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Dermatology Facts: 3 Common Birthmarks

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Birthmarks are common skin blemishes that rarely cause serious health problems but should be evaluated by a dermatologist to determine whether or not treatment or tests are necessary. Learn more about common birthmark types below, and contact your dermatologist if a birthmark ever bleeds, hurts, itches, or becomes infected.

Café-Au-Lait Spots

Café au lait spots are the most common type of birthmark and appear on all areas of the body, ranging in size from as small as a dime to as large as a quarter. Light brown in color, these marks derive their name from their resemblance to coffee with milk. Treatment is not usually needed for these birthmarks, but if you have several light brown spots that are larger than a quarter, it could be a sign of neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis is a genetic condition that causes abnormal cell growth in nerve tissues, and you should consult with your dermatologist about treatment options if you suspect you have it.

Macular Stains or “Strawberry Patches”

A common vascular birthmark that appears within the first few weeks after birth, macular stains are usually salmon or strawberry colored. Sometimes referred to as “angel kisses” or “stork bites,” these birthmarks are usually found on the back of the neck or the face. While salmon patches do not require treatment and usually fade away on their own after a year, some vascular birthmarks can last into adulthood.

Congenital Pigmented Nevi

Pigmented nevi, or hairy moles, vary in color, usually between light brown and black. These birthmarks are usually small but should be tested for any malignant properties. Because children with a congenital nevus may be at an increased risk of developing skin cancer as adults, have these moles monitored over time for changes in size, color, and texture.

If you have an unusual skin blemish or growing birthmark, 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.

Acne 101: Controlling a Chronic Condition

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Regardless of whether you are a teenager or well into your adult years, the breakouts, bumps, and scars caused by acne can be both painful and damaging to your confidence. Talking to your dermatologist can help you answer common questions like, what, exactly, is acne, and why do such a wide range of people get it?

How do I get Acne?

Acne is not caused by food, dirt or not cleaning correctly as most people may think. Acne is an inflammatory condition where skin becomes plugged by dead skin cells and sebum. This creates an environment where the Propionibacterium acnes (the bacteria involved in the pathophysiology of acne) can thrive, leading to an inflammatory response. This cascade of events can lead to three types of acne: Comedomal, Inflammatory and Cystic.

Genetics and fluctuating hormonal changes influence the severity of acne. Most people think that only teenagers suffer from acne, but the reality is that 50% of acne patients seen are adult females. Acne does not just affect the face, but can also affect the neck, chest, shoulders and back leading to pigmentary changes and potential scarring.

Treating Acne

Since acne is a chronic condition without a cure it is important that you understand that controlling your acne is an ongoing process. The severity of your acne, prior medication history and skin type will help your dermatologist develop a regimen that is fit for you.

Oral antibiotics may be needed for those patients that have more moderate to severe acne that have not responded well to topical therapy alone, have multiple inflammatory and cystic nodules, or are starting to show signs of permanent scarring. Other options for the treatment of acne; post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and acne scarring are facials, chemical peelslaser and light therapy.

The  dermatologists and aestheticians at Advanced Dermatology understand the negative affect acne can have on a patient's self esteem and quality of life. This is why we are committed to customizing therapies that are right for you and will work to improve and maintain the clearance of your acne.

For more information about acne and acne treatment, contact the dermatologists at 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.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer: an Overview

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Melanoma causes a majority of deaths related to skin cancer. But, according to the American Cancer Society, melanoma "accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases." What, then, about non-melanoma skin cancers?

What are NMSCs? 

Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common skin cancers. They arise from skin cells in the epidermis, the outer-most layer of the skin. The two most common NMSCs are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). BCC is the most common human cancer and accounts for 80% of all skin cancers. SCCs make up 16% of all skin cancers.

Who gets NMSCs? NMSCs are most common on skin that has been exposed to a lot of ultraviolet (UV) radiation over time, either from natural sunlight or from tanning booths or phototherapy. There may be many years, or decades, between the time of significant UV exposure and the development of NMSCS. NMSCs are more commonly seen in individuals with fair skin, since they are more susceptible to UV-induced skin damage, however NMSCs can occur in people of all skin types and ethnic backgrounds. People with inherited genetic disorders, immune suppression, or who have been exposed to ionizing radiation may also be at higher risk for developing NMSCs.

For more information about non-melanoma skin cancer detection and treatment, contact the dermatologists at 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.

Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment

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With the summertime in full swing,  many families and individuals are spending their days relaxing by the pool or beach. While they can certainly feel relaxing, sun exposure and tanning can be harmful to your skin and health. The most common form of cancer in the United States, skin cancer is a hazard you should be protecting yourself against and seeking medical guidance about.

The most important aspect in detecting skin cancer is a thorough visual examination of your skin from your scalp to the bottom of your feet. This examination requires the trained eye of a Board Certified Dermatologist, and you should expect it to be done in the same detailed manner as your family physician doing a complete physical examination.

There are many types of skin cancer. The majority of these are caused by sun damage we received by the time we were in our late teenage years. What is important to realize is that sometimes skin cancer is not very obvious, unless for example you have a spot that either bleeds or is not healing. A Dermatologist is also trained to look for the subtle findings, so as to find a skin cancer at the earliest possible time and recommend appropriate treatment.

Often people may think “how bad can skin cancer be since it is only on the skin?” The fact is some skin cancers can spread to other parts of the body and cause harm. Therefore, early detection and treatment is especially important in these cases.

The proper choice of treatment for a particular skin cancer is also important in determining your highest cure rate. Treatments range from various types of surgical procedures, including microscopically controlled surgery (MOHS surgery) to other methods that adhere to the guidelines of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology. Routine followup full skin exams are an integral part of your continuing care, to monitor for recurrence of skin cancers and check for any new skin cancers. These followup exams should be individualized to the patient based upon an analysis of their family history and past/present Dermatologic History.

The main point to remember is this – what you do not see could potentially be harmful.

For more information about skin cancer detection and treatment, contact the dermatologists at 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.

Rosacea and Ways to Treat It

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Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that typically begins with flushing and blushing of the cheeks and nose, but can also affect the chin, forehead and even the ears, neck, chest and back. Rosacea can progress into persistent erythema (redness), papules, pustules and even cystic nodules. About 50% of patients have eye involvement also called "ocular rosacea". This can cause dryness, burning and grittiness of the eyes.

Anyone can develop rosacea even children, but the most common patient type is the fair-skinned adult between the ages of 30 and 50. Patients who have rosacea need to be cautious of what they use on their skin since some products may worsen their condition. This is why it is important to see your dermatologist if you feel you may be developing rosacea. Treatment regimens are customized to each individual to stop the progression of the disease and education on avoidance of triggers is also important to control rosacea.

Tips for the Rosacea Patient

  • Practice good sun protection. Seek shade, cover up and apply a daily sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Remember to reapply every 90 minutes. Heat and sun exposure can definitely trigger a rosacea flare. 
  • Avoid spicy food, hot drinks, caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Exercise in a cool environment, do not overheat and protect your skin from the cold and wind.
  • Avoid abrasive scrubs. Utilize gentle cleansers and moisturizers. Do not rub or use irritating washcloths.
  • Avoid cosmetics and skin care products with alcohol or irritating ingredients. Fewer products are better and allow your dermatologist to tailor your skin care regimen. 
  • Consider laser therapy for that persistent erythema and telangiectasias. 
  • Keep a log of what triggers your rosacea by writing down what foods, products, activities, medications and other things that cause your rosacea to flare. Work together as a team with your dermatology provider.

For more information about dermal fillers and other cosmetic treatments to rejuvenate your skin, contact the dermatologists at 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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