3 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen

We all hear it - and we all know it - that sunscreen is very important for our skin. but how many of us really follow through and wear sunscreen on a daily basis? If you are not already in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day, here are 3 reasons that may change your morning routine.  

Sunburn Prevention

A sunburn is when our skin begins to turn red, swell up, and peel, which is caused by the influence of UVB rays. UVB rays burn the superficial layers of the skin which plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.  The thing to watch for is if your skin blisters, this can escalate the risk of cancer. UVB rays vary in intensity by season, location, and time of day. By wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, especially when you are in the sun for long periods of time, sunscreen protects our skin from burning and helps reduce the risk of skin cancer. 

Skin Cancer Prevention

When we do not wear sunscreen, our skin is at high risk of skin cancer. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? Skin Cancer is caused by the lack of protection from harmful UV rays. This leads to why our skin needs sunscreen to stay healthy. Whether you have a dark complexion or fair skin, every skin type needs to wear sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear sunscreen daily for the safety of your skin. By wearing sunscreen daily, even when it is cloudy or raining, you are decreasing your risk of developing deadly cancer, especially melanoma. 

Premature Aging Prevention

Not only does sunscreen lower our risk of skin cancer, but sunscreen keeps your skin looking young. The number-one cause of premature aging of the face is due to ultraviolet exposure. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin's thickest layer and unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling. By wearing sunscreen, you are slowing down the development of wrinkles and leathery skin. If you are noticing sun damage on your skin like dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, solutions like IPL Laser Technology can reduce the signs of sun damage.

Your skin should be your first priority. As your body's largest organ, taking care of your skin is highly important, especially to lower your risk of skin cancer. If you do see any unusual changes to your skin, contact The Dermatologist Center for a Total Body Skin Exam.

Could It Be Skin Cancer? Learn The Warning Signs

What is Skin Cancer?

Skin Cancer is caused by an uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. As a cancer that usually develops in the top layer of the skin, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is a major contributing factor for most skin cancers. As the most common form of cancer in the United States, it is vital to learn the warning signs of skin cancer.

 

There are three main types of skin cancers:

·      Basal Cell Carcinoma
·      Squamous Cell Carcinoma
·      Melanoma

 

Basal Cell Carcinoma

The most common form of skin cancer is Basal Cell Carcinoma. More than 4 million cases are diagnosed in the US annually1. Basal Cell Carcinoma sometimes can resemble noncancerous skin conditions. If you notice any of the following warning signs in your skin, contact your dermatologist immediately.

What to look for:

·      A persistent, non-healing sore - an open sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts and reopens for weeks

·      A shiny bump or nodule that is pearly or translucent and is often pink, red or white

·      A reddish patch or irritated area that sometimes crusts and may itch or hurt

·      A pink growth with an elevated rolled border and a crusted indentation in the center

·      A scar-like area that is white, yellow or waxy, and often with poorly defined borders

 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. Over 1 million cases are diagnosed annually in the US2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma typically appears as persistent, thick, rough, scaly patches that can bleed if bumped, scratched, or scraped. They can look like warts and sometimes appear as open sores with a raised border and a crusted surface. If you notice any of the following warning signs in your skin, contact your dermatologist immediately.

What to look for:

·      An elevated growth with a central depression that occasionally bleeds

·      A persistent, scaly red patch with irregular borders that may crust or bleed

·      A wart-like growth that crusts and occasionally bleeds

·      An open sore that bleeds and crusts that persisting for weeks

 

Melanoma

As the deadliest form of skin cancer, it is so vital to catch the early warning signs of Melanoma. If you notice an ugly duckling mole (a mole that doesn’t look like any others on your body) use the ABCDEs of melanoma. This can help both you and your dermatologist detect this disease early.

What to look for:

ABCDEs

·      A is for Asymmetry – An asymmetrical mole has sides that do not match

·      B is for Border – The borders of melanomas tend to be uneven, with scalloped or notched edges.

·      C is for Color – Melanomas are often multicolored, in shades of brown or black, or even red, white or blue. If you notice a mole is darker than the rest, contact your dermatologist to schedule a Total Body Skin Exam.

·      D is for Diameter – Melanomas are usually bigger than a pencil eraser (1/4” or 6mm) in diameter.

