What Are The Most Common Causes Of Dilated Capillaries?

Dilated capillaries are small veins that have become enlarged for any number of reasons and can be seen through the skin. You usually see them as red or purple lines on your face, legs, and other areas. While they are harmless,  dilated capillaries can be bothersome and cause many people to feel self-conscious about their skin.

But what exactly causes dilated capillaries? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons they occur and how dermatologists at BairdMD can help you address this issue.

Common Causes of Dilated Capillaries

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin problem that makes your face red and the main reason for that redness is the dilation of blood vessels. When the blood vessels are enlarged, they become more visible through the skin and cause redness to become more prominent on the surface of the skin.

Rosacea is a long-term problem that usually starts with instances of getting red or blushing. Over time, these small blood vessels can get bigger on the nose and cheeks and for some people, this makes the skin stay red or rosy all the time. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are laser treatments your dermatologist can provide to diminish the appearance of the capillaries.

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through big changes in hormones. This can cause more blood flow to the skin and make these tiny veins larger. You can usually see these blood vessels on the face, neck, chest, and legs. The good thing about dilated blood vessels during pregnancy is that they usually go away by themselves after you have the baby. If they don’t, there are many laser treatment options available.

Sun Damage

Staying in the sun for long periods of time can make the walls of blood vessels weaken and make it easier for them to become dilated. This also makes them more noticeable on the surface of the skin. People with light skin or those who spend lots of time outside without good protection from the sun have a greater chance of struggling with dilated capillaries. Using sunscreen, wearing hats, and staying in the shade can help protect your skin and make the redness less noticeable. To treat and diminish the appearance of these capillaries, pulsed dye laser treatment at BairdMD is a great choice.

Medications/Surgery

Some medicines like corticosteroids and blood thinners can enlarge capillaries as a side effect. Sometimes, surgery can widen the blood vessels because it’s hard on the body. These bigger blood vessels often go back to normal by themselves after the body heals or when you stop taking the medication.  But if you’d like to address these dilated capillaries quickly and easily, we offer dilated capillary treatment at BairdMD.

Schedule A Consultation

Dilated capillaries can be caused by a variety of different things. Whether it’s genes, rosacea, or pregnancy, dilated capillaries can be a problem for many people. But you don’t have to struggle with these imperfections on your skin alone. With the help of Dr. Baird at BairdMD, you can have the clear skin you’re looking for.

To learn more, schedule a consultation with us today!  Call our Farmington, MI office at 248-476-4850 or use our online contact form. Don’t let dilated capillaries stop you from feeling comfortable in your own skin.

Posted on January 15, 2024 by:

Dilated capillaries are small veins that have become enlarged for any number of reasons and can be seen through the skin. You usually see them as red or purple lines on your face, legs, and other areas. While they are harmless,  dilated capillaries can be bothersome and cause many people to feel self-conscious about their

Winter is Coming: A Dermatologist’s Tips to Prevent Dry Skin This Year

Whether it’s due to cold air, low humidity, or dry indoor heat, many people have to deal with dry skin during the winter. It’s such a common problem that many people assume that it’s inevitable every year. And yet, that doesn’t have to be the case for you. While it is harder to keep your skin feeling its best during the winter, you can avoid the worst dry skin symptoms if you know how to take care of yourself. Here are some tips that will help you with that.

Use Moisturizers After Washing

Washing your skin strips it of the natural oils that it needs to lock in moisture, so apply a moisturizer to your skin every time you wash your hands, face, or body. If you think you’ll have trouble remembering to apply a moisturizer, keep a small bottle of it next to your sink. If your hands get particularly dry when you’re out, you can even keep a small bottle of moisturizer with you to use whenever you wash your hands.

Use Sunscreen Whenever You Go Out

Even though you’ll be getting less sunlight in the winter, you should still apply sunscreen whenever you go outside. Not only will it continue to protect you from UV radiation, but it will protect the moisture barrier that is crucial for maintaining your skin’s health and hydration.

Adjust Your Skincare Routine

Toners, serums, and other skincare products work best when your skin is healthy and properly hydrated. Since it’s more likely to be dry and irritated during the winter, the products that you’ve been using throughout the year could make your dry skin issues worse. You don’t have to give up your skincare routine during the winter, but you should make adjustments and put certain products away for the next several months, especially if they contain alcohol or fragrances. Stick to moisturizers, sunscreens, and gentle cleansers for now.

