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Sun Protective Gloves

There are my favorite sun protective gloves! They are from Coolibar clothing, and online retailer that offers sun protective clothing, UV protection swimwear, sun hats, and sunscreen that will help protect against the UV rays that cause skin cancer. The bonus is these gloves will also help your skin from getting sun spots. One of the most common concerns I hear from patients is how one's hands look older, typically because of sun spots and thinning of the skin. I wear these every time I drive, even if it is cloudy or raining. I also wear these when I am getting my nails done.

Bye Bye Redness and Rosacea!

Here is a before and after photo of my patient who had only ONE treatment of Vbeam laser for her rosacea. Vbeam lasers can safely and effectively remove vascular lesions, port wine stains, and facial veins. It may also be utilized in post-acne redness, and acne scarring. The Vbeam laser uses Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) technology to deliver intense but gentle bursts of light onto the targeted areas of the skin. The light is absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis, causing the pigment to disperse.

Nail Deformity in the Shape of a Christmas Tree

I thought this photo was appropriate for the upcoming holidays! I saw a patient today who had an irregualar thumbnail in the shape of a Christmas tree. After further questioning, the patient admitted she routinely picks at her nail and cuticle. This condition is called Median nail dystrophy, or Median canaliform dystrophy of Heller.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Here is a photo of a patient who was battling toenail fungus for years. I started him on a new anti-fungal topical medication that does not require any lab testing, and look at the transformation!

Dr. Cindy N. Berthelot, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist treating patients in the greater Houston community, including Clear Lake, League City, Friendswood, Pasadena, Deer Park, Dickinson, Pearland, Alvin, Seabrook, Kemah, Webster, Galveston, Texas City, La Marque, and Santa Fe, Texas. To make an appointment with Dr. Berthelot, please contact us at 281.480.7272.

Chemical Peels for Acne Scarring

Chemical peel progression! This patient of mine had a series of three chemical peels for her acne and acne scarring. She was super happy with her results, and her skin looks more smooth and luminous in the bottom photo. Best results are typically seen after 3-6 chemical peels. Peels are an amazing way to easily resurface the skin, improve fine lines, reduce sun spots, and rejuvenate the complexion.

What is a Shave Biopsy?

Shave biopsy is one of the most widely used procedures performed in dermatology practices. The technique is used to obtain tissue for testing, and is useful for removing superficial lesions in their entirety. Pedunculated (elongated) lesions above the skin surface are particularly well suited for this removal technique, however flat lesions that are higher in the dermis may also be removed by shave technique. There are three main types of skin biopsies:

Reasons to Not Pop That Pimple

Acne blemishes often appear very quickly, and your first reaction may be to pop the pimple. However, the short-term benefits of popping may end up leading to long-term harm to your skin. Popping the pimple destroys this barrier, exposing it to bacteria and other harmful environmental irritants. Here are a few issues that can arise from pimple popping:

ADDITIONAL PIMPLES
The most common negative effect of popping a pimple is the development of even more pimples. This happens as excess oil and bacteria leak out of the pustule, and become reabsorbed back into the pores.

What is phytophotodermatitis?

This patient was squeezing lemons for lemonade over Easter weekend, and subsiquently developed these strange, punctate, round blotches her hands. A visit with me quickly identified her rash as phytophotodermatitis. This is a phototoxic reaction to contact with certain plants. Phytophotodermatitis generally occurs during in spring or summer following some outdoor activity on a sunny day during which there has been contact with one of the responsible plants. Its name has 3 components: phyto (plant), photo (light) and dermatitis (inflammatory rash).

TCA Peels for Acne and Scarring

Here is a photo of a patient's acne journey with medical grade skin care and treatment. This patient received a series of 4 trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels for his acne and acne scarring. A TCA peel is a chemical peel used for skin resurfacing. A solution of TCA is applied to remove the outer layer of skin, and allows new, healthier skin to emerge. TCA chemical peels are commonly used to treat sun damage, facial wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne, and pigment abnormalities. We would individualize the treatment to your particular type of acne.

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