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Sun Protection and Skin Cancer: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

Sun Protection on a Beach

While few things say summer like enjoying the sunshine poolside or on the beach, those activities can also lead to damaging health concerns like sun damage, heat exhaustion and skin cancer. Taking extra precautions in the summer sun can help you maintain beautiful, healthy skin year-round. Talk with your dermatologist about  preventing sun damage and skin cancer, and use the resources below to equip yourself with more information about protecting your skin.

  • Particularly in Florida, the summer sun can be harsh and cause premature aging, sun damage, and skin cancer. For tips on how to protect your skin this summer, read more on the SunAware blog.
  • Between free time spent outdoors and beach trips with friends, kids can be exposed to harmful UV rays throughout the summer. Teenagers can be especially adamant about tanning during the summer months, despite its dangers. Learn how to safeguard your family this summer with these suggestions from SkinCancer.org.
  • If you are particularly sensitive to sunburn, applying sunscreen may not do enough to protect you throughout the day. Read about sun protection clothing and learn more about how it works and what it can do.

For more information about sun protection and skin cancer prevention and treatment, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Dermatology Definitions: Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis

A chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become scaly, itchy, or inflamed, eczema is a term that can be confusing to some. Although persistent and recurrent rashes may display some of the same symptoms as the condition, eczema refers to a skin disorder called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis often appears in infancy or early childhood and is usually hereditary. Those with eczema often inherit allergic tendencies towards asthma and hay fever as well.

In the video below, learn to distinguish eczema from other recurrent skin rashes and recognize signs of the condition.

For more information about eczema and other chronic skin conditions, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

What is Shingles?

If you have ever had the chicken pox, then you may want to pay attention. Shingles is the reactivation of the chicken pox virus that typically affects people over the age of 50, though it can occur in those who are younger.

The shingles virus lays dormant in your nerve endings until it is awaken by stress or other factors, causing patches or strips or blisters and intense pain. An outbreak of shingles usually manifests initially as a persistent headache before blooming into an array of painful symptoms. Fortunately, shingles can be prevented as long as you are approved for the vaccine. To learn more about the causes of shingles, its symptoms and prevention, view the video below:

For more information about shingles, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Sun Protection 101: How to Shield Your Skin

Woman applying sun cream

Research suggests that getting even several sunburns over the course of your life can double or triple your risk of melanoma. According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma accounted for more than 67,000 cases of skin cancer in 2010. While a sun-kissed glow seems like a perfect summer accessory, a tan is also a symptom of sun-damaged cells. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancer. Here is a look at some effective products and practices for protecting your skin.

  • Wear The Appropriate Clothing: You may think your shirt will protect you from sunburn, but did you know that ultraviolet rays can seep through your clothing? Manufacturers now make hats, jackets, and t-shirts that carry UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) value. Sun protection clothing with a high UPF value can help protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. While not everyone will need sun protection clothing to prevent sunburn, those with fair skin or who spend time in high elevations around reflective surfaces can benefit from the added protection. Ultraviolet rays can also damage your eyes, so select sunglasses that also carry a high UV protection rating.
  • Wear Sunscreen: It is important to wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. Look for broad-spectrum protection sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently, especially if you are around reflective surfaces like water or snow. Keep in mind that some medications can increase your sensitivity to ultraviolet rays. Talk to your dermatologist for recommendations about the sunscreens that will best protect your skin.  
  • Avoid Tanning Salons: A tanning salon might seem like an easy alternative to tanning on the beach, but tanning beds also emit ultraviolet rays. In fact, studies cited by the Skin Cancer Foundation have shown that “sunbed tanning increases the risk of both melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers.” If you are still looking for a quick and easy way to bronze skin, try a spray-on tan or use a tinted lotion.
  • Monitor Your Skin: Early detection is the best way to mitigate the effects of sun damage. Regularly monitor your skin for irregular or changes to moles, and check in with your dermatologist throughout the year. While at the doctor’s office, ask for guidelines and advice about how to best protect your natural skin type and tone.

For more information about sun protection and skin cancer, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Birthmarks and Beautiful Skin: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

Portrait of a Woman with Melanoma Moles and Freckles (XXXL)

Whether you’ve always had a particular birthmark or are simply worried about dull and dry skin, your skin deserves good care year-round. Talk with your dermatologist about  treating existing skin conditions and preventing future ones, and use the resources below to equip yourself with more information about protecting your skin.

  • Baby birthmarks are typically nothing to worry about, but learning what you can about common birthmarks can help you notice any irregularities. Consult with your baby’s doctor or dermatologist as you evaluate whether or not a birthmark should be treated.
  • If your child has an unusual mark on his or her body, refer to this visual guide from the Mayo Clinic. With descriptions and pictures of common birthmarks, this page can help parents determine what these marks are.
  • If you suffer from acne, the causes of and treatments for it are various. Learn more about acne causes, treatment, and prevention in this online guide.
  • If you have acne scars, wrinkles, or uneven skin, a chemical peel can help minimize or erase signs of damage and aging. This guide from WebMD outlines types of chemical peels and what you can expect before, during, and after the treatment.

If you have an unusual birthmark or want younger-looking skin, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs.

Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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