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Fountain of Youthful Skin

Treatments for Resolving the Effects of Aging Skin

Aging is a part of the human condition and no matter how healthy we try to be to keep our appearance youthful and fresh, time stops for no one. The good news is that there are many things you can do to both prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging while combatting the ones you already have.

If you’re bothered by the increasing appearance of smile lines, crow’s feet or dark spots, talk to a dermatologist to find out your options. There are a wide range of services that can help you freshen up your complexion. Read on to find out what steps you can take to beautify your skin and up your confidence.

 

Creams, Sunscreen and Prevention

It’s important to start by setting up a good skincare regimen. Skin needs moisture and nutrients to heal and repair itself from daily stressors such as sun exposure and pollutants. Wearing sunscreen every day is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. This helps prevent skin cancer as well as the effects of sun damage such as wrinkles and dark spots.

Brightening serums and products that contain retinol are also fast-acting ways to diminish the signs of aging. However, many of these types of products are temporary and will not necessarily make a lasting difference in skin issues you may already have. If your skin concerns are beyond the realm of over the counter products, it’s time to consult your dermatologist.

 

Botox®

One of the easiest and most popular solutions for combatting the effects of aging is Botox®. Not just for celebrities, this simple procedure is minimally invasive and done right in your dermatologist’s office. Botox®is an injection that your doctor will administer either between the eyebrows to soften the appearance of frown lines, or around the eyes if you are trying to smooth out crow’s feet.

If needles make you nervous, don’t fret! The needle is small, and you will only experience a short pinching sensation. The procedure only takes a few minutes and results last for three months or longer.

 

Juvederm

Another minimally invasive option is Juvederm. This is a type of filler that helps restore some of the connective tissue that is lost due to aging. It adds hyaluronic acid, an acid your body naturally produces, to add volume to your face. Juvederm helps stimulate the production of collagen which helps to fill in lines and wrinkles. The procedure is quick and easy – a dermatologist will give you an injection at your target areas. Because the injection has a numbing agent, you will only feel a mild pinch. Results from this treatment last anywhere from six to nine months.

 

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

For those interested in buffing up the appearance of any scars or sun damage in addition to lines, laser skin rejuvenation is an option. In this procedure, pulses of light are emitted from a wand directly to your skin. The light targets darker pigmentation in the skin and gently evens out your complexion and leaves you with smooth skin. This method is versatile and can improve the look of the skin on your hands, arms, neck or face.

 

Sclerotherapy

If spider veins are a concern, sclerotherapy can make this annoying eyesore into a thing of the past. By injecting damaged veins with a solution of salt, the lining of the blood vessels becomes irritated before turning to scar tissue and fading away. Small needles are used, and you will feel nothing more than a pinch.

While no dermatologist can turn back time, these procedures offer great options to improve your complexion and help you regain your confidence. The team at Windsor Dermatology are all board-certified dermatologists and ready to help you reach your cosmetic goals. Call 609-443-4500 or request an appointment online today!

 

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Leave your Allergies Behind

Managing Your Fall Allergy Symptoms

Seasonal allergic reactions can lead to a whole mess of symptoms. Most people are aware of the usual suspects: runny nose, sneezing and throat dryness. However, when fall allergens affect your skin, it can lead to further discomfort. You may even feel self-conscious if your reactions are severe. Whether it’s a routine annoyance or a new problem, you can combat your symptoms this year by understanding the causes and learning some prevention strategies.

 

Diagnose Your Skin’s Reactions

There are many ways that common allergens make your skin feel awful. Be on the lookout for these basic symptoms to help you determine whether or not you’re suffering an allergic reaction:

Dry Skin

Dry patches of skin can lead to an unbearable itch you can’t help scratching. Scratching only makes the itch worse, and before you know it, you’ll find yourself with broken, irritated skin. This is the tell-tale eczema cycle that millions of sufferers deal with year-round. Once the itch-scratch cycle starts, it’s difficult to stop it.

Itchy Eyes

Much like dry skin, a nagging eye itch can turn into a painfully uncomfortable problem if you give into the temptation to touch. Rubbing at your eyes may feel good for a few seconds, but you’re only spreading the allergens further and irritating your already-fragile eyes. This can lead to severe redness and puffiness.

