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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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Why Do I Need to See a Dermatologist?

Why Do I Need to See a Dermatologist?

People can develop different skin problems throughout life, not just during their pubescent years. In fact, many women experience skin issues during pregnancy. Everyone’s body is different and the same goes for how the skin reacts to life. Below are the most common reasons why you might need to see a dermatologist.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer, also known as melanoma, is a common worry to those seeking the opinion of a dermatologist. It is most often seen in patients who have spent, or still spend, a ton of time in the sun. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with skin cancer, a dermatologist will be able to screen your body for possible changes that might develop into cancer.

Being screened on an annual basis can help patients who are in high-risk groups. These groups include people who have a history of blistering sunburn, are light-eyed, and those who have fair hair. Annual screenings are not the only reason to see a dermatologist regarding skin cancer. If you have moles, and any of them change in color or size, you should visit the dermatologist immediately.

Acne

Acne can be very difficult for you to treat on your own with over-the-counter remedies. If you have exhausted all of your options, or simply want a more effective treatment, a visit to the dermatologist can help your situation. A dermatologist will be able to provide you with prescription medicine that is much stronger than over-the-counter medication.

Damage to Your Skin

Damage to your skin is another important reason why you should see a dermatologist. You don’t want damaged skin to go untreated. It will only get worse and can sometimes affect your overall health. Even if there’s no visible damage, and you are simply concerned with protecting your skin, a dermatologist will be able to inform you about the various treatment methods.

Treatment for Scars

It’s not uncommon for people to develop scars throughout their lives for one reason or another. Scars can sometimes fade over time, or they might need to be treated regularly in order to be removed from the skin. Keloid scars and acne scars can be treated in the office to make them less visible. Scars on your skin caused by burns might have to be treated by a plastic surgeon, whom a dermatologist can recommend.

Eczema

Do you suffer from eczema? This is another common skin issue that leads patients to the dermatologist. Eczema causes itchiness, dry skin, and irritation. It is best treated by a dermatologist using prescription medication.

Specialized Care

Are you looking for specialized care for your skin? A dermatologist can create a routine of specialized care tailored specifically for you and your skin needs. This program can treat psoriasis, warts, skin discoloration, and even stretch marks.

Are you looking to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist? Contact the office at Windsor Dermatology today by visiting their website or calling 609-443-4500 to schedule your consultation. Feeling healthy and confident is your skin is an important part of life.

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Preparing Your Skin for Colder Weather

Preparing Your Skin for Colder Weather

Many people think that the summer months, with the strong sun, are the most dangerous for your skin. The fact of the matter is that skin issues can crop up throughout the year. The winter months can be just as damaging to your skin, in both similar and unique ways to that of summer. Here are some important tips for preparing your skin for the colder weather.

Shorten Showers

It’s important that you shorten your showers during the winter months. Long showers in the summer aren’t much of a problem for the skin, but they can create some issues in the cold weather months. Showers and baths should be shorter, using lukewarm water, and only patting yourself dry afterwards. You should also make sure to moisturize afterwards. You may even consider switching to a shower gel instead of bar soap to really protect your skin.

Switch to Cream

As you prepare for the winter months, consider switching the products you use on your skin from lotion to cream. Cream will provide your skin with more moisture. Lotions aren’t able to provide the skin with enough of a barrier to prevent the loss of water in the body. It’s normal for cream to feel much heavier when applied to the skin compared to lotion, but it is better for the skin in the long run when it comes to protecting against extreme humidity and temperatures.

Always Wear Gloves

Wearing gloves in the winter season is important to the health of your skin. There’s no reason to wait until the temperatures drop to freezing or below to wear gloves. Protecting the skin on your hands as soon as it gets cold out is important. For some, it might be a good idea to wear gloves each day during the winter until spring rolls around. Skin chapping on the hands can quickly turn into fissures that can become infected, leading to a very painful situation.

Get Out Front of Stress

Stress can have a profound impact on your body, even your skin. It’s best to get out front of stress as much as possible, especially in the winter months. Heavy amounts of stress can cause you to breakout in pimples, acne, cold sores, and other skin conditions. Excessive alcohol, greasy foods, and a lack of proper sleep are a few common causes for these skin imperfections.

Continue to Wear Sunscreen

Be sure to wear sunscreen, even in the winter months. Although we are less exposed to the sun in the winter, it can still cause damage to our skin if not protected. You should use any cream with SPF 30 or higher, and if you are applying sunscreen, the same rule applies. This is a very important thing to remember if you work outdoors often, just like in the warmer months.

