South County Dermatology

Posts for: October, 2018

October 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dry Skin   Lotion  

Each type of lotion is different. Find out how to care for your dry skin effectively.

Despite the fact that spring isn’t too far behind, we still have to put up with snow, cold temperatures and freezing winds. These winter elements can wreak havoc on our skin, causing it to become dry, chapped and red. If you are one of those people who are currently trying to find some way to alleviate their dry skin, then you’ve come to the right place. Find out the best moisturizer to help your chapped, cracked skin, and how to prevent this problem from happening to you next winter.

The Right Moisturizer for You

It can be difficult to choose the right product for your skin. After all, not all skin was created equally and there is often some trial and error when it comes to choosing the most effective moisturizer. So what kind of lotion should you look for? If you have sensitive skin, seek out a soothing, creamy moisturizer containing ceramide, which is gentle enough for delicate skin.

If you don’t have sensitive skin but you are suffering from severe dryness, then you’ll want to look for a richer moisturizer that contains urea, beeswax, or petroleum jelly, which help to lock in moisture and offer the skin a protective barrier against the drying elements.

Also, keep in mind that the skin on your face is different than the skin on your body so you’ll want to choose a different moisturizer for both. When it comes to choosing a moisturizer for your face look for a bottle that says that it’s noncomedogenic, which means that it won’t clog your pores and leave you prone to breakouts. Also opt for a moisturizer that acts as a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. This will also act as a protective shield against sun, wind, and cold.

Apply Your Moisturizer

How you apply your moisturizer is often just as important to choosing the proper moisturizer. We recommend applying a generous amount of moisturizer right after you step out of the shower and pat yourself partially dry. You want to apply your moisturizing cream to your skin while it’s still a bit moist to help your skin absorb more water.

If your skin needs some serious moisturizing then you may want to consider applying the cream before bedtime and then wearing breathable gloves or socks over the hands and feet overnight to offer a deeper moisturizing experience.

Don’t let dry skin drive you crazy. If you haven’t found a lotion that helps combat your dry skin, then it’s time to talk to your dermatologist today to find out what products are right for you. Call us to schedule an appointment and lets nip your dry skin in the bud.

October 12, 2018
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Psoriasis   Rash   Psoriasis Treatment  

Skin issues like psoriasis can result in a frustrating and sometimes uncomfortable experience. However, with help from your doctor, you can overcome your symptoms and gain control of your psoriasis. Find out more about this skin condition and how your dermatologist canPsoriasis help you with its treatment with Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology with locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI.

What causes psoriasis? 
It is related to an issue with the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy skin cells and causing them to reproduce too rapidly. The condition causes new skin cells to reproduce and move to the surface of the skin in a matter of days, a process that normally takes several weeks. This results in a buildup of cells which cause thick, scaly patches on the skin.

Do I have psoriasis? 
There are several types of psoriasis which often present themselves in different ways or in various areas of the body. However, some common symptoms of all types of psoriasis include:

  • red patches of skin
  • silvery scale-like spots
  • itching
  • burning
  • soreness
  • swollen or stiff joints
  • thickened or pitted nails
  • dry, cracked skin
  • cracked skin which bleeds

Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body but normally crops up on the elbows or knees. The affected areas of skin may range from small scaly patches to major cases which cover large areas.

Psoriasis Treatments in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI
If you think you have psoriasis, you should see your dermatologist to confirm that you suffer from this condition. Treating psoriasis often begins with a prescription topical treatment applied to the affected areas of skin. Phototherapy which uses natural or artificial light has also proven successful in treating psoriasis. Severe cases may require oral or injected medications to control symptoms.

For more information on psoriasis, please contact Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology with locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI. Call (401) 471-3376 to schedule your appointment at any of the four locations today!