Posts for: January, 2018
Find out whether your moles are healthy or may need to be removed.
Moles are common skin growths that most people have at least one of, if not a few. While those with fairer skin may sport more moles than someone with darker skin, it’s important that if you do have moles that you can continue to monitor them regularly for any changes. Our East Greenwich, RI, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione, are here to tell you the telltale warning signs that may mean it’s time to have that mole removed.
Most of the moles that we have on our bodies appeared during childhood or our teen years. Moles come in a variety of different sizes and colors. Of course, if you are starting to notice any changes to a mole this could be an early warning sign of melanoma, a very serious type of skin cancer that can be life-threatening if left untreated.
You should schedule a consultation with our East Greenwich skin doctor if you have:
- An asymmetrical mole (if you were to draw a line down the middle of mole, both sides would be symmetrical in size and shape, if they aren’t this could be an early warning sign)
- A mole that contains several different colors
- A mole that itches, bleeds or scabs over or becomes raised
- A mole that has a fuzzy, poorly defined border
- A mole that is larger than the eraser end of a pencil
Everyone from children to adults should come in once a year to get a full skin cancer screening. While you should certainly be examining your skin on your own and checking moles once a month this thorough professional evaluation will ensure that if there is melanoma present that it’s detected and treated right away.
Of course, not all moles are cancerous but patients just find them unsightly or a nuisance. If you have a mole that makes you feel uncomfortable to bear your arms in the summer or you have a mole on your face, then you may just want to have it removed to improve your appearance. Luckily, a mole can easily be removed right here in our office. While you should never try and remove a mole at home, our dermatologists can easily perform a simple surgical procedure to remove the mole and stitch up the area. A mole can often be removed in just one visit.
If in doubt, call South County Dermatology in East Greenwich, RI, to find out if you need to have a mole removed. No matter whether you are noticing any changes to the mole or it’s in a less-than-ideal spot, we can help.
Your skin is your armor—it protects you against injury and infection. Typically, people tend to concentrate on caring for their face because it is what is most noticeable to others. However, it is important to care for skin below the neck as well. Proper skin care varies by body part, as some areas have thinner, more sensitive skin than others. Your dermatologist in provides you with the information you need to properly care for your skin.
While shopping for skin care products at the pharmacy or beauty store, it may be difficult to decide what products to use on your skin. Your dermatologist offers you helpful tips in caring for the skin on each part of your body, including your:
- Face – The best way to prevent dry skin on your face is to moisturize.
- Lips – Since your lips retain less moisture than other parts of your body, they tend to dry out more quickly, which means it is important to maintain moisture by using balm several times a day.
- Hands – Your hands bare the brunt of the seasons more than any other part of your body. It is important to pay attention to your hands by applying moisturizer—especially during the flu season when we tend to wash our hands more vigorously than normal.
- Feet – Use a thick moisturizer daily on your feet to maintain moisture and keep your feet softer.
- Scalp – In order to keep your scalp from drying, wash your hair once a day with a mild shampoo and do not use water that is too hot.
- Body – Try washing your body with a moisturizing cleanser. If you have sensitive skin look for skin care products that cater to your individual skin needs.
Visit your dermatologist today, for more information on how to properly care for your skin year round. Whether your skin is normal, oily or sensitive, there is a skin care treatment just for you.
Proper skin cleansing is crucial for oily skin sufferers. Oily skin is the result of overactive sebaceous glands, which lie just beneath the surface of your skin and are responsible for sebum production. With excessive sebum, your skin can be left looking and feeling like a greasy oil slick, which can cause physical discomfort and embarrassment. Too much oil can also lead to clogged pores and acne. Your dermatologist can help you create the best skin care regimen for your oily skin.
What product should you cleanse with? The one that's right for you! Make sure to opt for a cleanser which doesn't dry out your skin too much. Your skin shouldn't be squeaky clean when you finish washing, as this actually means you've stripped all the protective oils from your skin which are so important to keep it moisturized and prevent irritation. Even as someone with oily skin, it's important not to remove all oil from your face.
Gentle cleansers are recommended for most people. Also, keep in mind that most dermatologists recommend washing once or twice a day - always washing once at night to remove the day's makeup, dirt and excess oil. You can also wash in the morning if you prefer, but keep in mind that overwashing can irritate sensitive skin.
Exfoliation gets rid of the dead surface layer of skin that clogs pores and causes the skin to become dull and greasy. Many people skip exfoliation in their weekly skincare routine, but it is important not to. There are many different ways to exfoliate your skin, such as a washcloth or a scrub. By exfoliating, you are removing any sign of dead skin, which allows for a healthier, more vibrant appearance.
Yes, even oily skin needs moisturizing. All skin types need moisture, and oily skin is no different. Your skin will become less prone to oiliness when it has the proper moisture balance. Choose a light, fragrance-free noncomedogenic moisturizer and apply daily after cleansing.
Visit your dermatologist for further treatment options for your oily skin. With proper skincare, you can protect your skin and help manage your oily skin.