The Link Between Gut Health and Skin: Exploring the Gut-Skin Connection

Did you know that the health of your gut can have a direct impact on the health of your skin? It may sound surprising, but the gut-skin connection is a real phenomenon that is gaining more attention in the world of skincare. In this blog post, we will explore the link between gut health and skin, highlighting how taking care of your gut may be the missing piece in your skin care routine.

The link between digestive health and skin condition, known as the gut-skin axis, affects the whole body. At the core of this connection lies the gut microbiome, a complex ecosystem of bacteria, fungi and viruses that reside in our digestive tract. These microorganisms play a pivotal role not only in digestion but also in regulating our immune system which includes the body’s inflammatory response. A balanced microbiome bolsters immunity and subsides inflammation, promoting healthy skin. However, an imbalance (dysbiosis) in the gut microbiome can trigger an overactive immune response, leading to systemic inflammation. This inflammation can then manifest on the skin, potentially exacerbating or leading to the development of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis or eczema.

When the delicate balance within our gut microbiome is disrupted, the consequences often extend beyond the digestive system, directly impacting skin health. This state of dysbiosis sets the stage for increased intestinal permeability, commonly referred to as leaky gut, where harmful substances that should be confined to the digestive tract find their way into the bloodstream. This intrusion can provoke the immune system to respond with inflammation, a defense mechanism that, while beneficial in moderation, can become detrimental when chronic or excessive. The skin, being an outward reflection of internal health, displays these imbalances in the form of various dermatological issues. For instance, conditions like acne may worsen as the body attempts to manage and expel these internal irritants through the skin. 

Delving deeper into the beneficial relationship between gut health and skin, incorporating probiotics and prebiotics into one’s diet is a strategic move. Probiotics, the live beneficial bacteria, have been shown to significantly contribute to the equilibrium of the gut microbiome. This balance is significant for enhancing the skin’s barrier function and reducing incidents of skin inflammation. On the other hand, prebiotics, which are fibrous foods that cannot be digested, serve as fuel for these beneficial bacteria, ensuring their survival and increase. 

Making mindful dietary choices is crucial for cultivating a thriving gut microbiome, which in turn reflects positively on skin health. Opt for high-fiber foods such as fruits (berries, apples, bananas) and vegetables (leafy greens, carrots, beets) rich in antioxidants that combat inflammation. Incorporating fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, tempeh and miso provides a natural source of probiotics to support gut flora balance and intestinal barrier integrity. Additionally, integrating omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods like salmon, chia seeds and hemp seeds can have anti-inflammatory effects, benefiting both gut and skin health.
By prioritizing gut health through dietary interventions, you can pave the way for clearer, healthier skin from within. Remember, what you eat not only nourishes your body but also influences your skin’s appearance and vitality. To learn more, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE.

Posted: May 25, 2024 By:

Psoriasis 101: Symptoms, Triggers and Treatment Approaches

Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune condition, is not just skin deep. It’s a reality that millions worldwide grapple with daily. Beyond the visible red patches and scales lies a profound impact on one’s physical and emotional well-being. Society’s perception of beauty often excludes those with visible differences, including psoriasis. The stigma attached to the condition can lead to depression and anxiety. But there is hope…advances in medical research have led to innovative treatments that offer relief and improved quality of life for many individuals with psoriasis. Below we will learn more about Psoriasis 101: Symptoms, Triggers and Treatment Approaches. 

Psoriasis develops because the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, rapidly increasing their growth cycle. While the exact cause of this immune dysfunction is not fully understood, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental and immune system factors. The overproduction of skin cells inflicts the body with thick, red patches known as plaques. The plaques are often covered with silvery scales that produce itchy and painful symptoms as well as the possibility that the plaques will crack and bleed. In addition to the irritating and, for some, agonizing symptoms, individuals with psoriasis are at a higher risk for certain conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 

There are several types of psoriasis, each with its own distinct characteristics:

