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Dermatologist Training

A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating illnesses and problems of the skin. A dermatologist can treat conditions of the skin like acne and provide treatment in the event of facial scarring. The training of a dermatologist which is a Greek work meaning the study of skin includes the same training that a physician or medical doctor takes to get qualified as an M.D. Therefore, a dermatologist is an M.D. with a specialty in disorders of the skin.

A dermatologist can be used when disease like herpes manifest on the skin. Other diseases that are treated by dermatologists are skin cancer and acne. Allergies that are visible on the skin like rashes, hives and psoriasis are also in the province of a dermatologists training and expertise in treatment. The modern dermatologist can also have training in such skin repair treatments as Botox cosmetics and laser. While mole removal and age spot treatments are still an important part of the treatments offered by a dermatologist, cosmetic treatments are now provided by dermatologists who have taken special training in cosmetic treatments like removing of facial scars, tattoos, skin lesions, hair and age spots.

The dermatologist you visit can diagnose and treat medical conditions that have erupted onto the skin. He can also offer cosmetic services like Botox injections and laser treatments to remove on the skin growths like warts. A dermatologist is also trained in treating skin cancers both medically and cosmetically. Finding a dermatologist Chicago IL who has training in all areas of the skin is simple. A dermatologist who provides laser treatments and botox along with medical treatment of skin eruptions and lesions will have his area of specialty and services rendered clearly stated in his advertisement for his professional services in dermatologist Chicago IL.


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Dry Skin Care in the Cold Weather

In our previous newsletters we discussed shoes for nursing and skin care in a hospital environment.  In this newsletter we are going to go more in-depth into skin care during the dry and cold seasons.

Millions of people are plagued with dry skin every day of their lives. Dry skin is also a common problem for almost everyone during the colder months when the skin tends to become ashy, flaky or itchy, and lips become chapped from the blistering cold wind. Sometimes it seems there is no solution to this condition when people go through countless moisturizers in vain. Some people have even resigned themselves to living with it, saying that dry skin is inevitable during the colder month. However, not until the right approach has been taken to resolve this skin condition, dry skin will continue to be a nuisance.

Dermatologists say there are several ways to combat this ailment and people do not have to resign to living with dry skin. Here are some recommended steps for dry skin care that have been proven to provide relief for sufferers.

• Minimize Shower Time – The amount of time spent in the shower or bath must be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes. Taking longer showers can actually dry out the skin and leave it dehydrated. Keep shower and bathing time as short as possible to maintain moisture in the skin.

• Lower Water Temperature – The skin must be able to retain its natural oil in order to prevent it from becoming overly dry. Hot water shower is known for stripping the skin of its natural oils. Warm water bath or shower is best for preventing the skin from become too dry.

• Use Mild Shower Cleansers – A lot of bathing soaps and shower gels contain components like perfume and alcohol that can strip the skin of its natural oil and leave it dry. Dry skin sufferers must stay away from harsh, grainy soaps and rough washcloths. Instead, a gently fragrance-free cleanser and moisturizing body wash should be used.

• Moisturize After Shower – Water evaporates from the skin after a shower, leaving the skin vulnerable to dryness. To retain moisture and lock it in, a moisturizer must be applied right after a shower. A hydrating body cream is recommended and any moisturizer with extra emollient base is especially good for overly dry skin. Applying moisturizers more than once a day will also help speed up hydration and heal the skin quickly.

• Hydrate Cracked Lips – Chapped and cracked lips is also a sign of dry skin brought on by dehydration, cold wind or the sun. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate the skin. Apply lip balms that contain ingredients like vitamin E or Shea butter. These ingredients protect against dehydration and bring relief to dry lips.

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More on Skin Health

Achieving that healthy glow during the summer months can be achieved much faster than by sitting out by a pool or in your backyard in the sun for hours.  Self-tanner is a much healthier way to get this look, and isn’t nearly as difficult as you may think it is.  There are a few steps involved in this process that should be followed to get the most even and natural coverage possible.

The first thing you should do is take the time to exfoliate your skin.  There are many body washes and products available on the market that have the necessary ingredients that will help to rid your skin of the dead cells.  Doing this will give your body a head start on a healthy glow, and will help the tanner adhere more easily as well.  There really isn’t any kind of self-tanner that will adhere to wet skin, so take the time to get your body as dry as possible.

