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Skin Cancer Myths You Should Stop Believing

You don’t burn so you won’t get skin cancer.

There’s no such thing as a healthy tan. Any change in your natural skin color is a sign of skin damage. Over time, being in the sun can lead to skin cancer.

If you have dark skin, you aren’t at risk.

Though naturally dark people have a lower risk of skin cancer than fair-toned people, this doesn’t mean they’re immune to skin cancer. Also, cases of skin cancer in people with dark skin tones are not detected until later stages, which is even more dangerous.

Teens and young adults don’t have to worry about skin cancer. 

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults, ages 25 to 29. Always check your skin and be alert to any mole changes.

A base tan will protect you from skin cancer.

A base tan only gives your skin an SPF of 3-4 and you are supposed to have an SPF of 30 for adequate protection. All tans can serve as a precursor to skin cancer.

You only get skin cancer on parts of your body that are exposed.

Skin cancer can develop on any part of your body. And if you develop skin cancer in one of these suspicious places: your genitals, palms of your hands, soles of your feet, underneath your nails, etc., it can be more deadly.

You won’t get skin cancer if you use sunscreen.

If you’re putting sunscreen on wrong, you are putting yourself at risk. Apply 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside. Use an ounce of SPF 30 to cover your entire body. Reapply every two hours or every hour if you’re swimming and/or sweating.

You don’t need any more SPF than what’s in your cosmetics.

Some makeup offers SPF, but most people don’t wear enough to completely protect you. It is recommended that you use a sunscreen in addition to your cosmetics.

Staggering Statistics That Will Keep You Out of a Tanning Bed

35% of American adults, 59% of college students and 17% of teens have reported using a tanning bed in their lifetime. Many people believe that using a tanning bed is safer than tanning outside. Unfortunately, that’s untrue. Indoor tanning exposes you to UV rays, the cause of most skin cancer. No tan is a safe tan and just because a tanning bed is controlled doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk.

READ THIS: More people develop skin cancer from indoor tanning than develop lung cancer from smoking.

Now here are other statistics that will keep you from visiting the tanning salon:

  • In the US alone, 419,254 cases of skin cancer can be attributed to indoor tanning.
  • Approximately 7.8 million adult women and 1.9 million adult men tan indoors.
  • Nearly 70% of tanning salon patrons are Caucasian girls and young women.
  • Melanoma is the second most common cancer in females age 15-29.
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in females aged 25-29.
  • Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women 25-29 years old.
  • The amount of radiation produced during indoor tanning is similar to that of the sun, and in some cases can be stronger.
  • Indoor tanning before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 59%; and the risk increases with each use.
  • Occasional use of tanning beds triples your chances of getting melanoma.
  • Indoor tanning before age 24 increases one’s risk of developing basal cell carcinoma by age 50.
  • The majority of tanning bulbs emit UVA radiation but we need UVB radiation to produce vitamin D.
  • Tanning is so dangerous that several countries have made it illegal.

Be smart. Protect yourself by avoiding tanning beds and sunlamps. The long-term risks aren’t worth it.



Sources: http://www.skincancer.org/news/tanning/international, https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care

20 Things to Know If You Have Eczema

Dermatitis (eczema) is a very common skin disorder that affects many people. If you’re trying to keep flare ups under control and successfully treat your eczema, make sure you understand these helpful tips:

You don’t need to wash every day. When you take a shower or bath, limit your time as much as possible. If you want to take a longer shower, don’t stand directly under the water. Bathing less often is always okay.

Apply moisturizer when your skin is wet. By doing this, it will lock in moisture and protect your skin. It is recommended that you apply a thick layer of moisturizer within three minutes of bathing.

Oolong tea may help. The anti-allergenic properties of this tea can help relieve irritation and soothe your eczema.

Keep your nails short. This way, you can’t scratch as much and will prevent further damage that long, sharp nails may cause to your skin.

Distract yourself from scratching. When you have the urge to scratch, try to occupy yourself with something else that is done with your hands. The urge will decrease if you can distract yourself.

Drink more water. Aim to drink eight glasses of water each day to prevent irritation. And if you are active, make sure you are drinking even more.

Avoid sugars. These pro-inflammatory foods should be avoided if you’re trying to clear up your eczema.

Coconut oil is great. You can find this at most grocery stores. Coconut oil contains an antimicrobial compound that helps heal skin lesions by clearing out bacteria. Look for extra virgin coconut oil and make sure no additives are included in the ingredients.

