A common misconception is that cosmetic treatments are only for women. While it is true that women represent the majority of cosmetic treatment patients, the number of men getting these procedures is on the rise! What are the best treatments for men?

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All about foot care - calluses, athlete's foot and toe nails

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Hand & nail care is not difficult, and you are pretty much doing most of this already (I hope), but just to emphasize the key points...

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Chances are you’ve been shaving since your teen years, but do you experience skin irritation, razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or other such problems associated with shaving. A poll by the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) found that 78% of men who shave experience irritation. In this post, we’re just going to give you a quick overview of shaving and some tips. Hopefully, one of the tips or steps may help your skin out next time you shave!

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jun 14, 2016 under ,

Acne is the most common skin condition in the US, occurring in men and women of nearly all ages. Chances are, you have had (or are having) acne breakouts, so you are very familiar with this topic! Let’s review what you can do to reduce and treat acne.

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Many men don’t take proper care of their skin because it seems like there is too much time & effort is involved, but that’s not true! While there are a lot of product options these days, only a few are needed for healthy, great skin. If you want to have a simple, easy and fast skin care routine, what we recommend is just to Cleanse and Protect.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jun 07, 2016 under

OK guys, this month we are focusing on skin care concerns and topics that are tailored for YOU. While a lot of the same principles are also beneficial for women, this June – for Men’s Health Month – this month’s blog series is geared towards the guys, so stay tuned in! 

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An innovative new treatment for melanoma that uses patches embedded with microneedles to deliver anti-PD-1 antibodies and effectively target melanoma has proven successful in animal models. 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 26, 2016 under

Melanoma is the third type of skin cancer, and also the most deadly. About 120,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the US every year, and nearly 77,000 of these cases are invasive melanomas. In America, 1 in 50 people will get melanoma in their lifetime. Just over 10,000 deaths are expected in 2016, which averages out to about 1 death per hour (technically, one every 52 minutes!)!

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MOHS Surgery is a procedure developed by surgeon Frederic Mohs, MD in the 1930s that is used to remove non-melanoma skin cancers.  The technique has been improved & refined with time to become the best option for the removal of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 19, 2016 under

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second type of skin cancer. About 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US, and SCC is responsible for approximately 2,500 deaths each year.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 17, 2016 under

BCC is a form of skin cancer that starts in the basal cell layer of the skin, which is the lowest layer of the epidermis. Typically a slow-growing cancer, it is quite treatable if detected early. At an advanced stage, it can cause damage to nearby important structures like the eye, ear & mouth.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 12, 2016 under ,

Actinic Keratosis (also known as solar keratosis or by the nickname “AKs”) are precancerous lesions that, when left untreated, may turn into skin cancer, typically squamous cell carcinoma. Caused by skin damaged by UV radiation, rarely does an individual only have one AK. 

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We recommend regular self-exams and whole body exams with a dermatologist to everyone, but if you are at high risk for skin cancer, this becomes especially important for you. Since skin cancer is one of the few cancers that is largely preventable, being “at high risk” does not mean you are destined to get skin cancer, so we will also include prevention tips that apply to everyone as well.

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Most dermatologists recommend doing a skin check self-exam every month, especially if you are at high risk for skin cancer. This is important because while Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) tend to be slow-growing, melanoma is very aggressive and can metastasize to other parts of the body quickly.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 02, 2016 under

Why is there a day dedicated specifically to melanoma? Melanoma gets its own day of awareness because of the 3 main types of skin cancer, it is the most dangerous. Left untreated, it can metastasize to other parts of the body and it can kill. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 10,000 people in the US will die of melanoma. That’s about one person every hour!

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Next month is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so this post makes a good segue from our April series to the May series: Fact & Fiction about Skin Cancer. We’ll go more in depth on many related topics next month, but today we’ll quickly touch on the most common misconceptions about this disease.

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People are increasingly aware of the various dermal (also called “soft-tissue”) fillers available today at least in part because of the many ads that increasingly appear in magazines and on television commercials. Despite this, there is still some confusion about what fillers do and what they can be used for, so in this blog post we will point out a few common misconceptions.

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We cannot turn back the clock no matter how much we wish that we could. Everything ages, including our skin. When a products claims to reverse signs of aging, what it actually means is that it is helping skin to look better and supporting the skin’s health and function.

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“Body Contouring” is a new trendy term for using cosmetic procedures to permanently eliminate fat and/or add definition to specific areas of the body. This ranges from traditional surgical procedures like liposuction to newer, non-invasive body contouring options such as the Vanquish treatment or Kybella. With all of these options, there can be confusion about what can and cannot be done with each procedure. In this blog post, we will focus on the facts & fiction about non-invasive body contouring in particular.

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There are quite a lot of common misconceptions about acne, so in this post we will just touch on a few ones that I find especially important.

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Another area of confusion for many people is how skin is affected by ingesting foods or drinks that contain key ingredients (for lack of a better word) versus applying them topically to the skin. For example, we know that Vitamin C is a wonderful antioxidant for the skin, but does that mean you should eat an orange or get a Vitamin C serum to apply?

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There is a common thought amongst people of color: hyperpigmentation is impossible to treat in darker skin tones. The truth is that while it is more difficult to treat or erase hyperpigmentation (such as dark spots left behind from inflammation and skin conditions like melasma), there are treatment options available that can help reduce the appearance of these areas.

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Another recent key advance in dermatology is the potential for an easier, yet effective psoriasis treatment.

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While more studies and research will need to be done before new skincare products based on this discovery, we are all hopeful for more effective anti-aging skincare options in the future! 

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Facials and chemical peels are another way to return your skin’s healthy glow! As I’m sure you know what facials & peels are, I’m just going to give you a brief overview of what they are and the options, followed by best practices for helping that glow last as long as possible.

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If you have oily skin, you may feel like your skin shines more than it glows…and not in a good way. All of the previously discussed ways to brighten your skin will help, but we know you also want to reduce shine as much as possible too! There are a few suggestions that may work for you:

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You can turn dull, lifeless, uneven skin into vibrant, healthy, glowing skin with the right ingredients!

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The benefits of exfoliation and massage on skin. 

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What you eat can affect your skin, helping it glow or accelerating aging.

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Is your sunscreen doing everything that it can for your skin? Here are some tips/recommendations to get the most out of your sun protection!

 

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Radiesse for hands is an FDA-approved cosmetic injectable treatment to restore volume to the hands.

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Our lives can be so busy and hectic that certain habits get pushed to the side. Somehow, these also tend to be the habits associated with health, such as eating right, exercise…and skin care! What skincare practices should you absolutely not skimp on?

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The age-old saying “A little goes a long way” certainly applies to skin care. Sometimes people want the effects sooner, so they will use more product than recommended in the hopes of accelerating the results. Other people will simply use more products to try and fix everything all at once. Show your skin some love by listening to the above saying – a little goes a long way.

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Most treatments, even prescription medications, do not work overnight; they may need several weeks or even months to take full effect.

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Skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is also one of the few that is constantly exposed to the elements –wind and rain, hot and cold, allergens and irritants, and more. In addition, skin is the gatekeeper to the rest of the body; it works to keep harmful things out and to hold beneficial things in. These two attributes together shine a light on how important it is for us to protect our skin as much as we can. If we protect our skin, our skin will protect us. So, what are the main concerns that we need to protect our skin from?

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Did you know that diet can affect skin?

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One way to show your skin some love is to be gentle!

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As the final send-off for our ingredients blog series, I figured we might as well end off with a fun ingredient! We all know chocolate is delicious to eat & drink (hot cocoa, anyone?), but cacao has recently been popping up in luxury skin care products because it contains some of the powerful ingredients that are commonly used in skin care.

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You probably already know about Sodium Hyaluronate, just by a different name!

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We all know that honey is a natural sweetener that comes from bees, but it has also been used in skin care for thousands of years across the world. Honey is full of proteins, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and minerals that offer a variety of benefits to human skin.

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Jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis) is a waxy substance similar to our natural skin oil, sebum. It is extracted from the jojoba tree that grows in the American Southwest and in Mexico. 

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Colloidal Oatmeal, created by grinding oats into a fine powder, is an ingredient used for dry, itchy or irritated skin. It is also one of the few ingredients that has stood the test of time; oatmeal was used for skin care as far back as Ancient Egypt!

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Squalane is a moisturizing oil that is naturally found in both plants and animals, with the most common sources being olive oil and shark liver oil. Human sebum (skin oil)  also naturally contains squalane.

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Glycerin is a moisturizing ingredient that is found in a variety of products from body soap to hand cream. It naturally occurs in vegetable oil but may also be created/isolated chemically.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Dec 31, 2015

 We wish you and your family & friends a very Happy New Year! See you in 2016!

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Dec 25, 2015

We wish you and your family & friends a very Merry Christmas!

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There is often confusion about the different types of skin cancer, so we thought it may be helpful to put them together into one chart comparing the three types of skin cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma).

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Eczema and dry skin often get confused and are often spoken of interchangeably because the results – dry, itchy, irritated skin- are similar, but they are actually different conditions. What are the key differences?

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Under the blanket of “Exfoliation” are two main types of exfoliation – chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation. They have the same basic goal of sloughing away the upper layers of dead skin cells and stimulating the growth of fresh, new skin cells. They both are available as at-home or in-office treatments. Despite their similarities, there are a few key differences in how they work and how they are used.

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Neurotoxins and dermal fillers are so often talked about in the same sentence that many people are confused as to which does what.