Applying it in small sections and washing your hands in between each section will make sure that you get the even coverage you are looking for while also preventing your palms from turning orange; a dead giveaway that your tan is an application.  You should also take care when applying the tanner on your joints and on your feet and hands.  Areas like your knees and elbows are known to absorb more tanner than other areas of your body, and unless you dilute it, they will be much darker than the rest of your skin.  Diluting it takes nothing more than blotting the recently applied area with a towel, or putting a lotion on top before it dries.  You also need to carefully blend from your wrists onto your hands and ankles onto your feet so that you get a smooth, even color all over and don’t have any unsightly tan lines.

After you get the color and evenness that you are looking for, you need to let the tanner dry completely.  Read the directions on the bottle to see how much time they recommend, but the general rule is ten minutes to soak in and dry, then refrain from wearing loose clothing or getting wet for the next three to four hours.  To ensure that your tan lasts as long as possible, and to protect your skin from skin cancer, it is essential that you wear a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen whenever you plan on being in the sun. 

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6 Skin Care Tips

It’s very important to keep your skin healthy, and the best way to do this is applying sunscreen every day.  No matter how much you pay for skin care products, and how much they claim to be the best, they do not go through the FDA, so the claims can’t be scientifically backed up. Consult with your dermatologist to find out which products will be the best in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

Keep an eye out for skin cancer.  It’s true that the sun is the number one culprit, but genetics plays a part too. If you have a history of any type of cancer in your family, it is crucial that you apply sunscreen.  Individuals with a predisposition to cancer should take other measures such as limiting the amount of time in the sun than others without a family history of cancer.

Check for misshapen or off color moles on yourself and loved ones, and get tested as soon as you find something that doesn’t look right.  They can appear suddenly, and the faster you get them checked, the better your chances of catching and removing it in time. Detection is on the forefront of battling cancer and self-examination is a step that everyone can take in that battle.

Stress is never a good thing, and it can aggravate skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis, in addition to making nails brittle.  Your dermatologist will be able to better diagnose you and give you tips to help de-stress your skin.  When necessary, they can prescribe you medications or creams to help your condition. There are also techniques that can be learned to better manage stress in your daily life.  Even just trying a few calming breaths can bring your stress level back down.

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, ultimately, the most affordable will be those performed or suggested by your dermatologist. Cosmetic procedures and skin care regimens that you discuss with your dermatologist will be the safest and more importantly, will be designed specifically for you based on your skin and your medical history.  Discuss a skin care regiment with your dermatologist for a safe and healthy path to the results you want.  Another thing that you can add to your arsenal for the battle against skin cancer are medical apps and health apps.  These free apps can give you visual information to help you in determining different types of moles or lesions.

Pedicures are one way in which women can pamper themselves without spending a fortune, but it is important that you go to a reputable salon that knows the meaning of it and takes time to sanitize all of their equipment properly.  Another way to make sure this happens is to purchase your own set of nail tools to be used by the salon every time.  This option is becoming increasingly popular, and most nail salons will give you the choice to do this and store it for you.

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Important Sunscreen Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer

Now that spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, it is time to take into consideration how you are going to handle the increased sun exposure.   It’s becoming more and more important to take care of your skin when out in the sun.  Since staying inside all of time is not a realistic option, then you must consider some other solutions instead.

Sunscreen has always been associated with being out in the sun for long periods of time, but scientific studies have shown that it should be applied whenever you are going to be outside, even when it is cloudy.  That means that yes, you should apply (and reapply) when you are hanging out by the pool, but even when you consider putting the top down on your convertible or hang your arms out the window you should put on some sunscreen.  Attending or participating in sporting events outdoors also require an application.

Now that we’ve determined that yes, you do need sunscreen, consider what kind.  What brand you choose is really a personal choice, but the thing you want to really look for is the SPF.  You shouldn’t pick anything less than 30 to give your skin the protection that it needs.  The label should also list somewhere that it has broad spectrum protection.  There AAD is currently looking to change how this product is packaged so it shouldn’t be too difficult in finding one that works.

Apply enough sunscreen to cover all areas that will have sun exposure about fifteen minute before you go outside to make sure that you get the most effective coverage possible.  If you get into the habit of taking care of all of this now as the weather is just starting to get warm, but the time summer hits you will have a good routine in place, and help to make sure your skin gets the care it needs to stay young and healthy.

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Nursing Past and Present, a Nurse Achieves Fifty Years

Registered Nurse, Linda Sauerwein has recently celebrated fifty years as a nurse.  She said that a lot has changed since she first started nursing back in the sixties.

One of the biggest differences that she points out is the diversity of nurses from their races to their genders.

Nurse Linda received her degree from the Lankenau School of Nursing.  Nurse Linda has spent most of her later career working with various senior centers to assist both patients and the staff to better understand nutrition, prevention of falling and for patients, the importance of taking their medication on a regular schedule.


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