  • Plaque psoriasis: Considered the most common form of psoriasis, these raise, red patches are covered with silvery scales and can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly affect the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back. Emotional stress is a significant trigger for many individuals with psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis. Stress can exacerbate inflammation and worsen symptoms. Physical trauma, such as cuts, scrapes or sunburns, can trigger the development of psoriasis lesions, known as the Koebner phenomenon. Smoking tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption have been linked to an increased risk of developing and intensifying psoriasis.
  • Guttate psoriasis: Typically triggered by bacterial or viral infections, this type of psoriasis appears as small, red teardrop-shaped spots on the skin with silvery scales, often covering the arms, legs and middle of the body. Guttate psoriasis is often triggered by bacterial or viral infections, particularly streptococcal infections such as strep throat. Cold, dry weather conditions may exacerbate symptoms while warm, humid climates may provide relief for some individuals.
  • Inverse psoriasis: This kind of psoriasis appears in areas of the body where the skin rubs against itself such as the armpits, bellybutton, groin area and under the breasts. It may be worsened by friction and sweating producing a red, smooth, shiny rash that may change to look purplish or brown on the skin. Fungal infections, particularly candida yeast infections, can exacerbate symptoms of inverse psoriasis in skin folds.
  • Pustular psoriasis: While rare, pustular psoriasis causes pus-filled blisters to appear on the skin. Individuals can have pustular psoriasis and plaque psoriasis simultaneously, resulting in more serious symptoms including fever, chills, dehydration and rapid heartbeat. Pustular psoriasis may be triggered or exacerbated by bacterial or viral infections as well as fungal infections. It may occur or worsen during pregnancy or following hormonal changes such as menopause.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis: A rare and severe form of psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis is characterized by widespread inflammation and swelling, redness and peeling of the skin and is considered a medical emergency due to its potential life-threatening complications. This type of psoriasis typically affects most or all of the body’s surface, causing the skin to appear bright red or fiery in color. can be triggered by various factors including sudden withdrawal of systemic psoriasis treatments, severe sunburn, infection, medication reactions or underlying medical conditions such as psoriatic arthritis.

Treatments for psoriasis vary greatly based on the type of psoriasis diagnosed. Only your dermatologist can accurately provide effective measures aimed at alleviating symptoms, reducing inflammation, slowing down skin cell growth and improving overall quality of life for individuals affected by the condition. These include topical treatments (corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, retinoids, coal tar preparations and calcineurin inhibitors), light therapy (UVB phototherapy and PUVA therapy), systemic medications (methotrexate, cyclosporine and acitretin), biologic therapies (TNF, IL-17, 1L-23, AND 1L-12/23 inhibitors), oral medications (apremilast), salicylic acid,and emollients and moisturizers. 
Living with psoriasis means adapting to a new normal, one filled with daily challenges and limitations. Simple activities like wearing certain clothes or participating in outdoor events may require meticulous planning to conceal or manage flare-ups. The sooner a proactive treatment plan is put into place tailored to each individual’s specific needs and severity of the condition, the sooner one can find relief. Contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE today.

Posted: May 18, 2024 By:

The ABCs of Melanoma: Identifying Signs of Skin Cancer

Did you know that skin cancer is America’s most common type of cancer? One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. While genetic factors such as fair skin and family history of skin cancer contribute to a person’s risk, most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. There are 3 major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are highly treatable if detected early. Melanoma is less common but more aggressive than other types of skin cancer. Melanoma develops when melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing pigment in the skin, begin to grow uncontrollably. While it can occur anywhere on the body, melanoma often arises in areas exposed to the sun such as the face, neck, arms and legs. It is not unusual for melanoma to evolve from moles and can appear as an irregularly shaped lesion with asymmetrical borders and varying colors.

How to know if the change in your skin is a benign mole or melanoma? Simply take a visual assessment utilizing the model of the ABCs of melanoma in identifying signs of skin cancer versus a mole. This mnemonic device represents letters that correspond to characteristic features that may indicate the presence of melanoma:

A is for Asymmetry: Asymmetry refers to the irregular shape of a mole or lesion. Normal moles are typically symmetrical, meaning if you were to draw a line through the center, both halves would match. In contrast, melanomas often have uneven, asymmetrical shapes where one half looks different from the other.

B is for Border Irregularity: Melanomas often have irregular, uneven or poorly defined borders. Instead of having smooth, well-defined edges, the borders of a melanoma may appear blurred, scalloped or notched.

