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What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is the name given to excessive and uncontrollable sweating and an estimated 1-3% percent of Americans currently overproduce sweat.  The onset is most often during childhood or adolescence.

Hyperhidrosis can occur under your arms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or on the palms of your hand and soles of your feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). While some people perspire additionally due to tense emotions and additional stress, those with it sweat constantly.

The main symptom of this condition is excessive sweating. But what causes this condition and how can you treat it? Our experts are here to explain!

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

Most of the time, this condition is neurological, meaning it stems from an issue with the nervous system and can be inherited. Sometimes there are problems with the endocrine system (chemical messenger system in your body) and even certain diseases can trigger hyperhidrosis.

How Do You Treat It?

Fortunately, there are a number of common treatment options:

  • Topical antiperspirants: either over the counter or prescription if those fail to control the issue.
  • Iontophoresis: a device that uses a gentle electrical current to pass ionized tap water through the skin.
  • Botox injections
  • MiraDry, a procedure that utilizes microwave energy to destroy sweat glands.
  • Lasers
  • Surgery: less often utilized

Interested in learning more?  Click here to schedule an appointment with us today or click here to learn more about our telemedicine efforts!

Grooming concept. Young black man looking at mirror and shaving beard with trimmer or electric shaver at bathroom, free space, wondering how facial hair impacts skincare.

How Facial Hair Can Impact Your Skincare

Whether you want facial hair or want to get rid of all of it, you should be keeping skincare in mind! Those with facial hair have to worry more about acne and dandruff underneath the hair follicles, and those who are getting rid of their hair might suffer from irritation. 

The experts at Avail Dermatology will explain how facial hair can impact your skincare below! 

For Those Who Want Smooth Skin

If you hate the idea of facial hair, then you will often find yourself using different aesthetic procedures to get rid of it. That includes threading, shaving, plucking, and waxing (to name a few). 

Unfortunately, most of those options can potentially cause trauma to the face. Whether you nick yourself with a razor or pull a hair follicle out of your pore a little too harshly, infection and irritation are all very possible side effects.

That’s why it’s important to consider using less hard products for your face to help lessen the side effects. Use cleansers and moisturizers that are gentle to the skin (products that are free of dyes and scents). In addition, keep applying sunscreen, daily, and if you will be outside for more than an hour, reapply every hour.  Your sunscreen should contain a physical block like zinc oxide. Too much exposure to the sun can worsen irritation. 

For Those Who Want Facial Hair 

If you’re trying to grow out a beard or other facial hair, your skincare considerations should be different.

Facial hair is both similar and varied from the hair that grows on top of the head. While both types of hair create a sebaceous gland that produces natural oil, the skin on the face is much more sensitive than the skin on the scalp. Washing your beard with regular shampoo won’t cut it. Generally, a gentle skin cleanser like you would use on all of your facial skin will be needed. 

And what happens if you just don’t clean your beard? First of all, it’s estimated that a person touches their beard hundreds of times per day. That means that facial hair is harboring a lot of germs. Secondly, if you don’t wash that skin underneath the beard, acne will be quick to follow. It can also cause skin issues to those you kiss or hug often. Therefore, it’s vital to wash that area. 

Avail Dermatology is here for any of your skincare needs. If you have any further questions about how facial hair can impact your skincare or want to speak to our staff, click here to reach out or give us a call at 770-929-9033. Click here to learn more about our telemedicine efforts

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris, also known as KP, is an extremely common skin condition that affects almost three million people worldwide. Despite its commonality, not much is known about this chronic, long-term skin condition, and many people who have it may not even realize that their skin is abnormal.

To learn more about keratosis pilaris from the experts at Avail Dermatology, keep reading below.

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis is a common skin condition that causes the skin in certain areas to have a bumpy appearance, often described as “chicken skin.” By far, the most common location is on the upper outer arms, but less commonly, it can affect the outer thighs, and lateral cheeks on the face. These bumps are caused by an build-up of keratin, , which is the protein that is forms the outer layer of the skin. In KP, the keratin builds up into tiny “mounds” around individual hair follicles. .It is an extremely common condition, particularly in children and adolescents, with some estimates as high as 50% to 80% of adolescents showing some degree of KP. It often worsens in winter when the skin is dry, particularly in patients who also have eczema, a common finding.

Generally, KP improves with age and is less common in adults, though still not rare. Generally, KP does not cause symptoms, although in rare cases it can lead to skin irritation and peeling.

KP appears to be a genetic disorder, and many patients have a family history of KP. There are some studies suggesting that abnormal genes that control the production and function of keratin may be responsible for the condition.

How is Keratosis Pilaris Treated?

Just as it is not truly known what causes KP, there is also no known cure. The good news is that, most often, keratosis pilaris disappears with age and will go away on its own.

However, there are several ways to help manage your symptoms if they are a burden to you. Follow these steps to do just that:

  • Keep your body moisturized. This remains the hallmark of therapy for KP. Moisturizing reduces the appearance of the bumps and prevents peeling and scaling. Some moisturizers may be more effective for KP. These include alpha hydroxy acid moisturizers, which contain ingredients like lactic or glycolic acid. By accelerating exfoliation, they may reduce the bumpy texture of the skin.
  • Start new daily habits. Along with moisturizers, try out warm water instead of hot water for your bath, and add moisture to your home with a humidifier.
  • Work with your doctor. More resistant or bothersome cases of KP may need additional treatment. Work with your trusted dermatologist to help formalize a plan that will be best for you and your skin. Your physician will be able to recommend the best products and help you to avoid practices that may not lessen your keratosis pilaris.

If you would like assistance with managing your keratosis pilaris, then reach out to the trusted dermatology experts at Avail Dermatology. We’ll be happy to formulate a management plan that is just right for you and your skin.

Give us a call at 770-251-5111 or click here to schedule an appointment.