What is acne?
Acne is an aggravating skin condition that affects people of all ages, regardless of race or gender. Very few skin conditions are as troublesome and disturbing. The scientific name for acne is acne vulgaris. Acne typically develops on plainly visible areas of the body, such as the face, neck, chest and back.
Acne is an age-old problem that has plagued people for centuries. Several treatment options are available for this condition.
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What is a chemical peel?
There are three main types of peels: Light, Medium and Deep. Light peels are typically performed using alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid. Alpha hydroxyl acids are found in fruits and other foods. They effectively treat dry skin, acne, liver or sun spots. Alpha hydroxyl acids also reduce fine facial wrinkles and pore size, and improve the texture of skin. Salicylic acid is actually aspirin. Light peels are typically performed in 6 to 8 sessions. Each appointment is scheduled 2 to 3 weeks apart. Following a session, the skin has a red glow for a day or so.
Medium peels are performed using trichloroacetic acid. Patients can have medium peels several times a year. Medium peels are just as effective as light peels, but they penetrate the skin deeper. Thus, they can remove larger wrinkles and precancerous lesions that are not visible with the naked eye. Patients receiving a medium peel have a sunburn look that remains several days after a session.
Deep peels are not performed in this office.
I keep my baby’s diaper area very clean, yet diaper rash is still a problem. What can I do?
While diaper rash can develop for many reasons, it commonly develops because of wet diapers. Skin is moist, and therefore susceptible to chafing, friction and overgrowth of microorganisms. To prevent diaper rash, keep the diaper area as dry as possible. Also, if possible, let the baby go without a diaper. We offer several specialized cream to help clear up diaper rash.
What is eczema?
The terms eczema or dermatitis is used to describe certain types of inflamed skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and nummular dermatitis. Eczema can be red, scaly, or blistering. It typically itches.
What is facial skin rejuvenation?
The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic. Collagen and elastin, which keeps the skin firm, gets weaker. Long-term exposure to the sun makes superficial blemishes more noticeable. Facial rejuvenation is designed to restore a more youthful appearance, by reversing signs of aging and sun damage. Dr. Stiefler has the training and experience to offer a broad range of surgical and non-surgical methods for rejuvenating the skin.
What is Glycolic acid?
Glycolic acid is a alpha-hydroxy acid. It is a naturally occurring compound in sugar cane. When applied to the skin, it helps to dissolve the outer layer.
What are Hemangiomas?
Hemangiomas are benign, reddish tumors of the vascular endothelium. Hemangiomas may be present at the time of birth as precursor lesions. This is the most common type. They are rarely fully-formed at birth. In some cases, hemangiomas become evident within 2 to 4 weeks of life.
What is Isotretinoin?
Isotretinion is a powerful medicine that is typically used to treat cystic acne. It can also be used to treat rosacea. However, not all patients with rosacea are prescribed Isotretinion, because it can cause serious side effects and birth defects.
What is Keratin?
Keratin is the primary material found in the cells of the skin, hair and nail. It is highly fibrous protein.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Generally, a series of six to eight treatments will be necessary to achieve the long-term look you desire.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment designed to smooth the texture of the skin and promote rejuvenating growth. During the procedure, dead skin cells are gently exfoliated from the surface of the skin. Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment option for smoothing out fine wrinkles, age spots and light acne scars. It also stimulates the body to produce new skin cells and increased collagen. Typically, 5 to 12 sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. Sessions are usually spaced a few weeks apart. Periodic treatments may be required every few months to maintain results. Each session is quick and painless. No downtime is required following treatment.
What is a Nevus?
A nevus is a small raised growth on human skin; also called a mole.
What is Onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis is a common nail disorder that usually develops on the toenail. It can be associated with trauma to the affected nail. It can also be caused by a fungus. Nails become thick, hard to cut and painful. Warmth, moisture, trauma, communal bathing, and other activities that can expose one to fungi and can make the disease worse. Persons with onychomycosis often have painful, deformed nails, and are not able to perform daily activities like typing or walking.
What is Photorejuvenation?
Photorejuvenation are intense-pulsed light laser treatments designed to improve and/or remove pigemented and vascular lesions, and stimulate new collagen formation, which improves skin texture and tone. While improvements are noticeable following one session, usually a series of treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results.
I have rosacea. What can I do about the constant redness and broken blood vessels on my face?
Persistent redness and broken blood vessels (telangiectasias) are the characteristics of rosacea. Topical vitamin K creams and gels can decrease redness. The broken blood vessels can be treated using lasers or Photodynamic Therapy.
What is the Ultraviolet (UV) Index?
The UV index is developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) daily. It is a forecast of the amount of UV rays expected to reach the surface of the Earth when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. The higher the index, the faster radiation can damage the eyes and skin. Knowing the UV index can help you better plan you outdoor activities. Always take precautions to prevent overexposure.
What conditions can affect veins?
Spider veins are small, enlarged blood vessels that can appear on the surface of the skin. They can be red or blue. Spider veins typically develop on the legs, but can also frequently occur on the face or another area of the body. Spider veins can appear as short, unconnected lines, each about the size of a large hair. They may also be connected in a “sunburst” pattern. In some cases, spider veins can develop on a small area and aren’t very noticeable. They can also develop on large areas of skin and can be very unattractive, and uncomfortable. We can treat spider veins using a laser. We can also inject a solution in them that can cause them to go away or decrease in size.
What are warts?
Warts are benign tumors. They are the result of a virus that causes many cells to grow on the external layer of skin. Warts are not dangerous to your health or cancerous and usually fade away on their own over time. Typically found on your hands and feet, common warts can make you feel self-conscious, thus you may want them removed. Removing the warts will keep them from spreading, but warts can be a recurring problem.