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    Common Causes of Psoriasis

    Last updated 1 day 6 hours ago

    Psoriasis is a skin condition in which skin cells multiply faster than normal. An overabundance of dead skin cells produces scaly “plaques” on the skin. Dermatologists believe that issues with the immune system are the major underlying cause of most psoriasis. Episodes of psoriasis can be triggered by stress and other illnesses, such as infections, which can affect the immune system and thus allow psoriasis symptoms to worsen. Other common triggers of psoriasis include skin injuries, certain medications, and changes in the weather—particularly temperature and humidity. Psoriasis is also believed to be genetic; this condition runs in families, though it may skip generations. Although psoriasis has no long-term cure, working with your dermatologist to determine your personal triggers and developing treatments to address the symptoms when they do occur can help you manage the health of your skin.  

    Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology offers diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and other skin conditions that include melasma, warts, rashes, and acne. You can learn more about our treatment options in Chicago by calling (877) 410-3027 or clicking through our comprehensive website.

    A Look at Some Popular Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedures

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Laser skin resurfacing uses laser light to improve the look of small imperfections in the skin. This technique can be used to address scarring, skin discoloration, and signs of aging on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most popular laser skin resurfacing procedures offered by your Chicago cosmetic dermatologist. 

    CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
    Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are a time-tested treatment for many skin concerns. These lasers can be used to improve a variety of skin issues, including warts, enlarged pores or oil glands, acne scars, and more. The newest type of CO2 laser resurfacing procedure, called CO2 fractional laser therapy, is considered an anti-aging breakthrough. CO2 fractional laser therapy offers better treatment of wrinkles and other signs of aging with less discomfort and downtime. This type of laser therapy is often used to address signs of premature aging caused by sun damage to the skin. Recovery after a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure typically takes two weeks.

    Are you interested in seeking anti-aging skin treatment in the Chicago area? Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology offers laser rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and more to help you love the look and feel of your skin. Our dermatologists are trained in general and cosmetic dermatology. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling (877) 410-3027. We also invite you to check out our blog for additional skin care and anti-aging information.

    The Importance of Protecting Your Skin from the Sun

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Although many women tan for the “healthy glow” it lends their skin, tanning is a dangerous activity. Extended exposure to the sun’s radiation can lead to premature signs of aging, including wrinkles and age spots. Solar radiation is also the leading cause of skin cancer, including melanoma. Protecting your skin will help to prevent signs of aging and reduce your risk of cancer. You can find out more about the dangers of indoor and outdoor tanning by watching this short video.

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Regular visits to your dermatologist can spot early signs of skin cancer for more effective treatment. Contact Chicago Cosmetic Surgery And Dermatology by calling (877) 410-3027 to learn more about our general and cosmetic dermatology services. You can also find out more about protecting your skin from the sun on our blog.

    Is Your Lifestyle Taking a Toll on Your Skin?

    Last updated 1 month 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 1 month 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.

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