It’s Time to See the Dermatologist

Lifestyle

For whatever the reason many people try to avoid going to the doctor, no matter the specialty. We get it, it’s not at the top of your list of things you want to do, but there are some cases in which it is necessary to visit the doctor.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), “Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases”.

So when exactly should you be seeing the dermatologist? We’ve included some circumstances of when it would be in your best interest to seek the professional help of a dermatologist.

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Fall Skin Care Regimen

As the days grow shorter, the temperature decreases, and the air becomes drier, the skin loses moisture. You may not want to believe it, but fall is right around the corner. Yes, the leaves are beautiful and the cooler weather is refreshing but there’s definitely something sad about putting away your shorts and taking out your sweaters. It is universally understood that clothing varies by season (especially here in the Northeast), but your skin care regimen should also change with each season. Here are some simple skin care tips for the fall season:

  • Evaluate Your Skin Type – With the cooler weather, many observe a change in their skin type. Whether previously normal skin becomes dry or oily turns to normal, the skin care products you used all summer may actually make your skin worse in the winter. If you have any doubts about your skin type, our dermatologists would be glad to assist you.
  • Sunscreen – Don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen just because summer is over. Although you are no longer going to the beach, the sun’s ultraviolet rays still exist elsewhere. Use a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. Make sure that the sunscreen contains an SPF of at least 15. Regardless of the weather, sunscreen is a must.
  • Update your Routine – In cold weather, use a more moisturizing cleanser. Since exfoliation and certain other skin care techniques may cause exfoliation if done too frequently, it is important to remember when you have done each step. Set aside specific days for each skin care task to keep a routine and avoid irritation. While this should be done year-round, it is especially important in the fall and winter seasons, when dry skin typically occurs.
  • Moisturize Daily – To avoid dryness, your skin requires constant hydration. Use a moisturizer every day to keep your skin moist and smooth. It is best to apply moisturizer after a shower or bath, once you have dried off. Start moisturizing now to prevent cracked lips and dry skin.
  • Get Cuticle Oil – When it comes to dry skin, the cuticles tend to suffer the most. Even if you use hand cream religiously, it may not be enough to moisten the cuticles. Purchase a cuticle oil and use a few times a week to relieve cracked, painful cuticles.
  • Replace your Body Wash – Fragrant, soapy body wash might feel good after a day at the beach, but they will leave your skin dry during the winter. To prevent dry skin, replace your body wash with something that is hydrating and soap-free. If you’ve been using a shower gel in the summer, you may want to switch to a moisturizing body wash for the fall.
  • Get a New Hand Cream – Hands often become dry and cracked during fall and winter. When it comes to dry skin, your hands take the brunt of it, as they are constantly exposed to water. It is therefore important to moisturize your hands more often than the rest of your body. Pack a hand cream with you for when you’re on the go.
  • Exfoliate with Oil-Based Scrub – The summer sun and chlorine may leave your skin feeling dry and flaky. The fall is an excellent time for oil-based scrubs, as they simultaneously hydrate and exfoliate your skin. There is a dizzying array of oil-based scrubs, each containing a different amount of oil. You should have no trouble finding an oil-based scrub that’s right for you.
  • Cosmetic Procedures – Fall is the best time for facial cosmetic procedures, as your face will be exposed to the sun much less compared to summertime. In addition, with the holidays not too far away, undergoing your procedure now will ensure that you look youthful and refreshed in front of family and friends.

Have Any Skin Concerns? Contact Us Today!

If you are experiencing any skin concerns, contact us today to schedule a consultation. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating all concerns of the skin, hair and nails. We also offer the latest minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

Melanoma Monday

Monday May 5th is “Melanoma Monday”

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has designated Monday May 5th as “Melanoma Monday” to promote awareness of skin cancer. According to the AAD, “On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour. In 2014, it is estimated that 9,710 deaths will be attributed to melanoma.”

Early detection is crucial for finding melanoma before it becomes untreatable. As melanoma advances it becomes less easy to treat and more deadly. A recent study shows that people with an established dermatologist are more likely to detect early stage melanoma. Education on cancer detection gained from visiting a dermatologist resulted in a larger percentage of self-detection among these patients. Melanoma in early stages can be successfully removed in a majority of cases so it is important to know the signs.

Signs of Skin Cancer

Look for any skin growth that is increasing in size and has an appearance that is pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored. A skin growth such as a mole or other brown spot that has an irregular outline, changes color, is bigger than a pencil eraser, or appears after age 21 can also be a sign of skin cancer. What to look for is sometimes described as the “ABCDEs” of skin cancer detection. A is for asymmetry, B is for border (uneven), C is for color (a variety of colors), D is for diameter, and E is for evolving. If you notice any of these signs it is important that you see a dermatologist as soon as possible. See the illustrations below to learn how to look for skin cancer.

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Who Gets Melanoma?

Skin cancer can be found in people of any age and is one of the more common cancers to find in those younger than 30. The risk of being diagnosed with melanoma increases with age and the average age for it to be found is 61. Those with lighter skin are much more likely to get melanoma than those with darker skin. A major risk factor for most melanomas is exposure to UV rays from sunlight or tanning beds. This is why proper sun protection is so important. Besides damaging rays from the sun, family history could also be a contributing factor to developing melanoma.

Schedule Your Skin Cancer Screening Today!

Schedule your skin cancer screening with one of the expert dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology, P.C today. We have 13 conveniently located offices in New York and New Jersey. Our offices are located in and serve the surrounding areas of: Manhattan, Fresh Meadows, Bayside, Ossining, Briarcliff, Park Slope, Commack, East Setauket, Roslyn Heights, and West Islip in New York as well as Summit and Ridgewood in New Jersey. Contact us here!

