If you are one to set resolutions for the new year, you most likely have a few related to health and wellness. Here at Buckhead Dermatology, we hope you consider making skincare a part of your list. The right skincare is important all year long, but we understand that it can be easy to get lazy with your routine or put off certain appointments when you get busy. We hope that you make the care and maintenance of your skin a priority this year, and make 2021 the year of your best skin yet! If you want to have great skin this year, try adopting these 5 resolutions for healthy and beautiful skin.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. With early detection and proper treatment by a dermatologist, you can reduce your risk of serious complications. In order to stay on top of potentially cancerous moles and changes in the skin, it is important that you know what to look...
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. With early detection and proper treatment by a dermatologist, you can reduce your risk of serious complications. In order to stay on top of potentially cancerous moles and changes in the skin, it is important that you know what to look for.
Read on to learn about key skin cancer statistics, the 4 most common types of skin cancer and how to practice early detection.
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is made up of three layers including the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. When any of the cells that make up these layers begins to change or grow rapidly, it forms a tumor that may be cancerous. Cancerous tumors can grow and spread rapidly throughout the body, and therefore must be addressed quickly to prevent further damage.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has provided some vital statistics about skin cancer and its prevalence in the United States:
There are 4 main types of skin cancer. Knowing a little about each can help you identify suspicious moles or changes in your skin, and help you ask better questions of your dermatologist during your annual skin cancer screening.
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, accounting for about 80% of skin cancer diagnoses. Basal cells are located in the epidermis, and cancers of this type generally appear on the head and neck due to their propensity toward sun exposure. Basal cell carcinoma is generally slow growing and does not spread throughout the body.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma also develops in the epidermis and accounts for approximately 20% of skin cancer cases. In most cases, people develop this type of skin cancer through extensive sun exposure, after chemical burns or exposure to x-rays. It often appears near the mouth or on the lips. Squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other parts of the body. This type of cancer can appear as scaly skin patches or look like warts.
Merkel cell carcinoma
Merkel cell carcinoma initiates in the hair follicles of the head and neck. It is associated with hormone producing cells and is also known as neuroendocrine carcinoma. This type of skin cancer is aggressive and can grow quickly. However, it is rare. In general, older people tend to develop this type of cancer. It appears as a painless bump.
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. While it only accounts for about 1% of the skin cancer cases, it is responsible for the most deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 106,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year, with about 7,000 deaths attributed to the cancer. This type of cancer affects the pigment producing melanocytes that can be found where the epidermis (the outermost layer) and the dermis (the inner layer) meet.
When detected early, many skin cancers can be effectively treated under the care of your dermatologist. It is key that you schedule an annual skin cancer screening with your doctor. During your screening, your dermatologist will discuss potential risk factors and perform a visual scan of your skin to note all moles. This process makes it easier to detect changes or the appearance of abnormal growths that must be addressed.
If you have noticed changes in the appearance of your moles or new ones developing quickly, you should consult with a board-certified dermatologist right away. Dr. Straughn of Buckhead Dermatology can evaluate your areas of concern, provide you with a diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan. With two offices located conveniently in Atlanta and College Park, Dr. Straughn has been proudly serving Atlanta-area patients for more than 25 years.
Call the office today at 404-816-4000 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our leading dermatology practice.
When you think of skin health, what comes to mind? Water, moisturizer, SPF, nutritious eating habits? While all of these things certainly contribute to healthy and happy skin, there is an additional factor that often goes unnoticed. Exercise is a key element to your overall health and wellness, and that includes your skin. With...
When you think of skin health, what comes to mind? Water, moisturizer, SPF, nutritious eating habits? While all of these things certainly contribute to healthy and happy skin, there is an additional factor that often goes unnoticed. Exercise is a key element to your overall health and wellness, and that includes your skin.
With the pandemic now going on a year, many people have modified their health and wellness routines. We are home much more than ever before and with that many people have made changes to their workout and skin care regimens out of necessity. Many people have decided to take this time as a way to refocus on themselves and their health by picking up new healthy habits.
For those who have skin concerns, exercise has been a point of concern. Those with acne prone skin worry that sweat will make their breakouts worse. Others who suffer from conditions such as rosacea may worry that exercise could cause a flare up.
However, your dermatologist will tell you that with proper cleansing and skin care protocols, the benefits of exercise far outweigh the potential risks for your skin. In fact, regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body.
In this article, we are going to highlight some of the top benefits of exercising for your skin and your overall health. We will also offer some tips for helping you achieve the skin that you want while engaging in an exercise routine.
If you have been avoiding rigorous exercise because you fear it will cause breakouts or make a skin condition worse, you can still exercise with just a few tweaks to your routine. The benefits of exercise are many, not just for your skin but for your body as a whole.
