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Visiting the Dermatologist: Resources for Further Reading

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As your body’s largest organ, your skin is susceptible to damage, disease and other medical conditions. By visiting your dermatologist regularly, you can learn more about what you can do to protect your skin and prevent diseases like skin cancer. Learn more about healthy skin habits and preventative behaviors below:

  • If you are visiting a dermatologist for the first time, be prepared to present a full medical history and to undergo a full body skin check, both of which can help your dermatologist achieve a fuller understanding of your skincare needs. Learn more about how a full body skin check is performed with this guide from EmpowHer.
  • Yearly visits for a full body examination can be important for monitoring potentially dangerous changes to the skin, but patients should alert their doctor immediately if they notice any abnormal skin developments. To help you protect your own skin, read more about how frequently you should visit your dermatologist.
  • Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and learn more with these skin cancer statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

For more information about dermatology, 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.

The Truth About Acne: Debunking Acne Myths

What is commonly thought to be a teenage problem, acne actually affects adults of all ages. If you suffer from the skin condition, talk to your dermatologist about what can be done to manage and improve your skin. Treating acne successfully often requires an accurate understanding of why the condition occurs, what can trigger it, and what can be done to address it. Learn more about acne in the video below as a dermatologist debunks a few popular acne myths.   

One common misconception about acne is that it can be outgrown after your teenage years. While acne is  prevalent among teenagers, the age spectrum of those affected by acne has shifted, with women even in their forties or fifties suffering from pimples. And while you may have heard otherwise, certain foods like chocolate, pizza, and soda do not cause acne. If you have not noticed a pattern between your eating habits and your breakouts, there is most likely no relationship between your diet and acne.

For more information about managing and treating 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.

The Doctor is In: What to Expect at your Dermatology Appointment

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As your body’s largest organ, your skin both protects you and needs protection from external elements. Take care of your skin by visiting your dermatologist regularly. He or she can treat you for cosmetic concerns like wrinkles, skin conditions like acne, and deadly diseases like skin cancer. If you are visiting your dermatologist for the first time, this is what you can expect during your first appointment.

  • Medical History Paperwork: While your lifestyle and habits can affect the state of your skin, genetics also plays a role in your skin’s health. Your doctor will examine and take notes about your skin, but be ready to share your medical history and other important information that may not be readily visible. Tell your dermatologist if someone in your family has or had skin cancer, for example, as this history can increase your own risk for the disease.  
  • Complete Examination: Even if your dermatology appointment is not one for skin cancer screening, your dermatologist may still perform a full body skin check. If you do not suffer from any visible skin conditions, your dermatologist will still thoroughly examine your skin for irregular moles or other signs of skin cancer. Taking notes on the current state of your skin can help both you and your doctor monitor for signs of changes over time. If you do have a skin condition like acne or eczema, your dermatologist will examine your skin and suggest appropriate treatment.
  • Medicine/Biopsy: Depending on your reasons for the appointment, your dermatologist may provide you with a prescription or treatment plan to address skin concerns. If your dermatologist detects an irregular mole, for example, he or she may have the mole biopsied and tested for skin cancer.

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

Inflamed and Itchy Skin: Eczema Symptoms and Treatment

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An itchy, uncomfortable inflammation of the skin, eczema describes a group of dermatological conditions that can affect infants and adults alike. While some patients outgrow eczema, others do not. If you suffer from the condition, talk to your dermatologist about what can be done to control symptoms and manage your skin.

Symptoms

Although eczema is a general term encompassing a number of different diseases, all forms of eczema share common characteristics, including:

  • Itchiness: Patients with eczema experience itching, regardless of which area is affected. In some cases, the itching can occur up to a week before a visible rash develops.
  • Rash: The rash that does develop commonly appears on the face, knees, hands, or feet, although it may affect other areas, too.
  • Pigmentation: Eczema in fair-skinned individuals can appear reddish before turning brown. In those of darker skin tone, eczema can affect skin pigmentation with lightening or darkening of the affected area.

Though infants are likely to outgrow eczema by their second birthday, the condition can produce oozing and crusting from face or scalp rashes in very young patients.

Treatment

Although eczema has no known cure, your dermatologist can help you to manage outbreaks and soothe symptoms.

  • Moisturize: When your skin becomes too dry, it can increase the likelihood of flare-ups. Use a humidifier to add moisturize to the air and a moisturizer to trap moisture in the skin.
  • Avoid Irritants: Tight clothing, certain perfumes and dyes, and extreme temperatures can all aggravate eczema. Keep track of outbreak triggers to avoid further irritating your skin.
  • Take Medicine: There are a number of topical and oral treatments that can help you control your skin. Talk to your dermatologist to determine if and which of these treatments could be right for you.

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

Protecting and Managing Your Skin: Resources for Further Reading

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Whether you suffer from a skin condition or simply spend too much time in the sun, seeing your dermatologist regularly can help you protect both your skin and overall health. In the dermatology resources below, learn more about managing existing skin disorders and preventing new ones from developing.

  • The most common type of skin cancer in the United States, basal cell carcinoma is characterized by skin growths that first develop in the epidermis. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of and risk factors for basal cell carcinoma with this skin cancer guide.
  • While patients with eczema all suffer from itchy, inflamed skin and rashes, there are actually several types of eczema within the skin disorder. Read more about atopic eczema, the most common type of eczema, with this guide to the skin condition.
  • Are you frustrated by pimples, blackheads, and breakouts? The American Academy of Dermatology offers these acne facts and statistics to help you better understand why acne develops and how it can be treated.

For more information about managing and treating a variety of 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 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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