·      E is for Evolving – Common moles look the same over time. Keep an eye out for moles that evolve or change in any way.

 

How to Prevent Skin Cancer

Those who spend more time exposing their skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays are at a greater risk to develop skin cancer. One of the main things to do to protect your skin is to decrease your exposure to UV light. This means avoiding direct sunlight and tanning beds. When you are out in the sun, make sure you are wearing protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

In addition to protecting your skin on a daily basis, it is so important to check your own skin once a month. By giving yourself a self-skin exam, this allows you to get to know your skin. Learn the patterns of your moles, blemishes, freckles, and any other marks on your skin. When you know what is normal, seeing anything abnormal will alarm you immediately and make you call your dermatologist. Catching the signs of skin cancer early can save your life.

 

3 Benefits of a Customized Facial

1. The name says it all - They are Customized Just for Your Skin

Whatever your skin concern is - acne, aging skin, rosacea, melasma, or other conditions – there is a facial for you. At the Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa, our licensed aestheticians take the time to analyze and assess your personal skin needs and create a customized facial to ensure you get the best results. 

Those who do at-home facials may see some results, but not the level of results you see with a customized facial from a licensed medical aesthetician at a dermatologist's office. Despite clever marketing, at-home facial products are not right for every skin type and condition. This can lead to minimal results or even adverse skin reactions like allergies or rashes. Plus, most of the products you purchase for at-home facials do not contain much of the active ingredients that you need. This is why customized facials are best left to a licensed aesthetician.

 

2. The Best Deep Cleanse

One of the many benefits for a customized facial is that it uses stronger, more effective ingredients, resulting in a deeper  cleanse of the skin. This deep cleanse gets rid of clogged pores which can significantly reduce the amount of acne, blackheads, puffiness and redness you experience on a daily basis. In addition to the cleanse, your aesthetician performs a facial massage that stimulates proper blood circulation, enhancing your results.  At this stage of the facial, many clients say:

I fell asleep, sorry, it was just so relaxing!
— SPJ, Client at The Dermatology Center in Sibley

3. Relaxation

This leads us to our third benefit of a customized facial. Facials are meant to not only to make your skin glow and look healthier, but they can be very relaxing. You can relax knowing that when getting a customized medical facial at The Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa, you can just sit back and get pampered by our licensed aestheticians. Our Medical Master Aesthetician says that when she gets a facial done her skin is left glowing, smooth, and silky!

No wonder she gets a facial once a month!

 

For an added bonus…

Many clients take their facials to the next level by combining it with a medical-grade chemical peel. The added benefit to combining a chemical peel to a facial is the extra exfoliation. By exfoliating the skin with an Illuminize Peel by SkinMedica or a PCA Glow Peel, makes for an extended glow that you will surely love. 

Treat your skin with a customized facial today at The Dermatology Center & Rockledge MedSpa!

SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum

Treat your skin with this dual-chamber anti-aging serum.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum is an all-in-one rejuvenating product that promotes healthier skin with growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides. The treatment is formulated to hydrate, firm and enhance the face to create a more even, younger-looking appearance. 

This anti-aging serum has two separate chambers to house APS Corrective Complex and TNS Recovery Complex. APS Corrective Complex is a blend of antioxidants and peptides that improve the skin’s overall appearance. TNS Recovery Complex is a mix of growth factors, matrix proteins, and antioxidants that soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With the combination of these powerful formulas, this face and neck serum will help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tones. During clinical studies, this treatment showed results in just one month with best results appearing in three months. 

I love TNS Essential Serum because it combines everything that’s good for your skin in one bottle. I like the fact that it’s one pump, apply and your skin looks great! By using this product I have seen a noticeable difference in how healthy my skin looks. I love it!
— Rene Fielder, a frequent TNS Essential Serum user

 

Why does The Dermatology Center recommend SkinMedica products?

With a long history of research and backed by numerous scientific studies, SkinMedica products uses the science of your skin's own healing abilities to give you naturally radiant skin. By using SkinMedica products, you can enhance your results of your treatments at the Dermatology Center & Rockledge MedSpa even further.

