Healthier Skin for the Summer An interview with Dr. Lopez by Channel 5 Belize.
Sun Damage Aging speeds up in those areas exposed to sunlight, a process known as photoaging. Photoaging, or sun damage, results in fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration and textural changes. The epidermis becomes thinner so the skin easily blisters and tears. The skin feels dry because it is less able to hold onto water. Overactivity […]
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who is already infected. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites and viruses. There are more than 20 types of STDs, including HPV (genital warts), chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, and syphilis. Most STDs affect both men […]
Scars & Scar Correction Scars are permanent and affect a person’s self esteem, especially when located on visible body areas. Vicious scars could even go beyond the original injured skin (keloids) or raise above the skin (hypertrophic scars). The correction of the scars could be achieved through surgery and intralesional therapy, both techniques being offered […]
Melasma Melasma appears as a symmetrical blotchy, brownish pigmentation on the face. The pigmentation is due to overproduction of melanin by the pigment cells, melanocytes. It can lead to considerable embarassment and distress. The cause of melasma is complex. There is a genetic predisposition to melasma, with at least one-third of patients reporting other family […]
These may be upsetting, but they usually are not caused by serious medical problems. Hair loss, including thinning and breaking, is the most common scalp problem. Most people lose from 50 to 100 hairs per day. Some possible causes for severe hair loss are: damage to the hair from hair care products, (dyes and permanents, curling […]
Rosacea is a common facial acne-like disorder affecting middle-aged and older adults, particularly the fair-skinned. Many patients have a significant flush or blush that might be precipitated by hot liquids, hot sauce, alcohol and sun exposure. Depending on the severity of the condition rosacea could be treated with oral or topical medications.
Nail fungus is a fungal infection in one or more of your nails. An infection with nail fungus may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges […]
Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. No matter which part of the skin is affected, eczema is almost always itchy. Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. In fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown. Among […]
Age Spots, Brown Spots These result from having a lot of melanocytes in one area of your skin due to acute (extreme) or chronic (regular) exposure to sunlight. They only appear in exposed areas: forehead, cheeks, nose, dorsa of hands and forearms, upper back, chest, or shins. They usually appear in adults older than 40, […]