Deerfield, IL Dermatologist
Deerfield Dermatology Associates
707 Lake Cook Road, Suite 280
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 480-0004
By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
June 05, 2017
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin cancer   moles  

Are you concerned about a new or changing mole?moles

Summer can be an exciting time. The weather is beautiful and it’s time to enjoy days in the sunshine. Of course, sporting those summer clothes also means that you are more likely to notice some new moles that have cropped up. Our Deerfield, IL, dermatologists are here to provide a little insight into what warning signs to look out for and when you should come in for a checkup.

If you have a family history of melanoma or skin cancer, or if you are starting to notice new moles, then it’s a good idea to perform a self-exam every month on yourself. If you don’t have these risk factors then it may be safe to do this every other month. When performing these skin exams, be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Moles that have a blurry, uneven, jagged or poorly defined border (healthy males will have a clearly defined and circular border)
  • Moles that are asymmetrical (meaning that one-half is not the same size or shape as the other half)
  • Moles that have more than one color (suspicious moles may have specks of brown, black, white, blue or red)
  • Moles that are larger than the eraser tip of a pencil
  • Moles that bleed, or are itchy or painful
  • Moles that have suddenly appeared (as opposed to moles that you’ve had all of your life)

One great way to continue to monitor how a suspicious mole is evolving is to snap some photos of it when you perform your next self-exam. In a month, come back to the mole and take some more photos. Then compare the images to see if there have been any changes to the color, shape or size. If you notice any changes then it’s time to see our Deerfield, IL, skin doctor right away for an evaluation. When in doubt, give us a call.

Deerfield Dermatology is dedicated to making sure you have healthy skin for years to come. Skin cancer is serious and potentially fatal if ignored. By coming into our Deerfield, IL, dermatology office once a year for a skin exam, you could just protect yourself against melanoma.

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
March 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Acne is typically associated with teenagers, but the truth is that it can also be a problem for adults. Even if you have always had clear acneskin and never had to deal with acne in your teenage years, it can still become a problem later in life for a number of reasons, ranging from hormones to stress and other lifestyle factors. The dermatologists at Deerfield Dermatology Associates in Deerfield, IL offer a range of acne treatment and skin care options for adults and teenagers.

Adult Acne Treatment in Deerfield, IL

Acne breakouts range from mild to severe, and are most common on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders (but can technically occur anywhere on the body). Skin is covered in tiny pores. They are the openings to the hair follicles, and contain sebaceous glands that produce oils. Pores can become clogged and infected with bacteria, which causes outbreaks of pimples. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the most common types of pimples are:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Papules
  • Nodules
  • Pustules
  • Cysts

What Causes Acne?

Although some people may be more prone than others, anyone can develop a break out at any time. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Hormones (puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, birth control pills, and menopause)
  • Genetics and family history
  • Side effects from certain medications
  • Skin irritation from make up or other products

How is Acne Treated?

Many acne break outs are temporary and resolve on their own without treatment. However some forms, like cysts, can lead to scarring and should always be treated by a dermatologist in order to avoid permanent scars. Treatments will vary from person to person depending on a number of factors like the type of acne, the cause, individual skin type, and lifestyle factors. A dermatologist may recommend self care and a personalized cleansing routine, over the counter or prescription oral or topical medications, and lifestyle modifications.

Find a Dermatologist in Deerfield, IL

For more information on acne prevention and treatment, and to maintain healthy, clear skin at any age, contact Deerfield Dermatology Associates by calling (847) 480-0004 to schedule an appointment with a board certified dermatologist today.

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
February 07, 2017
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin type  

Unfortunately, keeping your skin healthy and free of blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles can prove to be more difficult than it sounds. skin typeHowever, understanding the type of skin you have can help you find the best preventative skin routine for you. Find out how to determine your skin type with Deerfield Dermatology Associates in Deerfield, IL.

How can I tell what skin type I am? 
You most likely have one of four types of skin:

  • Normal: Normal skin does not show any signs of being too oily or too dry. Your skin itself will feel smooth and even to the touch. Normal skin usually has pores which are unnoticeable.
  • Oily: Oily skin produces too much oil, often in the t-zone or the area of the forehead and down the nose. Oily skin appears shiny and greasy. Oily skin produces large pores which become easily clogged to form blackheads.
  • Dry: Dry skin often produces flakes and feels tight or too dry. Dry skin is usually worse during the dry, cold months of winter.
  • Combination: The most common type of skin, combination skin is usually oily in the t-zone and dry or normal in other areas. If you notice that your skin has more than two textures, you have combination skin. Pores are normally large around the t-zone and small or unnoticeable on the rest of the face.

Caring For Your Skin Type
One of the most important ways to care for your skin is to keep it clean and moisturized. Oily skin normally requires less moisturizer than dry skin, which tends to need moisturizer applied to it several times throughout the day. Combination skin may require moisturizer in some places of the face rather than others. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best skin care routine for you and your skin.

