Reduce your risk of skin cancer with healthy skin

Skin Cancer - Charlotte, NC

Do not let your guard down Every year around 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. The number one factor in the development of those cases is over exposure to the sun’s ultra violet rays. As the leaves begin to turn and fall and the temperatures get cooler, many people tend to let down their guard when it comes to healthy skin care. There seems to be a higher sense of awareness about the role of the sun’s rays and skin cancer. Our goal is to help you remember that protecting the skin is important regardless of the weather. In addition to ultra violet rays, the cold weather and winter winds can strip our skin of moisture, leaving it prone to itching, cracking and bleeding. Unhealthy or damaged skin is at high risk for developing skin cancer. We want to offer you some skin care tips to help keep your skin healthy and to reduce your risk for skin cancer. Consider the following. Avoid tanning beds Whether it is in natural sunlight, or on a tanning bed, a tan is never safe. People who use tanning beds significantly increase their risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma…

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Understanding and controlling rosacea

rosacea - Charlotte, NC

Understanding rosacea Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is one of the most common disorders of facial skin, yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. People with rosacea tend to feel isolated, or believe that their condition is rare. The fact is that more that 14 million Americans must deal with varying types of rosacea. Light- skinned people are most likely to develop it, but it can occur in others. An astounding fact is that a great percentage of rosacea patients rosacea know little or nothing about its signs and symptoms before prior to their diagnosis. Our intent here is to help you understand who is at highest risk, and what some of the most common signs and symptoms are. There is no cure for rosacea, but under the care of a capable dermatologist, it can be controlled. Are you at risk? Most people who get rosacea are between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. As mentioned before, most are fair-skinned, often with blonde hair and blue eyes. A great majority have Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry. Many rosacea patients have a prior history of severe acne. It is also believed that this skin condition is hereditary because a large…

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The pain of psoriasis can be more than skin deep

Psoriasis - Charlotte, NC

Dealing with psoriatic arthritis It is important that patients, who have been diagnosed with psoriasis, be diligent about keeping their dermatologist informed if they experience pain, stiffness, or swelling in the joints. About 5 percent of psoriasis patients may eventually be diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. There is no way to tell which psoriasis patients will get psoriatic arthritis. This is why it is important to pay attention to problems with your joint. Early diagnosis can help your doctor provide treatment that can reduce the effect that arthritis has on your life. Causes of psoriatic arthritis Doctors and scientists are not sure what causes psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. It is widely believed that your genes may play some role, and environment is a contributing factor. We know that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body mistakes something inside as a foreign object. In the case of psoriatic arthritis, the body mistakes soft tissues in the joints as foreign objects and attacks them. Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis There is no singular test that can diagnose psoriatic arthritis. Your dermatologist will look at several factors to determine that this is the problem indeed. The best dermatologists will look at your medical…

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Are dermal fillers the right choice for you?

Fillers - Charlotte, NC

The need for derm fillers If you are looking for a way to restore your youthful looks without going through surgical procedures, dermal fillers may be the solution for you. If we look at our youthful photos from childhood, it is easy to recognize that cherub-like qualities of our childhood face. Even as we grew to adulthood in our twenties and thirties, a natural volume of facial fat that left our face smooth and healthy looking, characterized most people’s face. Many of us have adopted healthy habits that actually make us healthier today than we were in our twenties and thirties. However, the natural process of aging can leave us with sagging skin, wrinkles, and sunken hollows in the face. As we get older, it is completely normal to lose volume in many areas of the face. The areas that are most likely to lose volume include the cheeks, the brow, the lips, and around the eyes. As our cheeks lose volume, they either sag or descend from their usual high position in the face. This leads to the formation of the folds from the corners of the nose to the mouth, and even jowls. We also can lose volume…

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Charlotte dermatologist tips for hair care

Dermatologist - Charlotte, NC

Wash your scalp as well as your hair The top dermatologists in Charlotte will tell you that washing your scalp may be the most important part of hair care. Hair shampoo manufacturers love to show you slow motion shots of bouncy and vibrant hair, what they fail to tell you is that good hair begins with a healthy scalp. Hopefully, we can offer some tips that will help you be sure that your scalp is healthy and clean. Dry, itchy scalp The number one complaint that people have about their hair is dry, itchy scalp. If you have this problem, it could be for a number of reasons. Do not assume that you automatically have a skin problem, it could be because you are not rinsing away all of the shampoo. Shampoos are chemically designed to seep along the strands of your hair in order to clean it all the way to the root. This is why it is important to rinse your hair thoroughly, making sure that you rinse away all the suds. Dandruff and conditioners Dandruff is a very common scalp condition that is the result of dead skin flaking on your scalp. Dandruff is not contagious, but…

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