C is for Color Variation: The presence of multiple colors within a single mole or lesion is a concerning feature. While normal moles are usually uniform in color, melanomas may exhibit a variety of colors including shades of brown, black, blue, red or white. This variation in color within the same lesion is a red flag for potential melanoma.

D is for Diameter: The diameter of a mole or lesion is another important factor to consider. While not all large moles are necessarily cancerous, melanomas tend to be larger in diameter than the size of a pencil eraser (approximately 6 millimeters or about the size of a standard pencil’s eraser). Any mole or lesion that is growing should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.

E is for Evolving: Changes in the size, shape, color or texture of a mole or lesion over time can be indicative of melanoma. Any mole or lesion that evolves or undergoes noticeable changes, such as itching, bleeding, crusting or scaling, should be examined promptly by a dermatologist or healthcare provider.

It’s essential to remember that not all moles exhibiting these characteristics are cancerous, but any concerning changes should be evaluated by a medical professional for proper diagnosis and management. Early detection and treatment of melanoma significantly improve outcomes, highlighting the importance of regular self-examinations and dermatological screenings. 
For your skin assessment, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546. To learn more about sun protection measures and other ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer, visit WEBSITE.

Posted: May 11, 2024 By:

Dermatology Innovations: A Look at the Latest Technological Advancements

Dermatology, the medical discipline dedicated to skin health, is in a state of continual evolution, marked with the latest technological advancements and groundbreaking technologies. From novel treatments for common skin conditions to cutting-edge techniques for rejuvenation and restoration, the field of dermatology is experiencing exciting developments that are revolutionizing skincare. 

As perhaps one of the most notable, common skin conditions affecting millions worldwide, acne is continuously at the forefront of research for new and lasting solutions. The popularization of retinoids and combination therapies help patients battle against acne-causing bacteria and inflammation. Laser and light-based therapies offer promising alternatives for individuals with severe or treatment-resistant acne, providing effective results with minimal downtime.

Injectable treatments (dermal fillers and neuromodulators and Botox) continue to be popular options for addressing signs of aging and enhancing facial aesthetics. Recent advancements in injectable technology include the development of longer-lasting fillers with improved biocompatibility and natural-looking results. Moreover, innovative techniques such as micro-dosing and layering allow for precise placement and customization, ensuring optimal outcomes tailored to each patient’s unique anatomy and objectives.

Digital technologies offer rapid diagnostics for assessing and treating skin diseases better and more effectively than ever. Early detection and treatment are critical for improving outcomes in skin cancer, the most common form of cancer worldwide. Dermatologists are utilizing advanced imaging technologies such as dermoscopy, confocal microscopy and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to enhance the accuracy of skin cancer diagnosis and to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions. These diagnostic tools also include smartphone apps that analyze the skin including Miiskin, UMSKinCheck, MoleScope and SkinVison. Additionally, emerging treatments such as immune checkpoint inhibitors and targeted therapies offer promising options for individuals with advanced or metastatic skin cancer, improving survival rates and quality of life.

Advances in genetic testing, biomarker analysis and personalized medicine are propelling the development of tailored skincare solutions and customized treatments. Molecular profiling techniques enable dermatologists to identify specific genetic markers associated with skin conditions such as melanoma, psoriasis and eczema, paving the way for precision medicine in dermatology.
For a more in-depth list of dermatology innovations, a look at the latest advancement, check out WEBSITE. To schedule a skin consultation with THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology and learn more about how customized treatments and the latest innovations can improve efficacy and satisfaction in your skin and aesthetic goals, call today at 602-867-7546.

Posted: May 4, 2024 By:

Common Skin Conditions and Their Dermatological Solutions

Unusual changes to the skin sometimes signal more than an unsightly appearance; it may also indicate an underlying health concern. Think of your skin like a canvas; a visual reflection of what is going on inside your body that showcases your overall health and well-being. While genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle can negatively affect skin, many common skin conditions from acne to eczema have dermatological solutions that can improve and rejuvenate the skin. 

Fungal, viral & bacterial infections of the skin

Fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm and yeast infections thrive in warm, moist environments, leading to symptoms such as itching, redness and flaking. 

Viral infections such as herpes simplex virus (HSV) or human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cold sores, genital warts or verrucas, manifesting as painful blisters or raised lesions. 