Use A Humidifier in Your Home

Part of the reason why your skin can get so dry in the winter is due to a lack of moisture in the air. Trees go dormant, grass is covered by snow, and lakes and rivers are mostly frozen. This greatly lowers the humidity outside, but things get even worse indoors with furnaces and space heaters running around the clock.

If the air in your home feels particularly dry, set up some humidifiers in your home. A portable humidifier will do just fine if you live in an apartment or a smaller home, but you might want to consider having a whole-home humidifier installed if you live in a larger house.

Contact Us Today

These are just a few things that you can do to alleviate your dry skin problems this winter. If you have any questions about caring for your skin during the winter months or you are interested in any other cosmetic services and treatments, contact Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Baird in Farmington, MI today to schedule an appointment.

Posted on December 21, 2023 by:

Whether it’s due to cold air, low humidity, or dry indoor heat, many people have to deal with dry skin during the winter. It’s such a common problem that many people assume that it’s inevitable every year. And yet, that doesn’t have to be the case for you. While it is harder to keep your

Why Winter is the Best Time to Schedule Your Botox Appointment

Winter is an unforgiving season when it comes to the skin, and your face is the first to get dry and flaky. However, you do not have to suffer bad skin any longer. Winter is the perfect time to schedule your regular Botox appointment– below are five reasons why winter is ideal for getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Easier To Book Appointments

Wintertime is the best time to book appointments. In the past, most people hid their faces with turtlenecks, scarves, and hats because they did not realize they could benefit from an aesthetic treatment. Fortunately, the popularity of Botox has made more people aware of their options.

Moreover, it is that time of the year that is the busiest with holidays and getaways, so you will find that it is easier to book during the winter months. You will get in at a convenient time that works for your schedule, and leave with results that continue to improve. From then on, you can get Botox treatments as the need arises.

2. Little Sun Exposure

There is also limited sun exposure in the winter, and while it is fine to get Botox in the summer, it is important to avoid overexposure to the sun’s rays. Winter treatments could diffuse the solution much faster, and you can follow up with another appointment sooner than anticipated. When you get treatments in the winter, you do not have to worry about exposure to the sun.

3. Lengthen Span Of Botox Treatments

Winter increases the lifespan of your Botox treatments which typically lasts three to six months. However, thanks to the cold temperatures, you can prolong the life of your Botox treatments for at least six months.

Keep in mind that certain environments or exercises can affect the results of your treatment. A high body temperature could cause the filler or Botox to dissolve quicker than usual– always ask Dr. Baird for advice on how to prolong the life of your Botox treatments in the winter.

4. Great Time For Self-Care

Winter is an ideal time to catch up on your rest and practice self-care– it is the time of year when most of us tend to slow down. While most people are busy with events and holiday parties, it is not as busy as the summer when most are going camping, fishing, boating, or hitting the beach.

The colder months make it easier to stay indoors and be less active. It eases your recovery period naturally, so you might want to add Botox treatments as part of your self-care routine since this gives you some much-needed downtime.

5. Slow Down During Holidays

Winter the best time to focus on yourself since, as you may have noticed, your life and work slows down around the holidays. This makes it the perfect time to take a break from work and recover from your Botox injections. You can look forward to a new you in the New Year when you work on improving your appearance.

Where to Get Winter Botox

Schedule a Botox appointment with Baird MD in Farmington, Michigan. Dr. Baird understands the need to focus on beauty in the winter. Along with his masterful staff, Dr. Baird can help you create a personalized care plan that protects and enhances your skin any time of the year. Don’t wait– schedule a consultation today to maximize your Botox results!

Posted on November 20, 2023 by:

Winter is an unforgiving season when it comes to the skin, and your face is the first to get dry and flaky. However, you do not have to suffer bad skin any longer. Winter is the perfect time to schedule your regular Botox appointment– below are five reasons why winter is ideal for getting rid

4 Signs Your Face Might Be Ready For A Chemical Peel

A chemical peel resurfaces your skin and gives you a fresh, rejuvenated look, and with different types of peels, you are guaranteed to achieve the exact results you’re looking for. Some are mild and only remove the very top layer of dead skin cells, while others remove more layers and require a recovery period while your skin heals. The type of peel you need depends on your goals for treatment. But how do you know when your skin may be ready for a chemical peel? Let’s take a look at four signs that a chemical peel may be right for you and the benefits it can provide.

