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Chilly winter weather brings with it a number of unique skin care concerns. Dry air can cause irritation, redness, acne breakouts, and flare-ups of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Protecting your skin from the frosty weather will help you look and feel your best this winter season.
As the temperature drops, it’s time to trade in your lighter summer skin care products for moisture-rich wintertime options. You should also plan to moisturize more often—apply moisturizer both in the morning and at night to fend off the effects of dry wintertime air. If you find that your skin feels dry after bathing, apply moisturizing oil before you step into the shower, then smooth on your regular moisturizer after you’re dry. The best moisturizer options for winter are products that contain lactic acid or salicylic acid, which remove dead skin cells while nourishing the fresher skin beneath.
A regular regimen of exfoliation will help keep your skin looking and feeling fresh. Exfoliation can also reduce signs of skin damage caused by the summer sun. Use an exfoliating wash every few days to remove dead or damaged skin cells and prevent rough skin. You can also use an exfoliating pad or loofah with your regular moisturizing soap. Don’t exfoliate every day, however, or you can irritate rather than invigorate your skin
Although the long, sunny days of summer are gone, UV rays continue to damage the skin in winter. Wear sunscreen every day, even if you will only be outside briefly. Make sure your sunscreen is rated SPF 15 or greater. If you plan to spend an hour or more outdoors in the snow and cold, apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
You can maintain beautiful, healthy skin this winter with the help of your dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Schedule your next appointment with us by calling (866) 608-9531 or filling out our convenient web contact form. Take a glance through our blog for more information about skin care and preventing common seasonal problems.
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As you prepare for the holiday season, it’s important to remember that your skin needs wintertime preparation as well. Choose a rich moisturizer that contains glycerin, sorbitol, or alpha-hydroxy acid to keep your skin from drying out in the chilly air. Consider adding a product such as retinol to your regular skin care routine to reduce the effects of the summer sun and improve your skin’s tone and texture. If you suffer from psoriasis, eczema, or other skin conditions, schedule a checkup with your dermatologist to discuss any wintertime concerns and what to do if you experience a flare-up. Because many skin conditions are exacerbated by the stress of the holiday season, take some time each night to unwind and relax. You’ll enjoy your holiday celebrations even more when you look and feel refreshed!
Are you interested in learning how you can look your best this holiday season? Call Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery at (866) 608-9531 to schedule an appointment at any one of our 50 Florida locations. You can learn more about maintaining healthy skin all year long on our blog.
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By James A Solomon, MD PhD
Director Ameriderm Research, the Research Division of ADCS
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common cancer for adults in the US and Western Europe. About 1/3 of these people will develop a BCC during their lifetime. This may also be expressed as about 1 to 1.5 people /1000 population/ year. This rate is about double that seen in the 1980s. Typically they are small pearly nodules with a central ulcer; about 1/3 appear on the head and neck. They grow slowly. For the most part BCCs are easy to treat and cure. They may be removed surgically by a simple excision or Moh’s microscopically controlled surgery, electrodessication and curettage (burning/ scraping), or laser.
Throughout my training and practice, I have heard medical students and patients being taught …”if you are to get a cancer in your life, BCC is the one you should chose; no one dies from it and usually it can be removed without a trace; black people never get skin cancer” For my entire career, I have known these statements to be false. As a research fellow at Roswell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI), the first cancer hospital in the US, I saw a basal cell carcinoma mutilate and kill a a 59 year old black patient. She presented to the RPMI emergency room complaining of a headache. She had a large bandage covering one side of her face. When the bandage was removed it revealed the entire side of her face as a tumor exposing her teeth and the interior of her nasal cavity. The tumor invaded her brain and ultimately killed her. Thus, although a vast majority of BCC are diagnosed and treated in time, there remains a small but definitive group that can lead to disfigurement and death.
The incidence of these aggressive or advanced BCC (aBCC) is about 0.1%. The predicted prevalence in the US with a population of ~ 317,000,000 would then be ~ 317,000 individuals. Recently, a prescription oral medication has become available to helps treat these aggressive BCCs.
In addition, to the problems associated with aBCCs there are patients who present with multiple BCCs simultaneously. About 25% of individuals who get one BCC will get a second one. These individuals then are at even high risk to get a third, and so forth. The timing between each subsequent BCC is typically less than the previous period. Of those patients with multiple BCC some start developing multiple lesions almost simultaneously, such that they may have at least 6 if not a dozen at the same time. Furthermore, there is a genetic disorder referred to as Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome wherein these people develop multiple simultaneous BCCs as early as theirs teens or even before.
Last updated 7 days ago
Washing your face each night removes makeup, dirt, oil, and other irritants that can detract from the look of your skin. Following a healthy skin care routine will keep your skin looking smooth, refreshed, and clear.
This video discusses the proper steps you should take each night to care for your skin. Wash your face with soap and water before applying makeup remover. Next, apply toner to your skin, which helps your other skin care products work more effectively. Put on any skin care products, such as eye serum or retinol, before you apply a final coat of moisturizer.
At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, our dermatologists can help you develop the right skin care routine for your needs. We offer a variety of dermatology services and products for healthy, vibrant skin. Click through our website or call (866) 608-9531 to learn more about us.
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Please join Advanced Dermatology as we partner with Walgreens and La Roche-Posay to support Skin Cancer Awareness and good skin health. We will be doing skin cancer screenings at the Walgreen's in Winter Park (1920 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL 32792) from 1-7pm on Monday December 9th.
Come visit us at Walgreens so we can take a look at the spot on your skin you have been concerned about.
We look forward to seeing you there!