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Common Misconceptions About Dry Skin

January 07th, 2016 | Category: Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg,Eczema/Dermatitis

 

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Myths About Dry Skin

Even though dry skin is much more widespread during the winter months, it can still show up during other seasons and even throughout the year for some people. Although it is a common skin condition, there are still many misconceptions surrounding dry skin as well as the causes behind it. Below, we will examine some common myths and explain why they are not true.

  1. Dehydration

It is commonly believed that dry skin is a result of not drinking enough water or, on the other hand, keeping your body hydrated will maintain the moisture in your skin and prevent dry skin. But, the truth is that drinking water does not have any bearing on how much moisture is present in your skin. If your skin is dry, it’s important to add moisture from the outside in, such as by suing a moisturizing wash and using creams, lotions or ointments.

  1. Cold Air

It is not just the cold air outdoors that causes the skin to dry up; rather it’s also the warm dry air indoors with low humidity which makes skin dry and flaky. However, it’s important to have a more moist environment during the winter months; using a humidifier in your room can increase the humidity and keep your skin healthy.

  1. Hot Showers

Contrary to popular belief, hot showers do not moisturize your skin. Instead, the heat from hot water causes the natural oils in the skin to dry out which leads to dry skin. Despite how soothing it may feel, it will do your skin wonders by turning down the heat in the shower to luke warm.

  1. Pile on the Moisturizer

Moisturizers are only effective if they have the right ingredients. Look for products that are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Do not use scented moisturizers, since these chemicals may irritte the skin even more.

  1. Soaps Keep the Skin Soft and Moist

That is not necessarily the case because any harsh soap will actually strip the moisture from the skin. As a result, this can cause dry skin. So, it would be a good idea to choose a soap that is made specifically for dry skin and is gragrance and scent free.

Once again, dry skin is not something limited to certain people or specific times of the year. If you are someone who has dry skin or any other skin condition, consider booking a consultation with Dr. Goldenberg online or by calling us at 212-241-9728.

What is Psoriasis?

December 30th, 2015 | Category: Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg,Psoriasis

 

Psoriasis is a multifactorial genetic condition in which inflammation is increased and skin cells turn over at a higher than normal rate. On the outside, the increased scale is caused by rapid growth of skin cells. This in turn causes skin cells to accumulate on the surface of the skin and cause silvery scale. On the inside, there is an increase in inflammation. This inflammation causes the skin to be red and inflamed. This likely causes the itching and burning commonly seen in psoriasis.

The most common type of psoriasis is called psoriasis vulgaris (common psoriasis). These patients have insolvent of the skin extensors, such as knees and elbows, scalp and buttocks. However, every inch of skin can be covered with psoriasis in severe cases. Other types of psoriasis include inverse psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis and erythrodermic psoriasis

The inflammation that is seen in the skin of psoriasis may also be occurring in joints, causing psoriatic arthritis.  It’s also been shown that patients with psoriasis are at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, depression, smoking and alcohol abuse.

Psoriasis is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. However, multiple treatment options exist for patients with a wide range of disease, from mild to severe. These include:

  • Diet and lifestyle modification
  • Topical creams & ointments
  • Light therapy
  • Oral medications
  • Biologics injections

 

Creams and ointments are the most commonly used option by people. Light therapy has been proven to work by slowing cellular growth and nullifying the effects of psoriasis. Oral medications can help with moderate disease with a good safety record. Injectable biologic drugs target specific parts of the immune system effected by psoriasis and are administered through injections. These medicines are safe and effective for both, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

To understand your psoriasis better and to find the right treatment for it, book your consultation today with Dr. Gary Goldenberg at one of his New York dermatology offices.

Skincare Myths

December 18th, 2015 | Category: Acne,Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg

 

Caring for your skin to make sure it’s healthy and beautiful is important. However, there is a lot of misinformation about this very topic. Myths of skin care are rampant on the internet and beauty magazines. Here are some of the myths…debunked!

