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Nine Fairly Common Skin Issues You May Experience in the Warm, Sunny Weather


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June is here. The air in seacoast New Hampshire is starting to get sticky. The wet, rainy spring has given way to a more humid, sultry clime as the temperature rises and summer fully sets in. While we’re excited about it – coming off the cold, curious winter we just experienced – we also realize that it’s imperative to keep our skin health in check and to understand that with the hot summer season in full swing, potential skin related issues and irritants will undoubtedly flare up. 

Here are nine common skin health issues you may experience this summer and some tips on how you can treat and/or prevent them from occurring. 

1. Acne breakouts: This is one of the biggest outcomes of mixing summer and your skin. When the heat rises, you’re apt to sweat more, and when sweat mixes with bacteria and the oils on your skin, your pores clog. And when pores clog, acne happens. If you have acne-prone skin, summer generally leads to an increase in breakouts. Even if you don’t have acne prone skin, you’re more likely to experience a pimple or two in the summer months than you would at any other time during the year.

So, here are some helpful tips for preventing acne during these sticky (and tricky) months:

  • Blot sweat from your skin with a clean towel or cloth. Wiping (instead of blotting) can actually irritate your skin and “wipe” existing dirt, dust, and bacteria into your pores, which can lead to a breakout. 
  • Be conscious of the products you use on your skin. For example, use non-comedogenic products on your face, neck, back, and chest. Look for a label that makes mention of being “oil free” or a product that “won’t clog pores.”

2. Dry, irritated skin: Dry, irritated skin: This seems a bit curious given the notion that we spend a lot of the summer “feeling the heat” – sweating, etc. But, dry skin happens. The biggest culprits of this are: spending time in the sun without proper hydration, being in a pool that introduces our skin to different chemicals that can dry out and wash away protective oils, and, of course, lounging around in air-conditioned environments.

To help prevent dry skin:

  • Rinse off after stepping out of the pool. 
  • Apply sunscreen before going outdoors (we highly recommend utilizing a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ lotion that offers water resistance). 
  • Use a mild cleanser to wash your skin. Soaps and body washes labeled “antibacterial” or “deodorant” can actually dry your skin out drastically.
  • Use a fragrance-free moisturizer after every shower and bath. Moisturizer benefits you by trapping water in your skin, which, of course, is an ideal combatant of dry, chapped skin. Apply it within 5 minutes of taking a shower or bath for optimal results.

3. Folliculitis: Every hair on your body grows out of an opening called a follicle. When your follicles get infected due to the introduction of dirt, dust, oil, and bacteria (much in the same way acne occurs) you develop folliculitis. Infected hair follicles look like pimples, but they tend to be itchy and tender.

Tips to prevent folliculitis:

  • Change out of tight workout clothes like biking shorts, yoga pants, etc. and shower / rinse off your skin. 
  • Stay out of hot tubs and whirlpools if you’re unsure whether the acid and chlorine levels are properly controlled. 
  • Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothes when it’s hot and humid. 

4. Melasma: You know those brownish and/or grayish-brown patches on your face?  Being out in the sun makes them more noticeable, much in the same way that the summer months bring out freckles on some people’s skin.

Tips to prevent melasma:

  • Wearing sunscreen is an obvious first combative measure. Wear it every day and reapply every 2 hours. We also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside to create a “shady” barrier between those pesky UV rays and your face.

5. Poison ivy, oak, and sumac: Have you ever been exposed to poison ivy, oak, or sumac? If you have, you know the discomfort the impending rashes cause. They can be intensely itchy and in some cases, can even cause blistering.

Tips to prevent rashes due to poison ivy, oak, and sumac: 

  • The obvious one is to identify these plants and avoid them.
  • If your rash is unbearable, come see us and we can help with a treatment.

6. Heat rash: Blocked sweat glands cause this, and it can be pretty uncomfortable. When your sweat glands are blocked, preventing sweat from properly dispersing, it builds up under your skin and causes a rash constructed of tiny, itchy bumps. When the bumps burst and release the sweat, you may get a prickly sensation on your skin – which is not exactly a desirable experience. 

Tips to prevent heat rash:

  • Anything you can do to stop sweating profusely will help reduce your risk. 
  • Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothes made of cotton.
  • Exercise outdoors during the coolest parts of the day (early morning, or at dusk) or move your workout indoors where the climate is controlled.
  • Keep your skin cool by using fans, taking cool showers, and utilizing air-conditioning. 