Four Signs You May Need A Chemical Peel

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your skin, Dr. Baird in Farmington, MI can help you determine if the chemical peel is right for you and what other treatment options may help you look your absolute best. Some of the signs that may make a chemical peel right for you include the following:

  • acne scars
  • wrinkles
  • rough skin texture
  • hyperpigmentation

These skin conditions can develop with age and sun exposure, but genetics play a role in how your skin ages as well. If you have any of these skin concerns, you may be a good candidate for a chemical peel.

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

There are many benefits that come with a chemical peel. It can do everything from improving the overall look of your skin to increasing how well your skincare products absorb and work.

Removes Surface Imperfections

Because a chemical peel removes surface imperfections, it can be perfect for those struggling with acne and acne scars. The surface of your skin is removed during a peel so dead skin cells vanish to reveal fresh new skin below. A moderate to deep peel is just deep enough to remove old acne scars or make them less visible. The new skin that emerges is often smoother and fresher-looking, erasing those imperfections that can often affect confidence and self-esteem.

The removal of the top layer of skin can also diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, knocking years off how you look!

Improves Skin Texture And Tone

Rough skin and dark patches of skin on your face can often be embarrassing and difficult to deal with. Skincare products can only do so much, and hiding these patches under makeup can be time-consuming. With a chemical peel, these skin issues can be removed altogether. Roughness and hyperpigmentation vanish when the surface layer of your skin peels off. The fresh skin below has a more uniform color and smooth texture, providing a more youthful appearance.

To ensure you maintain these results, it’s necessary to take good care of your skin and use sunscreen between chemical peel treatments.

Schedule A Consultation

If you have acne scars, wrinkles, rough skin, or hyperpigmentation, take the first step and make an appointment with Dr. Baird today. During your consultation, Dr. Baird will address any of your questions and concerns, examine your skin, and then determine if a chemical peel is right for you. If it is, he will also discuss with you what the treatment entails, as well as everything you need to know about the recovery process.

To schedule a consultation today, please call our Farmington, MI office at (248) 476-4850 or use our online scheduling form. We look forward to helping you achieve your skin goals!

Posted on October 24, 2023 by:

A chemical peel resurfaces your skin and gives you a fresh, rejuvenated look, and with different types of peels, you are guaranteed to achieve the exact results you’re looking for. Some are mild and only remove the very top layer of dead skin cells, while others remove more layers and require a recovery period while

How Can Psoriasis Be Diagnosed?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune, inflammatory skin disease that can also affect the joints. When this happens, it’s called psoriatic arthritis. Joints become painful and stiff, and there may be visible redness and swelling over the affected area.

An autoimmune disease is one that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own healthy tissue. The reasons for this are still not clearly and entirely understood. As a result, the causes of psoriasis are difficult to determine, but seeking a diagnosis can still help you get your life back.

Plaque Psoriasis

Psoriasis typically first appears in the teen or early adulthood years. There are different types, but the most common is called plaque psoriasis. This causes patches of thick, itchy, red, silvery scales called plaques to form on the skin, especially on the knees, elbows, and heels. However, psoriasis can appear anywhere there is skin, including the scalp and genitals.

Plaque patches tend to itch a lot. They may break open and bleed, only to partly heal and then break open again. Psoriasis is unsightly and causes social isolation issues for many of those affected.

Psoriasis is caused by a defect in the person’s immune system. It is not contagious, so there is no reason to fear a person with psoriasis. Nevertheless, it is chronic and can spread throughout an individual, meaning treatment and management are necessary.

How is Psoriasis Diagnosed?

An experienced physician can usually diagnose this condition by appearance, but it’s important to see a reputable specialist, like Dr. Baird, because this condition may be easily confused with other skin conditions like eczema. If confirmation is needed, Dr. Baird can do a skin biopsy. He will also consider other types of psoriatic symptoms, such as thick, ridged fingernails.

Your doctor will tell you what type of psoriasis you have. Besides plaque, there are:

  • Guttate
  • Inverse
  • Pustular

In the guttate form, there are small droplets of psoriatic spots over a large area. These spots may be purple, pink, red, or brown depending on skin color.

