Posts Tagged ‘Schweiger Dermatology Group’

FOCUS ON PSORIASIS!

Monday, October 29th, 2018

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Psoriasis is a chronic condition that affects about 2% (or 7.5 million) of the American population and can cause a variety of skin and nail changes. It can range from a minor nuisance to an embarrassing and debilitating illness and affect all demographics (including Kim Kardashian West, pictured).  However, the most common form, psoriasis vulgaris or plaque psoriasis, appears as silvery, scaly and red plaques on the skin.  There are several interesting facts associated with the condition:

  • Strep throat has been associated with flares of psoriasis.
  • If both parents have psoriasis then there is a 75% chance the child will develop psoriasis is 75%; if one parent has psoriasis, the risk of a child developing the disease is 15%.
  • Psoriasis can even affect the joints.  It is estimated that up to 30% of patients with psoriasis in the skin will develop some form of joint involvement.

“We don’t completely understand why some people get psoriasis, but we do know that it has a genetic component and can also be triggered by certain environmental exposures,” says Dr. Jeremy Fenton from Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. Yet, with a variety of treatment options ranging from topical creams to light therapy to systemic medications, there are many options and new ones in the pipeline.  Dr. Fenton suggests the following:

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important in managing psoriasis– avoiding smoking, minimizing alcohol, keeping a healthy weight, and avoiding stress.
  • Other psoriasis triggers include trauma to the skin, infections/illness, and certain drugs such as beta blockers and aspirin.
  • Natural sunlight can help improve psoriasis–this may be one of the few instances when you will hear a dermatologist recommend tanning. Of course, sun exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer and aging, so it is much safer to get targeted ultraviolet light treatments in a doctor’s office.  Dermatologists provide in-office UV exposure with a very specific wavelength of light (narrow-band UVB) that is the most effective on psoriasis.
  • Psoriasis patients can benefit from over-the-counter topical treatments such as salicylic acid or tar-based treatments and shampoos (Neutrogena’s T-Gel or T-Sal shampoo are common recommendations).
  • The latest psoriasis medications target more specific signaling molecules of the immune system called interleukins.

FOCUS ON ACNE AND DEPRESSION!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

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A new study published last week in the British Journal of Dermatology shows that people with acne are at a higher risk for developing depression. The study spanned 15 years and showed that the probability of developing depression was 18.5 percent among those with acne and 12 percent in those without. The study discovered a higher risk for depression occurred during the first five years after the acne diagnosis, with the risk being highest in the first year.

“Acne can have a very meaningful impact on health that goes beyond skin deep,” says Dr. Michele J. Farber of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC. “The results of a recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology show that people with acne have a significantly higher risk of becoming depressed.  Effectively treating acne not only results in clear skin, but also has the potential to improve mental health outcomes.” (more…)

TRAVEL SKINCARE TIPS!

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

The holiday travel season is almost here, which means potentially bad news for our skin.  Enduring recirculating airplane air or forgoing your favorite facial serum will sadly provide our complexions with a rather rude awakening.  Dr. Michele J. Farber of Dr. Michele J. Farber dispenses some travel-friendly skincare tips to ensure that our skin will look glowing and gorgeous upon arrival.

  • Travel is a time when you want to keep your essentials – moisturizer, under eye cream — but back off on harsher products. It is ok to skip your retinol cream for a few days while you’re away to prevent dryness.
  • Pack some travel-sized containers of your face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is a great gentle wash for sensitive or acne-prone skin. Also pack a moisturizer, such as Neutrogena Hydroboost, in your carry-on and apply before take off as well as another application during your flight to combat dryness. Don’t forget your lips as well, keep an Aquaphor or lip balm to hydrate your lips on the plane!
  • Make sure you have a great sunscreen and moisturizer, especially if you are going someplace sunny for holidays. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum rubs in nicely and can be used under makeup to make sure you don’t get sun damage or age spots while you’re enjoying vacation. (more…)