Bacterial infections like cellulitis, impetigo or folliculitis often result from breaks in the skin barrier causing redness, swelling and sometimes, discharge. 

Effective treatment typically involves antifungal medications for fungal infections, antiviral drugs for viral infections and antibiotics for bacterial infections, along with proper hygiene practices and, in some cases, lifestyle adjustments to prevent recurrence.

Rosacea: 

While its exact cause remains unclear, factors such as genetics, abnormal facial blood vessels and a heightened immune response may contribute to its development. Rosacea tends to show up on the skin in episodes of flare-ups and remissions, often triggered by factors like spicy foods, alcohol, sunlight, temperature extremes, stress and certain skincare products. 

Topical treatments include metronidazole or azelaic acid to reduce redness and inflammation, oral antibiotics for inflammatory lesions and lifestyle modifications to minimize triggers. In severe cases, laser therapy or isotretinoin may be recommended under the guidance of a dermatologist.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that accelerates the growth cycle of skin cells producing thick, red patches covered with silvery scales. 

Topical treatments like corticosteroids, retinoids and coal tar preparations can help reduce inflammation and scale formation. For moderate to severe psoriasis phototherapy or systemic medications such as methotrexate, cyclosporine or biologics may be recommended.

Eczema:

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition characterized by red, itchy patches on the skin. It often develops in infancy and may persist into adulthood. 

Moisturizers, topical corticosteroids and antihistamines can alleviate symptoms and prevent flare-ups. In severe cases, dermatologists may prescribe immunosuppressants or biologic drugs to manage inflammation.

Dermatitis:

Dermatitis is defined as inflammation of the skin that can result in redness, itching, swelling and sometimes blistering. It can be caused by irritants like soaps, detergents, certain fabrics, allergens (like pollen), pet dander or underlying health conditions. 

Types of dermatitis include contact dermatitis, which occurs when the skin comes into direct contact with an irritant or allergen, and atopic dermatitis, a chronic form often associated with a family history of allergies and asthma. 

Treatment typically involves identifying and avoiding triggers along with the use of topical corticosteroids, moisturizers, antihistamines or calcineurin inhibitors to alleviate symptoms.

Acne:

Not surprisingly, acne is the most common skin condition, affecting all age ranges, especially adolescents. Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells leading to the formation of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. While over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid may help manage mild acne, severe cases may require prescription medications like retinoids, antibiotics or oral contraceptives.

Keep in mind, listed above are brief summaries of the most common skin conditions and their dermatological solutions. To fully diagnose and treat what may be ailing your skin, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE for a full skin evaluation. 

Posted: April 25, 2024 By:

Dermatology for All Ages: Addressing Skin Concerns from Pediatrics to Geriatrics

From the soft skin of newborns to the wrinkled complexion of seniors, nearly every person in every generation is subject to some degree of skin issues. While each micro-generation from Boomers to Gen Z idealizes their brand of nostalgia, when it comes to any sort of skin abnormality or frustration, most would love to leave the memory of bad skin in the past. The journey of life begins with a fresh-faced complexion toward the wisdom of age. Caring for skin in every season of life includes implementing targeted treatments and preventative measures in anticipation of the next set of skin challenges to come. No matter what stage of life you are in, it is never too early or too late to prioritize skin health and vitality. 

Common skin conditions in infancy and childhood include diaper rash, cradle cap, eczema, warts and acne. Diaper rash, caused by prolonged exposure to moisture, can be eased with frequent diaper changes and gentle cleansing. Cradle cap, characterized by crusty patches on the scalp, often resolves with gentle washing and brushing. Eczema, though challenging, can be managed with moisturizing creams and identifying triggers like harsh soaps or allergens. As children grow, their skin faces new challenges including acne, eczema flare-ups and warts. Acne, fueled by hormonal changes during puberty, can be managed with proper cleansing, topical treatments and, in severe cases, oral medications. Eczema may persist into adolescence with stress and allergens triggering flare-ups. Warts, caused by viral infections, can be treated with over-the-counter remedies or professional interventions like cryotherapy.