Hives

Hay fever is a common ailment that allergy sufferers deal with at the end of the summer. Often hay fever can lead to the appearance of hives if you’ve been in direct contact with allergens. The small bumps may be surrounded by red, swollen skin.

 

Find the Causes

Many people know that their allergies seem to worsen right around the transition from summer to fall, but few know the specific triggers. There’s more than one irritant that is likely making you feel miserable:

  • Ragweed pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold

Ragweed is perhaps the most pervasive of all fall allergens. It pops up in August and continues through autumn until cold weather starts to kill it. As winds pick up, pollen gets blown into the air, making it impossible to avoid when you venture outdoors.

Because your body mistakes the pollen you breathe in as a harmful contaminant, it forces your immune system into overdrive. This leads to those symptoms that commonly get associated with common colds and the flu. If you’re exposed to ragweed, you’ll likely experience these symptoms plus red, swollen skin beneath your eyes.

While less prominent than ragweed, dust mites and mold can do just as much damage. Exposure to both of these can lead to rashes that are almost impossible not to scratch. If you’re unsure what causes your skin allergies, non-invasive patch testing of the skin is also an option for identifying your trigger allergen.

 

Minimize Your Exposure

With ragweed, you can prevent symptoms by avoiding the allergen as much as you can. You can find daily pollen reports in your area that let you know if conditions are better or worse than usual. Stay indoors on bad days, and you’ll hopefully avoid a terrible reaction.

When it comes to dust and mold, take control of your house to keep triggers at bay. Implement smart practices to decrease the presence of allergens:

  • Dust regularly.
  • Clean your air vents.
  • Replace air filters.
  • Manage mildew in damp areas.
  • Get rid of wet leaves in your yard.
  • Use a humidifier inside.

When encountering large buildups of dust, wear a mask and gloves to protect your lungs and your skin while you’re cleaning. With air filters, invest in options that are specifically designed to combat allergic reactions.

 

Alleviate Your Symptoms

Taking precautions can help reduce your allergies, but exposure is impossible to avoid completely. Moisturizers can stop dry skin from developing into painful rashes, and you can prevent irritation from getting worse by leaving any itchy area alone. Treatment with anti-allergy topical and oral medications helps alleviate and limit suffering.

To manage persistent symptoms, ask your dermatologist for help. You can schedule an appointment with Windsor Dermatology for professional guidance on how to medicate and alleviate your seasonal skin allergies.

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Feel Better in your Skin

Tips for Clearing up your Acne

One of the biggest dermatological issues people have to contend with is acne. Although this problem is most often associated with teenagers, people can develop it at any point in their lives. Whether you are going back to school or want to feel more confident on dates, here are some tips to help you attain better-looking skin on your own.

 

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is good for most than just your skin. If you want to reduce how noticeable your skin’s blemishes are, then you want to limit your consumption of certain foods such as:

  • High-glycemic foods
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Greasy fast food

There are other foods you’ll want to ensure to include or substitute in your diet. For example, instead of drinking sugary soft drinks, try sipping on green tea instead. Eating produce with Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits and broccoli, can produce a smoother skin texture. Eating salmon and oysters have also shown to improve your skin’s complexion.

 

Stop Picking the Skin 

Many people find it therapeutic to pop pimples. While this will likely not lead to any harm if you only do it once in a while, it can lead to skin damage if you frequently pick and squeeze your skin. Trying to pop a pimple can actually make the issue worse because in some cases, you can accidentally push the debris deeper into the skin, making the blemish worse. This kind of picking and popping can also lead to scarring.

 

Clean Your Face Each Night

Before you go to bed each night, you should cleanse your face to remove all the excess oil, dirt and makeup. You’ll want to make sure you clean your face after exercising because sweat can get trapped and clog pores, causing breakouts. However, you do not want to cleanse your face more than twice a day. Any more than that and you risk your skin becoming too dry.

 

Avoid Any “Miracle Cures”

Many over-the-counter products are quite successful at helping people manage blemishes. However, there are no one-size-fits-all cures. Make sure to read the ingredients in every product you put on your skin to ensure it will not exacerbate the issue. When trying new products, test on a small surface to see how your skin will react.