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A burning or stinging sensation, redness or dryness after applying a given product does not necessarily mean that you have “sensitive skin.” This is a common misconception that has many people believing that they have a sensitive skin condition that they may or may not actually have. The reaction may be due to the nature of the ingredients or other external factors. So, what’s the difference between sensitive skin and skin sensitivity?

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KybellaTM is one of our newest cosmetic procedures as it was FDA approved and released within the past few years (but don’t worry, it has been in clinical trials for years prior to FDA approval). This innovative treatment targets the “double chin” which has been difficult to treat without plastic surgery.

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Many patients only think of coming to our office for general dermatology concerns such as acne or yearly skin checks, but did you know we are also a cosmetic dermatology office that offers a variety of non-surgical rejuvenation & contouring services such as soft-tissue fillers and wrinkle relaxers.

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Vanquish Fat Reduction is our newest procedure. This non-surgical body contouring treatment uses radio frequency (RF) technology to pass through the skin to target fat cells and cause apoptosis (cell destruction) of these cells. The destroyed fat cells are permanently removed by the body through natural excretion methods.

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We also offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy. Most commonly used on the face and the hands, IPL treatment uses short bursts of high energy light to penetrate skin and target certain skin imperfections. This procedure is great for aging skin (targets “age spots” and other dark spots), acne-hyperpigmentation, rosacea (reduces redness), scars and freckles.

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Another procedure that we offer at Beverly Dermatology & Laser Center is Laser Hair Removal. This procedure uses a targeted beam of highly concentrated laser light to target & destroy the unwanted hair follicles, significantly reducing and/or preventing hair growth.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Nov 05, 2015 under

Our blog series this month is entitled “What Services Do You Offer?” We have longtime and new patients who do not know what we offer, so we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to treatments and procedures that we have here at Beverly Dermatology & Laser Center.

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We all know that significant stress can have an impact on our internal health – such as the heart (blood pressure) and the stomach, but did you know that stress has been shown to make skin conditions worse?

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Why should you sign up? You earn points for every treatment (or product in the case of Latisse) and redeem those points for coupons towards future treatments or Latisse.

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While we sleep, our skin refreshes itself. It creates brand new cells and repairs damage sustained the day before (to the best of its ability). So, what is a simple way to improve your skin? Get enough beauty sleep.

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It is very tempting to use skin care products one after the other in quick succession, but to maximize the effectiveness of the products, you should give your serums and medicated creams or ointments time to really absorb into the skin before applying your moisturizer.

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Are your hands betraying your age? One of the first places to show age is our hands, and yet they are often the last area we think of when we start our anti-aging regimens.

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Many people use hot water when cleansing their skin because they believe that hot water is required to truly clean the skin.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Oct 13, 2015 under

An often over-looked or misunderstood part of skin care is how much to apply! Sometimes there is confusion because the instructions say something vague such as “a small amount.” How much should that be?

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This month, we will be featuring one tip or fact about skin care products, treatments and general skin care during each post.Our first tip is this: When using a skin care product, pay attention to the recommended application times.

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Now is a great time to “conquer your core” or “transcend your thighs” with our newest cosmetic treatment, Vanquish Fat Reduction.

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Volume loss is another fact of life when it comes to aging. Skin loses collagen, elastin and fat (in the wrong places. Funny how fat seems perfectly happy where we don’t want it to be!) leading to loss of volume. What can we do to combat this?


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This is likely the most well known part of skin aging. Skin tone and texture changes may come as a surprise many people, but even young people know that wrinkles and fine lines are coming.

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Changes in skin texture are one of the most common complaints about aging skin. Whereas in our youth skin is soft, firm and supple, with age it becomes increasingly dry, rough, and wrinkly. Levels of elastin and collagen decrease and the skin’s barrier becomes less effective, causing increased moisture loss and more sensitive skin. What can we do?!

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Skin tone issues can arise at almost any age, but they become more common as we get older due to UV damage catching up with us and/or hormonal changes. These problems may include dark spots (age spots), melasma or other discolorations. How can we treat and prevent our skin tone issues?

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In our last blog, we looked at 3 ways to prevent skin aging, but what if you already have signs of skin aging? While we will look in detail at most of the main aging-skin concerns in future blog posts, let’s look at a few general improvement tips.

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We all age, but sometimes we feel that our outward appearance does not reflect the youthfulness that we still feel inside! What are the top recommendations by dermatologists to keep skin looking young by preventing premature skin aging and reducing any already-existing aging skin issues?

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We are excited to introduce our newest cosmetic treatment – Vanquish Fat Removal!

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Researchers in dermatology have recently begun looking at the potential skin care benefits of a natural ingredient – sunflower seed oil.

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Many of you have older, college-aged children. A growing concern for this age group is tanning, especially indoor tanning. A recent investigation found that more than half of the US’s top colleges had tanning beds on campus or in off-campus housing facilities. Several of these colleges allowed students to purchase tanning services using their college cards. This is highly concerning for a few reasons:

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Ranging in severity from mild (just a few pimples, blackheads or whiteheads) to severe (large areas of blemishes), acne is the most common skin condition in the US. While it is very common, it can still have a strong psychological mark on teens that leaves lasting scars, both figuratively and physically. Let’s touch on the tips and treatments to get clearer skin for teens (& adults, too!).

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When kids start wearing jewelry, make-up, different clothing materials and new skin care products, it is not uncommon for itchy & rashy skin to appear. It can take time to learn what specific ingredients and substances cause a reaction an individual person.

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We know that rashes and itchy skin are very common in childhood, but what are some specific skin issues that children experience?

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In our early years, skin tends to be more sensitive in general because it is thinner and more delicate. It has yet to develop the heartier protective barrier we develop with age.  You likely know this because skin care products for babies and toddlers so often says “sensitive” and “formulated without…” a few common ingredients in adult products, but here are a few tips for young children’s sensitive skin:

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Since its “Back-to-School” season, our August blog series will focus on skincare topics that concern children’s (including teens & “grown-up” children) skin care. To start us off, we would like to highlight why parents should be getting their kids involved & interested in their own skin care.

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Travelling Internationally? Check out our tips on packing your skin care products and purchasing new products abroad!

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Flying in a circulated air, pressurized plan at 30,000 feet has some negative affects the skin. For some people, the difference is very noticeable (to them, if not to others) whereas others experience little effect. There are 2 main ways that plane travel affects the skin.

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This is the season when people start transitioning their workouts from the indoor gym to the great outdoors. Who doesn’t love a nice morning run (or walk) by the beach in the summer? For the most part, outdoor workouts have the same skin care recommendations as indoor workouts, but here are two that become particularly important in the warmer months.

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Summer is a popular time to partake in all that nature has to offer us, which is so much! Glistening lakes, centuries-old trees, impossibly deep caverns, flowers in an array of vibrant colors…so many things to see! While you’re out exploring, don’t let skin problems hold you back! Here are a few things to pack & remember for your outdoor adventures this season.

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You know to wear broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen & to reapply, but what are some other ways can you keep your skin looking its best?

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As we said in a recent blog post, “heavy duty” exfoliation (i.e. harsh scrubbing particles & deep peels) is not highly recommended in the summer because the increased UV exposure can damage the newer, freshly uncovered skin cells, but daily chemical exfoliation is great in the summer because it works more gently & slowly!

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Moisturizer is sometimes forgotten as we talk about summer skin care, but it is an important part of keeping your skin healthy & happy!

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I know that you know the sunscreen is important to your skin’s health because it helps prevent skin cancer and premature skin aging so instead of spending this post detailing why you need sunscreen and what to get (broad spectrum, SPF 30+, water-resistant), we’ll share just a few things to note:

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Summer also seems to bring out all sorts of itchy & irritated skin! When your skin is inflamed or has rashes after a day at the pool or following a hike, what is that rash & how can you treat it?

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While we cannot stress the importance of Sun Safe Practices enough (needed 365 days per year!), if you get a sunburn, let’s talk about what you should do.

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Ingrown hairs are not only a summer problem, but they become especially troublesome during swimsuit season.

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Most of the time when we talk about acne we are referring to the face, but acne can show up on other areas of the body as well. It often appears on the chest and on the back (often referred to as “bacne). What can you do to keep your body clear?

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jun 11, 2015 under

Here in SoCal, we can be seen in our flip-flops at pretty much any time of year, but this is especially true in the summer months. Some people’s feet are smooth & glorious, but for the rest of us a bit of upkeep is needed to keep our tootsies looking good in our sandals. What can we do?!

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Depending on your skin type & the products you use, you may be able to use pretty much the same products all year round, but there are 2 minor changes we advise for summer!

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Sun protection is important all year round, but especially in the summer because (a) we tend to spend more time outside and  (b) longer days of sun with typically higher UV indices.  We won’t rehash all of those topics in this post, just highlight one of the lesser known things about UV rays: they reflect.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 28, 2015 under

MOHS Surgery is a procedure developed by surgeon Frederic Mohs, MD in the 1930s that is used to remove non-melanoma skin cancers.  The technique has been improved & refined with time to become the best option for the removal of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas.

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The scalp is an often forgotten area when it comes to preventing & checking for skin cancer. We likely forget about this area of skin because we have hair that “must” be protecting our scalp from UV exposure. Funny how the sun has a sneaky way of getting here too! Melanomas on the head are particularly dangerous because of the proximity to the lymphatic and circulatory systems, so don’t overlook this area of skin!

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It’s always good to review the ABCDEs of identifying skin cancer and this system is such an easy way to remember what to look for.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 19, 2015 under

There are 3 main types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma.

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We always get a lot of questions about sunscreens: What’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? Are the ingredients safe or harmful? Should I get the highest SPF available? Are spray sunscreens OK? Is sunscreen waterproof? In this article, we will touch on the most common questions!

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Hopefully you know how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, so I will try & keep this post brief, like an overview, just to remind you of the Sun Safe practices you hopefully follow every day, but especially during your upcoming outdoor summer activities!

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All of May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, but on the first Monday of May we focus specifically on melanoma awareness.

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Left untreated, it can metastasize to other parts of the body and can be fatal. As such, it has different treatments which may include chemotherapy and other more intensive options.

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Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that may manifest itself in different forms, most often as large plaques on the skin. While we know that it is genetic and typically appears after a "trigger" such as a stressful event or a bad sunburn, doctors and scientists still do not know what the exact cause is, what specific genes lead to the condition.

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Have you been looking for a non-surgical way to improve a double chin? A new injectable is on its way!

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Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the US, affecting millions of people of a variety of ages (not just teens!). Recently, people have begun to show more interest in natural alternatives to treatment for acne (or to supplement their current treatments) either because traditional options irritate their skin or just because they are looking to be more natural in general.

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Around the world, new ingredients that are proven effective & safe have been approved over the past 16 years that have been pending approval here in the US. Last November, the Sunscreen Innovation Act was signed into law here in the US.

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Combining skincare, lasers and injectables allows for a complete approach to the different ways that sun damage and aging have affected skin – from texture to tone, age spots to wrinkles.

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Probiotics have become increasingly known for their digestive benefits, but did you know that recent research suggests that probiotics may be good for your skin too?

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Our series this April will focus on trends, news and technologies in dermatology! Let’s start off with one of the recent trends in skincare: skin oils.

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IPL is a laser therapy that uses short bursts of high energy light to penetrate into the skin and correct a variety of skin imperfections including...

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Facials and chemical peels are another way to return your skin’s healthy glow! As I’m sure you know what facials & peels are, I’m just going to give you a brief overview of what they are and the options, followed by best practices for helping that glow last as long as possible.

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If you have oily skin, you may feel like your skin shines more than it glows…and not in a good way.

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You can turn dull, lifeless, uneven skin into vibrant, healthy, glowing skin with the right ingredients!

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Simple & easy changes to your already existing routing can also lead to more radiant skin!

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What you eat can affect your skin, helping it glow or accelerating aging.

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You know that you should be using sunscreen every day to protect your skin (sun damage is cumulative over time, not just during the summer), but you can boost your skin’s defense to sun damage to further keep your skin healthy & young.

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Why is it so important to have a trained specialist when having a cosmetic procedure done on your skin?

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Most skin conditions do not require a million dermatologist visits (which is one reason people ignore issues), but there may be things you can be doing to relieve symptoms or improve the problem, even with chronic skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.

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While you’re working on point #4 (repair past damage), you should also work on preventing future damage! What are a few ways that you can protect your skin?

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We have all forgotten our sunscreen a time or two, picked at a pimple we shouldn’t have or done any number of bad skin habits in our lifetime. Unfortunately, skin remembers. Maybe the damage shows up quickly, like a popped pimple that is now a red or dark spot on the face. Other times, like with sun damage, the effect of those bad habits does not show up for years.

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I hope you’re still keeping up those New Year’s Resolutions because staying healthy is another great way to love your skin. 

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The second way to love your skin is to keep it hydrated!

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Our blog series this month is 7 Ways to Love Your Skin! Every post will feature 1 way to love your skin with tips & tricks, suggestions & recommendations on how to do it! The first way to love your skin? Keep it clean!

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After talking about protecting your hair & your scalp, let’s talk about getting rid of hair that you don’t want! Maybe you’re tired of shaving or perhaps you are prone to painful ingrown hairs and you are ready to be done for good with certain hairs or areas of hair. Laser Hair Removal is a more permanent option for these unwanted hairs...

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Scalp Psoriasis is another common scalp ailment. It shares some symptoms with seborrheic dermatitis, but it is a different condition with its own treatments.

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If your scalp is itchy, flaky, inflamed, or any experiencing any other uncomfortable condition like these, it may be more than just a dry or oily scalp. There are two common conditions that it may be, which we will talk about in this post and in next week's post.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jan 20, 2015 under

Whether your scalp is naturally dry or oily is just part of your DNA. We all have sebaceous glands attached to our hair follicles that produces natural skin oils (sebum) to moisturize our scalp, but how much oil these glands produce  varies by individual...

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Weather & temperature takes its toll on us --- and our hair! How can you keep your hair healthy all year long?

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We all want to look our best and try out new looks & styles. Part of this may mean coloring/dyeing or applying a perm or relaxer to your hair.  These chemical treatments can, however, damage or weaken your hair. 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jan 08, 2015 under

6 hair care tips for all hair types!

