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By Midtown Dermatology
January 25, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: hair removal  

Learn about caring for your skin from your Tulsa dermatologist.

Not sure how to care for your skin after laser hair removal? Dr. Lynn Anderson, your Tulsa, OK dermatologist, shares a few tips that will hair removalhelp maximize the results of your treatment and keep your skin soft and supple.

Use sunscreen

Your skin is more sensitive to the effects of the sun after laser hair removal and will burn easily. Sun exposure can also cause discoloration in the treated area and inflammation. You can avoid these problems by minimizing sun exposure and using sunscreen faithfully when you spend time outdoors.

Avoid hot showers for two days

Hot showers, saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs can be very irritating to the skin after laser hair removal. It's best to avoid them for at least two days following your treatment.

Don't scratch that itch

Your skin may feel a little itchy after your treatment, but it's important to resist the urge to scratch. Because your skin is very sensitive, even a little scratching can irritate it and cause it to become red and inflamed. Applying a moisturizer several times a day will help keep your skin hydrated and reduce itching.

Stay away from exfoliating products

It's best to avoid exfoliating your skin for at least 10 days after your treatment. Exfoliating products can irritate your sensitive skin and clog your pores, creating unsightly red bumps.

Don't pluck

Because only 1/3 of your hair follicles are in an active growth phase at any one time, you'll need several sessions to completely remove the hair from a particular area. When you see new hairs emerge, resist the urge to pluck them. Plucking will irritate and inflame your skin.

Go make up free

Wearing makeup can irritate your skin if you've had facial laser hair removal. It's best to skip foundation and blush for one or two days after your treatment, unless you use mineral makeup. Mineral makeup doesn't irritate the skin and can be applied immediately after laser hair removal.

Are you interested in improving your appearance with laser hair removal? Call Dr. Anderson, your Tulsa, OK dermatologist at Midtown Dermatology, at (918) 728-3100 to schedule your appointment.

By Midtown Dermatology
January 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Although it is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting up to 85% of teenagers and young adults, and a total of 50 million acnepeople a year according to the American Academy of Dermatology, many myths still persist around the causes and treatment options for acne. While it does overwhelmingly affect teenagers and younger adults between the ages of 12-24, people of all ages can experience breakouts and acne flareups at any time. Dr. Lynn Anderson, your dermatologist in Tulsa, OK, recommends that acne sufferers work with a dermatologist to develop a personalized skin care and acne treatment routine that helps to clear up acne, minimize scarring, and address the underlying cause of breakouts.

Clearer, Healthier Skin in Tulsa, OK

When oil, dirt and dead skin cells become trapped in a hair follicle under the surface of the skin due to a fully or partially blocked pore, it leads to breakouts. There are four types of skin blemishes:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules
  • Pustules

The severity and type of acne breakouts depend on whether the pore is partially or completely blocked, resulting in a blackhead (partial blockage) or whitehead (full blockage). When a blocked pore becomes infected or inflamed, it results in the familiar red and pus-filled pimples that mostly characterize acne. Because everyone's skin is different, successful acne management and treatment varies from person to person.

What Causes Acne?

In general, overactive oil glands increase the risk of blockages in the hair follicle and lead to acne. Other factors like hormonal fluctuations, heredity, stress and certain medications have been associated with acne outbreaks. Standard treatment options include:

  • Extraction of blackheads and whiteheads (it is very important that extractions are only performed by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician to avoid potential infections and scarring)
  • Tretinoin
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Antibiotics

Contact your Dermatologist in Tulsa, OK

Everyone is susceptible to acne flareups and outbreaks from time to time, regardless of age or lifestyle. For more information on the skincare routine and acne treatment option that is best for you, contact Midtown Dermatology by calling (918) 728-3100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson today.