7. Sun allergy: Some of us suffer from allergic reactions to the sun at times. In these moments, we experience an allergic reaction that causes our skin to develop hives from being in the sun for too long. Sun allergies exist for myriad reasons, such as: 

  • Consuming certain medications
  • Inherent sun sensitivity (usually runs in the family)

If you have an allergic reaction to the sun, you’ll likely see red, scaly, and extremely itchy bumps on some (or all) of your bare skin. Some people even experience blistering in extreme cases.

Tips to prevent an allergic skin reaction:

  • Know your family “skin” history.
  • Check your medication container to find out if it can cause an allergic reaction to the sun. 
  • Protect your skin from the sun by seeking shade, wearing sun-protective clothes, and applying sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, water resistance, and is SPF 30+.

8. Sunburns: Ouch. Getting a sunburn is not fun. It’s painful, unpleasant, and, further, it can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. In short, it’s bad. Very bad. If you’re not taking your skin health seriously and are constantly subjecting yourself to the sun’s harmful UV rays, you increase your likelihood for further, prolonged damage down the road. A sunburn is no fun, and skin cancer can be gravely detrimental.

Tips to prevent sunburns:

  • Seek shade. 
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, and pants when possible. 
  • Apply sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30+, and water resistance.

9. Swimmer’s itch: Also known as “clam digger’s itch,” is an itchy rash that appears after wading or swimming in lakes, oceans, and other bodies of water. It occurs when parasites in the water burrow into your skin, causing tiny red spots on areas that your swimsuit didn’t cover. Sometimes, intensely itchy welts (hives) and blisters can appear. Unpleasant to say the least.

Children are especially susceptible because they tend to stay in shallow, warmer water where these parasites tend to congregate and fester in greater numbers. 

Tips to prevent swimmers itch:

  • Stay out of stagnant, infested water that’s warm in temperature. When the water is infested, you may see a sign that tells you to stay out of the water, or you may hear about someone who recently developed an itchy rash after being in the water. Take the warning(s) seriously and stay away.
  • Briskly rub your skin (and your child’s skin) with a towel after getting out of the water. The parasites start to burrow when the water on your skin begins evaporating not while you’re in the water, so towel off, or better yet, rinse off with fresh, clean water. 

If you have any questions, or concerns stemming from any abnormalities present on your skin this summer, we’re here to help. Give us a call, send us an email, or stop by our Dover, New Hampshire or Peabody, Massachusetts locations. Have a safe and productive summer!

Jun 05 // 2018

June is here. The air in seacoast New Hampshire is starting to get sticky. The wet, rainy spring has given way to a more humid, sultry clime as the temperature rises and summer fully sets in. While we’re excited about it – coming off the cold, curious winter we just experienced – we also realize that it’s imperative to keep our skin health in check and to understand that with the hot summer season in full swing, potential skin related issues and irritants will undoubtedly flare up.

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Summertime Cosmetics: Bringing Out the Best in Your Skin


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It’s at this time every year - the time when we begin to stash away the heavy sweaters and long sleeve garments of winter in exchange for our light, lively (and revealing) summertime wardrobes - that we stop for a moment to think about our skin and what “condition” it’s in. It’s easy to “let ourselves go” a bit whilst clad in those turtlenecks. But come springtime, when we’re standing in front of the mirror holding that light, sleeveless shirt in front of ourselves...well, there’s a lot less room to “hide.” Let’s face it, we all want that youthful, radiant glow. We want to look good out there on the beach, or strolling along the summer trials, or heck, even around the office. As we start to show more skin, we want the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing we’re projecting our “best selves.”

That said, Dermatology and Skin Health offers a plethora of award-winning cosmetic practices that can help you achieve great skin this summer. Both of our locations in Dover, New Hampshire, and Peabody, Massachusetts, are set up to provide you with exemplary care utilizing state-of-the-art technologies to help you gain better, healthier skin.

