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Winter Sun Protection Suggestions

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Protecting your skin from sun damage requires care and attention year-round, not just during the summer months. Whether you’re taking a beachside vacation or hitting the slopes this winter, overexposure to the sun’s rays can cause premature signs of aging, skin discoloration and even skin cancer. The reflective surfaces of water and snow could, in fact, put you at greater risk of sun damage. Talk to your dermatologist about sun damage prevention and consider some of the protective measures below.   

  • Select a Sunscreen: While sunscreen is a critical component of sun damage prevention, not all sunscreens are the same. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen daily, generously, and frequently to any exposed skin. If you are visiting warmer waters this winter, be wary of tanning oils that claim to offer skin protection as they usually do not have a high enough SPF to prevent sun damage.
  • Wear a Wide-Brimmed Hat: A stylish oversized hat is a chic addition to both your summer beach trips and your winter wardrobe. A wide-brimmed hat provides extra shade for your face, neck and shoulders, protecting delicate facial skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Complete your winter sun protection look with a pair of wide sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods: The foods you eat could contribute to healthy, resilient skin. Some studies and experts suggest that foods rich in antioxidants, like blueberries, fish, tomatoes and spinach, could help to protect your skin. High-protein foods and healthy fats like almonds and avocados may also be healthy foods for skin.
  • Skip the Sun Tanning: Even if the winter weather leaves you feeling pale or pasty, avoid the indoor tanning salons. Embrace your fair skin or purchase a sunless tanner, which can lend a bronze glow without harming your skin. Some sunless tanners may also contain moisturizers and vitamin E for softer skin.  

For more information about sun protection, 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 Cancer Self-Examination

When identified early and given the necessary medical attention, skin cancer can be treatable. In addition to taking preventative measures, patients can perform regular skin cancer self-examinations to protect their skin. The more familiar you are with the moles and marks on your body, the more easily you will be able to recognize potentially cancerous changes and to present those changes to your dermatologist. In the video below, learn more about skin cancer self-examinations and and what to look for.

When performing a self-examination, look for signs of change in growth, color, shape, and size. While you can wait a couple of weeks before contacting your dermatologist to see if the change reverts, seek medical attention immediately if something bleeds or continues to bleed. In addition to online sources, patients can ask their dermatologist for more guidance on skin cancer symptoms and self-exams.

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.

Healthy Holiday Skin: Resources for Further Reading

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Put your best face forward this holiday season with healthy, radiant skin. Talk to your dermatologist about treatments and products that can help you manage any skin conditions and reveal more youthful skin. A chemical peel, for example, can be an effective and efficient way of rejuvenating dull skin, while certain foods can enhance your skin’s health. Read more about achieving healthy holiday skin in the resources below.

  • The holidays are a time for family, friends and, very often, feasting. With this list of healthy foods for skin, you can savor the holidays while supporting your skin. Foods that can be beneficial for your skin include blueberries, fish and nuts.
  • During a light or superficial chemical peel, your dermatologist will clean your face before applying a chemical solution. Learn more about how a chemical peel is performed with this cosmetic treatment guide.
  • If you suffer from fine lines, acne, or mild scarring, talk to your dermatologist about how a chemical peel could help to rejuvenate your skin. Read through this WebMD article for a list of skin conditions that can be treated by chemical peels.

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.

Superficial Chemical Peels for Smoother Skin

Treating a variety of skin conditions, including wrinkles, acne, and minor scarring, a chemical peel can help to reveal the appearance of healthier skin. With three types of chemical peels—superficial, medium and deep—patients can work with their dermatologist to find the treatment that is best for their skin type and needs. In the video below, learn more about a superficial chemical peel and how it could benefit your skin.

Also known as a “lunchtime peel,” a superficial chemical peel can smooth and reveal more radiant skin in one short treatment and without visible side effects. During the treatment, your dermatologist may apply either a fruit, glycolic or salicylic acid to dissolve the top layer of dead skin, the accumulation of which can lead to dull, uneven skin. While patients may experience a tingling sensation during the treatment, most are able to return to work or their daily activities right away.

For more information about chemical peels, 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.

4 Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist

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Having healthy skin is beneficial for both your overall health and your appearance. Your skin not only protects your body from external elements but can also affect self-esteem and confidence. By talking with your dermatologist, you can seek treatments for specific skin conditions or guidance on general skin care tips. At your next dermatology appointment, ask your doctor some of the following questions for more information about caring for your unique skin care needs.

  1. “Is my skin aging normally?” Not everyone will age at the same rate, but asking if the appearance of wrinkles is normal for your age can help you identify any lifestyle factors that could be accelerating the aging process. Smoking and tanning, for example, can result in signs of premature aging. Adjusting your habits and asking your dermatologist about treatments like microdermabrasion or injectables can help you restore a youthful facial appearance.
  2. “How can I treat my adult acne?” A fairly common skin condition among adults, adult acne can be a frustrating reminder of your teenage years. Adult acne can be treated with some of the same methods used to treat teenage acne. Using specialty skin care products and monitoring your diet can also help you to manage breakouts and to soothe irritated skin.
  3. “How can I prevent skin cancer?” While some may be at higher risk for developing skin cancer, all patients should take precautions against the sun’s harmful rays. Limit sun exposure and protect your skin by wearing sunscreen and other protective items like sunglasses and hats.
  4. “What treatments would most benefit my skin type?” Whether you are worried about wrinkles or skin diseases, your dermatologist can evaluate your skin and recommend treatments and procedures to help you target your problem areas. Depending on what your skin care concerns and goals are, your dermatologist may recommend a new skin care regimen or an in-office procedure.   

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.

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