Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  August 2017


August 2017 newsletter- clear your acneDo you know how to clear your acne?

Are you using the right treatment for your type of acne? Is your skin care routine helping to clear your skin or causing acne breakouts?

This quiz can help you find out if you know how to clear your acne. Take the quiz now.


Charlotte dermatologist- help with acnePATIENT EDUCATION

When your acne just won’t go away

See tips that dermatologists give their patients to help them see clearer skin.

Learn 10 things to try when acne won’t clear.



Free sunscreen at NYC public pools

The AAD has teamed up with Sun Shield and NYC Parks to provide free sunscreen. You’ll find it in dispensers at public outdoor pools throughout New York City.

Visitors to NYC Parks’ 52 public pools will have access to free sunscreen this summer thanks to the American Academy of Dermatology.

To learn where you’ll find these pools and when to apply sunscreen, click here. 


detect skin cancer- visit your Blakney dermatologist

Hike to help prevent, detect skin cancer

Want to make a difference? Sign up for Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ The money you raise will help provide free skin cancer screenings and build shade structures where kids play.

Easy hikes (no elevation and under 5 miles) are currently scheduled. You can also start a hike in your area.

Read more about the Take a Hike!™ program here.



Stubborn acne may require a dermatologist’s helpCharlotte dermatologist helps with stubborn acne

Women who have acne on their lower face or jawline that just won’t clear may find relief with hormonal acne treatment.

Do you continue to see acne along your lower face, jawline, and neck despite trying all sorts of acne treatments? Have you taken an antibiotic to treat your acne and been disappointed with the results? Are you struggling to clear acne on your chest or back as well?

Hormonal therapy may help. Learn more here. 

acne and pregnancy- see your Blakney dermatologistAcne treatments to stop during pregnancy

Discover which acne treatments to stop immediately if you become pregnant and the ones you may be able to use while you’re pregnant

Is any acne treatment safe during pregnancy? Learn which acne treatments should stop once you become pregnant. There are some medications you need to stop immediately. Read now.


Skin of color needs sun protectionskin of color needs sun protection too

Skin cancer develops in people of all races and colors. People of all colors, including those with brown and black skin, get skin cancer. Even if you never sunburn, you can get skin cancer.

In this new video, you’ll find out where skin cancer usually develops in people with skin of color and what you can do to protect your skin.

Skin of color: How to prevent, detect skin cancer. Learn more here. 


Trending on Social Media

Facebook: AAD’s most popular post this month

It only takes one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence to nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life. Here are the best ways to protect your infant from the sun:

Twitter: AAD’s most popular tweet this month

Today is #WorldVitiligoDay. Retweet and help raise awareness for the millions of people with this skin disease:

Office News


Valerie O’Connell, PA-C - Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte

Valerie O’ Connell, PA-C is a highly trained board certified dermatology physician’s assistant.  Valerie brings a great deal of experience to Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte in pediatric and adult dermatology.

Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. She has over 6 years of experience working with Children’s Dermatology Services in Pittsburgh.  Valerie joined DSC in April of 2017.

Valerie specializes in children and adolescents.  She is also available for same day acute work in appointments as well as other general medical needs for children and adults.

Board Certification

NCCPA ( National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants)

Personal Background
Valerie is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has particular interests with health and wellness along with physical fitness.

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