Posts for: October, 2019

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.


Facial Rejuvenation In South Barrington & Willowbrook, IL

Many people would say that the quality they want most in their skin is softness, but have you ever considered how tough your skin is? Just think about it—what other part of your body is exposed to the sun, weather, and bacteria as often and in such great quantities as much as your skin is? Even if you may not realize it, your skin takes a beating almost every day. It is important to take good care of your skin, as it is usually the first line of defense from the elements that can cause greater harm to your body.

Your skin has always taken care of you. What are you doing to take care of it?

What Causes Skin Irregularities?

Obviously, skin type varies from person to person. Your genetics, age, health, and lifestyle all factor into the composition and complexion of your skin. Freckles, for example, are one type of irregularity that occurs in the pigment of the skin. Acne and wrinkles are also common skin conditions that affect the overall appearance of the face as well as the rest of body. As people age, their skin often loses its tautness and its tone or color may start to dull. Luckily, these conditions are all very treatable with skin rejuvenation therapies.

Skin rejuvenation comes in many forms and can correct or mask even the most troublesome of skin irregularities, including scars. Many people with vascular conditions have also had success in fading the visibility of their blood vessels through their skin with skin rejuvenation techniques.

What is Skin Or Facial Rejuvenation?

Also known as “resurfacing,” skin rejuvenation therapies often include laser, light, or mechanical treatment methods to help bring life back to the skin. Laser treatment has been used effectively to correct pigmentation disorders and cover scars.

The success behind laser skin resurfacing is all thanks to the powerful light beam we use. By sending short pulses of light over the skin, we can remove the outermost layers of the skin that tend to contain the most damage. Removing dead layers of skin and heating up the new layers underneath can help to stimulate the production of collagen, which can boost skin’s elasticity and tone while also improving these common skin conditions:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Liver spots
  • Superficial scars
  • A dull complexion
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks
  • Enlarged pores

For more information about facial rejuvenation call the dermatologists of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL today at (847) 304-0303!




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