In your roaring twenties, you’re likely reveling in the bloom of youth, but it’s also a time when you may start noticing subtle changes in your skin. Common issues include acne flare-ups, uneven skin tone and the early signs of sun damage. As 20-somethings are entering college and the workforce, common skincare concerns include dull and tired skin due to lack of sleep and stress. While it may not be evident just yet on twenty-year old skin, collagen production begins to dwindle by as much as 1% each year beginning in the mid-to-late 20s. Spot treatments for breakouts, incorporating daily wear broad-spectrum sunscreen, a focus on hydrating and moisturizing the skin are primary focuses. 

As you enter your thriving 30s, your skin may start to show more visible signs of aging such as fine lines, sunspots, pigmentation changes, loss of volume and loss of elasticity. It’s a crucial time to establish a solid anti-aging routine including adding topical retinoids and antioxidants to rejuvenate and firm the skin by stimulating collagen production and combating free radical damage. Continue prioritizing sun protection to prevent and repel further sun damage and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

For the fabulous 40s, hormonal changes and cumulative sun exposure may lead to more pronounced signs of aging including deeper wrinkles, sagging skin and hyperpigmentation. Consider incorporating professional treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning or laser therapy to address specific concerns like sun damage or uneven skin tone. Investing in routine cosmetic procedures like fillers and Botox will reverse the signs of aging to achieve the skin you desire.

As you embrace your fierce 50s and beyond, the second half of your life begins. However, your skin may become thinner and more prone to age-related concerns such as deep wrinkles, sagging neck & jowl areas, easier bruising and age spots. Skin also becomes more translucent highlighting broken capillaries on the cheeks, nose, chin and legs.  Hormonal changes bring about a resurgence of acne as well as an increase of skin dryness. Double down on hydration with emollient-rich creams and serums to replenish moisture and strengthen the skin barrier. Some individuals may choose surgical options such as facelifts and others may choose to embrace their signs of aging, but maintaining healthy and happy skin is an option available no matter your age. 

At CLIENT NAMETHE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology we specialize in dermatology for all ages, addressing skin concerns from pediatrics to geriatrics. Call today at 602-867-7546 or visit WEBSITE for information.

Posted: April 18, 2024 By:

The Role of Diet in Skin Health

Waking up to a new blemish, bloated skin or inflammation can be frustrating. When we look back at what we’ve consumed in the days leading up to changes in the skin, more often than not we can conclude the role of diet in skin health had an adverse effect if sugar, processed foods and alcohol have increased while important vitamins and nutrients have decreased. Our skin is often considered a reflection of our overall health, so it’s no secret that what we eat can significantly impact its appearance and vitality. While skincare products play a vital role in maintaining healthy skin, the foundation of a glowing complexion begins from within. 

Skin serves as a protective barrier against external threats such as environmental pollutants, UV radiation and pathogens. Proper nutrition provides the essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients necessary for maintaining skin integrity, elasticity and overall health. Combining a balanced diet of whole foods that includes macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration and powerful antioxidants fuels the body and nourishes the skin, promoting a radiant complexion and overall health. 

Macronutrients, including carbohydrates, proteins and fats, are the primary sources of energy for our bodies. While each macronutrient serves distinct functions, they all contribute to skin health in various ways. Carbohydrates are divided into complex and simple carbs. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, have great skin benefits due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, pasta and sugar, have the opposite effect of increasing inflammation and skin aging. Proteins are the building blocks of skin tissue, playing a crucial role in collagen synthesis and repair. Incorporating lean sources of protein, such as poultry, fish, legumes and tofu, supports skin structure and elasticity. Healthy fats are found in omega-3 and omega-6 foods such as salmon, avocado, nuts and seeds that protect the skin from moisture loss by maintaining the skin’s lipid barrier. 

The role of micronutrients, which includes vitamins and minerals, is necessary for skin cell turnover and regeneration, collagen synthesis, UV damage protection, wound healing, oil regulation, acne prevention, protection from oxidative stress and support of the skin barrier. Incorporate skin changing super foods to your diet with the following sources: Vitamin A (sweet potatoes, carrots & leafy greens), vitamin C (citrus fruits, bell pepper & strawberries), vitamin E (nuts, seeds & vegetable oils), and zinc (oysters, pumpkin seeds & legumes). 