Here are a few things we can help with:

Pigmentation Treatment

We’re all self-conscious about how our skin looks, and as we age, pigmentation can shift and become “uneven.” Gaining a healthy glow from your skin (and maintaining this glow) is one of the most important things you can do. Many people seek the sun and try to “cover up” uneven patches through tanning and/or the application of products that may not be entirely safe - not only to the skin, but to our overall health. As your skin is introduced to the sun’s harmful UV rays, it produces excess melanin which can lead to pigmentation that causes patches of the skin to become unpleasantly raised and darker than the rest.

Gaining an even skin tone is desirable all-year-round, but is even further pronounced during the summer months as we wear less layers and show more skin in an effort to keep cool. Our Dermatology and Skin Health centers have a suite of lasers that offer non-invasive treatments to sort out pesky pigmentation ailments. From Cutera and Pelleve, to CO2RE and PicoWay – we’ve got the solution to solve any skin pigmentation problem you’re having. Read more about them here

Laser Hair Removal

As the weather warms up, we inherently begin to bare more skin in an effort to stay comfortable as temperatures rise and sweat glands become more active. Daily shaving routines, as we know, can be tasking, especially to those of us with sensitive skin. Red bumps, itchiness, and general irritation can be frustrating to say the least. All this in the quest of achieving smooth skin. What are your options? Well, having permanently smooth, hair-free skin with laser hair removal is one of our most sought-out treatment options here at Dermatology and Skin Health. This cosmetic procedure removes unwanted hair across the face and body in all skin types, amongst both men and women. Check out the options here and ditch the bumps, irritation, and discomfort that comes with that disposable razor.

Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

Fun fact: Did you know that your body’s skin cells are replaced every 21-40 days? It’s true. However, as you get older your cells regenerate more slowly than they once did, and you may start to notice the unwanted production of more wrinkles, fine lines, sunspots and a general dullness to your skin. Nobody wants to give up their youth, and in terms of your skin, that means preserving your radiant, youthful glow. If you’re looking to freshen up your appearance, we can help. Skin rejuvenation is non-invasive, and can boost both your skin’s health, as well as your own, internal mental health. Don’t think about aging, combat it. Our skin rejuvenation treatment will help to keep you looking as youthful as you possibly can. Read more about our process here.

There is so much more that we offer at Dermatology and Skin Health. If you’re wondering about anything to do with your body’s largest organ, allow us to be your trusted, mindful resource. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, and would be thrilled to help gracefully guide you through one of life’s absolutes: aging.

Be the best you can be this summer. Enjoy all the BBQs, and we’ll see you at the beach!

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May 27 // 2018

It’s at this time every year - the time when we begin to stash away the heavy sweaters and long sleeve garments of winter in exchange for our light, lively (and revealing) summertime wardrobes - that we stop for a moment to think about our skin and what “condition” it’s in. It’s easy to “let ourselves go” a bit whilst clad in those turtlenecks. But come springtime, when we’re standing in front of the mirror holding that light, sleeveless shirt in front of ourselves...well, there’s a lot less room to “hide.”

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Spring In To Our Spa Open House Event


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Save the date!

On Thursday, April 26th we will be hosting our Spring spa event and open house from 5:00 – 7:00 PM here at 784 Central Ave in Dover. Attendees will be able to enjoy an array of food and drinks (catered by our friends at Cartelli’s!), as well as live demonstrations. There will also be raffles, and generous savings on cosmetic procedures, spa treatments, and professional beauty products. Highlighted services demonstrated during the event will be subject to special discounted rates if you book your appointment at any point during the evening (for a future date, of course). This is an excellent opportunity to come in and learn about a vast array of cosmetic and dermatologic services we offer in an atmosphere that encourages you to get social and have some fun! Meet and mingle with doctors, nurses, staff, and fellow community members in a warm and inviting environment. As always, attendance is free. This is open to both women and men!

To RSVP, email info@dermskinhealth.com or call 603-742-5556 by APRIL 23rd.

Apr 10 // 2018

Save the date!

On Thursday, April 26th we will be hosting our Spring spa event and open house from 5:00 – 7:00 PM here at 784 Central Ave in Dover.

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Dr. Mendese Hosts Skinny On Skin Training Session at Dermatology and Skin Health


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Dermatology and Skin Health, at its operative core, is all about keeping a close eye on its patients’ skin and ensuring that it’s as healthy and vibrant as can be. That includes those curious “spots” that could potentially amount to something terrible if not found and treated in a timely manner. That something is skin cancer. And there isn’t a soul on this planet that is immune to it – especially if you’re not taking proactive measures to remediate the dangers of UV radiation, etc.

As many of you know, we have the Skin Health Medi-Spa right downstairs within our facility. Did you know that many Americans see estheticians and other related beauty professionals every six weeks, while only visiting their primary care practitioner once or twice a year? The obvious takeaway is this: we need to arm beauty professionals with the knowledge to spot potential problem areas on their clients’ skin, scalp, and nails during their treatments. 

In support of this notion, our own Dr. Gary Mendese led a Skinny On Skin training here at Dermatology and Skin Health on Tuesday, March 20th.

What is the Skinny On Skin?

Skinny On Skin is a program offered by IMPACT Melanoma, a national skin cancer awareness non-profit organization. We teamed up with them for this well-attended event.

Skinny On Skin teaches salon professionals how to screen for suspicious moles and other worrisome skin lesions while performing common salon services. Professionals who closely examine skin on a regular basis, such as hair stylists, estheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists are in a unique position to spot melanoma and other forms of skin cancer on a client long before anyone else. The Skinny On Skin is a training session enabling these professionals to become certified, and hence, able to offer this life-changing service to their customers.

Dr. Mendese met with a roomful of attendees spanning from across the southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts region. He taught the importance (and gave examples) of what to look for, and illustrated just how easy it can be to potentially save a life while delivering applicable spa treatments. Overall, the event was a success, and we were so pleased to hold court to such a worthwhile endeavor and worthy cause.

“The evening was a lot of fun,” said Mendese. “A lot of interesting and relevant questions were brought up by a variety of hairdressers, nail technicians, estheticians and massage therapists which helped steer the evening and gave me thought-provoking material for the future sessions; I would definitely do it again!”

So stay connected with us to learn more and to be in the know the next time we offer a community-facing event such as this one!

You can also join a training session near you or take the eLearning course that IMPACT Melanoma offer as well: https://www.impactmelanoma.org/our-work/the-skinny-on-skin.

Apr 03 // 2018

Dermatology and Skin Health, at its operative core, is all about keeping a close eye on its patients’ skin and ensuring that it’s as healthy and vibrant as can be. That includes those curious “spots” that could potentially amount to something terrible if not found and treated in a timely manner. That something is skin cancer. And there isn’t a soul on this planet that is immune to it – especially if you’re not taking proactive measures to remediate the dangers of UV radiation, etc.

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We've Added a Second Location in Peabody, Massachusetts


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We are officially offering patients a second location to be seen. Dr. Mendese has been treating patients part-time at Apex Health in Peabody, Massachusetts for several years, and now we have partnered with the office to serve as a second location for us at Dermatology and Skin Health. This provides patients two convenient locations to receive the exceptional dermatological care you've come to know and expect.

Dr. Gary Mendese and Nurse Practitioner Melissa Cyr will be available for appointments at both locations making for seamless patient care opportunities. The partnership presents flexibility from a number of beneficial vantage points.

“This is a great development for everyone involved,” said Mendese. “We’ve been long dedicated to making sure that we offer exemplary care to our patients, and being able to do that while offering geographic flexibility with regard to where appointments are booked is a great thing. We try as best we can to offer convenience to our patients, and this is another great step in achieving just that.”

For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dermatology and Skin Health’s team of providers at either location, click here.

Mar 05 // 2018

We are officially offering patients a second location to be seen. Dr.

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Dealing With an Unwanted Tattoo Easily and Effectively


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There’s growing trend in the Dermatology industry that’s catching nearly as much fire as the trend of obtaining the guilty entity. We’re talking about tattoos and, in our world, the removal of tattoos. Tattoos are everywhere. In pop culture, on the television, in the movies, music, advertisements… Everywhere you look there’s some bit of “ink” staring back at you.

In fact, nearly 30% of people in the U.S. have at least one tattoo. That’s roughly 1 of every 3 people you walk past in the street. On top of that, nearly half of all millennials are sporting at least one tattoo. That’s where all that pop culture saturation takes effect…

And while we’re certainly not staking any claim in the sentiment that getting at tattoo may not be the best idea, we do know that sometimes things change. The obvious thing is age. With age your skin changes, and with that change may see an undesirable “shift” in the appearance of that tattoo you once loved.

Our personality and the way we view things might also change. With that, some of the reasons you sought a specific tattoo may not fall inline with where “you’re at” in life now.

Tattoos are permanent until you decide to remediate their existence. In which case, the technology surrounding tattoo removal has improved greatly. And it’s a good thing we have the ability to “turn things around,” as nearly 1 and 4 people that get a tattoo seek its removal down the line.

So the question is, how do you remove a “permanent” tattoo?

The short answer: Lasers.

More specifically, with regard to how we handle it here in Seacoast, New Hampshire, the PicoWay laser.

How does it work?

PicoWay is a high power lower with ultra short pulses that shatters tattoo ink, but leaves the outer layer of the skin intact. PicoWay treats a broad range of tattoo colors and across a broad range of skin types and colors. Over a series of brief treatments, PicoWay can eliminate most tattoos. That’s why PicoWay is the tattoo removal laser of choice by the nation’s leading tattoo removal provider network, Invisible Ink Tattoo Removers. And we at Dermatology and Skin Health here in Dover, New Hampshire are a part of that very network.

Are you a seacoast, NH resident looking to have a tattoo removed?

Contact us today to set up a consultation or to get an answer to any questions you may have.

In the meantime, check out this page for more information on the PicoWay laser!

Feb 22 // 2018

There’s growing trend in the Dermatology industry that’s catching nearly as much fire as the trend of obtaining the guilty entity. We’re talking about tattoos and, in our world, the removal of tattoos. Tattoos are everywhere. In pop culture, on the television, in the movies, music, advertisements… Everywhere you look there’s some bit of “ink” staring back at you.

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Introducing Allison Ingram, LPN


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We’re pleased to welcome LPN, Allison Ingram to our team! You may have seen her around the office… If you haven’t feel free to say hello the next time you’re in!

Let’s get to know her a bit more:

Why dermatology? What got you interested in it? When I first started in dermatology in 2011, I was looking to learn something new, but I quickly realized I had found my passion. I have always been into skincare and enjoy learning about the new products and techniques. To be able to help others take care of their skin and educate them about skin cancer prevention is both enjoyable and rewarding.

What excites you about joining the Dermatology and Skin Health Practice? (Or rather, when did you start?) From the second I walked in the door, everyone was so friendly and welcoming. It’s exciting to join a group of such caring individuals.

What do you enjoy about being a working professional/resident in the Seacoast? I actually just moved to the seacoast with my family, but I am loving it so far. There is a really strong sense of community, which I appreciate. I look forward to exploring more of the coast when the weather is nicer.

What brought you to Dermatology and Skin Health? I took a break from Dermatology for a few years, and really felt like I needed to get back to it –I felt like something was missing. Dermatology and Skin Health feels like the perfect place for me to continue learning and growing professionally. The providers here have such a wealth of knowledge that they seem so willing to share. It is inspiring.

How long have you been in the healthcare field? What got you interested in pursuing this type of “service”? My mom has worked in healthcare since I was very young. I grew up in a family that had a strong focus on helping others, and I really caught the drive to take care of others. When I was in high school I started working as a LNA, and I continued that right though nursing school. The ability to help someone, and to feel like the time that you spent with them either providing a service or education, is impacting their life in some way is just a wonderful thing. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Do you have any sort of professional “mantra” or philosophy that fuels the work you set out to do? "Get it, Girl!" It's short and kind of silly, but it really inspires me to keep going, to not stop, and chase the goal. I find myself saying it to other women often, to inspire them to be confident in themselves and remind them that they can do it, they can get through it, too.

What’s the importance of “working as a team”? Working as a team is what healthcare is all about. One person doesn't know everything, but everyone knows something that is valuable to the end goal.

What kind of team player do you consider yourself? The team mom. I am usually the one keeping everything organized and doing whatever it takes to keep things running smoothly. Making sure everyone on the team is doing ok, and has everything they need to complete the task.

What’s one thing that everybody needs to know about you? I have a wicked sense of humor!

 

 

Feb 08 // 2018

We’re pleased to welcome LPN, Allison Ingram to our team! You may have seen her around the office… If you haven’t feel free to say hello the next time you’re in!

Let’s get to know her a bit more:

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Presenting The Core (CO2RE) fractional CO2 Resurfacing System


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The Core (CO2RE) fractional CO2 Resurfacing System is a versatile resurfacing technology that enables physicians like us at Dermatology and Skin Health to precisely target and treat the skin’s surface, middle, and deep dermal levels and effectively resurface and rid the skin of unwanted and/or unhealthy lesions. The treatment is lighter, faster, and more versatile for resurfacing needs as well as traditional ablation and minor dermal excisions. The Core (CO2RE) fractional CO2 Resurfacing System has the ability to treat both superficial and deep skin layers simultaneously with precision-control over the intensity, pattern, and depth of ablation.

Patients can experience improvement of:

  • Skin tone and texture
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots

Common questions:

How do I know if CO2RE treatments are right for me?

Ideal candidates for CO2RE are in their 30s or older with skin damaged by exposure to the sun, age spots, fine lines, discoloration, rough texture, and other skin imperfections. It is ideal for anyone seeking younger looking skin without the long downtime associated with conventional resurfacing procedures.

What is the CO2RE procedure like?

You can expect some moderate discomfort during the treatment, but the anesthetic applied prior to the procedure typically makes any discomfort tolerable. For more aggressive, higher powered treatments, we’ll likely recommend a subcutaneous anesthetic, oral pain relievers and/or sedatives during the treatment session. Over the counter pain relievers may be taken in the days after the procedure to alleviate any residual discomfort.

Is CO2RE safe?

Yes. It absolutely is. During your consult we’ll go over your complete medical and skin history to minimize the potential for any negative reactions to your CO2RE resurfacing treatment.

How many CO2RE treatments will I need?

Generally you will see the difference you want after only one treatment. In the days after the treatment your skin will gradually look softer and smoother. The age spots and uneven textures will start to show immediate improvement.

How long will the results last?

The durability of CO2RE results approaches that of surgical procedures. However, there are a number of variables that will determine how long you can expect the results to last, including your health, age and how you care for your skin after treatment.

What can I expect after my procedure?

Immediately following the procedure you can expect a sensation similar to a sunburn, lasting several hours. You can expect peeling of dead skin from the treatment area. This is a natural exfoliation process that may last seven to ten days.

Do I need to take any special precautions after treatment?

Depending on the unique situation, we may recommend a short course of antibiotics to minimize any risk of infection. Use of a moisturizer and sunscreen is recommended during the healing process and for the weeks and months following treatment.

Are you self-conscious or weary of blemishes and age related spots on your skin that you’d like to rectify? There are ways to remedy those concerns. Let’s have a conversation today to learn a little more about each other and how we can get you on a path to healthier skin and an overall healthier you. Contact us today to set up your consult. You have options. Let’s explore. The Core (CO2RE) fractional CO2 Resurfacing System is one option we’re excited about and we’d like to share it with you.

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Nov 14 // 2017

The Core (CO2RE) fractional CO2 Resurfacing System is a versatile resurfacing technology that enables physicians like us at Dermatology and Skin Health to precisely target and treat the skin’s surface, middle, and deep dermal levels and effectively resurface and rid the skin of unwanted and/or unhealthy lesions. The treatment is lighter, faster, and more versatile for resurfacing needs as well as traditional ablation and minor dermal excisions.

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Restoring Youthfullness: Understanding the PicoWay Laser


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The PicoWay laser takes care of the minor imperfections present on your body – restoring your skin to the youthfulness you remember and strive to experience yet again. PicoWay Resolve is a new technology that we’ve brought in to the practice here at Dermatology and skin health that is a fractional treatment capability introduced to the advanced PicoWay laser device that takes care of benign pigmented lesions such as:

  • Freckles
  • Age Spots
  • Tattoos
  • Lentigines
  • Nevus of Ota
  • Café-au-lait
  • and other assorted skin irregularities

This breakthrough technology uses the shortest laser pulse available – measured in picoseconds (trillionths of a second) – to breakdown the pigment into the smallest particles possible. As mentioned, the pulses treat pigmentation, skin irregularities, and the overall signs of aging. The benefit of such short laser pulses is in the optimization of the delivery of energy to the pigmented particles which ensures that the pigmentation in question is effectively treated, while the least amount of heat gets transferred into the skin – minimizing or ultimately removing an amount of discomfort stemming from the treatment.

