By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
January 21, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema   dry hands  

Finding relief for dry skin is important, because when untreated, it may result in the skin on your hands becoming dry and scaly, and may dry handsdevelop deep and painful cracks that bleed. If you are dealing with these symptoms you may have more than dry skin. Hand eczema could be the culprit.

Hand eczema can cause the following:

  • Dry, chapped skin (often the first sign)
  • Patches of red (or dark brown) irritated skin
  • Scaly and inflamed skin that may itch
  • Burning sensation
  • Itchy blisters
  • Deep, painful cracks
  • Bleeding or weeping skin
  • Crusts, pus, and pain

Because it often looks like dry skin, hand eczema can easily be mistaken for dry skin. Unlike dry skin, you need more than a good moisturizer to get rid of hand eczema.

Relief requires finding the cause
Effective treatment begins with finding the cause. Anything that irritates your skin can cause hand eczema. Even something as harmless as water can irritate your skin if you often have wet hands. Many people who frequently have wet hands throughout the day, such as nurses, hair stylists, and plumbers get hand eczema.

Working with chemicals like solvents, detergents, or cement also increases the risk. Hand eczema is common among construction workers and machinists.

Hand eczema can also be caused by an allergic reaction. Some health care workers get hand eczema from wearing latex gloves.

You also have a higher risk of developing hand eczema if you had atopic dermatitis (often called eczema) as a child.
Because so many things can cause hand eczema, finding the cause can be tricky. Until you find the cause and avoid it, hand eczema can worsen. That’s why it can help to see a dermatologist. The doctors Berti at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois have the expertise needed to track down the cause and treat the issue.

If you have extremely dry, painful hands and using moisturizer throughout the day fails to bring relief, you may have hand eczema. Without treatment and preventive measures, hand eczema tends to worsen. Please contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
January 21, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

As you probably know, relaxing our frown lines with Botox and all of the FDA approved similar medications, such as Dysport, have becomebotox one of the most popular ways to cosmetically enhance your skin. This non-invasive, injectable treatment offers a subtle, yet noticeable, difference in your skin, giving you a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Read on to learn more, and contact Dr. Jeffery Berti or Dr. Toula Berti of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd, in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, to schedule a consultation.

How does Botox work?
Botox is made from a protein that naturally occurs in the environment. The substance is sterilized and FDA approved to inject small amounts into certain muscles to safely and temporarily weaken them from contracting so hard. When this happens, the wrinkles that have formed from constant muscular activity begin to smooth out. It takes about one week for the mechanism of Botox to take full effect and it lasts about 3 to 4 months.

Where can I have Botox placed?
Botox is approved for cosmetic use in the muscles on the forehead, between the eyebrows known as the “11’s” (glabellar lines), and the outer corners of the eyes ("crows' feet"). Your dermatologist in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, will examine the muscles and determine how Botox can help enhance your appearance.

Does Botox hurt?
Being an injectable, Botox does require the use of a very fine needle for placement. However, most patients do not report much, if any, discomfort during the brief procedure. There may be a slight pinch and a warm sensation during the application. After your Botox treatment, you may experience a slight headache or some localized bruising where the solution was injected. This is typically minor and shouldn't interfere with your daily activities.

If you want to learn more about Botox and if your skin could improve from its use please see Dr. Jeffery Berti or Dr. Toula Berti, contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd at either of our office locations: (630) 321-0303 (Willowbrook) or (847) 304-0303 (South Barrington).

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
January 10, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: dry hands  

Is the skin on your hands dry, thick, and scaly? Do you have deep, painful cracks on your hands that bleed? You may have more than dry dry handsskin. Hand eczema could be the culprit.

Hand eczema can cause the following:

  • Dry, chapped skin (often the first sign)
  • Patches of red (or dark brown) irritated skin
  • Scaly and inflamed skin that may itch
  • Burning sensation
  • Itchy blisters
  • Deep, painful cracks
  • Bleeding or weeping skin
  • Crusts, pus, and pain

Because it often looks like dry skin, hand eczema can easily be mistaken for dry skin. Unlike dry skin, you need more than a good moisturizer to get rid of hand eczema.

Relief requires finding the cause
Effective treatment begins with finding the cause. Anything that irritates your skin can cause hand eczema. Even something as harmless as water can irritate your skin if you often have wet hands. Many people who frequently have wet hands throughout the day, such as nurses, hair stylists, and plumbers get hand eczema.

Working with chemicals like solvents, detergents, or cement also increases the risk. Hand eczema is common among construction workers and machinists.

Hand eczema can also be caused by an allergic reaction. Some health care workers get hand eczema from wearing latex gloves.