Hydration is key for the function of every organ in the body and as skin is the largest organ in the body, water intake is extra important. Water helps flush out toxins, regulate body temperature and maintain skin elasticity. Additionally, consuming water-rich foods like cucumbers, watermelon and celery can contribute to overall hydration levels.

Powerful anti-aging benefits can be found in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals and unstable molecules that can damage cells and accelerate skin aging. While topical treatments will do wonders for the skin, foods that contain polyphenols and flavonoids not only promote skin health, but research suggests will also reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. When you book your next appointment at THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology, be sure to include the topic of the role of diet in skin health as part of your assessment. Keeping a food diary and making small changes can lead to a big impact on the health and aesthetic of your skin. Call today at 602-867-7546 or schedule online at WEBSITE.

Posted: April 11, 2024 By:

Unlocking the Secrets to Youthful Skin: A Dermatologist’s Guide

When you are young you just assume you will have certain things figured out by the time you reach a certain age. Many of us have awakened to find we really didn’t know what we’ve been doing with all the years that have seemingly flown by. And skincare is no different. In the blink of an eye, we go from spot treating acne to trying to camouflage the fine lines that have shown on our face up overnight. 

From Tik Tok skincare hacks to the Stanley Cup hype encouraging all day hydration, we are inundated with information just about everywhere with ways to benefit the skin. Each generation, like the one before it, is convinced they have found the fountain of youth. Decades ago, a simple bar of soap was all one needed for great skin. Years later, the holy grail was concluded in popular over the counter products like Oil of Olay. Today, teenagers are slathering on retinol like your grandmothers slept with gobs of cold cream. While some reputable brands remain the gold standard for beautiful skin, the landscape of dermatology is filled with solutions for everything from allergic reactions to preventative aging. 

Unlocking the secrets to youthful skin is about more than what is applied topically; it is about unlocking the potential for your best skin ever. Natural aging causes the skin to undergo changes such as loss of collagen and elastin that leads to wrinkles and sagging. Sun exposure over time, lifestyle choices and genetics can accelerate the aging process causing uneven skin tone as well as dull, textured skin. At THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology, we provide a dermatologist’s guide to maintaining a youthful complexion. Key strategies include sun protection, healthy lifestyle habits, hydration, a consistent skincare routine and professional treatments. 

One of the most effective ways to maintain youthful skin is by protecting it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Dermatologists emphasize the importance of wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day to prevent premature aging and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as engaging in regular exercise, getting adequate sleep and managing stress levels to promote overall skin health. Proper hydration is key to healthy, youthful-looking skin. Dermatologists advise drinking plenty of water and using moisturizers containing humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to attract and retain moisture in the skin, resulting in a plump, radiant complexion. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are important components of a consistent skincare routine. Incorporating ingredients such as retinoids, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to target signs of aging and promote collagen production are vital to unlocking the secrets to youthful skin. While at-home routines will do wonders for the skin, some skin concerns require a higher degree of intervention in the form of laser treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermal fillers. 
Radiant skin is achievable with a customized treatment plan. To get yours, schedule an appointment with THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology by calling 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE.

Posted: April 4, 2024 By:

The Impact of Stress on Your Skin

Stop stressing. If only words could automatically calm feelings. Life is chalk-full of the unpredicted. And for most of us, stress often shows up unexpectedly in all kinds of sources. And often those external factors affect us internally. The impact of stress on the skin does both. And for those who already struggle with skin issues, stress compounds those insecurities and adds to the burden you already bear. 

From the pressures of work to personal challenges and societal expectations, stress manifests in various forms and can wreak havoc on our mental and physical well-being. While we often associate stress with headaches, sleepless nights and mood swings, its impact on our skin is often overlooked. However, the connection between stress and skin health is profound and warrants closer examination. When we experience stress, our body releases a cascade of hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline, as part of the fight-or-flight response. While this response is essential for survival in threatening situations, chronic stress can disrupt the delicate balance of these hormones, leading to a range of adverse effects on the skin.

