Posts for category: Skin Care
Find out the most effective ways to remove a wart.
The common wart is a small tumor caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can occur anywhere on the body. They may come and go over the years. The HPV infection can produce everything from the common, noncancerous wart, to cancerous warts of the mouth or genitals.
Since a virus causes warts, these benign growths are also contagious. Sharing towels and clothing, or even just coming in contact with their wart can cause the virus to spread. The good news is that most warts often go away on their own without treatment; however, it can often take months or even years for them to go away. If the wart is unsightly or in an uncomfortable spot then you may want to have it removed. Here are some of the top ways to effectively remove a wart yourself.
Salicylic Acid Treatment
Salicylic acid treatment can come in several forms including pads or gels. They can be used to get rid of a variety of different kinds of warts from the small ones to the large, lumpier ones. Salicylic acid works by breaking down the protein that makes up the layers of the wart.
At Home Freezing
While your dermatologist is able to remove warts with liquid nitrogen, if you’re looking to remove the wart yourself, then you can also opt for aerosol wart removals that can be sprayed on the wart to freeze it. While the overthecounter products are nearly as effective as the freezing methods your dermatologist can use, many patients still find athome freezing to be just as effective.
If none of these athome treatments remove your wart, then it’s time to talk to your dermatologist about other treatment options. Keep in mind that even the most effective wart treatment can’t guarantee that the wart won’t grow back. This is because most of the treatments available only get rid of the wart but not the actual virus.
If you’re dealing with a painful or unsightly wart but overthecounter treatments aren’t working, then it’s time to call our dermatology office today.
How our dermatologist in Boise, Idaho can help your skin
Acne is annoying, embarrassing, and can be painful too. Every time it pops up, it’s tempting to leave acne alone, hoping it will go away. However, this may not be a good idea because acne can leave scars on your beautiful skin. If you have acne, the best idea is to seek out the services of an expert in skincare—someone like Dr. DeBlieck! Dermatologist Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck at DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, Idaho can help you get rid of acne for good.
More on acne:
You don’t have to be a teenager to get acne. Unsightly acne blemishes can appear on adult skin too. Acne can form as whiteheads, blackheads, cystic bumps, or pustules. The blemishes can be uncomfortable. The good news is, there are effective solutions for your acne.
Dr. DeBlieck may recommend:
- Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products to unblock your pores; these medications help to eliminate small blemishes.
- Oral and topical antibiotics to reduce or eliminate the bacteria causing your acne breakouts
- Isotretinoin medications to unblock pores and clear up cysts; these medications are typically used for cases of severe acne.
Don’t forget to follow a few important steps to prevent acne breakouts, as well. Remember to:
- Wear non-comedogenic makeup that won’t clog your pores
- Eat a healthy diet, low in fried or greasy foods and dairy products
- Exercise regularly to increase perspiration and eliminate toxins
- Drink lots of water to flush out toxins and help clear skin
When you do have an acne breakout, don’t pop or pick your blemishes. It can spread bacteria to other areas of your face, and it may result in scarring. It’s also important to avoid touching your face because it can transfer more bacteria to your skin and cause an acne breakout.
Dr. DeBlieck can help with any acne scarring too. Using laser treatments, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and other state-of-the-art dermatology treatments and skincare products, your skin can look clear and beautiful again! For more information about acne and acne scarring treatments, call Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck at DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, Idaho. Call (208) 939-5030 today and enjoy clearer skin!
Find out how your dermatologist can improve the appearance of your facial scars.
From traumatic injuries to acne, there are a variety of reasons why you may be dealing with facial scars; however, it doesn’t mean you have to live with them for the rest of your life. Your dermatologist offers up a range of cosmetic treatment options that can improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the look of your scars. If you’re ready to get newer, healthierlooking skin, find out more about what treatments could help you.
Dermabrasion: This cosmetic procedure uses a handheld device to remove the outermost layer of the skin. By abrading this top layer, we are able to remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of healthy new skin. Dermabrasion is used to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores and acne scars. However, this treatment is not effective against deepset scars.
Laser Resurfacing: By using a highpowered laser, we can remove damaged skin and surface scars, helping to minimize the appearance of unsightly dermatological problems like lines, wrinkles, age spots, pigmented areas and scars caused by acne, injury or surgery.
Chemical peels: This treatment requires your dermatologist to apply a strong chemical solution over your skin to remove the top, damaged layer of skin and exfoliate the healthier, smoother-looking layer of new skin that is revealed. Chemical peels are another great way to dramatically reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and acne scars.
If you are dealing with superficial scars that are close to the surface of the skin, you will benefit greatly from this cosmetic procedure; however, those with deeper scars will not experience a significant improvement.