Inverse psoriasis affects folds of skin, such as where the thigh meets the upper leg or under the breasts. This type looks like large areas of smooth, red skin and is easily irritated.

The pustular form presents as small pus-filled dots forming over swollen skin. This may easily be mistaken for a skin infection, but it’s not and can be very painful.

These types of psoriasis are uncommon– most people with this disease have the plaque form, but concern about another form can be discussed after your diagnosis. Your doctor will also classify your condition by the amount of skin area involved, from mild to moderate to severe.

Treatment of Psoriasis

Psoriasis has been notoriously resistant to treatment in the past, but certain treatment methods are able to target specific areas of the immune system to improve or even totally clear psoriatic skin temporarily. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but biological medications or ultraviolet light therapy can ease psoriatic joint pain and symptoms. You are encouraged to maintain your professional appointment with treatment options including topical creams and ointments.

Although not a proven therapy, an anti-inflammatory diet may help along with medical intervention. These diets typically include lots of fruits and vegetables and exclude refined sugars and flour, white rice, pasta, red meat, and processed foods.

Why Choose BairdMD

Dr. David A. Baird, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist serving the Farmington, MI area who is well-versed in medical skin treatments. Dr. Baird can both diagnose and treat your psoriasis, giving you long-awaited relief.

Baird, MD welcomes new patients and is here to offer comprehensive dermatology services, including skin cancer evaluation and treatment. If you’re concerned about psoriasis or any skin condition, just call us at 248-823-7122. A trained team member will answer your questions and can schedule a consultation. , or via our online contact and consultation form. We can’t wait to help you take control of your skin!

Posted on September 12, 2023 by:

Psoriasis is an autoimmune, inflammatory skin disease that can also affect the joints. When this happens, it’s called psoriatic arthritis. Joints become painful and stiff, and there may be visible redness and swelling over the affected area. An autoimmune disease is one that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own healthy tissue. The

9 Tips To Speed Up Your Botox Recovery Process

Are you worried you’re aging too fast and losing your natural beauty? Worry no more because Botox is here to help you regain that smoother, more youthful skin you’re looking for. Botox is a very popular and minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It involves injecting a purified toxin into the face to temporarily paralyze specific facial muscles, leading to more youthful-looking skin.

About Dr. Baird

Dr. David Baird is a highly experienced board-certified dermatologist with over 26 years of practice. He specializes in creating individualized treatment plans to help patients achieve radiant and healthy skin. Our Farmington, MI dermatology facility focuses on enhancing and preserving your natural beauty while promoting a holistic approach to skincare and well-being.

Tips to Speed up Your Botox Recovery Process

A smooth and speedy recovery is essential when it comes to getting the most out of your Botox treatment. By following these expert tips, you can ensure your recovery process is a breeze!

Avoid Strenuous Exercise for 24 Hours

Give your body time to recover by refraining from rigorous physical activities for the first 24 hours after your Botox treatment. Exercise can increase blood flow, which may lead to unnecessary swelling and bruising at the injection sites.

Sit Up for the First Three Hours After Having Botox

Maintaining an upright position for the first four hours post-Botox can help prevent the migration of the neurotoxin to unintended areas. This precaution ensures that Botox settles precisely where it’s intended, maximizing its effectiveness.

Go Makeup-Free for at Least a Day

Let your skin breathe and recover by avoiding makeup application for at least 24 hours after your Botox treatment. Makeup can clog pores and interfere with healing, leading to potential complications.

Stay Away From Alcohol for 24 Hours Before and After Botox

Alcohol consumption can thin the blood, increasing the risk of bruising. To minimize the likelihood of post-Botox bruising, abstain from alcohol 24 hours before and after the procedure.

Don’t Touch Your Face for 1-3 Days After Botox

Resist the temptation to touch or massage the treated areas for the first few days after your Botox treatment. Touching your face can potentially displace the toxin and compromise its effects.

 Avoid Sun and Heat Exposure for 1-2 Days After Botox

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays and excessive heat during the first 1-2 days post-Botox. Sun exposure and high temperatures can exacerbate swelling and affect treatment outcomes.

Don’t Sleep Where You’ve Had Botox Injected

For the first night or two after your Botox treatment, avoid sleeping directly on the areas where the injections were administered. Sleep on your back to ensure the Botox settles in the right place.

