Your Guide to Healthy Skin

Moles and Birthmarks


Here at Knoxville Dermatology Group we deal with a variety of skin conditions. We see conditions that have developed over time. We also see conditions like congenital nevi that are present at birth.

Bare those Legs!


Despite the recent cold front in Knoxville, warm weather continues to lurk. It won’t be long until we can officially store sweaters and scarves and break out the skirts and sundresses. Now is the perfect time to deal with unwanted hair!

The Deal with Adult Acne


With age comes more responsibility. We can sometimes expect clear skin to be our present for surviving our hormonal teenage years. Unfortunately for some of us, acne can remain and sometimes worsen in adulthood. Read below to understand why acne sometimes sticks around.

Carefree Feet


It’s easy to be carefree now that the sun’s out. But just because sandal weather is around the corner, it doesn’t mean you should be carefree about your feet. You are just as susceptible of contracting Athlete’s Foot in the spring and summer as you are in the winter.

Working Out Your Skincare Routine


It’s almost beach season, and we’re definitely hitting the gym before summer hits. Exercising gets the blood pumping, which promotes healthy circulation, nourishes skin cells with plenty of oxygen and keeps your skin vibrant. While the benefits of exercising are great for your body and skin, not adhering to a workout skincare routine can leave your skin worse off.

A Not-So Fun Game of Tag


Tag, you’re it! That’s how it can feel with skin tags. They seem to pop up and it can feel like you’re stuck with them.

Hey Doc – Is this growth harmless?


Your Knoxville Dermatology team is here for you when you have questions about new growths or changes in your skin. A common condition we see at our offices is seborrheic keratosis.

Bye Bye Blisters!


We’re all dying to slip into our new spring sandals, but after a long day of work, we’re dying to get out of them. Blisters have formed and they make our feet unbearably painful until they heal. We’ve gathered our best tips on how to deal with blisters, especially with a new season around the corner!

Press the Refresh Button


After a long winter of hibernation, it’s finally time for spring cleaning and that goes for our skin too! Your Knoxville Dermatology team wants you to have healthy, glowing skin. Yes we treat your skin medically, but there’s also a time for primping your skin.

What is Staph?


Staph infections are a very common skin condition. The bacteria that cause these infections are usually found on the surface of the skin, especially around the nose, mouth, and genitals. If the skin is punctured or broken, the bacteria can enter the wound to cause an infection.

The Selfie Itch


Whether you’re blowing up the internet with your Oscar selfie or just capturing a moment at brunch, watch out next time you squeeze in for a selfie. An increase in the spread of lice can been linked to the selfie craze.

Gel, Cream or Spray – the best of SPF


Thanks to daylight savings and the sporadic beautiful weather, Knoxville is out soaking up the sun. We know SPF is part of your skincare routine, but what type of SPF do you use and when? Here are our suggestions for the best time and place for each type of SPF.

Stress Proof Skin


There are some days, even weeks when stress is inevitable. Deadlines pile up, everyone needs you at once, and it seems never ending. We’ve already talked about how stress affects your skin. We even found an infographic on Huffington Post. So here are our tips for stress-proofing your skin.

Dandruff Myths Busted


Dandruff can happen to anyone. But why do we get it in the summer when it’s humid out? Why does it get worse when we skip a day of shampooing? Never fear! KDG is here to debunk those dandruff myths.

Adjusting Skincare Routine for Spring


Keeping skin healthy means paying attention to what you put inside your body, as well as being mindful of your surroundings. In the winter, for instance, when temperatures and moisture are low, it’s important to keep lotions and moisturizing creams on hand. In the springtime, our skincare routine has a different focus.

What to Expect with Eczema


We deal with a lot of skin diseases here at Knoxville Dermatology Group. One of the most common skin conditions we see is eczema. It’s no wonder since it affects more than 30 million Americans. We are here to say that we want to help you manage your eczema.

Acne Aftermath


As if acne isn’t bad enough, we’re sometimes left with scars that last long after the pimple has faded. “Even without picking, acne…can lead to scarring because of the intense, collagen-damaging skin inflammation,” says Tina Alster, MD, a professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center. So what are the best ways to deal with the acne aftermath?

Avoiding the Worm


As a kid, we probably all thought ringworm was the outline of a real worm living under your skin. Thankfully we know better now. We know it’s a skin infection but what else should we know?

Feeling Flushed


A flushed face is expected after a great surprise, but when the redness doesn’t fade, or when it flares up unexpectedly, you may be dealing with rosacea.

A Chickenpox Comeback


A very common skin disease in children, chickenpox, could come back to haunt you in adulthood. The virus that causes chickenpox remains dormant in your nerve roots forever, even after symptoms disappear. Should the virus reactivate, it comes back as shingles.

How to Deal with Cold Sores


A sore knot in your lip is usually a sign that a cold sore is developing. Not only are they painful and irritating, they can be embarrassing. Here are the details on how to deal with cold sores.

Fight the Signs of Aging


As we age, taking preventative steps to stay healthy and strong becomes more important than treating symptoms as they occur. This is especially true of our skin. There are so many things we can do to keep our skin looking youthful, even if youth seems long past.

MediSpa Has Eyes for You


Valentine’s Day is next week and the race is on. Have you bought a gift for your special someone? Made the reservations? Picked out the perfect date outfit? There’s such a rush to make sure you look your absolute best. That’s where MediSpa can be of service.

The Winter Itch


When it’s cold outside who doesn’t want to stay in? But being indoors with dry heat can be harsh on the skin. With skin as your first line of defense against bad weather, it’s important to take care it! Follow these steps for healthy, strong armor of skin!

Cysts, Lumps and Bumps


Sure, the occasional bump and bruise happens and we try to be more careful walking up the stairs and near the coffee table. But lumps and bumps all over your body are cause for concern. Cysts are one skin condition that can cause these bumps on your body.

Live, Laugh, Love with Lips


In many ways, lips are so important. They help us eat. They convey our mood. They can even lead to love. Follow our tips for healthy lips so you can live, laugh and love.

Help with Hives


When a hive breakout occurs, your body has released histamine from cells, which causes fluid to leak from the blood vessels. This leads to swelling of the skin. There are many factors that may cause a breakout, and it is often difficult to determine the exact cause. Allergies to foods, medications, and insect stings are the most common triggers for a breakout.

Ingrown Hairs: A Nuisance


Getting the hairdo right is no easy task, especially for women. Every day seems like a constant struggle to tame the mane. But what happens when our hair doesn’t grow out? How do we deal with ingrown hairs?

Your Skin Care Resolution


Early January is the perfect time for an annual skin check in order to start the year off right. Your doctor or dermatologist will be the official say-so during this exam, but there are some things you can do to make sure nothing is overlooked.

Live Paraben Free! – Cosmetic Safety


If not protected, cosmetic products could harvest yeasts, molds and bacteria. To combat this, pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies incorporate preservatives called parabens into their products. Used in combination with other types of preservatives, parabens protect against microbial growth and help to maintain product integrity. Seems like a good thing, right?

Enjoying the Holiday with Beautiful Skin


The holiday season is a time for giving and a time for cheer. Our hearts are filled with love and joy and our bellies are filled with goodies and treats. But our skin is depleted of moisture. This year we want you to enjoy the holidays, and we want you to do it with beautiful skin.