You also have a higher risk of developing hand eczema if you had atopic dermatitis (often called eczema) as a child.
Because so many things can cause hand eczema, finding the cause can be tricky. Until you find the cause and avoid it, hand eczema can worsen. That’s why it can help to see a dermatologist. The doctors Berti at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois have the expertise needed to track down the cause and treat the issue.

If you have extremely dry, painful hands and using moisturizer throughout the day fails to bring relief, you may have hand eczema. Without treatment and preventive measures, hand eczema tends to worsen. Please contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
December 12, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: dermal fillers  

How can fillers make me look younger?


Dermal fillers are an FDA approved gel-like solution that your dermatologist injects into areas of your face that have lost volume or dermal fillersdeveloped wrinkles due to the natural aging process. As you get older, your skin naturally loses some of its elasticity and suppleness. We also have bone loss that exacerbates the aging face.

You also produce less collagen and elastin than you did in your younger years. Fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane utilize hyaluronic acid, a natural substance already found in your body, to enhance and tighten our skin so it appears smoother and more youthful. Some of the fillers, such as Sculptra, also stimulate your cells to produce new collagen and elastin, which together help to sustain the appearance of tighter, firmer skin.

How does Restylane specifically treat the signs of aging?
Restylane is another family of hyaluronic fillers that your doctor injects in several areas of your face and the back of your hands to restore volume and smooth wrinkles and lines. Depending on your areas of concern, Restylane fillers can:

  • Plump, add volume, and lift cheeks
  • Provide subtle lip enhancements and smooth out lines around your mouth
  • Reduce the appearance of laugh lines
  • Reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around your nose and mouth
  • Correct marionette lines
  • Tighten the look of a sagging face

Each of the Restylane products is FDA-approved for specific treatment areas. Results typically last anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on the product and your skin condition.

Dr. Jeffrey Berti, M.D. is a board-certified Dermatologist at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery who is well known and highly respected for his masterful use of the fillers. He creates a customized treatment plan that helps you achieve the long-lasting, natural results you desire.

Call either location. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington, for an appointment or request a convenient time online or via Zocdoc.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
October 24, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Let’s dispel the myths, raise awareness and eradicate the stigma surrounding eczema. 

Did you know that October is National Eczema Awareness Month? Therefore, it’s the perfect time for the dermatological team of Dr. Jeffrey eczemaBerti and Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois, to shed light on eczema, a common skin disorder that affects approximately 31.6 million Americans.

What is eczema?

Eczema is an autoimmune disorder that produces patches of red, scaly and itchy skin that may come and go. Eczema flare-ups can make people feel self-conscious or avoid social engagements. This problem alone is one of the main reasons people seek care from our skin doctors. It is important to know that eczema is not contagious.

What are the symptoms? 

Symptoms can vary in intensity and appearance from person to person. You could have eczema if you are dealing patches of skin that are,

  • Dry
  • Red and inflamed
  • Very itchy
  • Rough and scaly
  • Crusty or weeping

The skin around these patches may also be red and swollen. Some people experience all of these symptoms while others may experience only one or two. Flare-ups can happen regularly or maybe you’ve only had one flare-up to date; however, the only way to tell whether you actually have eczema is to see your dermatologist.

What can trigger a flare-up? 

There are many things that can trigger an eczema flare-up including,

  • Stress
  • Allergies (e.g. pollen; dust mites; dander)
  • Irritants (e.g. soaps; detergents)
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Hot, humid weather

Is eczema curable? 

There is currently no cure for eczema; however, your dermatologist can help you control your symptoms through lifestyle changes and medication.

How is eczema treated? 

The goal of treatment is to reduce both the frequency and severity of a patient’s eczema symptoms. This can be done through simple lifestyle modifications and home care, as well as medication. Home care includes,

  • Using a humidifier in cold, dry weather
  • Using fragrance-free, gentle soaps and detergents
  • Using lukewarm water instead of hot water for bathing
  • Moisturizing with a cream skin every day
  • Avoiding triggers, such as inflammatory foods
  • Wearing light, soft fabrics
  • Not scratching patches of skin

Medications used to treat eczema include,

  • Topical medications, including steroids and more advanced newer non-steroid topicals
  • Antibiotics (when eczema and a bacterial skin infection coincide)
  • Now biologic treatment exists, Dupixent

Phototherapy, a treatment that briefly exposes the skin to UVA or UVB light, may also be effective for treating moderate eczema.

Whether you are experiencing symptoms of eczema or you’re looking for a dermatologist in South Barrington, and Willowbrook, Illinois, that can help you get your flare-ups under control, call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery today. Call (630) 321-0303 for Willowbrook and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington.





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