How your dermatologists in Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, can help clear up your skin
Are you having trouble with acne? The truth is, acne is one of the most annoying and common skin conditions that dermatologists treat. Although the condition will sometimes go away by itself, stubborn acne should be treated by an expert, such as a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology. We have two convenient office locations in Pasadena and East Houston, TX, to help clear up your skin!
More about Acne Treatments
Acne can affect everyone, no matter how old you are. More commonly affecting teenagers due to the hormonal fluctuations at the onset of puberty, it nevertheless still affects older adults too. Acne shows up in several forms, including blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and cystic bumps.
There are some things you can do to reduce your chances of developing acne. Remember to:
- Wear non-comedogenic makeup to avoid clogging up your pores
- Eat healthy foods and avoid fried, greasy foods and dairy
- Exercise often to increase perspiration and flush out toxins
- Drink water to eliminate toxins and clear up skin
- Don’t pick or pop blemishes because it can spread bacteria
- Avoid touching your face to reduce bacterial transfer
For stubborn, severe acne, you need to visit your dermatologist. At Southeast Dermatology, they offer several effective treatments for acne including:
- Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products which unblock your pores, eliminating small blemishes
- Oral and topical antibiotic medications to reduce or eliminate acne-causing bacteria
- Isotretinoin medications to unblock pores and clear up cysts; used for cases of severe acne
- Hormonal treatments to help with acne caused by hormonal imbalances
- Extraction, using a metal tool to extract blemishes
Don’t let acne get you down. To get started on an individualized treatment plan to get rid of your acne for good, just pick up your phone and call one of Southeast Dermatology's offices in Pasadena, or East Houston today! The numbers are (281) 991-5944 for Pasadena, and (281) 481-0033 for Southeast Houston.
Knowing the early warning signs of skin cancer could just save your life.
No matter whether you are directly at risk for developing skin cancer or not, it’s important that you keep an eye on your moles so that you know right away if they start changing. Our dermatologists in both Pasadena and Southeast Houston want patients to take an active and vested interest in their skin health, for performing regular self-exams every month is one of the best ways to detect skin cancer in its earlies stages. Read on to learn more!
Here’s what to look for when it comes to early signs of skin cancer
It’s time to remember your ABCDEs when it comes to looking out for suspicious moles that could be trying to tell you that something is wrong. In order to catch these issues early on, it’s important that you are performing skin exams on yourself every month.
When we talk about remembering your ABCDEs, we are talking about the criteria you should use to make sure that any moles or growths are fine and healthy. The ABCDEs stand for,
- Asymmetry: A healthy mole will be the same size, shape, and color on both sides.
- Border: Healthy moles have clearly defined and smooth borders.
- Color: A healthy mole should only be a single color; it should never contain multiple colors.
- Diameter: Suspicious moles are often larger than 6mm, or the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving: Healthy miles shouldn’t change over the years. They should stay the same in regards to color, shape, or size.
Other warning signs to look out for include,
- A lesion or growth that doesn’t heal
- A mole that bleeds, scabs over or itches
- Swelling or redness around the mole
If you are noticing any changes in your moles, it’s important that you call either our Pasadena or Southeast Houston skin doctors in order to schedule a skin cancer screening as soon as possible. Even if you haven't observed anything too concerning in your skin, it’s still important to turn to a medical professional every year for an evaluation.
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When was the last time you had a skin cancer screening? If you’ve never had one or if it’s been over a year, it’s the perfect time to call Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena or Southeast Houston, TX, to schedule your next screening. Phone (281) 991-5944 for Pasadena, or (281) 481-0033 for Southeast Houston
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It is also one of the easiest to diagnose and treat in the early stages if patients are educated about what to look for. Read below to gain an understanding of how a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX, can treat a case of skin cancer and how the skin condition can be avoided in the future.
Skin Cancer Causes and Risk Factors
The most common cause of skin cancer is too much exposure to the sun, which is why patients in sunny locales must be particularly aware of the risks. According to statistics published by the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of nonmelanoma cases are caused by UV rays from the sun. Other risk factors include:
- Pale skin that burns, freckles, or reddens easily
- A personal or family history of skin cancer
- Having a lot of moles
- Continued use of skin tanning equipment
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
It’s important to be screened for skin cancer when you have concerning spots or marks on the skin, or if you are at a higher risk for the disease. This allows you to avoid having to undergo more aggressive and invasive treatments. In its early stages, skin cancer can often be treated by having your Houston and Pasadena dermatologist remove the mole or mark that contains cancerous cells through surgical excision. A technologically advanced procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery ensures that all traces of the disease are eliminated. Cryosurgery, which is the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze off abnormal cells, may also be an option. In difficult cases, radiation therapy and other more aggressive treatments may be needed.
