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By Applegarth Dermatology PC
May 22, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Don’t battle acne alone. Our dermatologist can help you win that fight.

Acne is one of the most common skin problems that afflict both men and women. Of course, maybe you thought that once your teen years were over that you would have clear skin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. No matter if you are a teen or an adult who is finding it difficult to get their acne symptoms under control, our La Porte and Valparaiso, IN, dermatologist, Dr. William Applegarth, can help you find the right solution to reduce breakouts.

Caring for Your Skin at Home

The very first thing most people do is turn to at-home skin care products to help tackle their acne. Those with mild symptoms may find that products tailored to treat acne-prone skin (products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide) are all they need to get their breakouts under control.

It’s important that you are also gentle when it comes to caring for your skin, particularly if you are someone who is prone to acne. Being too aggressive when you wash your face can just make your symptoms worse.

When to See a Doctor

There comes a time in which you have to admit that what you’ve tried just hasn’t worked and that it’s time to turn to a skin doctor in La Porte and Valparaiso who can provide you with a more effective treatment plan. If your acne is severe or if it has stopped responding to over-the-counter acne treatments, it’s time to turn to us for an evaluation.

There are many treatment options for tackling your acne, but first we need to figure out what’s causing your acne. Often during adolescence, hormones are responsible for your teen’s acne. In this case, young women may be prescribed an oral contraceptive known to treat acne.

Other acne treatments include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Retinoid
  • Topical creams with a stronger concentration of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid
  • Laser therapy
  • Chemical peels (also great for reducing the appearance of superficial acne scars)
  • Extractions

Applegarth Dermatology offers two convenient locations in Valparaiso and LaPorte, IN, to serve you better. No matter whether you want to chat about your acne treatment options or you want to find out how we can fresh your appearance and take years off your face, call our office today.

By Applegarth Dermatology PC
May 15, 2018
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Eczema  

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that produces itchy rashes that are scaly, dry, and leathery. It can appear anywhere on the body and mostEczema often appears in the creases of the arms, legs, and face. Something that many people may not know is that there are multiple types of eczema. They all share some common symptoms but are all different depending on the nature of what triggers the reaction and the location of the rash.

Types of Eczema           

Atopic Dermatitis

This is the most frequent and common form of eczema and it’s thought to be caused by the body’s immune system functioning abnormally. It’s characterized by itchy, inflamed skin and typically runs in families. Atopic Dermatitis usually flares up and goes away intermittently throughout a person’s life.

Contact Dermatitis

This is caused when the skin comes in contact with an irritant such as certain chemicals. Finding what triggers a breakout is important so that it can be prevented in the future. Triggers may be things like laundry detergent, body soap, fabrics, poison ivy, and more.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis usually affects the palms and soles of the feet. It is characterized by clear, deep blisters that itch and burn and occurs frequently during summer months and in warm areas.


This form of eczema is a chronic skin inflammation caused by a cycle of scratching to a localized itch, such as a mosquito bite or spider bite. It’s characterized by scaly patches of skin, usually on the head, lower legs, wrists, and forearms. The skin may become thickened and leathery.

Nummular Dermatitis

This form is characterized by round patches of irritated skin that can be crusted, scaly, and very itchy. It frequently appears on the back, arms, buttocks, and lower legs.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is a common condition that causes yellow, oily, and scaly patches on the scalp, face, and other body parts. Dandruff is a form of Seborrheic Dermatitis. This form of eczema doesn’t always itch. Triggers can include weather, oily skin, emotional stress, and infrequent shampooing.

Stasis Dermatitis

This appears on the lower legs of older people and is related to circulation and vein problems. Symptoms can include itching and red-brown discoloration on the skin the legs. As the condition progresses it can lead to blistering, oozing, and skin lesions.

Eczema comes in all shapes and sizes and can be triggered by many things. If you have questions about eczema or want to make an appointment, call our office today!