Start practicing good skincare now to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and, according to Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the East Coast has the highest rates of skin cancer and Buffalo’s skin cancer prevalence rate is higher than the national average. So, what can Buffalonians do this summer, and all year long, to protect against skin cancer? Our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee can help.
Always wear sunscreen
It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny, raining or snowing out, you need to wear sunscreen. Looks can be deceiving but UV rays can still bounce off puddles, mounds of snow and through clouds to damage your skin. This is why every day you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30.
Know how to apply sunscreen properly
Most people don’t know how much sunscreen to apply or how often to reapply. Practicing good sunscreen habits will ensure that you are doing your best to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. Make sure that you apply about one ounce of sunscreen to your body and your face about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. Need a sunscreen application tutorial? This video tutorial from the American Academy of Dermatology is helpful.
Avoid Tanning Beds at all Costs
No amount of tanning is healthy, whether you only hop in the tanning bed for a couple of minutes at a time or you only spend 15 minutes outside without sunscreen. Any amount of UV light exposure can be harmful to your skin. Be smart!
Always Stay Under the Shade
Seek shade as much as possible throughout the day, especially during the hours of 10 am-4 pm when the sun’s rays are their most potent. We understand that you may be longing to sit outside to eat lunch or you just can’t wait to escape for a weekend beach getaway, but you can still enjoy the warm, sunny days under an awning or beach umbrella (and your skin will thank you).
When was the last time you saw your Buffalo, NY, dermatologist for a skin cancer screening? If it’s been more than a year, or if you’ve never been screened before, it’s a good time to do it. Call Dermatologic Center for Excellence today at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment.
Treating acne at home can be a very frustrating experience. Drugstore acne products may fail to clear your skin, leaving you to wonder if you'll just have to learn to live with acne. Fortunately, your Buffalo, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, of the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, offers several effective acne treatments.
Medications that keep your pores clear
If over-the-counter topical medication hasn't helped your acne, you may benefit from a prescription for a stronger topical medication. Tretinoin, adapalene and tazarotene prevent your pores from being clogged by debris and natural skin oils by increasing skin cell turnover.
Your dermatologist may recommend combining prescription topical medication with oral or topic antibiotics if you continue to experience breakouts. Antibiotics kill the p. acnes bacteria on your skin, reducing pimples.
Oral contraceptives not only prevent pregnancy but can be helpful if you're a woman who has hormonal acne. The pills reduce the amount of sebum you produce. The natural oil keeps your skin moist and supple. Unfortunately, if you produce too much of it, it may clog your pores and cause acne.
Isotretinoin may be an option if you have severe cystic acne that hasn't improved after using other treatments.
Treatments that slough away the outer layers of skin
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels performed in our dermatology office help you improve your complexion by removing acne lesions and shallow scars in the outer layers of your skin. During microdermabrasion, a handheld device is used to gently exfoliate and suction skin cells. Chemical peels involve applying a solution to your face that causes the skin to peel a few days later.
Light therapy offers an innovative way to treat acne
Exposing your skin to blue and red light may also help treat your acne. Blue light shrinks your oil glands and kills p. acnes bacteria, while red light promotes healing, reduces redness and improves the appearance of acne scars.
Improve your skin with a visit to your dermatologist Dr. Dee of Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Clarence, NY and serving the Buffalo area. Call the office at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment.
It’s important to be able to recognize the early warning signs of skin cancer.
Most of us have moles all over our bodies and faces. While these common skin growths aren’t often a cause for concern, changes in the appearance of your moles could be a major warning sign of skin cancer. Accordingly, it is very important to know when it's the proper time to turn to our Buffalo, NY, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee, to have the mole checked.
When it comes to understanding the early warning signs of skin cancer, one simple strategy includes memorizing your ABCDEs:
- “A” is for Asymmetry: Half of the mole should match the other half in color, size, and shape. If a mole is asymmetrical, this could be a sign of melanoma.
- “B” is for Border: Healthy moles have a clear, visible and perfectly defined border, while cancerous moles are more likely to have blurry, poorly defined and jagged borders.
- “C” is for Color: Moles can range in color (most are medium to dark brown) but they should only be one color; moles with multiple colors, including shades of pink, red, blue, and black could be an early warning sign of skin cancer.
