The more time you spend in the sun, the higher your skin cancer risk. Our Indianapolis, Batesville and Tipton, IN, dermatologist, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson, shares a few tips that will help you avoid this potentially dangerous disease.
Long sleeves, pants, and hats prevent the sun's rays from penetrating your skin. Stay comfortable by wearing lightweight fabrics that are made with tightly woven fibers to limit penetration.
Wearing sunscreen 365 days a year reduces your risk of developing skin cancer. Although many people don't worry about the effects of the sun during the winter months, burns or skin damage can occur even if it's cold outside. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Remember to reapply the product frequently, especially if you've been in the water.
Enjoy the shade
Find the shadiest spot you can when you spend time outdoors. Although shade doesn't completely protect you from the sun's rays, it will reduce your exposure to the sun.
Protect your eyes
Skin cancer can also occur in and around your eyes. Protect your vision by wearing sunglasses that prevent most of the dangerous rays from reaching your eyes. Wraparound sunglasses offer the highest level of protection, although wearing any type of sunglasses will help reduce your cancer and cataract risk.
Stay away from tanning beds
Contrary to popular belief, tanning beds aren't a safer alternative to sunbathing. If you don't like pale skin, try a spray tanning product instead.
Don't assume you're safe
Maybe you only tan and never burn, or perhaps you're sure that your skin tone protects you from the effects of the sun. Unfortunately, anyone can get skin cancer, even people who never burn or have darker skin tones.
Plan your beach visits
Visiting the beach in the early morning or evening will reduce your sun exposure. Stay away from Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, IN, beaches from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. when the sun's rays are the most intense. If you are on the beach during these hours, reapply sunscreen frequently, use a beach umbrella or canopy, wear a rash guard when you swim and cover-up as soon as you exit the water.
Decrease your skin cancer risk by following these tips. If you happen to notice a strange spot or a change in a mole, call our Indianapolis, Batesville, and Tipton, IN, dermatologist, Dr. Campbell Johnson, to schedule an appointment.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that affects an estimated 16 million Americans. Because rosacea is frequently misdiagnosed and confused with acne, sunburn or eye irritation, a large percentage of people suffering from rosacea fail to seek medical help due to lack of awareness. It’s important to understand the warning signs of rosacea and need for treatment to make the necessary lifestyle changes and prevent the disorder from becoming progressively severe.
Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, you may be more susceptible to rosacea if:
- You are fair-skinned
- You blush easily
- You are female
- You have a family history of rosacea
- You are between the ages of 30 and 50
A frequent source of social embarrassment, for many people rosacea affects more than just the face. Rosacea is a chronic skin disease, which means it lasts for a lifetime. Learning what triggers your rosacea is an important way to reduce flare-ups and manage symptoms. This may include avoiding stress, too much sunlight, heavy exercise, extreme temperatures and certain foods or beverages.
What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?
Rosacea frequently causes the cheeks to have a flushed or red appearance. The longer rosacea goes untreated, the higher the potential for permanent redness of the cheeks, nose and forehead. Symptoms of rosacea will not be the same for every person. Common symptoms include:
- Facial burning and stinging
- Facial flushing and blush that evolves to persistent redness
- Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
- Small, visible broken blood vessels on the face
- Acne-like breakouts on the face
- Watery or irritated eyes
If you recognize any of the warning signs of rosacea, visit your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. A dermatologist will examine your skin for common warning signs and tailor a treatment plan for your unique condition. Treatment will vary for each individual, ranging from topical medicine, antibiotics and lasers or light treatment. While there is currently no cure, with proper management patients can learn how to avoid triggers, prevent flare-ups and manage their condition to live a healthy, active life.
Say goodbye to your razor with laser hair removal. You no longer have to endure daily shaving, painful waxing or tedious electrolysis treatments. Laser hair removal is a quick and easy method for permanently reducing unwanted body hair. In Indianapolis, laser hair removal treatments are available at the office of Dermatology Associates. There, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson and her staff can help you decide if laser hair removal is right for you.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a method for eliminating unwanted body hair long-term. A safe, gentle light is beamed across the skin in the treatment area. Melanin in the hair follicles absorbs this light and, subsequently, destroys hairs that are in the growth stage. Laser hair removal can be used to eliminate unwanted hair under the arms, on the face, on the arms and legs, in the bikini line area and almost anywhere else a patient desires. In Indianapolis, laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to remove hair long-term without damaging the surrounding skin.
