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    Preparing for a Chemical Peel

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Turn back the clock on your face with a chemical peel that helps reduce the signs of sun damage, age, and environmental toxins. Your dermatologist can apply the peel in less than 15 minutes to help you look your best. Use the following tips to prepare for your chemical peel so you get the best result from the procedure:

    Watch Your Medications

    There are certain medicines that could interfere with the chemical peel. Talk to your doctor before your treatment and give him or her a list of the medications that you currently take. The doctor will work with you to determine which medications are safe to take with the peel and which ones you should stop taking. The dermatologist might also prescribe certain medications like Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid.

    Apply a Solution to Your Face

    For about a month before your chemical peel, you should apply a topical solution that helps to get your skin ready for the peel. These solutions can actually make the top layer of your skin thinner so the peel can provide better results.

    Stay Out of the Sun

    Avoid excess sun exposure as much as possible in the weeks leading up to your treatment. If your skin is recently sun damaged, it might hinder the results of your peel. Whenever you go outside, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Wearing a hat can offer even more protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

    Altman Dermatology is here to help with all of your dermatological needs. Whether you want to try out a chemical peel or need skin cancer treatment, our winning team is here to help you get clear, healthy skin. To learn more about our treatment options or to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817. 

    What Is Hand Eczema?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Ten percent of the population suffers from hand eczema, or hand dermatitis. This skin condition is caused by both internal and external factors that can cause inflammation. Keep reading to learn more about the condition and how it affects a person:

    Hand eczema can lead to redness, itchiness, pain, dryness, and cracks in the skin. Someone suffering from the disorder might also have blisters. This condition is uncomfortable and painful and can even affect the way a person can do his or her job.

    If you notice any of the symptoms of hand eczema on your body, the experts at Altman Dermatology can help you find a treatment that works. Our medical staff is here to give you the dermatological care that you need to handle issues like hand eczema or acne. To learn more about our practice or to make an appointment, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817.

    Signs of Autoimmune Skin Problems

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Autoimmune disorders occur when the body produces antibodies that attack the body. An autoimmune skin disease often cause blisters as the body attacks its own skin.

    If you think you have an autoimmune disorder, you should see your dermatologist to find the best treatment option. Although the evidence of the disorder shows up externally, the real problem begins internally, which is why the dermatologist is the best option for treatment. Learn more in this video.

    Altman Dermatology is here to help you find solutions for your skin issues. Whether you are suffering from an autoimmune disease or acne, we have the tools and the knowledge to improve your skin. To learn more, call (847) 725-0817.

    Understanding the Difference Between Blackheads and Whiteheads

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Understanding the skin is the best way to keep it looking great. Certain skin conditions can cause you to break out if not properly treated. Blackheads and whiteheads both affect the skin’s appearance. Learning the differences between these two conditions is an important aspect of acne treatment:


    Blackheads develop inside of the hair follicles. Since they have a large opening at the end, they pave the way for sebum and bacteria to gather right at the surface of the skin. If these areas are not thoroughly cleaned, they will change the surrounding skin pigment to a darker color. If you have blackheads, talk to your dermatologist about cleansing products that get rid of dead skin cells. You should also use a toner that deeply cleanses the skin and keeps the pores from getting clogged, which would lead to more blackheads. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and try to stay away from products that contain a lot of oil.


    While blackheads develop on the surface of the skin, whiteheads form underneath the hair follicle. They never emerge past the skin surface, but they can be more difficult to reach. Whiteheads occur when closed pores get clogged with sebum and other pieces of cells. If you have whiteheads, your dermatologist will try to open the pores to clear them out. A diet full of fruits and vegetables can help you avoid developing white heads. Use caution with products that might contain excess oil like sunscreen.

    If you have skin trouble, the experts at Altman Dermatology can help you figure out the skin care treatment for you. Whether you have acne or a chronic skin disease, we can help you find a treatment plan that brings real results. To learn more about our procedures and products or to make an appointment, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817.

    Risk Factors of Skin Cancer

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. If caught early, skin cancer treatment has a high likelihood of effectively beating the disease. Keep reading to learn about common risk factors of this kind of cancer so you can protect yourself from it:

    A Lighter Complexion

    People with light skin are often more at risk for skin cancer than people with darker skin, especially if they sunburn easy. If you have a lighter complexion, talk to your dermatologist about the best ways to protect yourself from this harmful disease.

    A Family or Personal History

    When it comes to cancer, any kind of history of the disease is bad. If you know that any of your family members or you have had skin cancer, you should talk to your doctor about your risks for developing the disease. If there is a history present, you might need to be more diligent about regular checkups.

    High Levels of Exposure to the Sun

    The more time you spend in the sun the higher your risk for developing skin cancer. Take precautions when you go outside to protect your skin from dangerous UV rays. Wear clothing that covers your skin and use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.

    Tanning Booths

    Although it might seem like tanning booths are safer than sunbathing outside, they can actually be more dangerous. Sitting in a tanning bed greatly increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

    If you think you might have skin cancer, come to Altman Dermatology for a checkup. Our skin cancer treatment gives you every opportunity to get rid of this condition and once again enjoy healthy skin. We can also have you with acne trouble and other skin conditions. For more information on our procedures, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817.

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