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    Understanding How to Care for Your Skin After a Chemical Peel

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you suffer from blemishes like acne, scarring, or melasma, consider having a chemical peel. Chemical peels also address fine lines and wrinkles, and they encourage the skin’s production of collagen to create a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance. During a chemical peel, the dermatologist applies special chemicals to the skin to exfoliate the top layers. Here are some tips on caring for your skin after receiving a chemical peel:

    Use a Cool Compress
    Some people experience a stinging sensation on the skin during and immediately after the peel, but this is typically not a cause for concern with lighter peels. If you do experience stinging, apply a cool compress to the skin to help it subside faster.

    Cleansing Regularly
    Depending on whether you have a light or deeper peel, your dermatologist might instruct you to cleanse your face at regular intervals, possibly with a special wash. Follow these instructions, and apply any ointments that the dermatologist might recommend for you.

    Apply Moisturizer
    After a chemical peel, your skin will temporarily appear red, and the skin will peel. Apply moisturizer frequently to help your skin rehydrate. You may wish to use a moisturizer with calming ingredients, such as chamomile. It’s also a good idea to look for a product with antioxidants, particularly vitamins C and E.

    Apply Sunscreen
    It’s always best to avoid the sun as much as possible after a chemical peel. The exact length of time to do so will depend on the type of peel you have, so ask your dermatologist for advice. However, if you do go out, apply a high SPF sunscreen liberally to your face. In addition, wear a wide-brimmed hat and large sunglasses to protect your skin, and limit the amount of time you are outdoors.

    Delay Wearing Makeup
    Sometimes, after a light chemical peel, your dermatologist might tell you that you can wear makeup right away. Otherwise, you’ll need to delay wearing makeup until the next day. Follow your dermatologist’s instructions regarding makeup use.

    Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia offers an extensive menu of chemical peels. Schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists today to discuss your skin care needs. Call our Centreville location at (571) 748-5436 or our Sterling location at (703) 596-0203.

    Check Out These Helpful Articles to Get the Facts about Your Skin Condition

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A dermatologist can help you improve your appearance by recommending treatment plans that suit your skin care needs. For instance, you might benefit from laser treatments or chemical peels. To learn more about skin treatments and the importance of skin cancer screenings, follow the links below.

    • Today Health offers advice on how to tell if a skin abnormality could indicate skin cancer and when you should see your dermatologist.
    • One million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Learn more with this article from the Mayo Clinic.
    • Learn more about how chemical peels work with this link to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
    • WebMD discusses the benefits of chemical peels for your skin, including the reduction of wrinkles and areas of discoloration.
    • provides a list of the conditions that chemical peels can treat, and discusses who may be a good candidate for this treatment.

    If you have any questions about dermatological procedures, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia. You can reach our Sterling office at (703) 596-0203 and our Centreville location at (571) 748-5436.

    Skin Cancers: The ABCs

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Did you know that skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the U.S.? In fact, one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Like other cancers, early detection is critical for the best outcome. Seeing your doctor or dermatologist regularly is a great way to keep tabs on your overall health. If you do notice any abnormalities with your skin, see your dermatologist as soon as possible.

    Risk Factors 
    If you have risk factors for skin cancer, it’s even more important to see your dermatologist regularly for a skin assessment. A family history of the disease dramatically increases your risk of developing it, as it may be associated with a gene mutation. Other risk factors include fair skin, excessive sun exposure, a weakened immune system, exposure to radiation or toxic substances, and a history of sunburn.

    Warning Signs 
    While some moles or other spots are perfectly normal, there are some abnormalities you should watch out for. Remember the “ABCDE” rule. “A” stands for asymmetry and “B” stands for border. If the mole is asymmetrical or the borders appear irregular, see a dermatologist. “C” is for color; spots with different colors or abnormal colors like red, blue, or white warrant a check-up. “D” is for diameter; moles larger than a pencil eraser are more likely to be cancerous. “E” is for evolving, so if you notice that one of your moles has changed its appearance, see your dermatologist promptly.

    Treatments for skin cancer may include removal of the growth via biopsy, cryosurgery, or possibly radiation therapy. Laser treatments can also help when the skin cancer is superficial. If you have a cancer that is more difficult to treat, you may need to undergo Mohs surgery, during which the doctor will carefully remove the growth layer by layer.

    At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, we offer a comprehensive skin examination to check for skin cancers. Ask us about our skin cancer prevention and treatment services. Contact our Centreville office at (571) 748-5436 or our Sterling location at (703) 596-0203 for more information.

    A Look at Laser Skin Resurfacing

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Laser treatments are popular dermatological procedures because they can dramatically improve your appearance with minimal downtime. You can have a laser treatment performed on your lunch break and immediately go back to work. Laser treatments are ideal for reducing imperfections like birth marks, wrinkles, and discolorations. They can also be used to remove hair and tattoos.
    Watch this video to see a quick demonstration of a doctor performing laser therapy. You’ll also receive advice on what to look for in a dermatologist or cosmetic doctor. 
    Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia offers a range of laser treatments that can improve your appearance. Contact our Sterling office at (703) 596-0203 or our Centreville office at (571) 748-5436.

    SATURDAY Appointments Now Available in Sterling!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    SATURDAY Appointments Now Available in Sterling!

    To better accommodate the needs of our patients, we're now the ONLY ones in the area offering Saturday appointments! 

    Reach our Sterling office at (703) 596-0203 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chaudhry.

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