Frequently asked questions:

Why PicoWay treatments?

PicoWay treats a wide range of pigmented lesions with clear results in just a few treatments that are better served than other laser treatment options with minimal discomfort and heal time.

How does the PicoWay work?

Laser light is targeted at unwanted pigment in ultrashort picosecond pulses. These pulses shatter the pigment into very tiny particles which are then easily eliminated by the body’s natural processes. The PicoWay laser emits less heat energy than traditional lasers, providing a more comfortable treatment.

Does the PicoWay treatment hurt?

The degree of discomfort varies with each person depending on the nature and location of the pigmented lesions on the body.

What should be expected and what precautions would be taken throughout the process?

During your first visit, your skin’s reaction to the laser will be tested to determine the most effective treatment. Immediately following treatment, a cold or cool compress may be applied to soothe the treated area. A topical antibiotic ointment may be recommended. In the first few days, take care to avoid scrubbing the area or using abrasive skin cleansers. Over a few days the lesions will darken and sluff off.

How many PicoWay treatments will I require?

The effectiveness of the treatment depends on many factors such as the location, depth, size, and type of pigmentation. Some lesions will require several treatments for optimal results where some can be resolved in a single treatment.

Are PicoWay treatments safe?

PicoWay treatments selectively treat the melanin pigmentation while leaving surrounding skin undamaged.

Are there any side effects?

After treatments, patients will experience temporary discoloration or reddening of the skin around the treatment site. Some patients may also experience a temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. Not to worry though, the skin will typically resolve to normal pigmentation color in due time.

Can the PicoWay also treat tattoos and other discolorations?

Yes, PicoWay can also treat multi-colored tattoos. 

For questions or to schedule an appointment please contact us today.

Oct 20 // 2017

The PicoWay laser takes care of the minor imperfections present on your body – restoring your skin to the youthfulness you remember and strive to experience yet again.

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Dr. Mendese and Dermatology & Skin Health Team up with Impact Melanoma


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We’re pleased to partner with IMPACT Melanoma – a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness in hopes of reducing the incidence of melanoma around the country. They provide a variety of educational programs targeting the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and melanoma for both children and adults. One such initiative is the Skinny On Skin Program which is an educational "curriculum" geared towards teaching professionals about spotting suspect moles while they go about their daily work of closely examining skin on a regular basis. Such professional include stylists, estheticians, nail technicians, and other skin professionals.

The program is largely an online educational up, however, on select few occasions, the Skinny On Skin program is brought to these professionals in the flesh in a “classroom” type environment. That said, we’re happy to announce that the next installment of our in-person Skinny on Skin training series will be presented by our own Dr. Gary Mendese.

The event will take place at the Newburyport Senior Center in Newburyport, Massachusetts on September 11th from 6:30-8:30pm. This installment of the Skinny On Skin program will, once again, educate and create awareness of how to screen for suspicious moles while performing common salon service practices.

“I'm excited for this engagement and to become more involved with IMPACT Melanoma,” said Dr. Mendese. “It’s a great organization with tremendous outreach and a mission I fully support. This is a great opportunity for me to offer up some of the knowledge I’ve collected over the years, and to work closely with IMPACT Melanoma and estheticians in a professional setting is valuable to me. I strongly believe that those in the aesthetics field can play a vital role in identifying skin cancer – they look at patients/clients for a lot longer than we do! I'm really looking forward to discussing ways they can impact and potentially save patients' lives by simply continuing to do what they already do. Skin cancer is a real epidemic and physicians could certainly benefit from the input of all who have the ability to advise our patients.”

Full Details:

Monday, September 11, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Presented by the City of Newburyport and the Newburyport Health Department
The Newburyport Senior Community Center
331 High Street, Newburyport, MA
with Dr. Gary Mendes of Dermatology Skin Health, Dover, NH
To register and learn more, click here.

Sep 08 // 2017

We’re pleased to partner with IMPACT Melanoma – a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness in hopes of reducing the incidence of melanoma around the country. They provide a variety of educational programs targeting the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and melanoma for both children and adults. One such initiative is the Skinny On Skin Program which is an educational "curriculum" geared towards teaching professionals about spotting suspect moles while they go about their daily work of closely examining skin on a regular basis. Such professional include stylists, estheticians, nail technicians, and other skin professionals.

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