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

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

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Did you know that diet can affect 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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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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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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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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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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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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Researchers in dermatology have recently begun looking at the potential skin care benefits of a natural ingredient – sunflower seed oil.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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