Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  September 2016

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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.

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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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Hair loss? Better hair days possible- Hair Loss in New MomsNew mom and hair loss- consult your Charlotte Dermatologist

Hair today, gone tomorrow is a common concern. That’s why the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) designates each August as Hair Loss Awareness Month. The AAD wants you to know that hair loss affects millions and that dermatologists can help many people experiencing hair loss.

One treatment that’s becoming increasing popular is the hair transplant, thanks to many recent advances. Of course, not everyone needs treatment. New moms shed a lot of hair, but their hair typically regrows on its own. Until it regrows, dermatologists offer tips to help new moms see more fullness.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, you’ll find reliable information on about hair loss treatment and causes, including:  Hair transplant can give you permanent, natural-looking results

Discolored nail may be infectedDiscolored Nail Could be Infected

Do you have a nail that’s turning white, brown, or another color? Is a nail lifting up so that it’s no longer firmly attached to your finger or toe? You may have a fungal nail infection, which is easy to get.

You’ll find out what fungal nail infections look like along with how they’re treated here. 

How to prevent common skin problemsSummer skin problems you can prevent- from your Charlotte Dermatologist

Summer can be hard on your skin. The heat and humidity can lead to acne breakouts and prickly heat. A refreshing dip could leave you with swimmer’s ear or swimmer’s itch. With a little know-how, you can prevent these and other common summer skin problems.

Here are 12 summer skin problems you can prevent.



Learn more about Vitiligo- from your Ballantyne DermatologistVitiligo? Sunscreen can make a big difference

Sunscreen can prevent sunburn in people who have vitiligo. That’s important because a bad sunburn can worsen vitiligo. If you have vitiligo, sunscreen might have another benefit as Stella Peecher discovered:

Vitiligo discomfort stops with sunscreen use.

Skin Cancer Screening is still a good idea

If you heard the news that there is not enough scientific evidence to recommend that adults get skin cancer screenings, you may think you don’t need one. Dermatologists say that screenings are a good idea, especially for some people.

AAD statement on USPSTF recommendation on skin cancer screening here.


Dermatologists share research that can change lives

At the Summer Academy Meeting in Boston, dermatologists spoke about the following research breakthroughs:


Facebook and Twitter: AAD’s most popular post (and retweet) in July

Melanoma is the second most common cancer for young women 15-29 years old. Protect yourself. Protect your friends. Stop tanning.

Don’t forget about Sunblock 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.
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