Skin Treatments in Deerfield, IL 
Scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist can help you find the best routine to treat current blemishes, tighten the skin, or prevent future blemishes or wrinkles. Depending on your skin, your doctor may prescribe creams, cleansers or ointments to apply to your face. They may also recommend that you undergo procedures like microdermabrasion, Botox, facial rejuvenation or dermal fillers.

For more information on dermatological treatments to improve your skin, please contact your dermatologist at Deerfield Dermatology Associates in Deerfield, IL. Call (847) 480-0004 to schedule your appointment with your doctor today!

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
November 09, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox   wrinkles  

Botox is a dermatological treatment that is used to create smoother, younger looking skin. It is commonly requested by patients who are botoxconcerned about the effects of sun damage and aging on their skin, namely the face. Discover the benefits of Botox, a treatment that you can have administered at Deerfield Dermatology in Deerfield, IL.

All About Botox
The use of Botox for skin problems became popular in the early 2000s. Today it is a top treatment offered in dermatology offices across the country. Botox is a brand name that is short for Botulinum toxin, a substance that paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. It is injected at specific locations determined by your dermatologist to give you the best results. It’s estimate that over 6 million Botox treatments are administered every year.

Botox Benefits
Botox is used in a number of medical applications, but most patients request it for cosmetic reasons. Over time, wrinkles and lines can develop on the face due to exposure to the sun, poor skin care and aging. Laughing, squinting and other facial expressions can also cause lines to form after a while. If you’re looking for a solution to wrinkles, consider the benefits of Botox in advance of your consultation appointment in Deerfield:

- Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, smile lines and crow’s feet.
- Fast results (see a noticeable difference in about 72 hours).
- Minimally invasive procedure compared to plastic surgery.
- Over time with repeated treatments, lines and wrinkles may permanent relax.

Getting Botox Injections
Expect your Botox visit to be relatively short—the procedure usually takes only a few minutes to complete and then you can go home. You’ll sit back and relax while your dermatologist carefully administers the injections. Depending on your cosmetic concern, you may have to schedule several visits to have Botox injections.

Call Deerfield Dermatology
A dermatologist at Deerfield Dermatology can administer Botox injections to give your face a smoother, wrinkle-free appearance. Call the office in Deerfield, IL at (847) 480-0004 today to set up your first appointment.

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
October 13, 2016
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin care   skin protection  

Summer isn’t the only time you need to focus on skin protection. Learn more from your Deerfield dermatologist.

Even though summer is over and fall weather is here, this doesn’t mean that it’s time to put away the sunscreen or that you can now beskin care more relaxed when it comes to your skincare regime. Every season brings with it some challenges that could affect the health of your skin so find out what our Deerfield, IL dermatologists recommend doing to keep skin looking its best throughout the year.

Fall

As the heat of summer gives way to drier and cooler weather, skin may start to lose moisture. But there is one benefit to the fall season: you now get the chance to try and repair some of the skin damage left over by the sun, water and pool chemicals of the summer:

  • Use an exfoliant and a moisturizer to remove dead skin cells and to rehydrate the skin. It’s always a great idea to apply moisturizer after your shower, when pores are open and best able to drink in more of the moisturizing ingredients.
  • You should also be moisturizing your lips. Use chapstick with an SPF everyday to prevent dry, cracked lips.
  • As air gets drier and colder it’s important that your skincare products reflect the change. Maybe you could get away with thin gels or lotions to moisturize your skin during the summer but with the fall air zapping your skin of moisture it’s a good idea to opt for a thicker cream.
  • Don’t forget about sunscreen. It may no longer be summer but you need to be applying this before going outside.

Winter

Old Man Winter can be pretty harsh and unyielding during these cold months. Now it’s more important than ever to wear layers to protect skin from the harsh frigid winds. Skin is more likely to become dry or cracked and beg for moisture. Wearing hats, gloves and long layers will help keep skin protected when going outdoors but it’s also important to find a thick, creamy moisturizer that will help replenish your dry skin after a shower.

Spring

It feels like forever since you were able to go outside and revel in the warmer weather. Now that spring is here it’s easy to want to spend more time outside, but this could spell trouble for your skin if you aren’t careful. Check your expiration date on your sunscreen. If it’s time to replace your old sunscreen look for one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Make sure to apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outside. Of course, one of the most popular questions is, “What SPF should I get?” We recommend an SPF of at least 20. Of course, those who are fair-skinned or burn easily may want to consider a higher SPF. But remember: it’s how you use it and reapply it that matters more than the number.

Make sure you are giving your skin the best care possible. Turn to our Deerfield, IL dermatology office today if you have questions about how to care for your skin or if you need to schedule an appointment.





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