Learn the best way to care for your skin based on your skin type.
Just like fingerprints are unique to each individual person, so too is our skin. So what kind of skin type do you have, and why is it important? Let’s learn how to identify your skin type, so you can plan an effective skin care regime and combat the issues you may be prone to.
Normal Skin Type
Normal skin is characterized by few to no imperfections, no sensitivities and nearly invisible pores. Normal skin doesn’t have dry or oily patches.
Oily Skin Type
Oily skin is common in teenagers, who are going through various hormonal changes, but can affect adults as well. People with oily skin will deal with enlarged pores, shiny skin, and different kinds of blemishes (e.g. whiteheads; blackheads).
Dry Skin Type
Dry skin is exactly as it sounds; however, if you battle with dry skin you’ll most likely notice visible pores, red patches on your skin and the appearance of fine lines. Your skin may look dull and contain less elasticity than someone with normal skin. Factors that cause dry skin or exacerbate the condition include:
- Weather conditions
- Hormonal changes
- Indoor heating
- Certain ingredients in skin care products
Combination Skin Type
If you have combination skin then you may notice that some parts are dry while others are oily. It’s not unusual to have an oily Tzone, which makes up the nose, chin and forehead. It’s common for many people to have combination skin, and this skin type is prone to enlarged pores, blackheads and shiny areas.
Sensitive Skin Type
If you have been dealing with sensitive skin for a while now, then you may already know what triggers it. Those with sensitive skin often respond poorly to harsh or fragranced skin care products, which can create red, burning patches. Be sure to look for hypoallergenic products, which typically contain no potentially irritating fragrances or ingredients.
If you are still not sure what skin type you have, then you can always talk to your dermatologist. We are always here to discuss the best skin care regime for you. Remember, no two people’s skin is ever the same, so take time to figure out what works best for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment!
The Benefits of Botox
Want to erase the signs of aging this year? Millions of men and women are discovering the benefits of BOTOX treatments. BOTOX is a medicine that is injected into muscles to erase the signs of aging and treat certain conditions. Dermatologists are physicians who are trained in diagnosing and treating conditions and diseases of the skin. BOTOX is available from dermatologists. Read on to learn about the benefits of BOTOX.
1. It rejuvenates the skin.
BOTOX treatment is an excellent adjunct for rejuvenation of the face. BOTOX should be considered in addition to laser therapy, skin care, chemical peels, and resurfacing to improve the appearance of the face. It tightens and rejuvenizes your skin to help you look and feel younger.
2. It can remove your wrinkles.
BOTOX works by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract and cause wrinkles. It's commonly injected into the face to eliminate wrinkles. Many patients who get BOTOX treatments can experience an improved complexion without the need for surgery.
3. It can erase smile lines.
For most people, nasolabial folds— also known as smile lines— are nothing to smile about. Smile lines are fine lines that primarily develop around the sides of your mouth. They are more noticeable when you laugh or smile. BOTOX can reduce the appearance of smile lines. BOTOX can improve your look with minimal to no downtime. You will be able to go about your normal routine immediately after your treatment.
4. It can make crow's feet disappear.
Before you know it, crow's feet can leave you looking older than you feel. Crow’s feet are the lines that appear around the eyes. BOTOX is injected into crow’s feet with a tiny needle to improve the skin’s appearance. You may begin to notice the results of your BOTOX treatment within a few days, with results lasting up to 4 months.
Ready for an anti-aging makeover? Say yes to BOTOX! Find a dermatologist near you and schedule a consultation. BOTOX has helped many people enhance their appearance, giving them more self-confidence and improving their lives. And it will do the same for you.
Is skin care an afterthought in your busy life? It is for many people. In fact, according to a 2017 CeraVe survey, 54 percent of men and women report that they go to bed without washing their faces, and 52 percent admit that they use bath soap or hand wash instead of facial cleanser. Unfortunately, failing to take good care of your skin can cause a few problems. Tulsa, OK, dermatologist Dr. Lynn Anderson helps her patients find effective skin care regimens and provides treatments that help them look their best.
Why is good skin care so important?
Your skin offers a protective covering for nearly even millimeter of your body. Without it, you'd probably experience many more illnesses and look a little strange. If your skin is dry or in poor condition, even the slightest pressure can cause a scratch or break that can allow germs to enter your body. Taking good care of your skin can reduce the risk of infections and disease while also helping you maintain a more youthful experience.
A crucial part of good skin care involves protecting your skin from the from the harmful effects of the strong Tulsa sun by wearing sunscreen every day. If you frequently tan or burn, you'll raise your risk of developing potentially deadly skin cancer and also hasten the visible signs of aging.
