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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea treatment photosRosacea is a common skin condition that affects all skin colors and skin types, but is more common in those with fair skin.  It usually occurs in adults age 30 and older and is more common in women than men.  Most people with rosacea experience redness, and many experience chronic and recurring flushing, thickening of the skin with a bumpy texture or acne like breakouts.  Some people will also experience ocular rosacea in which the eyes are affected and a referral to the ophthalmologist may be necessary.

Causes

Researchers are still trying to find out the exact cause of rosacea.  However, it is widely believed by dermatologists to be an inflammatory and vascular condition.   Some researchers have linked rosacea to environmental and hereditary factors.  Still other researchers feel the immune system may play a role in a person’s having rosacea.

Symptoms

Rosacea symptoms vary from person to person, and can often be mistaken for acne, eczema, or an allergy. Some common symptoms are:

  • Bumps or blemishes (papules or pustules)
  • Facial redness/flushing easily
  • Burning or stinging (sensitive skin)
  • Dry, tight, or itchy facial skin that may swell or thicken
  • Visible red veins (broken blood vessels)
  • Burning, itching, watery eyes or swollen eyelids

Triggers

A variety of environmental factors have been discovered that can trigger a rosacea flare up.  What causes one person’s rosacea to flare may not trigger a flare up in another person. It is important to identify your personal rosacea trigger(s).
Common triggers include:

  • Food- common foods include chocolate, spicy foods, soy sauce, citrus fruits, caffeine
  • Beverages- alcohol-especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka, champagne; hot drinks
  • Emotional influences- stress, anxiety
  • Skin care products- cosmetics and hair sprays containing alcohol, any substance that causes redness and stinging
  • Weather- sun, strong winds, cold, humidity
  • Temperature- saunas, warm environments, hot baths
  • Medications- vasodilators, topical steroids
  • Physical exertion- exercise, lift and load jobs
  • Medical conditions- frequent flushing, menopause, chronic cough, caffeine withdrawal

Treatment

Unfortunately there is no cure for rosacea.  There are, however, many treatments available today that can prevent rosacea from getting worse and manage your symptoms.  Topical and/or oral medications along with a gentle skin care routine and lifestyle modifications can help to manage the symptoms of rosacea and make them manageable.  Because symptoms may vary from one patient to another, treatment must be tailored for each individual.  More helpful information can be found at www.rosacea.org.

Some Great Summer Safety Tips to Protect Your Skin

Over the past three decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other mom-applying-sunsreencancers combined. Today, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of his or her lifetime. This is an alarming fact, considering what little we actually know about sun safety and how our protection from the sun is inherently flawed. Here are some important sun safety tips about what you can do to protect your skin and even safe your life.

As consumers, we trust sunscreen products far too easily, doing little to assess what the numbers after the “SPF” sign mean or caring to look at the ingredients list at the back of the package. The math isn’t adding up in the way you might think, and the chemicals used to make sunscreen aren’t exactly the purest of the bunch.

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Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic dermatitis also known as eczema or atopic eczema is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It is a very common condition in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that tends to flare periodically and then subside. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever.

Unfortunately there is no cure for atopic dermatitis, however, treatments and self-care measures can relieve itching and prevent new outbreaks.

What are signs and symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis?

Though they vary widely from person to person signs and symptoms may include:

  • Itching, which may be severe, especially at night
  • Red to brownish-gray patches, especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and, in infants, the face and scalp
  • Small, raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
  • Thickened, cracked, dry, scaly skin
  • Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching
  • Atopic dermatitis most often begins before age 5 and may continue into adolescence and adulthood. For some people, it flares periodically and then clears up for a time, even for several years.

What can worsen Atopic Dermatitis?

Most people with atopic dermatitis also have Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on their skin. The staph bacteria multiply rapidly when the skin barrier is broken and fluid is present on the skin. This in turn may worsen symptoms, particularly   in young children. Atopic dermatitis is also related to allergies. But eliminating allergens is rarely helpful in clearing the condition. Occasionally, items that trap dust — such as feather pillows, down comforters, mattresses, carpeting and drapes — can worsen the condition.

The exact cause of atopic dermatitis (eczema) is unknown. Healthy skin helps retain moisture and protects you from bacteria, irritants and allergens. The following can worsen Atopic Dermatitis:

  • Dry skin, which can result from long, hot baths or showers
  • Scratching, which causes further skin damage
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Stress
  • Sweat
  • Solvents, cleaners, soaps and detergents
  • Wool in clothing, blankets and carpets
  • Dust and pollen
  • Tobacco smoke and air pollution
  • Eggs, milk, peanuts, soybeans, fish and wheat, in infants and children
  • A gene variation that affects the skin’s barrier function
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, on the skin that creates a film that blocks sweat glands
  • Other environmental conditions such as changes in heat and humidity

What are some risk factors for developing Atopic Dermatitis?

