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What is Shingles?

If you have ever had the chicken pox, then you may want to pay attention. Shingles is the reactivation of the chicken pox virus that typically affects people over the age of 50, though it can occur in those who are younger.

The shingles virus lays dormant in your nerve endings until it is awaken by stress or other factors, causing patches or strips or blisters and intense pain. An outbreak of shingles usually manifests initially as a persistent headache before blooming into an array of painful symptoms. Fortunately, shingles can be prevented as long as you are approved for the vaccine. To learn more about the causes of shingles, its symptoms and prevention, view the video below:

For more information about shingles, 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.

Sun Protection 101: How to Shield Your Skin

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Research suggests that getting even several sunburns over the course of your life can double or triple your risk of melanoma. According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma accounted for more than 67,000 cases of skin cancer in 2010. While a sun-kissed glow seems like a perfect summer accessory, a tan is also a symptom of sun-damaged cells. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancer. Here is a look at some effective products and practices for protecting your skin.

  • Wear The Appropriate Clothing: You may think your shirt will protect you from sunburn, but did you know that ultraviolet rays can seep through your clothing? Manufacturers now make hats, jackets, and t-shirts that carry UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) value. Sun protection clothing with a high UPF value can help protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. While not everyone will need sun protection clothing to prevent sunburn, those with fair skin or who spend time in high elevations around reflective surfaces can benefit from the added protection. Ultraviolet rays can also damage your eyes, so select sunglasses that also carry a high UV protection rating.
  • Wear Sunscreen: It is important to wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. Look for broad-spectrum protection sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently, especially if you are around reflective surfaces like water or snow. Keep in mind that some medications can increase your sensitivity to ultraviolet rays. Talk to your dermatologist for recommendations about the sunscreens that will best protect your skin.  
  • Avoid Tanning Salons: A tanning salon might seem like an easy alternative to tanning on the beach, but tanning beds also emit ultraviolet rays. In fact, studies cited by the Skin Cancer Foundation have shown that “sunbed tanning increases the risk of both melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers.” If you are still looking for a quick and easy way to bronze skin, try a spray-on tan or use a tinted lotion.
  • Monitor Your Skin: Early detection is the best way to mitigate the effects of sun damage. Regularly monitor your skin for irregular or changes to moles, and check in with your dermatologist throughout the year. While at the doctor’s office, ask for guidelines and advice about how to best protect your natural skin type and tone.

For more information about sun protection and skin cancer, 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.

Birthmarks and Beautiful Skin: Dermatology Resources for Further Reading

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Whether you’ve always had a particular birthmark or are simply worried about dull and dry skin, your skin deserves good care year-round. Talk with your dermatologist about  treating existing skin conditions and preventing future ones, and use the resources below to equip yourself with more information about protecting your skin.

  • Baby birthmarks are typically nothing to worry about, but learning what you can about common birthmarks can help you notice any irregularities. Consult with your baby’s doctor or dermatologist as you evaluate whether or not a birthmark should be treated.
  • If your child has an unusual mark on his or her body, refer to this visual guide from the Mayo Clinic. With descriptions and pictures of common birthmarks, this page can help parents determine what these marks are.
  • If you suffer from acne, the causes of and treatments for it are various. Learn more about acne causes, treatment, and prevention in this online guide.
  • If you have acne scars, wrinkles, or uneven skin, a chemical peel can help minimize or erase signs of damage and aging. This guide from WebMD outlines types of chemical peels and what you can expect before, during, and after the treatment.

If you have an unusual birthmark or want younger-looking 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.

Look Younger and Fresher with Chemical Peels

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Chemical peels are an effective and non-invasive way to treat acne, skin discolorations, and fine lines. During a chemical peel, a chemical compound is applied to the face to remove layers of the skin’s damaged cells, leaving your skin feeling softer and looking healthier. Depending on the strength and depth of the peel, the treatment can cause some discomfort but, for the most part, requires no downtime. Your dermatologist or aesthetician will assess your skin and determine the right combination of chemicals needed to treat your skin.

  1. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peels: Alpha hydroxy acids are often used in light or mild chemical peels. This type of peel causes minimal discomfort and requires the least amount of preparation and recovery time. AHA peels can help reduce fine lines, skin rashes and even the appearance of sunspots. Repeated treatments may be necessary for full effect and can be performed once a week for up to six weeks.
  2. Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Peels: Trichloroacetic acid, the active ingredient in a TCA peel, is typically used in medium-strength chemical peels. Penetrating deeper, a TCA peel removes the top and upper-middle layers of your skin to treat wrinkles, acne scars, and signs of sun damage. Your skin may take longer to fully heal, and your dermatologist may recommend a mild pain reliever to combat the stinging sensation you may experience during the procedure.
  3. Phenol Peels: Effective at treating deep wrinkles, scars, and even pre-cancerous growths, a phenol peel is a deep chemical peel that can offer dramatic results but does require more preparation and recovery time. Because phenol penetrates to the lower dermal layer of your skin, a local anesthetic is applied during the treatment to prevent major discomfort. Your dermatologist may also provide you with some pretreatment instructions to follow in order to prepare your skin and may prescribe your painkillers while your skin heals, a process that may take several months.

For more information about chemical peels and skin rejuvenation, 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.

4 Tips for Addressing Acne

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Acne can be physically painful and emotionally embarrassing, but a variety of treatment options do exist to help those who suffer from acne find clearer skin. According to the Acne Resource Center, about 85 percent of young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 suffer from acne and 20 percent of adults suffer from active acne, but only 11 percent of acne sufferers seek help from a dermatologist

Don’t let acne prevent you from leading an active life. Consult with your dermatologist about available treatments and keep some of the following suggestions in mind for coping with acne.

  1. Avoid Picking or Rubbing the Skin: Your dermatologist or qualified skin care professional will tell you to avoid picking, popping, or rubbing pimples and your skin in order to prevent bacteria and oils from causing additional irritation or scarring. Squeezing or popping acne can push bacteria deeper into the skin, worsening symptoms and making them last longer.
  2. Avoid Drying Soaps: Skin irritants like fragrances or alcohol can worsen your acne. Avoid using colognes, after-shaves, deodorizing soaps, or scented oils anywhere that you are prone to breakout. Your skin needs a small amount of oil, and alcohol-based products can cause your skin to over dry, forcing your body to compensate by producing more oil. This increased production of oil can cause further breakouts.
  3. Be Consistent and Diligent About Your Skin Care Regimen: Those who constantly battle for clear skin likely have persistent acne, and you will need to be just as persistent in your efforts to fight breakouts. Follow your skin care regimen carefully and consistently, and even consider posting each step on your mirror as a reminder to be thorough. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks for improvements and positive changes to show.
  4. Seek Advice From A Dermatologist: A dermatologist can help you diagnose underlying causes of your acne and tailor a skin care regimen to address it. Depending on your skin type and the severity of your outbreaks, your dermatologist may also prescribe medication to help you control your acne. Experimenting with treatment options on your own can worsen your acne or cause scarring.

If you suffer from acne, contact Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Our dermatologists will work with you to develop a unique plan for treating and preventing acne, and we also offer laser skin treatments for those who have experienced acne scarring. 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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