 

Know When to See a Dermatologist

If you use an over-the-counter product and do not see any results within a few weeks, then we suggest scheduling a consultation with a dermatologist. The longer you wait to see a professional, the more severe the problem will become. There is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed about seeing a dermatologist. Many people rely on these services, and once your skin clears up, you will likely notice a significant improvement in your mood and mindset.

If you’re looking for clearer skin and want to feel your best, schedule an appointment with Windsor Dermatology. One of our experienced professionals will be able to evaluate your skin concerns and provide a treatment plan for you. Call us at 609-443-4500 or request an appointment online to schedule your skin evaluation.

 

 

 

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What Problem Areas Can CoolSculpting Solve?

Many people find that regardless of how much time they spend dieting and working out at the gym, they still can’t’ seem to lose stubborn fat. If you relate to this common scenario, don’t give up just yet. There is a surprisingly effective, non-invasive treatment option that can eliminate unwanted fat from targeted areas of your body without the need for invasive surgery. CoolSculpting® works by freezing away unwanted fat without a single surgical incision. Unlike liposuction and other surgical options, freezing fat does not require any recovery downtime, so you can get back to your busy life immediately after treatment.

CoolSculpting® is more than freezing fat. It’s the solution to those problem areas that you’ve been searching for. Here are 5 of the most sought-after problem areas that you can resolve through a simple session.

1. Belly

It is notoriously difficult to get rid of belly fat, especially on the lower abdomen. Both men and women struggle with this issue, even if they lose weight, slim and tone the rest of their bodies. Fortunately, you now have the option to freeze away those stubborn belly fat cells without interrupting your busy life with invasive surgical procedures.

2. Under the Chin

Tired of your double chin? For some people, the shape and structure of the face, jaw and neck can cause fat tissue beneath the chin to look more pronounced. CoolSculpting® is a great way to get rid of fat in this common problem area with minimal discomfort.

3. Lower Back

 Fat in the lower back is sometimes referred to as “love handles”, and while the name sounds cute, the appearance is anything but endearing. Many people choose to freeze fat in this area and experience noticeable results as early as three weeks after treatment.

4. Thighs

Do your thighs tend to remain large and fatty, even when the rest of your body is relatively thin? Some people are genetically predisposed to hold fat in their thighs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. Freezing that fat is one of the quickest, least-invasive ways to finally slim down your thighs so you can wear your bathing suit with confidence.

5. Hips

Like other areas prone to stubborn fat, the hips contain fat cells with more alpha-receptors than beta-receptors. What that means for you is that it is extremely difficult to get rid of excess fat in the hips through diet and exercise alone. Personal trainers often say that it’s impossible to achieve targeted fat loss, but CoolSculpting® proves that the opposite is true. It is absolutely possible to target fat in specific areas of the body if you freeze it away with the help of a certified CoolSculpting® provider.

Your Solution for Stubborn Fat

Although these five areas are the most commonly targeted, CoolSculpting® can significantly improve almost any part of the body that holds on to stubborn fat. If you’ve been looking for a way to remove fat in the areas that don’t always respond to dieting and exercising, you’ve found it. Freezing fat away is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that can take as little as 35 minutes per treatment area. Most people see dramatic changes within one to three months after treatment.

Windsor Dermatology is proud to be a certified CoolSculpting® provider! If you’re interested in scheduling a session with us, call 609-443-4500 or request an appointment online today!

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What you Need to Know About Hyperhidrosis

Sweating is embarrassing and uncomfortable, but did you know it can also be dangerous to your health? Some people are more likely than others to sweat excessively, especially when exercising or under stress. Excessive sweating is referred to as hyperhidrosis, polyhidrosis or sudorrhea. This disorder can occur in individuals who are completely healthy in all other ways. Here’s what you need to know about the condition, how to tell if you have it, and when to seek treatment.
 

Types and Causes

There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. The first type has been linked to genetics and is characterized by excessive sweat that doesn’t have an identifiable underlying trigger. The second type is generally due to an underlying health condition or an identifiable trigger.

