South County Dermatology

Posts for: April, 2018

April 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Young girl cleaning skinAre some parts of your face shiny and greasy, while other spots feel normal or even dry? If so, you probably have combination skin. Your dermatologist offers you easy, helpful tips for a proper skin cleansing routine for managing your combination complexion.

Combination skin is part oily, part dry. Typically, the oily areas are located on the T-zone, which consists of the forehead, nose and chin. Cheeks are usually more on the dry side, but the degrees of oiliness and dryness can vary. The T-zone also tends to have larger pores and is prone to breakouts, while the cheeks may feel rough and irritated.

Some of the causes of combination skin include:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Lipids
  • Weather

How to Care for Combination Skin

To properly care for combination skin, your dermatologist offers some friendly advice:

  • Cleanse: People with combination skin often have difficulty finding a cleanser that works for their unique skin needs. For the perfect solution, use a foaming or gel cleanser to get rid of dirt and oil without irritating or drying out your skin.
  • Exfoliate: Regular exfoliation sloughs off dry, dead, rough skin cells and leaves the skin looking luminous and fresh. It also helps products penetrate into the skin. If you don’t exfoliate the skin, dead skin cells build up and block pores, causing blemishes and blackheads.
  • Moisturize: Combination skin needs balance, and part of that balance means properly moisturizing your skin. Moisturizing is especially important for drier areas of the face, but your entire face needs hydration.
  • Protect: Just like all other skin types, it is important to protect your skin from harmful effects of the sun. UVA and UVB rays can damage skin, so make sure to use oil-free sunblock all over your face daily.

Visit your dermatologist to properly determine your specific skin type and how to properly care for your skin.

April 04, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Treating Your Chronic Acne: How your dermatologists in RI, can helpacne

Acne is one of the most annoying, troublesome skin conditions you can have. It affects both teenagers and adults and is the most common skin condition in this country, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology want to share their knowledge about acne and acne treatment. They have several convenient office locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Barrington, and Westerly, RI, to serve your skin care needs.

Acne can cause several different skin formations including:

  • Blackheads or whiteheads
  • Papules or pustules
  • Cysts or nodules

Many people have acne and don’t treat it. This may be a bad idea because acne can cause dark spots or permanent scarring. Acne also can make you lose your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Dermatologists begin by grading your acne. Grade 1 is mild acne, going up to grade 4, which is severe acne. If you have mild, grade 1 acne, with just a few blemishes, many over-the-counter products may work well for you. Make sure the products contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can help to unblock pores and clear up small blemishes.

For moderate to severe acne, grades 2 through 4, you need to visit your dermatologists at South County Dermatology. They offer several effective treatments to reduce or eliminate acne blemishes. They may recommend:

  • Topical and oral antibiotic medications to treat the underlying infection in your pores
  • Professional strength benzoyl peroxide products to reduce or eliminate blockage in your pores
  • Tretinoin to unplug your pores and eliminate whiteheads and blackheads
  • Extraction using a small instrument to completely remove whiteheads and blackheads
  • Acne treatments for women with hormone-related acne

You don’t have to hide your face because of unsightly acne. There is help to clear your face, so pick up the phone and call Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology, with offices in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Barrington, and Westerly, RI. Get rid of acne for good by calling today!