Ask Your Doctor About Medications

If you’re taking any medications, consult your doctor before your Botox treatment. Some medications may interfere with the procedure, affecting the results and the recovery process.

 Don’t Take Certain Painkillers Before or After Botox

Avoid certain painkillers before and after Botox, as they can act as blood thinners and increase the risk of bruising. Instead, use ice packs to alleviate any discomfort or swelling.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are looking for exceptional and personalized Botox treatment, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Baird today. At our Farmington, MI office, he will help you achieve the youthful appearance you deserve.

Call our office today at (248) 823-7122 or use our online scheduling form.

Posted on August 17, 2023 by:

Are you worried you’re aging too fast and losing your natural beauty? Worry no more because Botox is here to help you regain that smoother, more youthful skin you’re looking for. Botox is a very popular and minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It involves injecting a purified toxin into the

5 Tips To Prepare You For Your Laser Hair Reduction

Are you tired of dealing with unwanted hair and looking for a long-lasting solution? Laser hair reduction might be the answer you’ve been searching for. This innovative procedure offers a convenient and effective way to achieve smooth, hair-free skin.

However, it’s crucial to prepare properly to make the most of your laser hair reduction experience. Let’s look at five essential tips to ensure you’re ready for your laser hair reduction session.

Consultation with Dr. David A. Baird

Before starting your laser hair reduction journey, schedule a consultation with Dr. David A. Baird, a board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Baird is highly experienced and dedicated to providing top-quality care to his patients.

During the consultation, Dr. Baird will assess your skin type, hair color, and medical history to determine if you are an ideal candidate for laser hair reduction. He will also address any concerns or questions you have and ensure you feel informed and confident about the procedure.

Avoid Sun Exposure

To achieve the best results from your laser hair reduction treatment, avoiding excessive sun exposure before and after the procedure is important. Sunburned or tanned skin can increase the risk of complications and may affect how effective the treatment is.

It’s recommended to stay out of direct sunlight, use broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Protecting your skin from the sun will create an ideal environment for the laser to target the hair follicles effectively.

Shave the Treatment Area

You’ll need to shave the treatment area a few days before your laser hair reduction session. Shaving removes the hair above the skin’s surface, allowing the laser to focus on the hair follicles below. It’s important to avoid waxing, plucking, or using depilatory creams, as these methods remove the hair from the root, which can interfere with the laser’s effectiveness. Dr. Baird will provide specific instructions on properly shaving the treatment area to achieve the best results.

Avoid Certain Skincare Products

In the days leading up to your laser hair reduction appointment, avoid using skincare products that can irritate your skin. This includes products containing retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs).

These ingredients can make your skin more sensitive and increase the risk of adverse reactions during the laser treatment. Dr. Baird will provide you with a list of recommended skincare products to use before and after the procedure to ensure the best outcomes.

Follow Pre and Post-Treatment Instructions

To maximize the benefits of laser hair reduction and minimize potential side effects, following the pre and post-treatment instructions provided by Dr. Baird and his team is crucial. These instructions may include avoiding certain medications, refraining from using certain skincare products, and adhering to specific guidelines regarding sun exposure and physical activities. By following these instructions diligently, you can optimize the results of the laser hair reduction treatment and ensure a smooth recovery process.

Schedule A Consultation Today

Preparing for your laser hair reduction treatment is an important step towards achieving the smooth, hair-free skin you desire. By following these five tips and consulting with Dr. David A. Baird, you can ensure that your laser hair reduction experience is safe, effective, and tailored to your unique needs.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. David A. Baird today by calling our Farmington, MI office at (248) 823-7122 or using our online scheduling form.  Dr. Baird and his dedicated team are ready to assist you in achieving your goals!

Posted on July 13, 2023 by:

Are you tired of dealing with unwanted hair and looking for a long-lasting solution? Laser hair reduction might be the answer you’ve been searching for. This innovative procedure offers a convenient and effective way to achieve smooth, hair-free skin. However, it’s crucial to prepare properly to make the most of your laser hair reduction experience.

