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Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, and it affects about 55,000 Americans each year. If caught early, melanoma can be cured.
People who have a family history of skin cancer are much more likely to develop melanoma, but it can affect anyone who spends too much time in the sun. Look for moles that are asymmetrical, have a strange border, are a different color than other moles, or grow over time. This video teaches you more about how to spot melanoma.
The dermatology experts at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology can help you spot and treat skin cancer and other issues. We want to help you have clear, healthy, and beautiful skin. Call (877) 410-3027 today to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 8 days ago
The outer layer of the skin, or the epidermis, is constantly creating new cells to replace old ones. These new cells start at the bottom of the epidermis and eventually work their way outward. In children, skin cells live for about 100 days. In adults, they usually only survive for about 50 days.
As the body ages and cells live for shorter amounts of time, it takes longer for new skin cells to grow and replace the old ones. This can result in thinner skin that does not have the elasticity it once did. Too much exposure to ultraviolet light can have a similar effect, which is why it is so important to protect your skin when you spend time in the sun.
The dermatological team at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology can help you take the best care of your skin. With our anti-aging treatments, we can help you retain elasticity and look your best. Visit us online or call (877) 410-3027 to learn more.
Last updated 8 days ago
Do you suffer from melasma? This skin condition affects women and can be caused by a number of factors. The team at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology offers melasma treatment to help women find relief from the brown patches brought on by this condition. Take a look at some of the most common causes of melasma before learning more about treatment options:
It is normal for women to experience melasma when their bodies experience hormonal changes. During pregnancy, it is extremely common for women to notice discoloration or patches on their faces. The nickname of this condition when occurring during pregnancy is “the mask of pregnancy”. But pregnancy is not the only hormonal change that can lead to this skin condition. Women may also experience melasma as a result of taking birth control pills or after starting a hormone replacement medication.
Exposure to the Sun
Everyone knows the dangers of spending too much time in the sun. The rays can have damaging effects on skin, resulting in burns, peeling, and an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Spending too much time in the sun can also lead to melasma. Research shows that the sun’s ultraviolet light causes melanocytes to produce more color, leading to brown patches on the skin’s surface. Women who suffer from sun-induced melasma often experience the most extreme cases in the summer.
Women who suffer from melasma often find that certain cosmetic products trigger the condition. Any skincare products such as makeup, moisturizers, cleansers can irritate the skin and lead to the formation of melasma. These products can boost melanin production, resulting in darker patches of skin that stand out drastically from the skin’s natural tone.
Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology can help find relief from melasma and a number of other dermatological concerns. Contact us at (877) 410-3027 to learn about our dermatology clinic and discover the solution for your skin problems.
Last updated 14 days ago
Winter will end soon, but that does not mean warm weather is here just yet. Cold weather can be damaging to your skin, which is why it is important to work with your dermatologist and learn how to properly care for your skin in the winter. These tips can help you protect your skin and keep it looking great:
Use Sunscreen Daily
Sunscreen is an essential part of summer for many women, but it is often forgotten when winter rolls around. Wearing sunscreen is important for protecting the skin from the harmful effects of the sun on a daily basis—even during the colder months of the year. It is important to stick to a strict sunscreen regimen all year long to keep skin healthy and prevent sun damage.
Avoid Hot Water
It is normal to turn up the heat in the shower or bath during winter. Unfortunately, hot water can dry out both hair and skin, resulting in flakiness and irritation. Skin should stay as smooth and hydrated as possible throughout the coldest months of the year. Use warm water when bathing to avoid drying out your skin.
Step Up Your Skincare Routine
Once you find skincare products that work for you, it is important to stick with them! But when the temperature drops, it is a good idea to look for products that will help your skin stay hydrated. Ask your dermatologist for advice regarding moisturizing products you should use to avoid dry skin during the coldest months of the year. Adding a humidifier to your room is of utmost importance!
Cold weather is typically associated with low humidity, which means it often results in dry skin. Protect your skin from the harmful effects of cold temperatures by covering up when you step outside. Invest in a good hat, scarf, and pair of gloves to protect yourself as much skin as possible.
Find out how to perfect your winter skincare routine with help from the dermatologists at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. Take a look at our website or call us at (877) 410-3027 for information about our Chicago dermatology services.