Avoid fragranced products. Cosmetic products containing alcohol, perfumes or preservatives tend to cause more eczema flare ups. Carefully check labels and look for “fragrance-free”.

Don’t overheat your skin. As tempting as a hot, steamy shower is, you should resist this if you have a flare up. Only use warm water and be gentle on your skin when you bathe.

Baths can help. Use lukewarm water and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. This helps give your skin the moisture it needs and replaces any moisture that has been lost during the day.

Use a humidifier. This helps to manage moisture levels in the room, helping your skin retain the moisture it needs.

Look for products with colloidal oatmeal. This ingredient can also be added to bath water to soothe your eczema. Colloidal oatmeal helps keep irritants out and moisture in by creating a barrier.

Moisturize twice a day. Do this especially after bathing. A common trigger for eczema is bathing without subsequent moisturizing, so always be sure to lather up after a shower.

Eczema therapy lotion can help keep your eczema under control. These formulas replace key components absent in your skin when you are suffering from a breakout.

Use an exfoliator that doesn’t make your skin worse. You can fight off flakes without damaging your moisture barrier to help your skin feel even more moisturized. Again, look for a non-irritating, fragrance-free exfoliator.

Keep your moisturizer handy. Stock up on travel size moisturizers and keep them in your purse or pocket. Every time you wash your hands, you can moisturize after.

Protect your hands. Wear gloves when you are doing household chores because certain products can irritate your skin.

Be consistent with your treatments. Although there is no specific cure for eczema, keeping your skin moisturized can help keep flare ups at bay.

Make an appointment with your dermatologist. If your eczema isn’t improving or is worsening, schedule an appointment today.

Your Guide to IPL Photo Rejuvenation


What is Photo Rejuvenation?

Optimized-light photo rejuvenation is an advanced treatment that improves sun spots, age spots, rosacea, spider veins, capillaries and more. The non-surgical approach to skin renewal can transform your look for the better! The treatment uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to target pigment and vessels in your skin without harming surrounding tissue.

What are the benefits?

  • Fast, easy treatments
  • Treats multiple areas on the body
  • Minimal risk involve

Why should you consider photo rejuvenation?

  • Restore confidence in your skin
  • Seeing noticeable signs of aging in your skin
  • A quick, surgery free fix for your skin imperfections
  • Will reduce redness, brown spots, or scaring
  • Will reduce pore size, fine wrinkles, and improve skin texture

If you have the following photo rejuvenation may be an ideal solution:

  • Rosacea
  • Hyper pigmentation (brown spots)
  • Wrinkles
  • Texture problems
  • Large, visible pores
  • Melasma
  • Freckles
  • Age and sun spots
  • Broken capillaries

Where can you get it done?

The optimized light photo rejuvenation treatment is available to patients in the dermatologist’s office. The treatment can be performed on any part of the body. The procedure may cause mild discomfort – many patients describe the feeling similar to a rubber band being snapped against the skin.

What is the recovery time?

There is little to no downtime and no recovery for the procedure. Some people may experience sunburn-like symptoms and minor swelling immediately following the treatment, but should not last any longer than 24 hours.

The Top 12 Acne Myths And Why They Aren’t True

There are many misconceptions about acne floating around the internet. You’ve heard plenty of stories about what causes acne, but how do you know if it’s true? We’re here to clear things up starting with debunking the top 12 acne myths.

Only teens get acne. Acne is the most common skin disease. People of all races and ages get acne. 30% of adults, both men and women, experience acne. Although 85% of teens get some form of acne, they aren’t the only ones who can suffer from it.

You need to wash your face more. Washing your face more often won’t cure your acne. Try to wash your face twice a day, but more than twice daily may do more harm than good. Washing your face is helpful to decrease the bacteria, but you shouldn’t overdo it.

It’s OK to pop your pimples safely. This is never a good idea. Squeezing your pimples triggers inflammatory responses and can introduce even more bacteria to your zit. It also can cause acne scars which don’t go away.

The sun and tanning beds clear up acne. Although it may feel like it’s drying your skin, the sun is not helpful in healing acne. The sun can inflame and dry your skin which causes your skin to produce more oil, ultimately making it worse.

Toothpaste can clear a pimple. Toothpaste and other household items are not safe on your skin. The fluorides in toothpaste can even worsen acne. Opt for a spot treatment instead that contains salicylic acid. Your skin will thank you in the long run.

