Posts for: August, 2016

By Dermatology and Dermatologic Surger
August 30, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Freckle   Mole  

Like any form of cancer, untreated skin cancer is a serious condition with the potential for serious consequences. Knowing how to spot a suspicious mole and tell the difference between a mole and a freckle can help catch skin cancer earlier while it is at its most curable stages. Learn more about spotting suspicious moles with your South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL dermatologists, Dr. Jeffrey Berti Moleand Dr. Toula Romas Berti, at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

Mole vs. Freckle

Moles can develop on the body until you reach about 30 years old. Most people have no more than 20 moles on their bodies. If you have 50 or more moles, you should see your dermatologist for an examination. Freckles occur due to the sun’s UV rays. These light patches of pigmentation are usually a sign that you are getting too much sun exposure and should apply more sunscreen more often. While most cases of skin cancer produce a new mole, cancer can develop in existing moles or birthmarks. Birthmarks are more susceptible to cancer than existing moles.

Signs of Skin Cancer
To easily remember the warning signs of skin cancer, refer to the National Cancer Society’s ABCDEs of skin cancer:

  • Asymmetry: Regular moles are circular or oval. Cancerous moles are asymmetrical and may be larger on one side than the other.
  • Border: A mole’s border should be smooth and straight. If your mole’s border is lumpy or irregular, it could be skin cancer.
  • Color: Moles should be pink to brown in color. They should also be one solid color. Be on the look out for moles which have two or more colors within their borders or are particularly dark, especially compared to your other moles.
  • Diameter: The general rule of thumb is that moles should be no bigger than 5 millimeters, or about the size of a pencil’s eraser.
  • Evolution: Normal moles stay the same general size and shape and do not change. If you notice a new mole or you notice that a mole is changing in size, shape, color, symmetry or begins to itch or bleed, you should see your South Barrington and Willowbrook dermatologist as soon as possible.

For more information on moles, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Berti and 
Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL. Call (630) 321-0303 to schedule your skin examination with your doctor today!

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
August 03, 2016
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

Discover how you could be on your way to clearer skin.

While it’s fair to say that acne happens to everyone at some point in their lives, some people get it much worse than others. Acne is not only uncomfortable and embarrassing, but it can also put quite the damper on your confidence. Fortunately our South Barrington andAcne Willowbrook, IL dermatologists, Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Romas Berti, have helpful tips for how to treat your acne problems.

Know How to Clean Your Skin
Washing your skin is a major part of keeping it free of the bacteria and irritants that can clog pores and cause whiteheads and blackheads. How you wash is just as important as what you use to cleanse your face. Always opt for gentle cleansers and never rub your skin. Rubbing won’t get it cleaner!

At Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, we have a variety of skin care cleansers and products.

Don’t Forget to Exfoliate
This is an often forgotten piece of the skincare puzzle for many, but you don’t want to just leave dead skin cells to buildup on your skin.

Choose an exfoliant wisely, as some contain oils and can aggravate your skin and acne. During a skin care consultation at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery with either Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti , we will review your products and provide insight as to which products would be best clear your skin.

Look Carefully at Your Products
All products that you use from your daily cleanser to your sunscreen should be oil-free. Look for the word “noncomedogenic” on product labels. This means it won’t clog pores.
Are you still not sure if the products you are using are good enough to prevent acne? Well your South Barrington and Willowbrook skin doctor can help you decide on a skincare line that will target your acne outbreaks and give you clearer skin. Just ask!

Maybe you’ve tried just about every product on the market and you still aren’t getting the relief you need. If so, then it’s time you talked to us about whether acne medication is the best treatment option for you. Here are some of the more popular types of medications that reduce the frequency and severity of acne:

  • Retinoids
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin (for serious acne)
  • Medical Washes

Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL is here to address all of your skincare needs. Whether acne has you down in the dumps or you just want to consider a cosmetic treatment such as a microdermabrasion and/or a chemical peel, we can help you get a younger and healthier-looking you!