Myth #1: Drink more water for dry skin.
If you suffer from dry skin, you might think that drinking more water will help but dry skin isn’t as simple as that. In fact, drinking more water won’t make dry skin better. Studies have shown that water content of dry skin, normal skin, and oily skin have very insignificant differences. Dry skin occurs when the substances between skin cells are depleted and damaged; thus, becoming rough, uneven, flaky and allows water to be lost. Drinking more water won’t moisturize your skin unless the outer barrier is maintained. Therefore, the treatment of dry skin should come from the outside, i.e., by applying a moisturizer to re-hydrate their skin and maintain their outer barrier. It’s also important to protect your skin by avoiding irritating ingredients, sun damage, harsh chemicals and fragrance.

Myth #2: Tanning clears up acne.
One of the most common skincare misconception is that tanning can help with acne. First and most importantly, there is no doubt that tanning and sun exposure in general cause skin cancer, such as melanoma. Although acne breakouts are less noticeable after tanning, it doesn’t completely heal or prevent acne. Tanning covers up skin’s redness and dries up the surface of your skin, which may help some blemishes fade temporarily. However, it is not a permanent solution. In fact, tanning actually causes skin irritation and weakens your skin’s natural barrier. In addition, too much sun can break down collagen that keeps your skin elastic, which can lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. I recommend that everyone wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every time they are outside, even on cloudy days. As far as acne goes, there are many safer and more effective acne treatments than exposing yourself to sun’s harmful rays.

Myth #3: It’s better to pop pimples.
Although popping pimples makes them less noticeable for the time being, it doesn’t prevent future acne breakouts and can cause scarring of the “popped” pimple. When you squeeze a pimple, the pus actually goes deeper and pushes bacteria, dead skin, and oil further into your skin. This causes more inflammation, swelling, and redness and can also lead to acne scars and even more breakouts. These acne marks can last for months or years and even create permanent lasting scars. The best treatment for acne is treating current breakouts and preventing future breakouts form happening. I also tell all patients that it is crucial not to pick at their face. The residual redness, hyperpigmentation and scarring can last for a very long time. Although it may be hard to resist, it’s better to not pop your pimples.

To effectively treat your skin care needs, consult with a dermatologist who can provide you with the best advice for treatment. Visit Dr. Gary Goldenberg at Goldenberg Dermatology to set up your consultation.

The Anatomy of the Skin

November 11th, 2015 | Category: Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg

 

Did you know that:

● The skin of an adult weighs about about 9 pounds?
● The skin is the largest organ in the body?
● The skin is constantly regenerating, shedding about 50, 000 dead cells a minute?
● The average person has about 3 million sweat glands in the skin?
● The skin progressively thickens until an individual reaches the thirties or forties then, it begins to thin?

The skin is a complex and dynamic system, responsible for keeping pathogens at bay, our body temperature consistent and ultraviolet radiation out. A look into the anatomy of the skin reveals some of the inner workings of our largest and most visible organ.

The Layers of the Skin
The skin consists of three principal layers. Within each layer, specialized cells and structures carry out key functions.

Epidermis: The Outer Layer
Key function: Protects the body from the environment.

The epidermis is stratified into distinct layers as follows: the basal cell layer (the deepest layer of the epidermis), the squamous cell layer (the thickest layer of the epidermis), the stratum granulosum and the stratum lucidum (two thin layers), and the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis).

The epidermis consists primarily of keratinocytes, specialized cells that produce a tough fibrous protein called keratin. Keratin gives structure to the hair, nails and skin. Originating in the basal layer, keratinocytes migrate upwards from the deeper layers to the surface, eventually dying and forming a protective layer. The stratum corneum–the vital barrier consisting of dead keratin-filled cells–prevents bacteria, viruses and foreign substances from entering the body.

The basal layer of the epidermis contains melanocytes, cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives the skin color. Melanin filters out the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage skin cells.

The epidermis does not contain blood vessels; instead, it receives nutrients from the dermis (the underlying layer) via a process called diffusion. The nutrients are passed through the dermoepidermal junction, the tissue that joins the epidermal and dermal layers.

