You enter a shopping store, browse countless products on the shelves, you look at endless reviews on Amazon… but where to start for healthy skin? This is a paramount issue that simply can give you a headache trying to solve! But I have good news – good skin starts with basic rules and simple habits. These are so important and must be done consistently. Then after that is done, we can include various skin products that we will discuss in another post.
Whenever your skin is injured (accidents or surgeries), your body works to repair the wound. As your skin heals, a scar may form, as this is a natural part of the healing process. But how the scar appears in the long-term depends on the healing process of your skin.
While scars from surgery or over joints like the knees and elbows are hard to avoid, scars caused by minor cuts and scrapes can become less noticeable by properly treating the wound at home.
Here are my tips for reducing the appearance of scars caused by injuries such as skinned knees or deep scratches:
Although no scar can be completely eliminated, most scars fade over time. If you’re worried about the appearance of a scar, be sure to see a board-certified dermatologist.
So while Halloween costumes often have scary fake scars, we do not need further scars to haunt us all year round. Be safe, take care of any skin irritation, and be sure to leave any scar advice below!
The arrival of autumn brings a wonderful season of change: animals getting ready for the winter, the upcoming festive holidays, Pumpkin Spice Lattes around every corner, and the beauty of the changing tree colors.
But some things simply do not change with the arrival of autumn… in Chicago and the Midwest especially, we need to be on the lookout for ticks and other creepy crawlers after walking in densely forested areas or grassy plains. While spring and summer are the most common months to encounter a tick, most people forget that we can still get bit anytime and then have consequences with diseases.
Ticks are small, insect-like creatures that live in heavily-wooded or grassy areas. If you walk through these areas, they can attach to your skin and feed on your blood. Although most ticks do not carry disease, some can cause serious illness, such as Lyme disease, Powassan virus, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. To prevent infection, it’s important to remove a tick from your skin as soon as you notice it.
To remove a tick that is attached to your skin, dermatologists recommend the following tips:
Fortunately, there are many things we can do to protect ourselves and our families against ticks. To prevent tick bites, here are some tips!
So be safe while enjoying the beauty of autumn, be sure to keep the creepy crawlies outside (not on your skin), and go pick-up a cup of your favorite pumpkin spiced beverage.
The summer is over. Daylight seems to be fading earlier and earlier by the day. Long gone are the days of hitting the beach and playing outside in tank-tops and shorts.
A question I often get from patients is: “Do we need to continue to apply sun protection?” Why do we need to and what does this truly mean? Even though the summer is over, the sun’s damaging rays still pass through the clouds. Skin cancer is increasing at an alarming rate in America – and sun protection is often ignored or under-utilized by most people. We need to protect ourselves starting at a young age in hopes of preventing skin cancer and premature aging.
Here are my tips for skin cancer awareness and the importance of maintaining sun-safety even in the fall and winter:
Learn how to apply sunscreen here -