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Dr. George Discusses Options for Acne Scar Treatment Dallas Patients Trust

Pretty much everyone has suffered from some sort of acne. Whether it’s severe, or just a few blemishes every now and then, you can develop visible scars. Severe acne commonly causes scars on the skin that can lead to low self-esteem, embarrassment, or dislike of your appearance. Keep reading to learn about scars and options for acne scar treatment Dallas provider Dr. George suggests.

Types of Acne Scars

Three types of acne scars exist: atrophic, hypertrophic, and keloids. Here is what each is and why they happen:

  • Atrophic: small indentions in the skin that occur when the skin doesn’t make enough fibroblasts during healing
  • Hypertrophic: a raised bump when the skin makes too many fibroblasts
  • Ice pick: deep and narrows impressions on the skin that are more severe than atrophic. Avoid ice pick scars by not picking and scratching at pimples and blemishes.
  • Keloids: much larger raised scars that may cause itchiness or pain

Atrophic and Hypertrophic scars are more typical and easier to treat. Keloid scars may be more difficult to treat because of their size and tendency to grow back.

Options for Acne Scar Treatment Dallas Patients

 Your dermatologist will discuss all of your options and suggest the best course of action based on your condition. Below are the most common types of treatments that target acne scars.

Skin Care Products

The easiest treatment to begin with is skin care products with ingredients that help reduce the appearance of scars. Some of these ingredients can include salicylic acid, retinoids, AHAs, BHAs, and lactic acid. Ask your dermatologist which products you should use based on your skin type.

Fillers

Certain fillers have been developed to improve the appearance of acne scars by introducing a collagen-based product to the skin. Knox Dermatology uses Bellafill as an acne scar treatment. Bellafill works because it contains collagen with polymethylcrylate particles that encourage the production of collagen over time. Bellafill is known as the “five-year filler” for its longevity. 

Microneedling

Microneedling also promotes collagen production and can be used for facial rejuvenation. It stimulates the body’s own natural healing process to create collagen and elastin resulting in a smoother appearance and reduction in visible acne scars.

 

Dr. George Wooming has decades of experience treating acne scars. Schedule your appointment with us to discuss your options with the provider for acne scar treatment Dallas patients trust!

Tips from Your Skin Care Products Dallas Specialist

Struggling with keeping healthy, blemish-free skin can take a toll on you emotionally and mentally, and spending time testing product after product without success doesn’t make it any better. But, there is a solution to this common issue. Keep reading for tips from your skin care products Dallas specialist.

Ask a Dermatologist

A common issue people run into is not knowing what products to use. They go to the drug store and pick the bottles that look the fanciest, without doing proper research to understand the ingredients inside. The easiest way to know which skin care products are best for you is by talking to a dermatologist. He or she will be able to discuss your symptoms and concerns and plan out a regimen. Rather than spending time walking the aisles at the store or researching online, make an appointment. You’ll be happier you did!

At Knox Dermatology, we listen to you and take your lifestyle, budget, and goals into consideration. Some of the brands we trust and often suggest include:

  • SkinCeuticals
  • Jan Marini
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Sente
  • VMV
  • Shea Terra
  • Zerafite
  • Skin Type Solutions

Skin Type Solutions

Researching for skin care products on your own is difficult enough, especially when you’re not sure what skin type you have. When you schedule an appointment with Dr. George he will discuss with you what skin type you have. According to Skin Type Solutions, there are sixteen different skin types, all requiring different products. Skin Type Solutions was developed based on the typing system created by Dr. Leslie Baumann. Here’s how it works: Dr. George will determine your skin type based on a number of factors. Then, he will discuss the different products suited for your skin type and how to use them. Some skin types need more products than others, and this will all be explained during your appointment.

Dr. George is your skin care products Dallas specialist and can help you determine your skin type and which products are best for you. Contact Knox Dermatology today to schedule your appointment and start your journey to healthy looking and feeling skin.