Dermis: The Inner Middle Layer
Key function: Supplies nutrients to the epidermis and regulates temperature.

Structure: Located beneath the epidermis, the dermis is the thickest of the skin layers and consists of two sublayers: the papillary layer (the more superficial layer) and reticular layer (the deeper layer). Composed primarily of connective tissues, the dermis gives the skin its elasticity and strength. As home to blood vessels, nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles and oil glands, the dermis contains the majority of the skin’s structures and components. What the components do:

● The extensive network of blood vessels transport nutrients and eliminate waste.
● Nerve endings sense stimuli such as touch, temperature, pressure and pain. With at least five types of pain and touch receptors, the skin’s sensory capacity can be highly specific and sensitive. In some areas of the body, such as the fingers, there is a greater concentration of nerve endings.
● To cool the body, sweat glands produce sweat, a liquid combination of salt, water and other substances that is released through pores. There are two types of sweat glands, the specialized apocrine sweat glands (located in the armpits and pubic regions) and the more generalized eccrine sweat glands (found throughout the body).
● Hair follicles are the hair-producing structures that are anchored in the dermis. Attached to hair follicles, oil glands secrete an oily substance called sebum, which helps keep the skin lubricated and waterproof.

Hypodermis or Subcutis: The Fatty/Deep Layer
Key functions: Helps insulate the body, provides protective padding and stores energy.

Structure: Contained in a matrix of fibrous tissue, fat cells are an important energy reserve. The fat layer is not uniformly thick, with some areas of the body having a deeper layer than others.

What’s Your Skin Type?

October 28th, 2015 | Category: Acne,Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg,Media

 

Some people have skin that constantly begs for moisture, while others cannot seem to counteract excess oil. Genetics influence your basic skin type, but environmental factors also play a role. Moreover, skin changes over the course your lifetime. Understanding your skin type can help you make the right decisions when it comes to skin care.

Dry Skin
Dry skin is characterized by a lackluster complexion, fine lines and diminished resilience. If you have dry skin, you may see it worsen seasonally or notice a change when you are in certain climates. Winter weather can exacerbate dry skin, potentially causing rough patches, itching and scaling. A dry or windy environment can leave the skin feeling sapped of moisture. If left untreated, the skin can crack, leaving an exposed wound, susceptible to further damage and possible infection. Individuals with a history of eczema are more likely to struggle with dry skin. Age is also key: as the skin ages, it loses elasticity and its ability to replenish moisture.

Caring for dry skin: With dry skin, it is important to avoid oil-stripping products, such as harsh soaps or cleansers. Washing your face excessively or with overly hot water can rob your skin of moisture. If your skin is feeling tight, use a gentle moisturizing cleanser and avoid scrubbing your face. Use a daily moisturizer with SPF to help protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays in the morning. At night, use a heavier cream to sooth the skin. Make sure to bathe with a gentle, fragrance free wash. Detergents and fabric softeners should also be scent free.

Oily Skin
Small glands in the skin–called sebaceous glands– produce an oily substance that lubricates the skin (sebum). When the sebaceous glands secretes excess sebum, the result is oily skin. People with oily skin often have enlarged pores and a shiny complexion. Hormonal fluctuations, stress, and overuse of skin products can trigger the overproduction of sebum. Blackheads and other blemishes are often associated with oily skin.

Caring for oily skin: To keep your skin radiant, without the extra shine, gently cleanse your skin in the morning and night with a mild cleanser.Scrubs can help remove excess oil, but when overused, they can irritate the face, prompting the skin to produce more oil. Although it may seem counterintuitive to those with oily skin, it is important to apply a daily moisturizer, no matter what your skin types. Keep your skin moisturized with an oil-free lotion; it may not give a perfectly matte finish, but it will not contribute unwanted sheen. Prescription creams, such as retin-a, can also help with excess oil production. Certain laser procedures, such as fraxel dual and clear and brilliant laser can help decrease oiliness and reduce pore size.

