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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nine Common Winter Skin Conditions and How to Ease Them

Photo Courtesy to Flickr User Chris Buhr
Winter is not easy on your skin. From the dry air outside to the lack of humidity inside, skin can easily get irritated and dehydrated, causing itching and flakiness. Dry skin is a winter condition we’re all familiar with, but do you know all of the conditions that are caused by harsh winter air? Below are common conditions that occur from exposure to cold air and ways that you can ease the pain. 

Acne 
Over-production of oil can lead to clogged pores, dead skin cells and bacteria on the skin, but dry skin can cause acne as well. Acne can happen on any part of the body, but it is most common on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Reducing the number of times that you touch your skin, especially your face, can help reduce acne, as well. A dermatologist can also recommend a topical regimen to help rid your skin of acne issues. Gentle cleansers and moisturizers can also help pesky acne that is caused by the cold. 

Eczema 
Eczema causes skin to become itchy, dry and irritated. It’s most common on the elbows, knees, hands and face. The best way to treat the irritated skin is to use a fragrance-free moisturizer and to avoid bathing more than once per day, since eczema is worsened when water settles on your skin. If the breakout is severe, there are steroids that can help relieve symptoms, as well. 

Chapped Lips 
Nothing is worse than cracking, red, chapped lips during the winter months. Chapped lips are one of the biggest issues people complain about during the winter season. Lips have a very thin layer of skin and are the most likely part of your face to dry out due to the dry winter air, wind and low humidity indoors. Splitting and cracking can also occur in severe cases, which is painful, does not heal easily and can act as a breeding ground for infection. One of the most common mistakes people make is licking their lips while out in the cold. This causes severe lip irritation and can making the chapping worse. Lip balm can ease and heal chapped lips by adding moisture and extra hydration. Many lip balms also contain healing medication that can cool and ease lip pain, as well. For more information on chapped lips, read our previous blog post on the topic here

Raynaud’s Disease 
For a person suffering from Raynaud’s disease, when the body gets too cold, the blood vessels spasm and constrict, resulting in a circulation issue. The affected area often becomes extremely pale, and the coloration between the affected skin and the healthy skin is apparent. If the body is exposed to the cold for a long period of time, the affected area can turn a deep purple from the lack of oxygen. When the skin finally warms up, it gets red, swollen and tingly, and it can be very painful. People who suffer from Raynaud’s can manage the symptoms by dressing in layers and wearing protective winter clothing, such as gloves, thick socks and insulated shoes, when they will be outside for long periods of time. 

Windburn 
Is the wind causing you to look like Rudolph? Cold winter wind can cause windburn, a skin irritation that causes dry, red, burning skin. To ease windburn, wear clothing that covers exposed skin when you’ll be outside. Scarves, coats and hats can help reduce the skin’s exposure and keep your skin protected and healthy. 

Winter Itch 
Do your hands and feet feel like sandpaper? Dry skin is not fun to experience. However, it’s nearly unavoidable when you’re forced to stay inside with the heat on during the cold winter months. Heat can dry skin out and make it flaky, irritated and itchy. The cold, outside air is also extremely dry and pulls the moisture out of skin. Using moisturizer and skin healing lotions can replenish your skin’s hydration. 

Psoriasis 
Psoriasis is a condition that is activated when the body’s defenses are alerted and your skin produces too many skin cells, which results in dry, flaky, scaly patches on the skin. The condition starts as a collection of small red bumps, then it progresses to these patches that are commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands and feet. The condition is incurable, but there are treatments that can calm the symptoms, including hydrocortisone, vitamin D and vitamin A creams, as well as treatments containing coal tar. Stress can exacerbate the condition, as well, so you can also try common relaxation techniques to keep psoriasis under control. 

Cold Uriticaria 
We’ve all heard of sun allergies, but have you heard of an allergy to the cold? Cold uriticaria is also known as cold hives. Large red welts, resulting from an allergy to the cold, appear on the skin. These welts are itchy and uncomfortable and can be as large as an inch in diameter. Some people may receive relief from antihistamine cream, but the most effective way to relieve the pain is by avoiding prolonged exposure to the cold. 

Rosacea 
Rosacea can cause your skin to look like you just ran a marathon, as it causes flushing and reddening of the face. An extremely common condition, rosacea isn’t just a winter issue, but it can flare up in any kind of extreme weather. It mainly affects the face, and it often looks and feels as though the person is blushing. Some people get bumps and pustules or dry eyes and eyelids along with the redness. If you suffer from rosacea, stay away from caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, wine, cheese and yogurt, as they can make rosacea worse. There are antibiotics that can ease rosacea, and skin peels and other treatments may help as well. For more information on rosacea, read our previous blog post on the topic here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Introducing Visha Skin Care’s Mommy Brightener!


