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By CU Dermatology Boulder
October 16, 2019
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: Adult Acne  

Adult AcneAcne is the most common of all skin disorders, affecting almost everyone at some point in their lives. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many are affected into adulthood or even experience late onset acne. Although the exact cause of adult acne is unknown, possible causes include stress, cosmetics and hormones.

How Can I Treat Adult Acne?

Not only is chronic adult acne frustrating, but it can also have long-lasting effects on the self-esteem and confidence of those suffering from it. To combat blemishes, follow a few basic guidelines to improve your skin's condition.

  • Avoid the urge to pick or squeeze pimples. Aggravating your acne will only increase inflammation, delay the healing process and lead to scarring.
  • Follow a daily skincare regimen to remove oils, make up, and sweat from the surface of your skin.
  • When wearing make-up, only use oil-free cosmetics.
  • Avoid over-washing your skin, as this can make your acne worse.
  • Wash gently with a mild facial cleanser once or twice a day. Be cautious of harsh cleansing products that lead to dry, irritated skin.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Limit exposure to sun and excess cold.

Fortunately, the physical and emotional effects of acne can be reversed with proper treatment. While adult acne can be persistent, an individualized treatment plan from our office can help you reduce blemishes, prevent scarring and eliminate your acne. With diligent home care and help from your dermatologist, your acne can be significantly improved, allowing you to regain your confidence!

By CU Dermatology Boulder
October 15, 2019
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Cosmetic Fillers  

Cosmetic fillers are treatments for achieving smoother and more youthful looking skin. Fillers are administered by injection and can be Fillersused on the face to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and restore fullness. A dermatology professional can help you decide if cosmetic fillers are right for you. At CU Dermatology Boulder, Kimberly Bacharach is your certified physician’s assistant for cosmetic fillers in Boulder, CO.

How Cosmetic Fillers Help

The skin’s natural collagen levels begin to decrease with age. Lower collagen levels can cause the skin to lose elasticity, which can result in sagging, lines, and wrinkles. Cosmetic fillers help supplement or restore the skin’s collagen levels, which can improve elasticity while diminishing lines and wrinkles. Cosmetic fillers deliver immediate results so you can enjoy younger looking skin right away. There are several types of cosmetic fillers and your dermatology professional for fillers in Boulder can help you decide which one is right for you.

Juvederm is a popular cosmetic filler that can help you appear younger by restoring fullness to the face. Juvederm contains hyaluronic acid, a protein naturally present in young, healthy skin that can diminish with age. When Juvederm is injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and delivers nutrients to it. The hydration and nutrients restore fullness and volume to the skin, helping it look and feel smoother.

Kybella is another injectable cosmetic filler that can help you look younger. Kybella is used to minimize the appearance of a double chin. It is injected into the skin under the chin and works by destroying fat cells. By targeting a double chin, Kybella can help you achieve an improved profile.

Treatment Overview

Cosmetic fillers are injected into the skin using a fine needle. Most people tolerate the injection with little to no discomfort. However, a topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area first to minimize potential discomfort. Depending on how many areas are to be treated during a single session, treatment can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. Results are visible immediately following treatment and recovery time is minimal. Normal activities can usually resume within 24 hours.

Cosmetic fillers are a non-invasive treatment option for helping you achieve skin that is smoother, fuller, and more youthful. For cosmetic fillers in Boulder, schedule an appointment with Kimberly Bacharach, PA-C, by calling CU Dermatology Boulder at (303) 315-9980.

By CU Dermatology Boulder
October 15, 2019
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Acne  

Acne is the most common skin condition affecting teens and adults in the U.S. It can cause blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts to acneform on the skin. If you are struggling with acne, your Boulder dermatologist could prescribe an effective treatment for you and offer tips for achieving clearer skin. At CU Dermatology Boulder, Dr. Anthony Parris and Kimberly Bacharach, PA-C are your dermatology professionals in Boulder, CO.


Cause of Acne

Acne is often the result of clogged pores caused by sebum and debris. The skin naturally produces sebum, which helps keep the skin moisturized. Sebum also works to keep the pores clear by pushing dirt and debris out as it travels along hair follicles inside the pores. When the natural process of sebum production is interrupted, sebum and debris can become trapped in the pores and clog them, leading to the development of pimples or other forms of acne.