Combination Skin
Like many people, your skin type may not fit perfectly into dry or oily categories. Combination skin describes skin that has dry or normal patches as well as oily areas. A common example of combination skin is dry-to-normal cheeks with an oily T-zone–named for the t-shape formed by the forehead, nose and chin.

Caring for combination skin: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser that is safe for all skin types. To even out your complexion, you can try tailoring your skin care routine to target different areas. For example, the dry areas may benefit from a more intense moisturizer, while the oily areas may be responsive to products that contain oil-neutralizing acids. Prescription creams, such as retin-a, can also help with excess oil production. Certain laser procedures, such as fraxel dual and clear and brilliant laser can help decrease oiliness and reduce pore size. This can particularly help with the oily areas of the skin.

Acne-Prone Skin
One of the most frustrating skin types is acne-prone skin. When pores become clogged with oil, dead skin and bacteria, pimples (acne) can form. Hormonal change, certain medications and stress are all factors that can contribute to flare ups. Acne can have a devastating effect on self-image and is one of the leading reasons people seek a dermatologist’s help.

Caring for acne prone skin: If you have a blemish, do not aggravate it. Cleanse your face using your hands and a cleanser that contains an acne-fighting agent, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Use moisturizers and other products that are labeled non-comedogenic–these specially formulated products will not clog pores. If you have recurring breakouts or cystic acne, it is best to consult a dermatologist. Because acne can lead to permanent scarring and skin damage, it is best get it under control as soon as possible.

No matter what your skin type, a healthy lifestyle will help keep your skin supple, even and clear. A nutrient-rich diet loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables can help keep the skin functioning optimally. Smoking and alcohol consumption can be dehydrating, depleting the skin’s reserves and inhibiting its ability to regenerate. Staying well-hydrated and eating properly will support the skin’s overall health and appearance–whether dry, oily, or blemish-prone.

3 Pillars of Improving Your Appearance

October 18th, 2015 | Category: Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg,Media

 

I am happy to announce that on November 4, I will be discussing these topics with members ofThe Transition Network, NYC Chapter.

There are 3 Pillars of Improving your Appearance with Cosmetic Dermatology:
1. Skin Care
2. Improving skin quality and texture
3. Volumizing and contouring with fillers and toxins

1. Skin Care:
Skin care does not have to be complicated or expensive. Basics of skin care include sun protection, moisturization and cleansing. Use a gentle cleanser twice daily. In the morning apply sunscreen with a moisturizer. This product can be used under your makeup or as an aftershave. At night, use a rich moisturizer or a barrier repair cream.

2. Improve skin quality and texture:
Skin quality problems include pigmentation, such as melasma, hyperpigmentaion after acne or sun exposure, enlarged pores and scarring, such as after acne or chickenpox. Several lasers can help improve these issues. V-Beam laser can help with mottled pigmentation, including dilated blood vessels and hyperpigmentation, facial redness and dilated vessels and individual brown (age) spots. Clear and Brilliant Laser can help with hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores and overall skin maintenance. Fraxel Dual Laser is a resurfacing laser that can help with melasma, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and surgical or chickenpox scarring.

3. Volumizing and facial contouring with fillers and toxins:
Toxins, such as botox, dysport and xeomin help to smooth and prevent facial lines and wrinkles. Fillers, including superficial and deep fillers, can help with restoring facial volume that is lost with aging or weight loss, and reshape and contour the face and lips too recreate a more youthful look.

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Relaxants and Fillers

September 09th, 2015 | Category: Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg,Media

 

Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures have become the convenient go-to treatments for those wishing to combat signs of aging with minimally invasive, non-surgical options. In its most recent statistics, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported a clear spike in minimally-invasive procedures, stating that in 2014 “facial rejuvenation procedures experienced the most growth.” Of 13.9 million minimally-invasive procedures reported, relaxants and fillers were the two leading treatment categories. Both relaxants and fillers are injectables – treatments that are delivered with a fine needle – but they differ in how they produce results.

