Must Reads

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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Jul 9th

Contact dermatitis: Tips for getting rid of the rash

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Many things can cause a rash, including your wedding ring, glasses, clothing, and cell phone. Sometimes you can get rid of a rash yourself. These dermatologists’ tips can help you find the cause. Once you know what’s causing your rash, avoiding it often clears the rash. To help you find the cause, follow these steps: […]

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Jun 30th

Fun and versatile: red, white and blue makeup for 4th of July!

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Holidays are fun and give us a great excuse to play with our makeup; but how do we get into the 4th of July spirit without looking campy? Follow the tips below, I bet you’d be surprised how versatile and wearable red, white and blue can be.   Red: As the summer heats up, you […]

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Jun 25th

Clothing: Your First Line of Defense

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

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May 28th

Study: Most Americans don’t use sunscreen

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 19, 2015) — STUDY: MOST AMERICANS DON’T USE SUNSCREEN Sun protection habits can reduce skin cancer risk Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the most preventable risk factor for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma. But according to new research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the […]

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May 21st

Ten ways to shimmer this summer

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Back by popular demand this summer is jane iredale’s Limited Edition Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion. Golden Shimmer creates a subtle veil of shimmer designed to warm and smooth your complexion. It can be worn alone or paired with your favorite makeup. The natural formula rejuvenates and hydrates with botanical extracts, so it is gentle enough to […]

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Apr 2nd

Your Skin on GRASS

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Television and magazines are full of products proclaiming to be the key to more youthful skin.  Many of these creams and serums cost hundreds of dollars, but do they really help?  As a dermatologist, THE skin care specialist, I find many of these advertisements frustrating and misleading.  So, what are the best ingredients for anti-aging?  […]

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Feb 26th

Growing Pains: Coming of Age with Skin Cancer

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 Young People at High Risk of Developing Skin Cancer When young people start to spread their wings, their quest for independent adventure can put them at high risk. One carefree, unprotected day in the sun, for example, can multiply their odds of developing skin cancer. Dermatologist Linda Franks, MD, vividly remembers when her 12-year-old daughter, […]

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Feb 19th

How Sunlight Damages the Eyes

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Although the eyelid is designed to protect the eye, its skin is exceedingly thin and contains many fragile tissues that may be injured by UV light. Inside the eye, the lens and the cornea, both transparent, filter UV rays, but by doing so for many years, they may become damaged. This is especially true for […]

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Feb 5th

Frostbite: Prevention and treatment

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When the temperature dips below freezing, it’s critical to protect your skin from cold-weather health risks. Frostbite occurs when the skin – and sometimes the tissue beneath the skin – freezes due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Depending on how long and how frozen the tissue, frostbite can result in severe, sometimes permanent, damage. […]

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Sep 18th

The Big C Increases Awareness of Melanoma

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In The Big C, a new series on Showtime, Laura Linney plays Cathy Jamison, a woman diagnosed with advanced Stage IV melanoma who initially refuses treatment and delays telling her family about her bleak prognosis. Instead, she makes drastic changes to her life, and begins to make the most of her final days — “letting her […]

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Sep 11th

Growing Pains: Coming of Age with Skin Cancer

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Young People at High Risk of Developing Skin Cancer When young people start to spread their wings, their quest for independent adventure can put them at high risk. One carefree, unprotected day in the sun, for example, can multiply their odds of developing skin cancer. Dermatologist Linda Franks, MD, vividly remembers when her 12-year-old daughter, Katie, […]

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Aug 14th

Head lice: Tips for preventing

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Back-to-School & Head Lice Head lice: Most children get head lice through head-to-head contact. Head lice are common, and it is easy for children to pick up head lice at school and other places where they play. There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of your child getting head lice. Teach […]

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Aug 14th

Back to School

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The summer has quickly passed us by and maybe you or someone you know is anticipating the start of school.  After an indulgent few months of beach trips, picnics and lazy days, it’s time to start packing lunches, checking homework, and attending PTA meetings.  This can be a crazy time of year for both parents […]

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Jul 31st

Running Into the Sun

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Runners take note: A recent study showed that marathon runners are at higher risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Find out why, and what you can do to stay protected. While you’re spending all that time building up your heart and lungs, you may also be building up skin damage that could […]

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Jun 27th

The Importance of Skin Care Compliance

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In dermatology and skincare, patient compliance can mean the difference between an optimal result and a less-than-stellar outcome. Dermatologists have extensive training and experience prescribing skin care regimens and make their recommendations based on what is best for the health of your skin—accordingly, it is important to follow their instructions and use products as directed. […]

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Jun 20th

Skin Cancer and Skin of Color

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MONA GOHARA, MD, AND MARITZA PEREZ, MD Caucasians are the primary victims of skin cancer. However, everyone, regardless of skin color, can fall prey to it. Unfortunately, many patients and even some physicians are under the impression that non-Caucasian people are immune to this disease. That is one reason people of color are diagnosed with […]

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Jun 12th

Treating bites and stings

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Usually, you can take care of your bites and stings at home with your parents’ help. Here’s what to do: Mosquitoes, fleas and other small bugs Wash the bite with soap and water. Use calamine (rhymes with “pal–of–mine”) lotion or another cream that will help you stop the itch. Don’t scratch the bites, even though that’s hard […]

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