As mentioned, there is no known cause of primary hyperhidrosis, although it most likely has something to do with genetics. Secondary hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, may be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Neurologic diseases
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Emotional imbalance
  • Excessive heat
  • Pregnancy
  • Some medications, including those for high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and glaucoma.
  • Obesity
  • Some infections, including tuberculosis, HIV and malaria
  • Shingles
  • Respiratory failure
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Spinal cord injury

Sweat problems aren’t always limited to armpit sweat. You may notice excessive sweating in other areas of the body as well. When sweat is localized in one main area, the condition is called focal hyperhidrosis. When it affects the entire body, it’s called generalized hyperhidrosis.

 

Signs You May Have a Sweat Problem

For most people who develop sweating disorders, symptoms first show up during adolescence. Currently, the disease affects an estimated 7.8 people in the United States. If you think you may be one of these people, watch for common symptoms, including:

  • Frequent sweating for no apparent reason
  • Feet that frequently feel clammy or wet
  • Wet or clammy palms
  • Noticeable wet spots on clothing that may require frequent wardrobe changes throughout the day

People with sweating disorders have at least one episode of excessive sweating per week, with seemingly no cause. The problem can lead to a variety of emotional problems, including reluctance to make physical contact with others and excessive worry about stained clothing. It can also lead to bacterial and fungal infections that can cause the skin to become painful and itchy. In some cases, hyperhidrosis and other related conditions can cause depression and psychological trauma. Even if the disorder seems relatively harmless, it’s important to treat it for the sake of your emotional and psychological health.

 

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

To diagnose a disorder of the sweat glands, your doctor will first rule out other potential conditions that could be causing your symptoms, including low blood sugar and hyperthyroidism. If these are ruled out, your doctor will likely perform a thermoregulatory sweat test that will help the doctor analyze your body’s sweat patterns and determine the severity of your condition. He or she will also ask you some questions to determine how much your sweat problem affects your everyday life and your emotional or mental state.

If you are diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, there are a variety of treatment options available to you. Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Botox injections: These block the nerves responsible for triggering your sweat glands
  • Anticholinergic drugs: Taking these drugs inhibits transmission of impulses to the parasympathetic nerves
  • Lontophoresis: This treatment sends painless electric currents through the hands and feet to minimize sweat production
  • Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS): This is a surgical intervention that is reserved for only the most severe cases that don’t respond to less invasive treatments

 
Most people with hyperhidrosis wait up to nine years before seeking treatment. Why live with the embarrassment and discomfort of excessive sweat when relief is within reach? With just a few treatments, you could live a happier, more confident life.

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced professionals at Windsor Dermatology, call the office at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online today!

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5 Reasons You Need a Skin Cancer Screening

After a summer of fun and spending hours in the sun, it’s time to consider a visit to your dermatologist for a skin check. Whether you wore sunscreen or not, melanomas of the skin can develop anywhere on the body and become very dangerous if not detected early. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.

At Windsor Dermatology, we’re encouraging everyone to schedule a skin cancer screening and here’s why:

 

1. Sunburns Cause Skin Damage

Although getting sunburnt doesn’t automatically mean that you will develop skin cancer, it does raise your risk of damaging your skin even further next time you get a sunburn. Summer is when the sun’s rays are more direct, leaving your skin at a higher risk for sunburn and damage to the cells. Your body tries to repair the damage after a sunburn, but it may not be able to fully repair DNA damage.

 

2. Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer

Sunscreen is certainly one of the best protection against sun damage, but most people don’t use enough or reapply often enough to prevent damage. The scalp and ears are particularly vulnerable to sun damage and rarely get sunscreen. Even if you believe you use adequate skin protection, you can still be at risk for skin cancer because sun damage is cumulative over time.

It’s not only the sun’s UV rays that cause cancer. Some types of cancer are genetic. People who have received an organ transplant have a higher risk of skin cancer than most people.

 

3. Skin Cancer Can Hide in Places You Can’t See

Skin cancer doesn’t always develop in places that are exposed to the sun. Lesions can appear on normal skin or moles, in places you might never expect to skin cancer. A good cancer screening will check your scalp, fingernails, toenails, palms, soles of your feet and mucous membranes. Your screener will also look at places on your body that might be hard for you to check, such as your back and behind your ears.

 

4. Prevent Skin Cancer

A skin check is also a great opportunity to learn about preventing skin damage from the sun. It’s not about staying inside all the time, it’s about knowing how to protect your skin when you are getting exposure. Wear a hat and sunglasses when you’re outside. Clothes can help reduce your risk of skin damage, as can umbrellas and shade. We can also offer information about applying sunscreen correctly.