What Are Relaxants?

The most popular category of cosmetic procedures–topping the chart of all procedures, both surgical and minimally-invasive is relaxants (also known as neurotoxins or toxins). At 6.7 million injections reported in 2014, the number of relaxant treatments increased 6% from the previous year.

Relaxants rely on a bacteria-derived substance called botulinum toxin type A to smooth out creases and soften fine lines and wrinkles. When injected, botulinum toxin type A temporarily inhibits nerve activity in the muscle, reducing the its ability to contract – hence the term relaxant. In result, the facial movements that contribute to formation of expression lines and wrinkles are restricted. These agents are used mostly for dynamic wrinkles – those that are cause by muscle movements.

The most common relaxant brands include:

What Are Fillers?

The second most sought-after category of minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures is fillers. Also called soft tissue fillers or dermal fillers, these products were administered to 2.3 million patients in 2014, up 3% from 2013.

Unlike relaxants, which utilize one active ingredient, fillers vary in composition. Regardless of the type, these products are used to fill lines and reshape and restore volume in facial areas that are depleted with aging. Most fillers are temporary, but some may last longer than others. The current trend is to restore facial volume that is lost with time, to bring back a natural, youthful look. While most commonly used fillers are not permanent, all products stimulate collagen growth; this newly produced collagen can be permanent or last for years.

Some commonly used fillers include:

 

Quick Facts about Relaxants and Fillers

 

Relaxants

Fillers

What they treat

Frown lines; furrows between eyebrows and on the forehead; crow’s feet

Loss of volume, particularly in the cheeks; deep set wrinkles; nasolabial folds; smoker’s lines around the mouth, thin, downturned lips

Treatment time

10-15 minutes

Less than 1 hour

Duration of results

Temporary, with touch up treatments needed every 3-6 months.

Temporary, depending on filler. Temporary fillers can last 6 to 12+ months.

Active agent

Botulinum Toxin Type A

Varies: hyaluronic acid (HA) or a synthetic compound

How they work

Restricts facial movement to help smooth out lines

Replenish volume that is lost with time and plump up lines that become deep with time; stimulate collagen production

Downtime

None

None

Risks and side effects

Bruising, drooping if over corrected.

Bruising; temporary swelling and redness at the injection site

 

Which is the best choice for you?

When deciding on a rejuvenating treatment, there are several factors you should consider:

  • Area of concern. Are you looking to lift your cheeks or smooth your brows? If you are after volume, your best bet is a filler. If you would like to soften lines, a relaxant treatment might be the most convenient..
  • Medical history. In general, most treatments are well-tolerated, but if you have a history of allergies to a product, make sure to tell your dermatologist.
  • Maintenance. How often are you willing to go to the office for upkeep.

For most patients, the best option is a combination of fillers and relaxants. These products may also be combined with laser treatments to improve the appearance of overlying skin and give you the best results.

Ask for natural results:

Most patients want natural results with improvement over time. Make sure to discuss this with your dermatologist and point out the exact areas of concern.

Relaxant and Filler Treatment with Dr. Goldenberg, New York

Dr. Goldenberg understands that the range of rejuvenating treatments can be overwhelming. During your consultation, he will evaluate the overall condition of your skin and facial structure to design a customized rejuvenation plan. Contact his office to schedule your visit.

Signs of Skin Cancer

July 28th, 2015 | Category: Dr. Goldenberg,Media,Skin Cancer

 

Number  of skin cancers has increased dramatically in recent years. This includes both melanoma and non-melanoma forms of skin cancer. Melanoma cancer originates from melanocytes, skin cells which give pigment or color to our skin. It is estimated that 1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime. One patient dies from melanoma every hour. Non-melanoma skin cancers, mainly basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are very common. Approximately 3.5 million cases are diagnosed annually.

Skin cancer can start as an innocuous appearing spot. These lesions can grow and become symptomatic, with bleeding, crusting, scabbing, and pain.  Lesions can also grow rapidly, change in size or color.

