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    A Look at Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    Last updated 5 months ago

    The immune system is always working to fight off infections and prevent illness. Sometimes, this system malfunctions and actually starts to attack itself, which puts someone at risk for developing autoimmune disorders. These disorders can cause problems all over the body, including on the skin. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most common autoimmune skin disorders:


    Scleroderma spreads throughout the body’s connective tissue, which can have a huge impact on the skin. If it is localized, it can actually thin out the skin. Systemic scleroderma, however, can also cause red blotches. While anyone can get scleroderma, it is most prevalent in women between the ages of 30 and 40.


    This autoimmune disorder causes redness and itchiness on different areas of the skin. A person could suffer from guttate, plaque, inverse, erythrodermic, or pustular psoriasis, but the most common form is plaque. This version causes red patches and scales. Infections, injuries, time in the sun, certain medicines, or hormonal imbalances can instigate the symptoms of psoriasis and cause a breakout.


    Dermatomyositis is an autoimmune disorder that normally affects the muscles, but it can also show up on the skin in the form of a rash on the upper body. It might also cause the skin to thicken or tighten or turn the eyelids purple.

    Epidermolysis Bullosa

    When someone suffers from this autoimmune disorder, they get blisters from simple injuries. Even something as seemingly insignificant as a drastic change in temperature can cause these blisters to emerge. Most people do not see signs of this disorder until they reach their 50s.

    Altman Dermatology is here to help you find solutions for any skin condition that you might have. From psoriasis to acne, our dermatology team can diagnose and treat your issues. To learn more about our skin care services, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817.

    Common Causes of Rosacea Flare-Ups

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Rosacea is a skin condition that leads to redness, flushing, and even acne that can be uncomfortable and negatively affect one’s self-confidence. This common disease often develops on the forehead, the cheeks, the chin, and the nose. Keep reading to learn more about Rosacea and some of its most common causes:

    Too Much Time in the Sun

    Although rosacea affects 14 million people in the United States, it is most often seen in people with lighter skin who are more prone to blushing. People who suffer from rosacea should be very careful about staying in the sun too long without protection. Excessive sun exposure could trigger a rosacea flare-up. If you have rosacea, you should be diligent about wearing sunscreen and keeping the face covered whenever you go outside.

    Too Much Stress

    Stress can negatively affect the body in many ways, including causing a rosacea attack. If you experience excessive levels of stress, you might notice more flushing on your face, head, or cheeks. Try to find a new way to breathe or another way to calm down to lower your risk for a flare-up.

    Too Much Alcohol or Spicy Food

    Although drinking alcohol is not a direct cause or rosacea, it can lead to dilated blood vessels, which exaggerates the symptoms you already have. Spicy food can also lead to issues with flushing. If you are already having a lot of issues with your rosacea, you should try to remove these items from your diet.

    At Altman Dermatology, we have oral and topical medicines that can be used to treat rosacea symptoms. We also have laser treatments and other products that can help decrease your issues. Come in today to find solutions for this and other skin disorders that mar your complexion. To learn more about our dermatology services including acne treatment, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817.

    How Common Is Adult Acne?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Unfortunately, acne is not a skin condition that is reserved for teenagers. More and more adults are struggling with this common skin issue, but the right skin care routine can help.

    Every day, you should use a cleanser to get rid of dirt and makeup. Follow the cleanser with a treatment product and finish up with a moisturizer for the best results. Check out this video to learn more.

    If you are still having skin issues and need acne treatment, Altman Dermatology can help. Come in today for a consultation with a dermatologist to start solving your skin problems. To learn more, call (847) 725-0817.

    What Is Athlete's Foot?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is most commonly found in the soles of the feet, between the toes, and might even make its way to the toenails. People who touch an infected area could also spread the infection to the palms of the hands, the groin, or underneath the arms.

    Contrary to what the name suggests, athlete’s foot does not only affect athletes, but it is most often seen in people with sweaty or damp feet. If you notice excessive itching, burning, redness, or even stinging on the feet, you might be suffering from athlete’s foot.

    Altman Dermatology can help you find a solution for athlete’s foot, rosacea, or acne. With our acne treatment and skin care center, we can help you find a way to solve your skin issues. We also offer skin cancer treatment. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817.

    Your Guide to Using Latisse

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Your dermatologist can help you target cosmetic issues that make you feel self-conscious. If your eyelashes are shorter and thinner than you would prefer, Latisse can help without the need for invasive surgery. Use this guide to figure out the best way to apply the solution to get the results you want:

    Make Sure Your Face is Completely Clean

    Latisse is a product that should be applied nightly. Before you put the product on your eyelashes, though, it is important to wash your face thoroughly to get rid of all dirt and makeup from the course of the day. Take out your contact lashes and make sure that the area around your eyes is very clean before moving on to the next step.

    Put Latisse on the Applicator

    To apply Latisse, take out one applicator at a time. You only need to add one drop of Latisse close to the tip of the applicator. Carefully drag the applicator along the upper eyelashes where they meet the skin. You do not use the applicator along the bottom lashes or you might see hair growth outside of the intended area.

    Clean the Area Near the Lashes

    After you have carefully applied the product, use a tissue to blot the area around the eye to get rid of any excess solution. Throw the applicator away after you use it once. You should use a new applicator to apply the Latisse to the other eye and repeat the blotting process when you are finished.

    Come to Altman Dermatology today to start getting Latisse treatments that can help you get the long, thick eyelashes you have always wanted. We also specialize in acne treatment and have a skin care center to help target your issues and find a real solution. To learn more about our dermatological services, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817.

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