Did you hook up and wake up with sex spots?
People wear condoms before they hump.
Condoms protect from pregnancy and most Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
Did you just say "most" STDs?
Every week, dermatologists diagnose and counsel patients with newly acquired skin STDs. Often, people think of HIV when they think of STDs. However, far more common, more visibly notable, and not as preventable by condoms are skin STDs like:
These skin STDs often cluster on the skin, in areas not protected by condoms (think upper thigh, hips, and lower stomach).
So, thigh-to-thigh contact, or stomach-to-stomach contact and voila, you have an STD.
Next Day Regrets? Nah!
Interestingly, our clinic sees many skin STDs but not many after-hook-up regrets. On the contrary, the most common questions we get are:
-I am not going to stop hooking up, I get blood STD testing always, but how could I have known about a skin STD?
-Could I have seen or screened this on my partner?
-Why didn't the condom protect me?
-How do I avoid people with skin STDs?
"Patients want to get back into the scene, but they want to be more prepared for spontaneous moments. And skin STDs are hard to see, especially in the dark." says Dr. Rashid of Mosaic Dermatology Houston.
People could pull out flashlights and examine their partner before sex. Or.......
Bump Phones Before The Hump?
People wear condoms before they hump. Should they also bump phones before the hump? Can we have an app for that?
We need more apps for STD-free sexual encounters. It is not like we are going to stop the random hook ups. So, we need more ways to help minimize skin STD spread beyond what condoms can do.
What about an App that gives you an all clear? The bump before you hump app?
Hoping to Hook Up? How The Bump Before You Hump App Could Work?
-Go in to your dermatologist for a exam for skin and other STDs
-The doctor gives you an all clear on the Apps doctor-dashboard
-When you find a hook up, you bump phones, and if both partners are clear then both phones give a green screen indicating an all clear (i.e both sides have been screened and cleared by a dermatologist).
-Bump phones ->Apply condom-> And off you go.
-But use the bump carefully. The app only gives you the all clear once. Then you need another dermatologist screening. The idea is bump then hump (with a condom) to double your protection
-The App is free and ad based revenue is generated so more people use it.
The downsides are many, but workable. Just to name a few:
-Like a condom - it is not 100%, it just improves your odds of safe sex.
-STD screening and testing can produce false negatives (so you think you have no STD but really do...just in early non-detectable stages that are still contagious).
-Software glitches can flag people negative wrongly or flag people positive wrongly. Hackers can have a ball with this kind of app.
-Human error can also occur. Doctors are not perfect.
-Time - STDs do not form instantly. So, you get the all clear from the doctor and new spots show up after the visit.
-Many sexually active people get blood STD screenings regularly, it will take time to educate people on the need for skin STD screenings as well.
What Next? Bump before the Hump.
Just like condoms, this could be part of a public education campaign. Use protection and bump phones before you hump.
Will it work? Is it a good idea? We do not know. We are just opening it up for discussion. This is definitely not medical advice nor should replace the advice of your doctor.
Well, we do not know. We just thought if we shared this idea someone can run with it and help others. But we would love to hear feedback. And if you develop it, we would love a cut of the profits :)
Mosaic Dermatology Houston now has a midtown location open. The office is definitely swank. Check out the fountain! And the bathrooms are just as special. The office is right off 59 and Louisiana and near the Mix and the Match in midtown. So, if you want to get a quick work out, the 24 hour fitness is a block away.
Our services are now also expanded to include offerings by Dr. Aneja who specializes in general and cosmetic dermatology. So if you need a botox touch up, or want to discuss beautifying your skin, ask for Dr. Aneja today. Botox touch ups are very popular for the younger group who dont need hundreds of dollars invested in botox. A few units precisely placed can get dramatic results if you start early in life.
And, we do same day appointments. Bad acne cyst needing an injection? Got into some poison ivy over the weekend? Or have a mystery mole that just appeared and is acting up? Just give us a call and either doctor can work you into our schedule. We make sure to keep wait times at a minimum because our patients have very busy schedules. You can even schedule online without making a call.
If you reside in the Houston area and have been on social media any time in the past few months you may have seen this new beauty phenomenon that is taking the skin care world by storm. It seems there is no shortage of uses for this product, ranging from teeth whitening to skin cleansing, and even detoxing drinks, but how effective actually is it?
What makes activated charcoal so ideal for these applications?
Activated charcoal has millions of microscopic pores that have the ability to attract pollutants. When it is applied to your skin, it draws impurities from the depths of your pores and holds onto them so that when that when the mask is peeled away it takes the toxins with it.
Is it harmful?