5 Common Reasons To See a Dermatologist

When it comes to your skin, hair, and nails a dermatologist is the medical practitioner to call.  With thousands of conditions that can affect your skin, there are many reasons to see a dermatologist. Some conditions cause mild symptoms, while others can be serious and interfere with your everyday life.  Here are the 5 most common reasons to see a dermatologist:

MOLES AND SUN SPOTS

No matter if your mole has been there since birth, or showed up a couple of months ago, a yearly skin exam to examine your moles is necessary. Especially if you get a lot of sun exposure. Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer and identifying cancerous spots early can save your life! Schedule your skin exam today with The Dermatology Center.

ACNE

If you have been using over-the-counter skin treatments to treat your acne and it’s been two to three months without much success, it’s time to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can determine what kind of prescription would be most effective for your acne and lifestyle. If your acne is causing scarring and/or feelings of embarrassment, it’s time to make a change and see a dermatologist who can find you a solution and build back your confidence.

ITCHY SKIN

Call your dermatologist if you have been itching an area for more than a week. Itching can be caused by various factors: an allergic reaction to medications, or a common, chronic condition known as eczema. After examining your skin and reviewing your medical history, the dermatologist can recommend the appropriate treatment. Click here to learn more about Eczema.

DISCOLORED SKIN

Have you been noticing tan patches of skin on your face or body? A hormonal reaction to sun exposure called Melasma could be developing. If your skin does not respond to over-the-counter therapies, visit a dermatologist. They can provide stronger bleaching agents, chemical peels, laser treatments and sunscreen that will provide noticeable results.

RED SKIN FLARE-UPS

Skin flare-ups can be caused by big, difficult life changes. If you are noticing that your skin is looking flushed or experiencing red patches of skin, it’s time to call a dermatologist. Red skin flare-ups could be caused by eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, or even psoriasis. A dermatologist will examine the area of concern and recommend the right medication, laser therapy or lifestyle changes to resolve or help control your symptoms.

If you’re having issues with your skin, hair, or nails - set aside self-diagnosing and see a dermatologist. As the skin experts, The Dermatology Center can advise you on the most appropriate procedures and treatments for your concerns, educate you about protecting your skin, and recommend the best products for you. Contact The Dermatology Center Today!

4 Facts to Know About Eczema

If you have been diagnosed with Eczema or think you have Eczema, you’re not alone. Eczema is very common and over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. Here are 4 facts to know about Eczema:

WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA?

Eczema is a non-contagious skin disease. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) usually develops very early in life. This skin disease is common in infants and young children, and most people who get eczema will have it before they turn five. It is less common for eczema to appear for the first time as an adult and it tends to come and go, often without warning.

HOW IS ECZEMA DIAGNOSED?

A dermatologist can often diagnose eczema by looking at a child's skin. The dermatologist will look closely for dry, scaly patches and/or rash. The dermatologist may also ask you:

  • When did the dry, scaly patches first appear?
  • Do any blood relatives have eczema, hay fever, or asthma?

HOW IS ECZEMA TREATED?

At The Dermatology Center, our dermatologists will create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Most treatment plans consist of:

  1. Skin Care
  2. Medical therapies
  3. Tips to avoid flare-ups

It is important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by the dermatologist. Too often, people try to treat eczema on their own by avoiding what they believe is causing the eczema. The truth is no one thing can control eczema. Successfully managing this condition requires following a treatment plan.

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE USED TO CONTROL ECZEMA?

Many treatments can help control eczema. Treatments that a dermatologist many recommend includes:

  1. Calcineurin Inhibitor – This prescription medicine is applied to the skin to reduce inflammation and other symptoms.
  2. Eucrisa – FDA-approved Phosphodiesterase (PDE4-I) Inhibitor ointment to treat mild to moderate Eczema in patients two years of age or older to decrease inflammation
  3. Corticosteroid (cortisone, steroid) Creams – This cream is used to decrease inflammation and control itching.
  4. Antibiotic – If your child develops an infection, an antibiotic either taken by mouth or applied to the skin, can kill the bacteria causing the infection.
  5. Phototherapy – If stronger treatment is needed. this light therapy may be added to the treatment plan
  6. Systemic Immunomodulatory Agents – When a client has not responded to other treatments, our dermatologists may consider and explain the risks and benefits of other medicines that are stronger.

 

WHY SEE A DERMATOLOGIST?

Dermatologists specialize in treating skin conditions. Let them help you make the informed decision to control your Eczema. To learn more about Eczema, contact The Dermatology Center today to speak with one of our dermatologists.