Posts for category: Skin Care

By Skin MD
January 09, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Acne can be frustrating, but our board-certified dermatologist, Ellen Jacobson, MD and her team are here to help.
 
There are many factors that can contribute to acne and so no two treatments may ever work the same for two acnepeople. We know that trying to tackle your acne symptoms on your own can be frustrating, so it’s important to know how Dermatologist Ellen Jacobson, MD in Nashville, TN can work with you to find the right acne treatment for clearer skin.
 
First and foremost, it’s important to know that any acne treatment takes time to be effective. Most acne treatment options and medications take 2-3 months to see the full effect. The way we treat your acne will depend on the cause.
 
Treatment options include:

  • Topical or oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline (kills acne-causing bacteria)
  • Topical Benzoyl Peroxide products and washes (kills acne-causing bacteria and dries out oily skin)
  • Topical retinoids, such as Retin-A (helps unclog pores/decreases black and whiteheads)
  • Oral Isotretinoin, such as Accutane (used for severe cystic acne or resistant inflammatory acne)
  • Laser therapy (kills acne-causing bacteria)
  • Chemical peels
  • Light therapy
  • Facials/Extractions
  • Medical -grade skincare products

 Of course, there are also habits you can adopt every day to reduce acne breakouts while also handling acne when it appears. These habits include:

  • A good daily skin care regimen
  • Moisturizing daily
  • Wearing SPF during the day
  • Staying hydrated
  • Getting good, quality sleep
  • Changing your pillowcase weekly
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet

 Here at SkinMD in Nashville, TN we believe that everyone should feel confident in their skin. If acne is affecting your appearance and your self-esteem, then it might be time to give us a call. We would love to sit down with you and map out an effective treatment plan to get you one step closer to clearer skin!

By Skin MD
January 03, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: botox  

The Benefits of Botox

Want to erase the signs of aging this year? Millions of men and women are discovering the benefits of BOTOX treatments. BOTOX is a medicine that is injected into muscles to erase the signs of aging and treat certain conditions. Dermatologists are physicians who are trained in diagnosing and treating conditions and diseases of the skin. BOTOX is available from dermatologists. Read on to learn about the benefits of BOTOX.

1. It rejuvenates the skin.

BOTOX treatment is an excellent adjunct for rejuvenation of the face. BOTOX should be considered in addition to laser therapy, skin care, chemical peels, and resurfacing to improve the appearance of the face. It tightens and rejuvenizes your skin to help you look and feel younger. 

2. It can remove your wrinkles.

BOTOX works by blocking nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract and cause wrinkles. It's commonly injected into the face to eliminate wrinkles. Many patients who get BOTOX treatments can experience an improved complexion without the need for surgery. 

3. It can erase smile lines.

For most people, nasolabial folds— also known as smile lines— are nothing to smile about. Smile lines are fine lines that primarily develop around the sides of your mouth. They are more noticeable when you laugh or smile. BOTOX can reduce the appearance of smile lines. BOTOX can improve your look with minimal to no downtime. You will be able to go about your normal routine immediately after your treatment.

4. It can make crow's feet disappear.

Before you know it, crow's feet can leave you looking older than you feel. Crow’s feet are the lines that appear around the eyes. BOTOX is injected into crow’s feet with a tiny needle to improve the skin’s appearance. You may begin to notice the results of your BOTOX treatment within a few days, with results lasting up to 4 months.

Ready for an anti-aging makeover? Say yes to BOTOX! Find a dermatologist near you and schedule a consultation. BOTOX has helped many people enhance their appearance, giving them more self-confidence and improving their lives. And it will do the same for you.

By Skin MD
December 18, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: botox  

No matter your age, feeling as though you look good can help boost your confidence, enhance your self-esteem, and help you feel great about the skin you’re in. If your skin has begun to sag, wrinkle, or look dull, your dermatologist can help you rejuvenate your complexion to look better than ever. Botox is a common and effective dermatological treatment which occurs right in your doctor’s office in just minutes. Find out more about Botox and how it can help your facial skin with Dr. Ellen Jacobson at Skin MD in Nashville, TN.

What is Botox?
Botox is a treatment which restricts the movement of the muscles underneath the facial skin. This helps prevent new wrinkles from forming and allows the skin to relax, smoothing its current appearance and contributing to a beautiful, more youthful appearance. The procedure for Botox is fast and takes your dermatologist only minutes to perform.

