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Surviving Teen Acne


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As we settle in to the final stretch of summer vacation, the new school year awaits at the end of the line – that line of course being the final week (or so) of August. With that, kids head back to the school, and with that the anxiety of being around peers each and every day starts to set in. They’ve got their new bag, some new outfits, new gadgets, and, somewhere along the line, they’ve developed a healthy dose of acne. Rest assured, they’re not alone. We all want to look our best, and as we approach or are in the throes of the teen years, acne is prevalent and searching for a means to remediate the issue can consume us. Heck, the fascination with acne is real, just ask Dr. Sandra Lee and the millions and millions of views she gets every month on her pimple popping YouTube channel. 

But anyhow, in the spirit of heading back to school, we thought we’d share a piece the American Academy of Dermatology shared on their website. It’s geared towards the parents out there who are also affected by their child’s “battle” with acne. 

That piece? 

“5 Ways to Help Your Teenager Survive Acne”

And in the midst of all this, you’re actually helping yourself survive the struggle that ensues as well… 

Without further ado:

“Having any type of acne (pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, or acne cysts) can feel devastating for a teenager.

Just when our appearance becomes so important and we want to look our best, acne can begin. Some teens seem unfazed by acne. For most teenagers, however, this especially visible skin problem can be upsetting.

If your teenager seems upset by acne, here’s how you can help:

Take acne seriously. Telling your teen that the pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes will eventually clear on their own may do more harm than good. While waiting for acne to clear on its own, your teen’s self-esteem could plummet. Many studies show that having acne tends to lower self-esteem.

Kids who have acne can also be bullied. Classmates may call them names like “pizza face” or “crater face.” They may tell them to wash their face. Bullying can also lower self-esteem.

Studies show that self-esteem rises when acne clears. Treatment can help clear acne.

Treating acne now can also prevent acne from worsening. Without treatment, acne sometimes becomes severe. When severe acne clears, it can leave permanent acne scars.

Be cautious about reminding your teen to use acne treatment. For treatment to work, your teen must use it. To help, you may want to remind your teen to use the acne treatment. Do this cautiously.

In a small study, dermatologists found that when parents reminded their teens every day to use their acne medicine, the approach backfired. The teens said the daily reminders felt like “nagging.” This caused the teens to use their acne treatment less often.

Fewer reminders from parents may be more effective.

What may help is to keep all of your teen’s dermatology appointments. Studies show that most people, including teenagers, are more likely to follow a treatment plan right before — and after — an appointment.

Try to reduce stress. During the teenage years, just about everything can seem stressful. That said, anything you can do to reduce stressful situations can help. Stress can cause acne to flare.

Watch for signs of depression. Having acne can affect how teens — and even adults — feel about themselves. Many studies have shown that having acne can lead to depression, anxiety, or both.  The longer one has acne, the more likely these problems are to occur.

Studies have also found that clearing acne can relieve depression and anxiety.

Because depression can have such a devastating effect on one’s life, it’s important for parents to recognize the signs, which may include:

  • Sadness that lasts for 2 weeks or longer
  • Loss of interest in activities that your teen once enjoyed
  • Tendency to avoid social activities, even with people their own age

If you notice any of these behaviors while your teen has acne, it may be time to see a dermatologist for acne treatment. Thanks to advances in treatment, virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated.

Let your teen meet with the dermatologist alone. If your teen sees a dermatologist, giving your teen time alone with the dermatologist can help everyone. It allows the dermatologist to find out want your teen wants and create a bond. This can be a lot harder to do when a parent is in the exam room.

Most teenagers get acne. If the acne upsets them, having someone who can help them see clearer skin is sure to be appreciated.”

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How Is Teen Acne Treated?

It’s important to treat acne early (and properly) to prevent the development of scarring. There are a wide range of acne treatments available. We here at Dermatology & Skin Health can personally recommend an acne treatment based on the location and severity of acne, response to previous treatment and other factors.

  • Many people attempt to first treat their acne at home with non-prescription medications that include benzoyl peroxide (Clearasil, Proactiv) or salicylic acid. Unfortunately, many discover these over-the-counter medications take too long to work, prolonging the acne and increasing the risk of developing acne scars.
  • For mild acne or moderate acne that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, you may need a stronger prescription acne medication that acts faster and provides longer-lasting benefits. Physicians may prescribe a topical retinoid, a mainstay of acne therapy. Topical retinoids help to clear up acne quickly and provide ongoing clear skin. Brands of topical retinoids include Differin™ (adapalene), Epiduo™ (adapalene + benzoyl peroxide), Retin A Micro™(tretinoin), Tazorac™ (tazarotene), or Veltin™ (tretinoin + clindamycin). These medications may be used alone or in combination with other acne medications, such as antibiotics.
  • For the most severe cases of acne (such as cystic acne), healthcare professionals may prescribe isotretinoin (Accutane, Sotret). This daily oral medication has shown to be an effective treatment when other medications have failed. 