Promote skin health with these pro-skin vitamins

The health of your skin is largely effected by the overall healthiness of your lifestyle – especially your diet. There are a variety of vitamins that are especially good at promoting skin health and improving appearance. A good dietary rule to follow is to try to eat a large variety of colorful food including fruits and vegetables.

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VITAMIN A

Widely accepted as the most important vitamin to skin health, vitamin A has been shown to be highly effective at treating problem skin. Vitamin A can help reduce acne with its ability to promote cell turnover. Deficiency of vitamin A can lead to rough, dry, and scaly skin. Foods that have a higher content of vitamin A include liver and cod liver oil as well as kidney, egg yolks from pastured chickens, and cream and butter from pastured cows.

VITAMIN E

Both vitamin C and vitamin E can help reduce the harmful effects on the skin of UV rays. Vitamin E is part of the skin’s antioxidant system of defense against skin damage. A combination of vitamin E and vitamin A has also been shown to dramatically reduce the chances of getting basal cell carcinoma. Tofu, spinach, nuts, fish, and avocados are all high in vitamin E.

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VITAMIN C

Skin appearance can be improved and wrinkling reduced with an adequate intake of vitamin C. A diet high in vitamin C can also help reduce dry skin, reduce damage from UV rays, and improve wound healing. Foods that contain a high amount of vitamin C include dark leafy greens, broccoli, and citrus fruits. Since vitamin C is sensitive to heat it is better to eat these foods raw or only cook them lightly.

ZINC

The structure of proteins and cell membranes in the skin is assisted by zinc. Additionally zinc has anti-inflammatory effects and can assist in wound healing. Zinc interacts with vitamin A in its transport through the blood and so the combination of both produces a greater reduction in acne. Animal sources of zinc like kidney and liver, red meat, and seafood are superior to plant sources like nuts.

WHEN CHANGING YOUR DIET ISN’T ENOUGH

While a healthy diet rich in pro-skin nutrients is essential for maintaining the appearance of your skin it may not always be enough. If your efforts at improving the appearance of your skin through your diet aren’t giving you the results you want then contacting an expert dermatologist may be the next step. Advanced Dermatology, P.C.’s board-certified dermatologists can help develop a treatment plan that fits your unique needs.

Contact one of our 13 conveniently located offices today. Our offices are located in and serve the surrounding areas of: Manhattan, Fresh Meadows, Bayside, Ossining, Briarcliff, Park Slope, Commack, East Setauket, Roslyn Heights, and West Islip in New York as well as Summit and Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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THE FACTS ON SKIN CANCER AND SUN PROTECTION

There are a lot of myths surrounding sunscreen, tanning, and sun exposure that can lead to neglecting the health of your skin. Harmful UV rays from the sun or tanning beds cause skin damage that can lead to skin cancer. Proper protection and an understanding of how exposure to UV rays effects your body will help you keep your skin healthy.

SUNSCREEN

Many people will wait until they get to the beach to start applying sunscreen. But by the time you put it on you may have already been exposed to harmful UV rays. It’s much better to apply sunscreen at least half an hour before you’ll be in the sun. And when you get to the beach you have to reapply every two hours – no matter how much of a drag you think it is.

Sunscreens should protect from UVA and UVB or have what’s often called “broad-spectrum” protection. Some reports in the media led to a belief that sunscreens may be harmful or cause cancer but current research shows that sunscreens are safe and effective when used as directed.

TANNING

If you think that getting a base tan will protect you from the harmful effects of the sun, you’re wrong. Getting a base tan then sitting in the sun without sunscreen is essentially exposing your self to skin damage twice. There is no such thing as a “safe” tan whether you get it from sun exposure or a tanning salon and any tan is a sign of skin damage. Being born with darker skin may make you less likely to develop skin cancer than someone with fairer skin but the risk is still there. People with darker skin may even be less likely to notice skin cancer when it does arise as easily as those with light skin.

SUN EXPOSURE

If it’s a cloudy day you probably won’t think to put on sunscreen but up to 80% of harmful UV rays get through clouds and fog. This means it’s just as important to protect your skin on a cloudy day. Another common myth is that when it is sunny, exposing your skin will help you produce vitamin D. It only takes about 5 minutes of sun exposure though for maximum vitamin D production to be reached. After that, further sun exposure only risks breaking down vitamin D. Sun exposure can occur through glass like a car window as well. Although UVB rays are blocked, you can still be exposed to UVA rays and you can tan or burn.

With age, the risk of developing skin cancer does increase. This does not mean that because you are chronologically young that you don’t need to protect yourself. Damage from UV rays can be especially harmful during early years and can lead to development of skin cancer later in life. The harmful effects of sun damage may take time to show any symptoms. If the threat of skin cancer doesn’t compel you to wear sunscreen then consider the negative effects on the appearance of your skin such as wrinkles and premature aging.

SKIN CHECKS

Individuals with a low risk for skin cancer should get checked for skin cancer once a year. If you have a family history of skin cancer, if you’re fair skinned, or if you’ve had severe sunburns in your life, you should visit your dermatologist every six months. Early detection of skin cancer is crucial as removal at an early stage is easier and will help prevent potential spreading of the cancer.

GET YOUR SKIN EXAM TODAY!

Schedule your appointment with one of the board-certified dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology, P.C. today. We have 13 conveniently located office locations in New York and New Jersey. Our offices are located in and serve the surrounding areas of: Manhattan, Fresh Meadows, Bayside, Ossining, Briarcliff, Park Slope, Commack, East Setauket, Roslyn Heights, and West Islip in New York as well as Summit and Ridgewood, New Jersey. To contact one of our offices CLICK HERE.