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Holistic Dieting 101

How this Natural Approach to Eating Can Benefit Your Skin

As you get older, your skin begins to show signs of aging. These include sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, dryness, and dullness. The beauty industry offers a wide variety of products to help combat and prevent these signs, and most of them come with a high price tag. The good news is you can eat your way to healthy skin through a holistic diet.

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How To Create a Psoriasis-Friendly Diet

Researchers categorize psoriasis as an autoimmune disorder in which the disease-fighting cells in your body mistakenly attack and destroy healthy cells in your skin. To compensate for the resulting loss, your body produces new skin cells at an accelerated rate, leading to the buildup of thick, scaly patches of excess skin that are often itchy, red, and painful.

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National Psoriasis Foundation Elects Dr. Bagel to Board of Directors

It is with absolute pleasure that we are proud to announce that Dr. Jerry Bagel has been elected to the Board of Directors to the National Psoriasis Foundation. For over 15 years Dr. Bagel has been dedicated to helping those with psoriasis find a way to reclaim their lives from this condition. Dr. Bagel has served as a four-term member of the National Psoriasis Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board and is excited to join NPF’s research and outreach committees. He and his two other elected board members will work closely with NPF President and CEO, Randy Beranek to accomplish the organization’s impressive goals. Congratulations Dr. Bagel!

Read the full press release here.

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Why Men Should Say Yes to Botox®

Non-invasive procedures to reduce the effects of aging have been around for decades, but they still have a reputation of being more popular with women than with men. The truth is that men also see the advantage of simple treatment options such as Botox® to improve the quality of their skin and to look younger. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the percentage of men opting to have minimally invasive procedures has increased 76 percent from 2000 to 2017, and the percentage getting Botox® has increased 397 percent in the same time period. Men want to see the same benefits from injections and fillers that women have been enjoying for years, and here is why you should too.

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Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Year-Round

Helpful Information for Pigmentary Disorder Patients

Vitiligo is a condition where the skin loses its color due to the loss of pigmentation. White and light-colored patches appear on the skin, and most of the time, it is not painful. Melasma is a similar condition where gray or brown patches appear on the skin. Typically, it occurs on the chin, forehead and nose. While it is important for everyone to wear sunscreen going outside, it is even more vital for individuals with these conditions to use sunblock frequently. Without adequate protection, people with these conditions will experience tanner skin around the lighter patches, resulting in more apparent discoloration.

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Spider Veins Stopping You from Moving More in April? How Sclerotherapy Treatment Can Help

Treat Spider Veins This April Thanks to Sclerotherapy

With April being deemed the “Move More” month by the American Heart Association, many individuals are looking for ways to get out and be active daily. If you suffer from purple, red, or blue lines on your legs known as spider veins, the idea of dusting off your shorts and sportswear may not be at the top of your spring bucket list. The good news is there is a spider vein treatment available to treat your lines known as sclerotherapy.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are blood vessels that become dilated with blood and then appear on your skin’s surface. They are often caused by poor circulation, but can also occur due to standing for long lengths of time, obesity, pregnancy, and hormonal changes. In some cases, spider veins cause discomfort or burning, but mainly they are cosmetic concern that create a lack of confidence in individuals who experience them.

Spider veins are not limited to your legs either. Some individuals experience spider veins on their nose and cheeks (caused by sun exposure) or on their abdomen. Spider veins are most common in women because they are triggered by female hormones.

How do you treat spider veins?

If your spider veins aren’t causing any discomfort, you may not need to seek treatment. Many of our patients contact us about treatment options because they are embarrassed by how the lines look and they no longer want to expose their legs during warm months. Proper treatment of the veins can minimize their appearance or make them disappear entirely.

While there are several steps you can take at home to help with spider veins including changing your diet, wearing compression socks, elevating your feet, applying concealer or self-tanning lotion, and, of course, wearing clothes that cover them completely, we often recommend sclerotherapy to our patients.

What is sclerotherapy?

The Sclerotherapy procedure is a spider vein treatment where a dermatologist injects a salt solution into the impacted vein. The salt solution causes the blood vessel to swell and the blood to clot. After two to three months, the vessel becomes scar tissue and fades from being noticeable on your skin.

