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By ATLANTA CENTER FOR DERMATOLOGIC DISEASES, PC
February 10, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

If acne is impacting your quality of life, our team is here to help.

Dealing with acne? You certainly aren’t alone. While we often think of acne as that teenage rite of passage, what if we told you that acne isn’t something that you should have to just cover up or put up with? If you are ready to get control over your acne, our Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, dermatologists can help.

Try These Steps First

Unless you are dealing with deep, painful cystic acne, or acne that’s impacting your quality of life, you may wish to try your hand at treating acne yourself. There are a variety of methods to help get your acne under control. Here are some helpful tips,

  • Try over-the-counter products that contain active acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, retinoids, or benzoyl peroxide
  • Only use products, including hair products, that are labeled as non-comedogenic, which means that they won’t clog pores
  • Be patient and make sure that you use a product consistently for 4-6 weeks before you determine if the product is working for you
  • Make sure you are drinking enough water, as hydration is important for healthy skin
  • Wash your face twice a day and immediately after sweating with an acne cleanser and warm water
  • Be gentle on your skin (scrubbing or rubbing aggressively will only make acne-prone skin worse)
  • Make sure to disinfect your cell phone daily with antibacterial wipes to prevent germs from getting on your face
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your face
  • Wash your pillow regularly
  • Try removing dairy from your diet to see if your breakouts improve

When to See a Dermatologist

If the tips above don’t seem to improve your acne it’s time to turn to our Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, dermatologists. We can recommend more aggressive treatment options including,

  • Prescription-strength topical treatments (they often contain a much higher concentration of active ingredients than anything you can get over the counter)
  • Antibiotics reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria responsible for acne
  • Steroid injections that treat nodular and cystic acne
  • Isotretinoin, a very powerful medication used to treat more severe cystic acne

Don’t let acne impact your wellbeing, your quality of life, or your social life. Take control with the help of our Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, dermatologists at Atlanta Center for Dermatology. Schedule a consultation today, call (404) 252-4333 for the Sandy Springs office, (770) 751-1133 for the Roswell office, (770) 664-5225 for the Alpharetta office, and (770) 844-1902 for the Cumming office.


By ATLANTA CENTER FOR DERMATOLOGIC DISEASES, PC
February 08, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Rash  

Are you or someone you love suffering from unexplained rashes in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Sandy Springs, GA? If so, the compassionate providers at the Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases are here to help. There are many reasons your skin may break out in a rash. Some will resolve on their own while others require medical intervention. Either way, you don’t have to suffer alone.

The First Steps to Rash Care

When you first notice a rash developing, prompt self-care is essential. If you keep it clean, dry and well moisturized, you may find that it goes away rather quickly. If it worsens with time or doesn’t heal, it’s time to see an expert on rashes in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA.

During your initial consultation, your provider will inspect the rash and take a complete medical history. Details of your past medical experiences may serve as powerful keys to identifying your rash. It’s important to answer all questions honestly.

Identifying Your Rash

You can’t effectively treat a rash until you determine what is causing the reaction. Your provider may ask questions about any potential toxins or allergens that you have touched or ingested. That is to rule out allergic reactions to medication or substances and chemicals found in your environment.

Other potential rash causes include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Viral infection
  • Fungal infection
  • Dermatitis or eczema
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis

An experienced medical provider will look at the rash and ask a few questions to determine if any tests are required. Some rashes have prominent characteristics that will help with a fast diagnosis. Others are more difficult to determine.

Potential Rash Treatments

Your medical provider may prescribe steroid or hydrocortisone cream to help ease the discomfort and inflammation of a rash. There are other medications and topical treatments that are useful, depending on the most likely cause.

It’s important to follow the individualized treatment plan designed by your provider to maximize efficiency. It may take some trial and error, so have patience.

Is Your Rash Telling You Something?

