Posts for category: Skin Care

By By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
May 25, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   sunscreen  

With summer approaching, it's only fitting that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With this in mind, our South Barrington and skin cancerWillowbrook, IL, dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, want to ensure everyone takes some necessary precautions before hitting the beach and enjoying the sun during their vacations.

It's important to protect yourself while you have fun because of the overwhelming number of skin cancer cases expected to be diagnosed this summer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “doctors will diagnose about 9,500 skin cancers a day in 2017.” While this statistic is shocking, the unfortunate truth is that many of these cases are avoidable.

To protect yourself and loved ones, your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists have a few pointers and preventative measures you can take:

  • Try to avoid the sun when it is at its peak (hottest). This is usually around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the best ways to do so is to stand in the shade.
  • Keep most of your skin covered by wearing long pants or skirts, long-sleeved shirts, hats and other such clothing. This will reduce the number of sunburns you may get, which is imperative to safeguarding yourself against melanoma. The risk of developing melanoma can triple by getting sunburned just once every two years, and it can be fatal if the cancer is not treated in its early stages.
  • Apply an ounce of sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours. It is also crucial that you use waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Examine yourself at home consistently for any changes in your skin, and, for a more thorough and professional examination, make sure you schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

There is no doubt that the warm weather and cool activities are things you don’t want to miss out on this summer, but preventative measures and care are a must. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti, call either of their offices: Willowbrook, IL, (630) 321-0303; or South Barrington, IL, (847) 304-0303.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
January 04, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Eczema  

With Winter here it’s important that you know how to handle your eczema symptoms.
Eczema is a skin condition that affects all ages and can cause rough, red patches to appear on the skin. When a flare-up occurs, these dry patches can form anywhere on the body and may itch or even bleed.  Since those areas are not normal skin, they can get infected as well.  It can be a frustrating cycle and, of course, there are certainly conditions and factors that can cause more frequent flare-ups. As the weather gets colder, dry skin concerns become more prominent. From the offices of our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL dermatologists, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, find out how to keep your eczema under control this winter.
Cold, dry air outside and forced dry air inside can cause dry skin and make your eczema flare-ups worse. Figuring out what triggers your eczema is important. If you find that your eczema symptoms get worse during the winter here are some ways to help manage:

Use a moisturizer every day: Using gentle, fragrance-free products and a moisturizer (cream not lotion) every day can help to lock in moisture to protect against dry, frigid wind and air. If you aren’t sure which kind of moisturizer to use, ask our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, skin doctors for a recommendation of what the best products are for you. Drs. Berti also carry products to purchase, such as Vanicream and Vaniply.

Try a humidifier: Like most people, you probably run the heat full blast in your home during the winter months. Of course, dry heat can also spell disaster for eczema. To combat this, use a humidifier in your home to prevent dry air.​

Purchase a Water Softener: The water in the Chicago area is hard, meaning there is a high mineral content and the soap does not lather as well nor rinse off as well, leaving a residue that can irritate the skin.  A simple water softener is easy to have installed and economical to run.  Your skin and hair will thank you!

Choose the Right Clothing: While you certainly want to stay warm during the freezing winter months there are certain fabrics that could be a foe to your eczema. Instead of opting for itchy wool, which can irritate eczema-prone skin, choose softer fabrics like cotton.

Minimize Sweating: While sweating cannot always be avoided, particularly if you exercise regularly, it’s important that you find a way to remain warm without sweating throughout the day. Perhaps your office is a sauna during the winter months because your building cranks up the heat and you still need to bundle up on your way to work. Dressing in layers will be your best friend. If you get too hot, you can always remove these layers so that your skin is comfortable.
Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti may also prescribe eczema sufferers with prescription-strength steroid creams for when flare-ups occur. If over-the-counter creams aren’t doing the trick or if you think the skin has an infection, have us evaluate your skin.  We will determine whether prescription steroid creams or other prescription medications would work better for you.
If you’ve been diagnosed with eczema or if you have dry irritated skin and are seeking a treatment that will work for you, then it’s time to consult the eczema specialists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
October 10, 2016
Category: Skin Care

Brown spots, also called age or lentigenes, often have more to do with sun damage than age, although they do tend to occur after years sun spotsof exposure to the sun. Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, your South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., share information about several dermatological treatments that will help you get rid of your 'spots'.

