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Five Things You Should See Your Dermatologist For

We tend to associate visits to the doctor’s office as something that’s not very routine. A lot of people only go see their doctor when they think an issue they’re experiencing is “severe”. While a pragmatic approach like this can be good, it’s also important to get some issues checked out to see if it’s just something minor and nothing to be concerned about, or if it’s something that should be taken seriously. There’s also a good chance that some minor issues you may be having can be treated. Here are five things that you should see your dermatologist for:

1. Dandruff – Usually, small flakes on your scalp can be controlled using over-the-counter shampoos like Head and Shoulders...

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Skin Biopsy 101


Usually, a skin biopsy is done if your dermatologist notices an unusual-looking skin rash or blemish, or if he or she suspects that a mole might be precancerous or cancerous. A skin biopsy allows a trained physician to carefully examine the cellular appearance of your skin under a microscope. The skin sample is thinly sliced, put on a glass slide and meticulously observed over a number of days. This is all done in a pathological lab where your skin sample is sent to where pathologists and specialized dermatologists work to diagnose skin conditions and decide the diagnosis based on their findings. Examining skin samples is a skill that dermatologists learn during their training.

Skin biopsies are done using three different methods: scalpel excision, shaving the skin off, or using a puncher...

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Unusual Places For Skin Cancer

Dermatologists recommend that you should conduct a self-examination of your skin every month. Skincancer.org has a page that details the step-by-step instructions on how to perform a head-to-toe skin exam. During your self-exam, you should carefully look at every nook and cranny of your body using multiple mirrors, looking for any unusual-looking moles, or blemishes or lesions that might look strange. Skin cancers are treatable when detected early, but can be deadly when it is not treated.

While a careful examination might be satisfactory, sometimes we tend to ignore some places on our bodies that can be susceptible to getting skin cancers. Here are some unusual places on your body that you need to check carefully during your self-exam:

Bottoms of your feet – Did you know that these areas...

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Sun-Safe Clothing Options


Sunscreen by itself is NOT ENOUGH to protect you from the harsh effects of the sun. You need to have proper clothing when you plan to spend an extended amount of time out. Besides having the risk of getting skin cancer, those parts of your body you expose to the sun regularly can be susceptible to premature aging, resulting in wrinkles and blemishes.

Here are some Sun-Safe clothing options that you need to be wearing when you go out in the sun:

1. Wide-Brimmed Hats – Choose hats that are at least 3 inches in diameter. Make sure that your face, neck and ears are shaded.

2. Sunglasses – UV-filtering sunglasses help protect your eye area where the skin is thinner and more delicate, thus more susceptible to sun damage.

3. Lightweight Fabrics – Tightly-woven linen shirts are recommended when o...

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Tanning Myths Debunked

1. Base Tans
Many people claim that "base tans" can prevent type of damage to your skin from the sun. This is plain wrong, because whenever your skin becomes tanner than its original color, it’s already been damaged and exposed to potentially harmful UV rays. Remember, there is no such thing as a healthy tan.

2. Tanning beds are safer than tanning out in the Sun
According to recent studies, tanning beds actually produce highly concentrated UV radiation, more than what you would get when you’re outside. Tanning beds actually increase your risk of getting melanoma.

3. The best way to obtain Vitamin D is by tanning
You can get your daily dose of Vitamin D from dietary sources...

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