As the largest organ of the body, the manifestations of stress are obvious on the skin. One of the most visible signs of the impact of stress on the skin appears as acne flare-ups and breakouts. Acne is caused by a buildup of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria that leads to inflammation. Sebum production and inflammation increases with elevated stress levels leading to clogged pores, a perfect environment for bacteria that causes acne to thrive. Acne is caused by a build up of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria that leads to inflammation. For individuals with pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, stress can exacerbate symptoms and trigger flare-ups. Stress-induced inflammation can intensify itching, redness and irritation, leading to a worsening of the underlying condition. Moreover, the psychological impact of dealing with a chronic skin condition can further contribute to stress, creating a vicious cycle that takes a toll on both mental and physical well-being. Stress doesn’t just affect the appearance of the skin—it can also impair its ability to heal and repair itself. Cortisol inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, molecules that play a crucial role in the skin’s immune response and wound healing process. As a result, cuts, bruises and other injuries may take longer to heal, leaving behind scars and discoloration.

The physical toll of stress isn’t just in added breakouts or slow wound healing but in new damage to the skin. Chronic stress accelerates the aging process by promoting the breakdown of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for maintaining the skin’s firmness and elasticity. Elevated cortisol levels can weaken the skin’s barrier function, making it more susceptible to environmental damage and dehydration. Over time, this can lead to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, giving rise to premature aging.
Mitigating the impact of stress on the skin is found in a combination of options including stress-relief techniques, prioritization of self-care, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, establishing a skincare routine and seeking support both emotionally from loved ones and physically from a board-certified dermatologist. For a skin assessment, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE.

Posted: March 25, 2024 By:

Sensitive Skin SOS: Tips and Products Recommended by Dermatologists

Skin is the primary protection of the body, covering nearly its entirety. Just about everything in your environment encounters the skin from ultraviolet rays, pollutants, chemicals, pollen, really anything can produce a reaction; not to mention products you willing use on your skin such as makeup, cleansers and problem-targeting products that may contain a host of ingredients you have no idea may react negatively with your skin. Sensitive skin can often feel like a delicate balancing act, requiring the right products to provide nourishment without causing irritation. When you experience dryness, redness, allergic reaction in the form of bumps, breakouts, blisters or flaking, and even stinging or burning pain on the skin, seek the expert opinion and solution strategy of a board-certified dermatologist. In the meantime, sensitive skin SOS tips and products recommended by dermatologists should provide rescuing relief. 

People with sensitive skin are susceptible to irritation, itching, inflammation and discoloration. Skin conditions like eczema, dry skin, irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, rosacea, contact urticaria, physical urticaria, photo dermatoses, cutaneous mastocytosis and aquagenic pruritus cause sensitive skin reactions. Overexposure to environmental factors such as sun, wind, heat or cold can also cause sensitive skin problems. Genetics is also a main cause of sensitive skin as such people are exposed to easily triggered inflammatory responses and overproduction of the compound called histamine. Knowing what may trigger your skin is the best form of prevention. Stay clear of alcohols, dyes, parabens, sulfates, fragrances, chemicals in sunscreen, exfoliants, polyethylene glycols, methylisothiazolinone and essential oils. 

Choose fragrance-free, sensitive skin specific, gentle cleansers, moisturizers and serums as part of your simple skincare routine. Should you experience any inflammation or irritation from products, discontinue use right away. Home remedies are an immediate and beneficial resource for calming reactions to sensitive skin. Cold compresses can be made at your home by dampening a towel, keeping it in a sealed bag and storing it in the freezer for around 15 minutes. You can use this in sensitive areas like the eyes. This remedy relieves pain, swelling and dryness. An over-the-counter antihistamine may reduce pain and alleviate any swelling or added sensitivity to the skin. Moisturize the skin with a gentle cream your skin has already been proven to tolerate. If irritation persists, contact a dermatologist right away. 
Navigating the world of skincare with sensitive skin requires thoughtful consideration of product ingredients and formulations. Dermatologist-approved sensitive skin products prioritize simplicity, avoiding unnecessary additives that could trigger irritation. Whether it’s cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens, serums, makeup or treatment products, there are excellent options available to nurture and protect sensitive skin. By incorporating these dermatologist-recommended products into your skincare routine, you can achieve a calm and healthy complexion that stands up to the test of sensitivity. Remember to consult with your dermatologist for personalized recommendations tailored to your specific skin needs. You can do so by contacting THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE.

Posted: March 18, 2024 By: