WHEN SHOULD I SEEK THE CARE OF A DERMATOLOGIST?
A general skin exam is recommended for individuals who have a history of sunburns, tanning bed exposure, more than 50 moles on their body, a personal or family history of skin cancer or those individuals who have a compromised immune system. We also recommend that you call your dermatology provider when you have a new, growing, bleeding or sore spot that appears on your skin. It is also highly recommended that you seek out a dermatologist if you have an autoimmune condition such as lupus.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL BEFORE SETTING UP AN APPOINTMENT?
Most commercial insurances do not require you to have a referral in order to set up an appointment. Our office is happy to help determine if a referral is required with your insurance. You can also call the phone number on your insurance card to find out your insurance referral requirements.
IS MY DIET RELATED TO THE HEALTH OF MY SKIN?
Foods with a high glycemic index (for instance sugar, white bread and white rice) cause higher glucose levels in the blood and correspond to elevated levels of insulin. Insulin has been shown to increase sebum (your skin’s natural oil) production which plays a major role in the development of acne. In regards to diet and sun exposure, a diet rich in pomegranate extract, Vitamins C and E, green tea extract and nicotinamide (a form of Vitamin B3), has been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of skin cancers.
IS THERE A SPECIFIC SUNSCREEN I SHOULD BE USING? WHAT SPF FACTOR SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN DECIDING ON SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS?
Generally, the best sunscreen is the one that you will use. Studies show that people tend to use half the amount they should for optimal protection. We recommend at least SPF 50 or above. ere are many products over the counter and the main sunscreens are either chemical- or mineral-based. We generally recommend a broad-spectrum mineral (zinc or titanium) based sunscreen as this type of sunscreen forms a barrier on your skin to filter and/or reflect harmful ultraviolet sun rays. We specifically recommend the EltaMD Sport SPF 50 because it is water-resistant and will not run into your eyes. Sunscreen should be applied every two hours during periods of prolonged sun exposure and more often if you are in the water.
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