It’s All in the Chemistry – Glycolic Acid


In chemistry classes, we’re taught to take extra precautions when dealing with acids. However, there are certain acids that are not only safe to touch, but actually very effective in the upkeep and maintenance of skin. These are called Glycolic Acids.

When to Say, “Throw It Away!”


If you looked into your makeup bag right now, would you find a tube of neon lip gloss or bright blue eye shadow from the nineties? Old makeup isn’t just bad style, old makeup can also be bad for your skin. Aside from expiration dates and common sense, here are some tips on when to say, “Let’s throw it away!”

Ice Skating on Market Square


It’s true the coming months will require more layers. It’s true you may be drinking more cocoa and less lemonade. But you don’t have to hibernate all winter long- you’ll surely go stir crazy. Find some time to get outdoors for a hike, ice skating, or skiing. Just remember, if you’re outside, take the time to care for your skin.

5 Tips to Keep Skin Soft through Every Season


There’s no denying that winter is tough on skin. But we’ve pulled together 5 tips to keep your skin soft despite the snow in the winter, the humidity in the summer, and the in-between of spring and fall.

Don’t Flake on Me! – Dealing with Dandruff


When winter hits, moisture seems scarce. We lather on our heavy creams, turn on our humidifiers, ease up on the hot showers, but sometimes dry, flaky skin makes an appearance. It’s not fun at all dealing with dry skin and dealing with it on your scalp can be especially frustrating.

Sparkle, Don’t Shine


We have now entered a time of endless parties, feasting and cheer known as the holidays. We constantly have to look game ready for family or friends coming into town who want to catch up or celebrate. When you’re planning parties and catching up on things at school or work, it can be hard to find a little “me” time to take care of a stress breakout or dull skin.

Stressing Out about a Break Out


With the holidays creeping up on us, the stress of deadlines, holiday parties and family visits starts to build up. The last thing you want on the agenda is dealing with a break out, but with dryness and stress in the air it can be hard to avoid.

Aging Gracefully


Everything seems to change with age – our style, our hair, and especially our skin. With things like our hair and fashion sense, we change them when and how we want. But our skin changes due to genetics and our skincare routine.

Acne – It Doesn’t Stop After Puberty


Adolescence can be a time of physical and emotional turmoil. The raging hormones cause dramatic changes in our bodies, voices and skin. During this frail time, acne is a big battle we faced, but as it turns out it doesn’t stop with puberty.

Unwelcomed Guests


After throwing a party, it’s great to hear “Thanks for being a great host!” from your guests. But when it comes to ringworm and other parasites, to be a host is no compliment.

It’s Not What You Think – Cold Sores


Dry, cracked lips are a common winter nuisance that can be remedied with a good lip balm. Another winter nuisance is a cold sore.

Don’t Forget the SPF!


It’s a time for boots and scarfs, hats and coats, staying in and cuddling up. Just don’t let your sunscreen routine disappear- you may need it now more than ever!

Leave the Streaking to College


As the weather changes, so too do the colors in our wardrobe. We begin to sport rich dark hues like emerald, navy and chocolate brown. Something that isn’t getting darker is our winter skin tone. To maintain that sun-kissed skin, we may look to self-tanners or lotions.

Save the Spooky Faces for Halloween


The beauty of Halloween is getting to step outside of your normal life as any character you want. Some costumes like a witch or clown take the full commitment of face paint and wigs. Although these are a hit at the party, your skin may take the hit with rashes or breakouts.

Spooktacular Skin and Savings


Don’t put off pampering yourself any longer! Thanks to Knoxville Dermatology Group’s MediSpa, you can now enjoy savings on Botox and Juvederm October 30th through November 1st.

Have You Heard of Solar Purpura?


Spotted frogs and spotted dogs are a normal sight to see, but what about those spots on your hands? In most cases, dark purple blotches found on the forearms and hands are a symptom of actinic purpura.

Chicken Pox 2.0


Maybe you can’t catch chicken pox twice, but the itch and burn can return. Shingles is a painful skin rash born from the same virus that causes chicken pox. The bad news? It’s back. The good news? You’ve dealt with it once before, you can do it again.

Barnacles of Old Age


As we age, things may disappear that we would prefer to keep (i.e.: speedy metabolism) and things may show up that we didn’t ask for. The latter is the case for seborrheic keratosis, one of the most common types of noncancerous skin growths in older adults.

Port-Wine Stains


Red wine is notorious for leaving the most difficult stains. Port-wine stains are a different kind of “stain” – it is a birthmark typically found on the face, scalp or neck. Port-wine stains appear when an area of skin doesn’t get a sufficient supply of nerve fibers and blood vessels expand to form the birthmark. […]

No Hair, DO Care


It’s good to change up your hairstyle every now and then. Whether you switch your hair part or get a drastic haircut, you can usually tell a difference. Another hair change that gets more and more noticeable over time is hair loss.

Is Your Skin Budding?


Of course we’d all like to think our skin is as fresh and colorful as a flower bloom, but that’s not the kind of budding that happens to your skin. Friction-caused skin growths can appear as buds of skin on your body. These are known as skin tags.

Psoriasis Treatment Gets the Blu Light


As the weather cools down, it’s natural for our skin to become more dry and flaky. While maybe all we need to do is change up our moisturizer, dry and itchy skin may be a symptom of a condition more serious than a weather reaction.

You’re Making Me Blush!


Embarrassment graces us all from time to time along with the blushing. But what if you keep blushing, even when you aren’t embarrassed? This frequent, often life-disrupting redness is known as rosacea.

Bling that Stings


Because keeping up with jewelry trends can be expensive, we sometimes look for bargains or knock offs. Unfortunately, bargains can cause green rings, itchy ears or red rashes. Don’t let jewelry allergies stop you from looking great.

End of Summer Skin Tips


Some of our biggest fall skin fears include uneven tone, rough patches of dry skin and breakouts caused by sudden seasonal shifts. In our last post we talked about how exfoliation is an essential part of your skincare routine for fall, but you can do more.

Exfoliation – A Skincare Routine Must


While you’re out soaking in the last bit of summer, your skin may be struggling to soak up moisture. Exfoliation is a great way to prepare your skin to maintain moisture for the changing seasons.

What You Should Know About Antioxidants and Tanning


Surpassing “fad diet” or “craze”, antioxidants have become a household name and a must-have in our daily diet. It’s great for heart health and building a strong immune system but did you know it’s also great for your skin?

Do You Know Your Skin?


There are some things in life that are better left to the professionals, like a drastic haircut or dental surgery. But one thing you can do yourself that will help the professionals is do a skin scan at least once a month.

It’s Football Time in Tennessee


With 6 home games this season, we have a lot of tailgating ahead of us. This past weekend’s first game had plenty of UT Volunteer fans outside playing corn hole, trying new homemade recipes and cheering for our boys and Coach Jones. We’ve kept to our summer skincare routines and feel ready to show off our golden tans and our orange apparel. But the cooler weather doesn’t mean we can ditch the SPF.

A Rough Patch


Have you ever had a rough patch of skin show up on your arm or leg, then show up again and again? You aren’t the only one experiencing this itchy nuisance called eczema. According to the National Eczema Association, more than 30 million Americans are affected by it.

Lip Service


Dry, chapped lips happen from time to time but simple changes in your diet and skincare routine can help you have supple, healthy lips all year long. While we may not be able to have lips like Angelina Jolie, we can take care of them like she does.