The Best Spider Vein Treatment Dallas Patients Trust

Everybody wants to have smooth and even-toned skin. But, it’s hard when unsightly spider veins are visible on your legs. Keep reading to learn more about why sclerotherapy is the best spider vein treatment Dallas patients trust.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are clusters of very small blood vessels that appear close to the skin. They can be red, purple, or blue and cause discomfort. Cramps, burning, tingling, swelling, and general discomfort are all associated with untreated spider veins. Getting your veins treated is more than just cosmetic, it can also decrease any pain or discomfort. A few simple ways to prevent spider veins exist, such as:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid sitting or standing too long
  • Avoid crossing your legs
  • Don’t wear tight-fitting clothing around your waist and legs too often

Treatment Options

There are a few different treatment options available based on the severity and size of your veins. Therefore, your doctor will tell you the appropriate treatment for your situation. The most common treatments include:

  • Home remedies
  • Exercise program to promote weight loss
  • Laser treatments
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Vein surgery
  • Sclerotherapy

Depending on their specialty, medical professionals will have different preferences for spider veins treatment. As a dermatologist, Dr. George Wooming offers years of experience in sclerotherapy as the best spider vein treatment Dallas provider.

Why Sclerotherapy is a Good Option

Dr. George prefers sclerotherapy as a treatment for spider veins for several reasons. Firstly, the procedure is completely safe (with a small possibility of side effects like with any procedure). Secondly, you will feel very little discomfort or pain during the treatment. Lastly, sclerotherapy typically more effectively treats spider veins that other common procedures. Click here to learn more about the procedure.

Best Spider Vein Treatment Dallas

Sclerotherapy provides the most consistent results for spider vein removal. Dallas patients trust Dr. George as the expert for treating their spider veins, in addition to other cosmetic treatments. Contact Knox Dermatology to set up your appointment!

Your Options for Ripped Earlobe Repair

ripped earlobe repairRipped earlobes happen for several reasons, whether they be long-time damage or quick, sudden trauma. The most common reasons for ripped earlobe repair include:

  • Wearing heavy earrings
  • Wearing ear gauges
  • Trauma like accidently pulling on an earring

These tears and rips happen because of what ears are made up of. Earlobes consist of adipose (fatty) tissue, making them not as flexible as the rest of the ear that is made up of cartilage. Because of this, earlobes are subject to ripping and tearing more than any other part of the ear.

Why wearing heavy earrings or gauges causes a rip

Over time, putting stress on your earlobes by wearing heavy earrings or gauges can cause your earlobes to stretch, rip, or tear. With heavy earrings, this new, small hole gets bigger because the weight of the earring pulls down on the earlobe. The same effect happens with gauges, where the weight and size of the gauge causes an enlarged hole, although the effect may be desired. The best way to keep the piercing holes small and your earlobe intact is to wear smaller, less heavy earrings. If you prefer wearing heavy earrings, take these measures to protect your earlobes:

  • Alternate between heavy and less heavy earrings
  • Wear circle backs that give extra support to your earlobe
  • Be careful when dressing to not snag and pull on the earrings

Options for ripped earlobe repair

A few options exist for repair depending on the severity of the rip and your desired outcome, including:

  • Making small cuts around the hole and stitching it back together
  • Making more intricate cuts on larger holes from gauges to repair the lobe
  • Using fillers to give the earlobe more cushion

Dr. Wooming is able to re-pierce the ear three months after the repair so you can go back to wearing lightweight jewelry.

Dr. George Wooming’s years of experience make him skilled in split and ripped earlobe repair. If you have a ripped earlobe, contact Knox Dermatology to schedule your appointment and get your earlobes back to their natural shape!

Texas Skin Cancer Risk Factors

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and we think the best way to celebrate is to give our patients insight into skin cancer risk factors. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than all other cancers combined. Being aware of the main risk factors and trying to prevent them from developing into skin cancer is the first part of the battle.

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Age

Aged skin is more prone to skin cancer due to past exposure to UV rays. This is especially common in the current older generation that did not receive as much education on the importance of using sunscreen when working or playing outdoors.

Gender

Men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer than women. This is thought to be due to a majority of males not understanding and, in turn, ignoring the importance of using skin care products especially those containing SPF.

Skin Types

Fair skinned individuals are more likely to develop skin cancer. People with moles are more likely to develop melanoma.

Medical History

Your personal and family medical history also plays a part within skin cancer risk factors. Whether you or a family member have been previously diagnosed with skin cancer, you are more likely to be diagnosed or re-diagnosed.