- “D” is for Diameter: Most moles should be no larger than the size of a pencil eraser. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that large moles are cancerous, most melanomas are larger than a pencil eraser.
- “E” is for Evolving: Healthy moles stay relatively the same over the years; therefore, any significant changes in the appearance of a mole warrant a checkup.
You should be performing self-skin exams every month, making sure to check your skin from head to toe. Along with these monthly exams, you should visit our Buffalo, NY, dermatologist once a year for a professional full-body skin cancer screening. During this examination, we will be able to look over each mole and pinpoint suspicious growths or changes that you may overlook during a self-exam.
After all, our team knows exactly what to look for when it comes to changing or troublesome moles. Those who are at an increased risk for skin cancer may want to come in more than once a year for screenings.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
When was the last time you had a full skin cancer evaluation? If you’ve never had one before or if it’s been more than a year, call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, today at (716) 636-DERM (3376) to book an appointment with your dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Dee.
At the Dermatologic Center for Excellence, our team of professionals treats a broad range of ailments and dermatologic illnesses, with skin rashes being one of the most common. If you are struggling with this issue, your dermatologist in Buffalo, NY, Dr. Anthony Dee, can perform a physical examination and treat the problem accordingly.
Signs and Symptoms of a Rash
A rash refers to a change in the skin that can appear as bumps, blisters, or red patches. Each of these symptoms can appear from mild-to-severe. Visit your dermatologist in Buffalo, NY, if your skin is:
- Excessively dry
- Forming painful lesions
What is Causing Your Rash?
Although many rashes are harmless, you shouldn't disregard them. After all, they are sometimes the result of an underlying condition such as Lyme disease. Rashes can also develop from fungal and bacterial infections that require antibiotics to treat. Because some can be contagious, it's necessary to achieve a proper diagnosis if one is present on your body. Rashes have countless causes, and if you are combating one, we can help you achieve comfort.
Treatment for Rashes
During a consultation, Dr. Dee will recommend the best solution based on an evaluation of your specific needs. Most frequently, when a rash does not heal on its own, moisturizing lotions that include hydrocortisone, anti-itch creams, and oral antihistamines are useful ways to target the source. Additionally, calamine lotion or oatmeal baths may be suggested to soothe itchiness and dryness that is often associated with conditions like psoriasis or eczema.
If a rash develops on your skin that leaves you unsettled, don't let it go untreated. Visit your dermatologist in Buffalo, NY, to discuss treatment options. Our team of professionals can address any questions or concerns you may have during your initial consultation. To learn more, please call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Clarence, NY, by dialing (716) 636-3376.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection that results in an itchy rash. While most people associate chickenpox with school-aged children, people who have never had chickenpox before or haven’t gotten vaccinated can become infected, as well. Here at the Buffalo, NY, office of dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee, we work to identify and treat chickenpox, among other skin issues. Read on to learn more!
What are the symptoms?
The classic symptom of chickenpox is a large, widespread rash that causes itchy blisters all over the body and face. These blisters may even develop in the mouth or genital region. It’s common for those infected to experience fever, fatigue, and headaches for a couple of days before the rash appears. In about one week, these blisters will scab over and eventually go away.
How is chickenpox treated?
Symptoms will usually go away on their own without treatment. You may choose to apply topical ointments such as calamine lotion to the body to reduce itching. Cold compresses and lukewarm oatmeal baths can also provide relief.
Whatever you do, do not scratch blisters, as this can lead to permanent scarring. Rarely do complications occur with chickenpox; however, there are certain people who may develop a severe case of chickenpox. Those at high risk for health complications associated with chickenpox are,
- Pregnant women
- Those with weak immune systems
Is there a way to prevent chickenpox?
The best way to protect against the chickenpox is to receive a vaccination from your dermatologist in Buffalo, NY. Anyone can get vaccinated, from children and teens to adults. If you have never had chickenpox before, then it’s highly recommended that you get the chickenpox vaccine.
If you are concerned about your child’s chickenpox or if the blisters look infected, it’s important that you turn to a dermatologist right away. Call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, today at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment for you or your little one.
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