  • A personal or family history of eczema, allergies, hay fever or asthma
  • Being a health care worker, which is linked to hand dermatitis
  • Living in urban areas
  • Being African-American
  • Having parents with a high level of education
  • Attending child care
  • Having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

What are some complications of Atopic Dermatitis?

  • Asthma and hay fever. Eczema sometimes precedes these conditions.
  • Chronic itchy, scaly skin. A skin condition called neurodermatitis (lichen simplex chronicus) starts with a patch of itchy skin. You scratch the area, which makes it even itchier. Eventually, you may scratch simply out of habit. This condition can cause the affected skin to become discolored, thick and leathery.
  • Skin infections. Repeated scratching that breaks the skin can cause open sores and cracks. These increase your risk of infection from bacteria and viruses, including the herpes simplex virus.
  • Eye problems. Signs and symptoms of eye complications include severe itching around the eyelids, eye watering, inflammation of the eyelid (blepharitis) and inflammation of the eyelid (conjunctivitis).
  • Irritant hand dermatitis. This especially affects people whose work requires that their hands are often wet and exposed to harsh soaps, detergents and disinfectants.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis. This condition is common in patients with atopic dermatitis. Many substances can cause an allergic skin reaction, including corticosteroids, drugs often used to treat people with atopic dermatitis.
  • Sleep problems. The itch-scratch cycle can cause you to awaken repeatedly and decrease the quality of your sleep.
  • Behavioral problems. Studies show a link between atopic dermatitis and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, especially if a child is also losing sleep.

 

Chemical Peels for Aging Skin

Countdown to Summer Skin – Chemical Peel

Now is the time to reveal your fresh and glowing skin by peeling off those dead winter skin layers.

A chemical peel is a simple and cost effective way to rid those dead skin layers. What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a treatment in which an acid solution is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. In performing chemical peels, physicians apply alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or phenol to the skin.

Typically administered as a facial peel, a chemical peel enhances and smoothes the texture of the skin. It is an effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation.  They exfoliate the outer layers of dead skin, revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture, and color. In addition to full facial rejuvenation, certain types of skin peels can also be used for spot treatments and as a way to remove stretch marks or rejuvenate skin elsewhere on the body.

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Winter Skin Tips

Cold air, wind and indoor heat are only three of the reasons your skin suffers in the winter. These Winter Skin Tips Dermatologyconditions draw the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dull, dry, itchy and irritated. Additionally, certain skin conditions including dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, and “winter itch” can develop or become aggravated in the winter. The following skin care tips can help to protect your skin this winter.

  • Warm, not hot water. Hot water in the shower or bath strips your body of its natural oil barrier. You need that barrier to help trap moisture and keep your skin smooth and soft. Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes.
  • Cleanse gently. Wash with a soapless cleanser when you shower. Gentle soaps, cleansing milks and mild foaming cleansers that are free of fragrance are a great option. Blot your skin dry.
  • Moisturize more. Moisturizer traps water in our skin. To trap this moisture, you need to apply a moisturizer within a few minutes of drying off after showering. A moisturizer that worked great in the summer may not work as well in the winter. Creams and ointments may be more effective than lotions.
  • Shave smarter. Shaving strips natural oils from your skin and can irritate dry skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology the best time to shave is after you shower. Hairs are more pliable and softer, making shaving easier.

Dedicated to your skin

  • Don’t forget your lips! The skin on the lips lack oil glands therefore they tend to get dry and cracked easily. Take special care to keep lips nourished and moisturized with a good quality lip lotion or balm.
  • Protect your eyes. The sun’s rays penetrate even when it is cloudy, snowing or overcast. A good pair of sunglasses will protect both the skin around the eyes and the eye itself. Choose sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Cover up. Sunscreen is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer as the sun’s reflective powers (off snow and sand) are great year round. Sun damage is one of the main causes behind dry skin, wrinkles, and roughness. You can help prevent that damage by wearing broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen year-round and dressing right.

