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Sun Damage and Skin Care Protection: Resources for Further Reading

Protecting yourself from sun damage is a critical component of maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Sun exposure can cause wrinkles, dark spots and even skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. Talk to your dermatologist about preventative and protective measures against sun damage, and read more in the resources below. 

  • Did you know that every fifth American will develop skin cancer during his or her lifetime? Get more United States skin cancer statistics with this resource from The Skin Cancer Foundation.
  • Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays can help to reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer. Apply sunscreen daily and shield exposed skin with protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. For more skin cancer prevention tips, read through these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Helping your children to have healthy skin now can mean they are better able to manage and care for their skin in the future. Learn more about taking care of children’s skin with these skin care tips for conditions like acne, eczema, cold sores and more. 

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 Post-Acne Hyperpigmentation

If your skin tone is uneven and blotchy with brown spots, you may be suffering from post-acne hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkened discoloration that results when the skin has been injured and responds by producing excess melanin pigment.  While picking pimples can cause brown spots, the presence of a pimple alone may be enough to damage sensitive skin. In the dermatology video below, learn more about hyperpigmentation caused by acne and what can be done to treat brown spots.

Dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation can sometimes take weeks or even months to fade away on their own, but with some patience and the right products, they can be minimized. Use sunscreen and a bleaching product to prevent brown spots from darkening and to slow melanin production. Then, use a chemical exfoliant to gently remove dead, pigmented skin cells to reveal smoother skin.

For more information about treating acne and hyperpigmentation, 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.

 

Reduce Your Risk: Four Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer

Colorful umbrella and sun

With more than two million American being diagnosed with it each year, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in every five people will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime. Protecting yourself against sun damage can also help to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Talk to your dermatologist about suggested preventative measures and consider some of the following skin cancer prevention tips.

  1. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Limiting sun exposure is one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer. The sun’s rays are powerful enough to damage exposed skin within half an hour. Protect yourself from sun damage by avoiding direct contact with the sun, especially during peak hours of the day.
  2. Wear Sunscreen: If you can’t avoid sun exposure, apply sunscreen liberally and daily. Because the sun’s damaging rays can penetrate through even cloudy days, make a habit of wearing sunscreen regularly. Women can purchase makeup with protective SPF, and men can apply a daily moisturizer containing sunscreen. Ask your dermatologist about recommended types of sunscreen, and look for a product that offers both UV and UVB protection.
  3. Wear Protective Clothing: You can now purchase pants, shorts, shirts and other clothing items that offer UV and UVB protection. The sun’s rays can penetrate through clothing, so sun protection clothing can be especially useful for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. Consider wearing protective clothing when spending prolonged periods of time around reflective snow and water or when engaging in outdoor recreational activities like gardening.
  4. Sacrifice the Salon: Although many are aware of the dangers of sun damage and tanning, many continue to use indoor tanning beds. Declared to be “cancer-causing agents” by the World Health Organization, indoor tanning devices can increase your risk of melanoma and lead to cellular damage. Embrace your natural skin shade and reduce your risk of cancer.

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

Teen Acne: Three Contributing Factors

Acne facial care teenager woman squeezing pimple

While acne affects millions of Americans, its exact causes are still unknown. A variety of factors can contribute to the clogging and collapsing of pores that leads to acne breakouts, including certain lifestyle choices and hormonal changes. A dermatologist can help teens and adults to control the potential causes of acne; talk to your dermatologist about what might be triggering your acne and the treatment options available to treat it.

  1. Hormones: When women and men experience stress or a change in hormone levels, the adrenal gland begins producing an excess of androgen hormones, which dermatologists say can contribute to acne. This hormonal imbalance can cause an inflammatory response in the body, including an overproduction of oils. Excess oil, in turn, can lead to broken pores, which can cause pimples. Because they experience more hormonal changes throughout life stages like menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, women can be at higher risk for developing acne.
  2. Diet: Although more research is needed to determine any relationship between acne and diet, scientists and doctors do hypothesize that certain foods can increase hormone output levels. Eating sugary foods, for example, increases your body’s insulin production, and insulin affects the rest of your body's hormones. Eating certain foods like vegetables, fruit and seafood can regulate insulin levels, helping teenagers to control and manage breakouts better.
  3. Stress: Between schoolwork, socializing and sending out college applications, being a teenager can be stressful. This emotional and physical strain similarly prompts the body to produce more oils, resulting in an inflammatory response that can damage clogged pores. Your dermatologist may recommend using certain products during stressful periods and suggest exercise as a way to reduce stress.

For more information about the causes of and treatments for teen acne, 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 Irritated Skin: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

Woman holding image with problematic skin

Acne, sun damage and a skin rash can all contribute to red, blotchy, and irritated skin. Whether caused by hormones and genetics or an external environmental factor, red and irritated skin can be not only uncomfortable but also embarrassing. Talk to your dermatologist about how to prevent and soothe irritated skin caused by acne and rashes, and learn more about these skin conditions below.

  • A variety of factors could be contributing to your acne, including hormones, diet and stress. Learn more about how to manage stress, maintain a healthy diet and avoid certain lifestyle habits to control your skin and breakouts.
  • This guide to acne and acne treatment explores the skin condition, its causes and possible treatment options. If you suffer from acne, talk to your dermatologist about ways to control breakouts, clear skin, and remove signs of scarring.
  • Red and bumpy skin could also be the result of a skin rash. Skin rashes can be caused by internal or external factors that irritate the skin, including allergies and certain skincare products. Read more about how skin rashes develop and how to treat them with this dermatology guide from WebMD.  

For more information about treating red or irritated 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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