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This month, our blog series will focus on all things hair! We all have hair that we want to keep healthy & strong (although we will also talk about hair we’d rather not have this month too!). 

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You may or may not have heard of this ingredient, but kojic acid is present in a variety of skin tone correcting products, including our own Bella Derma EvenTone pads!

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Merry Christmas!

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It’s found in your morning latte, afternoon tea, and evening piece of chocolate.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Dec 18, 2014 under

In recent years, Coenzyme Q10 (usually referred to as CoQ10), aka ubiquinone, has become a popular ingredient not only in skin care, but also in a variety of areas in health, such as heart conditions and cancer.

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Green tea is great for health all around. It is being studied in connection with cancer prevention and has been shown to lower high blood pressure.

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Retinoids have been a staple in skin care for decades and are found in many products, especially anti-aging serums. Discover why…

 

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This popular ingredient is found in a large number of products, from acne face washes to anti-aging serums. But why? Let’s find out!

 

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Our December blog series is “Shining a Light on Main Ingredients.” In this series, we will look at 7 active/main ingredients commonly found in skincare products. As the main ingredient in our product of the month (Bella Derma Moisturizing Cleanser) is glycolic acid, we figured that’s a great place to start.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Nov 27, 2014

Instead of our usual Thursday post, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you -- our valued patients & friends. We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by your family & friends!

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Maybe it’s the lower half of the face that’s your cause for concern. There are things you can do! In addition to the anti-aging regimen you use for your face, there are cosmetic procedures that can also help.

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Are you looking to rejuvenate your eye area? Below are a few key tips & suggestions for showing this much-used area some TLC!

 

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In honor of Thanksgiving come up, let’s talk about our own version of the “turkey neck”! The neck is one of the main body parts that show our age. This often neglected area often does not any TLC until late in the game. 

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Want to get rid of your spider or varicose veins in time for your holiday party? Be ready for that cocktail dress with Sclerotherapy.

 

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Fall is a great time to work on skin tone problems, especially if they have been exacerbated during the summer. Sun damage is a main cause of uneven skin tone, including brown spots, and may make skin pigment conditions such as melasma worse. Below are some ways to improve your skin tone:

 

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This month, we will be focusing on getting your skin ready for the holiday party season! With Thanksgiving coming up soon in just a few short weeks and Christmas not so far behind, we’ll discuss a variety of topics to make sure you (and your skin!) is ready.

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Unwanted hair? Thinking about Laser Hair Removal? Here are 10 Things to know about the procedure!

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10 Things to know about Mohs Micrographic Surgery!


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10 Things to know about cosmetic injections, including botulinum toxin and dermal fillers!

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The next topic in our “10 Things to Know About” series is Psoriasis!

Quick Note: psoriasis is pronounced “sore-EYE-ah-sis”

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10 Things to know about Rosacea

Quick Note: rosacea is pronounced “ro-ZAY-sha”, just FYI

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Things to Know about Acne

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The next topic in our “10 Things to Know About” series is Hair!

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Inspired by October being the 10th month of the calendar year, our blog series this month is “10 Things to Know About…”

In each post, we will let you know about 10 facts or tips about each topic, which will vary. In honor of our product of the month, Dermanail (What is DermaNail?) here are 10 Things to Know about Nails!

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Do your nails need some TLC? We now offer Dermanail Nail Conditioner, a product designed specifically for weak, brittle nails. The innovative formula in Dermanail absorbs into the nail & the cuticle to fortify and strengthens your nails against chipping, splitting & over all brittleness.

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We have looked at a variety of options to help combat signs of skin aging, including topical creams & serums, cosmetic injections and lasers. Another option is chemical peels. The most popular peels for aging skin are the Enzyme Peel, Glycolic Acid Peel & the TCA Peel.

 

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Another cosmetic procedure that can rejuvenate the skin and help you to achieve a younger look is the Intensified Pulsed Light (IPL) laser. You may or may not have heard of this treatment before, so today we will touch on what it is & the other highlights of this popular service.

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The next types of anti-aging cosmetic injections are dermal fillers.

 

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Maybe a cream or serum is just not for you. Perhaps it is not making a big enough difference for you, or your skin is too sensitive. Maybe the product is doing great with skin texture, but not tackling the wrinkles. Whatever the reason, you may now be considering a cosmetic procedure to help with your anti-aging skin goals. For the next 3 posts, we will discuss a few options for you – cosmetic injections & lasers. There are two main types of cosmetic injectables- wrinkle relaxers and fillers. In this post, we will focus on the wrinkle relaxers.

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Once you have found a product that you would like to use to combat skin aging, there are 6 things that you can do to really maximize and complement the product.

