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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. If caught early, skin cancer treatment has a high likelihood of effectively beating the disease. Keep reading to learn about common risk factors of this kind of cancer so you can protect yourself from it:
A Lighter Complexion
People with light skin are often more at risk for skin cancer than people with darker skin, especially if they sunburn easy. If you have a lighter complexion, talk to your dermatologist about the best ways to protect yourself from this harmful disease.
A Family or Personal History
When it comes to cancer, any kind of history of the disease is bad. If you know that any of your family members or you have had skin cancer, you should talk to your doctor about your risks for developing the disease. If there is a history present, you might need to be more diligent about regular checkups.
High Levels of Exposure to the Sun
The more time you spend in the sun the higher your risk for developing skin cancer. Take precautions when you go outside to protect your skin from dangerous UV rays. Wear clothing that covers your skin and use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.
Although it might seem like tanning booths are safer than sunbathing outside, they can actually be more dangerous. Sitting in a tanning bed greatly increases your risk for developing skin cancer.
If you think you might have skin cancer, come to Altman Dermatology for a checkup. Our skin cancer treatment gives you every opportunity to get rid of this condition and once again enjoy healthy skin. We can also have you with acne trouble and other skin conditions. For more information on our procedures, visit us online or call (847) 725-0817.
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Are you concerned with the appearance of small red or blue spider veins on your skin? Do you suffer from larger varicose veins that bulge above the surface of your skin? If so, you may want to consider sclerotherapy. Both spider veins and varicose veins can make you self-conscious about your appearance, and may cause you pain as well. Sclerotherapy uses an injection of a special chemical directly into the offending vein that damages the inside lining. As the vein scars, the blood supply will be cut off, minimizing its appearance and eventually reabsorbing into the body. You may need to wear compression stockings after the treatment, but otherwise you should be able to resume work and your normal daily activities very soon.
Don’t let unsightly veins cause you any more discomfort or embarrassment. Contact Altman Dermatology Associates at (847) 725-0817 to make an appointment at our Arlington Heights office to find out more about sclerotherapy. Our board-certified dermatologists will make sure you receive the best treatment possible.
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Aging is a natural part of life, but your skin could start to look old and tired even when you still feel young and energetic. If you do not take care of your skin by wearing sunscreen, visiting your dermatologist, and practicing a good at-home skin care routine, your skin may start to age prematurely. Just a few changes in your skin care habits can help keep your skin looking youthful, firm, and healthy. Read on to find out if any of these bad skin care habits sound familiar to you.
Even though the sun’s warm rays can feel good on your skin, they can do extensive damage beyond just a temporary sunburn. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays damages your unprotected skin and greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. The sun can also hasten the arrival of fine lines and wrinkles on your facial skin and the rest of your body. That’s why wearing sunscreen every day is a must, even during the winter or when it’s cloudy outside.
It should come as no surprise to hear that smoking is bad for your heart, lungs, oral health, and just about every other system in your body. Smoking is also notorious for making people look older than they are, contributing to more and deeper wrinkles as well as splotchy skin tone. In case you need one more reason to give up tobacco, it will make you look as well as feel unhealthy.
Not Sleeping Enough
If you’re like most people, you’ve had more than one morning where you wake up feeling tired and groggy. When you look in the mirror on those mornings, you may notice that your complexion looks different—and not just the bags under your eyes. Your body repairs itself during sleep, and a lack of rest can make you look tired and older than you are.
Altman Dermatology Associates of Arlington Heights can help you discover your own bad habits that may be contributing to less-than-healthy skin. Call (847) 725-0817 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services. We treat a wide variety of skin conditions to keep you in your best health.
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In order to have healthy skin, start from the inside out by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Watch this video for tips on what to include in your diet for healthy skin.
Foods such as yams and carrots that are rich in beta-carotene can help you have healthy, glowing skin. Dark green, leafy vegetables are also high in carotenoids that can make your skin look great. It’s important to stay hydrated for your overall health as well as your skin’s health, so drink plenty of water and minimize or eliminate your caffeine intake. Sugar and dairy can both provoke an inflammatory response, which can cause breakouts and make existing skin conditions worse.
If you have questions on how you can best take care of your skin, talk to the friendly experts at Altman Dermatology Associates in Arlington Heights. Give us a call at (847) 725-0817 to make an appointment. We strive to provide the highest level of personalized care to all of our patients.
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Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and is subjected every day to harsh elements both in and out of doors. A good at-home skin care routine can help keep your skin soft, supple, and more youthful-looking. However, with so many skin care products out on the market, it can be difficult to choose which ones are the best for you. Your dermatologist can help you determine which products will work the best for your unique skin type. Keep reading for a look at a few of the top products for your home skin care routine.
Elta MD Sunscreens
The sun is one of your skin’s greatest adversaries if you do not protect yourself against it. In addition to contributing to premature lines and wrinkles, sun damage can increase your risk of skin cancer. This is why it’s important to incorporate a broad spectrum sunscreen from Elta MD into your daily skin care regimen. Elta MD sunscreens protect you against UVA and UVB rays using microfine transparent zinc oxide, and won’t leave any white residue on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, Elta MD products may still work for you as they are formulated to be as gentle as possible.
The skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, and is highly susceptible to forming fine lines and wrinkles as you get older. Obagi® Elastiderm is a popular and effective treatment that helps restore your skin’s elasticity around your eyes. It comes in both cream and gel formulations, and should be applied twice daily for best results.
Replenix Green Tea Cleanser
A good skin care routine starts with a gentle yet effective cleanser. Replenix cleansers contain green tea polyphenols, vitamins A, C, and E, and caffeine to give you clean skin without removing essential oils. There are formulations for oily, acne-prone skin as well as drier, more sensitive skin.
Altman Dermatology Associates is proud to offer these skin care products and more at our Arlington Heights office. Call us at (847) 725-0817 to schedule a consultation with our experienced dermatology team, and let us help you make your skin healthier and more glowing.