In our last post on Visha Skin Care, we discussed the Advanced Correcting Serum, which is made with IlluminotexTM. But what works for most women may not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women! That’s why we created the Mommy Brightener with Illuminotex-TM, which provides many of the benefits of the Advanced Correcting Serum (plus a few just for pregnant or breastfeeding women) without some ingredients that may not be safe during that time.

Every mother knows that pregnancy is not easy on a woman’s body. Your body goes through many changes to accommodate for a growing baby, and your skin is no exception. Skin care is tough on expecting mothers and, often, finding a product that is safe to use while pregnant can be difficult.

The Mommy Brightener is a product that is proven to safely and effectively lighten skin pigmentations and ease lines that have been created by excessive hormones that are present during pregnancy.

This product contains Illuminotex-, a blend of melanin inhibitors, pharmaceutical-grade botanicals and mild exfoliants that help your skin break up excessive pigmentation that gathers beneath the surface. This product lightens and brightens skin, leading to a healthier complexion and giving you that beautiful pregnancy glow.

Mommy Brightener is also extremely easy to use! Use the Mommy Brightener two times a day on your face and neck. Also, use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for maximum results. It’s that easy.

Our Mommy Brightener is available at vishaskincare.com or http://shop.vishaskincare.com/product-p/sku-s-01318.htm, or at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates in Germantown, Tennessee, or Olive Branch, Mississippi, or by calling 1-844-VISHA-4-U. You can also visit vishaskincare.com or advanceddermatologymemphis.com/visha-skin-care.html for more information on the Mommy Brightener, as well as other Visha Skin Care products.

If you have questions or concerns about using this product or one of the other Visha Skin Care products, leave a comment, call 1-844-VISHA-4-U or, if you’re in the area, visit Dr. Patel at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates in Germantown, Tennessee, or Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Introducing Visha Skin Care’s Advanced Correcting Serum!

Do you feel like it takes 20 minutes just to complete your skin care regimen in the morning? Do you struggle to find the right products that don’t cause your skin to break out or become dry or irritated? Through her years of private dermatological practice, Dr. Purvisha Patel noticed a gap in affordable, over-the-counter products that were both effective and simple to use. And she addressed it through Visha Skin Care.

Visha Skin Care currently offers two products: Advanced Correcting Serum and Mommy Brightener. In this post, you’ll learn more about the Advanced Correcting Serum, which is a complete correcting product for all skin types. Watch for another post discussing the Mommy Brightener, which is safe and effective for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

In collaboration with chemists from LCE Laboratories, Dr. Patel created the Advanced Correcting Serum, a product that helps skin in all ways without the hassle of multi-step application. Advanced Correcting Serum with IlluminotexTM is a serum created to treat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as uneven skin texture brought on by UV damage, and even to fade dark skin left from scars and other skin damage.

Illuminotex is a patent-pending formula that contains melanin inhibitors, pharmaceutical-grade botanicals and mild exfoliants, which help break up “clumped” pigmentation. This allows your skin to be brighter and to have a more even tone, creating a more beautiful complexion.

The Advanced Correcting Serum is also easy to use! Use two or three pumps of the serum two times daily, spread evenly over your face or other area of concern, and within 10 weeks, you will notice a difference in your skin. We recommend you also use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day with this serum for maximum results and protection.

Advanced Correcting Serum is currently available online at http://shop.vishaskincare.com/product-p/sku-s-01218.htm, by visiting Advanced Dermatology in Memphis, Tennessee, or Olive Branch, Mississippi, or by calling 1-844-VISHA-4-U. You can also visit vishaskincare.com or advanceddermatologymemphis.com/visha-skin-care.html for more information on our Advanced Correcting Serum and other Visha Skin Care products.

Have questions about Advanced Correcting Serum by Visha Skin Care? Leave a comment below, call 1-844-VISHA-4-U or, if you’re in the area, visit Dr. Patel at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates in Germantown, Tennessee, or Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to Make Your Makeup Last All Day


Photo Courtesy to Flickr user 
Renata Alves dos Anjos
Your most successful days may have one thing in common: how they began. For many women, the morning ritual of makeup application is a moment of personal peace taken for themselves, not out of vanity, but out of respect for the body and mind. This simple routine can be a time to take a deep breath in, refresh your soul and remind yourself that you are a woman to be reckoned with. You are strong. You are smart. You are capable, and you are beautiful. 

However, if you’re like most women, maintaining this mindset throughout the day can be challenging. It’s 2 p.m.; you’re late for a meeting; there’s a coffee stain on your skirt that’s now six hours old; and to make matters worse, your makeup is practically sliding off of your face thanks sweat and the natural oils in your skin. 

