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Managing Your Eczema: Soothing Symptoms

Eczema is a skin disorder that describes a number of skin conditions characterized by itchy, inflamed, or scaly skin. While the cause of eczema is unknown, your dermatologist can help you manage breakouts and the triggers that irritate the skin. Learn more about common eczema triggers and how to relieve symptoms in the video below.

If you suffer from eczema, try retaining more oils in the skin. Doing so can help to prevent dry, cracked skin, which is more susceptible to allergens and can make flareups worse. Use cool water when washing your skin and apply a soothing moisturizer to protect inflamed skin. Your dermatologist may also prescribe you oral or topical medications to relieve symptoms and calm the skin.

For more information about managing and treating eczema, 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.

3 Forms of Skin Cancer to Know

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Although it may first appear as a bronze glow, sun exposure at any point in your life can contribute to your risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States but it is also preventable. Talk to your dermatologist about what can be done to protect your skin from sun exposure and damage, and read more about a few forms of skin cancer below.

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma: A non-melanoma cancer, basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, basal cell carcinoma accounts for 75% of all skin cancers. Basal cell carcinoma begins in the epidermis, or the top layer of skin. Because it grows slowly, patients may not notice changes in their skin, but symptoms can appear as a slight skin bump or growth that is waxy, bleeds easily, and does not heal.
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Another non-melanoma type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma is often found on the face, neck, hands, or arms. Signs of squamous cell carcinoma include rough, scaly bumps that do not heal and changes in existing skin lesions. The cancer can occur in normal skin, inflamed or injured skin, or skin that has been subjected to long-term sun exposure.
  3. Melanoma: While it is the least common type of skin cancer, melanoma is also be the most dangerous. Melanoma is a result of sun damage causing cellular changes and can lead to death. Melanoma tumors begin growing in melanocytes, cells that produce skin and hair pigment, but can spread throughout the body if not treated early on.

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.

3 Acne Myths Debunked

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 85% of all people will develop acne at some point in their lives. Though the condition is common in puberty, even adults well into their 50s can develop acne. As common and embarrassing as acne can be, speculations about its causes and consequences may lead to some myths about the condition. Talk to your dermatologist for medical guidance about the causes of and treatments for acne.  

  1. Diet Causes Acne: Although some studies show that many indigenous societies do not develop acne, clinical research does not demonstrate that it correlates with an unprocessed diet. Losing weight can temporarily interfere with your insulin and hormone levels, which can reduce acne, but acne is likely to return once your weight has stabilized. The acne myth that chocolate causes acne is also untrue. Instead, keep track of the foods you eat to see if there is a pattern of certain triggers that can further irritate the skin.
  2. Stress Causes Acne: While it’s true that stress can affect hormones, which, in turn, contributes to acne, stress itself is not a cause of acne breakouts. Acne can be a common side effect of certain stress medications, and stressful activity can lead to nervous or excessive face picking, which irritates the skin and can lead to pimples.
  3. A Serious Skin Routine Is Necessary: One way to manage your acne is to wash your face twice a day. More frequent washing, certain cleansers, and an abrasive washcloth can irritate and clog pores, actually increasing your likelihood of acne. Your dermatologist will work with you to develop a skincare routine to manage your acne that addresses your particular skin type and needs.

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.

Skin Condition Triggers and Treatments: Resources for Further Reading

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Even if you follow a strict skincare regimen, environmental factors like diet and stress can trigger or worsen an existing skin condition. Talk to your dermatologist about how to manage your skin and the treatment options that may exist to treat it.

  • One of the most effective ways of treating pimples is to prevent them. In addition to watching which products you use, restrict behaviors like tanning or touching your face. For more pimple prevention tips, refer to this acne guide from WebMD.
  • While rosacea has no cure, the skin condition can be managed and symptoms controlled. This list of rosacea triggers identifies some common factors among patients who experience flare-ups, including sun exposure, stress, and temperature changes.
  • The Mayo Clinic outlines the various rosacea treatment options that can help patients better manage their skin. In addition to behavioral or lifestyle changes made to control the environment, topical and oral medications may also help.

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.

Managing Severe Acne: Acne Cyst Treatment

Whether you are a teenager or an adult, acne can be damaging to your skin and your confidence. Patients with severe acne may develop cysts on the skin. Resembling pimples but never forming a head, acne cysts can be painful and leave behind scars. Talk to your dermatologist about treating and managing your acne, and hear more about your cyst treatment options in the video below.

For long-term acne management, your dermatologist may prescribe an oral medication. For patients who may be participating in a special event, for example, a steroid shot can be administered to quickly reduce inflammation and remove the acne cyst.

For more information about acne cysts, 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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