How To Prepare For Your Dermatology Appointment

Skin conditions can profoundly impact your quality of life, both physically and emotionally. With the understanding that your skin is the largest body organ, it’s important for you to take good care of it. A dermatologist is the most qualified medical professional to help you take care of your skin, but if you’ve never been to a dermatology appointment before, it can be helpful to know what to expect. Here is a quick guide to preparing for your dermatology appointment with Dr. David Baird.

1. Understand Your Needs

First, understand the reason why you need the appointment. It can be a concern or a clarification that you may need; for that, you should have noted the changes on your skin. These changes may include color, size, and any skin lesions, rashes, or moles discomfort. Taking a picture ahead of time can be helpful in allowing your dermatologist to provide an accurate diagnosis.

2. Compile Your Medical History

If you’re changing dermatologists, compiling your medical history is essential. This will help provide a critical context for your skin issues. List any pre-existing conditions, surgeries, allergies, and medications you currently take. Additionally, include information on your family’s medical history, particularly if they have had skin-related diseases or conditions.

3. Prepare Questions

A mental note of the questions you want to ask is an important piece of preparation. You can even prepare a written list of your questions to help ensure you discuss all the concerns during your discussion with your dermatologist.

4. Keep Your Skin Clean

Before you leave for your appointment, make sure that your skin is clean, avoiding any makeup, moisturizers, or other skincare products. This precaution is to prevent potential interference with your dermatologist’s evaluation or treatment.

5. Dress Comfortably and Accessibly

Depending on the reason for your visit, your dermatologist may need to examine different parts of your body. Dressing in comfortable and easy-to-access clothing will save time and make things easier for your dermatologist.

6. Review Pre-Appointment Instructions

In some cases, dermatological procedures such as biopsies or laser treatments may require specific preparations. Your dermatologist’s office will provide you with detailed pre-appointment instructions if needed. Ensure that you carefully read and follow these instructions to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment and avoid any complications.

7. Check Your Insurance Coverage

Lastly, contact your insurance provider to confirm coverage for any dermatological services. Understanding any copayments, deductibles, or referral requirements is crucial to avoid surprises. Bring your insurance card and any necessary referral forms or documents to streamline the administrative process.

Schedule an Appointment

If you’re looking for professional, quality dermatological care, Dr. Baird can help. We invite you to schedule a consultation at our Farmington, MI office by calling or filling out our online form.

Posted on June 19, 2023 by:

Skin conditions can profoundly impact your quality of life, both physically and emotionally. With the understanding that your skin is the largest body organ, it’s important for you to take good care of it. A dermatologist is the most qualified medical professional to help you take care of your skin, but if you’ve never been

Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Need To Know

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one out of every five Americans will eventually develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable types. Let’s discuss the different types of skin cancer, the risk factors for skin cancer, and the steps you can take to prevent it.

What Causes Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of skin cells damaged by UV radiation from the sun. This damage can occur from prolonged exposure to the sun and from tanning beds or sunlamps. Other factors that increase the risk of developing skin cancer include having fair skin, a history of skin cancer, a family history of skin cancer, and exposure to certain chemicals.

Types of Skin Cancer

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It usually affects skin areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, and scalp. Squamous cell carcinoma also typically develops in areas of the skin that receive the most sun exposure, but it can also occur on the lips, inside the mouth, and in the genital area. Melanomas are the third most common type of skin cancer and can develop anywhere on the body, even in areas not exposed to the sun.

Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

The main risk factor for developing skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. Other risk factors include having fair skin, a history of sunburns, a family history of skin cancer, and a weakened immune system.

People who work outside or spend a lot of time outdoors are also at higher risk for developing skin cancer. It’s important to note that skin cancer can develop at any age, but it’s more common in people over 50.

Preventing Skin Cancer

The good news is that skin cancer is highly preventable. Let’s take a look at a few tips on how you can protect yourself and prevent skin cancer.

Wear Protective Clothing

One of the best ways to prevent skin cancer is to cover up. Wear a hat that covers your face, neck, and ears and clothing that covers your arms and legs. You can also look for clothing with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating of 50 or more.

Use Sunscreen

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your ears, lips, and feet. Reapply every two hours or more often if you are swimming or sweating.

Seek Shade

Stay out of the sun during peak hours, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside during these hours, seek shade under a tree or umbrella, cover up your skin, or apply sunscreen regularly.

Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds emit UV radiation, increasing your risk of developing skin cancer including melanoma. If you want a tan, consider using a self-tanning lotion instead.