When to See a Dermatologist


We all get busy with school, work, being a parent and everything else that is going on in our lives. Often times, we are so busy that we might even forget to put on matching socks. One thing that should not go forgotten about is the dermatologist. Whether you have an annoying (or painful) skin condition that you keep meaning to make an appointment for, or you haven’t been to the dermatologist in a long time, schedule your appointment and hold firm to it.

Ingrowns – Worse than the In-laws


As uncomfortable as some in-law visits can be, they don’t even compare to ingrown hairs. The bumps and the pain – it’s not a fun thing to deal with. These unsightly and irritating bumps can cause a lot of pain if they aren’t managed properly.

5 Facts About Lice


Back-to-school season almost always means new clothes, new teachers and new friends for school-age children. So what do you do when you realize that these new friends have shared their toys and their lice?

Hive Got a Problem


“Hive” got a problem and so does about 20% of the world. It’s estimated that 20% of all people will get hives at some point in their lives.

The Paraben Discussion


The most controversial ingredients in skincare are parabens. There are people on both sides of the fence- those saying it does not cause any harm and those saying it does. Because of its controversy, many skincare lines are popping up and marketing “paraben-free” products. Even certain makeup items are now being formulated without them. So, what’s the deal?

Summer Skin: Sun Damage & Hyperpigmentation


By summer’s end, your skin routine may begin to change. You should be trading water-based moisturizers for creamier ones, but still using SPF 30 daily because sun damage and hyperpigmentation can affect your skin even as the weather cools down.

Don’t Step on That!


We are halfway through summer, so take your family on a mini-vacation to Dollywood Splash Country to unwind and cool off… but beware of athlete’s foot!

Sun Burns vs. Sun Poisoning


Even though all the rain Knoxville’s been getting can deter some summer play, sun burns and sun poisoning should still be a concern. The sun is out, despite the dreariness of an overcast day, and your skin is still exposed to its UV rays. Many of you have experienced mild symptoms of sunburn but do you know if you’ve ever had sun poisoning?

July – National UV Safety Month


July isn’t just for fireworks and hotdogs – it’s National UV Safety Month. This is a great time to spread the message of safe fun in the sun.

5 Types of Warts to Know


As a child, it was a common thought that frogs caused warts. While that may help you keep frogs out of the house, we are here to tell you that warts are actually caused by a virus.

Heat Rash in the Summertime


What better time than the summer to take the family to World’s Fair Park and run around in the fountains. Or spend Saturday morning walking around Market Square to enjoy the Knoxville farmer’s market. We talked about protecting your skin with SPF 30 and wearing proper clothes, but sometimes covering up too much can cause […]

Traveling with Healthy Skin: Part II


While traveling can be an adventure, don’t let your skincare routine fall by the wayside. Use these tips for traveling with healthy skin, and you’ll start and end your trip with a healthy glow. • If you can, avoid coffee, alcohol and salt. Traveling is dehydrating enough, but these substances will leave you feeling parched […]

Traveling with Healthy Skin: Part I


Our bodies react to our traveling behaviors. Whether it’s for a business trip or relaxation, our bodies and especially our skin can tell when something is out of the norm. Your skin will go through temperature and humidity changes, no matter what mode of transportation. When there are bumps along the road, you don’t want […]

Is There Fungus Among Us?


Typically when talking about fungus, you immediately think of things like bread mold and mushrooms. A more serious fungus among us is nail fungus. Unlike its plant and food-related counterparts, nail fungus can cause infections in your nail beds that can be very painful. You should know the symptoms and when to act before it […]

Age Spots or Liver Spots?


Much like tree rings, we have liver spots that can reveal our age. But they aren’t just for the elderly – young people can also get them with too much sun exposure. It seems there’s some confusion about the cause of liver spots and the difference between age spots and liver spots. Liver spots are […]

Know When To Go: Moles vs. Freckles


Having a thorough skincare routine is important for healthy skin. It is time to take it a step further with a monthly scan of your freckles and moles. It can be as simple as spending ten minutes after you get out of the shower making sure everything looks the same. With exposure to the sun, […]

Clear Complexion Facts


Unfortunately, acne is no longer a thing of the teenage years. In fact, this study presented last year at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting found that more adults are getting acne than ever before. While there are many thoughts as to why these numbers are increasing, today we are going to focus on […]

Summer Skin Care Tips – Become SPF Savvy


Summer’s here which means beach trips and lying out by the pool. Protecting your skin will give you the best summer glow, but what do you know about the sunscreen you’re putting on your skin? Do you know how long it will protect you? What do the SPF numbers mean? We’ve got you covered with […]

Sweating It Out


We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!” Well some of us can’t help but sweat, especially in this summer heat. Outside of the normal causes like stress, exercise and emotions, some of us can’t control our sweating, and it’s getting in the way. This excessive, unpredictable sweating is called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is […]

Tick bites and Lyme disease


It is the perfect time of year to go camping here in Tennessee. The weather is nice, the trees and flowers are in bloom and the mountains are right at our back door. What are you waiting for? Go pack a bag! However, the great outdoors do come with certain annoyances such as ticks. These […]

Baby, Oh Baby!


During the summer, every magazine, news story and radio ad seems to be about protecting your skin from the sun. Most people know the basics for taking care of their skin, even if they don’t follow it every day. However, you might not be as well-versed with your baby’s skincare needs. The sun begins damaging […]

What’s Your Skincare IQ?


May is Melanoma Awareness month. Each year, approximately two million people in the United States are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, with the majority of them being either basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas. Today we are going to discuss basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a growth of abnormal cells arising in the […]

What’s Your Skincare IQ?


May is Melanoma Awareness month. Each year, approximately two million people in the United States are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, with the majority of them being either basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas. Today we are going to discuss squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma is a growth of abnormal cells arising in the […]

Get Your Hat On!


It is National Facial Protection Month, and since we are almost to the hottest time of the year, you need to know the best ways to protect your face. This month also happens to coincide with Knoxville’s Derby Days. This multiple-day event includes parties and fundraisers all around the city, but there is one main […]

Spring in to East Tennessee


April showers bring May flowers. Knoxville has seen its fair share of showers this month, leaving many hopeful gardeners ready to plant and garden. This is one of the most beautiful parts of spring. However, whenever you are working outside there is always a risk of running into poison ivy or poison sumac. Poison ivy […]

The ABCD’s of Melanoma


May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and anyone is susceptible to developing it. It is our duty to help increase awareness of the importance of the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. Each year, approximately two million people in the United States are diagnosed with non-melanoma […]

Ditch the Itch


It is hard enough for skin these days as the weather moves from cold to warm. Skin naturally lost moisture throughout the winter and is now trying to balance back out. On top of that, some of you have to deal with eczema. And that just isn’t fair. Eczema is a skin condition characterized by […]

Erase It All With Retinol


There are plenty of anti-aging creams, serums—you name it—on the market today. So how do you know what works and what is all talk? Luckily, we have the answers from our board-certified physicians at Knoxville Dermatology Group. Retinol is the number one anti-aging ingredient, and is prescribed the most by dermatologists. It is based on […]

Springtime Skincare Transitions


The weather has finally made the transition from winter to spring here in Knoxville, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the warmth. While we love the change in weather, our skin doesn’t always reciprocate the feeling. We have some tips today to easily take your skin from dull to fresh. – Simplify your […]

The Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays


Sunscreen should be an essential part of your morning skin care routine. Experts have warned us again and again about the risks of skin cancer as well as aging skin if you do not use sunscreen. For those of us who do use sunscreen, the labels can be confusing. They say UVA, UVB and many […]

Dust Off That Dandruff


Ugh, you notice it again. Those white specks on your shirt or on your couch. It is dandruff, dead skin cells that come from the scalp. Dandruff may be accompanied by itching of the head, ears or neck. These symptoms can be intensified based on a number of environmental factors, such as an individual’s stress […]

The Pain with Shingles


It’s well-known that once you’ve had chickenpox, you can’t get it again. What’s not as well-known, however, is that the virus that causes chickenpox, varicella-zoster, stays dormant in your nervous system for the rest of your life. The virus can then reactivate years later as shingles, often without warning. The first sign that you may […]

Tips to Treat Bacterial Infections


Bacterial infections and viral infections (or viruses) have similar symptoms- runny nose, cough, and sore throat- but must be treated differently. A bacterial infection, luckily, can usually be treated by an antibiotic. Because bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that thrive in many environments including internally and externally, an antibody is the best form of treatment. If […]

Know when to go: Body Cysts


A cyst is a lump that appears just below the skin and is usually a by-product of an infection or clogged oil gland. Epidermoid cysts are the most common type of skin cysts and mainly occur on the upper portion of the body. They can be hard to notice at first because they are slow-growing […]

Athlete’s Foot Facts


Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the feet. The fungus which causes athlete’s foot thrives in moist, warm places, such as showers, gyms and around swimming pools. Since these are places that athletes frequent, they are exposed to the fungus more than the general population, hence the name athlete’s foot. It is very contagious […]

Get Rid of Lice


Lice is often times associated with children (remember the lice checks in elementary school?), although anyone is susceptible to catching it. These unwanted insects live on humans and feed on our blood. They are usually found on the scalp and along the hairline. Getting rid of lice can be tricky because they are such small […]

Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin: 50 and over


It is never too late to slow the progression of aging and prevent further damage. In your 50s and above, cell turnover is very slow and the skin has trouble holding moisture. Dryness is a top problem in aging skin, as it magnifies lines and wrinkles. We have a few tips for taking care of […]

Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin: 30s and 40s


You’ve heard the saying “40 is the new 30,” and we agree! Whether you are in your 30s or 40s, it is time to get serious about skincare. Be mindful of putting on sunscreen before running out the door and take notice of these tips for taking care of your skin in your 30s and […]

Alopecia Areta


There is a condition that affects the immune system and results in hair loss on the scalp and body called alopecia areata. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, alopecia areata affects approximately two percent of the population, including more than 4.7 million people in the United States alone. Alopecia areata usually starts with one […]

Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin: Teen-20s


Your skin is still very young in your teens and early 20s. Unfortunately, this also means that oil production is at its peak and acne could be just around the corner. Or maybe you are the opposite and have chronically dry skin. Either way, we are here to give you some tips for taking care […]

The Low Down on Blisters


Blisters are those fluid-filled bumps on your skin that resemble little bubbles and can occur for many different reasons*. The severity of blisters varies, and we are here to break it down for you. Easy to treat, non-serious blisters: • Feet – forms because shoes rub against your skin • Hands – gardening, dish washing […]

The Importance of Sunscreen in the Winter


Protecting your skin is a year-round battle. Just because the temperatures drop doesn’t mean you need to toss out the sunscreen! It is still just as important to cover your face, neck and hands in the winter. Every day we are exposed to the sun, whether it is walking the dog, taking out the trash […]

Knoxville Dermatology Q&A


Today we are taking some time to answer each of your questions about our office and what we can provide for you. Q: Do I need to have a certain skin problem in order to see a dermatologist? A: We are glad you asked that! No, while many people DO see a dermatologist because of […]

Dealing With Aging Skin


As we get older, our skin undergoes a number of changes. How skin ages depends on several factors such as lifestyle, diet and heredity. The most common characteristic of elderly skin is dryness. This is because as we age, our skin begins to thin and as it thins, it is less able to retain moisture. […]

Ingrown Hairs – Treatable and Preventable


With the recent cold winter months, shaving is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. Yes, even for men – no shave November ringing a bell? From shaving beards to shaving legs, men and women who choose this method of hair removal are commonly plagued with ingrown hairs. The redness, irritation and bumps that appear only […]

The Ugly Facts on Genital Warts


When you choose to have sex, it is your responsibility to be safe and smart with your partner. If you are not, STDs can be a result of your mistake. One such STD that can cause many problems is genital warts. About 1% of sexually active adults in the U.S. have genital warts at any […]

Take Control of Your Psoriasis


Psoriasis is a chronic immune disease. It causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin so many believe it is just on the surface. However, it starts from within and directly relates to your immune system. Certain immune cells are activated and produce too much of a protein called tumor necrosis factor in patients […]

Check It Twice! The Importance of Monitoring Your Moles and Freckles


So you’ve heard your mom, your grandpa and your friend tell you all about the importance of sun safety. Yeah, yeah, yeah you say as you slather on a quarter size of SPF 4. A couple years later you will notice more freckles and moles on your body than before. This comes from your skin’s […]

Pityriasis Rosea


Pityriasis Rosea is a common adult skin condition that is similar to a rash. It is believed to be caused by a virus, starting from the inside not the outside. Thus, it cannot be spread from one person to another. This rash flares up and usually lasts for four to eight weeks depending on the […]

Winter Skin Savers


Winter is a foe to all skin types. Oily skin becomes dried out, causing red patches and dry skin becomes even drier and begins to flake. This is not an ideal skin condition, especially with all of the holiday parties and appearances that are filling up your calendar. Luckily, there are certain moisturizers out there […]

The Importance of Checking Your Skin


We recently re-stumbled upon this video. It is an amazing and impactful video regarding skin cancer. Whether you have had it, know someone who has it, or just know what it is – watch this video and get your skin checked. It can save your life! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4jgUcxMezM

Acne No More


Acne: the bain of our teenage self’s existence. Unfortunate memories of years with that unsightly blemish still linger. Let’s not limit it to teenage years though, because adult acne is just as common. Acne is a skin condition caused by blocked or clogged pores. There are many different reasons for getting acne, from hormones to […]

Warts 101


Warts are usually harmless but can cause some irritation, embarrassment and annoyance. Men, women and children all get these stubborn warts in virtually any part of the body. However, the most common place for warts are hands/fingers and feet. Warts can be contagious if an infected person comes in contact with someone’s open wound. Also, […]

The Pain with Nails


There is nothing more frustrating than a problem with one of your nails. You see and feel it every single day. Whether it is an ingrown nail or a fungal infection, it can be painful and embarrassing. Luckily, there are many cures for these two ailments and they can be found at Knoxville Dermatology Group.

Rosy Cheeks with Rosacea


During this time of year it seems like most everybody has rosy cheeks from the cold. However, there is a difference between slightly red cheeks from the cold winter wind and red cheeks all year round. Rosacea is a skin condition in which your skin, most notably your cheeks, turns a bright red color. It […]

Tick Bites and Lyme Disease


When traversing the woods of East Tennessee, it’s not uncommon to encounter ticks. These little parasites latch onto a person’s skin and gorge on their host’s blood. While outside of being a nuisance and perhaps somewhat painful, tick bites aren’t particularly troublesome. What can be concerning, however, are the diseases these bloodsuckers carry. The Centers […]

Skin Cancer: Melanoma


Of all the different forms of skin cancer, there are three types which occur most frequently: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. In this post, we’re going to focus on the most serious type of skin cancer–melanoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma accounts for less than five percent of skin cancers. However, […]

An Overview of Eczema


Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic dermatological disease that causes inflammation and itching of the skin. Eczema can occur on any part of the body, but it is most often found on the elbows and knees. It is characterized by patches of red or brownish-gray skin that are almost always itchy. These […]

What are Plantar Warts?