 

5. Early Detection

When skin cancers are found early, the efficacy of treatment is much higher. Sometimes, atypical cells can be identified and removed before they even turn into cancer. Skin cancer can grow through the layers of skin, spreading into other parts of the body when it is not detected. Catching it early leads to better success of treatment.

 

Symptoms of Melanoma

The most common sign of a melanoma is that the skin changes. The signs of melanoma can be remembered with a mnemonic:

  • A for asymmetrical. A mole or spot will be irregular in shape.
  • B for border. The border may appear jagged or irregular.
  • C for color. The color of the skin spot will be uneven.
  • D for diameter. The mole or spot may be larger than the size of a pea.
  • E for evolving. The mole or spot changes in just a few weeks.

Unfortunately, skin cancers don’t all look the same. If you notice changes in your skin outside of your skin check, you should talk to your doctor or dermatologist.

 

What to Expect at a Skin Cancer Screening

The skin check is a visual inspection of your body. Typically, no blood work or other invasive procedure is conducted. The screening is conducted in a private setting. It can take about 15 to 20 minutes. Your body is draped during the screening so that you aren’t exposed.

If you’d like to schedule a skin cancer screening with one of the experienced professionals at Windsor Dermatology, call the office at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online today!

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Smart Skin Care for Expecting Mothers

What to Expect When Expecting

When you’re pregnant for the first time, you expect your body to change. You may not be prepared, however, for the dramatic impact having a baby can have on your skin. From acne to stretch marks, here’s what you need to know about common pregnancy-related complexion issues and safe ways to resolve your symptoms and retain soft, healthy skin.

Common Skin Concerns during Pregnancy

Pregnancy can affect the body in ways you never thought possible. Products you’ve always loved may no longer work for your skin or even cause rashes or breakouts. These are some of the most common skin problems faced by expecting moms:

  • Melasma, sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy,” is characterized by large patches of discoloration caused by hormones and increased photosensitivity. Although this condition is often genetic and typically resolves post-pregnancy, you can mitigate its effects by wearing sunscreen of at least SPF 50 whenever you’re outdoors.
  • Hormonal acne affects many women during pregnancy and is especially prevalent on the chin, cheeks and jawline. Look for a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and avoid products with alcohol and other irritating ingredients, which can worsen inflammation.
  • Increased skin sensitivity during pregnancy can cause or exacerbate irritation and conditions such as eczema. Moisturize frequently and discontinue products that bother your skin.
  • The increased blood volume during pregnancy can quickly transform a healthy glow into a red, flushed face. Some women develop a condition known as rosacea, which is characterized by redness in the nose and cheeks, small bumps in the affected area and visible blood vessels. Like many skin issues, this usually resolves after the baby is born. In the meantime, try a cooling facial spritz and look for gentle cosmetic products that eliminate the appearance of redness.
  • Constant dry skin is a problem for some pregnant women. In addition to moisturizing frequently, make sure you drink plenty of water and eat foods that increase hydration, such as nuts, fruits and veggies.
  • Stretch marks occur when the skin stretches quickly and often affect the belly, hips and breasts during pregnancy. Although these reddish or purple lines fade with time, many women are bothered by their appearance. While products to prevent stretch marks have not been proven effective, moisturizing throughout your pregnancy can help relieve the itching that occurs as the skin stretches to accommodate your growing baby.

 

Nine Months of Healthy Skin Care

Whether you’re already pregnant or trying to conceive, you may want to adjust your skin care routine to ensure that it is safe and healthy for your growing baby. Common ingredients that are generally considered safe for use during pregnancy include benzoyl peroxide, alpha-hydroxy acid, vitamin C serums and mild topical steroids. Most prescription acne creams are also generally believed to be safe for pregnant women to use.

Ingredients that may have a harmful effect on fetal development and should be avoided during pregnancy include topical salicylic acid, retinoids, vitamin A, formaldehyde, phthalates, ammonia, certain essential oils and oral antibiotics sometimes prescribed for acne (doxycycline and minocycline).

