Must Reads

Jun 9th

Tips to avoid bites and stings

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The best way to deal with bug bites and stings is to try to avoid them in the first place. Here are some tips:   Cover up: If you’re outdoors in places where there are a lot of insects and bugs, especially ticks, tiny bugs that stick to your skin and suck your blood, wear […]

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May 24th

Dangers of indoor tanning

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The World Health Organization has declared indoor tanning devices to be cancer-causing agents that are in the same category as tobacco. Studies have found a 59% increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning. To date, more than 35 states restrict access to indoor tanning equipment […]

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Apr 21st

Questions lots of kids ask about their skin, hair, and nails.

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Find the answers to common questions about skin, hair, and nails. What makes birthmarks? Will mine go away? Nobody really knows what makes birthmarks or why some kids have small birthmarks and others have bigger ones. They just seem to happen. Some birthmarks do fade or seem to go away as you get older. This […]

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Mar 31st

Hand Rejuvenation

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Whether gripping a steering wheel or scrubbing dishes, hands are the workhorses of the body. They are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures, and a lot of wear and tear. Unfortunately, most of us neglect the backs of our hands—leaving them to look older than we truly are! We spend most of our time taking care […]

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Mar 24th

Skin Care Dictionary

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The amount of beauty ingredients and terms can become overwhelming for most of us… Not to worry though! We are here to clear up some confusion with definitions of commonly used skin care terms and ingredients. AHA/BHA: Two types of acids that are very useful in the fight against acne, exfoliation, anti-aging, and overall skin […]

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Mar 10th

Mohs Micrographic Surgery: An Overview

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New treatments for skin cancer are appearing and evolving rapidly in recent years. However, one surgical technique has more than stood the test of time. Developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, Mohs micrographic surgery has, with a few refinements, come to be embraced over the past decade by an increasing number of surgeons […]

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Mar 2nd

Covert Ops: Skin Cancer Surgery in the Reagan White House

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By C. William Hanke, MD Both in 1985 and 1987, Drs. Martin Braun and Harry L. (Ted) Parlette removed basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) from President Ronald Reagan’s nose. The President had been an athlete and outdoorsman who spent much of his life in California’s blazing sun, which left him highly vulnerable to skin cancer. It […]

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Feb 25th

Caring for tattooed skin

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___________      More and more patients are asking their dermatologists for skin care tips that will keep a tattoo looking its best. Here are some tips from dermatologists for keeping tattooed skin healthy and vibrant: 1. If your tattooed skin feels dry, apply a water-based lotion or cream to the tattoo. Petroleum-based products, such as […]

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Feb 18th

Bob Marley Shouldn’t Have Died from Melanoma

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Bob Marley should be celebrating his 71st birthday today. Instead, the Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter died of melanoma in 1981 when he was only 36. It’s easy to see how he could have missed the warning signs. People with very fair skin are the ones most at risk for skin cancer. When a dark spot […]

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Feb 12th

Have Kissable Lips for Valentine’s Day

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Keeping lips healthy is important year-round, but especially in time for Valentine’s Day – the year’s most kissable holiday. Do your health – and your sweetheart – a favor and rehab dry, cracked winter lips before sharing sweets with your valentine on February 14th. Exfoliate. Starting with a smooth canvas is the key to ensuring […]

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Jan 7th

Making a New Year’s Resolution?

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Resolve to make skin a health priority! With a new year comes the opportunity to ditch unhealthy habits. The Skin Cancer Foundation urges everyone to put skin health on their list of New Year’s Resolutions. Here are five healthy and potentially lifesaving habits to adopt in 2016:  1.  Don’t Skimp on Sun Protection! Sun protection is essential to […]

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Dec 4th

Ashley’s Journey

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For 15 years, Ashley Trenner paid good money to work on her tan. Without knowing it, she was also working on melanoma. The beautiful, fit and well-loved young woman simply thought she looked better tan. A resident of rainy Washington State and naturally fair-skinned, she maintained her year-round bronze by visiting tanning salons almost every […]

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Nov 18th

UV photography shows hidden sun damage

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A UV photograph gives us a safe way to see how the sun damages our skin. In the UV photos that appear below on the right, you can see what hidden sun damage looks like. Compare these UV photos with the color photos on the left. As you scroll down the page, you’ll see how […]

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Nov 11th

Give Your Hands a Hand

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View image | gettyimages.com When you think about protecting your skin from the sun, what comes first to mind? Your face? Your neck? What about your hands? Unless you always wear gloves, your hands receive a tremendous amount of sun exposure over time. And about 90 percent of the visible skin changes attributed to aging […]

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Oct 22nd

Year-Round Sun Protection

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The summer is not the only time you are at risk for damage from the sun. Find out how to protect yourself no matter what the season. You are probably in the habit of packing sunscreen for a day at the beach or pool. But the sun is up there 365 days a year, and […]

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Oct 15th

Christopher Knight: From Brady Bunch Start to Skin Cancer Survivor.

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Christopher Knight is well known for being an entrepreneur, game show host, and child star in the iconic role of “Peter Brady” on the landmark sitcom The Brady Bunch. However, few people know that he has been treated repeatedly for skin cancer in just the past two years. On May 28, 2015, Christopher spoke publicly […]

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Sep 29th

Introducing Kybella!

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Is a double chin ruining your selfie photos? Do you work out and eat healthy but just cannot get rid of your double chin? You are not alone! A large percentage of adults are concerned about submental fullness (or double chin). Age, poor diet, lack of exercise, or heredity may cause submental fullness or the unwanted “double-chin” to […]

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Aug 20th

Hard Lessons Learned | For many in college, tanning is an addiction

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Used with permission from  The Skin Cancer Foundation www.skincancer.org  

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Aug 5th

As America Modernized, Sun Exposure Soared

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Step back in time to a beach day in the early 1900’s. The men are wearing trousers, overcoats, and wide-brimmed straw boaters. The women are in floor-skimming skirts and wraparound bonnets, holding parasols. Showing too much skin or tanning is taboo. As America modernized over the past century, however, clothing and swimwear styles evolved to […]

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Jul 9th

Nature’s Sunscreen

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Using sunscreen is not distinctly a human need. While we use special creams, powders and sprays designed specifically to reflect and protect from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, animals use a number of methods to protect themselves from the sun.Not unlike humans, animals can get sunburned. Any skin exposed to the sun runs […]

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