Overview of Products

Kuflik dermatology offers a wide variety of sunscreen brands and types to suit your individual needs. Visit our Product Gallery for more information on these great products La Roche Posay

  • Obagi
  • Intellishade by Revision
  • CeraVe
  • Avene
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Optimize Your Eyes

Oftentimes, you make a first impression or connection with others through your eyes.  So, naturally, you want your eyes to look the best they can.  As we age, the skin around the eyes can start to show fine lines and wrinkles and may lose some elasticity.

Luckily, Obagi has you covered!  We have a full line of eye products that can help rejuvenate the appearance of the skin around your eyes.

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Great Tips For Treating A Bad Sunburn

intro-sunburnYou were out on the boat all day, you forgot to reapply sunscreen and before you knew it, you scored a nasty sunburn. Or maybe you were just mowing the lawn for an hour -– maybe it was even cloudy -– and it didn’t even cross your mind to put on sunscreen. Now you’re scorched.

No matter how many times we’re told we should use sunscreen every day, sometimes we fail. And when that happens, and your skin is blazing red, you’ve got to treat it. “Sunburn may seem like just a temporary situation,” says Robert Friedman, M.D., a dermatologist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

“It looks bad, it hurts, it peels, but it can also cause long-lasting damage to the skin, such as wrinkles or even skin cancer.”

Read full article on HuffingtonPost.com

Obagi physician recommended skin care

Transform your skin with the Obagi® #1 prescription-strength, physician
dispensed skin care products and customized skin care regimes.

Obagi® is one of the most recognized names globally in skin health care and the preferred choice of Physicians around the world for prescription-strength product lines that transform the skin. The Obagi system is unique because it combines scientifically developed products with medical supervision and counseling to treat your skin from the inside out. Kuflik Dermatology customizes your Obagi skin care regime based on your skin type and skin concerns.Throughout our lives we all experience occasional sunburns, regular sun exposure, hormonal changes, stress, and environmental pollution. All these factors contribute to the signs of premature aging of the skin but with Obagi® and Kuflik Dermatology you can have the beautiful, youthful healthy looking skin that you desire.

With Obagi® you’re on your way to younger, healthier-looking skin. The Nu-Derm System combined with tretinion* is clinically proven to help address the signs of aging in all skin types. Each component of the system is uniquely formulated formulated to work synergistically, so every step complements and enhances the next to give you beautiful, younger-looking skin.

Obagi® and your Skin Care Routine

Following a skin care routine tailored to your individual skin care needs is an important step in achieving and maintaining a healthy complexion. Watch this video as Obagi®’s Chief Scientist and Head of Product Development, Dr. Laurence Dryer, shares some essential tips for getting the most out of your skin care system.

Complete Skin Care System Customized by Skin Type

Obagi’s best-selling clinically proven skin care system is available in 2 customized sets based on skin type, Normal to Dry System and Normal to Oily System, and also includes Complementary Products to enhance your skin care routine.

Begin your routine with this gentle skin cleanser.Obagi Genlt Cleanser

A proper cleansing is the best way to begin your skin care regimen and Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser is a top choice for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. This gentle skin cleanser uses a lightweight formula to eliminate dirt, oil, debris and impurities from the complexion. Soothing ingredients ensure that your skin does not become dry, itchy or irritated and the creamy formula hydrates while it purifies. Whether you’re using the entire Nu-Derm line or your other favorite skin care products, this cleanser leaves your complexion refreshed and revived.

Look no further for a calming, dry skin care facial wash.

Made with the advanced ingredients and technology behind this advanced skin care line, Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser offers multiple benefits for your complexion. Along with gently purifying your pores, this cleanser soothes dryness and irritation with aloe vera extract. Hydrating ingredients such as apricot kernel oil replenish the complexion, making this cleanser ideal for a dry skin care routine. Cleansing with this face wash will also prepare the complexion for advanced ingredients so you experience optimal results. Unlike many traditional cleansers, this product will not leave sensitive skin feeling tight or dry.

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Toners adjust the pH of the skin to prepare it for penetration of other product ingredients. Obagi Nu-Derm® Toner contains a refreshing blend of natural skin-calming ingredients that hydrate and soothe your skin, including aloe vera, witch hazel, and sage. It effectively removes any remaining makeup residue or oils that sit in your pores, giving you a clean complexion.