No acne medication can do its job properly unless it is given time to work. It’s very important to be patient and take your medication as directed, for as long as directed.

If you don’t see results right away, don’t be discouraged. Your medication is hard at work preventing new lesions from forming. Stopping treatment early will likely cause pimples and zits to reappear.

The best first step is to schedule a consultation with us today and we’ll help your child look their best as school sets in and the bell tolls. 

Jul 26 // 2018

As we settle in to the final stretch of summer vacation, the new school year awaits at the end of the line – that line of course being the final week (or so) of August. With that, kids head back to the school, and with that the anxiety of being around peers each and every day starts to set in. They’ve got their new bag, some new outfits, new gadgets, and, somewhere along the line, they’ve developed a healthy dose of acne. Rest assured, they’re not alone.

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Protect Your Skin from These Three Things as Summer Presses On


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Summer is a tricky time for your skin. No matter what you do in the heat, your skin is being altered. We're not saying to hide indoors for the entire season - just be proactive about taking care of your skin. Keeping your skin happy and healthy makes a more confident and healthy YOU. You may think sun exposure is the only thing violating your skin this summer when in reality, there are so many things you may not realize. The top three things that effect your skin in the summer, is the sun, air travel, and air conditioning. Moisture preserves youthfulness, oil balance, and clear skin. 

1) Sun

The sun is the biggest attacker of skin there is. Too much sun can burn your skin and cause Melanoma, while too much sun can have adverse health effects as well. Too much sun burns your skin to a crisp. It dried it out and can have long term affects as well. Melanoma is a skin cancer that affects so many people every year. Speaking to your dermatologist about your skin is an easy and straight forward way to combat skin damage.

The best way to protect your skin from the sun is to stay out of the harsh UV rays. I know that is a little unrealistic, especially in prime beach weather so, sunscreen and protective clothing are your second defense against the sun. Staying in the know about the UV index can help you avoid dangerous amounts of sun. If the UV index is above a 7, it is dangerously high and you will burn in 10-20 minutes of being in the sun so you need sunscreen. After being in the sun, your skin gets dry and you might break out from the sunscreen. It is imperative that you wash your face and apply moisturizer to your skin to keep it healthy and hydrated.

2) Travel

Air travel is necessary for summer vacation for most families. Whether you are taking a trip to visit the grandparents in Florida or taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Greece, flying sucks. It is cramped, stressful, and never the temperature you want the airplane to be. Because the airplane is pressurized, all the moisture is being sucked from your skin causing it to be dehydrated and irritated. Not only is the air not ideal, but you are more stressed on a flight which releases hormones that causes inflammation and redness. The bacteria surrounding you is a melting pot of break-outs just waiting to infiltrate your skin. 

To over-come this unnatural environment, you need to know your skin pretty well. Keep your skin extra hydrated the day before your flight. This will ensure you aren’t getting on the plane already dehydrated. Planes are the one place you can look your absolute worst so why not skip the makeup? Minimal amount of makeup will keep makeup from sitting on your skin and clogging pores. Hydration will keep your skin happy but that includes drinking water too. Who cares that you need to go to the bathroom a few times? Other than drinking water, applying moisturizer to your skin will hold the moisture in. After your flight, you might need a gentle exfoliate to clear out the dead skin sitting on your face from the airplane. Following all of these tips and tricks will help concur the summer traveling obstacles we all face. 

3) Air Conditioning

The summer heat is a daily struggle for most of us no matter where you live. One way we stay cooled off is with air conditioning. Air conditioning is a saving grace for your sanity but it actual has negative effects on your skin. AC takes all the moisture out of the air and out of your skin. Your proximity to the AC unit has effects on your skin as well. So, if you sit right next to the vent at work, it is taking more moisture out of your skin than your coworkers that sit farther away. 

Don’t worry, you don’t need to shut off the AC to keep your skin healthy. One thing that helps your skin stay hydrated is keeping moisturizer near your desk or around your house that you should apply generously throughout the day. Once again, DRINK WATER! You should be drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. In your own home, you can purchase a humidifier to keep near your bed at night. You won’t wake up with dry, cracked skin in the morning if the moisture is being put back in the air. 

