Discover the best ways to handle your acne breakouts.
Maybe you assumed that once your teen years were over that your skin would become magically acne-free. Chances are, this isn’t the case at all. If you are still battling acne breakouts that cause you to feel embarrassed about your appearance then it’s time to turn to our Edmond, OK, dermatologist, Dr. David Graham, to discuss your treatment options.
There are some mistakes that people with acne tend to make, which is why they don’t see the results that they want. If you are guilty of any of these mistakes then it’s time to change your habits and see if these changes alone are enough to reduce or even eliminate your acne symptoms:
Not sticking to acne treatments long enough: Even a good thing takes time. Our skin doesn’t respond right away to treatment. It can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks for acne to heal and for skin to finally respond positively to the treatment you’re using, so it’s important to be patient.
Using too many acne products together: Some people think that if they continue to use one acne product on top of another that will somehow provide better results, but in fact this could just irritate your skin and make acne worse. This is why it’s always a good idea to talk to our Edmond skin doctor first before you start trying to treat acne by yourself.
Cleaning too often: If you think scrubbing your skin will remove more bacteria or washing your face multiple times a day will keep it cleaner, you’re wrong. Cleaning too often or too vigorously could potentially make acne worse. Always be gentle when caring for acne-prone skin and try not to wash your face more than twice a day.
Using the wrong products: Using harsh cleansers that contain alcohol and other ingredients can actually make your issues worse. When shopping for skin care products look for ones specifically formulated for acne. Also look for any product that says it is noncomedogenic, as it won’t clog pores.
We know that battling acne can be a challenge, but we are here to help. When you come in for a consultation we can also talk to you about your options. Common acne treatments include:
- Antibiotics (oral or topical)
- Retinoids (topical)
- Oral contraceptives (birth control)
- Light therapy
- Chemical peels
- Laser resurfacing
Aesthetics & Skin Cancer Center in Edmond, OK, is ready to give you healthy, clearer skin. If you are sick and tired of dealing with acne then let’s talk about the different treatments we can offer you. Call our office today!
Find out how to protect your skin and detect potentially life-threatening changes with your Edmond dermatologist.
Whether you are someone who just can’t wait to hit the slopes during the winter months or you just can’t get enough of warm, sunny days, there are so many situations that could spell disaster for the health of your skin. Our Edmond, OK, dermatologist, Dr. David Graham, offers up some helpful ways to protect your skin while still enjoying the great outdoors:
Know When to Avoid the Sun
While 10AM-4PM is prime time when it comes to going outside, this is when the sun’s rays are strongest. While the best option is to avoid the sun as much as possible during these hours we understand that this isn’t always possible. When you must go outside there are other measures you can take to protect your skin.
If this is the only thing you take away from the post then great! Wearing sunscreen is one of the best things you can do to protect your skin. Of course, it’s important that you choose the right kind of sunscreen. Opt for one with at least an SPF of 15 (if not higher) and choose one that protects against UVA and UVB rays and is water-resistant.
Know How to Apply Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen every day is important but knowing how to do it is most important. You want to apply about 2 tablespoons of sunscreen over your entire body about 30 minutes before heading outside. And make sure to bring that sunscreen with you, as you’ll need to reapply every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating).
Wear Protective Clothing
While warm weather often welcomes shorts, tank tops and lighter clothing, these articles of clothing do not protect skin from the rays of the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when outdoors and consider wearing thick, woven fabrics, which won’t allow the sun’s rays to penetrate through.
If you notice any changes to the shape, color or size of a mole then it’s time you schedule an appointment with our Edmond, OK, skin doctor right away. Turn to the skincare experts at Aesthetics & Skin Cancer Center and let us know that you want to schedule an appointment with us.
Discover all that getting Botox in Edmond could offer you and your skin.
Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Botox before. It’s a simple and easy way to reduce the appearance of certain lines and wrinkles on your face so that you can enjoy a more youthful appearance. What’s not to love about that? Our Edmond, OK, dermatologist Dr. David Graham provides more information about getting Botox and the benefits that come with this cosmetic treatment.
How does Botox work?
Botox is made from a purified form of a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin A. When injected into the skin it temporarily paralyzes the muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox naturally disrupts the signals that tell your muscles to contract, smoothing the skin.
What are the advantages to getting Botox in Edmond?
If you are right for Botox there are many benefits that you’ll enjoy when you choose this cosmetic service including:
A treatment that will provide fast, visible results. You may not notice results the minute you leave our office but you will start to notice them after a couple of days, with results taking their full effect within a week.
Getting Botox only takes anywhere from five to 10 minutes, so it’s one of the fastest cosmetic dermatology treatments you can choose from. People can often come in during their lunch break and get Botox before going back to work.
