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Are you doing all you can to keep your skin healthy?
Everyone wants healthy skin but not everyone knows what to do in order to achieve it. If you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep skin looking radiant and youthful, our Duluth, GA, dermatologist, Dr. Kendra Cole, is here to provide you with some valuable skin-friendly tips.
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and offers at least an SPF of 30. Besides skin cancer, being out in the sun without sunscreen can also lead to serious wrinkles and premature aging.
To keep skin looking young and healthy, you’ll want to lather on that sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outside. Remember: The effects of sunscreen won’t last all day. You’ll need to reapply it about every two hours to get the most protection.
If you are a smoker you could be leaving yourself open to some pretty nasty issues for your skin and not even realize it. Not only does smoking cause wrinkles and decrease blood flow (which prevents key nutrients from getting to your skin), but smoking also destroys elastin and collagen, which are necessary for keeping skin firm and supple. If you want to promote healthier skin, then quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do.
Be Kind to Your Skin
Maybe you are neglecting your skin or being too rough with it and you don’t even know it. Caring for your skin should be easy. When you shower you should avoid using hot water, which can strip the skin of natural oils and dry it out. Always turn to a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to clean your skin and apply moisturizer every day.
Not only does stress take a toll on your emotional wellbeing but it can also make acne and other skin problems worse. You’ll be amazed at how much more radiant and happy your skin looks when you have found ways to manage your stress. Whether you choose meditation, yoga or massage therapy, there are many great options out there to ease your anxiety and keep your skin looking better.
Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center in Duluth, GA, is here to provide you with the quality skin care you deserve. Call our office today if you have any questions or concerns about the health of your skin.
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.
What your dermatologist in Duluth wants you to know
You may know someone who looks younger and you’re not sure why. The answer may be lip injections! Dr. Kendra Cole at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center in Duluth, GA, wants to share the facts about what lip injections can do for you.
Dermal fillers are commonly used for lip injections. Dermal filling materials are state-of-the-art products designed to add youthful volume, diminish wrinkles and smooth out skin. After lip injections, your lips will look plumper and fuller, giving you a younger appearance overall.
Aging causes loss of volume, sagging, wrinkles and other issues with your skin, including your lips. Aging causes your lips to thin out, giving you a much older look. Lip injections with dermal fillers restore the roundness and full contours of your lips.
Many dermal filler products contain hyaluronic acid which is naturally produced by your body and helps your skin look youthful. Common dermal filler products used at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center are Restylane and Juvederm.
The number of lip injections you need will vary depending on the look you want and your individual characteristics. Injections are performed using a tiny needle and dispersing a small amount of dermal filler into different areas around your mouth and lips. The procedure is tolerated well by most people however you can request a numbing gel be applied before treatment.
Lip injections are just one of the many cosmetic, age-defying services available at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center. For a complete listing of available treatments, please visit the services page on the website at http://www.coledermcosmetic.com/services.html
You can fight aging with lip injections from Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center. You can renew your lips and create a more youthful appearance by calling Dr. Cole at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center in Duluth, GA. Call today and look younger tomorrow!
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Fortunately, it rarely develops without warning, and the number of fatalities caused by melanoma could be greatly reduced if people were aware of the early signs and took time to examine their skin. With early diagnosis and treatment, your chance of recovery from melanoma is very good.
What Causes Melanoma?
The main cause of melanoma is too much skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays from the sun and tanning booths can damage skin cells, causing the cells to grow abnormally. The best way to prevent melanoma is to reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun, wearing hats and protective clothing when possible and generously applying sunscreen.
Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, including the soles of your feet or your fingernails. In women, melanoma is most often seen on the lower legs, and in men, it most commonly forms on the upper back.
Anyone can get melanoma, but people with the following traits are at a higher risk:
- Fair skin
- Excessive sun exposure during childhood
- Family history of melanoma
- More than 50 moles on the skin
- Several freckles
- Sun-sensitive skin that rarely tans or burns easily
Melanoma can appear suddenly as a new mole, or it can grow slowly, near or in an existing mole. The most common early signs of melanoma are:
- An open sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens
- A mole or growth that takes on an uneven shape, grows larger or changes in color or texture
- An existing mole that continues to bleed, itch, hurt, scab or fade
Because melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body, it is important to find melanoma as early as possible. The best way to detect changes in your moles and skin markings is by doing self-examinations regularly. If you find suspicious moles, have them checked by your dermatologist.
Visiting your dermatologist for a routine exam is also important. During this skin cancer "screening," your dermatologist will discuss your medical history and inspect your skin from head to toe, recording the location, size and color of any moles. Melanoma may be the most serious form of skin cancer, but it is also very curable when detected early.
The telltale signs of aging skin—wrinkles, puffy eyes, age spots—may start to appear as we grow older. We can’t fight the aging process, but we can take steps now to help reduce and prevent wrinkles from appearing prematurely.
Many factors can contribute to the onset of wrinkles, which are frequently produced by years of unprotected sun exposure in combination with each person’s unique genetic predisposition. Wrinkles are a by-product of the aging process. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, is less capable of retaining moisture and is slower to heal. All of these contribute to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.
How Can I Slow the Progression of Wrinkles?
Daily skincare and proper sun protection are important factors in slowing the aging process, diminishing fine lines and minimizing wrinkles.
- Take your vitamins. Many vitamins are good for the skin. Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant found in citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, can help reduce the appearance of sun damage.
- Apply sunscreen. Protecting yourself from sun exposure can help prevent the progression of fine lines. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to protect against harmful UV rays.
- Moisturize. Dry skin causes the skin to look dull and aged. To prevent dry skin, apply moisturizer every day.
- Get your beauty sleep. When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Keep your skin looking and feeling young by getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.
- Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds emit harmful UVA rays and are never 'safe' alternatives to the sun.
- Take care of your hands. Our hands are often the first part of our body to reveal signs of aging, as they are the most used and exposed parts of the body. Protect the hands by wearing gloves, moisturizing and applying sunscreen.
- Quit smoking. Smoking may damage more than your lungs—it causes skin aging and wrinkles around the mouth.
Like it or not, wrinkles are a natural part of aging. Even the most diligent skincare regimen or the most expensive wrinkle cream won’t totally eliminate your fine lines. You can significantly reduce the appearance of your wrinkles, however. Start taking care of your skin now, embrace your age and love the skin you’re in!