The Importance of Skin Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

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Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.? It’s estimated that nearly 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer daily. May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to know more about skin cancer. Keep reading to learn more about skin cancer, signs to watch out for, the importance of skin cancer screenings, and ways to minimize your skin cancer risk.

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?

Skin cancer sounds straightforward: it’s an abnormal growth of cells. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour. Even though the definition is simple, knowing what “abnormal growth” looks like is anything but straightforward. Here’s an overview of the three most common types of skin cancer. Types of Skin Cancer Nonmelanoma skin cancer Two main types of skin cancer fall into this category: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “about 90 percent of nonmelanoma … Continue reading

Breakouts And Red Skin? Could Be Rosacea

How to Tackle the Skin Condition Affecting Millions Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from a skin condition called rosacea – as many as 415 million, according to a study published by the National Rosacea Society. And as the American Academy of Dermatologists puts it, “Rosacea causes more than a red face.” Surveys show that self-esteem, social life, and even productivity at work can be hurt by rosacea. What exactly is this condition that can have such negative effects? And how do you treat it? First, the Bad News about Rosacea Let’s start with the bad news first: rosacea is chronic, meaning it can’t be … Continue reading

Vitamin C And Its Role In Healthy Skin

We all know beauty trends come and go. The padded shoulders of the 80s, the thick Brooke Shields eyebrows, the extreme slenderness of Twiggy – we cycle in and out of looks, updating (or not!) as we go. But when it comes to skincare, fortunately, we can rely on science versus fads. One skincare ingredient that’s trendy is also backed by science to pack a powerhouse of benefits — Vitamin C. We Can’t Live Without Vitamin C Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a nutrient your body can’t live without. It plays a role in the formation of blood vessels, … Continue reading

How To Improve Your Neck’s Appearance

Remember when you never thought about your neck? In your teens, 20s, and 30s, you probably rarely gave it a glance. But now, as you’re getting older, your neck suddenly steals the show. Whether it’s wrinkles, lines that look like tiny chokers, the dreaded “double chin” or the “turkey neck,” this always-visible part of your appearance might be making you feel older than you want to. Why Your Neck Starts to Go South As skin ages, two key proteins start to diminish: elastin and collagen. Collagen is constructed of fibers tightly woven together. If you picture those fibers as a frame, … Continue reading

The Removal Guide: How to Get Glue, Dye, and Marker Off Your Skin

You know the saying “life happens”? Well, sometimes life happens to leave a mess on your skin! From superglue to permanent markers to hair dye, sometimes those useful products end up in the wrong place. Here are some helpful tips to make the permanent impermanent and to unstick the stuck. Unsticking the Sticky Stuff: How to Safely Remove Superglue According to the manufacturer, Loctite, it’s easy to get this on your hands because it’s highly spreadable. Goodness: despite its toughness as an adhesive, it’s actually not hard to get off. Simple option Start by soaking your skin in warm, soapy … Continue reading

Get Glowing Skin on Your Wedding Day: Pro Tips from Our Dermatologist

We all want to look our best for weddings, especially if you’re the one getting married. Beyond what to wear, how can you help your skin look its best? Dr. Lauren Moy, MD We broke it down into what you can do ahead of time, and what you need to keep doing, including some pro tips from one of our own doctors, Lauren Moy, MD of Moy Fincher Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology, a Golden State Dermatology Affiliate. She combines firsthand experience with professional expertise! Advance Planning If you have any skin concerns, meet with a dermatologist as soon as … Continue reading

Bumps And Spots – Common Skin Growths After Age 45

As we mature, men and women over 45 may notice the sudden development of new skin lesions on the face and body. What are these things? Sometimes occurring singly, or maybe as multiple spots, these skin growths can be unsightly and often cause concern about their potential for skin cancer. In this blog post, we will explore many of the common skin growths we experience after age 45. This information is not meant to be a substitute for a thorough, skin examination by a physician, but as an overview of skin lesions that occur commonly, but not exclusively, in middle … Continue reading

Skin Tags: What Are They & Can They Be Removed?

Acrochordons. Now that’s a word we rarely see, and most of us don’t know how to pronounce. Your dermatologist does, though. That’s because acrochordons, soft fibromas, or fibroepithelial polyps, are small, benign skin growths. We know them as skin tags. What are skin tags? Skin tags are what they sound like: little “tags” (like the kind on clothing) that stick out from the skin. They’re the same color as your skin, but they’re attached just by a thin strand or stalk, instead of lying flat like moles. They’re in the category of benign skin growths, and generally don’t grow or … Continue reading