A plantar wart is a small lesion or growth which occurs on the bottom, ground-facing side of the foot. It is common for calluses to form on these warts, as well as what are known as “wart seeds.” Wart seeds are dark spots within the wart that are actually clotted blood vessels. Since these warts occur […]

A Rundown of Cherry Angiomas


A cherry angioma is a noncancerous, benign skin growth comprised of blood vessels. These growths are fairly common and can appear most anywhere on the body. They have a bright, cherry-red color and vary in size from a pinhead to about ¼ inch. Cherry angiomas spontaneously appear for most people in middle age, but it […]

Excessive Sweating or Hyperhidrosis


Do you sweat excessively, but ignore it because you think it is normal? Well, it is more common than you think. There is even a name for it. Hyperhidrosis is a common medical condition which causes a person to sweat excessively and unpredictably. It occurs most often under the arms (armpits), but it can also […]

What to do about Chigger Bites


Most people in Knoxville and East Tennessee are familiar with chiggers. Those pesky little bugs are abundant in the woods of East Tennessee. For those less familiar, chiggers are the larvae of  harvest mites (also known as red bugs). They are so small, that they often can’t be seen without a magnifying glass. They are […]

Dealing with Cold Sores


Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small, red bumps that form on the gums, outside the mouth or on the cheeks and nose. These bumps may blister and form a yellow crust and can be painful or itchy, although that is not always the case. A cold sore typically lasts one to two […]

Perioral Dermatitis


Perioral dermatitis is a rash made up of red bumps that mainly occurs around the mouth, though the nose, eyes, forehead and other parts of the face and head may also be affected. The bumps may be filled with fluid or pus, and they may produce a burning sensation. Because it resembles acne, the two conditions […]

Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Of the many different types of skin cancer, three are the most common: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. This post will take a closer look at squamous cell carcinoma, which is the second-most common type of cancer after basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cells comprise the very most outer layer of skin. Squamous […]

Basal Cell Carcinoma


Of all the different forms of skin cancer, there are three types which occur most frequently: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. In this post, we’re going to focus on the most common type of skin cancer–basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma accounts for about 90 percent of all cases of skin cancer. […]

Jock Itch


Jock itch is a form of ringworm that causes a rash to form in the groin area. This rash may be accompanied by itching, pain, scaling of the skin or blister-like bumps in the affected area. It is very similar to athlete’s foot and is caused by fungi that come from the same genus. As […]

Epidermoid Cysts


A cyst is a lump that appears just below the skin and is usually a by-product of an infection or clogged oil gland. Epidermoid cysts are the most common type of skin cysts and mainly occur on the upper portion of the body. They can be hard to notice at first because they are slow-growing […]

Milia–Causes and Treatment


The skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face and body. This extremely delicate area is also one of the places where signs of aging first appear. With the need to take good care of this small area through creams and other things, you wouldn’t think […]

Dandruff–How to Treat it


In a previous post, we covered what dandruff is and what causes it. Dandruff in and of itself is not harmless or contagious. After all, it is merely dead skin cells falling from your scalp. However, it can be embarrassing for people with severe or persistent dandruff. It can also be indicative of other problems, such […]

Dandruff–What is it and What Causes it?


Most people have heard of dandruff, but a lot of them may not know what it really is. You may recognize dandruff as little white flecks, resembling dust, that appear on people’s collars and shoulders. Those white flecks are dead skin cells that come from the scalp. Additionally, dandruff may be accompanied by itching of the […]

All About Athlete’s Foot


Athlete’s foot, known medically as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the feet. The fungus which causes athlete’s foot thrives in moist, warm places, such as showers, gyms and around swimming pools. Since these are places that athletes frequent, they are exposed to the fungus more than the general population, hence the name athlete’s […]

The Facts on Head Lice


Everyone who has been in elementary school knows the drill. The nurse comes by and runs her gloved hands through your hair, examining your scalp. Yup, you’re being checked for head lice. Lice are small insects which live on humans and feed on their blood. They are often found on the back of the neck […]

Folliculitis


Have you ever gotten razor burn–those little red bumps that creep up after shaving? If so, then you’ve had a case of folliculitis. Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles that can be caused by either bacteria or fungus. The infection causes a small, pimple-like bump that may itch, burn or otherwise be painful. […]

Dermatology for the Elderly


As people age, they are subject to certain skin conditions, some more serious than others, that younger folks are not. Skin undergoes a number of changes as people become older that can affect how the skin looks. It loses its elasticity, becomes thinner and can lose the fatty tissue supporting it. As a result, wrinkles, facial […]

Babies and the Sun


In our previous post, we covered some basics in regards to dermatology for newborns, but there is another very important part of skin health regarding babies: sun protection. Infants have very sensitive skin, so you have to take extra precautions to keep them safe and healthy. The sun can be very unforgiving on the skin […]

Dermatology for Newborns


Babies are vulnerable human beings that are more prone to disease than other segments of the population. So what should new parents know about their baby’s skincare? Keep things plain. Use products that are hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free. A baby’s skin is very sensitive, and you don’t want it to become irritated due to perfumes or […]

Understanding Seborrhiec Dermatitis


As we’ve written about before, there are many different types of dermatitis. This post will focus on seborrhiec dermatitis, a common disorder that usually affects your scalp. It’s often confused for other skin conditions, so we’ve described it further below. Seborrhiec dermatitis causes a scaly, red rash, usually along with severe dandruff. As stated above, […]

What is impetigo?


Staph infections and strep throat are regular concerns for parents of small children, but the bacteria that cause these problems can also cause a skin infection called impetigo. This highly contagious infection is most common in children and infants and can lead to serious complications. It’s important that the condition is diagnosed and treated early […]

Avoiding Scabies


Scabies is an incredibly irritating skin condition caused by mites. This highly contagious condition causes a severe itch to those who suffer from it and can be difficult to treat. Its symptoms can be similar to other skin diseases, so it’s important to understand exactly what the condition is. Scabies is caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, […]

Catching Vitiligo Early


Vitiligo affects millions of people worldwide, but it rarely receives the same attention as other skin diseases. Although it doesn’t harm the health of those who suffer from it, it can cause a great amount of stress and embarrassment. The condition prevents areas of your skin from producing melanin, the pigment responsible for your skin […]

When to Get Treatment for Hives


Hives are a very common skin problem. These red, itchy welts can appear anywhere on the skin and can come in many different sizes. While most cases of hives are harmless and can be treated at home, you should be aware of the signs and symptoms. Hives appear as raised, red welts on the skin […]

Types of Psoriasis


Psoriasis is a chronic and common skin disease. While plaque psoriasis, with its red, itchy and scaly patches is the most common type, you should be on the lookout for other forms of the disease, as well. It is possible to have more than one type at the same time, and each type can evolve […]

What You Should Know about Ringworm


Ringworm is a common fungal infection of the skin, but most either don’t know much about it or have incorrect information. Ringworm, also known by the medical term tinea, is a fungal infection that appears on the surface of the skin, often as a red, circular rash with healthy looking skin in the middle. The […]

The Burning Pain of Shingles


It’s well-known that once you’ve had chickenpox, you can’t get it again. What’s not as well-known, however, is that the virus that causes chickenpox, varicella-zoster, lies dormant in your nervous system for the rest of your life. The virus can then reactivate years later as shingles, often without warning. The first sign that you may […]

When is it time for a doctor to see your mole?