Before using skin care products, hair dye or cosmetics during pregnancy, be sure read the label carefully to look for potentially unsafe or irritating ingredients. When in doubt, consult your dermatologist about whether a specific product is safe for use during pregnancy.

If you’d like to speak to one of the experienced physicians at Windsor Dermatology about your skin, contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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Clinical Trials: Am I a Good Candidate?

What is a Clinical Trial?

Dermatological clinical trials are performed to test the safety and efficacy of new prescription products, treatments and devices used to treat various skin conditions. These trials are closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory bodies to ensure the safety and reliability of the products being tested.

Since 1990, Windsor Dermatology has been proud to participate in high-quality clinical trials with leading-edge pharmaceutical companies to improve the health of current and future patients. In fact, our experienced team participated in trials for currently FDA-approved drugs such as Enbrel, Humira, Stelara, Otezla, Cosentyx and SILIQ. These clinical trials were all managed through our cutting-edge Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey.

If you’re interested in participating in a dermatological clinical trial, we hope that the following information will help you in your decision journey.

Benefits and Risks of Participating in Clinical Trials

The benefits of participating in a dermatology clinical trial almost always outweigh the cons.

Clinical trials offer new, novel treatments for disease states. If you have a medical issue that existing procedures or products are unable to treat, clinical trial participation may help you find a solution that didn’t exist previously. Additionally, clinical trial treatments are provided to participants at no cost, which is one of the greatest benefits to patients. In some cases, patients are even compensated for their time and travel expenses.

From a safety standpoint, a clinical trial will not be held until the product, device or method has been thoroughly tested to ensure utmost safety and efficacy beforehand. In fact, trials are generally the last stage before a new product or treatment is tested in humans. Plus, trial participants are closely monitored throughout the duration of the study, and are subject to routine blood draws, x-rays and other medical assessments by specially trained staff members.

Benefits aside, it is important to note that there are risks associated with clinical trials, the biggest of which is arguably the risk of adverse reactions. That said, any clinical trial candidate who exhibits signs or symptoms of injury or illness will be treated immediately — and every available measure will be taken to restore the candidate’s health.

In addition, clinical trials often involve a significant time commitment, as the overall goal is to develop a safe and effective treatment option for a certain health condition. If you do not have time to spare, a trial may not be right for you.

Eligibility Requirements for Clinical Trials

Not everyone is a good candidate for a dermatology clinical trial. Typically, research centers like to enroll participants who have a severe skin condition that has proven to be difficult, if not impossible, to treat in the past.

If you have a skin condition and are eager to experience relief, you may qualify to participate in an upcoming dermatological clinical trial. At Windsor Dermatology, we are almost always looking to recruit adult and pediatric clinical trial participants who suffer from:

How to Participate in a Clinical Trial

Clinical trials are not for everyone, but they can be a great option for those who feel as if they are out of options. If you want to know whether or not you are a good candidate for a dermatologic clinical trial, contact us or browse our active clinical trials today!

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Top Tips for Healthier Skin

The body’s largest organ, skin is often taken for granted. At Windsor Dermatology, we know that how we care for our skin can have a huge impact on how healthy and beautiful it looks and feels. A great skincare routine can not only help improve how your skin looks, it can also help prevent common skin conditions and ailments.

Factors that Could be Affecting Your Skin

1. Not Getting Enough Water: Dehydration may make your skin less supple, which can result in a leathery look and feel. Not exactly a great combination!

The solution? Keep water around at all times and drink it consistently throughout the day.

2. Too Many Chemicals: Harsh chemicals such as chlorine can dry your skin and bleach it.

The solution? Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals, instead, use products that are gentle and natural. Your skin will thank you!

3. Too Much Caffeine: Whether it comes in coffee, tea, soft drinks or energy drinks, excess caffeine may lead to drier skin and more wrinkles.

The solution? Take it easy on the caffeine! If you have trouble with low energy and poor focus throughout the day, start by trying to get a good night’s sleep each night.

4. Poor Nutrition: Skipping a meal, or surviving primarily on chips and sugary junk food, deprives your skin of important vitamins and minerals that it needs.

The solution? Eat a balanced diet and, if necessary, invest in nutritional supplements to give your body the crucial vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive.

5. Too Much Sun: You might not notice the damage from the sun at first, but over time sun worshipping will catch up with you.

