May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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With 3.5 million cases in over two million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the following prevention guidelines:

1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun is strongest. An extra rule of thumb is the “shadow rule.” If your shadow ...

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Losing It!

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Hair is a huge part of our identity.  On a “good hair day” our self-confidence soars, the stars line up, and all is well with the world.  On a “bad hair day” we’d rather just pull the world in around us and stay home. So what happens when we suspect we are LOSING hair — way too much in fact?  It’s a lot more common than people think and a subject for which both men and women ...
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Skin Through the Ages — YOUR Ages

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As many of you have heard me say, what you see on your skin today is an accumulation of every hour you’ve spent in the sun your entire life.  What you did last weekend is a contributing factor but not the entire story.  Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of a “do over” when it comes to our skin.  The way we think about the effects of aging on our skin varies from decade to decade.
IN OUR 20s…we think the ...
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A Primer for Glowing Skin

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We have several layers of skin. The outermost layer (epidermis) is essentially dead skin cells waiting to be shed.  Too many dead cells and our complexion looks dull, our pores are clogged and our imperfections are highlighted.  These cells are attached to the skin by tiny fibers.  Peels break up the fibers, allow the old cells to slough and allow new cells to surface.  Glycolic peels melt away dead skin.  Alphahydroxy acid (AHA) peels separate the top layer of skin ...

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Accutane: Is it something you should consider?

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Although the brand name Accutane is no longer manufactured, most people still refer to it that way.  The generic name is isotretinoin, a close cousin of topical Retin-A (tretinoin)  but it is also known as Claravis, Myorisan, Sotret, Absorica, Amnesteem, and Zenatane.  Call it what you will, isotretinoin received FDA approval in 1978 and to this day remains the most effective and long lasting acne treatment available.  Although effective for all types of acne, it is specifically indicated to treat ...
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Skin-Lightening Agents: An alternative to IPL treatments

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Disorders of pigmentation can be an issue for all individuals.  Sometimes an increase in pigmentation is due to chronic over-exposure to the sun.  In other cases, skin darkens as it heals from acne or traumatic injury.  Prevention is obviously preferable, but when hyperpigmentation has already occurred, it’s good to know what treatment options are available.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are, in most cases, the fastest and most efficacious way to restore skin to it’s natural color.  Not all skin types ...
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All Eyes on You!

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  Beautiful eyes
 
The eyes are the focal point of facial beauty.  They reflect your mood, your health….and your age.  Many patients are foregoing surgical intervention (blepharoplasty) in lieu of less invasive, less expensive, and less risky options.  Even for those who opt for surgery, additional “fine-tuning” may augment  or prolong the results, thus protecting your investment.  The most common telltale signs of aging are crow’s feet, ...
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Chemical Peels:   What’s the difference?  Which one should I try?

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Years ago, chemical peels were the gold standard of skin rejuvenation.  When lasers were developed, the tide turned toward newer technology and peels were considered old-fashioned.  There are many people (myself included) who have worked with both and still favor the chemical approach. The problem is, there are nearly as many types of peels as there are chemicals, so which one is best?  Following is a brief synopsis ...
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The Skinny on Hyaluronic Acid

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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a component of the skin that greatly contributes to tissue hydration.  Its primary function is to hold water, which it does at about 1000 times its volume. Once an individual reaches adulthood the amount of HA decreases to 5% of baseline levels, thus contributing to dryness, loss of skin elasticity and thinning of the skin.  Injectable fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, and Belotero are composed of HA, ...
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Chemical peels or Laser Peels:  which should I try?

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Years ago, chemical peels were the gold stand of skin rejuvenation.  When lasers were developed, the tide turned toward what was promoted as the  “superior efficacy” that could be obtained through this new, amazing breakthrough.  Of more recent note, there has been a return to the chemical approach for a number of reasons, price, discomfort, and downtime being the most significant  In truth, each treatment has it’s own benefits;  if you have flushing and visible veins, you need a “light” ...
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