Your skin is your most prized possession, and, quite frankly, it’s your most vital organ due mostly in part of the fact that it keeps the rest of your organs intact. Skin is the first thing people notice when they met you. Imagine going in for a job interview, your skin is dry and irritated. The red marks are extra red because of how dry your skin is. Your arms are itchy from the lack of moisture and when you shake hands the skin cracks. How is someone supposed to believe you will be able to take care of projects and accounts when you don’t even take care of yourself. Take care of your skin by following these tips or by contacting your dermatologist about other tricks to help your skin survive this summer. 

Jul 19 // 2018

Summer is a tricky time for your skin. No matter what you do in the heat, your skin is being altered. We're not saying to hide indoors for the entire season - just be proactive about taking care of your skin. Keeping your skin happy and healthy makes a more confident and healthy YOU. You may think sun exposure is the only thing violating your skin this summer when in reality, there are so many things you may not realize. The top three things that effect your skin in the summer, is the sun, air travel, and air conditioning. Moisture preserves youthfulness, oil balance, and clear skin. 

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Vaginal Rejuvenation: Jada Pinkett Smith Gets the Dialogue Going on Women’s Vaginal Health


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A topic that is picking up steam around the country is the dermatological service of vaginal rejuvenation. Age, childbirth, and other factors can all have a stressful effect on you and your vagina. The vaginal wall, which contains collagen fibers, can stretch and lose tissue tone and elasticity over time. 

This service will boost your confidence and can also fix problems including: 

  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Urinary leakage
  • Dyschromia
  • Skin pigmentation

Not only does it relieve discomfort, but it also alleviates signs of childbirth and aging. It can restore your vaginal wall to be the flexible, toned shape it was when you were in your twenties. 

The name of the treatment is the CO2RE Intima treatment which is a new, in-office, non-surgical treatment here at Dermatology and Skin Health. It uses laser energy to treat the aforementioned symptoms women may be experiencing. CO2RE Intima is a medical laser that delivers controlled COenergy to the vaginalor vulva tissue. This causes the cells to make collagen – improving skin tone, texture, and appearanceeasily. 

There are three pieces to this process, the surgical, external, and internal hand pieces which allow full access to the vaginal area. This also allows for customization for each patient and areas to focus on. Each person is different, and the process will modify the cosmetic appearance of the vulva and relieve symptoms of vaginal dystrophy (dryness, burning, itching, and dyspareunia), improve vaginal mucosa and ablate or coagulate the vaginal canal for enhanced intimate pleasure. 

One advocate of vaginal rejuvenation is Gotham’s Jada Pinkett Smith. She gets a little personal talking about her treatments of vaginal rejuvenation on her new Facebook show Red Table Talk. Although some people think this is TMI, she is informing her audience that it shouldn’t be such a taboo topic of discussion. She starts off by saying how she started her treatments because she had “bladder issues” but continued them because she liked how they made her feel. She also goes on to say her “yoni is like a 16-year-old.” Now who doesn’t want that?

Dermatology and Skin Health can easily change your life with one phone call. It’s a safe and quick in-office procedure that is non-invasive. It takes about 10-15 minutes per treatment. Most patients receive three treatments that are spaced out around three weeks a part. There is no discomfort, yet some people may feel mild pressure. Starting July 1st (running through July 21st) at Dermatology and Skin Health, you can get 3 treatments for $2,000. Now you can easily and affordably feel 30 years younger, or at least your vaginal wall will! 

Gain more confidence and get out there! Jada Pinkett Smith can talk about it so, why can’t you? Have any questions or want to schedule a consultation? Visit our website to read more.

Jun 27 // 2018

A topic that is picking up steam around the country is the dermatological service of vaginal rejuvenation. Age, childbirth, and other factors can all have a stressful effect on you and your vagina. The vaginal wall, which contains collagen fibers, can stretch and lose tissue tone and elasticity over time. 

This service will boost your confidence and can also fix problems including: 

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We'd Appreciate Your "Best Seacoast Dermatologist" Vote


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Hey Everyone!
 
We’d like to take a moment to thank ALL of you for all the support you’ve given us over the years. We pride ourselves on providing exemplary dermatologic services to everyone that walks through our doors.
 
That said, we’ve recently been nominated for 2018’s “Best of the Seacoast” Poll put on by Seacoast Media Group. If you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to cast a vote for us (under “Best Dermatologist”) at any time during Monday, June 25th and Sunday, July 15th, we’d be so grateful!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
The entire team at Dermatology & Skin Health
 

 

 

Jun 25 // 2018

We’ve recently been nominated for 2018’s “Best of the Seacoast” Poll put on by Seacoast Media Group. If you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to cast a vote for us (under “Best Dermatologist”) at any time between Monday, June 25th and Sunday, July 15th, we’d be ever grateful!

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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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