Most people have somewhere between 10-40 moles on their body, and that number changes throughout a lifetime. Moles vary in size and color, ranging from small and pink to large and dark brown. These common moles are almost always harmless and generally don’t require any sort of treatment from a doctor. There are some moles, […]

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac: Part 3; Identification


While wearing long sleeves, pants and using an ivy block can help prevent contact with these plants, the best way to prevent a reaction is to avoid the plants altogether. Read the descriptions below to know what to avoid. Poison Ivy: It’s well known that poison ivy is identifiable by its three leaves, but there […]

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac: Part 2; Treatments


If you know, or even suspect, that you have come in contact with poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac, there are some steps you should take to treat it immediately. You should first rinse the area with cool water to try and remove any oil that has yet to be absorbed by your skin. […]

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac: Part 1; Effects


Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac pose a constant threat for anyone who ventures into wooded areas. These three plants contain an oily resin called urushiol, which can cause an irritating rash when it comes in contact with skin. The rash generally develops within 12-48 hours, depending on your sensitivity to the irritant and […]

Healthier Skin from the Inside, Out: Olive Oil


Olive oil is great for you, but did you know it also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties that help your skin, too? Since ancient Rome, olive oil has been known for its healing properties for smoother, more radiant skin.” Additionally, eating it provides antioxidants to fight free radicals and reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a major cause […]

Healthier Skin from the Inside, Out: Pomegranates


Pomegranates are one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits. Research shows this fruit’s juice has more inflammation-fighting anti­oxi­dants than red wine or green tea. Eat some fresh pomegranate or, use it in the age-fighting scrub recipe below; apply once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. Scrub it on: Pomegranate Exfoliating Scrub Cut off pomegranate […]

Stop Spot Treating


Thanks to fluctuating hormones, women over 40 routinely experience acne problems. But using a spot treatment to relieve red spots will only dry out the skin, leaving a raw and irritated area—and it won’t help heal the pimple either. The best way to treat acne is by using an acne-fighting cleanser or moisturizer once a […]

Healthier Skin from the Inside, Out: Pumpkin


Pumpkin gets its orange color from carotenoids, which are wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that can help neutralize the effects of free radicals in the skin. This helps to slow down the aging process. Rich with vitamins C, E, and A, pumpkin also has powerful enzymes that help cleanse the skin from impurities. Plus, pumpkin has hydrating […]

Tips to Avoid Aging Your Skin


The No. 1 way you’re aging your skin? Not wearing sunscreen daily. The sun is the primary cause of skin aging. The sun can reach you on cloudy, rainy, or snowy days as well. Skin-damaging UV rays can penetrate through glass, so you need to apply sun protection even indoors. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which […]

Healthier Skin from the Inside, Out: Green Tea


Settling in for the evening with a good book and a cup of green tea is more than just relaxing…it’s also good for your skin. Green tea is filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants and research shows that drinking it may reduce your risk of skin cancer. You can also add a squeeze of citrus juice—like lemon, […]

Timing Matters with Skincare Products


Ever felt like your skincare products don’t seem to work for you? It could be a matter of timing. Ditching products too quickly If you’re frustrated that your new anti-aging moisturizer isn’t doing its job, stick it out longer before switching. Bouncing from product to product may leave you with the impression that nothing works […]

Summer Skin Care Tips and Solutions


The first thing every person should do in the summer is wear sunscreen. Not only does it prevent sunburns, but over time minimizes aging and skin cancer risk. If you suffer from oily skin, purchase sunscreens that say “oil free” on the packaging so you get the protection without the breakouts. Wear a minimum of […]

July is National UV Safety Month


Summer is finally here and that means the days are longer and the sun’s rays are intense. Did you know that July is UV Safety Month? The physicians at Knoxville Dermatology Group wanted to take this opportunity with our monthly newsletter to remind our patients about the importance of skin health during July. Every year, […]

Bedtime Skincare and What You Can Do


There are many ways we can keep our skin healthy and some of them have to do with our nightly skincare regimens. In today’s Skin School blog, we are highlighting a couple of ways you can enjoy better skin by putting in a little extra effort at night. Never Go to bed without Removing Makeup […]

Healthier Skin from the Inside, Out: Strawberries


Did you know that strawberries have more antiaging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit? Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t. Vitamin C also helps fight free radicals, which […]

Q&A: Supplements for Skin Health


Sometimes we get asked questions about ways patients can keep their skin healthy and for today’s post, we’d like to share a question that gets asked often and answer it for our blog readers. Q: I hear a lot about omega-3 fatty acids like the kind found in fish oil supplements are good for skin. […]

When to See a Dermatologist


The Internet is a great tool and one that has really changed how we carry out our daily activities as it brings such a vast amount of information to our fingertips. Many people, upon the first sign of an illness or health issue, go straight to the web to self-diagnose. While it’s great to be […]

Healthier Skin during June, Men’s Health Month


June is Men’s Health Month and its purpose is to increase awareness of preventable health problems and promote better health for men. Here at Knoxville Dermatology Group, we wanted to take this opportunity with our blog to remind men (and the women who care about them) about the importance of routine skin exams that can […]

Proper Foot Care for the Elderly


Proper skin care is important in folks of all ages, but it is especially crucial when we get older. This week’s Skin School post features tips on taking care of your feet, especially in the mature years. Foot Care – Common Foot Issues: Corns, calluses, warts, dry skin, fungal infections, ingrown toenails and blisters are […]

Spotlight on Skin Types: Sensitive Skin


Spotlight on Skin Types: Combination Skin is classified into different types, including normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. While some people have a combination of one or more of these skin types in different areas,  it is important to understand what constitutes each and how they should be cared for. Additionally, a person’s skin type can […]

Caring for Mature Skin, part 2


This is the second part of a series here at the Skin School blog where we want to discuss caring for mature skin and share some tips for treating mature skin conditions. Healthier Mature Skin 1. Always keep the skin clean: This applies especially to the feet, groin, under areas and armpits. Individuals who sweat […]

Spotlight on Skin Types: Combination


Skin is classified into different types, including normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. While some people have a combination of one or more of these skin types in different areas,  it is important to understand what constitutes each and how they should be cared for. Additionally, a person’s skin type can change over time. Younger people […]

Caring for Mature Skin, part 1


All through our lives, our skin is changing. From birth to childhood, skin has different qualities than teen years. Mature skin also involves changes and it is important to realize some of the common traits, problems and solutions for aging skin in order to address specific issues that need to  be recognized and properly treated. […]

Milia: Not Such a Small Problem


Milia is a skin condition characterized by deep seeded, small white bumps. The most common types, primary and secondary milia, are keratin filled cysts that are essentially harmless. It forms when skin cells become trapped rather than exfoliate naturally. The trapped cells become walled off into tiny cysts that appear like white beads below the […]

