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Skin Cancer Basics – Part Two

What causes skin cancer? Sunlight is composed of visible light (all the colors we see in daylight), infrared radiation (which provides warmth), and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is carcinogenic (cancer-causing). More than 90 percent of all skin cancer is caused by long-term exposure to UV radiation. UV radiation damages the skin’s DNA, causing a cell […]


Skin Cancer Basics – Part One

Skin canceroccurs when skin cells start growing abnormally, causing cancerous growths. Most skin cancers develop on the visible outer layer of the skin (the epidermis), particularly in sun-exposed areas (face, head, hands, arms, and legs). They are usually easy to detect by examining the skin, which increases the chances of early treatment and survival.   […]


Self Skin Examination – Part Two

Last week we introduced the need for, as well as the recommendation for monthly self skin-examinations by the American Academy of Dermatology (“AAD”).  Today I want to mention what you need to be looking for when performing these regular exams.   As you or your partner examines your skin, look for changes in the size, […]


Skin Self Examination – Part One

A few weeks ago, our Skin Care Consultant Cathy Hedrick wrote an overview about Skin Care. In that post, she mentioned how the American Academy of Dermatology (“AAD”) recommends that people perform a skin self-exam once a month. So today, I am pleased to address the value to you of this monthly routine and how […]


Acne Basics – Part 2

In the last posting, we introduced some of the basic causes of acne.  Today I will present some of the available acne treatments. lmost all cases of acne can be effectively treated. The goal of acne treatment is to heal existing lesions, stop new lesions from forming, and prevent acne scars. Different acne medications are […]


Acne Basics – Part 1

Acne is a very common skin problem that shows up as outbreaks of bumps called pimples or zits.  Acne usually appear on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.  Acne can be a source of emotional distress, and severe cases can lead to permanent acne scars.. What causes acne? Acne begins when the pores in […]


Clinical Research

Clinical research leads to better medical care.  New ideas often start in the laboratory, but eventually must be tested in the real world.  A “clinical trial” is the name given to research that involves people as the subject of research.  Our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent disease comes from the knowledge gained from these […]


Skin Care Overview

A simple skin regimen, practiced every day, can help keep your skin healthy and more youthful in appearance. Some basic steps include: Wash your skin twice a day with a gentle non-soap cleanser.  Use a soft cloth and do not scrub vigorously. Use a moisturizer twice a day.  This helps your skin appear more youthful […]


Five Sun Defenses – Part 3

As we have mentioned in a previous blogs, the five basic sun defenses that you should keep in mind when you go outdoors should include: Avoiding peak hours of sunlight Using sunscreen and/or sunblock Selecting appropriate clothing Keeping sunglasses handy Seeking shade   In the last post we dealt with avoiding sunlight and sunscreen.  Today […]


Five Sun Defenses – Part 2

We have mentioned previously the five basic sun defenses that you should keep in mind when you go outdoors: Avoiding peak hours of sunlight Using sunscreen Selecting appropriate clothing Keeping sunglasses handy Seeking shade   Having dealt with avoiding the sun, using sunscreen and clothing selection…today, we will discuss the last two defenses. Sunglasses Overexposure […]


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