Skin Safety Tips
Take precautions to make sure your skin is protected throughout the year. Follow these simple skin safety tips:
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF that’s recommended by your dermatologist
- Cover up the skin as much as possible when in direct sunlight, and use beach umbrellas when enjoying the beach
- Wear large glasses and large-brimmed hats when outdoors
- Time outdoor adventures for before 10 am or after 4 pm
Let a Dermatologist Check Your Skin
The sooner skin cancer is identified and diagnosed, the better the chance for a successful and minimally invasive treatment. Call (281) 481-0033 or (281) 991-5944 today to schedule an appointment at Southeast Dermatology in Houston or Pasadena, TX.
Treating Hair Loss
Hair loss happens to both men and women and can be caused by a number of factors including anemia, protein deficiency, low vitamin levels, chemotherapy, thyroid disease, and autoimmune conditions. If you are experiencing hair loss, we know that the process can be traumatic as it affects your self-esteem and self-confidence. However, the good news is you can do something about that hair loss with the help of your dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology. With convenient office locations in both Pasadena and Houston, Texas, Southeast Dermatology wants to introduce you to a revolutionary new treatment for hair loss called Platelet Rich Plasma (aka PRP).
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Basics
So, what is PRP? Treatment involves taking a blood sample from your arm and putting it into a centrifuge to separate out platelet-rich plasma. This plasma is then injected into sections of your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Platelets work by stimulating stem cells to regenerate hair growth through:
- Increasing blood circulation to the hair follicle
- Triggering hair to grow and controlling the growth cycle
- Increasing hair thickness and decreases hair loss
PRP treatment typically consists of 3 treatments spaced one month apart. Initial treatment is followed by maintenance treatments in our Pasadena office every 3 to 6 months. Results are gradual and may take 6 to 12 months to see, but once they arrive, your regained confidence and self-image will be well worth the wait!
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If you are experiencing hair loss, it’s time to take action and seek treatment. Your hair is an important part of your appearance and can affect the way you feel about yourself. Fortunately, Platelet Rich Plasma treatment can help you experience full, thick hair once again.
For more information about PRP treatment and other medical/aesthetic dermatology services, call either Southeast Dermatology's Pasadena office at (281) 991-5944 or our Houston location at (281) 481-0033.
DR. ISHA LOPEZ INTRODUCES AOX + EYE GEL THIS WEEK!
Hi, Friends! Given that this month we are having a 10 % discount on any SkinCeuticals product(s), I wanted to highlight a new product: AOX +EYE Gel. Did you know that the eyelid area is one of the most delicate skins on the body and is 10x thinner than the facial skin? So extra care is required! Many patients that I see have complaints about tired eyes, dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness and they most always say, “I have tried everything! What can I use?” I am usually very skeptical about topical products boasting reduction in wrinkles and dark circles, but AOX+EYE gel doesn’t disappoint in my opinion. Of course, everything has its limitations, but if you look at the before and after pictures, after only 12 weeks patients were able to see a difference. I believe that’s because AOX + EYE Gel has a triple antioxidant formula (phloretin, L-Ascorbic acid and ferulic acid). These 3 in combination help to neutralize reactive oxygen species (damage your skin), provide photoprotection (sun ages you), reduce redness and stimulate collagen production! PLUS it has a little bit of caffeine, which helps to minimize under eye puffiness (for all you coffee drinkers think about it as energy for your eyes!) Come by our office to pick up a sample or to get your 10% off discount! Thanks for reading and stay tuned. Disclaimer: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your dermatologist before using any topical preparations on your skin.
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¡Hola amigos! Dado que este mes tenemos un descuento del 10% en cualquier producto de SkinCeuticals, quería discutir un nuevo producto: AOX + EYE Gel. ¿Sabía que el área de los párpados es una de las más delicadas del cuerpo y 10 veces más delgada que la piel facial? ¡Entonces se requiere cuidado extra! Muchos pacientes que veo tienen quejas sobre ojos cansados, ojeras, líneas finas e hinchazón, y ellos siempre dicen: "¡He intentado todo! ¿Qué puedo usar?" Generalmente soy muy escéptica con respecto a los productos tópicos que se caracterizan por la reducción de las arrugas y las ojeras, pero el gel AOX + EYE no defrauda en mi opinión. Por supuesto, todo tiene sus limitaciones, pero si nos fijamos en las imágenes de antes y después, después de solo 12 semanas, los pacientes pudieron ver la diferencia. Creo que es porque AOX + EYE Gel tiene una fórmula triple antioxidante (floretina, ácido L-ascórbico y ácido ferúlico). Estos 3 en combinación ayudan a neutralizar especies de oxígeno reactivas (dañan la piel), brindan fotoprotección (envejece el sol), reducen el enrojecimiento y estimulan la producción de colágeno. Además, tiene un poco de cafeína, lo que ayuda a minimizar la hinchazón de los ojos (¡para todos los que beben café, piense en ello como energía para sus ojos!) ¡Venga a nuestra oficina para recoger una muestra o para obtener un 10% de descuento! Nuevamente, gracias por leer. Descargo de responsabilidad: si está embarazada o amamantando, hable con su dermatólogo antes de usar cualquier preparado tópico en su piel.
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