An exam with our office should be performed initially to diagnose that the 'spots' are not skin cancer.

Topical medications

Some people prefer to initiate their treatment with a topical medication.  Prescription-strength hydroquinone cream offers a gradual way to reduce the appearance of age spots. You'll need to use the bleaching cream for approximately 3 months to experience the full effects of the treatment. Hydroquinone cream is often combined with topical tretinoin, a form of vitamin A that improves the turnover of your skin cells.

Photofacial using lasers and intense pulse light

Lasers and IPL treatments offer a simple, relatively painless way to treat many cosmetic issues, ranging from lines and wrinkles to dark spots, with minimal down-time. The laser light can be precisely targeted, making it an ideal treatment for small spots. Both the Cutera laser or Intense pulse light (IPL) therapy can be used to treat brown spots. You may feel a little stinging during the procedure, but there is minimal redness and mild discoloration for the first day or two. Your brown spots will gradually begin to fade over the course of the next several days after treatment, revealing a brighter more youthful complexion-- one that is more uniform and less blotchy. these procedures also stimulate collagen and help skin to look tighter and smoother.   You may need between three to six treatments for optimal results.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels not only remove brown spots but may also get rid of blemishes, scars, and fine lines. During the treatment, your South Barrington and Willowbrook dermatologist typically applies a glycolic peel solution (varying strengths depending on the area of skin) to exfoliate the top layers of the skin, leaving skin smoother and clearer.  The glycolic peels do not have any peeling afterwards-- making it easy to have done mid-week or before events!   Over time your spots will look lighter and smoother. Several treatments may be needed to lighten dark spots, depending on the type of peel used. There are various types of peels with varying downtime for deeper peels. 

It's important to limit sun exposure directly after any of the above treatments, as your skin may be a little more sensitive to the sun.  Sunscreens are also recommended to keep your skin looking its very best!

Would you like to get rid of your brown spots? Call Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, your South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd., at (630) 321-0303 or (847) 304-0303 to schedule an appointment.  Check them out at

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
May 24, 2016
Category: Skin Care

Enjoy the sun this summer, but don't forget to protect your skin before you venture outdoors. Failing to follow sun protection summer skinrecommendations can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti, your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, are here to share a few tips that will help you stay safe in the sun.

Wear sunscreen

Make wearing sunscreen part of your daily routine. Cover all areas of exposed skin approximately 30 minutes before you plan to go outside. For optimum protection, choose a product that protects you from UVA and UVB rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. If you suffer from acne, look for oil-free sunscreens made just for your face.

Reapply more sunscreen every two hours if you are outside, particularly if you swim or sweat. Although waterproof sunscreens offer a little more protection, you'll still need to apply a fresh layer of sunscreen after you exit the water.
Don't forget to protect your lips from the sun. SPF lip balm is the best way to protect your lips from the sun's rays.

Avoid sun exposure during mid-day

Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun's rays are the most intense. If you can't stay indoors during those times, look for shady spots to minimize sun exposure.

Don't forget your sunglasses

Sunglasses protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun, including cataracts. Read tags carefully to ensure that the glasses you choose offer protection from UV rays. If you normally wear prescription glasses, consider ordering a pair of prescription sunglasses or using magnetic lenses that fit over your glasses.

Cover up

Hats with wide brims, long-sleeve shirts, and long pants prevent the sun from damaging your skin and causing skin cancer. Some clothing even offers built-in SPF protection to stop the rays from penetrating lightweight fabrics.

Visit your Willowbrook and South Barrington Dermatologists

Are you concerned about a suspicious mole or spot on your skin? Call your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists, Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at their South Barrington or Willowbrook offices. For more information, call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook location or (847) 304-0303 for the South Barrington location.