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By Dermatology Center of McKinney
May 23, 2022
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Are you properly caring for your acne-prone skin?

While acne usually appears during puberty, adults well into their 50s can even develop acne. Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting 40 to 50 million Americans. Furthermore, the American Academy of Dermatology also reports that almost 85 percent of all people will experience acne. If you’re dealing with acne, then you are most likely looking for ways to get clearer skin. Along with visiting a dermatologist for medications and other treatment options, here are some helpful tips that could improve your acne from the comfort of home.

Avoid Over-Washing Your Face

At the first sign of a pimple, you might feel the need to scrub your face as clean as possible. However, over-washing can strip skin of the essential oils, making acne worse. Plus, acne washes contain strong chemicals which dry out the skin. Try this approach instead: wash acne twice a day with only a mild face wash and lukewarm water. This will help reduce irritation.

Only Use Oil-Free Products

Oil-free cleansers won’t cause acne or clog pores, so they are the best choice for anyone, particularly those prone to acne. When shopping for acne products, look for words like “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic.”

Limit Sun Exposure

The sun’s rays can dry out the skin and aggravate acne. Not to mention sunbathing can cause wrinkles and even skin cancer. If you are using prescription acne medications, you’ll most certainly want to avoid the sun (medicines often come with warning labels about sun exposure), as it can make you more sensitive to UV rays.

Don’t Pick or Touch Your Face

When you notice a pimple, your first inclination might be to pop or squeeze it; however, think twice before touching your skin. Our fingers and hands carry a lot of germs, which only get transferred to the skin. Plus, popping that pesky pimple could only push bacteria further into the skin, causing infection and scarring. Talk to your dermatologist about extractions.

Know Your Treatment Options

Suppose you aren’t happy with how your acne responds to over-the-counter treatments. In that case, a dermatologist has various options, from effective cleansers to hormonal treatments to extractions and antibiotics. We can get you on the road to clearer skin.

If you are having trouble clearing up acne on your own, then a dermatologist will be the ideal medical specialist to help you determine the cause of your acne and how to treat it effectively. If at-home care isn’t effective enough, call your dermatologist for a consultation.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
May 12, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Dysport  

If you’re tired of lines and wrinkles, you don’t have to let them hang around any longer. Dr. James Ralston – your dermatologist in McKinney, TX – and the team at the Dermatology Center of McKinney offer several treatment options that can help.

Why Should I Consider Dysport Treatments?

Whether it’s due to frowning or deep concentration, everyone furrows their eyebrows – usually more often than they should. Over time, these furrows can lead to permanent lines between the eyebrows called glabellar lines. Sometimes, they are referred to as “11 lines,” as that’s what they look like.

Though there are many over-the-counter products that can help fight lines like these, they are not always as effective as you’d like them to be. Additionally, the more severe the glabellar lines, the less OTC products can help.

Fortunately, you have other options – one of which is a Dysport injection. Dysport injections are similar to Botox, but the two have different amounts of volume-boosting protein in them. Dysport is specifically helpful with glabellar lines, but the benefits go far beyond that.

What All Can Dysport Treatments With My McKinney, TX Dermatologist Do For Me?

Again, Dysport is typically used to smooth glabellar lines. It should be noted, though, that it is designed to treat moderate to severe lines. Mild lines can often be treated through other methods. When you visit the Dermatology Center of McKinney, Dr. Ralston can let you know which type of treatment is best for your glabellar lines.

Dysport is also used to address lines and wrinkles on the forehead as well as crow’s feet and lip wrinkles. The number of treatments you’ll need will depend on the treatment area and the severity of your lines.

Some benefits of choosing Dysport over other injections include the following:

  • It usually requires fewer injections.
  • It works quickly, often providing results after the first treatment.
  • It can be used for other conditions, such as muscle spasms and headaches.
  • There’s no downtime required.

Discover the benefits of Dysport with a visit to Dr. Ralston – your McKinney, TX Dermatologist. Schedule an appointment by calling the Dermatology Center of McKinney at (972) 548-0333.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
May 09, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Rash  

Wondering when a rash is a cause for concern?

We’re all going to deal with a rash at some point, and while the good news is that many of them can be treated from the comfort of your own home, sometimes you will need to turn to a dermatologist for medication. Here are the causes of a rash,

Fungal Infection

One of the most common fungal infections that result in a rash is ringworm. Fungal infections can also affect the nails and hair. Yeast infections caused by the candida fungus can also result in rashes of the mouth, groin, or vagina. Less common fungal infections may result in those with compromised immune systems (e.g., patients who have HIV).

Minor fungal infections may be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams or ointments. A dermatologist should treat more severe or persistent fungal infections.

Viral Infection

The most common virus to produce a rash is the herpes simplex virus, both type 1 and type 2. Type 1 usually causes cold sores of the lips and nose, while type 2 leads to sores on the genitals. Those with an HSV flare-up may develop a tender rash on the palms. Chickenpox and shingles (caused by the herpes zoster virus) also result in itching, burning, and painful rashes.

Epstein-Barr virus, best known as mononucleosis or “mono,” can also lead to a mild rash that appears within a few days of being infected. If you develop a rash, a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and a fever, you should see a doctor.