So, what are the signs of skin cancer? Non-melanoma skin cancers usually present as red, crusted, bleeding, scabbed or scaly lesions. Some lesions, especially nodular basal cell carcinoma, can look like a flesh colored bump with dilated blood vessels. These skin cancers are usually on sun exposed skin, with scalp, face, hands and forearms being the most common locations.

Melanoma can present as a new “mole” or a changing mole. These lesions are usually dark in color, but can vary in color from light brown to dark brown, black, blue or red. A rare subset of melanoma, known as amelanotic melanoma, can present as reddish or flesh color bump. When examining moles, it’s important to remember the ABCDE’s:

  • A is for Asymmetry: You may find that a new mole has appeared which has an irregular shape or its two halves look different from each other.
  • B is for Border: The edges of the mole do not appear as they normally should. For instance, the edges are rough or blurred or jagged.
  • C is for Color: Moles generally tend to be of a single color with shades of brown being the most common colors. Melanoma usually presents with multiple colors or shows color irregularity.
  • D is for Diameter: Moles larger than 6 millimeters (about size of a pencil eraser) are worrisome for melanoma.
  • E is for Evolving/Elevated: Moles that are changing or elevated (raised) should be checked to make sure they are not melanoma skin cancer.

 

It is recommended for everyone to have a skin check every year. If you are concerned about a specific spot, get it checked sooner. Depending on what the doctor thinks, he or she may decide to do a biopsy which will then confirm if there’s any cause for concern. If it turns out that the lesion is indeed cancerous, then the doctor will book you for surgery. The cancerous cells will be surgically cut out through excision. To learn more about this particular surgery, click here.

If you haven’t had a skin check this year or have a concerning spot, schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldenberg for a consultation.

Sun Protection

July 14th, 2015 | Category: Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg,Media,Skin Cancer

 

Summer is here! Hello sunshine and warm weather. With summer in full swing, you’re probably spending a great deal of quality time outdoors, running, biking, hikingor hangouts on the beach. Spending more time in the hot sun can wreak havoc on your skin, even damaging your skin. This summer, fight back against the sun’s harmful effects by exercising good suncare.

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Although most people understand the importance of applying sunscreen, there are still many misconceptions revolving around SPF. Many people believe that higher SPFs mean more protection against the sun and therefore you can spend more time in the sun; however, this is a huge myth. High SPF sunscreen can provide a false sense of security, but skin damage and sunburns are still likely if you aren’t reapplying sunscreen, seeking the shade, and wearing sun protective clothing. No sunscreen product can provide 100% protection. Another major misconception is not wearing sunscreen on a cloudy day. Just because there are overcasts, doesn’t mean you’re safe from the sun’s harmful rays. People are actually exposed to as much as 40% of UV rays during cloudy days. Even when the sun is not shining, you are still exposed to UV rays and could still get sunburn. Furthermore, applying sunscreen once is not enough. It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, more often if you are in and out of the water. In addition, always check the expiration date of you sunscreen products. Expired sunscreen may not provide protection from the sun because the formulation has broken down. This summer, be aware and cautious of our sunscreen products. Make sure to always check the SPF and expiration date and reapply often, even during cloudy times.

These SPF misconceptions can lead to serious lack of sun protection that can cause major risks. High exposure to UV rays from the sun target the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin, breaking down the existing molecules and weakens the production of new molecules. With little or no protection from this UV exposure, skin loses its ability to repair itself over time. Without these connective tissues and the ability to repair itself, the skin loses its flexibility and strength which can lead to pre-mature aging, making people look much older much faster. In addition to pre-mature aging, poor suncare can lead to a higher risk of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, in the United States, approximately five million people are treated for skin cancer every year. In a lifetime, about one in five Americans will develop and fight skin cancer with an estimated number of 9,940 people dying of melanoma skin cancer in 2015. Because poor suncare makes the skin more susceptible to aging and skin diseases such as cancer, it is very important to properly protect your skin from the sun.

