Cary Dermatology Blog
Posts for: June, 2016
With the summer sun in full effect, it's a great time to treat your skin to an extra level of sun protection with antioxidants. Certain types of topical Vitamin C, E and selenium help protect the skin against sun damage, and help reverse pigmentation and skin mottling from previous damage. To achieve the level of Vitamin C necessary in the skin, would take 20-40 times the amount recommended for oral supplementation. Adding a topical antioxidant that is shelf stable and dermatology approved will add protection when used in addition to your SPF 30 or higher sunscreen application. For the best option for your specific skin type and concerns, schedule a consult to discuss with us. The products that we carry are listed on our website under skin care products.
What's this rash that shows up more in the summer every year?
If you notice flat, white, salmon or light brown colored patches on your trunk, neck and even extremities, you may have a rash caused by a yeast like fungus called tinea versicolor. Tinea versicolor usually is present on sweaty areas of the body. It can itch, but often is asymptomatic. Different skin tones manifest the rash differently, but a dermatologist can perform a simple in office test to prove that the fungus is present.
Tinea versicolor often is less prominent in the winter months. It is more common is those who exercise and sweat, and shows up more when the skin has been exposed to the sun.
Treatments include prescription shampoos and anti fungal lotions. In severe cases oral medications can be prescribed. Since the fungus is present everywhere, recurrence is common. Once controlled with prescription medication, using an over the counter shampoo containing selenium sulfide as a body wash can prevent it from coming back too quickly.