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Caring for your skin is important for more than just looking good—it is also essential for your health. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. More people get skin cancer annually than breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer combined. Although one in five people will get skin cancer in their lifetimes, you can dramatically control your risk with some simple adjustments. Cut your odds of developing skin cancer with these skin care tips.
Stay in the Shade
Sun exposure is the biggest risk factor when it comes to skin cancer. When you’re outdoors, stick to the shade as much as possible. It is especially important to avoid direct sunlight between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, when the rays are strongest. When you are outdoors, wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your face. When it is practical, wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
Every time you go outside, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen. For everyday activities, a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 should be sufficient. If you’re going to be outside for an extended period or taking part in swimming or sports, opt for a water-resistant sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. For every application, use about two tablespoons of lotion and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
Avoid Tanning Beds
Tanning bed use is one of the most significant risk factors for skin cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies tanning beds as a Group 1 cancer threat—the same level as plutonium and cigarettes. The younger you are when you use a tanning bed, the more you increase your skin cancer risk. Using a tanning bed before age 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. There is no safe way to use a tanning bed, even if you use sunscreen. Talk to your dermatologist about sunless tanning options instead.
Ask your Altman Dermatology doctor about other things you can do to control your skin cancer risk. You should also see your dermatologist for an annual skin cancer screening and report any skin changes right away. Make an appointment now by calling (847) 305-1189.
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Chemical peels are used for either cosmetic or medical purposes. A chemical peel rejuvenates the skin by removing the upper layers of dead, damaged, or worn skin cells, revealing the fresh and healthy skin beneath. The Rejuvenize chemical peel from Altman Dermatology is comprised of salicylic and lactic acids. These powerful ingredients combine to reverse the effects of aging and environmental damage on your skin. After a short application process requiring less than 15 minutes in our office, you will leave the chemical peel on your face for approximately two hours before rinsing. You can expect peeling of the outer layers of your skin for up to one week, after which your skin will appear fresher, smoother, and younger. For maximal results, you can choose a series of Rejuvenize chemical peels that are repeated every three to eight weeks.
Are you interested in healthier, younger-looking skin? Altman Dermatology can help—we offer a variety of cosmetic dermatology procedures including chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, and cosmetic injectables in Arlington Heights, Palatine, and Buffalo Grove. Call our skin care center at (847) 305-1189 or click through our website for more information about our dermatologists and treatment options.
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Exposure to the sun damages the skin, causing premature aging, burns, and skin cancer. Following a few helpful tips can protect your skin and prevent the development of melanoma.
In this video, you’ll learn some steps you can take to protect your skin from the sun. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on uncovered skin every day, even when it is cloudy. Stick to the shade whenever possible, especially between 10am and 2pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest. If you want a darker complexion, try a self-tanning product rather than a tanning bed.
If you have questions or concerns about skin cancer prevention, detection, or treatment, contact a dermatologist at Altman Dermatology by calling (847) 305-1189. Our skin care center specializes in both cosmetic dermatology and the treatment of skin conditions, including skin cancer, psoriasis, and acne. Visit us on the web to learn more!
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Benign skin growths do not threaten your health and may form for many reasons. Many of these conditions are associated with age, sun exposure, or other environmental factors. If you have questions about a skin growth or want to consider having it removed, contact your dermatologist for more information.
Moles are extremely common skin growths that occur when the cells in the skin responsible for pigmentation grow in a cluster rather than spread out evenly across the skin. Moles may be small, large, solitary, or appear in groups. Some moles change with time and age, becoming raised and growing larger or smaller. Because changes in moles can be indicative of skin cancer, it’s best to schedule a visit to your dermatologist if you notice any moles on your skin that appear to be changing.
A hemangioma, sometimes called a strawberry mark or cherry angioma, is a bright red nodule on the skin that appears as a birthmark on newborn babies. Although a hemangioma may grow during a child’s first year of life, it later recedes and is often gone by the age of ten. Unless a hemangioma affects a child’s ability to breathe, speak, eat, or see, it is typically left untreated and allowed to disappear on its own.
Sebaceous cysts appear as small lumps or bumps just beneath the surface of the skin. These cysts grow slowly and are caused by secretions from the skin glands responsible for creating oil, called the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous cysts tend to appear on the face, neck, trunk, and genitalia. They are not associated with genital herpes or skin cancer, although sebaceous cysts may be mistaken for these conditions. If you have a question about a cyst or growth, your dermatologist can confirm whether it is benign or malignant.
Altman Dermatology offers treatment and removal of skin growths and other conditions, including skin cancer. Call us today at (847) 305-1189 to find out more about how we can help you care for your skin. Click through our blog for more skin care tips and information.
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Seborrheic keratoses are growths that appear on the skin, typically beginning around middle age. These growths are non-cancerous and are not contagious, posing no threat to your health. If a growth causes cosmetic concern, your dermatologist can remove it from the skin during a short, painless procedure.
Causes of Seborrheic Keratosis
Although the cause of seborrheic keratosis is unknown, certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of its development. Sborrheic keratosis appears to be an inherited condition. Exposure to the sun may also play a role in the development of seborrheic keratosis, although the extent of its effect remains unclear. In some cases, changes in estrogen levels may be linked to the development of growths, as seborrheic keratosis may occur following pregnancy or estrogen replacement therapy.
Symptoms of Seborrheic Keratosis
Seborrheic keratosis often begins as small bumps on the skin that may be mistaken for warts. These bumps frequently darken to tan or brown and appear to be “stuck” on the skin like a dollop of wax. Growths vary in size and shape from less than an inch to larger than a half dollar coin. Seborrheic keratosis is not painful, but may cause an itching sensation. Growths may appear on the face, scalp, neck, back, chest, or stomach, but not on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet.
Treatments for Seborrheic Keratosis
Because seborrheic keratoses are benign, in most cases no dermatological treatment is necessary. However, if a growth becomes difficult to distinguish from malignant skin cancer, is easily irritated by clothing or accessories, or causes cosmetic concern, your dermatologist can remove it. Treatment typically involves either the use of extreme cold or an electrical current to freeze or burn the growth off of the skin.
You can discuss seborrheic keratosis and other common skin conditions with a dermatologist when you visit Altman Dermatology. We offer management and treatment of acute and chronic skin conditions in Arlington Heights. Click through our website or call (847) 305-1189 to learn more or schedule your appointment.