Medical conditions such as xeroderma pigmentosum, basal cell nevus syndrome and human papilloma virus can also put an individual at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

In addition to these risk factors, people with previous radiation exposure or that have undergone psoriasis treatment have a higher likelihood of developing the cancer upon the exposed area.

Lifestyle

Smokers tend to have a high risk of developing skin cancer.

Tanning bed users are at a very high risk of developing skin cancer. The use of tanning beds is such a risk, that states have gone to such lengths as to ban the use of tanning beds under a certain age.

Have you scheduled your annual skin cancer screening? Make your appointment today for your screening and to discuss these skin cancer risk factors with Dr. Wooming by calling 972-661-5476 or request an appointment online

Rosacea Benefits of Dry January

Why Dry January is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Skin Right Now

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Chances are either you or someone you know is participating in Dry January. Dry January is the increasingly popular trend to cut out all alcohol during the first month of the year. The movement was started in 2011 by one woman as a way to improve her training regimen for a half marathon. By 2017, there were estimated to be over 5 million people participating in Dry January. Many participants see it as the first step to creating a new lifestyle in line with their New Year’s resolutions.

The Truth About What Alcohol is Doing to Your Skin

It’s not new information that alcohol consumption isn’t the best thing for your body. An occasional, responsible beer or cocktail is fine, but over-consumption is not recommended. To fully understand the skin benefits of Dry January, it’s important to understand what alcohol is doing to your skin in the first place.

Alcohol is known to dehydrate your body, and therefor, dehydrate your skin. Skin dehydration leads to early onset wrinkles, which may make you appear up to 10 years older.

Drinking in excess can cause your body to suffer from a zinc deficiency, which leads to a strong histamine reaction. This reaction causes inflammation that can lead to facial redness or rosacea.

Depending on the specific beverage and mixtures, alcohol can contain an excess amount of sugar which can lead to acne.

In addition to the many skin benefits of Dry January, it can also help you to lose weight, improve your sleep, give you more energy, improve your overall mental health and more.

Making Smart Decisions About Alcohol Consumption

Once Dry January is over and you decide to welcome alcohol back into your lifestyle in February, do it safely and combat the harsh effects that alcohol can have on your skin. Physicians recommend eating a full meal before or during alcohol consumption. They also suggest alternating servings of alcohol with servings of water to replenish the skin from dehydration.

If you have questions on how to improve your skin’s general well-being, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wooming by calling 972-661-5476 or request an appointment online.

Skin Care Resolutions for the New Year

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Glow from the Inside Out by Following These Skin Care Resolutions for the New Year

Proper skin care is so important to looking and feeling your best! With good skin care habits, you can prevent uncomfortable breakouts, pre-mature signs of aging, and take necessary precautions against serious skin conditions, such as skin cancer. For healthier and better-looking skin, here are four skin care resolutions you’ll want to make in 2018.

1. KEEP SKIN CARE PRODUCTS CLEAN AND UP TO DATE

Liquid foundation and bronzing powder materials can accumulate on your makeup brushes over time.  To avoid applying dirt and bacteria to your skin along with your makeup and potentially causing a break out, make sure to routinely wash make up brushes each month.  If you have oily skin, you may want to wash them more frequently. Makeup lines often sell brush cleanser, but you can also wash them at home with warm water and baby shampoo.

Checking your makeup for expiration dates is also important in keeping bacteria from reaching your skin.  With mascara, especially, using it after makeup has expired is known to cause pink eye.  Most other makeup products only need to be discarded every twelve months.

2. ADD ANTI-AGING MEASURES TO YOUR ROUTINE

People begin to panic at the first sign of a gray hair or wrinkles. They will often go to great lengths to postpone the signs of aging for as long as possible. The base plan of action is to get ahead. Don’t allow your skin to begin aging prematurely!

Applying a facial moisturizer daily will trap moisture in your skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. Regularly using a hyaluronic acid face masks can also help moisturize the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Avoid heavily drinking and smoking. Alcohol dehydrates your body and your skin, and can even permanently damage your skin in time. If you do consume alcohol, be sure to do so in moderation and drink plenty of water as well to keep your body and skin hydrated. The use of tobacco products significantly speeds the rate at which your skin ages. Smoking can your skin to look wrinkled, dull and saggy.

3. PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Skin cancer is serious risk even in winter months or days with limited sunshine. This is why it’s important to wear sunscreen year-round. If you only visit a dermatologist once a year for a regular checkup, you can still take a more proactive approach to preventing skin cancer by administering the ABCDE self-skin assessment.

4. EAT HEALTHIER

Some studies suggest that what you eat can actually impact the quality of your skin. Cheryl Karcher, a New York Dermatologist states that, “the skin is a reflection of your total body health.” By reducing your sugar intake, your body will produce less hormone insulin needed to break the sugar down. This could result in less acne. Cutting back on processed foods and eating more fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants could also help your skin remain healthier.

Being conscientious of your skin care products, taking precautions to protect your skin against aging and skin cancer, and eating healthier are only a few methods to take care of your skin.  If you have questions on how to improve your personal skin care regimen, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wooming by calling 972-661-5476 or request an appointment online

Skin Allergy Treatment, Causes, and More from Knox Dermatology

What Causes an Allergic Reaction?

An allergic reaction to the skin occurs when your skin comes in contact with substances that your body mistakes as a threat.  The inflammation, bumps, and patches of dry skin that appear and form a rash is your immune system’s response to the supposed “threat.”

Here is Knox Dermatology’s guide on skin allergy treatment, prevention, and causes.

Common Skin Allergy Treatment and Conditions

Skin allergies can affect an individual on both a long-term basis or circumstantially.  Here are some examples of types of skin allergies.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Have you recently switched to a new shampoo, tried a self-tanner over the holidays, or changed your laundry detergent? If you answered yes to any of these questions and have noticed strange bumps and itchiness on your skin, you could have allergic contact dermatitis.

This skin allergy is circumstantial, and the rash it causes is due to an allergen directly touching the skin.  Many other substances could be to blame such as chemicals found in perfumes, deodorant, metal jewelry and make-up.

To ease pain and stop the rash from spreading, at the first sign of the rash forming, rinse off the affected area in case the substance causing the reaction is still present on your skin.  To reduce itching and pain, antihistamines and antibiotic cream can be applied to the skin.

To avoid a future contact dermatitis incident, it’s important to recognize what induced your body’s response.  If you are unsure of the exact cause, a skin patch test can be conducted.  With this test, small doses of substances are placed on the skin to determine which brings about a reaction.

Eczema 

According to the National Eczema Association, “Over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema.”  Eczema has similar symptoms to contact dermatitis, but is a long-term condition that often is due to genetics.  With eczema, skin is extremely itchy and dry.  Cuts and discharge caused by constant scratching is common.  Although eczema can remain a consistent skin condition, it’s possible that it will flare-up and periodically worsen.

Flare-ups can be prevented by consistently using lotions to keep your skin moist.  If over the counter ointments and creams don’t relieve symptoms, contact your dermatologist to explore other treatment options.

Hives and Angioedema

Hives, or raised patches on the outermost layer of the skin, are formed when histamines are released from the blood vessels.  This occurs when the body is exposed to specific foods or other allergens.  Angioedema, on the other hand, is when the deeper layers of the skin are affected and induce swelling. Figuring out the cause of the reaction and using antihistamines can be used as a treatment method.

This information does not substitute for professional care or recommendations from your physician. If you have any skin allergy concerns or would like to have your skin looked at by a professional to determine the severity of a reaction, skin allergy treatment options, and more contact Knox Dermatology today to schedule an appointment.

Common Skin Conditions Treated by Your Dallas Medical Dermatologist

Dermatology isn’t always cosmetic; there are many medical skin conditions and diseases that might require care from a medical dermatologist. George Wooming, M.D. provides Dallas medical dermatology services including treatment for common skin conditions like acne, eczema, hair loss, psoriasis, skin cancer, and more.

Acne

The most common skin condition in the United States, acne often causes physical and psychological problems such as permanent scarring, poor self-image, depression and anxiety. Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts or nodules occurring on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. There are many effective acne treatments available – cleansers, creams and lotions, and prescription medications.

Eczema

Rashes characterized as eczema have many different causes, including allergic reactions, friction, prolonged exposure to heat and moisture and contact with irritants such as harsh chemicals. Eczema treatment depends on the cause, but often includes medication, proper skin care, trigger avoidance, and treatment for symptoms, such as: moisturizers, cold compresses, corticosteroids, antihistamines, and phototherapy or immune-suppressing oral medications.

