Posts for: May, 2017
Do you have a suspicious-looking mole? Then find out the warning signs of skin cancer.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. Of course, a lot of people don’t think skin cancer will happen to them, but if a mole has started to change or look out of place, our Brookline and Andover, MA, dermatologists Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening tell you what to be on the lookout for when it comes to your changing skin.
What are some signs of skin cancer?
Even a mole that you’ve had your whole life can turn into melanoma, a serious and potentially life-threatening skin cancer. While many moles often won’t turn into cancer, if you spend a lot of time in the sun (perhaps you work outdoors), if you don’t wear sunscreen or if you’ve ever had a bad sunburn, then you may be at an increased risk of developing melanoma.
You should always call your Brookline and Andover skin doctor right away if you notice any of these changes to your moles:
- Color changes or the presence of more than one color in your moles
- Itching or scaling
- An increase in size or a change in its shape
- Blurry or undefined edges
- A lump in the mole
How can I prevent skin cancer?
One of the best ways to protect your skin from skin cancer is by wearing sunscreen everyday; unfortunately, this habit it not something that many people adopt. In fact, according to a 2013 survey conducted by the CDC, they found that only 14.3 percent of men and 29.9 percent of women used sunscreen regularly.
Here’s how to ensure that you are getting the most from wearing sunscreen:
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is also water-resistant
- Look for sunscreen that has at least an SPF of 30
- Apply a generous amount of sunscreen about 15 minutes before going outside
- Apply sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin on the face or body
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or right after sweating or swimming
If you have noticed changes to one or more of your moles, it’s always best to play it safe rather than sorry and schedule an appointment with The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA. The sooner you seek treatment the better.
Find out what ways will work best for reducing your acne outbreaks.
Nothing is more embarrassing than discovering that a pimple is flaring up right before a big interview or special occasion. While you could just cover up the pimple, wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t have to deal with acne as often in the first place? Our Brookline and Andover, MA, dermatologists, Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening, think so, too.
Here are some simple tips to reduce your acne breakouts:
Wash Your Face
This may seem like obvious advice, but it’s important that you are washing your face twice a day (in the morning and again at night). Stay away from harsh cleansers, which could make your acne-prone skin worse. Be as gentle as possible with your skin while washing it. Vigorously washing it won’t remove bacteria more effectively but it will make skin more inflamed and make acne worse.
Always Apply Moisturizer
Many people worry that if they apply a moisturizer to their skin it might actually make acne and oily skin worse. Of course, dry skin can also increase your chances of breakouts, too. The best option is to choose a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. You can apply a richer moisturizer to these dry regions while also applying a lighter moisturizer to more oily sections of your skin.
Consider Acne Products
You may find that you are able to tackle more mild acne symptoms with over-the-counter products that contain active acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Be aware that these products can dry out the skin, particularly when you first start using them, so always test it on a patch of skin first. If you have questions about the best acne-fighting products to use, talk to our Brookline and Andover skin doctor.
Inspect Other Products You Use
Whether you wear makeup every day or you put gel in your hair, there are a plethora of other products out there that people use on a day-to-day basis and don’t even think about the fact that it could be causing their acne. Look for makeup labels that say they are noncomedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores. Also look for more natural and gentle hair products. If you have oily hair, you will also want to wash your hair more often to prevent breakouts along the hairline.
Clean Your Phone
How often do you clean your cellphone? This might be disturbing to think about, as most people don’t. Regardless of whether you wear makeup or not, bacteria from your purse, the pocket of your jeans or even your desk can easily accumulate on your phone throughout the day. When you make a call, the bacteria have now gotten onto your skin. Pack sanitizing wipes with you and make sure to clean your phone at least once a day.
If you are ready to get professional help when it comes to tackling your acne symptoms, then there is no better place to turn then The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA. Our dermatologists are dedicated to getting your skin healthier.