South County Dermatology

Posts for: February, 2018

February 16, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Care for skin during pregnancyDifferent women have different kinds of skin changes during pregnancy. At our practice, we want to make sure you understand the various changes that occur so that you can be better prepared during your pregnancy.

Not every pregnant woman will experience all the same skin changes, but your dermatologist in is available to help you to better understand some of the changes that occur during your pregnancy.

Below is a list of skin changes that are common during pregnancy:

  • Acne – if you have a problem with acne already, your acne may become more irritated during pregnancy due to the extra hormones.
  • Stretch marks - these are one of the most talked about skin changes that occur during pregnancy, with almost 90% of pregnant women experiencing stretch marks.
  • Mask of pregnancy – this is also referred to as melasma and chlosma. Melasma causes dark splotchy spots to appear on your face as a result of increased pigmentation. Nearly 50% of pregnant women show some signs of the 'mask of pregnancy.'
  • Pregnancy glow – during pregnancy, your body produces 50% more blood, which results in more blood circulation through your body.  Your body is also producing a fair amount of hormones that cause your oil glands to work in over drive, leaving your face shiny.
  • Varicose veins – these are bulky bluish veins that usually appear on the legs during pregnancy. This happens because your body is compensating for the extra blood flow that is going to your baby. While varicose veins typically will run in your family, there are ways you can prevent or decrease the symptoms.
  • Spider veins – these are reddish tiny blood vessels that branch outward. Spider veins are also caused by the increase in blood circulation and will usually appear on the face, neck, upper chest and arms.
  • Dry itchy abdomen – As your beautiful belly grows, your skin begins to stretch and tighten, which causes very uncomfortable dryness and itching.  
  • Linea nigra – this is the dark line that runs from your navel to your pelvic bone, appearing in 3/4 of all pregnancies.

Contact your dermatologist for more information on changes in your skin during pregnancy. While you are pregnant, please visit us for further information on how to properly care for your skin during your pregnancy.

February 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Irritants  

Possible household irritantsScrubbing toilets and doing laundry may not be everyone’s favorite household activities, but for some of us, cleaning the house is irritating—literally. Many of the products we keep in our homes to clean and eliminate germs can be rough on our skin. Even gentle cleansers can dry and irritate your skin if you are sensitive to them or overuse them.

Sensitive skin that has been exposed to cleaning products can develop a red, swollen, itchy rash that your dermatologist refers to as contact dermatitis. There is no cure for housework, but if you can identify and avoid the cleaning chemicals that inflame your skin, it can at least reduce your irritation when you have to do it.

Some of the common culprits that irritate your skin may include:

  • Clothes: Wool and polyester both commonly irritate skin, especially in people with sensitive skin.
  • Dry air: Air conditioning and heat both reduce humidity in your home, which can cause dry air to suck moisture out of your skin.
  • Fabric softener: It can make your laundry smell and feel great, but for some people fabric softener can irritate the skin, causing dryness, itching or a rash.
  • Harsh soaps: Soaps can strip away the lipid layer that protects your skin and keeps it moist, which can result in irritation and dryness.  Added fragrance in soaps can further irritate your skin.
  • Hot water: We all love hot showers, but you might want to tone it down to warm. Hot water is extremely hard on our skin and dries it out.
  • Pets: An allergy to cats or dogs can cause dry, itchy skin, among other symptoms.
  • Scented products: The fragrance in fabric softener might be an obvious irritant, but scents that are not as strong can also cause dryness. These products might include body washes and perfumes.

If you are unsure of what is triggering your skin irritation, contact your dermatologist for further testing. Your dermatologist will be able to help you target your specific irritant so that you can successfully avoid this common household irritant.