Put Your Best Face Forward: Skin Care and More

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:44 AM comments (0)

The natural aging process, sun exposure and the everyday wear and tear of the elements can take a toll on the look and feel of your skin. Achieving and maintaining truly healthy skin requires more than just an occasional wash with soap and water. That's why it's important to protect and nourish your skin with a thorough daily skin care regimen.

In our latest  infographic, we share some simple ways for men and women to protect their skin, from sun up to sun down. Click on the image below to view the full infographic of healthy skin care tips from the experts at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Skin care infographic 

Psoriasis: Do You Know Your Triggers?

Friday, April 18, 2014 12:56 PM comments (0)

psoriasisPsoriasis, which can first show symptoms between the ages of 15 and 25, often has a severe impact on an individual’s physical health as well as their confidence. A chronic condition, psoriasis occurs when new skin cells replace the old too quickly, creating areas of skin with thick, scaly red patches of various sizes. In some cases, the skin condition also creates swelling and pain in the joints, called psoriatic arthritis. Approximately 7.5 million Americans or 2.2 percent of the population suffers from psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Fortunately, there are treatments available for psoriasis that can reduce the severity of the symptoms. For example, your dermatologist may prescribe medicated skin products, UV treatments, or other systemic  medications  to reduce symptom severity, although it may take time to determine which course of treatment will yield the best results. 

For most, symptoms often become worse following certain triggers. Therefore one of the best steps you can take in controlling your psoriasis is to identify and avoid those triggers that can cause flare-ups. Stephanie Mehlis, MD, Dermatologist at NorthShore, highlights some common psoriasis symptom triggers:

  • Infection
  • Scratching the skin
  • Medication
  • Smoking
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Sunburn

How do you cope with symptoms of psoriasis? What triggers your symptoms?

Winter Woes: Remedies for Dry Skin

Thursday, February 21, 2013 9:00 AM comments (0)

Dry-skinDoes it ever feel like you just can’t put on enough lotion during the winter months to keep your skin from being dry? With the cold temperatures and icy walkways, winter can be tough on your body. And, it can be just as hard on your skin.

Dry, sometimes even itchy and flaky skin is a common condition for many when temperatures begin to drop. While the cooler outdoor temperatures may be one of the leading causes for dry skin, there are a handful of ways you can help keep your skin soft and well hydrated.

Stephanie Mehlis, MD, Dermatologist, provides the following tips for reducing dry skin:

  • Increase your home’s humidity. Using a humidifier will help add moisture to the air of your house.
  • Keep water cool when showering. While a hot shower can feel good, especially in the cold of winter, when water is too hot it can dry out your skin. You also shouldn’t plan to linger in the shower – keep it short.
  • Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize!  When your skin is dry, be sure to apply plenty of lotion. The best time to use a moisturizer is right after you get out of the shower when your skin is still a little damp. Depending on how dry your skin is, consider using a thicker cream or ointment to create a barrier between your skin and the air. Despite the fact that the cosmetic industry has not produced the ideal moisturizer, studies have shown that most moisturizers will work if used frequently.
  • Choose your soap carefully. Soaps tend to dry out skin as well.  Try to use a moisturizing soap or a soap for “sensitive skin,” and do not use a washcloth or sponge when washing – hands work the best.

What skin products do you swear by to heal dry skin?

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