Acne Treatments

A variety of methods are available for treating acne. Your Boulder dermatologist can recommend the right treatment or combination of treatments for your skin based on the type of acne you are experiencing. Some acne treatments target existing acne and work to clear it up, while other treatments work to prevent additional breakouts. Treatment options are also available that both clear up existing acne and prevent new acne from forming. Some treatments for acne include:

  • Topical ointments — Applied directly to the skin to unclog pores to clear up existing acne.
  • Oral medications — Ingested orally to reduce inflammation and target bacteria in the pores.
  • Laser therapy — Clears up existing acne by killing bacteria and decreasing sebum production.
  • Chemical peels — Exfoliation clears and prevents acne by reducing inflammation and unclogging pores.


Tips for Clearer Skin

There are several steps you can take on your own to achieve and maintain clearer skin in combination with an acne treatment prescribed by your Boulder dermatologist. Tips for clearer skin include:

  • Cleanse the skin twice daily
  • Cleanse the skin after working out or sweating
  • Use a non-abrasive cleanser on the skin
  • Rinse the skin with lukewarm water
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the day
  • Wash your hair regularly, especially if it is prone to being oily
  • Limit your skin’s exposure to the sun or tanning beds

If you struggle with acne, your Boulder, CO, dermatologist could help by providing tips for dealing with acne and recommending an effective treatment. For the treatment of your acne, schedule an appointment with Dr. Parris or Kimberly Bacharach, PA-C, contact CU Dermatology Boulder at (303) 315-9980.

By CU Dermatology Boulder
October 03, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Nail Care  

The nails take a lot of abuse. From gardening and dishes to regular wear and tear, harsh chemicals and hard work can really take a toll on the condition of fingernails and toenails. Many nail problems can be avoided with proper care, but others may actually indicate a serious health condition that requires medical attention.  

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nail problems comprise about 10 percent of all skin conditions, affecting a large number of older adults. Brittle nails are common nail problems, typically triggered by age and the environment. Other conditions include ingrown toenails, nail fungus, warts, cysts or psoriasis of the nails. All of these common ailments can be effectively treated with proper diagnosis from a dermatologist.

Mirror on Health

A person’s nails can reveal a lot about their overall health. While most nail problems aren’t severe, many serious health conditions can be detected by changes in the nails, including liver diseases, kidney diseases, heart conditions, lung diseases, diabetes and anemia. That’s why it’s important to visit your dermatologist if you notice any unusual changes in your nails.

Basic Nail Care

It’s easy to neglect your nails, but with basic nail care, you can help keep your fingernails and toenails looking and feeling great. Here’s how:

  • Keep nails clean and dry to prevent bacteria from building up under the nail.

  • Cut fingernails and toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails and trauma.

  • Avoid tight-fitting footwear.

  • Apply an anti-fungal foot powder daily or when needed.

  • Avoid biting and picking fingernails, as infectious organisms can be transferred between the fingers and mouth.

  • Wear gloves to protect your fingernails when doing yard work or cleaning house to protect the nails from harsh chemicals and trauma.

  • When in doubt about self-treatment for nail problems, visit your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and care.

Always notify a dermatologist of nail irregularities, such as swelling, pain or change in shape or color of the nail. Remember, your nails can tell you a lot about your overall health, and a dermatologist can help determine the appropriate treatment for any of your nail problems.

By CU Dermatology Boulder
September 13, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Chemical PeelsIf you’re bothered by fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, or if you are looking for a simple way to rejuvenate your skin, chemical peels may be a good option for you.

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by your dermatologist. This in-office treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, erasing imperfections and improving skin tone and texture. As the old, outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells that are smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

This time-tested, non-invasive procedure is quick—in most cases less than an hour—and yields fast results. It can drastically improve the appearance of skin marked by wrinkles, scars and other signs of aging or sun damage.

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

Chemical peels can be applied to many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands and are available in several different strengths. Our office can help you determine the type of chemical used depending on your skin type and desired results. The best candidate for a chemical peel is a person with fair skin and light hair, although darker skin types can also achieve good results depending on their specific problem and treatment goals.

How many treatments are necessary depends on the severity of skin damage and the patient’s goals. With each treatment, scarring and other imperfections typically diminish more and more.

At your dermatologist's office, we can help you achieve your most radiant, youthful skin. Visit to learn more about cosmetic dermatology and to find out if you are a candidate for chemical peels.

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