Pores open and close. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Since pores don’t have muscles, they can’t open and close. Steam can loosen the oils built up in pores and once clear, they can appear smaller.

Dirty skin causes acne. Acne isn’t caused by uncleanliness. Washing your face twice a day is more than enough to remove bacteria and surface oil.

Greasy food causes acne. Chocolate, french fries and other junk food have little to no effect on acne. There is no scientific evidence that these foods cause acne, so indulge all you want!

Exfoliate as much as possible. Scrubbing your face really hard doesn’t just wash acne away. If you end up scrubbing too hard, it can inflame your acne, making it even worse.

Acne only affects people with oily skin. People with all different skin types suffer from acne. All skin types can develop whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.

Makeup causes acne. Makeup can only irritate your skin if you’re using the wrong products. Foundations that are oil-free and lightweight won’t cause any issues, unless you forget to remove them at night. Don’t forget to wash your face before bed to remove any makeup and oil.

Acne will go away, so you don’t need to treat it. Acne is chronic, meaning it can last a long time. It’s a condition which means it exists on your skin beneath the surface. You should always be concerned with managing your acne, and we can help.

Athlete’s Foot & Nail Fungal Infection Prevention

Fungi are nearly everywhere which makes athlete’s foot and nail fungal infection easy to stumble upon. Both are ugly, itchy and can make it difficult to walk. Sidestep athlete’s foot and toe fungus and keep your feet healthy with these prevention tips.

Keep your feet dry. Moisture is one environmental factor for fungal growth. Wash your feet every day, including between the toes. Dry your feet completely before putting on socks. If you have sweaty feet, consider an antiperspirant to minimize wetness. Wear loose fitting socks, made of natural material that allow your feet to breathe.

Keep your toenails clean and trimmed short. Be sure to use properly sanitized nail clippers and make sure to cut them straight across. Use a nail file gently for any sharp edges. If you have crumbly material under your nails, gently scrape away. Remember to wash your hands every time you touch your feet and clean your nail clipper with alcohol before using again.

Wear properly fitted shoes. Shoes should never touch your toenails. Avoid sliding in shoes that are too big and avoid shoes that are too small, which jam your toenails into the end of the shoe. Look for shoes with a wide toe box so they don’t cramp your toes.

Choose breathable footwear. The more air that can circulate, the drier your feet and the less likely you will develop a nail fungal infection. Choose shoes made of breathable material like leather or canvas. When you are inside, go barefoot.

Alternate your shoes and socks. Even if you wash your socks frequently, the fungus or spores can contaminate your footwear. If you wear yesterday’s shoes, which are still damp from yesterday, this will increase your risk of toe fungus. Buy a few good pairs of shoes and rotate them. Allow them to air out before you wear them again.

Avoid going barefoot in public areas. Locker rooms, public pools, showers and other public areas are loaded with fungi. Always wear flip-glops, sandals or shower shoes in a moist environment.

Don’t share footwear. Fungal infections can spread from one person to another quickly. Wearing another person’s footwear for just a few hours can be sufficient enough to transfer the fungus.

Avoid nail polish. Nail polish can weaken your nails and irritate the surrounding area of your skin. This may give the fungus an opportunity to infect your toes. If you are having problems with toe fungus, try stopping nail polish and pedicures for a few months.

LED Light Therapy

LED Light Therapy

What is LED Light Therapy?

LED Light Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that triggers the body to convert light energy into cell energy without thermal heat. LED  light therapy is an effective treatment for aging skin, rosacea, and other skin conditions.

What are the benefits?

  • Softens lines, folds and wrinkles
  • Increases circulation, moisture and radiance
  • Accelerates skin repair
  • Evens out pigmentation from age spots, freckles, and sun-exposure
  • Helps kill bacteria caused by acne
  • Treatment does not cause inflammation

When should you consider LED Light Therapy?

  • If you want to repair your tired, aging skin
  • You suffer from acne or hyper-pigmentation
  • If you want a non-invasive way to revamp your skin’s appearance

Where can you get it?

LED Light Therapy is available at cosmetic dermatology offices that have the specialized equipment for the procedure.

What is the recovery time?

There is no downtime with this treatment. After the procedure you are free to resume your normal daily activities, apply make up and go out in the sun.

All About the Wrinkle Reduction Treatment, Pelleve

Woman with a perfect smile with white teeth.

What is Pelleve?