The solution? Make sunscreen part of your daily routine and seek shade whenever possible. You may miss out on that killer summer tan, but you’ll thank yourself when you’re older, as your skin will age far more gracefully!

 

Additional Tips for Maintaining Healthy, Radiant Skin

At Windsor Dermatology, our goal is to get you the healthiest skin possible through the most natural means. We hope you will consider including these methods in your skincare routine:

  • Seek out the Best Nutrition for Your Skin: Just as certain foods may hurt your skin, other foods help it. Citrus fruit, green tea, strawberries, leafy greens and almonds have been shown to enhance skin wellness by providing hydration and a good mix of vitamins and minerals.
  • Consider Herbal and Natural Products: A long list of natural products can strengthen and beautify skin. A lemon wash helps remove dead cells, reduces spots and improves overall complexion. Honey on the skin moisturizes and fights infections. Aloe Vera soothes irritated skin, stimulates cell growth and heals scars.
  • Take Care of Yourself: Getting a good night’s rest and limiting stress will affect your skin in positive ways, as will a balanced exercise regime. In short, what is good for your mind and body is likely to be good for your skin, too.

Natural skin care is a life-long process and an effective way to get the skin you want. If you’d like to speak to one of the experienced physicians at Windsor Dermatology about your skin, contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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What to Know Before Laser Hair Removal

If you are tired of reaching for the razor on a regular basis and would love to find a more permanent solution to your personal grooming needs, laser hair removal may be right for you. Here is what you should know before investing in laser hair removal treatment.

Why Choose Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a safe, long-term solution for both men and women. Hair can be removed from a variety of body parts ranging from legs and bikini line, chest and back hair, to facial hair on the lips, chin or cheeks. Its enduring results and minimal side effects make it superior to other methods of hair removal for those people who wish to streamline their regular beauty and grooming routine.

For example, shaving cuts hair at a sharp angle just above the skin, which means the hair resurfaces almost immediately. For many people, this requires the aggravation of daily shaving. Tweezers are a less-than-ideal solution for removing hair from smaller areas on the face, since plucking stray hairs on the chin or neck may lead to redness, plus the uncomfortable and unsightly condition of ingrown hairs. Waxing, which pulls hair out from the root, can be painful and involves frequent sessions for this temporary fix. Laser hair removal solves all of these issues.

Keep in mind that the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a board-certified dermatologist for this procedure, since he or she has an in-depth knowledge of the skin and the experience necessary to perform the procedure safely.

How It Works

At Windsor Dermatology, we customize our laser hair removal treatment settings for each individual based on skin tone, color of hair, and location of treatment. Lasers can safely be used on most parts of the body, although the eye area must be avoided.

First, a cool gel is applied to the treatment area. Next, a board-certified dermatologist guides a hand-held laser instrument over the skin. This device pulses and releases beams of light that target the dark pigment in the hair follicles, thus destroying the follicles permanently. Since the hair directly absorbs the light, the surrounding skin remains undamaged. A mild snapping sensation may be felt during the pulses.

The duration of each session depends upon the size of the body part being treated. Since hair follicles are in various stages of growth, several sessions spaced apart are necessary to target as many follicles as possible. Treatments are performed once per month. Occasionally, some hair may regrow, requiring maintenance treatments from time to time.

The cost of the treatment is based on the size of the body part that is being treated. Individual results vary depending upon factors such as the color of your skin and hair, and the contrast between them.

How To Prepare for Treatment

To achieve the best results for laser hair removal, it is important to follow the below tips for maximum safety and effectiveness:

  • Shave your skin with a new razor prior to your appointment.
  • Refrain from plucking or waxing for several weeks before your laser treatment.
  • Avoid sun exposure and steer clear of self-tanners for several weeks beforehand to increase the maximum contrast between hair and skin.

 
After treatment, you may experience minor skin irritation such as slight redness, but this should disappear within a few hours. If you wish, you may use cold compresses to soothe the skin. You should avoid sun exposure and salt water for a short time after your session, and follow any instructions issued by your doctor.

If you are considering laser hair removal, contact Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey to schedule a consultation. Our experienced professionals offer laser treatments for your unwanted hair that can provide you with smooth, lasting, hairless skin. Call the office today at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online.

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