What can I do to protect my skin?
Fortunately, it's easier to keep your skin in good condition if you do these things:
- Wash your face morning and night with a gentle facial cleanser. Bath soap and hand wash aren't designed to cleanse your face and can dry your sensitive skin. The harsh soaps can even worsen certain facial conditions, such as rosacea and acne.
- Improve your diet. What you eat and drink affects your skin, the largest organ in your body. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin in good condition.
- Use the appropriate products. Everyone else in your household may have dry skin, but that doesn't mean you do. If you actually have oily skin, using products that provide extra moisture and lubrication may make you more prone to developing acne or other skin conditions. It's best to use a product specifically designed for your skin type.
Concerned? Call today!
If your acne doesn't clear up despite months or weeks of over-the-counter treatment, you spot a change in a mole, or if you're simply unhappy with your sallow complexion, your Tulsa, OK, dermatologist can offer effective treatments. Call Dr. Anderson at (918) 728-3100 to schedule an appointment to discuss your skin care needs!
When was the last time you checked your skin for suspicious growths?
Self-skin exams are very important and something that everyone should do regularly. After all, how will you ever know that there is a problem lurking in your skin unless you are aware of how your skin looks and feels? From the office of our Tulsa, OK, dermatologist Dr. Lynn Anderson, here are the warning signs of skin cancer.
It’s important to recognize that there are two different kinds of skin cancer: non-melanoma and melanoma. When it comes to the symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer the most obvious one is an unusual or new growth or sore that appears on the skin and doesn’t go away. The sore may itch or bleed. If you don’t have it checked out you may also notice that it slowly starts to grow or change shape. If this happens it’s time to call your Tulsa, OK, skin doctor.
The three different kinds of non-melanoma skin cancer include:
Basal cell carcinomas: Often found on the head or neck, this flesh-colored bump may contain blood vessels or may ooze or crust over.
Squamous cell carcinomas: These skin growths or lumps are often rough to the touch and may look scaly. They can be found just about anywhere, but are often found on the head, neck, arms and even the genital area.
Merkel cell carcinomas: This skin cancer takes on the appearance of a flesh-colored or red mole. They are most often found on the face, neck or scalp.
While most people will examine areas of the body that are exposed to the sun, it’s also important to recognize that skin cancer can develop on non-exposed portions of the body as well, which is why you should always conduct a full physical exam on yourself, even on areas like the soles of the feet or the genitals.
What are the warning signs of melanoma?
It’s important to be able to spot melanoma early on since it can be a potentially life-threatening form of skin cancer. Warning signs include:
- A growth, lump or sore that doesn’t heal
- Redness or swelling around the growth
- Tenderness, pain or itching
- A sore or mole with a poorly defined border
- A growth that isn’t symmetrical in shape
- A growth that contains more than one color
Don’t let skin cancer sneak up on you. When caught quickly it can be treated and removed before it causes more serious and long-term health problems. Turn to Midtown Dermatology in Tulsa, OK, to schedule your annual skin cancer screening.
Find out more about warts, why they happen and how they can be treated.
Have you noticed a skin-colored bump on your body that wasn’t there before? If so you may be wondering if you have a wart, a benign growth that surfaces when you’ve been infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Of course, while warts are common, not all growths are warts and it’s important that our Tulsa, OK, dermatologist Dr. Lynn Anderson evaluates any new growths, lumps or bumps to determine whether it will require care.
If it is a wart, it’s important to know that this growth may often just go away on its own; however, it can take a couple of years. Some people choose to wait it out if the wart is in an inconspicuous place and isn’t causing any discomfort. In other cases, a wart may develop on the face or on the soles of the feet, making it rather uncomfortable and unsightly. When this happens it’s advisable to discuss wart removal treatment options with our Tulsa, OK, skin doctor.
There are several methods for treating a wart. If a person is otherwise healthy they may choose to tackle the problem from the comfort of their own home. This is typically the first line of defense. Look for over-the-counter wart removal options and talk to your pharmacist about the right treatment option for you. Most over-the-counter wart removal treatment contains an acid that will peel the wart away until it dies and falls off.
If you are a little nervous to treat the problem yourself, if at-home treatments aren’t working or if you have diabetes or a compromised immune system you’ll want to turn to your dermatologist as soon as possible. Depending on the location and size of the wart we may choose liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart off, or laser surgery (for warts that are more challenging to remove).
If you have a wart that is causing your discomfort or is disfiguring know that treatment is just a phone call away. Turn to Midtown Dermatology in Tulsa, OK, to give you the individualized care you need for healthy skin.
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