Now to the age-old dilemma: How do you make the morning moment of peace and confidence last all day? Well, there’s no set formula, but keeping your makeup fresh all day is a lovely start. 

Start with a Clean Slate. 
In order to maintain that perfect foundation application you work so hard on in the morning, it’s important to remember that what you do before you apply is more important than what you do during application. First of all, when you care for your skin properly, you’ll feel more confident without makeup. Then, when you do choose to wear it, it will apply more smoothly. 

To begin, always wash your face and apply moisturizer in the morning, and allow no longer than 30 minutes to go by between doing so and applying your makeup. If you have oily skin and moisturizer makes you nervous, don’t worry! Your skin is actually thirsty and is overproducing oil to compensate. By moisturizing after you wash your face, your skin will receive the moisture it needs and therefore slow down oil production. 

Ready, SET, Stay! 
Another key tip in getting your foundation to stay all day, is making sure you have the correct components to help it out. Invest in a quality primer for your skin type, and your makeup will have the correct base to collaborate with your delicate visage. Always set your foundation with a translucent powder to help absorb oil throughout the day, and when you need extra staying power, apply a setting spray to help meld the products together. One more thing - hairspray is not ideal for setting makeup! Read more about what not to put on your face by clicking here. 

Put Your Hands Down. 
Possibly the simplest trick in the book is one of the most important ones. Unless you’re using an oil-blotting sheet or a dab of powder to touch up during the day, keep your fingers off your face. By touching your face, you risk smudging your makeup or transferring bacteria and other body oils to your sensitive skin. 

Have any questions about your skin care routine? Leave them in the comments or schedule an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates today!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Losing weight, but still have trouble spots? Try CoolSculpting!


You get enough sleep, eat your vegetables and exercise on a regular basis. You’re proud of the diligence you undertake in caring for your body, and it shows! However, you still catch yourself looking back in the mirror, annoyed that your dedicated regimen has done nothing to shrink your love handles or to help you lose that last 10 pounds. You may think that surgery is your only option, but think again! Skip liposuction and other invasive surgical procedures and try CoolSculpting, an effective, non-surgical alternative.

What is it?
CoolSculpting technology is the only revolutionary, FDA-cleared method to reshape body contours. Available to both men and women, the procedure uses controlled cooling to target and kill stubborn fat cells, requiring no downtime and providing proven and long-term results. It literally freezes away those unwanted fat cells in as little as a single outpatient treatment.

How does it work?
After observing children who developed dimples from eating popsicles, Harvard University scientists Dieter Manstein, M.D., and R. Rox Anderson, M.D., developed a theory that turned into reality: Cold can selectively eliminate fat cells. This technology works by bringing the sub-dermal layer of fat to sub-zero temperatures, effectively targeting and eliminating unwanted fat cells. In the weeks following the procedure, the affected cells are naturally eliminated from the body. The procedure can be completed relatively quickly, in a lunch hour or other personal time, without any required downtime or missed work.

Who is it for?
The ideal CoolSculpting candidate has struggled with certain problem areas, in which pockets of fat resist change from diet and exercise. Common problem areas are “muffin tops,” “saddle-bags,” the inner thighs or any other area in which fat refuses to budge. CoolSculpting can give you the look you’ve wanted for years!

What are the risks?
After the simple procedure, some mild side effects may occur. Candidates may experience temporary numbness, swelling, redness, tingling, bruising and mild pain. In rare cases, as with any health procedure, there can be more serious side effects. It’s important to discuss the procedure with your doctor.

CoolSculpting is available at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates in Germantown, Tennessee, and Olive Branch, Mississippi. Advanced Dermatology is a Preferred Crystal Practice, the highest distinction held by any CoolSculpting provider in the Mid-South. For more information on CoolSculpting, visit http://www.coolsculpting.com/.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What is Your Skin Saying to You?

Photo courtesy to Flickr user briteside913


What Your Skin Has To Say
The body’s largest living organ weighs anywhere from six to nine pounds and has a total body area of about 20 square feet. It’s your skin. And it has a lot of room to talk! Your skin does an extraordinary amount for your health and well-being, and one of its most fundamental responsibilities is communication.

Skin loves to talk. But are we always listening? Here a few examples of how your skin communicates when it experiences compromising conditions and when it’s time for you to speak up on your body’s behalf.

Blue and purple veins running up your legs
Do not be alarmed, as varicose veins are very common in women, people older than 50 and during pregnancy. They occur when the blood does not circulate as it should, causing it to back up and gather into the vein. This backup is the reason it pools and bulges.

