Posts for category: Skin Care

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
December 14, 2020
Category: Skin Care

Your body may respond to stress, whether or physical or psychological, including depression and anxiety with new skin issues that stress and skindevelop or existing skin issues that flare-up. When you feel stressed, your sympathetic nervous system releases stress hormones like cortisol into your body. Cortisol causes increased oil production in your skin glands, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Chronic stress leads to constant increased levels of these hormones and can have a negative effect on your skin health. Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery offer a wide range of dermatology services including ways to keep your skin healthy. They have two convenient office locations in South Barrington and Willowbrook IL.


In addition, certain psychological conditions may cause increased inflammation. When your body perceives a threat, the immune system sends out a response to handle it – that response is inflammation. Usually, inflammation helps protect and heal our bodies from microbes and wounds, but a body under stress causes the immune system to overreact and send out an inflammatory response.


Stress can also cause inflammation through the gut-skin connection. Stress impacts the balance of bacteria in your gut, which leads to a release of inflammation. Internal inflammation can manifest externally as skin conditions like acne, or eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. People with chronic inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea are more sensitive to flare-ups when they are stressed.


There are many ways stress physically affects your skin:

 

  • The stress hormone cortisol leads to an overproduction of sebum (oil) in your skin glands, which causes acne breakouts.

 

  • Stress impacts your immune system, causes your skin to be more reactive and sensitive, and triggers rashes, hives, and redness.

 

  • Stress exacerbates existing inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, leading to flare-ups.

 

  • Stress may cause you to feel nervous or anxious, and pick at scabs or acne, or scratch your skin until it becomes red or breaks.

 


To find out more about how stress can affect your skin and other anti-aging and skincare services, call Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. To reach the South Barrington location call (847) 304-0303, and for Willowbrook IL at (630) 321-0303. Call today.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
March 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care

With unprecedented times comes unprecedented efforts and valiance. We express our fondest gratitude to those on the frontlines working to flatten the curve and do their part to ensure a success combating the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Let's take this time to focus on our health as well as the health and wellness of others by supporting our communities— remembering self-care, washing our hands, and showing kindness and gratitude even during the toughest times.

Though there may be much uncertainty, there is one thing we are sure of— we will recover.

Stay HEALTHY with
Virtual FaceTime VISITS

The health and well-being of our patients is our #1 priority.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery offices of Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti with any questions!

630.321.0303

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
March 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: coronavirus   hand washing  

Hand washing is the best way to protect against infection.

We learned how to wash our hands as children and yet, we often forget just how important proper hand washing actually is. With the handwashingconcern of the recent coronavirus outbreak, it’s now more important than ever for people to practice proper hand washing; however, for it to be effective you actually have to do it right. Our South Barrington and Willowbrook, Illinois, Physicians Dr. Jeffery Berti and Dr. Toula Berti want to make sure you stay healthy and safe during these times. Here’s how to avoid infection by keeping your hands clean and what can be done to keep your skin healthy while washing your hands so often.

Wash Your Hands Often

It’s important that you wash your hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs. According to the CDC, you should wash your hands,

  • Immediately upon entry into home or business

  • Before and after preparing and eating food

  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick

  • Before and after going to stores

  • After you use the bathroom

  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose

Know How to Wash

Hand washing is one of the most effective and easiest ways to stave off germs and to stop an infection from spreading. Yet many people aren’t washing their hands properly. These simple steps could keep you and your family healthy,

  • Run your hands under cold or warm water. Avoid hot water, which can cause skin to dry and crack, making it more susceptible to infection.

  • Rub your hands together with a mild soap, making sure to lather up the front and back of your hands, as well as between your fingers and under the nails.

  • You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each and every time. Not sure you’re washing your hands long enough? The CDC recommends singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

  • Rinse off the soap and then towel dry your hands (or let them air dry). You can try patting rather than rubbing your skin when drying your hands.

  • Apply a moisturizer right away - Frequently washing hands, while essential, can also dry your skin and cause irritation in your hands, causing them to become dry and cracked. After washing your hands, you should use moisturizer such as a hand cream to maintain moisture in your hands.

Turn to Sanitizer When Absolutely Necessary

While hand washing is truly the best way to rid yourself of potentially harmful germs, if you don’t have access to a sink or soap you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. While sanitizer can get rid of some germs it can’t get rid of all germs. Therefore, use sanitizer or sanitizer wipes when you’re on the go but remember to wash your hands as soon as you possibly can. 

Remember to wipe down surfaces in your home and car steering wheel often with sanitizer wipes.

If you are looking for a dermatologist in South Barrington or Willowbrook, IL, who can provide you with treatment for every concern regarding your skin, hair and nails, then call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. 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.

FACE TIME appointments now available! Be able to have your visit in the convenience and safety of your own home.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
March 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: rash   coronavirus  

Is Your RASH a Concern

More Information regarding Coronavirus


Viral Exanthem (Rash)



It has come to our attention that approximately 11-15% of all Coronavirus infections may present with a rash. Having a presenting sign RASHof a rash (exanthem) is not new for coronavirus, in fact, many viruses historically may present with a new onset rash and dermatologists and physicians are well trained to evaluate such rashes. Some rashes may also be attributed to bacterial infections and may be life-threatening, so having prompt evaluation and treatment is paramount.


An exanthem is a rash or eruption on the skin. "Viral" means that the rash or eruption is a symptom of an infection due to a virus.

Viral exanthems can be caused by many viruses, such as the coronavirus we have all heard about, but also various enterovirus, adenovirus, chickenpox, measles, rubella, mononucleosis, parvovirus. and certain herpes viruses and zoster (latent viral exanthems). Viral exanthems are very common and can vary in appearance. Most cause red or pink spots on the skin over large parts of the body. Often, these don't itch, but some types can cause blisters and be very itchy.

Many of the infections that cause viral exanthems also can cause fever, headaches, sore throat, and fatigue. Most will run their course in a few days or a couple of weeks and will clear up without treatment.

Viral infections can be highly contagious, though, so anyone with a viral exanthem should avoid close contact with others until the rash is gone.


Keep in Mind

Viral exanthems and the infections that cause them usually aren't treatable, but they almost always clear up quickly on their own with no long-term problems. However, now if you have a new onset rash, this could be a first symptom of coronavirus, so it is very important you contact a doctor's office. This is why our office is offering FaceTime appointments for the safety of you and others, as well as for the privacy and convenience. If you do not have FaceTime options available, we will certainly do our best to address these issues via a phone call visit. Also of note, as mentioned above, some serious bacterial infections also cause rashes, so it's important for the doctor to evaluate an exanthem.

Contact Us

Stay healthy during this remarkable time and know that the physicians and staff at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery are here to help you and keep you well. Call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook office and (847) 304-0303 for South Barrington, for an appointment or request a convenient time online or via Zocdoc. FaceTime appointments are now available. Be able to have your visit in the convenience and safety of your own home. FaceTime appointments are available for all insurances we are contracted with as well as now including Medicare. Call today.

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.



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