Got Moles? 8 Warning Signs You Need a Cancer Screening

screencancermolesMost adults know that moles can sometimes become cancerous. However, many individuals don’t know how to tell a normal mole from a potentially hazardous one.

In this blog, we cover the basics of moles and how they develop, the eight common signs that you should see a dermatologist, and what to expect during a cancer screening. Continue reading “Got Moles? 8 Warning Signs You Need a Cancer Screening”

Type 2 Diabetes and Your Skin: What You Need to Know

captureIf you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, many organs and systems in your body will be affected. Diabetes can even affect your skin. It’s important for you to monitor your skin as you manage your diabetes. Some skin conditions caused by diabetes can be serious if you aren’t careful.

Here’s what you need to know about skin problems caused by type 2 diabetes and what you can do to reduce the risks and manage the symptoms. Continue reading “Type 2 Diabetes and Your Skin: What You Need to Know”

Common Myths About Sun Exposure

captureAs you look forward to endless summer days exploring the outdoors, it’s important you take skin protection seriously. Many people are mistaken about the harm of exposing skin to the sun, how well-protected they actually are, and how the sun will affect their future health.

Here are a few common myths about sun exposure you should stop believing. Once you are informed about the importance of skin protection, you’ll have the knowledge to prevent premature aging, burns, and even cancer. Continue reading “Common Myths About Sun Exposure”

When Should Your Child See a Dermatologist About Acne?

Most adolescents experience some form of acne during puberty, and some individuals may even have acne that persists into adulthood. For many individuals, the acne is mild enough not to require medical treatment.

However, some forms of acne can cause pain, scarring, and embarrassment when left untreated. So how do you know if your child needs the help of a pediatric dermatologist? In this blog, we list common situations where professional care may be necessary to help your child overcome his or her acne.

Continue reading “When Should Your Child See a Dermatologist About Acne?”

What You Need to Know About Photodamaged Skin

You know that excessive sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer, but you may not know the extent to which sunlight can damage your skin, even without cancer development. This damage is known as photodamage.

In this blog, we cover the basics of this condition as well as current methods of treatment.

What Is Photodamage?

Photodamage is a type of premature aging, sometimes referred to as extrinsic aging. Photodamage occurs over long periods of time due to exposure to harmful UV rays. The UV radiation affects the collagen fibers in the skin. Damage to collagen results in a loss of skin elasticity, which results in the early appearance of wrinkles and other age markers. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Photodamaged Skin”

What Is Mohs Surgery, and How Can It Help?

Everyone is familiar with the most common forms of cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation. When patients are first diagnosed with skin cancer, they often think that they’ll have to undergo these treatments.

If you have a severe form of skin cancer, like melanoma, your doctor might recommend traditional cancer treatments. However, if you have a form of localized skin cancer, like squamous or basal cell carcinoma, your doctor and dermatologist will likely recommend Mohs surgery. If you have melanoma, he or she might recommend Mohs surgery alone, or a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

If you’re about to undergo Mohs surgery, you probably have some questions about this skin cancer-specific form of treatment. Read below to learn more about how it was developed, how it works, and how it helps. Continue reading “What Is Mohs Surgery, and How Can It Help?”

4 Facts Parents Should Know About Heat Rash

Heat rash is one of the most common kinds of seasonal skin irritations, especially among children. As a parent, you should understand this condition so you can identify heat rashes when they occur and get your child the treatment that he or she needs.

In this blog, we provide an overview of four basic facts that you should know about pediatric heat rashes. Continue reading “4 Facts Parents Should Know About Heat Rash”

Managing and Treating Your Eczema: What You Should Know

When you see blotches of dry, red, itchy skin on your body, you may be troubled or irritated. The urge to scratch may be overwhelming, and you may be embarrassed by any visible skin irritation. This kind of skin inflammation or irritation can often be attributed to eczema, a long-lasting condition that can linger or return multiple times throughout your life.

Eczema can be hard to live with, and managing eczema can take a bit of careful treatment and care. Below, we’ll discuss how you can treat and manage eczema. But to understand why these treatments and prevention tips are useful and sometimes necessary, we’ll also address what eczema is and what it’s caused by. Continue reading “Managing and Treating Your Eczema: What You Should Know”

5 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Kids From Skin Cancer Risks

Adults are at a much higher risk than children are of developing skin cancer, which is reassuring to many parents who worry about their kids’ health. Only around 300 children in the US are diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, annually.

However, exposure to UV rays earlier in childhood might increase a person’s chances of being diagnosed with melanoma or other forms of skin cancer as an adult. Rates of skin cancer among teens and young adults have increased slightly in the last several years, so parents need to be extra vigilant when it comes to reducing their younger children’s risks of developing skin cancer. Continue reading “5 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Kids From Skin Cancer Risks”

Worried About Skin Cancer? Know Your Risks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. While it can often be treated and cured successfully, it can sometimes be fatal. Even if the cancer is treatable, the process is unpleasant and expensive.

If you worry about getting skin cancer, there are several things you can do to help prevent it-and there are several risk factors that you can’t change. Learn what can put you at risk and what you can do to lessen your chances of getting skin cancer. Continue reading “Worried About Skin Cancer? Know Your Risks”