When you have questions about your skin, it’s important to get answers from a specialist. Our team of board-certified dermatologists – near Miami in Coral Gables – are educated in and dedicated to the health and beauty of your skin. Here we provide information to answer some common skincare concerns.
What is allergic contact dermatitis and what is patch testing?
Allergic contact dermatitis is a rash caused by sensitivity to something coming into contact with the skin. Common culprits include metals, latex, dyes, fragrances and cosmetic preservatives. Patients can develop an allergy to something that they have been using for many years. Patch testing is a unique way of testing patients with rashes to determine if they are allergic to something in their environment. At our office, we offer an extended patch test series of 85 allergens. The testing is pain free is can be a great help in controlling chronic rashes.
How do I determine what facial regimen is right for me?
At our office, we believe that each patient has different needs that should be addressed in his or her daily facial regimen. At your next visit we would be happy to review your current regimen and ensure that you are on appropriate skincare products to target your unique concerns such as acne, aging skin, uneven tone, pore size, pigmentation and sun damage.
Why should I protect myself from the sun?
Sun exposure increases the amount of UVA and UVB that is absorbed by the skin. High levels of sun exposure age the skin, causing sun spots and giving the skin a thin wrinkled texture. UV exposure also increases the risk of skin cancer. We advise that everyone incorporate regular use of sunscreen, hats and protective clothing. Also, it is important to have regular skin checks by a dermatologist to ensure that we catch skin cancers and abnormal moles early.
What is the best way to get rid of acne?
The treatment for acne is based on the type of acne that a patient has. People with inflammatory acne often need medications that decrease inflammation and kill bacteria. People with blackheads and clogged pores benefit from retinol-based topical creams and acne facials. Photodynamic therapy controls acne with a series of light-based treatments.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is an acne-like condition found in the adult population. It is often associated with a flushed appearance and dilated blood vessels of the central face. Many people with rosacea also experience flares of inflammatory red papules (bumps, pimples and pustules). Spicy foods, alcoholic beverages, caffeine and stress can often cause this condition to flare up. The treatment of rosacea includes medications to combat the inflammation and medications to soothe the skin. Photorejuvenation treatments are sometimes needed to combat the dilated blood vessels.
Who do I ask about hair loss?
Dermatologists deal with problems of the skin, nails and hair. We are experienced in dealing with a variety of conditions that cause hair loss. If you are concerned about thinning hair, please make an appointment so that we can discuss your history. Hair loss can also be associated with specific hair disorders, hormonal issues and metabolic issues. Some types of hair loss can be very effectively managed with a treatment tailored to your specific needs.
Is there a cure for melasma?
Melasma is a condition of hyperpigmentation that is very common in South Florida. It often affects the face and sometimes the neck. It is most common in women, and can rarely occur in men. Melasma often occurs during pregnancy or while a patient is on birth control pills. There is no cure, but with treatment your skin can achieve beautiful even texture and pigmentation. Treatments include bleaching creams, creams to enhance exfoliation, chemical peels, and photorejuvenation. The hyperpigmentation can return and worsen with sun exposure; therefore, the most important part of treating melasma is the daily use of high SPF sunscreen, even when the skin is totally clear.
How do I deal with unwanted hair?
Options for treating unwanted hair are twofold. At our office, we offer laser hair removal for patients of every skin type. Usually multiple treatments (6 to 8) are required for permanent hair reduction. Fine blonde hair cannot be removed with a laser, but there are some topical treatments that we can recommend.
My hands are always dry and cracked, how do I treat them?
The most common reason for dry cracked hands is irritation from hand washing. Make sure you wash with a gentle, fragrance free soap and apply a moisturizing cream multiple times a day – especially after each instance of hand washing. Mild skin allergies can also cause rashes on the hands. If your issue remains chronic and does not improve, allergy patch testing may be indicated.