The actual charcoal is natural and very light, making it unproblematic for your skin. However, in the DIY version of this mask, a main ingredient is glue. This is where health concerns do tend to emerge. As you can imagine, glue is not an ideal facial treatment due to it being a skin irritant and prone to cause various skin issues. Needless to say, this is not something that would be recommended for facial use. Tea tree oil is an additional ingredient that some choose to include that can also irritate the skin due to its extreme fragrance. Another aspect to consider, is that toxins are not the only substance being removed when the mask is peeled away. The outer layer of cells residing on the top layer of your skin are also extracted, resulting in an increased level of sensitivity. Many that use the product do mention how soft their skin feels after but this is because they have essentially ripped away the outer layer of their stratum corneum. Essential oils residing on your skin that protect and maintain it are also extracted, removing these barriers makes your skin very vulnerable to microorganisms.
What can you do instead?
The aftermath of this facial treatment isn’t exactly ideal for beauty gurus looking to improve their skin health, and you may be wondering what can those looking for some relief do? The obvious of course would be to practice healthy skin care regimes such as washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing morning and night and staying away from certain foods and drinks such as those containing large amounts of salts, sugars, and alcohol. Of course there are some in need of more help than those routines can offer. If this is the case for you, schedule a visit with your Houston dermatologist and let them find the best solution for your issues, your skin will thank you!
Have you had chickenpox? If so, you have a high chance of also getting shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox. The virus lies dormant in your body after you get chickenpox and resurfaces later in life if your immune system weakens and allows the virus to make another appearance.
What happens if I get shingles?
Shingles usually presents as a rash and can cause a stabbing pain. Headaches, sensitivity to light, itchiness, and flu-like symptoms can be linked to shingles. It can be constant or intermittent. A rash will then occur on one side of the body in a strip or small area and can last up to 30 days. The rash then turns into fluid-filled blisters. It may sound like a traumatizing experience but most people who get shingles will not get the disease again.
How can I prevent it?
Adults 60 and over should receive the shingles vaccine. Although shingles is not always preventable, risk for complications can be. By getting medical treatment as soon as possible, you can decrease your likelihood of developing complications. Some common ones are:
To avoid these complications or possibly spreading the disease to others, you want to take care of your skin when it is most vulnerable. Here are some tips:
The sooner you get treated by your doctor, the less likely you will develop any complications that could negatively affect your life and well-being. Schedule with your dermatologist if you think you may have shingles.
Many people seem to think acne is reserved for teenagers undergoing puberty, however almost half of the adult population from ages 20-40 are suffering from adult acne. Acne can even follow you into your 50s. Your skin may react differently to the products you used as a teenager, however the same preventive measures can still help you clear your skin and avoid future breakouts. Before we discuss how to control adult acne, let’s take a deeper look at what is going on under our skin.
What causes adult acne?
The primary factor leading to adult acne is stress - something we can almost never escape as we mature. Acne in adulthood is more likely inflammatory, with fewer clogged pores but more breakouts around the chin, mouth, and jawline. Adult acne is often more difficult to treat because the skin has become sensitized. It can be caused by various factors including fluctuating hormones (mostly in women), pollution, dietary imbalances, overuse of skin products or simply using the wrong ones.
What are some things I can do to combat my adult acne?
You can start by looking at your diet. Some small adjustments may just be the fix you need. Here are some pointers:
While modifying your diet can lead to improvements in your skin, there are also some ingredients you can look for in skin products that can help exaggerate positive changes. Some of these include:
There are plenty of ways to treat adult acne in order to achieve healthy, glowing skin. For a more aggressive approach, you may want to consider seeing your local Houston dermatologist for a consult.
Thank you for joining us today at Mosaic Clinic Dermatology.
At Mosaic Clinic we want to make sure your skin is at its best. We have some tips for you in order to maintain clear skin.
Never pop your pimples. If an unpleasant scab or a possible scar isn’t enough reason for you to resist popping, here are several considerations to make before you do:
If you are still having trouble breaking the habit, it may be time to contact your local Houston dermatologist to seek professional help.
For more information you can log onto www.mcdermatology.com or give us a call at 281-941-5556
We have all had the urge to pop our pimples, and even after the recommendation from our dermatologists to fight that urge, we still go on and squeeze the annoying zit that seems magnified on our face. Most of the time we figure it better to have a popped pimple rather than an inflamed red spot ruining the look of our skin. However, if an unpleasant scab or a possible scar isn’t enough reason for you to resist popping, here are several considerations to make before you do:
How can I stop?
Instead of picking and prodding at your blemishes, try some quick fixes that may help you get on the path to clearer skin. There are plenty of ways to finding a solution to the unconventional habit of popping or squeezing pimples.