Injections: Your dermatologist is happy to offer both collagen and cortisone injections to help shrink and reduce the appearance of scars. By increasing the collagen in your face, we can give your skin more fullness to smooth out visible scars.
If you are interested in any of these dermatological treatments talk to your dermatologist today. Don’t let facial scarring affect your selfesteem. Make the choice to improve your skin and your confidence!
Find out how to care for your dry skin effectively.
Despite the fact that spring isn’t too far behind, we still have to put up with snow, cold temperatures and freezing winds. These winter elements can wreak havoc on our skin, causing it to become dry, chapped and red. If you are one of those people who are currently trying to find some way to alleviate their dry skin, then you’ve come to the right place. Find out the best moisturizer to help your chapped, cracked skin, and how to prevent this problem from happening to you next winter.
The Right Moisturizer for You
It can be difficult to choose the right product for your skin. After all, not all skin was created equally and there is often some trial and error when it comes to choosing the most effective moisturizer. So what kind of lotion should you look for? If you have sensitive skin, seek out a soothing, creamy moisturizer containing ceramide, which is gentle enough for delicate skin.
If you don’t have sensitive skin but you are suffering from severe dryness, then you’ll want to look for a richer moisturizer that contains urea, beeswax, or petroleum jelly, which help to lock in moisture and offer the skin a protective barrier against the drying elements.
Also, keep in mind that the skin on your face is different than the skin on your body so you’ll want to choose a different moisturizer for both. When it comes to choosing a moisturizer for your face look for a bottle that says that it’s noncomedogenic, which means that it won’t clog your pores and leave you prone to breakouts. Also opt for a moisturizer that acts as a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. This will also act as a protective shield against sun, wind, and cold.
Apply Your Moisturizer
How you apply your moisturizer is often just as important to choosing the proper moisturizer. We recommend applying a generous amount of moisturizer right after you step out of the shower and pat yourself partially dry. You want to apply your moisturizing cream to your skin while it’s still a bit moist to help your skin absorb more water.
If your skin needs some serious moisturizing then you may want to consider applying the cream before bedtime and then wearing breathable gloves or socks over the hands and feet overnight to offer a deeper moisturizing experience.
Don’t let dry skin drive you crazy. If you haven’t found a lotion that helps combat your dry skin, then it’s time to talk to your dermatologist today to find out what products are right for you. Call us to schedule an appointment and lets nip your dry skin in the bud.
Find out if that red scaly skin could be the result of an immune disorder known as psoriasis.
Have you suddenly found patches of dry, irritated and peeling skin on your body? If so, you may not be thrilled to find out that it could be psoriasis; however, the positive news is that you are one step closer to getting the treatment and care you need. Let our Boise, ID, dermatologist Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck tell you more about this condition, its symptoms and the treatment options that will help you achieve clearer skin.
What is psoriasis?
Our immune system is designed to detect foreign invaders and to fight off infections. Unfortunately, sometimes these signals get jumbled up and our immune system starts fighting healthy cells. When this happens an autoimmune disorder forms. Psoriasis is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to attack the skin, leading to the sudden buildup of cells on the surface of the skin.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom of psoriasis is the presence of thick, red scaly patches. These patches are often inflamed, usually dry and scaly, and can sometimes itch or be painful. These plaques can appear just about anywhere on the body but most commonly appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, and legs.
Most of the symptoms are cyclical, which means that you may experience flare-ups that last several weeks or even months, after which you may experience a bout of remission (in which you don’t experience any symptoms).
I have been diagnosed with psoriasis. Now what?
While there is no cure for psoriasis there are several ways to manage your condition to reduce the frequency and severity of your flare-ups. The most common treatment options include topical medications, systemic medications and light therapy.
Those dealing with mild-to-moderate psoriasis will often use a topical medication, which is applied directly to the skin. This medication is often used in conjunction with other medications or treatment options. Common topical medications include:
- Corticosteroid gels or creams
- Vitamin D solutions
- Retinoid creams
- Ointments that contain salicylic acid
Systemic medications are administered orally or through an injection. Our Boise, ID, skin doctor may prescribe systemic medications for severe or persistent bouts of psoriasis. These medications include,
- Biologics (which affect the immune system)
Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, uses natural or artificial UV light to reduce inflammation and scaling. Phototherapy can target a single plaque or more widespread flare-ups. In most cases, light therapy is usually combined with medications.
DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, ID, is dedicated to providing a full range of dermatological services to patients of all ages. No matter whether you are fighting adult acne or are concerned that you might have psoriasis, don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an evaluation.