Sclerotherapy is a relatively painless procedure. You can expect to feel a pinch when the injection occurs, and there is a possibility of some minor bruising and discomfort afterward. You should wear compression socks to help with the healing process. You should also avoid strenuous exercise or aerobics for up to a week after the procedure, but you can take slow walks to help increase the blood flow and the healing time.

Spring has just begun, and April is the perfect time to treat spider veins with sclerotherapy. Windsor Dermatology has worked with numerous individuals to rebuild their confidence by eliminating spider veins, so contact our office at 609-443-4500 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. We will work with you to explain sclerotherapy, create a plan, and minimize your spider veins.

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BOTOX vs. Juvederm: Which Is Right for Your Skin?

Understand the Differences of BOTOX vs. Juvederm

The aging process brings us more than just new wisdom. It usually comes with unwanted lines and wrinkles. Modern cosmetic procedures with BOTOX Cosmetic and fillers (such as Juvederm) give you an opportunity to fight these unwanted signs of aging. Below is an introduction to the BOTOX vs. Juvederm procedures to help you understand how they work to rejuvenate your appearance.

What is BOTOX Cosmetic?

BOTOX Cosmetic is a brand name for botulinum toxin. Using BOTOX Cosmetic relaxes the muscles that cause frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet to appear. During a treatment, a physician injects diluted medicine into the problem areas. You can expect a mild, brief pinch during the treatment.

Treatment takes under 15 minutes. Improvement is seen a few days after the treatment. Results usually last for three months.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is the brand name for a family of injectable cosmetic fillers based on the active ingredient hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid exists naturally in the skin and helps the skin stay hydrated. With age, the quantity of natural hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases, leading to increased laxity and wrinkles. Replenishing hyaluronic acid with Juvederm reduces the appearance of aging.

One use of Juvederm fillers is to directly fill or soften unwanted wrinkles such as in the nasolabial folds (“laugh lines”). It may also fill marionette lines below the mouth corners and vertical lip lines. In addition, Juvederm may be placed into the lips to augment their fullness.

Juvederm Voluma is a used to correct age-related facial atrophy by restoring volume which has been lost from deep facial fat pads. The effect of this revolumizing is particularly dramatic on the upper cheeks, where it restores a more youthful facial contour and creates a subtle lift.

The effects of Juvederm fillers are long-lasting, and improvement commonly lasts for one year or longer. Treatments may take anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the extent of the procedure.

Results

Both BOTOX Cosmetic and Juvederm produce satisfying and rejuvenating results. Often they are used together as part of a comprehensive rejuvenation program which may also include laser and light-based treatments to reduce photoaging.

The best way to know what procedure is right for you is to contact Windsor Dermatology to schedule a personal cosmetic consultation with a board-certified dermatologist. We will guide you through the treatment selection process and help you understand what to expect.

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Rosacea Awareness Month: Five Facts About Rosacea You Need to Know

Understand What Causes Rosacea and More During Rosacea Awareness Month

“Why is your face red?” is a question you may often hear if you are one of the 16 million Americans that live with Rosacea. Chances are even if you don’t have Rosacea, you have heard of the chronic skin condition. Too often, Rosacea is only thought of as the red face condition, when in actuality, there are many additional characteristics you should be aware of. Since April is Rosacea Awareness Month, what better time is there to learn?

What causes Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes facial redness and in some cases acne-like bumps on the face. There are currently no concrete causes of the condition, but there are several theories including genetics, dilated blood vessels under the facial skin,  lifestyle choices, sun damage, or skin irritation. Side effects of rosacea are typically manageable until the individual undergoes a “flare up” causing the redness to occur.

5 Facts about Rosacea you need to know

To help increase awareness, we’ve put together five facts about Rosacea to help you understand symptoms, triggers, and available treatments.

  1. There are several known lifestyle triggers.

Everyday choices can cause a flare up in Rosacea patients. Spicy foods, red wine, overexposure to the sun, hot showers, and hot beverages are a few choices to be careful of. A few unknown triggers include exercise and emotions; for example, if you tend to blush during speaking engagements, it can also cause a flare-up.