Refresh your appearance without surgery! The Pelleve Wrinkle Reduction System is a safe and effective, non-invasive skin tightening treatment for facial wrinkles. It works through heat to stimulate collagen production causing the skin to contract and tighten. The increase of collagen allows skin to correct mild to moderate facial wrinkles.

How does Pelleve work?

The treatment delivers constant, gradual radio frequency energy deep into the skin, causing heat to build up where the skin and fat layer meet. The heat modifies the collagen bundles deep in the skin, causing contraction and stimulating the growth of new collagen over time. The result is tighter, younger looking skin. After 1 treatment, 9 out of 10 patients experienced a significant benefit. After 6 months, almost 90% of the patients still had a lasting effect.

What are the benefits?

  • Safe and effective way to reduce wrinkles without surgery
  • No downtime and little-to-no pain
  • Treatment takes less than an hour
  • Almost immediate, visible results
  • No drugs or anesthetics are sued during the procedure
  • In 2009, the FDA cleared it for the treatment of facial wrinkles

When should you consider Pelleve?

  • You want tighter, younger skin
  • You want quick results

Where can you get it done?

Treatments can be done in the dermatologist’s office. Each treatment will take 30-60 minutes depending on the number of areas being treated at one time. Results will be seen almost instantaneously.

What is the recovery time?

Most patients describe the treatment as a warm facial massage. There is little-to-no recovery time for this procedure. You can wear makeup right away and resume normal activities.

Light-Based Hair Removal / Laser Hair Removal


What is Light-Based Hair Removal?

Light-based hair removal treatments focus highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment within the follicles absorb the light which in turn destroys unwanted hair. During the treatment, the laser light can selectively target certain areas of hair while leaving surrounding skin undamaged. Fo each pulse of the laser, a quarter-sized area of hair will be treated.  Laser/IPL technology has brought us a safe and long-lasting way to remove unwanted body hair.

What are the benefits?

  • Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs for precision
  • Each pulse for the laser takes a fraction of a second
  • It is typical for patients to have hair loss after 4-6 treatments
  • It is safe and effective if performed by a trained professional
  • Most people experience long-lasting hair removal or permanent hair reduction
  • It is less painful than other methods – especially electrolysis
  • It can work for almost anyone, including all skin colors and most types of hair

When should you use it?

  • You have unwanted hair on your body
  • You have dark, coarse hair
  • You want to avoid the hassle of shaving

Where can you get it done?

Light-Based hair removal treatments can be performed by a trained specialist on areas of your body including the face, leg, arm, underarm, chest, back and bikini line. Most cosmetic dermatology offices offer this type of hair removal treatment.

What is the recovery time?

There really isn’t any downtime after treatment. Your skin may be red and/or swollen but you are free to resume normal daily activity without worry.

Glow for Good Raises $10K to Local Charities

During our Glow for Good campaign that ran during the 2016 holiday season, we donated a portion of our proceeds from cosmetic services and products to local charities in the communities we serve. We cannot thank all of our amazing patients enough for helping us raise $10,000 for the following charities:

SPCA of Anne Arundel County

Every single year, the SPCA of Anne Arundel County takes in thousands of animals. The donations we provided will help to ensure that homeless companion animals can receive the best possible care possible. The three dogs pictured above are available for adoption! From left to right: Roxy, Simba and Howie are looking for a forever home!

End Hunger in Calvert County

End Hunger in Calvert County works to create permanent solutions that move people from dependency to self-sufficiency. Our donation will provide 20,000 pounds of food and feed 200 families in need!

C.L.A.S.S. Kids

Children’s Liver Association for Support Services (C.L.A.S.S.) is dedicated to the emotional, educational and financial needs of families whose children are affected by liver disease and transplantation. By donating to this organization, we provided funds to further their mission.

The Associated

Not only does The Associated, Jewish Community Federation in Baltimore give back to the community, they also plan and allocate resources to build up the local community and strengthen a global community. Our donation to this organization helps affected individuals stand against homelessness, abuse, hunger and isolation.

Helping Up Mission

Helping Up provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty and addiction. Their spiritual and holistic approach integrates practical needs and is all built upon a Gospel foundation. Our donation to Helping Up Mission will help restore hope and renew broken lives.

Reach of Washington County

Reach of Washington County operates a year-round Day Resource Center, Cold Weather Shelter and 24-Hour Crisis program for homeless families. Our donation will help homeless families when it comes to motel placements, food, prescription medication and more.

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