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    Is Your Lifestyle Taking a Toll on Your Skin?

    Last updated 9 days ago

    You may already know that your skin is an external reflection of your inner health. However, your skin can also reflect poor lifestyle habits that cause premature aging and dermatological conditions that affect your comfort and your appearance. If you’d like more tips on maintaining healthy skin by kicking unhealthy habits, talk to your Chicago dermatologist for a personalized evaluation and treatment plan.

    Stress and Acne
    Acne is a common skin condition that often persists past young adulthood. Many older adults find themselves suffering from either chronic or periodic acne. Recent studies have revealed that acne breakouts can often be linked to stress. Skin irritation caused by touching your face constantly—which is sometimes a nervous habit—or holding a phone against your face during long working hours can also cause acne flareups. If you suffer from acne breakouts regularly or even periodically, washing your face every night before bed can help. Make an effort to get enough sleep and find little ways to relax throughout the day to reduce the amount of stress hormones produced by your body.

    Too Little Sleep and Premature Aging
    Many adults are fighting premature signs of aging that affect the skin: wrinkles, sagging skin, and bags under the eyes. Many of these traits are common among adults who don’t get enough sleep at night. Whether you spend long hours at work, like to party all weekend long, or are a hard-working stay-at-home parent, neglecting your own sleeping schedule can take its toll on your skin. While getting enough sleep is the best anti-aging remedy there is for your skin, staying hydrated and washing your face at least once a day can also help to minimize the effects of your lifestyle on your appearance.

    Chicago Cosmetic Surgery And Dermatology can help you combat the effects of your lifestyle on your skin with skin rejuvenation, laser rejuvenation, body shaping, and general dermatology services. You can check out our current specials on the web or call (877) 410-3027 to schedule an appointment with one of our board certified dermatologists.

    What Is the Link Between Smoking and Skin Cancer?

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year, more than three and a half million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed. Studies have shown that there are many factors that can increase your risk for developing skin cancer. Smoking can increase your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer, by up to 52%. Although your risk increases more steeply with the number of cigarettes you smoke, research has shown that even a few cigarettes a day can have a profound effect on skin cancer risk. Dermatologists believe this connection may be due to the fact that smoking has a suppressant effect on the immune system, which leaves the skin more susceptible to damage from solar radiation.

    Are you concerned about skin cancer, premature aging, or other harmful dermatological conditions that affect the look and health of your skin? Your dermatologist at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery And Dermatology can help you develop a treatment and prevention plan to keep your skin healthy and vibrant for life. Click through our website or call us at (877) 410-3027 for more information about skin care in Chicago.

    Common Summertime Skin Rashes

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Summertime weather and activities can often lead to skin irritation and rashes. Poisonous plants, insect bites, and exposure to sun and heat can all cause discomfort ranging from mild to severe. While most rashes will heal on their own, if you are concerned about the appearance or level of discomfort you are experiencing, visit your dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.

    Poison Ivy
    Poison ivy is a common Midwestern plant that features a distinctive “three leaf” shape. When your skin comes into contact with this plant, it commonly causes an itchy, irritated rash. You may develop blisters, skin discoloration, pain, and itching within hours or days after exposure to a poison ivy plant. Most poison ivy rashes will resolve on their own; you can use a hydrocortisone cream or an oatmeal bath to provide temporary relief from itching and irritation.

    Heat Rash
    Heat rash occurs when the ducts that release sweat from your skin become blocked. As a result, the skin develops either small red or clear, fluid-filled bumps; however, heat rash is rarely uncomfortable. Heat rashes most often appear in the folds of your skin or in areas that hat been rubbed by clothing. Keeping cool and wearing lightweight clothing can help prevent or clear up an existing heat rash.

    Ragweed Rash
    Ragweed is another common plant found throughout the Midwest. Allergies to ragweed are common and can sometimes cause a skin rash in addition to other symptoms. Ragweed rashes appear as small, itchy bumps or blisters on the skin. Hydrocortisone creams can be used to relieve itching, while allergy pills may also improve your rash. If your rash persists for more than three weeks or becomes painful, see your dermatologist.

    At Chicago Cosmetic Surgery And Dermatology, we offer comprehensive dermatology services in addition to laser treatment and anti-aging solutions. You can reach us by phone at (877) 410-3027 or by clicking on our web contact form. We invite you to read through our blog for additional seasonal skin care and anti-aging tips.

    The Right Way to Apply Sunscreen to Your Face

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Everyday sun exposure can add up over time, causing premature aging and raising your risk for skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen daily will help to block harmful solar radiation from reaching your skin.

    In this video, you will learn more about choosing and applying sunscreen to your face. Apply a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher at least 30 minutes before you plan to go out into the sun. Use a generous amount of product on not only your face, but your neck and upper chest as well.

    Would you like to learn more about skin cancer prevention and anti-aging treatments in Chicago? Call Chicago Cosmetic Surgery And Dermatology today at (877) 410-3027 to speak with one of our dermatologists about our many skin care and rejuvenation services. You can also learn more about preventing premature aging and sun damage on our blog.

    Chicago Dermatologic Society and Chicago Park Distric Sun Safety Outreach Event

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Dr. Pritzker was a chair for the banner summer sun safety educational outreach event hosted by Women's Dermatologic Society, Chicago Dermatologic Society and the Chicago Park District, with generous support from LaRoche Posay! Dr. Pritzker and Dr. Jacob spoke to 2100 young summer camp employees at three sites across the city! Dr. Pritzker and Dr. Jacob presented on Sun Safety 101 and discussed the importance of sun protection as well as skin cancer prevention and detection!

    • Dr. Jacob and Dr. Pritzker
    • Dr. Jacon and Dr. Pritzker

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