Bacterial Infection

Staphylococcus (e.g., folliculitis; cellulitis; impetigo) and streptococcus (e.g., strep throat; scarlet fever) are two common bacterial infections that lead to a rash. Sometimes Lyme disease is characterized by a bull’s eye-like rash surrounding the tick bite.

Parasitic Infections

Parasites that cause a rash include lice and scabies, which can be passed from person to person. Lice most commonly affect the scalp, while scabies can cause an itchy, pimple-like rash that usually appears on the armpits, wrists, elbows, beltline, and buttocks.

Other Causes

Noninfectious rashes are also caused by drugs, eczema (e.g., atopic dermatitis), allergic dermatitis, autoimmune disorders (e.g., lupus), and food allergies.

It isn’t easy to tell what’s causing your rash, but if you are dealing with new, worsening, or severe symptoms or the rash is spreading, it’s always good to turn to your dermatologist for treatment.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
April 26, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Botox  

Dr. James Ralston is a dermatologist with the Dermatology Center of McKinney, serving McKinney, TX, and the general vicinity. And he offers patients treatments to correct skin problems and look and feel better about themselves. One aesthetic option is Botox, which can revitalize your look. Discover how by reading on.

Works by Inhibiting Muscle Contractions

Besides sun, cigarette smoke, and the aging process, muscle contractions are also a factor in how wrinkled your skin appears and is. Botox tackles this issue by affecting the nerves that cause muscle contractions in your face. As a result, the muscles relax, which eases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Gives You a More Youthful Appearance 

One of the main factors that affect how old or young you look is the appearance of wrinkles. More or deeper wrinkles make you appear older, possibly more so than you really are. 

With Botox, these wrinkles become less defined and possibly not prominent, giving you a more youthful appearance. 

Provides a Natural-Looking Change 

Our McKinney, TX, dermatologist can provide just the right dosage and at the correct locations to give your skin a natural appearance while still providing results. Sometimes, when you choose a surgical procedure, the results look fake, and it's noticeable that you had work done. 

When you receive Botox, when given appropriately, the results look natural. This is especially the case years later when the surgical effects don't wear off. 

Because the results aren't dramatic, you may receive treatment and keep people guessing as to whether you had any help gaining that younger-looking appearance. 

Can Be Continuously Given Safely 

If you love the appearance of more youthful skin, Botox could be a solution since our practitioner can safely administer maintenance dosages so you may maintain the results. Therefore, you'll be able to have a revitalized appearance for years to come, and our practitioner can even adjust the dosage so the results aren't as dramatic as your skin ages. 

Generally, the results last three to four months, though some people notice their skin still looks younger six months later. Before the results wear off, our practitioner can provide another treatment so you may continue to enjoy that revitalized appearance. It then looks like it's how your skin naturally is. 

When you visit our dermatologist at the Dermatology Center of McKinney, in McKinney, TX, you can receive Botox -- a treatment known for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. As a result, you'll look younger and more vibrant. And fortunately, this treatment is known to be safe for a majority of people, especially when given by an expert like Dr. Ralston. 

Contact us today for a consultation by calling (972) 548-0333.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
April 26, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Fillers  

While our Dr. James Ralston of Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, treats several health-related skin concerns, our dermatologist also realizes that aesthetics are a vital aspect of dermatology. For this reason, he offers treatments like dermal fillers. It helps to know what these are and how they work before your consultation. 

General Information 

Dermal fillers use a gel-like substance injected underneath your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and creases that tend to occur during the aging process. 

You'll have no downtime with this procedure, and the results are only temporary in most cases. Therefore, if you aren't satisfied with them, you merely wait a few months, and the effects fade. If you're satisfied with the results, you may have the injections again. 

Types of Fillers 

Different injections use different fillers.

Hyaluronic Acid 

For instance, hyaluronic acid is a common one. This substance is found in the skin naturally and plumps it. With this option, the results tend to last six to 12 months, possibly longer.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite is another option. It's a substance that's in your bones naturally. Injections with this substance tend to be thicker than hyaluronic acid, allowing the results to last 12 months or longer. 

Poly-L-Lactic Acid

Our dermatologist in McKinney, TX, may recommend a poly-l-lactic acid injection. Your body doesn't produce this substance, but it's biodegradable, meaning it will break down in your body. Our practitioner may recommend this option for deeper lines. The results tend to last for two years or longer. It works slightly differently than other fillers because it breaks down within a few days after being given. However, it stimulates collagen production -- a substance your skin naturally has that maintains its firmness. 

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is also not made by the body. It's for the appearance of medium-to-deep wrinkles. It's used for lip augmentation as well. It's biocompatible and enhances the smoothness and plumpness of your skin for up to five years. This is a semi-permanent method for that reason. If you don't like the results, it must be surgically removed. 

Our Difference 

Dr. Ralston has undergone the necessary training and has a keen eye in terms of symmetry and aesthetics. While fillers aren't surgical, our practitioner understands that individuals want to look and feel better about the appearance of their skin. Therefore, he uses extreme caution and care when providing dermal fillers. 

If you'd like to try fillers, our dermatologist, Dr. Ralston, of the Dermatology Center of McKinney can assist. We can provide the treatment in our McKinney, TX, office and have you returning home the same day looking beautiful. 

Call us at (972) 548-0333.

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