Patients of all skin types can benefit from laser hair removal. Hair color, skin type and hair texture can affect how many treatments are needed. Some patients might achieve satisfactory results in just a few treatments, while others will need more. The average number of treatments needed by most patients is generally between three and six sessions to achieve the desired results. Multiple treatment sessions are needed since hair grows in cycles and not all hairs are in the growth stage at the same time.
Laser hair removal is a convenient way to remove unwanted hair without the regular hassles associated with shaving, waxing and other methods. If you are finally ready to say goodbye to your razor, visit Dermatology Associates in Indianapolis for laser hair removal. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson, call the office at (317) 257-1484 or email at email@example.com
Psoriasis is a common, chronic and often frustrating skin condition that causes skin scaling, inflammation, redness and irritation. The exact cause is unknown, but psoriasis is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system, which causes the skin to form inflamed, scaly lesions. These patches of thick, red skin may be itchy and painful. They are often found on the elbows and knees, but can also form on the scalp, lower back, face and nails.
Symptoms of psoriasis are different for every person and can vary in intensity over time. Some people may even go months or years without symptoms before flare-ups return. Symptoms of psoriasis can manifest in many ways, including:
- Rough, scaly skin
- Cracks on fingertips
- Simple tasks are painful, such as tying your shoe
- Brown, uneven nails
- Flaky skin
- Joint pain or aching
- Severe itching
The onset of psoriasis can occur at any age, although it most often occurs in adults. The disease is non-contagious and is thought to be genetic. Because psoriasis is a persistent, systemic autoimmune disease, people with psoriasis will have it for a lifetime. Most people who suffer from psoriasis can still lead healthy, active lives with proper management and care.
Coping with Psoriasis: Your Dermatologist can Help
Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but with the help of your dermatologist, you can learn how to cope with the condition, reduce psoriasis symptoms and keep outbreaks under control for an improved quality of life. Treatment depends on how serious the psoriasis is, the type of psoriasis and how the patient responds to certain treatments.
Although moles are usually harmless, in some cases they can become cancerous, causing melanoma. For this reason, it is important to regularly examine your skin for any moles that change in size, color, shape, sensation or that bleed. Suspicious or abnormal moles or lesions should always be examined by your dermatologist.
What to Look For
Remember the ABCDE's of melanoma when examining your moles. If your mole fits any of these criteria, you should visit your dermatologist as soon as possible.
- Asymmetry. One half of the mole does not match the other half.
- Border. The border or edges of the mole are poorly defined or irregular.
- Color. The color of the mole is not the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white or red.
- Diameter. The diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
- Evolution. The mole is changing in size, shape or color.
Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, including the scalp, between the fingers and toes, on the soles of the feet and even under the nails. The best way to detect skin cancer in its earliest, most curable stage is by checking your skin regularly and visiting our office for a full-body skin cancer screening. Use this guide to perform a self-exam.
- Use a mirror to examine your entire body, starting at your head and working your way to the toes. Also be sure to check difficult to see areas, including between your fingers and toes, the groin, the soles of your feet and the backs of your knees.
- Pay special attention to the areas exposed to the most sun.
- Don't forget to check your scalp and neck for moles. Use a handheld mirror or ask a family member to help you.
- Develop a mental note or keep a record of all the moles on your body and what they look like. If they do change in any way (color, shape, size, border, etc.), or if any new moles look suspicious, visit your dermatologist right away.
Skin cancer has a high cure rate if detected and treated early. The most common warning sign is a visible change on the skin, a new growth, or a change in an existing mole. Depending on the size and location of the mole, dermatologists may use different methods of mole removal. A body check performed by a dermatologist can help determine whether the moles appearing on the body are pre-cancerous or harmless.
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