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OK, so you have fine lines or droopiness or dark spots that you want to get rid of. First line of attack? A topical anti-aging product. These types of products may be a cream, serum, foam or moisturizer. What should you look for in a product? Should you follow the “hype” when new products and ingredients emerge on the market?

 

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Maybe your skin is just starting to age, has shown signs of aging for a while now or perhaps you’re still in the bloom of youth & your skin hasn’t really started to age yet – whichever it is, we would all like to know what we can do to slow skin aging. It WILL happen, let me just say that now; it’s a part of life, affected not only by habits, but also by genetics and just being human. But are there habits & practices that can affect skin aging? Absolutely!

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Sep 04, 2014 under

We are all very familiar with the signs of skin aging, some maybe more so than others. Wrinkles, fine lines, brown/dark spots (aka “age spots), droopy features…the list goes on! But why does skin age? Why do some people age differently?

 

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Another common skin disease that kids often get, especially in the fall, is pityriasis rosea. Chances are you have never heard of this rash, so let’s dive right into what it is!

 

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Nail care for kids is basically the same as for adults, but here are just a few notes & tips tailored for children:

*Use toenail clippers for toe nails. They are specifically designed in shape and form for toe nails (vs. just any pair of nail clippers), so they are best at cutting evenly and straight across. This reduces the risk of ingrown toe nails, which can be painful and become infected.

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If your school was like mine, for several years in elementary school, every now and then everyone would wait in a line at the school nurse’s office to be checked with lice. They would part your hair with those thick popsicle stick-like things as they searched your hair for lice.

 

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In a previous post earlier this month, we noted that sometimes schools prohibit bringing sunscreen on campus due to allergy concerns. So, are there other ways to protect your kids? Yes -- with clothing! Ideally, it is recommended to use sun protective clothing AND sunscreen, but clothing alone can also offer protection to your children’s skin.

 

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Did you know that about 1 in 10 kids develop eczema? As you can tell by the statistic, eczema is very common children, often appearing before age 5 (this is true for about 90% of all eczema sufferers). Eczema goes away by adulthood in about half of all people who had it in childhood.

 

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Making the switch from plastic, kiddie “dress-up” jewelry to regular jewelry? Here are just a few things to keep in mind:

 

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Are there any skin care products that your child should bring with them to school?

 

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School will be starting back up soon, as you know, so we thought we’d talk a bit about common skin care concerns for kids! Many blog entries will also link to a website by the AAD with information in more basic language written for kids to learn more about skin (these will by noted by “(For Kids!)” before the link), so that your kids can have a bigger role in their own skin care & to develop healthy habits for life!

 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jul 31, 2014 under

Some of us are happy to remain indoors. It is just too hot outside, and in some places, too humid. If you’re staying primarily indoors, you can pretty much keep your skin care regimen the same as usual, just please note:

 

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Travelling for the summer?! I love to travel and see other parts of this country as well as the world (I just went to Perugia for Umbria jazz!) and summer is often a nice time to travel because it’s typically not the rainy season (or the snowy season) in most places so you can better see the sights and not have to pack so much for weather. How does travelling affect your skin care? What are the essentials to bring?

 

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Sports are year-round of course, but they are popular summer activities as well!

 

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We’re in Orange County; who doesn’t love going to the beach or the pool? With our great weather, we can go year-round, but in the summer, the kids are out of school so we all tend to spend more time there! In this blog post, I just want to give you a few things to look out for at the beach, on the ocean, and at the pool to keep your skin healthy!

 

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So you found a vacation spot without any mosquitoes, spiders, or poisonous plants? Awesome! Alas, if you brought your skin with you there are still some skin conditions that are especially common in the summer that can still find you J: Heat Rash, Swimmer's Itch, Hives & Sunburn.

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We’ve talked bugs, so now let’s talk about plants & other possible skin irritants that you may experience in the great outdoors! When something that you have touched irritates your skin and leads to rashes or other skin conditions, we call that “contact dermatitis.” 

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Whether you’re going camping or just going for a picnic, hiking in the mountains or walking through a park, bugs can find you. If you have never gotten a bug bite, congratulations! You are one of the lucky ones; somehow you are the Brussels sprouts at the bug buffet.  

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All this month, we will be discussing topics that relate to summer activities. As “summer activities” are primarily outside, I just wanted to remind you again to practice Sun Safe practices!

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Happy Summer! The temperature is warming up; June gloom is starting to go away (hopefully, anyways); we’re all ready to have some fun in the sun, complete with beach, Disneyland and/or BBQ.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jun 30, 2014 under

Next month (July 2014), our blog series will be on summer skin care tips! Stay tuned all month for information on common summer skin conditions, summer skin care tips, and more! As a kick-off, check out our 5 Summer Skin Care Tips!

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Now let’s talk about those feet! Like hands, men don’t tend to spend all that much time thinking about foot care. 