Some rashes appear and disappear with little to no discomfort. Then there are more dramatic rashes that command your attention. If you notice any of the following, there’s a good chance your rash is trying to tell you something important:

  • Fever
  • Blistering
  • Red streaks
  • Heat
  • Spreading
  • Pain

If you suffer from rashes in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Sandy Springs, GA, that just don’t seem to go away, call (404) 252-4333 to reach the Sandy Springs office for the Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases. You can also call (770) 751-1133 to schedule an appointment in our Roswell office, (770) 664-5225 to reach our Alpharetta office, or (770) 844-1902 to reach our Cumming office.


By ATLANTA CENTER FOR DERMATOLOGIC DISEASES, PC
February 07, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Botox  

Atlanta Center for Dermatology has convenient locations in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, Sandy Springs, GA. Our dedicated team of dermatologists can help when you're concerned about wrinkles. Wrinkles can age us and Botox treatment offers a way to soften your appearance with simple injections. Keep reading about Botox, and come see us to improve the appearance of wrinkles!

Wrinkles

Laughing, smiling, and living life to the fullest can sometimes show in our facial wrinkles. Botox treatment can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles like:

  • Crow's feet
  • Vertical lines between the eyes
  • Wrinkles around the mouth
  • Forehead lines

If you have any of these wrinkles in Roswell, GA, Botox can help you look younger. We love to see patients get a boost of confidence from improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox injections are a subtle way to achieve a more youthful appearance that still looks like you.

How Botox Works

Botox is an injection of the botulism toxin in a safe, refined form. Botox works by relaxing the facial muscles. When the muscles are relaxed, the skin over them appears smoother. Getting an injection is relatively painless, you should only feel a small prick at the injection site. You may notice redness or swelling at the injection site immediately afterward but this should quickly subside. It may be a week before you see the full effect of the injections.

There is maintenance recommended with Botox injections. Botox can keep your muscles relaxed for up to four months, but your doctor will recommend follow-up injections every three to six months to maintain the results.

If you have wrinkles, Atlanta Center for Dermatology offers Botox treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Come see us at our locations in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, Sandy Springs, GA. Contact us for an appointment in Sandy Springs at (404) 252-4333, in Roswell at (770) 751-1133, in Alpharetta at (770) 664-5225, and in Cumming, at (770) 844-1902.


By ATLANTA CENTER FOR DERMATOLOGIC DISEASES, PC
February 03, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Spider Veins  
Spider VeinsMost of us, at some point during our lifetime, will develop spider veins—those tiny, purple, web-like veins caused by twisted blood vessels. While they aren’t serious they can be uncomfortable and unsightly. If you’ve been wondering about ways to get rid of spider veins, a dermatologist is going to be the ideal medical specialist to turn to, to discuss treatment options.

What are spider veins?

These small raised, swollen, and twisted blood vessels are often red, purple, or blue and are easily seen through the skin. Spider veins most commonly appear on the legs and face.

Are there any symptoms of spider veins?

Both spider and varicose veins often don’t produce any symptoms; however, some people may experience swelling, aching, burning, tingling, or cramping of the legs.

What causes spider veins?

There are a variety of reasons why spider veins may develop including,
  • Obesity
  • Heredity
  • Jobs that require standing for long periods (e.g. nursing)
  • Birth control pills
  • Medical history of blood clots
  • Pregnancy
Are there risk factors for developing spider veins?

Besides the causes above, age and gender also play a role. More women than men develop spider veins. The likelihood of developing spider veins as you age also increases. It’s believed that anywhere from 30 percent to 60 percent of adults have spider veins.

What can I do to treat spider veins?

There are many different ways in which a dermatologist can treat spider veins including,
  • Recommending support stockings: They can reduce any pain or discomfort associated with spider veins
  • Altering your lifestyle: this includes losing weight if necessary, taking care of your skin, and increasing physical activity (which can sometimes help spider veins)
  • Sclerotherapy: a common procedure used to remove unsightly spider veins. By injecting saline solution into the vein, the vein will disappear over the next couple of weeks
There are other solutions out there as well including surgery, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, radiofrequency occlusion, and endovenous laser treatment. We would be happy to sit down and talk with you about which treatment would work best for your needs.

Dealing with spider veins? Want to get spider vein-free legs that you can wait to show off? If so, it’s the perfect time to turn to your dermatologist to discuss ways of getting rid of your spider veins.