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Moisturizers

Obagi Hydrate Moisturizers™ provide long-lasting hydration for essential moisture and rejuvenation. Obagi Medical Hydrate moisturizer is designed for every skin type and help to enhance your skin’s smoothness with innovative technologies and natural ingredients

Obagi’s Innovative Hydromanil Technology Delivers Moisture
That Lasts

Hydromanil, a natural moisturizer derived from tara seed, delivers 2-in-1 moisturizing action1,2

  • Immediate moisturization—reduces water loss and holds water on the surface of your skin
  • Gradual moisture delivery—retains water and continuously releases active moisturizing compounds within the skin

Long-lasting Moisture Protection for Day and Night

Obagi hydrating moisturizer is designed for all skin types, dermatologist tested, and clinically proven to be safe.1,3

  • Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer

    Lightweight, gentle formula provides 8-hour moisture protection with innovative technology and natural ingredients, including shea butter, mango butter, and avocado, to help combat skin dryness.1,2

 

Acne Treatment that works

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You CAN Break the Acne Cycle The Acne Cycle and how to get rid of Acne

If you suffer from acne, we have good news and great news. The good news is that the cycle of acne can almost always be broken with proper care and a quality regimen. The great news is that Kuflik Dermatology has assembled an acne care kit that can make this happen for you.

What is the acne cycle?
Simply put, acne can be seen as a cycle of things that happen in your skin and acne treatment focuses on breaking this cycle.

  • Acne-prone skin often secretes excess oil or “sebum” that combines with old skin cells that naturally flake off of the top layer of your skin.
  • The oil and skin cells can clog your pores, creating a “plug”. This is the start of a pimple.
  • With the opening of the pore plugged up, the P. acnes bacteria found in our skin can have quite a feast! These bacteria multiply and your immune system is called into action, resulting in inflammation
  • Inflammation in your pores and deep in your skin can cause damage, resulting in pain, redness or even scarring

How we break the acne cycle
Acne treatment is customized to your personal situation, and it’s advised that you see a medical expert to create a plan that works for you. In general, there are a number of ways to “break” this acne cycle. These include:

  • Control the excess oil produced by the skin
  • Clear up the dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin
  • Dissolve the “plug” that causes pimples to form
  • Fight the bacteria that make acne worse
  • Calm the inflammation in your skin

 

You CAN Break the Acne Cycle 

AcneWORX Gentle Acne Treatment Cream (by DermWORX)AcneWORX_2rev

AcneWORX is a spot-treatment medication that contains 2% salicylic acid. It works by dissolving the “plug” that helps pimples form and it also has anti-inflammation properties. AcneWORX has a unique formula that is rich in lipids that support your natural skin barrier. Other products often contain harsh alcohols than can cause irritation, but AcneWORX is water-based and more gentle on your skin.

AcneWORX was shown to decrease all pimples by 48% and newer (non-inflamed) pimples by 72%.

 

Have acne? Call today to schedule an acne check-up and get your customized plan!

You shouldn’t have to live with the negative effects of acne. Call Kuflik Dermatology today and schedule an appointment for an acne check-up and evaluation so we can customize a plan that works for you.
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Laser Acne Treatment

Acne and Acne scars

Acne is a skin condition that affects up to 80% of people in their teens and twenties, and up to 5% of older adults. While many people recover from acne without any permanent effects, some people are left with disfiguring acne scars.

Acne is a disorder that causes outbreaks of skin lesions commonly called pimples. It is caused by the skin’s oil glands making too much sebum, an oily substance, which leads to plugged pores. It also can be caused by the rapid production of a bacteria P. acnes.

Acne lesions occur mostly on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. It is the most common skin disease. Although acne is not a serious health threat, severe acne can lead to disfiguring and permanent scarring.

What triggers acne in women?

Many things can trigger acne in women:

  • Hormone changes during puberty. During puberty, girls have an increase in male sex hormones called androgens. This increase causes the glands to get larger and make more sebum.
  • Hormone changes as an adult. The menstrual cycle is one of the most common acne triggers. Acne lesions tend to form a few days before the cycle begins and go away after the cycle is completed. Other hormone changes, such as pregnancy and menopause, improve acne in some women. But some women have worse acne during these times. Stopping use of birth control pills can play a role as well.
  • Medicines. Certain medicines, such as those used to treat epilepsy and types of depression.
  • Make-up.
  • Pressure or friction on the skin. Friction caused by bike helmets or backpacks can make acne worse.
  • Family history. If other people in your family have acne, there is a greater chance you will have it.

How can I help prevent acne and acne scars?