With these risks of lack of sun protection, it is vital is exercising good, proper suncare. When searching for a sunscreen product, keep in mind the SPF. It is recommended to use a product with a minimum daily SPF of 50. Generously apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out into the sun. It usually takes the skin about 15 minutes to fully absorb the product. Remember to use enough sunscreen to cover all exposed parts of the body, even the hard-to-reach or easily forgotten places such as the feet, back, behind the knees and behind the ears. To protect your lips, use a lip balm with at least an SPF of 15. Reapply sunscreen every two hours throughout the day or after swimming or excessive sweating to ensure maximum sun protection. Also, to further protection your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, wear large brim hats and sunglasses. Larger brim hats provide shade for your face while sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun. Sun protective clothing with UPF is widely available and should be worn during the periods of sun exposure. It’s also important to seek the shade, especially during the hours of 10am-2pm. Be sure to keep these tips in mind so you can have good suncare and properly protect yourself.

For those concerned about sun-damaged skin, Dr. Goldenberg provides many treatments such as the V-Beam, Fraxel, and chemical peels to help rejuvenate and repair skin.This summer, protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays by taking the necessary precautions and exercising good suncare. If you are concerned about sun-damaged skin, visit Dr. Goldenberg’s New York practice for a consultation.

5 Ways To Calm Eczema Symptoms

May 20th, 2015 | Category: Cosmetic,Dr. Goldenberg,Eczema/Dermatitis

 

Eczema, or Atopic Dermatitis, is a rash that can appear anywhere on the body. It is itchy, red, dry, and, depending on where it appears, often very embarrassing. It is very common among children, and though it frequently abates with age, it is also common among adults, regardless of whether or not they suffered as children. It is the result of overactive inflammatory cells in the skin, though the exact causes of this overreactivity are unknown. The triggers of eczema are well known however, and include irritants to the skin such as dry air or chemicals, allergic reactions, stress, infections and dry skin.Trying to relieve the itch caused by eczema by scratching or wearing scratchy materials only further irritates the skin, making eczema a difficult problemget rid of.

There is no absolute cure for eczema, but through the regular implementation of several simple steps, most patients find that they can manage the condition. Topical medication is often used to treat eczema, both prescription and over-the-counter, to varying degrees of success. Patients find great relief from such treatments such as Narrow Band Light Therapy to treat their eczema. There are also simple steps you can take at home to keep eczema under control and return the skin to healthy condition:

1. Moisturize regularly: It is important to moisturize the skin regularly to avoid excessive dryness, which aggravates eczema. Moisturizing should be done soon after bathing to lock in as much moisture as possible.

2. Bathe in warm – not hot – water: Temperatures that are either too hot or too cold irritate the skin, prompting the inflammatory response. Bathing in soothing, warm temperatures will calm the skin. It will also help to avoid activities that cause intense sweating.

3. Use topical prescription medications: Even with other treatment methods, most people suffering from eczema will also use a prescription topical treatment. The most common of treatment is a topical corticosteroid such, as hydrocortisone. Topical corticosteroids should only be applied to the afflicted area. The lowest effective concentration that provides benefits should be used, and once inflammation has been reduced, use of corticosteroids should cease. Topical calcineurin inhibitors are another kind of topical medication that are gentler than corticosteroids and do not cause the same side-effects. Barrier repair creams can also be prescribed and help decrease the number of flares in patients with eczema.

4. Manage stress: It is well known that psychological well-being and skin health are closely related. Frequent eczema flare-ups can be indicative of heightened stress, or a lack of sleep. As such, engaging in activities that lower stress and getting enough rest can greatly enhance outcomes for people with eczema.

5. Manage your diet: Although the evidence in largely inconclusive, some patients feel that certain foods make their eczema worse. These include tomatoes, strawberries, and citrus among others. So pay attention to your diet and watch if eating certain foods exacerbates your eczema.

Most patients will probably have to combine two or more of these therapies to get their eczema under control. If you would like to learn more about treating eczema please contact the office of Dr. Goldenberg for a professional consultation.

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