Not sure exactly what products work best on your skin this winter? Give Windsor Dermatology a call at 609-443-4500 to schedule an appointment. We are located in East Windsor, New Jersey.

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Fall Allergies and Your Skin

Fall Allergies and Your Skin

The fall season is upon us, which means more time spent outdoors with family and friends. Even though the temperatures will be cooler, it doesn’t mean you should cut down on your skin care regimen. In fact, you should take even better care of your skin during the fall season because of fall allergies and their effect on skin.

Ragweed and Mold

Two of the most common allergens that affect the skin in the fall season are ragweed and mold. Even though these allergens come onto the scene in August, they really take flight in September and October, wreaking havoc on the skin. Fall allergies can cause you a lot of stress and it is important to keep them under control as best as possible.

Identify Your Symptoms

The first step in managing fall allergies that can affect your skin is to identify your symptoms. It’s quite possible that reactions to fall allergens could be mild compared to other times of the year, but that does not mean you should ignore them. You might begin experience itchy, dry, peeling, flaky, red skin that is often times painful and annoying. More severe reactions can include swelling, hives, rashes, severe itching, and other types of breakouts.

Prevent Reactions

It isn’t out of the realm of possibility to prevent reactions to allergens this fall season when it comes to your skin. Change your clothes after spending time outdoors, especially if you are working in your yard or garden. Be sure to wash your hands and face and take a lukewarm shower using shower gel. After a shower, make sure to moisturize your skin, especially as we move closer to the colder temperatures.

If you have a serious allergy to ragweed, mold, or pollen, be sure to keep the windows in your home closed. This might not be an ideal situation, especially if the weather is beautiful, but it can go a long way towards preventing a skin reaction to allergens this fall. You may even consider purchasing an air purifier that utilizes a HEPA filter to prevent the buildup of mold in your home.

How to Cover Up

If you experienced reactions to fall allergens, you will likely want to cover up any physical evidence. It’s important to know how to properly cover up without causing additional irritation to your skin. The first step in this process is to ensure that your makeup is fresh. Liquid products should be replaced every two to three months, while powder products should be replaced at least once per year. Any products that are cream-based should be replaced every six months and lipsticks should be replaced every year.

Do you feel that a visit the dermatologist is right for you? Do you find that the fall season is particularly difficult on your skin? Call Windsor Dermatology at 609-443-4500 today to schedule an appointment. We are accepting new patients, so be sure to complete the new patient form on our website before arriving at your first appointment.

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Detecting Ringworm in Children

Detecting Ringworm in Children

Having children comes with a lot of responsibility, including caring for their skin. It’s not uncommon for them to develop dry, itchy skin, even as newborns. Something most parents are unaware of keeping an eye out for, is the risk of ringworm in their kids. We wanted to discuss the best ways to help detect this infection and a bit about what it entails.

Believe it or not, ringworm does not have a single thing to do with worms of any kind. It is an infection of the skin that is contagious and involves fungus. Ringworm is not painful or dangerous to your child’s health, but it can be irritating, unpleasant, and itchy. Babies and adults can contract ringworm, but it is most common for children ages two and older. Ringworm can affect the body and the scalp. When it affects the scalp it is known as tinea capitis. When it affects the body it is known as tinea corporis.

Take a good look at your child each time you get him or her dressed or when giving them a bath. Inspect the skin for any issues that might be present. If ringworm has been contracted, your child will exhibit a scaly patch of skin that is often no larger than the size of a quarter. A ringworm rash can appear almost anywhere on your child’s body and can be either moist or dry.

If the ringworm rash was found on the scalp you will notice that it has a much different appearance than on other areas of the body. It is even possible that your child could have bald spots on their head. The ringworm will also likely cause the scalp to become patchy or scaly. Children with ringworm on the scalp can also develop an area of inflammation that can be moist and swollen. This area of inflammation typically has tiny bumps on it too.

It’s not uncommon for a child to contract ringworm. It can be worrisome for a new parent who has never experienced it before, but it poses no danger to the child. Children can contract ringworm from other children who have it and even adults who have it. Children can also contract ringworm from infected towels, sheets, hats, combs, brushes, and any other clothing.

Ringworm survives best in climates with a lot of humidity, which can be a big factor in children contracting the skin condition. Some dermatologists even think that it’s possible for a child to contract the condition genetically. They also recommend trying to keep your child from sweating excessively, as this can be a leading factor to him or her contracting ringworm.

Do you suspect your child might have ringworm? Are you worried about the condition of your child’s skin? Contact Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey today to schedule an appointment for your child or to have your questions answered about ringworm. Call the office at 609-443-4500 to speak with a knowledgeable, friendly member of our staff.

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