You can help prevent acne flare-ups and scars by taking good care of your skin:

  • Clean your skin gently with a mild soap or cleanser twice a day — once in the morning and once at night. You should also gently clean the skin after heavy exercise. Avoid strong soaps and rough scrub pads. Harsh scrubbing of the skin may make acne worse. Wash your entire face from under the jaw to the hairline and rinse thoroughly. Remove make-up gently with a mild soap and water. Ask your doctor before using an astringent.
  • Wash your hair on a regular basis. If your hair is oily, you may want to wash it more often.
  • Do not squeeze or pick at acne lesions. This can cause acne scars.
  • Avoid getting sunburned. Many medicines used to treat acne can make you more prone to sunburn. Many people think that the sun helps acne, because the redness from sunburn may make acne lesions less visible. But, too much sun can also increase your risk of skin cancer and early aging of the skin. When you’re going to be outside, use sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Also, try to stay in the shade as much as you can.
  • Choose make-up and hair care products that are “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic.” These products have been made in a way that they don’t cause acne. You may also want to use products that are oil-free.
  • Avoid things that rub the skin as much as you can, such as backpacks and sports equipment.
  • Talk with your doctor about what treatment methods can help your acne. Take your medicines as prescribed. Be sure to tell your doctor if you think medicines you take for other health problems make your acne worse.

Treatment for Acne

  • Keep clean and hands off – Sweat, dirt and environmental irritants can cause breakouts or worsen your acne. Keeping your skin clean is an important part of acne treatment.
  • Be gentle – Scrubbing, rubbing and rough contact with your skin can make acne worse. When applying medicine and washing, be gentle and use your fingertips or a very soft cloth if possible.
  • Be patient – Having visible acne is no fun, but it’s important to let your acne heal naturally and let the medicine do its job. Avoid the temptation to scrub, rub, pick at, pop or squeeze at your acne – it’ll take longer to heal and might make scars more likely.

Topical Acne Treatments

  • Benzoyl peroxide works to reduce oil made by the glands.
  • Resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur help breakdown whiteheads and blackheads.

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Break the acne cycle with AcneWORX.

AcneWORX is a clinically proven acne treatment solution that contains 2% salicylic acid (SA), an effective medicine that can reduce or eliminate your acne pimples and prevent new ones from forming. SA helps break the acne cycle by dissolving the plug of skin and oil that clogs pores and makes pimples form.

Tough on acne, but gentle on your skin.

Many acne skin care products contain harsh organic solvents like rubbing alcohol or acetone.  AcneWORX is water-based and lipid-rich. This means less irritation on your skin.

  • Use AcneWORX as part of your acne treatment plan:
  • Spot treatment for existing acne pimples
  • Daily medication for your acne “trouble zones” to keep pores clear
  • Fight emerging pimples when you feel them forming
  • AcneWORX is a gentle acne treatment solution for most skin types
  • Penetrates pores to eliminate most acne blemishes
  • Alcohol-free Novasome® delivery system gently moisturizes your skin
  • Delivers maximum strength acne medication in a gentle water-based formula
  • Can be used with other acne medications – See more at: http://www.dermworx.com/acneworx#sthash.t6qmtCZc.dpuf

Treatment for Acne ScaringLaser Acne Treatment

Acne scarring is no longer a problem without a solution. These treatments are highly effective at  eradicating acne scarring. But never forget, scarring is preventable. Don’t put off acne therapy. If you are having difficulty with acne see a dermatologist they can tell you what treatments will work best for your acne. The earlier it’s dealt with, the less likely acne scars will be in your future. Prevention is the best and most effective form of treatment.

There are two major categories of treatments used in acne scar therapy. They are the resurfacing (aka ablative) and the sublative treatment.

Ablative treatments literally remove the outer layers of the skin, burning away scar tissue and stimulating the dermal collagen to tighten, reducing the amount of scar visibility. Because the skin is injured and unprotected tissue exposed, great effort must be put into wound care and infection prevention. The skin may remain reddened for several months or a year afterwards.

Subablative treatments trigger changes within the dermis without injuring the epidermis.

Syneron’s Sublative technology is the only bi-polar fractional radiofrequency (RF) energy device proven to effectively treat acne scars. Due to its unique design, energy can now be delivered beneath the surface of the skin to maximize collagen production while preserving the top layer of the skin intact. This means patients benefit from significant results without the down time or potential complications of more aggressive treatments.

Skinhibitions™ Sublative® Acne Scar Treatment

This Sublative treatment is highly effective for acne scars, is cost friendly and has little downtime or side effects. Get better looking skin with Skinhibitions™ Sublative® Acne Scar Treatment- and get back to your life quickly! Sublative treatments place energy deep within the skin, helping to restore your natural tone and texture, and to help eradicate your acne scars. Treatments take less than an hour without the downtime of more aggressive treatments.