The Importance of Regular Skin Checks

Even with preventative measures in place, it is still important to have regular skin checks. Your dermatologist can perform a skin examination and check for any signs of skin cancer. It is recommended to have a skin check at least once a year or more frequently if you have a history of skin cancer or have any concerning symptoms.

Schedule A Consultation

Remember, prevention is key when it comes to skin cancer. By following these tips, you can take action to lower your risk of developing skin cancer. If you’re looking for a regular skin check or have some concerns you’re looking to discuss, scheduling a consultation with Baird MD is a great next step. Dr. Baird can look at your skin and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

To schedule a consultation today, please call our Farmington, MI at (248) 671-6450 or use our online scheduling form to request an appointment.

Posted on May 17, 2023 by:

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one out of every five Americans will eventually develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable types. Let’s discuss the different types of skin cancer, the risk

6 Steps To Heal A Stubborn Pimple

It can be annoying and unpleasant when pimples appear. Especially when it seems they always show up at the worst possible times. Knowing how to get rid of pimples quickly and effectively can be crucial if you have acne-prone skin and frequently break out. The best way to treat a pimple is to stop it from developing in the first place but since that’s not always possible, let’s take a look at a few ways to heal a stubborn pimple once it’s shown up on your skin.

1. Choose your acne medication wisely

Products for treating acne and pimples come in many different forms, but not all of them are as effective as possible and some can even be dangerous to your skin. Homemade treatments you find online are often called “natural” remedies, but just because something is natural does not mean it’s right for the skin. It could actually harm your skin.

When looking for acne medication, look for products that contain 2% benzoyl peroxide. It can kill the bacteria that leads to acne and get rid of any extra oil that may be clogging your pores. But you’ll want to be careful with this as well. Only apply a thin layer so it doesn’t further irritate your skin.

2. Gently cleanse your skin

No matter what type of treatment you’re using, you’ll want to gently cleanse your skin before using it. Look for mild, fragrance-free cleansers, and don’t scrub too hard when washing your skin. The key is to not irritate the pimple.

And with that in mind, when using the cleanser, only use it twice a day at the most. Over-cleansing can also irritate the skin and cause the pimple to stick around longer than you want.

3. Use ice and a warm compress

Applying ice to a stubborn pimple can reduce pain and swelling. Wrap an ice cube in a paper or cloth towel and apply it to the affected area for 5-10 minutes. Do this three times with 10-minute intervals in between applications.

If you have a whitehead, try applying a warm compress to the area. You can soak a washcloth in warm water and then apply it to the pimple for 10-15 minutes. Do this three to four times a day until the pimple releases its pus and begins to heal.

4. Do not squeeze or pick your pimple

This is one of the most important points on this list but often the hardest to resist. Try not to squeeze, pick, or pop a pimple. It can make your acne more noticeable and increases the risk of infection and scarring. It may be fun to watch people pop pimples on social media, but you shouldn’t do it to your own skin.

5. Avoid toothpaste

This may seem like an odd suggestion, but if your pimple is near your mouth, there is a chance that toothpaste could come in contact with it. Try to avoid this if possible. The toothpaste can further clog your pores and irritate the skin.

Additionally, lots of brands include menthol, alcohol, and baking soda in their toothpaste formulations and while those ingredients may be good for the teeth and your breath, they are not good for your skin.

6. Visit a board-certified dermatologist

Whether you’re looking to treat an already-existing pimple or want to prevent further breakouts, seeing a dermatologist is a great idea. They can prescribe medication like cortisone, retinol, and antibiotics, provide more tips on how to treat breakouts when they occur, and give you specific ways to prevent acne and other skin issues based on your medical history and skin type. Dr. Baird at BairdMD can help you with any breakouts you may be struggling with.

Schedule A Consultation

Whether you have a pimple that won’t go away or are worried about a different issue with your skin,  the experienced staff at BairdMD is more than happy to help. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Baird today, call us at our Farmington, MI office at (248) 671-6450 or request an appointment using our online form.

Posted on April 14, 2023 by:

It can be annoying and unpleasant when pimples appear. Especially when it seems they always show up at the worst possible times. Knowing how to get rid of pimples quickly and effectively can be crucial if you have acne-prone skin and frequently break out. The best way to treat a pimple is to stop it

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