Here are some suggestions:
Remember to always treat your skin with care. Pimples will not go away quicker if you layer on pounds of product or if you constantly pick at them. Do not try to dry your skin out, even if it is oily. If you are still having trouble breaking the habit, it may be time to contact your local Houston dermatologist to seek professional help. With Saturday appointments and multiple locations, there is no need to wait to start your journey to smooth, healthy skin.
Benzoyl Peroxide - Your Next Best Friend
Among the vast selection of well known skin products and medications, benzoyl peroxide may very well be one of the most commonly used and recommended. It has even been called the gold standard of topical acne relief. It is a strong and effective treatment that bacteria cannot develop resistance to, therefore it holds a major advantage over other antibiotic medications. Benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound in the peroxide family and is used for the treatment of acne and has antibacterial effects.
How does it work?
It works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria by drying the skin as well as providing anti-inflammatory relief. It is also reduces the amount of:
Benzoyl peroxide can be formulated as a cleansing liquid, gel, foam washes, lotion, or cream and can be found over-the-counter as well as prescribed by your doctor. Gels may be too drying for some and foam washes could be tricky to use as well. Benzoyl peroxide comes in many sizes and concentrations but for certain skin issues, a large 8oz product with 10% concentration is a purchase worth considering.
As with every medication, there are some side effects worth mentioning about benzoyl peroxide:
How do I use it?
Benzoyl peroxide can be beneficial to your skin if you use it correctly. Many people think that layering on or using excessive amounts will heal their acne quicker and more effectively. The results of doing so may prove that theory to be true, however, it puts excess avoidable stress on the skin and can ultimately cause dependency on the medication. Coincidentally, using too little will lead to unsatisfactory results. The main idea to get here is that when using benzoyl peroxide, always follow directions given by your pharmacist or dermatologist - that way you can get healthy skin with lasting results. Make sure to ask your local Houston dermatologist what is recommended for your skin when it comes to benzoyl peroxide.
To Order our Mosaic Dermatology Cleansing Cream please contact the clinic.
Deep Clean Your Skin
We are all too familiar with the battle against clogged pores and we are willing to try anything to rid our skin of the annoying speckles of dirt and oil trapped in our pores. Clogged pores are caused by pollutants, bacteria, debris, and dead skin cells. Along with environmental causes, clogged pores can also be a result of:
As sebum travels through our hair follicles, dead skin cells mix with it along with dried sweat and this combination actually acts as a protective layer for your skin. However, too much of this mixture in your skin can lead to clogged pores, acne, and blackheads.
How can I get rid of my clogged pores?
Before you lose hope and give up the idea of ever having clear skin, there are several ways to treat clogged pores using ingredients that you may already have at home. Here are just a few of the many ways you can cleanse your skin and minimize the look of pores:
Is there anything else I can do to have cleaner pores?
There are plenty more DIY mask recipes that you can find online or even construct yourself. These home remedies may help you see an improvement in your skin, however, for a deeper clean with more dramatic results, consider microdermabrasion, purchasing a facial cleansing brush, or getting them manually removed.
Chemical peels are also very popular. You can get non-prescription strength retinoid products or chemical peels. Taking it to the next level is also possible with strengths that can be prescribed specifically for your skin. At Mosaic Dermatology locations, our patients especially love the medical grade TCA peels that are done every 4-6 weeks. You have an instant sensation of clean and tight pores in most cases.
If your skin problems persist, or if you are interested in learning more, contact your local Houston dermatologist to make an appointment. With same or next day appointments as well as Saturday availability, you can give your skin the attention it needs.
One of the main skin concerns today is aging. Among the signs of aging, wrinkles are without a doubt one of the most common worries. Wrinkles mainly appear at areas of the body that receive the greatest amount of sun exposure such as the face, neck, and arms. Smoking and hereditary factors also contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
How can I get rid of my wrinkles?
Although hereditary reasons cannot be controlled and aging is inevitable, you can make small changes to your lifestyle in order to prevent premature signs of aging. A major way to reduce the risk of premature aging is to lessen sun exposure. Most sun associated skin damage is avoidable, even in the hot Houston climate. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin looking young and healthy:
Are there any treatments I can do to reduce the look of wrinkles?
You can use skin care products that contain retinol, L-ascorbic acid, vitamins A, C, and E, and beta-carotene as preventive measures. These products may only exhibit a slight improvement in skin texture and elasticity. For more noticeable results you can visit your dermatologist and discuss the possibility of undergoing treatments such as chemical peels, facials, and botox injections as these are quick and efficient ways to manage premature signs of aging. You are probably seeing wrinkles and fine lines caused by the stress of the 2016 election but keep your worries at bay because your local Houston dermatologist can do these treatments for you. With same or next day appointments and even Saturday availability, taking care of your skin has never been easier. Book an appointment today with your dermatologist to see what you can do for your skin.