Southlake Dermatology


Allergic Contact Dermatitis

The warm days of summer are typically accompanied by an increased incidence of allergic contact dermatitis. If you recognize your skin problem in the following, contact Compassion Dermatology for a consultation. We will be glad to help you in our Southlake Dermatology practice.

Signs and symptoms

Allergic contact dermatitis is characterized by itchy papules, which are small raised pimples or swelling, and redness. The presence of itchy plaques may indicate a chronic form of the condition.

The condition typically develops within a few days in areas that were exposed directly to the allergen. However, some allergens that are poorly absorbed may not cause a reaction for as long as a week after exposure.


In addition to visual examination, diagnosis may include a culture, patch testing,  testing for nickel, skin biopsy or other tests. If you have an itchy rash, contact our Southlake Dermatology practice to schedule a consultation.


The treatment is first to identify the cause and to remove the identified allergen. Topical corticosteroids are a common treatment for allergic contact dermatitis. Severe allergic contact dermatitis, such as from poison ivy, often needs to be treated over a 2-week course of medication.

Remember, the identification and removal of any potential causal agents are required. Without removal of the cause, the patient remains at risk for recurrence, and at increased risk for chronic dermatitis. In addition, those with chronic dermatitis may develop an allergy to topical corticosteroids. A patch test can determine if a person is allergic to topical corticosteroids. Contact our Southlake Dermatology practice today to put an end to your allergic contact dermatitis.

Contact Dermatitis Vs. Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is often confused with allergic contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin due to direct damage from chemicals. As previously stated, allergic contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction, and not direct skin damage from chemicals. If you are unsure of the identity and cause of your skin issue, our Southlake Dermatology staff can provide the healing you need.

A detailed history is essential in evaluating a patient with allergic contact dermatitis prior to patch testing. The history helps to identify potential causes of allergic contact dermatitis, and helps to determine the potential allergens that should be included in patch testing.

The Causes

Allergic contact dermatitis results from skin contact with an allergen to which the patient has a specific sensitivity. The resulting allergic reaction causes inflammation of the skin manifested by redness, swelling and the small pimples.

Approximately 25 chemicals are commonly responsible for as many as half of all cases of allergic contact dermatitis. Nickel, preservatives, dyes, and fragrances are especially common allergens. Compassion Dermatology can provide the help you need to resolve this uncomfortable condition in our Southlake Dermatology clinic.

  • Poison oak and ivy are an example of acute allergic contact dermatitis in the U.S. Allergic contact dermatitis from these plants is characterized by acute dermatitis that develop where oils from the plant has been in direct contact with the skin. Contact our Southlake Dermatology to schedule treatment for your poison oak or ivy.
  • Nickel is a leading cause of allergic contact dermatitis, and the incidence is on the rise in the U.S. Europe has enacted regulations resulting in a reduction of the allergen exposure in women. The reaction to nickel is typically localized to the areas where nickel containing objects are worn, or are in contact with the skin. Nickel in the diet of allergic individuals may result in vesicles on the sides of the fingers.
  • Rubber Gloves-Any individual who wears rubber gloves and experiences dermatitis is is considered allergic to one or more chemicals contained in them, unless a patch test indicates otherwise.
  • Hair Dye-The chemical p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) is a common component in permanent hair dye products. Exposure may cause acute dermatitis with severe swelling of the face.
  • Textiles-Persons allergic to dyes and clothing containing chemicals added to textiles often develop dermatitis on the trunk. Individuals allergic to chemical containing clothing can find relief by wearing 100% cotton. In addition, new clothing is more likely to induce contact dermatitis. Allergens may diminish in concentration with repeated washing.
  • Preservatives-Preservatives are added to cosmetics, moisturizers, shampoos, sunscreens and topical medications. They are a common source of allergic contact dermatitis. Formaldehyde,  Quaternium-15,  isothiazolinones and methylisothiazolinone are frequent causes to watch out for. We can assist you in identifying the causes of your skin condition. Contact Southlake Dermatology today.
  • Fragrances-Fragrances are found in perfumes, colognes, shampoos, aftershaves, lotion, deodorants, soaps, and other products. If you are allergic to fragrances, choose fragrance-free products. Deodorants are a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis caused by fragrances. This is because they occlude skin that is often abraded by shaving in women.
  • Benzocaine-Persons who are allergic to benzocaine can safely use or be injected with lidocaine (Xylocaine), which does not cross-react with benzocaine. The patch test typically includes testing for Benzocaine allergy.
  • Photo allergy-Photo-allergic contact dermatitis not a common reaction. The allergy may be due to ultraviolet (UV) light, or an allergic reaction when a chemical is present on the skin, and combined with sufficient ultraviolet light.

Patient Education

The best prognosis is related to avoiding exposure to known allergens. This includes reading the label for the known allergens identified. A thorough examination and testing will reveal the chemicals and plants you need to avoid. Compassion Dermatology can help you with your skin issues. Contact our Southlake Dermatology office today.

Southlake Dermatology

Southlake Dermatology

Ready for a New You?

