How to Have Fabulous Hair


We see it nearly every day in the perfectly manicured tresses on television. Bounce, curls, shine, health—perfectly polished hair.  But, one look in your own mirror may get you to wondering what’s wrong with your messy mane.

Don’t fret. You’ve come to the right place to learn how to have fabulous hair.  We’ve put together tips to protect, nourish and tame your tresses. [Read more…]

Skin Care Quiz: Test Your Knowledge with Trivia

two sisters smilingNot only is it fun to boost your brain power a bit, being informed about your skin can help you live a healthier life. We decided to have a little fun this month and test your knowledge with a skin care quiz.

The answers are listed below but don’t peek until you’ve tried! [Read more…]

Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?

surgical servicesWhen you consider a clinical trial, there are a few questions that you need to answer.  We have some what’s, why’s and how’s for you.

What is a clinical trial?    

Before a treatment can be accepted, it must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  According to the FDA, clinical trials (also known as clinical studies) are done to “test potential treatments in human volunteers to see whether they should be approved for wider use in the general population”.   A trial may involve medication, treatments or devices designed to aid a specific need.  The requirements, methods and length of trials vary upon each individual study.  For example, if you enter a trial that studies a skin condition, you may be asked to use a specific product while under the constant and monitored care of the designated supervisor.

How do clinical trials help?  Why should I participate?

Understanding the goal of clinical trials aids answering these questions.  Treatments cannot become available without undergoing a clinical trial.  Being a part of that process is not only rewarding, it can be life changing for you and others.   Clinical trials can be super opportunities to be a part of new developments and future medical advancements.  During the process, you generally get monitored health care at no cost so it’s a great way to stay on top of medical issues that you may be having.

What do clinical trials cost?

Good news.  Not only do most clinical trials cover all medical costs, free testing and regular check-ups , you often receive compensation for travel and time.

How do I find a clinical trial?

Triad Dermatology has a multitude of opportunities that may be right for you.  We add new studies throughout the year.    If you cannot find one that fits your needs today, be sure to bookmark our website, contact us via email, like our Facebook page and save our number so that you can stay informed and discover new openings.  You help us and we hope to help you!

Check here for a list of volunteers needed for our Clinical Trials as of March 16, 2015.


Sources:  FDA link

Think Before You Eat: How Holiday Treats Impact Your Skin

The holiday season is filled with parties, seasonal get-togethers, and a lot of holiday treats.  Sugar cookies, cookie dough balls, chocolates, egg nog, and pie are some of the common go-to winter time treats laid out at parties.  While they can be very tasty, high amounts of sugar and dairy can be bad for your skin.  As our holiday gift from your local dermatologist in Winston-Salem to you, we want to let you know the effects of common holiday treats have on your skin.

Sweets: Think about a desert table at your next party, filled with pies, cookies, frosted cupcakes, and a whole bunch of decadent bite sized treats.  They all have two things in common, they’re delicious and they’re filled with simple sugars.  Simple sugars, like refined sugar, will quickly increase your blood sugar and increase the amount of insulin in your body.  Large amounts of insulin will trigger your skin to start producing extra sebum oil which will make your skin greasy and clog up your pores, causing an acne break out.

Carbs: Most crackers, bread, and cakes are filled with carbs.  Carbs break down into simple sugars which will increase your insulin levels and you’ll run into the same problem as above.  Insulin produces sebum oil, sebum oil make your skin oily, and oily skin leads to acne.

Dairy: Egg nog is a holiday favorite and is a common sight around this time of year.  Egg nog, as with all dairy products, can cause acne to flare up.  The direct link between the two hasn’t been discovered just yet, but there is a correlation between excessive dairy and acne outbreaks.  You might want to treat egg nog as a treat instead of your drink of choice this winter.

Alcohol: Many people consume alcohol to battle the cold weather and relax at the end of the year, from winter themed beers to festive wine and cocktails.  Alcohol also dehydrates your body which can make your skin look older than it actually is.  Make the effort to drink water when you drink alcohol so you don’t get dehydrated.

When you do treat yourself to holiday treats, for the sake of your skin don’t over indulge, your skin will thank you later.

Psychodermatology: How Stress Affects Your Skin

Stress, by default, isn’t fun.  It can cause nail biting, panic attacks, high level of anxiety, sleepless nights, and even stomach pains which just aren’t fun symptoms to have.  High levels of stress can even cause skin problems and other health complications.  Psychodermatology is the branch of dermatology that studies the effect of your mental state on your overall skin health.  This is important because high levels of stress can wreak havoc on your body and agitate pre-existing skin conditions, such as psoriasis.  Simply understanding that stress causes your skin to break out or rile up your psoriasis is a big step in the right direction towards healthy skin.  When you know why your skin breaks out, you can stop it from happening in the future. [Read more…]

Keep Your Skin Healthy: Preventing Back Acne

Back acne can make sitting in a chair, sitting on a couch, or even wearing well fitted clothing uncomfortable or impossible.  You can get a back acne treatment once it appears, but that takes time and it’s only a reaction to back acne, not prevention.  To celebrate National Healthy Skin Month this November, we’re going to give some in depth helpful tips on how to prevent back acne at home. [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy This Winter

Winter is here just in time for National Healthy Skin Month.  It might not say it’s winter on the calendar, but the bitter cold temperatures are here and that’s what really counts.  There are many problems that can occur during the winter which can damage your skin.  As the temperature cools, the air becomes drier, which in turn makes your skin dry out quicker.  This can lead to dry patches of skin and feeling itchy all over.  To celebrate National Healthy Skin Month we want to give you a few hints and tips on how to keep your skin glowing and healthy during the cold and dry winter months ahead. [Read more…]

Back Acne Scars

Back acne can be more than just frustrating; in severe cases back acne can leave unsightly and painful scars.  One of our goals as a dermatology practice in Winston-Salem is to help  all of  clients feel great about their skin.  We want you to feel ecstatic about every inch of your skin which is why we have a few hints specifically pertaining to prevention and treatment of back acne. 

Unexpected Ways to Get a Sunburn

We all know when you’re in the sun for extended periods of time, you should have some form of sunscreen or sunblock protecting your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays, but direct sunlight isn’t the only way you can get sun burnt.  There are a few different ways your skin can get burnt and damaged even if you’re not under direct sunlight.

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How Alcohol Effects Our Skin

Your skin is a great indicator of how healthy you are – as well as how old you are. Positive lifestyle behaviors keep you healthy and your skin looking younger. Who doesn’t want to have a more youthful look?

As you relax poolside sipping on a cocktail or throw back a few beers at the neighborhood barbecue, consider what you may be doing to your skin. Most of us take heed about the effects of the sun’s rays on our skin, but often disregard the effect of that refreshing glass of wine or fruity cocktail. [Read more…]

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