Posts for: March, 2017
Cold winds, low temperatures and dry indoor conditions can strip the skin of its natural oils that serve as a natural moisturizer. Although the cold winter months often cause dry skin, with proper skin care habits you can have a healthy complexion that lasts all season long.
You can’t control the harsh winter climate, but you can protect your skin by learning how to manage the factors that trigger dry, flaky skin.
How Can I Protect My Skin from Dryness
For starters, apply a heavy moisturizer or cream daily to help retain moisture and keep skin from drying out. Since strong, brisk winds can cause chapped skin, it is also important to cover exposed areas by wearing a hat, scarf or mittens when going out into the cold air.
Furnaces, radiators and fireplaces that you use to heat your home during cold winter months may feel wonderful in the middle of winter, but they can be extremely drying. To add moisture back into your home, try using a humidifier. Frequent showering and hand washing can also dry out your skin. Keep skin moist with lotion or cream immediately after you shower and wash your hands to seal in moisture.
No matter what season you’re in, if your dry skin becomes inflamed or develops a painful itch, visit our practice for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. A dermatologist can help you modify your current skin regimen accordingly to help your skin stay healthy with the changing seasons.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. In fact, one in five people will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. These startling numbers make it obvious just how common of a problem skin cancer really is. However, learning the earliest warning signs of this condition can help you and your doctor find, diagnose, and treat it at its earliest and most curable stages. Find out more about recognizing the signs of skin cancer with Dr. Sanjiva Goyal at Coastal Dermatology and MedSpa with offices in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Is this mole normal?
Recognizing the signs of skin cancer early is crucial to successful treatment results. One of the easiest ways to recognize skin cancer is with the ABCDE method:
- Asymmetrical: Normal moles are symmetrical in shape. If you have a mole which appears to be asymmetrical, it could be cancerous.
- Border: Pay careful attention to the border of your mole. It should be smooth, not jagged or curvy.
- Color: Normal moles are one solid color which can range from skin-toned to brown. If you notice your mole is very dark brown or black or you see more than one color within its border, you should contact your dermatologist.
- Diameter: Normal moles are less than 6 millimeters in diameter. If you have a mole bigger than roughly the size of a pencil eraser, it could be cancerous.
- Evolving: Cancerous moles appear where nothing was before and noticeably grow or change shape.
Treating Skin Cancer in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Skin cancer treatments vary patient to patient due to the severity of the case, which stage the cancer is in, and its location. Most cases of skin cancer caught in its earlier stages are treated by removing the part of the skin on which the cancer formed. This usually occurs during an outpatient procedure at your doctor’s office. However, more advanced cases in which the cancer has spread may require both removal and chemotherapy or radiotherapy to eliminate every cancerous cell.
For more information on skin cancer or identifying its symptoms, please contact Dr. Sanjiva Goyal at Coastal Dermatology and MedSpa in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Call 904-727-9123 to schedule your appointment at the Jacksonville, FL office or 904-567-1050 to schedule your appointment at the Ponte Vedra Beach, FL office today!
Skin care should be an important part of your daily hygiene. This should include cleansing the face daily, moisturizing, applying sunscreen and avoiding harsh products. A good skin care routine starts with understanding the unique needs of your skin type. In many cases, skin can be classified into four different categories: normal, dry, oily and combination.
To determine your type of skin, try this simple test:
- Wash your face and gently pat it dry.
- Wait approximately 15 minutes and then press lens-cleaning tissue paper on different areas of your face.
- If the paper sticks or picks up oil on all parts of your skin, then you have oily skin.
- If the paper does not stick on any part of your face, then you have dry skin.
- If the paper only sticks to your chin, nose and forehead, then you have normal or combination skin.
Normal Skin Types
The ideal skin type, normal skin is characterized by a smooth, even tone and usually blemish free. It also tolerates most skin care lotions and creams. A regular skin care regimen combined with a balanced diet is often enough to maintain healthy, youthful skin.
Dry Skin Types
People with dry skin lack natural moisture. Dry skin may flake during the winter months, and chapping or cracking may occur when skin is extremely dry or dehydrated. Applying gentle moisturizer throughout the day and drinking plenty of water can help relieve dryness and also fight against premature aging. Avoid overexposure to the sun, harsh winds and smoking which can aggravate dry skin.
Oily Skin Types
If you have oily skin, you may be more prone to acne due to excessive oil secretions (sebum) on the face. Oily skin may appear greasy, and is commonly seen among adolescents due to hormonal changes which increase production of sebum. To manage oily skin, use cosmetics sparingly and only apply oil-free products when possible. Wash skin once or twice a day, avoid lotions and creams and always remove makeup before going to bed.
Combination Skin Types
Combination skin is a blend of both dry and oily skin, most often characterized by an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and a dry neck and cheeks. Different parts of the face may require slightly different care. Applying a toner or anti-acne product on the T-zone to remove residual oils and impurities may be helpful in managing oily skin, while a mild moisturizer may be needed for the cheeks.
Having trouble determining your skin type? Visit your dermatologist for expert skin care advice and a personalized treatment plan for every type of skin. The state of our skin is affected by nutrition, general and emotional health, exercise and genes. How well you care for your skin will play an important role in achieving your healthy glow.