As the summer approaches, you may have a concern about skin issues, or small pockets of fat on the body, loose and sagging skin, or cellulite. Compassion Dermatology can help you to achieve the new look you want for summer. Contact us today for reliable results in a holistic setting with our Southlake dermatology.

Reshaping Your Contour

At Compassion Dermatology, we are able to use the latest non-invasive technology to help reshape all areas of the body and provide you with a rejuvenated appearance. Before summer arrives, schedule a consultation in our Southlake dermatology clinic and let’s get started helping you look and feel better for summer clothing and activities.

The ICON Aesthetic System uses a targeted cooling process that safely destroys fat cells and leaves the surrounding structures unharmed. Being noninvasive, it requires minimal to no down time, and can be performed on almost any area of the body. In addition, it is effective for vessel and pigment clearance, the treatment of scars and stretch marks, reducing wrinkles and provides permanent hair reduction. In the treated area, it is typical to see as much as a 25 percent reduction in fat. The procedure is recommended in almost any part of the body, including the abdomen, hips, inner and outer thighs, love handles, arms, chin and bra fat. Contact us at our Southlake dermatology clinic for additional information.

Sculpsure is an FDA approved laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis ideal for the treatment of stubborn fat. It provides permanent removal of fat cells in just 25 minutes.

In addition to these we offer a solution for your cosmetic concerns, including non-invasive treatments. For example, we can provide a treatment for loose, sagging skin and cellulite. We offer treatments that can stimulate the formation of new collagen for firmer skin and wrinkle reduction. Other treatments include our hydra-facial, dermaplaning and Kybella, a treatment that can provide you with a firmer, more youthful jawline. Radio frequency provides a safe procedure for heating deep fat deposit, ridding you of them permanently, while stimulating new collagen production.

Indoor Tanning

Indoor tanning is especially popular among teens. Unfortunately, the link of indoor tanning with UVB enhanced and UVA emitting devices and melanoma is well established. Regardless of your age, the risk increase grows directly with the frequency in which you use these devices. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, indoor tanning is responsible for a 75% increase in the risk of melanoma. In addition, it is also responsible for premature aging and other types of skin cancer. Your dermatologist offers safer options for a healthy and natural looking tan. Give us a call today in our Southlake dermatology clinic to find out how!

Reducing Sun Damage

Damage from the sun to your skin can accumulate over time. Fortunately, help is available. From procedures to products that reduce skin discoloration from the sun, reduce pores and unclog them, even out pigment and reduce fine lines and flab, your dermatologist offers a solution for your skin concerns in our Southlake dermatology clinic.


Injectable fillers can add volume in areas where we have lost it and can also soften the effects of age lines. As we age, changes in fat, muscle and bone can cause the lower face to appear fuller. Fillers help increase volume to restore a more youthful appearance, by restoring youthful features such as high cheekbones, full cheeks and a defined jaw line.

How long the results of a filler last depend several factors, such as how quickly your body will metabolize the product, where it is injected, and the type of product. Most fillers will average lasting approximately 6-12 months, but up to 2 years is possible, again depending on the type and your individual metabolism. In addition, injectable filler is also useful for scar reduction. Ready to rejuvenate your appearance just in time for summer? Contact our Southlake dermatology clinic today to schedule the first day of a new you.

Basic Skin Care

Basic skin care always begins with the appropriate skin cleanser. Whether your skin type calls for a foaming cleanser, a beauty bar for sensitive skin or other, start fresh with clean skin. In your morning routine, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher after cleaning.

In the evening, after cleaning, apply a retinoid every third day to avoid excessive peeling. Next, apply a moisturizer or hydration repair product. Moisturizing masks and eye masks for under-eye bags are also a means of improving your skins health and appearance. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They help to hydrate your skin, and provide skin protecting antioxidants. A consultation in our Southlake dermatology clinic will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation, and a regimen developed just for you and your skin.


Healthy skin is hydrated skin. Scorching temperatures and sweating is no excuse to avoid using a moisturizer. Moisturizers are available as lotion, cream or ointment. Those with dry skin should choose a thick cream or ointment. However, in the summer, your skin type may require a lighter formula. Your skin will produce more oil in the summer, and the use of heavy moisturizers with Shea butter and petroleum can result in clogged pores and breakouts. Dermatologists recommend the use of a lighter formula, ask your doctor in our Southlake dermatology to recommend one for your skin type during the summer season.


Those with eczema should practice the following tips:

  • Avoid applying drying products to your skin.
  • Avoid jewelry or materials that can irritate your skin. Wear loose fitting clothing of cotton.
  • Wash with warm water and avoid hot baths or showers. Immediately apply a moisturizer after drying off from a bath or shower.
  • Do not use soap unless required. Avoid rough washcloths, scrubbers and exfoliating tools.
  • Use a humidifier during the dry air months of winter.

If you suffer from eczema, give Compassion Dermatology a call today. We will provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan customized for you. Compassion Dermatology offers a number of solutions for a more youthful you. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation in our Southlake dermatology clinic.