is the FDA’s approval of ustekinumab (Stelara, Janssen Biotech, Inc). Eligible patients include those 12 years of age and older with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for phototherapy or systemic therapy. This gives hope to the those living with the disease, as one-third of those who develop this form of psoriasis do so before age 20.

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease. It appears on the skin as raised, red patches with a white buildup of dead skin cells on top. They are typically itchy and can cause pain due to the patches cracking and bleeding. You will typically see them on the patient’s scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back.

Phototherapy is a way of treatment that exposes the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis under medical supervision. Systemic treatments consist of medications that patients use when other methods prove unresponsive. They can be taken orally, by injection, or by infusion.

The approval of ustekinumab for those in their teen years was based on a phase three study, where two-thirds of patients aged 12 to 17 showed clear skin or minimal psoriasis in the 12th week of treatment. The treatment is administered subcutaneously in weeks zero and four, as well as every 12 weeks after.

Ustekinumab has also been approved in the United States for adults suffering from active psoriatic arthritis and in patients who are intolerant to other treatments. It is also used as a treatment for moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease that is refractory to other therapies.

At Windsor Dermatology, we specialize in understanding psoriasis and are home to the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey. As the state’s first complete facility for advanced psoriasis clinical research, we make sure to keep up with the most recent treatments available to patients and are happy to sit down with you to discuss which method is right for you and your skin. Call us at 609-442-4500 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bagel, our trusted Medical Director and psoriasis specialist. Nobody should have to feel uncomfortable in their skin.

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Your Go-To Guide for Chemical Peels

Your Go-To Guide for Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are some of the most popular skin treatments available today. Even though it sounds harsh, it’s actually one of the most beneficial treatments you can offer your skin. In today’s post we will provide you with everything you need to know about this skin treatment.

For starters, what exactly is a chemical peel? This is a procedure that helps to resurface the skin by removing the top layer, which is typically damaged. The chemicals used in a peel pull the dead or damaged layer of skin off the face. This allows the skin to regenerate, creating a healthier, smoother, and younger-looking appearance.

Aside from using chemical peels to remove damaged skin, they can also be used to remove scars and pigmentation that are superficial. Chemical peels can’t really get rid of scars that are deep in your skin, but they can help to improve the texture of the area. If you have a really deep scar you would like treated, or removed, a dermatologist might perform a deep peel or use a laser to help do so.

It takes roughly 20 to 25 minutes to have a chemical peel procedure performed. The procedure involves the following:

  • Clean the face prior to applying the peel
  • The peel is applied using a pad or brush
  • Self-neutralizing peels are left on while peels that must be neutralized are washed off after doing so
  • Sun protection, moisturizers, or serums are applied to the skin

There are numerous benefits to having a chemical peel performed, including:

  • Reverse damage caused by the sun
  • Reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Can be performed on hands, neck, and other areas of the body
  • Improve the skin’s appearance with very little invasiveness
  • Increase the production of collagen
  • Reduce redness and discoloration
  • Helps to smooth scaly patches and rough skin
  • Improve the texture of the skin
  • Reduce blemishes and scarring caused by acne
  • Makes skin appear to be taught and firm
  • Provides results that can be seen immediately

For the most part, you can receive a chemical peel in three different levels of strength; light, medium, and deep. The stronger, or deeper the peel, the more effective it will be on fixing your skin. But keep in mind that the highest level of chemical peel will come with the longest recovery time. These levels also affect how frequently you can receive treatments. The best way to decide on which peel is right for you and your skin is to speak to your dermatologist or aesthetician. They will make sure to discuss the benefits of each peel and of course, the risks.

Interested in getting a chemical peel treatment for your skin? Contact Windsor Dermatology at 609-443-4500 today to schedule an appointment with Lena, our trusted aesthetician. You can also complete a new patient form right on our website, so that you are one step ahead when arriving at your first appointment.

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