Botox is an effective way to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and lines that are caused by facial expressions. Whether you want to hide those crow’s feet or laugh lines, Botox will be able to do that and more!
Botox is only a temporary treatment, so if you do get this treatment and decide you’re not fully satisfied with the results they will only remain for about three to four months. And those who love their results can continue to get maintenance injections every few months to keep their skin looking smooth and more youthful.
While there may be some redness or irritation at the injection sites, another reason Botox is so popular is that there isn’t a recovery period. You can go about the rest of your day after treatment and side effects are typically minimal.
Aesthetics & Skin Cancer Center in Edmond, OK, is here to make sure that you feel great about the way you look. Whether you want to find out if Botox is right for you or you have questions about another treatment option, we are here to help!
Do you know how to spot mole warning signs? Although most moles are harmless, some can become cancerous. Dr. David Graham, your Edmond, OK dermatologist at Aesthetic & Skin Cancer Center, explains how you can tell if you should have your mole examined.
Mole warning signs
Overlooking changes in moles can harm your health. In some cases, moles start to look different before they actually become cancerous. Common skin cancer warning signs include:
- The Shape and Border Changes: Moles should be round or oval with smooth borders. If your mole changes shape or the border looks rough, irregular or blurred, schedule an appointment.
- Pain: Moles are normally painless. Pain in a mole can be warning sign and shouldn't be ignored.
- Texture Changes: Changing textures can also indicate a problem. When texture changes occur, the moles can harden or become lumpy or hard.
- Bleeding, Oozing and Redness: Healthy moles don't bleed or ooze, and the skin around them isn't normally red and inflamed.
- Large Moles: Size can also be a warning sign. If your mole is larger than a pencil eraser, it's a good idea to have it examined.
- Itching: Everyone experiences itchy skin from time to time, but itching that's always centered in your mole can be a problem.
- Color: Has your mole recently changed color? Color changes may seem minor but should be evaluated. Color changes include moles that can become darker or turn from brown to red.
What should I do if I notice any warning signs?
Call Dr. Graham to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these warning signs. If he thinks that mole should be examined further, he'll numb your skin with a topical anesthetic, remove it with a scalpel and send it to a laboratory for testing. Moles can also be removed with a laser or by freezing or burning them.
In many cases, suspicious moles are benign. If testing does reveal that you have skin cancer, you'll probably need a minor surgical procedure to remove the remaining cancerous cells from your skin. Moh's surgery, a procedure that removes skin one layer at a time, is often used to treat skin cancer because it causes less scarring and less damage to healthy skin.
Are you concerned about a mole? Call Dr. Graham, your dermatologist at Aesthetic & Skin Cancer Center in Edmond, OK and serving the Oklahoma City area, at (405) 216-0100 to schedule your appointment.
Getting older comes with the unfortunate side effect of changes in the skin. Wrinkles, fine lines and drooping skin can all occur due to aging. However, you can restore the youth of your look with dermal fillers, available at your Edmond, OK dermatologist’s office. Find out more about dermal fillers with Dr. David Graham at Aesthetic and Skin Care Center.
What is a dermal filler?
Collagen and elastin occur naturally in your body and affect your skin’s elasticity. As we age, collagen and elastin production decreases, causing the skin to wrinkle, fold and sag. Dermal fillers help smooth out wrinkles, to restore a taught, wrinkle-free appearance. We offer Belotero Balance, which is used around the mouth and lips to fill in grooved lines and wrinkles as well as Radiesse Volumizing Filler, and injectable implant that provides a visible and immediate correction to the wrinkle, and can last up to a year.
What can I expect at a dermal filler appointment?
Dermal filler appointments take only about a half an hour and have no recovery time or downtime. While some patients may see immediate results, most patients require about a week to see the treatment’s full potential. Your doctor will use a very fine needle to inject the filler into your skin’s problem areas. Many patients report a comfortable experience though you may feel a small pinch at the injection site.
Dermal Fillers in Edmond, OK
Dermal fillers differ from Botox in that they do not freeze the muscles. Instead, dermal fillers injected into the skin plump the area and, rather than preventing wrinkles like Botox, fill the skin in to restore its younger appearance. A good candidate for dermal fillers is in good general health and wishes to improve the appearance of their skin’s wrinkles or folds. Dermal fillers are often used in conjunction with other dermatological procedures like Botox, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels. Your dermatologist can help you decide which procedures are right for you and your skin.
For more information on dermal fillers and how they can help improve your appearance, please contact Dr. Graham at Aesthetic and Skin Care Center in Edmond, OK and serving the Oklahoma City area. Call (405) 216-0100 to schedule your appointment for dermal fillers today!
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