Exercise gets your blood pumping! Cardio exercise works your heart and encourages increased circulation of blood and oxygen. As the blood flows, your circulation improves even after your workout session is over. Improved circulation nourishes the cells of your body, including those in your skin, and can result in better cell repair and replacement of damaged cells. Improved blood flow and circulation can result in healthy, glowing skin and overall vitality.
Increased circulation and improved blood flow repair and replace the body’s cells and remove toxins from those cells to help your body work more efficiently. When you exercise, you are helping your body bring vital nutrients to the cells and remove the waste products that can cause damage. Your cells will get the good stuff they need more quickly and remove the bad stuff more efficiently.
It is well documented that stress can have a negative impact on your overall health, including your skin. People who suffer from chronic stress develop serious physical symptoms from hair loss to breakouts, joint pain to headaches. Exercise is a great way to manage stress and regulate your body’s hormonal responses. By regularly engaging in athletic activity, you can minimize your risk of negative side effects from stress and improve your overall health and wellness, both physically and emotionally.
Advanced studies have shown that regular exercise can prevent or even reverse the signs of aging in the skin. Adding even 30 to 45 minutes of exercise three to four times a week can have a noticeable difference in the appearance of your skin and your overall vitality. Work with your doctors to develop an exercise routine that works best for your physical abilities and goals. Over time, you will see significant gains in the elasticity and suppleness of your skin and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
When you take care of your body, your body takes care of you. By choosing nutritious meals, drinking plenty of water and engaging in a regular exercise routine, you are not only caring for your body as a whole, you are caring for your skin. Poor health results in a compromised immune system that presents in a variety of negative symptoms throughout the body. Exercise is one way to boost your immune system and keep your body feeling its best.
As we mentioned earlier, those with acne or chronic skin conditions may shy away from rigorous activity that could cause them to sweat or overheat and result in a flare-up. With a little advanced planning and dedication to a skin care routine, exercise does not have to be a trigger. Consider the following tips to protect your skin while exercising:
If you live in the Atlanta area and have skin concerns, consult with our experienced dermatologist today at Buckhead Dermatology. Dr. Straughn has been practicing dermatology with a specialty in skin of color for over 25 years. She is a leading expert in a variety of skin conditions including melasma, acne, hyperpigmentation and other common treatable conditions.
Schedule your appointment today by calling our Atlanta or College Park dermatology offices at 404-816-4000.
Do you have dark spots that just don’t seem to go away? Do they not seem to respond to any of the at-home treatments that you’ve tried? Are you tired of spending money on products that don’t work? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are joining a large group...
Do you have dark spots that just don’t seem to go away? Do they not seem to respond to any of the at-home treatments that you’ve tried? Are you tired of spending money on products that don’t work?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are joining a large group of people that span all skin tones. Dark spots are one of the skin conditions that we see most frequently in our Atlanta dermatology office. Dark spots can be challenging to treat on your own because there are a number of common environmental factors that can make the problem worse – including exposure to the sun. As some spots fade, others appear. It can feel like a never-ending cycle.
Dark spots are very common concerns for people with skin of color. At Buckhead Dermatology, we specialize in treating a variety of skin conditions in skin of color, including dark spots. If you have concerns about dark spots that won’t fade, call the office of Buckhead Dermatology to schedule your appointment. Our board-certified dermatologist understands how to treat skin of color and can do so effectively, providing you with the results that you desire.
As with any kind of skin treatment, the first step is to gain an understanding of the underlying causes of the dark spots. Often, eliminating the cause of the discoloration will be the best way to treat and prevent them.
Melanin is the substance in the skin that gives it color. People with darker skin tones develop dark spots when something internal, external or environmental triggers the condition. Some examples of common triggers include:
Your dermatologist will help you identify the potential triggers that cause the appearance of dark spots. If you can identify the cause, you can usually avoid that trigger and stop new dark spots from appearing. For example, eliminating certain hair or skin products can prevent new spots from appearing.
Wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is one of the most effective measures against new dark spots. In fact, sunscreen is an essential step for preventing new dark spots from appearing, no matter what the underlying cause.
In addition to eliminating the underlying cause and wearing a sufficient sunscreen, there are a number of skin lightening products you can try to speed up dark spot fading. Some of the most effective skin lightening products should contain ingredients including:
While many over-the-counter products contain these ingredients, it is best to consult with your dermatologist first. Some products contain harmful ingredients, including steroids, that can cause other skin conditions like pimples and rashes. Be sure to check the ingredient list on any skin lightening products that are not directly recommended by your dermatologist.