A few ways to prevent or help varicose veins is to exercise regularly and wear compression hose. If the veins become warm and tender to the touch, let your health care provider know.

Dark red lines on your palms
You do not need to be a fortune teller to read these signs that may appear on the palms of your hands. Dark red lines on your palms and other areas of skin may indicate an adrenal insufficiency or endocrine disorder commonly known as Addison’s disease. An endocrine disorder will usually display itself on skin folds, lips, scars and pressure points. It has many signs and symptoms ranging from low blood pressure to severe pain. Make sure you are listening to your body and contact your health care provider as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms.

Yellowish skin or orange palms
When your thyroid does not produce enough important hormones, it upsets the chemical balance of your body and causes hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism may be detected by a yellowish skin tone, orange palms, dry and cold skin, a swollen face or thinning hair. This condition can be easily fixed with the right medication, but be sure to contact your health care provider for the best treatment for you.

Super pale skin, blue-tinged nails
This is your skin telling you that you may be suffering from severe anemia caused by an iron, folate or B12 deficiency, which causes a lack of red blood cell production. This condition will likely present itself by a bluish tint in your mouth and on your gums and lips. It is a common issue, but if it is accompanied by fainting or vomiting blood, you need to consult your health care provider immediately.

Tingling and rash
Just like your skin told you, and all of your friends, that you were suffering from chicken pox as a child by a flashy display of red bumps and itchiness, shingles (also known as Herpes Zoster) is commonly called the adult form of chicken pox. And it’s just as flashy with its display. Shingles appear as a rash of red bumps on one side of your face, neck, trunk or legs. It is a virus caused by stress, infection and by certain medications. It’s actually caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox in children, so be especially wary if you had chicken pox already.

Your skin is always willing to communicate. It often communicates through change of color and sensitivity. Be sure to examine your skin often and keep an eye out for anything it may be trying to say. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comment box below or call 901-759-2322 to make an appointment with our dermatology staff. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Skin Care Tips: What NOT to Put On Your Face


Photo courtesy of flickr user sloverton



Every now and then you may overhear a woman talk about her latest discovery of some amazing new trend, and you might wonder if it is worth trying for yourself. While these trends usually seem to go hand-in-hand with convincing personal testimony, they are not always the best options. Sometimes it is easy to just go along with the crowd, but if you do that you might end up doing some damage to your precious skin.

Here is a list of things that you should avoid putting on your face or use in moderation:

  • Lemons: Just because something comes from the ground does not always mean that it is good for you. Lemons are a citric fruit and they contain acid. This acidic nature can cause inflammation and irritation to your skin. The area you put the lemon on will also become more susceptible to sunburns, and no one wants to walk around with a red face!
  • Hairspray: While getting a little on your face when you are applying it to your hair is not the end of the world, if you were intentionally using it on your face you might end up with a problem. In many cases, it isn’t uncommon for some women to use hairspray as a way to keep their makeup from running if they have oily skin or if they sweat. It may seem like a good idea, but doing this often or using lots of hairspray will only clog your pores, dry out the skin and cause a lot of irritation down the road.  
  • Toothpaste: Many people have heard the claim that toothpaste can help dry out pimples. While toothpaste does possess the ability to dry out the zit, it will also dry out the skin surrounding the applied area. It also has the potential to chemically burn your face, and this is hardly the way you want to go for your chemical peel.
  • Rubbing Alcohol: Alcohol is known as a disinfectant and is commonly used to sterilize your cuts and wounds. Even though popping pimples isn’t the way to go to get rid of them, it isn’t unheard of to rub a cotton ball with alcohol over the pimple after you have popped it. After all, it seems like the perfect win – you ideally get rid of any part of the acne you didn’t get from the popping, and if you have oily skin you also removed the pesky oil. Unfortunately, the alcohol does not only destroy the bacterial DNA. It also destroys the human DNA. This can lead to extra dryness, the buildup of dead cells and, of course, the pimple returning with a vengeance.
  • Body Lotion: OK, it seems odd that this is something that is bad for your face since you’re told that it helps moisturize skin. However, the skin on your face is not as thick and resilient as the skin on the rest of your body. Due to the facial skin being so delicate, it is best to use gentler moisturizers for your face to keep it from being overpowered by thick, fragrant body lotions. Even if your face seems to be drying out and you only have body lotion, resist the temptation!   

Now you know a few things that you should pay more attention to concerning your facial care. Keep in mind that these things can be OK in moderation, so don’t worry if you have used them before. Just be sure to pay close attention to the current trends and make sure they are actually safe for your skin! Do you have any more questions about things to not put on your face? If so, write a comment and we will try and get back to you.