  1. Treatment depends on the type of Rosacea you have.

There is more than one type of rosacea and depending in which you have will determine your choices for treatment.

  1. It’s common in fair-skinned individuals.

Anybody can be diagnosed with rosacea no matter gender or skin tone. But it is most often diagnosed in fair skin individuals because the redness is more noticeable than in those with darker complexions.

  1. Symptoms get worse if not treated.

Redness will only get worse if you avoid seeing a dermatologist for treatment options. Types of available treatments range from antibiotics, medications to reduce redness, acne prescriptions, dermabrasion, light therapy, and electrosurgery.

  1. Symptoms include more than redness and bumps.

While redness and bumps are the most common signs you have Rosacea, there are additional symptoms to be aware of. If you experience swollen blood vessels, thickened skin around the nose, and itchy or dry eyes, you should contact a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis.

Rosacea Awareness Month

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) named April as Rosacea Awareness Month 26 years ago to increase awareness of the skin condition. Their goal is to educate as much of the community as possible, so those suffering take the initiative to get help from a doctor. More than 95% of patients diagnosed knew little or nothing about the disease before diagnosis.

If you have experienced signs of rosacea or have concerns about your skin condition, contact the team at Windsor Dermatology to schedule a consultation today. We can review your symptoms and create a treatment plan to best suit your needs.

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April Showers: Spring Skin Care Tips

April Showers: Healthy Skin Tips You Can Do in the Shower

Take Advantage of These Simple Shower Skin Care Tips

Taking a relaxing shower is the perfect way to unwind from a long day or to jumpstart your morning. It gives you a chance to relax your body’s muscles, clear your mind, and feel refreshed. While showering has many health benefits like improved blood circulation, decreased stress, and creating white blood cells to fight sickness, most of us don’t fully take advantage of everything a shower can do for our bodies, especially our skin. Take advantage of these simple shower skin care tips to achieve healthy, glowing skin before you leave the house.

  1. Take cooler showers

Taking a hot shower is one of life’s simple pleasures, but when you expose your skin to hot water, it can damage the skin. Hot water strips away the outer layer of your skin where natural oils lay. When you do this often, the skin isn’t able to reproduce the oil, causing it to be continually dry.

  1. Limit your time in the shower

Depending on your daily activity, you may not need to shower every day. While that may be hard for many of us to grasp, 100 years ago, it was reasonable to only bath once per week. Showering too often or for too long damages your outer skin and minimizes the amount of natural oils it can produce daily.

If your day was spent 100% indoors, you should consider skipping the shower. If you shower in the morning and then work out later in the day, your second shower should be less than five minutes.

  1. Wash your hair as needed

Just like you don’t necessarily need to shower daily, you may not need to wash your hair every day either. If your hair is dry from coloring or graying, you won’t need to wash it daily because the shampoo will dry it out, causing the hair to break easily. It is also important to not go too long without washing your hair, or you risk dandruff buildup and an itchy scalp.

  1. Tackle dry skin the right way

Dry, itchy skin is never enjoyable to endure. Plenty of individuals are tempted to exfoliate daily to eliminate the symptom. Daily exfoliation is too harsh for skin and can often increase itchiness when overdone. Stick to exfoliating one to two times per week for best results. To tackle dry skin, use a moisturizing cleanser instead to instill moisture back into your skin.

  1. Always shave last

Shaving should be the last activity you do in the shower to give the hair time to soften from the water. This leads to a closer shave and less damage to your skin.

  1. Pat yourself dry

Skip rubbing yourself dry with the towel you only wash once per week. Being too forceful on your skin after a shower irritates it and may cause itchiness as a result. Instead use a clean towel to gently pat yourself dry and prevent itchy, red skin from occurring.

  1. Apply lotion

A good chemical-free moisturizer just three to four minutes after you’re done showering can make all the difference in your skin’s look and feel. It also prevents transepidermal water loss, the loss of your body’s water through the skin allowing it to remain healthy.

If you find yourself suffering from dry or irritated skin this spring, contact Windsor Dermatology to set up a consultation with one of our experienced doctors. Life’s too short to constantly worry about your skin!

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