If you are experiencing dark spots or discoloration, consult with a reputable Atlanta dermatologist today. Dark spots take time to fade, which can be frustrating. With the help of a dermatologist with years of experience treating skin of color, you can identify the causes and get started on an effective treatment.
With the help of Dr. Straughn, you can get on the road to clear skin. Contact the Atlanta and College Park offices of Buckhead Dermatology today to schedule your consultation. Clear skin is possible. Call 404-816-4000 for your appointment today!
While it is common knowledge that smoking is not good for you, still many people engage in this activity every day. According to the CDC, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States, resulting in about 480,000 deaths every year. Some of the most known side effects...
While it is common knowledge that smoking is not good for you, still many people engage in this activity every day. According to the CDC, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States, resulting in about 480,000 deaths every year. Some of the most known side effects of smoking include heart disease, stroke, COPD and cancer. But, did you know that smoking can have serious effects on your skin?
It isn’t just the sun that can dramatically impact your skin. Smoking cigarettes can change the way your skin looks, from wrinkles to sagging skin. However, the real issues come when smoking affects your body in much more serious ways, like skin cancer and infections. If you smoke, read on to learn about how your skin can be damaged by smoking.
Cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals, toxins and carcinogens, including carbon monoxide. When you smoke, the consistent inhalation of these toxins can impact your skin in the following ways:
Smokers frequently experience wrinkles and fine lines on the face due to the motions of the facial muscles during the act of smoking. For example, smokers can develop crow’s feet when they crinkle their eyes to prevent smoke from entering their eyes.
Smokers can also develop wrinkles around the mouth due to the sucking action on a cigarette. These appear as vertical lines between the lip and nose. Discoloration is another issue that tends to age the skin prematurely. People may find that their fingers turn yellow after years of smoking cigarettes.
Nicotine restricts blood flow and can have a negative impact on collagen and elastin production in the skin. These two proteins contribute to the elasticity of the skin, making the skin droop and sag. Those who experience sagging skin report that their skin makes them appear older than their actual age. Sagging skin can also affect your arms, breasts and neck.
Studies have shown that smokers have an increased chance of developing psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition in which the cells of the skin multiply at a high rate, resulting in skin build-up. Psoriasis presents as red, scaly bumps that can appear anywhere on the body, but usually on the elbows, scalp and knees. It is an autoimmune disease that can weaken the immune system and cause inflammation, two factors that can increase the chances of developing psoriasis.
Slow Healing of Wounds
Smoking can constrict blood vessels throughout the body. As a result, smokers tend to heal more slowly from wounds and surgeries. The risk of infection is also higher. Many smokers experience dangerous skin infections, ulcers and other perilous side effects related to reduced blood flow.
Perhaps the most serious impact that smoking can have on the skin is the development of skin cancer. A type of cancer known as Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of cancer. Smoking can suppress your immune system and increase your risk of developing SCC.
If you are a smoker, you may be experiencing some of the above skin conditions. Apart from quitting the habit, you may seek the assistance of a board-certified dermatologist to evaluate your skin and any issues that have presented themselves. Infections and skin cancer that go unaddressed can have serious negative effects and may even be lethal.
Do you live in the Atlanta area and require the help of a dermatologist? Contact the office of Buckhead Dermatology today to schedule your appointment. Dr. Straughn can help you understand your current skin conditions and put you on a course of healing. If you smoke and need help quitting, review some free options from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Whether you have just been diagnosed or you have been dealing with it for years, diabetes is a disease that can dramatically change your day-to-day life. One way that the disease can impact your body is in your skin. There are a number of changes to your skin that are caused by diabetes. These...
Whether you have just been diagnosed or you have been dealing with it for years, diabetes is a disease that can dramatically change your day-to-day life. One way that the disease can impact your body is in your skin. There are a number of changes to your skin that are caused by diabetes. These changes can also be telltale signs of the disease.
If you are suffering from any of the skin conditions listed below, consult with your doctor to see if you have diabetes and get started on a treatment plan.
Simply put, diabetes is a health condition that affects how your body uses or makes insulin. When you eat food, it is broken down into glucose and then sent into your blood stream to be distributed to the cells of your body. As your blood sugar rises, your pancreas will release a hormone called insulin, which helps the glucose enter the cells of the body.
If you have diabetes, your body does not effectively use insulin or it does not make enough to manage the glucose. Too much sugar stays in your blood and can cause very serious health issues. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed by leading a healthy lifestyle and following the advice of your doctors.
There are many possible symptoms of diabetes, including:
There are three types of diabetes:
Type 1: Type 1 is less common than type 2 diabetes. It occurs when the body stops making insulin. It is typically seen in children and young adults. Those suffering from type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin daily in order to manage their condition.
