Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  October 2016

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Don’t forget about Sun Block and Sun Protection!

• Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply approximately every two hours or as indicated on the label, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
• Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.
• Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.5
• Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
• Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun.6
• Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, consider using a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
• Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.
• More FAQs

Professional Elta MD Sunblock
A Physical Sunblock offers the best protection from the sun as it reflects sun off your skin. Your sunblock should primarily be composed of Elta MD Skincare- provided by DSCMD- your Charlotte DermatologistZinc oxide (now transparent) and/ or Titanium Dioxide as found in Elta MD, and Obagi brands. Apply 15 – 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 2 hours while exposed to the sun, especially when playing, gardening, swimming or doing any other outdoor activities. Sunblocks should not be used to increase the time spent in sunlight.

Elta MD provides broad spectrum coverage with zinc oxide in combination with other UVB chemical sunscreens to optimally minimize sun damage.  Available for purchase at our office.


BTL Aesthetics- don't believe the hype- trust the scienceBTL Aesthetics
Don’t believe the hype- trust the science

A recently published JDD study found that BTL Vanquish ME reduces the abdominal fat layer thickness by 5.36 mm (standard deviation +/-1.49mm) on average without manual massage. Compare this result to the 1.93mm reduction (standard deviation +/-1.1mm) for Cryolipolysis and slightly more than 3mm reduction for the 1060 diode laser.

In addition, the study found overall circumference reduction was between 1.93 inches to 2.23 inches depending upon the area of the abdomen treated with the BTL Vanquish ME. Learn more here.

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Non-invasive fat removal can permanently remove fatAsk your Charlotte dermatologist if you're a good candidate for noninvasive fat removal


Yes, it’s true, non-invasive fat removal can permanently get rid of fat without an incision or downtime. The results, however, are subtle. Your belly will be a little flatter or your pants will fit a little better.

You’ll find out more about this treatment and whether you’re a good candidate and learn more here.


Learn how laser treats acne from your Ballantyne DermatologistThe truth about laser and light treatments for acne

Are you considering using an at-home light device or getting a series of laser treatments for your acne? If so, you’ll want to read this article. It tells you what you can expect from treatment and provides tips for getting the best results.

Find out more here – about how laser and light treats acne.


Artificial nails can be hard on your real nailsArtificial nails can be tough on your real nails

If you love the look of artificial nails, these tips can help you reduce the damage.

  • Choose soak-off gel nails instead of acrylic nails. Gel nails are a little easier on your nails because they’re more flexible. This means your own nails are less likely to crack.
  • You’ll want to ask for gel nails that soak off rather than ones that must be filed off.
  • Go to a salon that uses an LED curing light rather than a UV curing light. Gel nails require ultraviolet (UV) light to harden. LED emits lower levels of UV radiation than a UV curing light. An LED light also cures more quickly, which reduces your UV exposure.
  • Ask your nail technician to skip the cuticle trimming. Cuticles are often trimmed when you get any type of manicure. That’s a problem. Cuticles protect your nails and the surrounding skin from infection. When you trim or cut your cuticles, it’s easier for bacteria and other germs to get inside your body and cause an infection. Nail infections can take a long time to clear.
  • Cut cuticles also tend to feel rough when they grow back, so a nail technician may continue to trim your cuticles to keep them smooth.
  • Reserve artificial nails for special occasions. If you love the look of artificial nails, getting them only for a special occasion can reduce nail problems. Time without artificial nails gives your nails a chance to repair themselves.

When you’re not wearing artificial nails, a regular or French manicure can leave your nails looking fabulous.

Learn more about bathing your child from your Ballantyne DermatologistA daily bath unnecessary for most kids

Do you know how often your child really needs a bath? Should your child be using a conditioner? You’ll find expert answers to these questions and other advice for bathing and hair washing here. You will learn how often your child needs to take a bath. 

 Children aged 6 to 11 need a bath:

  • At least once or twice a week.
  • When they get dirty, such as playing in the mud.
  • After being in a pool, lake, ocean, or other body of water.
  • When they get sweaty or have body odor.
  • As often as directed by a dermatologist if getting treated for a skin disease .

Tweens and teens: Guidelines for bathing
Thankfully, most kids want to bathe daily once they hit puberty. Dermatologists tell parents that once puberty starts, kids should:

  • Shower or take a bath daily.
  • Wash their face twice a day to remove oil and dirt.
  • Take a bath or shower after swimming, playing sports, sweating heavily.



Do you have dry skin or deep lines on your palms?You could have ichthyosis vulgaris- learn more here

You could have a skin condition called ichthyosis vulgaris. Many people never realize they have this skin condition because moisturizer controls the dry skin.

Learn more about it here.

Fact or fiction? People of color get skin cancer

Fact. People of all colors get skin cancer. A recent study, however, found that people who have skin of color often feel they don’t have to worry about getting skin cancer. You’ll find out what you should know about this potentially deadly disease here.

Study shows poor skin cancer survival in patients with skin of color

People of color get cancer



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