Posts for: June, 2017

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
June 15, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: sunscreen  

When it comes to protecting skin from the sun, frequency is the first thing to consider. “Sunscreen isn’t glue. It’s not going to stay on sunscreenforever,” said Dr. Jeffrey Berti, a Hinsdale dermatologist with offices in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL. "While it’s important to protect skin every day of the year, sunscreen and hydration become even more vital in summer, when the skin is more exposed to potentially damaging elements," Dr. Berti said. But a trip to the store to pick up a bottle of sunscreen or moisturizer isn’t as simple as it might seem.

“There are hundreds, maybe thousands of choices out there,” Dr. Berti said. Products vary in form, thickness, scent, and of course, sun protection. A product’s sun protection factor, or SPF, measures its ability to block the sun’s harmful rays. The SPF can range from 2 to beyond 100, with higher numbers often correlating with higher prices. But there’s little reason to invest in a lotion with a high SPF. A product with an SPF of 15 blocks 93 percent of harmful rays. One with a 30 SPF blocks 97 percent.

The newest products on the sunscreen market boast a low viscosity rather than a high SPF. “Ultralight products are about as thin as water,” Dr. Berti said, and feel more comfortable to many people than the thick, sticky sunscreens of previous summers. Ultralight products don’t clog pores like other sunscreens and are especially good for people who tend to break out. Many of these ultralight products are available in spray form. And while the products are effective, they must be used properly to work correctly. You have to rub it in. You can miss a spot easily if you don’t. And because the products don’t stick like thicker lotions, they must be reapplied more frequently.

Second to summer sun protection is hydration.  Dr. Berti suggests hydrating from the inside by drinking plenty of water and from the outside with a moisture-rich lotion applied right after a bath or shower. When choosing a lotion, it’s suggested to read labels to find products that don’t have artificial colors, scents or other potentially irritating or harmful additives. “Chemical-free is the way to be,” he said. Chemicals in lotions and other products can and do seep into the body. “They go right through your skin and into your system,” Berti said.

The dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in Willowbrook and South Barrington, IL, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti, provide various sunscreens for purchase at their office, La Roche-Posay as well as the Vanicream products.

Also of note, anyone who notices something new on their skin or something that isn’t healing should see a dermatologist, not only to rule out or catch potentially deadly skin cancer but to restore any damage that previous summers might have caused.


By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
June 15, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Photofacial  

Are you looking for a facial rejuvenation treatment in South Barrington, IL?
 
Have all those years of relaxing in the sun left you with brown spots, broken blood vessels and damaged skin? Do you hate the sunspotsphotofacial and uneven skin tone and are looking for a way to improve the tone, texture and overall appearance of your skin? Then it’s time you talked to our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and
Dr. Toula Romas Berti about an IPL Photofacial.

What is a photofacial?

This is non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses an advanced laser system, a Cutera laser system.  As part of a photofacial, an intense pulse light (IPL) is utilized, as well as, a non-ablative laser genesis portion.  Together, this procedure is used to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen, firming the skin, as well as, restricting broken blood vessels, which enhances the overall tone of one’s complexion.  Subsequently, the IPL decreases the unwanted brown pigment and sun damaged skin improves dramatically. These treatments, depending on the size of the treatment area, usually take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. IPL photofacial does not require any anesthesia. Plus, you can leave our office after treatment and immediately go back to your daily routine.  No broken skin or need for special post treatment creams and you can even wear make-up right away.

In most cases, patients will need at least 3 photofacial sessions to achieve noticeably vibrant skin.

Who should consider IPL photofacial treatment?

Those who are dealing with uneven skin tone, sun damage, age spots, broken blood vessels and other problems due to the sun may be great candidates for IPL photofacial treatment. IPL photofacial can also reduce the appearance of large pores and improve redness caused by rosacea. Since there is minimal recovery time associated with this procedure, this is a popular cosmetic treatment option in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL.

This procedure is safe to do for most skin types, and also is safe to continue throughout the summer months, even on tanned skin.  Consultations are complementary, every person will be assessed by one of our physicians and an individualized treatment plan will be outlined. 
 
If you are interested in getting a photofacial treatment and want to find out if it is right for you, then please call Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd. in South Barrington (847.304.0303) and Willowbrook, IL (630.321.0303), and book a consultation with one of our dermatologists, Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti.
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