Problematic skin conditions affect the way people react to you and how you feel about yourself. Maintaining healthy skin is essential to maintaining an attractive appearance. After all, your skin is the first thing people see when they meet you.
The Warmuth Institute attracts patients from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware seeking treatment for the following skin conditions:
Chronic skin problems, such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, and Rosacea, typically aren’t curable, but their symptoms can be managed by getting treatment and avoiding skin irritants.
At Warmuth Institute, our providers will help you get your skin problem under control. They will offer you:
During your consultation, your provider will conduct a skin problem assessment, first asking you questions about your symptoms, such as:
Next, your provider will ask you questions about triggers that make your skin condition worse or cause them to flare up. Common triggers include:
Your provider will also want to know what you have tried in the past to soothe or prevent your skin problem.
After careful evaluation of your skin type and condition, your provider will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms, heal the skin, prevent flares, prevent infections, and improve skin quality and appearance.
Some common treatment options include:
Topical Steroids. These medications, such as hydrocortisone, are applied directly to the skin and can be very effective but should be used in moderation not to cause skin damage. They come in creams, ointments, gels, solutions, and foams.
Topical Immunomodulators. These anti-inflammatory medications are applied directly to the skin. They come in creams and ointments and can be used with topical steroids.
Antihistamines. Over-the-counter and prescription oral antihistamines are often recommended or prescribed to help ease the itching of certain skin conditions (e.g., eczema).
Oral Immunosuppressants. These medications (e.g., Methotrexate, Azathioprine, or Mycophenolate pills) may be prescribed short-term in severe cases where patients haven’t responded to other treatments.
Oral Steroids. Oral steroids may be prescribed short-term for patients who have severe symptoms. These medications are effective in clearing up rashes quickly and are effective in calming inflammation and itching.
Oral Calcineurin Inhibitors. These drugs (e.g., Cyclosporine, Pimecrolimus, and Tacrolimus) stop the body’s immune system from overreacting, so the skin condition doesn’t flare up. They relieve symptoms only while taking the medication.
Light Therapy. Light therapy or Phototherapy uses ultraviolet A or B light waves to treat severe or resistant cases of various skin conditions. Sometimes the drug Psoralen is prescribed in addition to light therapy to help fight inflammation in the immune system and help fight bacterial infections on the skin.
Chemical Peel. A chemical peel is a facial skin resurfacing treatment designed to treat a variety of skincare concerns. A chemical peel is sometimes recommended to treat certain types of acne, improve areas of sun damage, or improve the look and feel of the skin.
Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, tried and true skin resurfacing procedure tried and true that gently exfoliates or polished away the top layer of dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion effectively treats light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, stretch marks, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Skincare Products. The Warmuth Institute carries medical-grade, professional skincare products, some of which restore estrogen to estrogen-deficient skin and others that minimize and prevent inflammation. To learn more, check out our page on Skincare Products.
Here are some things you can do to help control and prevent skin problems:
Use Moisturizers. Use creams and ointments to keep moisture in the skin. Ointments such a petroleum jelly are especially effective when the air is dry, and humidity is low.
Take Cool Baths. Take a cool both to help with itching and irritation. Use a mild cleanser, not soap, and avoid scrubbing skin. After a bath, pat your skin dry, don’t rub, and moisturize right away. A cool, wet washcloth can also help alleviate itching.
Use A Humidifier. A humidifier helps put moisture back in the air, especially during winter months when the heat is on, and the air in the house is dry. Moisture helps to keep the skin from getting dry and itchy.
Manage Stress. Find a relaxing hobby or meditate to lower stress. Stress and anxiety can trigger flare-ups.
Use Fragrance-Free Laundry Detergent. Wash clothes using fragrance-free, neutral pH laundry detergent and rinse clothes twice to make sure all the soap is gone from clothing before wearing them again. This will significantly cut down on skin irritations that may cause flare-ups of symptoms.
There are several things you can do to help keep your skin healthy, such as:
At the Warmuth Institute, our board-certified dermatology staff provides a full range of medical dermatology services for many skin conditions. Contact us today at (856) 358-1500 to schedule an appointment, and we will help you improve your appearance and your overall health with our state-of-the-art treatments.