Hair Loss

There are many conditions and diseases that can result in hair loss, but hair thinning or balding is most commonly hereditary. Other causes of hair loss, some of which are temporary, include improper use of styling products and improper hair care; a variety of diseases, including thyroid disease; childbirth, major surgery, high fever or infection, stress, flu, inadequate protein or iron, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, certain prescription drugs, hormonal imbalances, fungal infections such as ringworm, and alopecia. Treatment for hair loss may include topical treatments, injectable medications, oral medications, and hair transplantation and restoration surgery.

Psoriasis

A chronic inflammatory disease of the immune system mostly affecting the skin and joints, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can be associated with other diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Psoriasis is a serious medical condition that may be treated with any number of therapies, including topical treatments, phototherapy, or traditional systemic or biologic agents.

Skin Cancer

One in five Americans will develop some sort of skin cancer in their lifetime. Types of skin cancer include non-melanoma skin cancers called basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It can develop quickly and frequently spreads to the lymph nodes and internal organs, making early detection and treatment essential. Skin cancer can be prevented with proper skin care and protection from ultraviolet exposure.

Other medical dermatology issues commonly treated include diabetic ulcers, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), pre-skin cancers, moles, rashes such as poison ivy, rosacea, scars, skin allergies, skin tag removal, and warts. If you suffer from any of the skin conditions mentioned above, contact the Dallas medical dermatology experts at Knox Dermatology today.

5 Tips to Fight Hyperhidrosis From Dallas, Tx Dermatologist George Wooming

What is hyperhidrosis?

There are certain times when sweating can feel great: after leaving the gym, while going on a jog, or playing a quick game of pick-up basketball with your friends. Other times, sweating can be a huge inconvenience: during a first date, shaking hands at an important job interview, or before a big presentation.

For most people, sweating due to nerves or exercise is just a sign that your body is operating according to procedure; sweat keeps your body from overheating and is often an unconscious, automatic response to situations that make you feel angry, afraid, or embarrassed. If you experience excessive sweating while the temperature is cool or you are at rest, there is a good chance you are one of the estimated 8 million Americans who struggle with hyperhidrosis. The medical condition can affect anyone regardless of race, age, or gender.

Hyperhidrosis can affect just about any part of the human body, but is commonly seen in the hands, feet, and armpits. All this extra sweating can make using a computer or opening a door more difficult, the stains in clothing can be embarrassing, and the extra moisture can create the perfect conditions for the development of an infection. The emotional and physical discomfort exacerbates the problem, and soon you are stuck in a vicious cycle of sweat.

How to Fight Excessive Sweating

Here are some helpful tips to combat excessive sweating from your Dallas, Tx Dermatologist, George Wooming.

Avoid spicy food and caffeine.

While those jalapeño peppers on your nachos or that first morning cup of coffee may taste great, that extra heat can activate neurotransmitters in our brain that can lead to extra sweat. Try cutting back on the heat.

Choose the right clothing.

Ditch your heavier clothing for lighter, more breathable fabrics, make sure to wash clothes before re-wearing, and change your shoes and socks often; your skin will thank you.

Amp up the antiperspirants.

Speak with a dermatologist about upgrading to a clinical strength antiperspirant; sometimes all your sweat glands need is that extra kick to stop overproducing. Also, try applying before you go to sleep. Overnight, the antiperspirant will have the opportunity to soak into your skin, so it will be even more effective when you wake up.

See a dermatologist.

If these at-home methods prove to be fruitless, make an appointment with your Dallas, Tx dermatologist to learn more about treatment for hyperhidrosis. We will find the right treatment to counteract the neurotransmitters in your brain that lead to extra sweating.

Consider your options.

If you want to stop the extra sweating for good, and you have exhausted all the other options, a surgical treatment may be right for you. Botox injections to the armpits can be an effective way to halt sweating forever, as sweat glands do not regenerate. Contact Knox Dermatology to learn more about Botox and the many other procedures we offer.

If you would like to speak to a doctor about your excessive sweating, don’t hesitate to contact your Dallas, Tx Dermatologist, George Wooming, MD.