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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 150+ locations.

Adult Acne: How Your Dermatologist Can Help

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When many people think of acne, they may be picturing their high school days, complete with pimples on prom night. In reality, though, thousands of adults visit their dermatologist every year seeking help with adult acne. Although not life-threatening, adult acne can have a damaging impact on a person’s lifestyle and self-esteem. Fortunately, advances in medicine and technology have led to new acne treatments, including laser skin treatment and special facials. Consult with your dermatologist to see which treatments or combinations of treatments can help with your adult acne.

Over-the-Counter-Cleaners

After checking your skin, your dermatologist may suggest that you purchase a special acne cleanser that contains either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These cleansers can effectively treat and control mild adult acne. Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offers its own specialty line, R. Essentials, with products for powerful yet gentle acne cleansing.

Prescribed Treatments

For adults who suffer from more severe acne or have particularly sensitive skin, a basic acne cleanser may not be enough. Your dermatologist can prescribe medication like gels, pills, or prescription-strength cleansers to help control breakouts. Many acne medications may also be covered by your insurance provider.

Laser Treatments

In addition to cleansers and creams, your dermatologist may suggest laser skin treatment as a way to combat severe adult acne. Laser treatments use heat and light to kill bacteria that causes acne and can help speed up healing time; they can also be useful for treating and reducing the appearance of acne scars. 

If you suffer from adult acne or are looking for a dermatologist, contact Advanced Dermatologist & Cosmetic Surgery today. 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.

Pamper Mom with Gift Certificates to AD&CS

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With Mother's Day quickly approaching, give the supermom in your life a special time to feel beautiful. Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery gift certificates can be redeemed for any clinical dermatology or cosmetic procedure as well as any of our high quality skin care products.

The gift of healthy and beautiful skin is the perfect gift for all occasions, including:

  • Birthdays
  • Anniverseries
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • Valentine's Day
  • Secretary's Day
  • Grandparent's Day
  • The Bride to Be
  • The Mom to Be
  • Bridal Parties
  • Just Because

Mother's Day is May 8-- Call (866) 400-3376 now to purchase a gift certificate.

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is the largest dermatology practice in America,  with immediate appointments available at one of our 50+ Florida locations. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Golfing to Give: The 2011 David Maus Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is a proud title sponsor of the 7th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, held this year on May 14-16, 2011 at ChampionsGate Golf Resort in Orlando, FL.

The David Maus Foundation held its First Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament just six years ago with a small group of volunteers. Since then, the golf tournament has become the main fundraising event for the David Maus Foundation as it continues to contribute to local children's charities.

This year, celebrities and the local community will join together for a weekend of golf and giving, building on over $800,000 of support raised over the last six years. To learn about the event, including participants and how to become involved as a sponsor, please visit the David Maus Foundation website.

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With over 50+ office locations in Florida, Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is a proud supporter of our local communities. To learn more about us, please visit us online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

The Importance of Sunscreen and Sun Protection

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With the Florida sunshine and spring weather out in full force, some of you may already be sitting poolside or enjoying the outdoors. While some people may benefit from occasional exposure to the sun and Vitamin D, the sun's radiation is also partly responsible for aging and wrinkles. Protect yourself from the sun's rays by applying sunscreen and employing other protective measures. Read more about sunscreen from Advanced Dermatology's Dr. Scott Podnos.

Sunscreens have been around in various forms for more than 70 years but only recently has their importance become so well known. Originally designed to prevent sunburn, they now offer important protection from many of the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. These include various skin cancers, photoaging, and several inflammatory conditions caused or worsened by the sun. It is common to hear that 80% of sun damage happens before the age of 18, leading many adults to forego using sun protection. This is a common misconception based on some confusion from an early study, with the actual number probably being closer to 20%. One of the most important roles in dermatology is the get our patients to understand the potential dangers of the sun and how to properly protect themselves.

Ultraviolet-A radiation (UVA) is primarily responsible for premature aging, wrinkles and tanning, while ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation can cause burning. Both types can severely damage the skin, resulting in skin cancers. While older sunscreens were basically UVB protection, the newer generation of products also help block UVA. The introduction of avobenzone revolutionized protection against UVA in the late 1980’s, and many advances have resulted in several more stable compounds and combinations that offer excellent coverage. These products are known as chemical sunscreens, which act as filters to protect the skin from radiation. Also available, and possibly the most complete protection, are the physical sunscreens, also known as sunblock. These contain ingredients such a titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These have come a long way since the days of the white, pasty blocks of the past. Finely micronized particles now make these elegant as well as effective, either used alone, or in combination with the chemical sunscreens.

There are some controversies regarding sunscreen use. Some studies have found sunscreen ingredients absorbed into the body. Unfortunately, most of these used non-commercial products or used very high doses, so more research is being done. There has been considerable coverage recently about the role of vitamin D and sun exposure and various types of internal cancers. Some people may benefit from oral vitamin D supplements and occasional sun exposure, but this has to be individualized for each patient.

The well known sun protection factor (SPF) has probably confused many people, since it mainly deals with only UVB protection. In the near future there will be a UVA rating system, most likely using a number of stars, to help label the effectiveness of the sunscreen against both UVA and UVB. It is wise to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with re-application every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Combining sunscreens with other protective measures such as protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, tinted windows, seeking shade, and avoiding midday sun all help to avoid the potentially dangerous effects of the sun on the skin.

For more information about sun protection and skincare, contact Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As the largest dermatology practice in America, immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida locations. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

General Skin Care Suggestions

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Healthy, beautiful skin at any age makes a glowing first impression. Working with your dermatologist to establish a good skin care regimen can help you look good and feel good about yourself. Risha Bellomo of Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offers the mantra "cleanse, exfoliate, tighten, tone, hydrate, and protect!" and suggests some basic products that can change your skin for the better.

Cleansers should be used morning and evening to deeply cleanse pores and take off the excess oil and debris, such as make-up. Adding a Clarisonic brush to your cleansing regimen can allow for a deeper cleanse, stimulate circulation and allow for better penetration of the products being used. All together it will lead to a fresher look.

Exfoliate with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) cleansers and creams. These products deeply clean blocked pores and remove the oil and dead skin cells that buildup on oily and acne prone skin. Also these AHAs smooth and tone the skin leaving a healthy glow.

Tighten, smooth, and enhance collagen production. This can all be done with one product and that is a Retinoid. Retinoids smooth the fine lines, tighten the skin by promoting collagen production, and exfoliate those dead skin layers that give us that dull, tired look. The use of a retinoid will make your skin look bright and energetic.

Erase the signs of photoaging by eliminating the brown discoloration on your skin by the use of Hydroquninones, CoffeeBerry Extract, and Kojic Acids. By suppressing the melanocytes in the skin and decreasing the excess melanin production, the skin will look more even toned with a youthful color.

Hydrate your skin daily with a moisturizer that will help heal the skin and boost the skins ability to retain moisture. Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer if you are acne prone and if you are especially dry use a hydrating mister several times a day. Hydration will make your skin look supple and balance the pH of your skin.

And last but not least Protect your skin. Protecting is two-fold. First apply your sunscreen daily before you leave your house in the morning. And if you are out for the day reapply your sunscreen every 80 minutes and after swimming. Second apply an antioxidant one to two times a day. Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C will protect your skin from free radicals. Free radicals breakdown the healthy proteins in the skin, collagen and elastin, leaving you with photo damaged and wrinkled skin. Together these two products are your barrier and protection from the elements.

For more information about skin care and dermatology, contact Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As the largest dermatology practice in America, immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida locations. 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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