Type 2: Type 2 is a much more common form of diabetes that is usually seen in adults. In this form of diabetes, your body does not efficiently use the insulin that it makes. As a result, it has difficulty managing your blood sugar levels.
Gestational: This form of diabetes occurs in pregnant women who did not previously have the disease. Gestational diabetes can impact the health outcomes of the baby, so it is something that pregnant women are regularly monitored for.
Diabetes can affect your body in many ways, including your skin. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it could be a warning sign that you have diabetes or that your diabetes is not being managed properly.
Infected skin. People with diabetes are prone to skin infections. Infections can frequently occur on your toes, fingers and scalp, but may be found anywhere on the body. Signs of an infection can include itchy rashes, hot and swollen skin or white discharge.
A dark patch that feels like velvet. A sign of too much insulin, acanthosis nigricans typically appears on the neck, but can also be seen on the armpits or groin. This is commonly one of the first signs of diabetes.
Yellow, red or brown patches. A condition called necrobiosis lipoidica is commonly seen in people with diabetes. It initially looks like pimples and then turns into hard, swollen skin. Other symptoms related to this condition include visible blood vessels and porcelain-looking skin.
Open sores. Diabetics tend to have poor circulation and may experience nerve damage. Poor blood flow can make wounds take a long time to heal and increase the risk of infection.
A dark spot or line on your shin. Many diabetics experience something known as diabetic dermopathy, more commonly called shin spots. Shin spots are usually brown in color and can display as a spot or line on the shin, but can also show up on other parts of the body.
Diabetes is a serious condition that must be managed under the care of a doctor. If left unchecked, it can have devastating consequences. Diabetics can experience a variety of skin problems that should be treated by a board-certified dermatologist.
If you are experiencing any of the skin issues described above, contact the Atlanta dermatology office of Buckhead Dermatology to schedule an appointment. Our dermatologist can work with your medical team to ensure that your skin conditions are handled with care.
According to the National Eczema Association, about 9.6 million children in the United States under the age of 18 have some form of eczema. While it is very common, researchers still cannot pinpoint an exact cause of the condition. If your child suffers from any of the different types of eczema, you are probably...
According to the National Eczema Association, about 9.6 million children in the United States under the age of 18 have some form of eczema. While it is very common, researchers still cannot pinpoint an exact cause of the condition. If your child suffers from any of the different types of eczema, you are probably wondering what you can do to help ease their discomfort and decrease their symptoms.
In this article, we will share some practical tips that parents can use to help manage their child’s eczema. If you suspect your child has eczema, the first step is to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Your dermatologist will evaluate your child’s skin to give you an accurate diagnosis. From there, he or she can recommend a treatment plan based on the type of eczema your child is experiencing and the severity of the condition.
Do you live in the Atlanta area and have a child that is dealing with dry, red or itchy skin? Contact Buckhead Dermatology today to schedule an appointment with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Straughn. Dr. Straughn has over 25 years of experience treating eczema and other persistent skin conditions for patients of all ages and skin tones. Contact our office today at 404-816-4000 to make an appointment.
Eczema is a skin condition that results in dry, itchy, red or inflamed skin. It is extremely common, with more than 31 million Americans suffering from some form of the condition. There are several different types of eczema including:
The most common symptom associated with eczema is itchy skin. Other symptoms include rough or scaly patches, red and inflamed skin, oozing or crusting skin, swollen skin or infected skin. The appearance of the symptoms depends on the person. While some people may experience all of these symptoms, others may have only mild itching.
The exact cause is not currently known; however, it is accepted that genetics and environment can play a role in the development of eczema. The condition is commonly seen hand-in-hand with food or seasonal allergies and asthma. Children often develop eczema because their skin does not contain a substance known as filaggrin, a protein that aids in creating a strong skin barrier. Without adequate amounts of this protein, the skin is more susceptible to drying out and bacterial infections.
No, eczema is not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to another through contact or any other means.
While there is no cure for eczema, there are a number of treatments that can be very effective. Treatments can include over-the-counter products or prescription medications depending on severity. With the help of your dermatologist, you may be able to pinpoint the individual triggers that cause an eczema flare-up. Treatment would then include avoiding the triggers and implementing a consistent skin care regimen.
As a parent, it is difficult seeing your child in distress. In addition to following the advice of your dermatologist and other healthcare providers, follow these tips to help ease the symptoms and frequency of eczema flare-ups.
If you or your child is suffering from dry, itchy or red skin, contact Buckhead Dermatology to schedule an appointment with Dr. Straughn today. As one of the leading dermatologists in the country, Dr. Straughn can help you treat and reduce your child’s eczema symptoms and help them achieve a better quality of life.
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