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The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 180+ locations.

Leading Treatments for Fighting Acne

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Despite dozens of popular myths that say otherwise, acne is not caused by food, dirt, or poor skincare. While these factors may correlate with or worsen breakouts, acne is actually caused by increased oil production and bacteria buildup beneath the skin. There is no cure for the condition, but your dermatologist can help you manage acne-prone skin. Talk to your doctor about the leading treatments available for controlling your acne.

  • Topical Therapy: Acne occurs when oil and dead skin cells build up in your skin’s pores, commonly on the face, chest, neck, shoulders and back. Topical ointments like benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acids, and salicyclic acids are designed to decrease these bacteria and dissolve dead skin cells. Other topical acne medications, like a retinoid, can be used to unclog the pores and increase exfoliation. Topical treatments are typically the first option in treating mild to moderate acne.
  • Oral Remedies: For patients with more severe acne that does not respond to singular topical therapy, your dermatologist may recommend other treatments. Individuals with inflammatory and cystic nodules, or patients who show signs of permanent scarring may benefit from oral antibiotics or a medication like isotretinoin. Antibiotics like tetracycline or erythromycin work to decrease bacteria and reduce skin irritation, while other medications can significantly reduce the amount of oil produced by the skin.
  • Extraction: Chemical peels and facials, which can also be used to reduce acne scarring and post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation, may help patients to control acne and breakouts. Facials help to clean out the pores and allow for better penetration of skincare products, while chemical peels dissolve the outer layer of damaged skin to allow new and healthier skin to surface.

For more information about acne 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 Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Staving Off Skin Cancer: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

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While the summer sun can make sun exposure more difficult to escape, the threat of skin cancer lingers throughout the calendar year. Take the appropriate measures to protect yourself from both deadly disease and damaged skin, and talk to your dermatologist. He or she can help you better understand the causes and consequences of skin cancer and provide more information about your skin cancer treatment options.

  • Did you know that skin cancer, the most common of cancers, represents half of all cancer cases in the United States? Learn more about the disease, how it develops and how to lower your risk factor with this skin cancer FAQ guide from the American Cancer Society.
  • According to the American College of Mohs Surgery, Mohs surgery “offers the highest cure rate among treatments for skin cancer.” This article about Mohs surgery offers more information about the procedure, its benefits and how it can successfully treat skin cancer.
  • Avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen daily can significantly reduce your risk for developing skin cancer. Read more about the different types of sunscreens and why everyone should wear sunscreen with this guide from the American Academy of Dermatology. 

For more information about sun protection and skin cancer 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 Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Port Wine Birthmarks: Health Risks and Treatment Options

Present at birth, port wine birthmarks appear as red, flat spots on the skin. While there are no known causes for these birthmarks, your dermatologist may be able to treat and lighten them with a laser. In the video below, learn more about port wine birthmarks, their health implications, and available treatments.

Port wine birthmarks can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the face. While most birthmarks do not pose a health risk, some may necessitate further testing. Port wine stains found around the eyes, for example, are associated with glaucoma while a port wine birthmark over the forehead may require further examination with an MRI. These birthmarks will not grow larger but can thicken or get darker if left untreated. Your dermatologist can treat port wine birthmarks with a laser, whose pulses are absorbed by the blood vessels to lighten the stain.

For more information about birthmarks and skin care, 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 Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Skincare in the Sunshine State

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With plentiful sunshine and beaches abound, the sun seems an inescapable part of daily life for many Floridians. This constant exposure to sunshine, though, can also contribute to skin damage and even skin cancer. By understanding how the sun affects your skin, you can learn how to better protect it. Talk to your dermatologist about staying sun-smart, and consider some of the following safety suggestions.

  • Know the Sun: The sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Keep this in mind as you plan your schedule and activities in order to avoid direct sun exposure at peak hours. If being outdoors is unavoidable, protect your skin by taking preventative measures, outlined below.
  • Wear a Hat: Because it has the most contact with the sun and because of its delicate skin, your face is most at risk for the damaging effects of sun exposure. Wearing a hat, particularly if you are bald, can help to protect the sensitive skin on your face, head and neck. Casting a protective shade, a wide-brimmed hat offers the most protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Protective Clothing: Covering up exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts and pants is one of the most effective protective measures against sun damage. While this may not be realistic during the state’s hot summers, consider special sun-protective clothing if you will be outdoors for prolonged periods of time. These garments are designed to block ultraviolet rays while keeping you cool and active.
  • Sunscreen: Even if you are planning on being outdoors for only a short time, apply (and reapply) sunscreen daily. Apply a generous amount at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and again every two hours, reapplying more frequently if you are sweating or active.

For more information about sun protection and skin care, 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 Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Treating Skin Cancer with Mohs Surgery

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The most common form of cancer in the United States, skin cancer affects one in every five Americans, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Fortunately, with advancements in medicine and surgical techniques, skin cancer can be successfully treated. Ask your dermatologist about Mohs surgery for skin cancer treatment. Also known as chemosurgery, this technique can treat a variety of common skin cancers and enjoys a high rate of success.

Mohs Surgery: Background

Although the technique has existed for decades, recent advancements in technology and medical innovation have made Mohs surgery one of the most effective treatments for skin cancer available. Depending on the type of skin cancer being treated, the success rate for Mohs surgery approaches 99%. While the procedure may not be appropriate for all skin cancers, your dermatologist or Mohs surgeon will work with you to find the most effective treatment options.

Mohs Surgery: Procedure

Mohs surgery is designed to eliminate cancerous tissue while leaving healthy tissue untouched. Your Mohs surgeon performs the procedure in three stages:

  • Tumor Removal: Before the procedure begins, a local anesthesia is administered. Under microscopic analysis, your surgeon will remove the visible areas of the tumor along with a thin layer of the surrounding tissue.
  • Examination: The layer beneath the cancerous tissue is prepared on slides and examined with a microscope. If this tissue is found to be cancerous, your dermatologist will remove another layer of issue, repeating the process until the test layer is cancer-free.
  • Reconstruction: Your Mohs surgeon will determine the appropriate method for repairing the wound. Ideally, reconstruction will leave the affected area, its nerves, and blood vessels fully functional. In some cases and depending on the size of the tumor, reconstructive surgery may be necessary to close the wound

For more information about Mohs surgery, 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 Tampa 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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