Spotlight on Skin Types: Oily


Skin is classified into different types, including normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. While some people have a combination of one or more of these skin types in different areas,  it is important to understand what constitutes each and how they should be cared for. Additionally, a person’s skin type can change over time. Younger people […]

Spotlight on Skin Types: Dry


Skin is classified into different types, including normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. While some people have a combination of one or more of these skin types in different areas,  it is important to understand what constitutes each and how they should be cared for. Additionally, a person’s skin type can change over time. Younger people […]

May: Skin Cancer Awareness Month


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and with over two million people diagnosed with skin cancer each year, we wanted to touch on the issue here in our spring newsletter. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it can be prevented and is, in fact, one of the […]

5 Skin Care Basics for All Skin Types


The Basics of Skin Care No matter what type of skin you have, these basic tips will help you keep it healthy and glowing! Sunscreen – Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid direct sunlight and wear a hat and sunglasses when outdoors. Smoking – Just don’t […]

Spotlight on Skin Type: Normal


Skin is classified into different types, including normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. While some people have a combination of one or more of these skin types in different areas,  it is important to understand what constitutes each and how they should be cared for. Additionally, a person’s skin type can change over time. Younger people […]

Dealing with Dandruff


Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition that involves itching and flaking of the skin on your scalp. It isn’t contagious or serious, but can be embarrassing and often difficult to treat. Thankfully, dandruff can usually be controlled. Often mild cases of dandruff require just daily shampooing with a gentle cleanser. Medicated shampoos are sometimes […]

Healthier Skin from the Inside Out


We all know the importance of proper skin care for the overall health of our skin. But did you know that what you put in your body plays a crucial role in your skin’s health as well? On this edition of the Skin School, we are going to share some key vitamins that can allow […]

April Showers Bring Spring Allergies


We’ve all heard the old adage that “April showers bring May flowers,” but there are other less desirable effects associated with April’s seasonal changes, and the one we’re highlighting here is seasonal allergies. Allergies can have significantly adverse effects on our skin but awareness and information about how to treat them can help. In the […]

Treating Alopecia Areata & Hair Loss


There is a condition that affects the immune system and results in hair loss on the scalp and body called alopecia areata. Alopecia areata affects millions of Americans and these numbers continue to rise. Our team of board certified dermatologists here at Knoxville Dermatology Group believes awareness and education about skin diseases such as alopecia areata are […]

Put Your Best Foot Forward: Skin Care for Feet


Spring has officially arrived and although you may be eager for the first warm day to wear sandals or flip-flops, your feet may not be as enthusiastic about their looming reveal.  After being cooped up in heavy socks and boots all winter, your feet need some extra care so that they look good and feel […]

Caring for Your Lips


There are many products on the market promising to firm, tighten and moisturize our skin. Our skin needs moisture to function properly and the harsh elements we face every day can take a toll on its moisture levels. From hot showers and baths to changing seasonal elements, our skin works overtime to do its job. […]

Nutrition and Its Impact on Skin Health


Is what you put on your plate as important as what you put on your skin? YES! Physicians, health experts and dermatologists alike agree that skin health is reflective of our diet. Therefore, diets rich in vitamins and antioxidants are more likely to reveal a clear, smooth and vibrant complexion.  This blog will explore exactly […]

How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Hairs


With Spring and Summer fast approaching, so are the woes that accompany shaving. From shaving beards to shaving legs, men and women who choose this method of hair removal are more than often plagued with ingrown hairs. The redness, irritation and bumps that appear only a few days after shaving, typically accompany ingrown hairs. Though […]

Diabetes and Skin Care


Diabetes is a disorder of the body’s immune system in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose or blood sugar levels.  Although diabetes affects millions of Americans and continues to grow, medical advancements have opened the door to several treatment options that have eased the burden of living with this condition. Furthermore, proper […]

Skin Conditions in Children


No matter how healthy your children may be, skin issues can still arise from time to time. It is important to pay attention to any new developments that may present themselves because skin conditions in children can often be more severe or have different effects than the same conditions in adults. From common rashes to […]

Transition Your Skin from Winter to Spring


Winter is coming to an end and seasonal changes like this can take quite a toll on your skin. With the right tools and information, this transition doesn’t have to be a painful one. By adding a little extra effort and incorporating some updates to your skincare regimen, you’ll be unveiling fresh, fabulous skin in […]

Treating Acne in Teenagers


Young people are often faced with skin breakouts or a condition called acne. Caused by changing hormones, many pre-teens and teenagers suffer from this condition when puberty sets in. Hormones stimulate glands in pores to make more oil and this can cause pores to become clogged. Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments Sometimes teens can have good luck […]

Do You Have a Dermatologist You Can Trust?


Skin health is an important issue and we all must take certain steps to protect our skin as well as promote its health. One vital part of this is having a board certified dermatologist you can trust. Your dermatologist is the best defense you have against skin problems, giving you solutions to issues that range […]

Hands Off Your Skin


Here at the Skin School blog, our main focus is your healthy skin. There are even a few solutions to improve the quality of your skin that don’t require a visit to our office. Would you believe the average person touches his or her face 16 times in one hour? From all the things we […]

Scar Solutions


People visit dermatologists for a number of different reasons. Sometimes they make an appointment with a board certified dermatologist to treat a current issue or ongoing condition, but did you know another reason to seek professional medical attention is for scars? Scars result from wounds that occur in the skin and tissue of our bodies. […]

Facts About Hair Loss


Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is associated with aging in both men and women, but can be a scary thing if you are experiencing it. While it is a common part of the aging process, alopecia can affect younger people as well. Many factors play a role in hair loss, but some common ones […]

What to Expect at the Dermatologist’s Office


As our largest organ, our skin and its health should be a priority. One way of making sure you provide your skin with the care and attention it needs is forming a relationship with a board certified dermatologist. Some people are apprehensive about visiting a dermatologist, especially if it is for the first time. Here […]

Adult Acne


It is estimated that nearly 30% of women and 20% of men ages 20 to 60 experience skin breakouts caused by adult acne. The condition is caused by sebum, a pore-clogging oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Adults who suffer from acne can blame hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens (male hormones) as well […]

All About Warts


Warts are one of those skin conditions that have a great deal of mystery surrounding them, including misconceptions about how they are caused, how they spread and whether or not to seek treatment. In today’s Skin School blog, we are doing to clarify some things for you about warts and give you some helpful information […]

Persistent Itching could be sign of Scabies


Sarcoptes scabiei, commonly known as scabies, is an easily spread skin disease that is caused by a very small species of mite. While there is a negative stigma surrounding the condition, it affects people worldwide, with no regard to culture, gender or age. Spread by direct contact with infected people, scabies can affect whole families […]

Facts about Perioral Dermatitis


It’s common for your face to experience a little redness or a blemish every now and then, but if you have any of the following symptoms, it might be time to see a dermatologist. Tiny red bumps or papules around the nose, chin or mouth, an uncomfortable burning sensation, flaking skin and general redness are […]

Put Your Best Foot Forward


December is a busy month and you’re probably rushing around trying to check all sorts of things off your list. One minute you might be slushing through the rain in heavy boots and the next you might slip into a pair of dress shoes for a work meeting, then into some strappy heels and finally […]

Get Dazzling Skin for the Holidays


The holidays are a wonderful time of being with loved ones, gift giving and enjoying festive annual traditions. Did you know they can also wreak havoc on your skin? All the shopping, cooking and celebrating also means you are probably getting too little sleep, eating on the run and feeling a bit more stress than […]

Rosy Cheeks Could be a Sign of Skin Condition Rosacea


Everyone knows that around this time of year, we start to see more of the jolly guy in red. You know the one, with the round face and the rosy cheeks? While a healthy complexion does involve a bit of color on your cheeks, there is a skin condition called Rosacea that causes much more […]

Setting the Record Straight about Skincare Myths


In this day and age, there is a great deal of information available about skincare and skin health, but it’s important to look to board certified dermatologists when getting your information about these important skin issues. We’ve heard just about every skincare myth out there and much of the time folks are misinformed. We decided […]

November Celebrates National Healthy Skin Month


November has been designated as National Healthy Skin Month by the American Academy of Dermatology and it’s a good time to think about giving your skin a little extra attention. Did you know that most people don’t see a dermatologist until after they have experienced skin problems? This probably isn’t the best practice. It’s actually smart […]

Getting mixed signals…from your skin?