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I understand that you guys are not all that likely to go get a manicure at the salon. 

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We tackled getting rid of unwanted hair on Tuesday (read our previous blog post on shaving), but now we’ll talk about the hair you want to keep! 

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Chances are you’ve been shaving since your teen years, but do you experience skin irritation, razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or other such problems associated with shaving.

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Acne is the most common skin condition in the US, plaguing men & women, teens, adults and sometimes even babies! As we have pretty much all experienced it (some of us still do!), I don’t have to go into a lot of detail about it, so let me give you a quick overview of what causes acne and then go right into helpful tips for you guys!

 

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As mentioned in our last post, the majority of men need their skin care routine to be simple, or they just won’t do it. It's ok- we understand! I know many women who use so many products that they take up the entire counter around the sink! (hence why the double sink was invented).  

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If you are a man and pretty much the only skin care products you use are shaving cream & after shave, you are not alone. It seems like it’s mostly women buying the “lotions & potions” for their skin, but it’s time to re-think this.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 29, 2014 under

Thank you for joining us on our Skin Cancer blog series! We hope that you have learned more about skin cancer and about the importance of protecting and checking your skin, for every skin type and skin color! 

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We have touched on this somewhat in several of our blog posts this week, but it is a big enough concern to warrant a post all its own. Fair-skinned people may be at the highest risk of skin cancer, but anyone can get skin cancer! 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 22, 2014 under

Melanoma is the third type of skin cancer, and also the most deadly. About 120,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the US every year, and just under 70,000 of these cases are invasive melanomas.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 20, 2014 under

MOHS is a procedure named after the surgeon Frederic Mohs, MD that is used to remove non-melanoma skin cancers.  This surgery is used for removing  cancers that are very aggressive, where edges are not easily seen, that have recurred or cancers that are in functionally or esthetically important areas.

 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 15, 2014 under

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second type of skin cancer. About 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US, and SCC is responsible for approximately 2,500 deaths each year.

 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 13, 2014 under

Over the next 2 weeks, we will be discussing the 3 types of skin cancer and their treatments, starting with Basal Cell Carcinoma. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of cancer (not just of skin cancer, but of ALL cancers) in the United States – over 2 million cases of BCC are diagnosed in the US every year!

 

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On Tuesday we looked at how to be safe in the sun in order to protect your skin from damage caused by harmful UV rays.  There is an additional step that dermatologist, including Dr. B, recommends to defend against skin cancer --- skin checks. 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 06, 2014 under

As we mentioned in the previous post on Thursday, skin cancer is one of the more avoidable cancers because we know the primary causes. Genetics can play a role in the development of skin cancer, but exposure to UV rays is the #1 cause of skin cancer.

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This May, we will be discussing topics related to skin cancer – prevention, risk factors & what to look for as well as the different types of skin cancer & their treatments. To start us off, here are some important facts and statistics about skin cancer.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Apr 24, 2014 under

Working out is great for your all-around health and also for your skin! Exercise gets your heart pumping, which is great for cardiovascular strength & endurance, but also increases the blood and oxygen flow to the skin. Sweating helps the body to rid itself of toxins and can unplug your pores. Also, studies show that exercise helps you to relieve stress, and stress causes some skin conditions! There are many, many benefits of exercise which is why doctors recommend getting in at least 30 minutes a day, 3-5 days per week.

 

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Are you a frequent user of Botox, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, and/or Latisse? If so, you can save money on future procedures through Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions program!

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BOTOX Cosmetic-- How much do you know about the world’s most well known muscle relaxant?

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The newest cosmetic filler that we now offer in our office is Juvéderm Voluma™ XC. Voluma is the first of its kind. It is an injectable gel containing hyarulonic that is injected into the cheek area to instantly add volume and lift the face, giving you a more youthful profile and restoring contour of your face.

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In our last post, we gave you an overview of green tea- where it comes from and how to brew it at home for optimal flavor and benefits retention. This week, we will let you know about some of the benefits of green tea.

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Summer. Just the word itself conjures up images of grilling outside with friends, sitting by the poolside and enjoying long sunny days. And for some people, the warm suns rays remind them to don sunscreen (although I'm sure you know to wear sunscreen everyday, regardless of the season). 

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Broad-spectrum waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is essential in minimizing wrinkles and damage, and more importantly in preventing skin cancer. Don’t forget to reapply every two to four hours, and even more often if you are in the water or perspiring. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is when the sun’s rays are the strongest, so avoid the sun during this time period if you can.

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Laser hair removal is a common procedure that removes hair by damaging the hair follicle, inhibiting future hair growth. Laser hair removal can be an effective way to never have to worry about shaving or waxing again. Popular treatment areas include the legs, upper lip, chin, bikini line and legs. However, laser hair removal can be done nearly anywhere. 

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BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 

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