Can Botox help me? 
If you have unwanted fine lines or wrinkles in your facial skin, you may benefit from Botox. Botox also helps in situations like excessive sweating, migraine headaches, and even temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. If you think you can benefit from Botox, consulting with your dermatologist is your best option to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

What can I expect from a Botox treatment? 
A Botox appointment begins with the patient lying on a treatment table and making themselves comfortable. Your doctor cleanses the face and marks the areas of the skin they think would benefit most. They will then use a super-thin needle to administer the Botox to the muscles underneath the skin. Most patients report that there is little pain and hardly any recovery. You may see some slight redness or swelling around the injection sites for a day or two.

Botox in Nashville, TN
Your dermatologist is your best source of information when it comes to Botox and if it is the right dermatological treatment for you. For more information on Botox or other cosmetic dermatology procedures, please contact Dr. Ellen Jacobson at Skin MD in Nashville, TN. Call (615) 279-5656 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jacobson today!

By Skin MD
December 06, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Lupus   Sun Sensitivity  

Lupus can affect the skinFind out what this autoimmune disorder means for your skin health.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million Americans and five million people globally have some form of lupus. While lupus can affect both men and women, about 90 percent of those with diagnosed lupus are women between the ages of 15 to 44. Even though this chronic autoimmune disease affects millions, significantly less than half of people are actually somewhat familiar with the disease. 

So, what exactly is lupus, how can you contract this disorder and what treatment options are available?

About Lupus

Our immune system is meant to attack foreign agents in our body to fight diseases and other infections. However, if you have been diagnosed with lupus then your immune system actually responds by attacking the healthy cells within your body. This ultimately causes damage to certain organs in the body like your heart, skin and brain.

There are different types of lupus; however, the most common form is systemic lupus erythematosis. Discoid lupus is known for causing a persistent skin rash, subacute cutaneous lupus causes skin sores when exposed to the sun, drug­induced lupus is the result of a certain medication and neonatal lupus affects infants.

Know that you aren’t alone when it comes to handling your lupus symptoms. While symptoms can be severe and affect your daily life talk to your dermatologist about the best ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Lupus Risk Factors

While anyone can develop lupus, women are more likely to develop this condition. Also, African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian women are at an increased risk over Caucasian women. While the cause is unknown, some research has found that perhaps genes play an influential role in the development of lupus; however, there are several factors that could be at play.

Lupus Symptoms

Those with lupus may experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Skin rashes, most commonly found on the face
  • Fever
  • Chest pain when breathing deeply
  • Loss of hair
  • Pale fingers and toes
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Mouth sores
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Leg or eye swelling
  • Swollen glands

These symptoms may not be present all the time. Those with lupus have flare­ups in which the symptoms will appear for a little while and then go away. Also new symptoms may also arise at any time.

Lupus Treatments

If you’ve been diagnosed with lupus then you will most likely need to see several specialists regarding your condition. If you are dealing with skin sores and rashes, then you will want to talk to your dermatologist about the best treatment plan for you. About 40 to 70 percent of those with lupus experience symptoms when exposed to sunlight.

When you come in our office for treatment our goal is to find certain medications that can reduce pain, swelling and redness and prevent further flare­ups. Furthermore, we will recommend a sunscreen and other lifestyle changes that can help to protect your skin from damaging sun exposure.

By Skin MD
November 14, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: warts  

Treatment of wartsFind out the most effective ways to remove a wart.

The common wart is a small tumor caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can occur anywhere on the body. They may come and go over the years. The HPV infection can produce everything from the common, noncancerous wart, to cancerous warts of the mouth or genitals.

Since a virus causes warts, these benign growths are also contagious. Sharing towels and clothing, or even just coming in contact with their wart can cause the virus to spread. The good news is that most warts often go away on their own without treatment; however, it can often take months or even years for them to go away. If the wart is unsightly or in an uncomfortable spot then you may want to have it removed. Here are some of the top ways to effectively remove a wart yourself.

Salicylic Acid Treatment

Salicylic acid treatment can come in several forms including pads or gels. They can be used to get rid of a variety of different kinds of warts from the small ones to the large, lumpier ones. Salicylic acid works by breaking down the protein that makes up the layers of the wart.

At ­Home Freezing

While your dermatologist is able to remove warts with liquid nitrogen, if you’re looking to remove the wart yourself, then you can also opt for aerosol wart removals that can be sprayed on the wart to freeze it. While the over­the­counter products are nearly as effective as the freezing methods your dermatologist can use, many patients still find at­home freezing to be just as effective.

If none of these at­home treatments remove your wart, then it’s time to talk to your dermatologist about other treatment options. Keep in mind that even the most effective wart treatment can’t guarantee that the wart won’t grow back. This is because most of the treatments available only get rid of the wart but not the actual virus.

If you’re dealing with a painful or unsightly wart but over­the­counter treatments aren’t working, then it’s time to call our dermatology office today.