Upon the first “chill” of fall, we line up our arsenal to combat that dreaded dry, flaky skin so often characteristic of cold weather.  It can seem as if our skin is begging to be moisturized; however, did you know that some dry skin issues shouldn’t be treated with moisturizers because they don’t actually help? […]

Getting to Know Your Skin


As our largest organ, skin is our first line of defense against the elements we encounter in daily life. From the sun’s damaging rays to pollutants in the air, there are many possible hazards that can cause our skin stress. Being under the care of a board certified dermatologist is only part of a healthy […]

Melanoma: Getting the Facts about this Increasingly Common Cancer


Melanoma is an ugly word, but even uglier are its effects on your body. The most serious cancer of the skin, melanoma begins in the melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) and shows up in the skin because that is where these cells are mostly found. While one in 50 Americans is at risk for developing melanoma at […]

What Works for You!


November is a time of reflection, celebration, and beautiful, healthy skin! As this is the American Academy of Dermatology’s National Healthy Skin Month, Knoxville Dermatology Group would like to see you through the coldest weather with advice and information as it relates to the health of your skin. In order to acquire and maintain outstanding […]

Warts: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments


Warts: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments Warts can come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Most of the time warts go undetected but sometimes they can be very embarrassing. There are many different types of warts and knowing which one you have will help to better aid in the treatment process. What is a wart? Warts […]

Psoriasis vs. Eczema


As August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, the physicians and staff of Knoxville Dermatology Group hope to share their knowledge and insight through this blog about this skin condition that affects so many, yet receives so little attention. Psoriasis and eczema are both chronic skin conditions that have the same symptoms and even effects. It’s very […]

Pulling the Trigger on Psoriasis


As August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, the physicians and staff of Knoxville Dermatology Group hope to share their knowledge and insight through this blog about this skin condition that affects so many, yet receives so little attention. Psoriasis causes the life cycle of new skin to form within a few days, as opposed to several […]

Welcome Our New Physician Assistants: Amy Milke & Paul Maben


Knoxville Dermatology Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Milke and Paul Maben as the practice’s newest Physician Assistants. The physicians and staff of KDG are confident that Amy and Paul will fulfill and maintain KDG’s Cornerstones of Care: Experience, Respect, Compassion, and Innovation. Amy Browning Milke, PA-C joined Knoxville Dermatology Group in […]

Keeping Children Safe from Summer Sun


SUN SAFE CHILDREN Clark E. Julius, M.D. Do you want your children to keep the wonderfully lustrous smooth skin they were born with? “Then, keep their skin protected from the sun from the moment they are born.” “You really have to watch the fair skinned child.”  This means keeping newborns sheltered from the sun, especially until […]

What You Should Know About Insect Repellents


Using Insect Repellents Safely Clark E. Julius, M.D. Professor of Medicine University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks can be annoying and sometimes pose a serious risk to one’s health. Mosquitoes can transmit diseases like equine and St. Louis encephalitis. Biting flies can inflict a painful bite that can persist […]

What You Should Know Before Scheduling an Appointment


When it comes to cosmetic procedures, the better you are informed, the better the experience, and hopefully the results. However, reaching out to a skin care professional to obtain the proper information regarding the procedure can be intimidating. Upon reading this blog post, we hope you are left feeling confident about your decision to seek […]

Easy Tips for Healthy Nails


Many people go out of their way to keep their finger- and toenails perfectly polished and manicured at all times, but many of us mistreat and abuse our nails. Fingernails and toenails are looked at as a small-scale snapshot of our overall health, and if they look unhealthy, so do we. Nail Fast Facts: Fingernails […]

June: Acne Awareness Month


June: Acne Awareness Month Acne is a skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples or “zits.” Most people go through a stage of acne at one point in their lives, but it doesn’t end with the teen years; adult acne is growing more and more prevalent. About 85% of people between the […]

Contact Dermatitis: What is it and how do I treat it?


Contact Dermatitis: What is it and how do I treat it? Contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin, usually a localized rash or irritation of the skin caused by contact with a foreign substance.  There are two types of contact dermatitis, allergic and irritant. Like all allergic reactions, allergic contact dermatitis comes from a […]

Skin Care and Travel: Taking Healthy Habits with You


Travel can take a toll and put additional stress on our nerves, but it can also take a toll on our skin health. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, skin care should not be neglected; therefore, it is important to get familiar with the impact of travel on skin and how to be […]

What You Should Know About Melanoma and Skin Cancer


Since May is “Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month,” our Skin School will be posting a series of articles to explore this topic in-depth.  The first line of defense against skin cancer is prevention and our team of physicians at Knoxville Dermatology Group find knowledge is our most powerful weapon.  Therefore, our goal is to […]

Misconceptions about Moisturizers


Hydrate! Moisturize! Slather on the lotion! The call for action to protect skin against the damaging and drying effects of winter has been made loud and clear. Dermatologists and skin care professionals urge individuals to “weatherize” skin by incorporating thick, heavy moisturizers into their normal skin care routine. However, is there a point where skin […]

Not To Be Combined With…


When addressing the needs of problematic skin, active ingredients such as retinol, benzoyl peroxide and alpha-hydroxy acid are often found in recommended skin care products. Their effectiveness varies; however dermatologists agree that mixing these strong ingredients can be counter- productive. Retinol and benzoyl peroxide are exfoliating agents that clear existing acne and prevent new blemishes […]

Benzoyl Peroxide: Key Ingredient,Key for You?


Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most commonly prescribed anti-acne ingredients. However, regular use of benzoyl peroxide may be the source of possible skin problems. Knoxville Dermatology Group encourages you to learn more about active ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide, found in many skin care products. What is Benzoyl Peroxide? Benzoyl Peroxide is medication used […]

Facing Adult Onset Acne


For many adults, acne has become a growing pain that continues to grow with them. In fact, “…there appears to be an increase in post-adolescent acne, and that the disease is lasting longer and is requiring treatment well into the mid forties,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Regardless of what age you are […]

Welcome to SkinSchool–Your Guide to Healthy Skin


SkinSchool is your go-to source for all things related to skin and dermatology. Did you know skin is your body’s largest organ? Adults carry some 8 pounds and 22 square feet of it! Healthy skin is very important to your overall well-being. Skin does so much more than simply make us look presentable-it serves as a waterproof […]

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