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DNA + Copper: Skincare Genius

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Are you ready to hear about Derm Clinic’s latest dermatologic skincare obsession? From DNA damage control to anti-aging solutions, Neova Skincare has you covered. In the vibrant city of Charleston, we all want to look young forever, and Neova can help with that.

The introduction of copper in skincare products is quite fascinating. Studies have shown that copper initiates positive changes in mature skin that is experiencing loss of elasticity as well as dullness and wrinkles. Copper peptide, a common ingredient found in skincare products, is used to promote and produce collagen and elastin in the skin. By combining Copper Peptide with DNA-Repairing Enzymes that repair the sun-damaged DNA in your skin, you could look younger and healthier.

 

If you’re feeling down and negative about your appearance due to aging, turn to Neova for better looking skin through advanced technology using copper peptides. Neova has been seen on television shows such as the Today Show, The Doctors, and multiple news programs as well as mentioned in many magazines such as Vogue, Allure, Star, Dermascope, Marie Claire and more. The Neova line can help your skin repair damage and rediscover the youthful glow that you thought was long-gone years ago!

 

Are you curious to see what our medical dermatology services can do for you and your skin? Call Derm Clinics of Charleston at (843) 795-7546 to inquire about our products & services that best suit YOU. We accept same and next day appointments, so you get the skin you’ve always wanted without the wait!


The Sun, Your Skin and EltaMD

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At Derm Clinics, our primary concern is your health and happiness. We’re here to provide you with excellent dermatology services and advice, which is why we choose only the best products for our patients. Although it’s been a very rainy summer in Charleston, it’s still imperative to protect your skin and you’ll need the best skincare products to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are skin care products important?

Our skin needs moisture to prevent dryness. An all over moisturizer applied daily will help prevent wrinkles and keep skin moist. Our favorite EltaMD products seal moisture into the surface, thus preventing evaporation and lasting throughout the day.

 

Are sun care products really necessary?

Of course they are! As we’ve mentioned before, more than two million people in the United States each year are diagnosed with skin cancer & the sun causes 90% of these cases. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these sun facts, they just might change your mind:

  • Overcast days are not much safer than those that are sunny, as 70-80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can get through the clouds.
  • The sun is about 80% stronger when reflected off sand and snow.
  • The sun’s rays increase in intensity about 4% for every 1,000-foot rise in altitude.
  • It’s better to play or engage in sports before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. If that’s not possible, try to avoid being out at high noon.
  • In general, kids can get all the vitamin D they need for strong bones from fortified milk, salmon, vitamin supplements and/or brief, casual sun exposure.

 

So, why use EltaMD?

Our faces are in the public eye every day. Don’t we strive to keep youthful,

wrinkle-free skin as long as possible? EltaMD skincare products focus on providing safe, effective skin care that includes deep, gentle cleansing and intense moisturization for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin. With EltaMD products, you will see individualized results specific to your needs as they offer natural broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Skincare plays a very important role in our lives, and sun-care is important for all ages and races. Make moisturizer and sunscreen a part of your daily routine. As time progresses, you’ll be glad you did!

At Derm Clinics Charleston, we strive to provide you with the perfect dermatology solutions for your specific skin type. If you’re looking to update your skincare products, come in to sample our favorite products, or contact us at (843) 795-7546 for scheduling services. If you have any questions regarding EltaMD or other products we love, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Skin Cancer Screenings: A Summer Must!

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The temps are heating up here in Charleston, SC, which means lots of fun in the sun! Before hitting the beach there are some facts you should know about skin cancer: when to get screened and what precautions to take to avoid getting cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. That being the case, it is important to know about the different types of skin cancer, as well as the preventative measures to decrease the chances of having skin cancer.

 

More than two million people in the United States each year are diagnosed with the most common types of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These types of skin cancer are easily detectable as alterations or changes in the skin occur. If alterations and changes are noticed quickly enough, they are promptly examined by a dermatologist who also performs a biopsy. Non-melanoma skin cancers, because they are easily detectable, are also easily curable.

 

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer; luckily, it is not as common as other types of skin cancer. Melanoma is potentially lethal, and new cases of malignant melanoma have been steadily increasing since 2005.

 

People with the following traits are more susceptible to skin cancer and should receive lifelong dermatologic surveillance as well as perform monthly self-exams:

  • A family history of melanoma and other skin cancers
  • Atypical moles (irregular borders, color variation, or are asymmetrical)
  • Skin that burns easily/fails to tan
  • Freckling, blue eyes or red hair
  • A history of blistering sunburns

 

The most preventable cause of skin cancer is the sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), adequately protecting one’s skin from the sun is an easy way to prevent skin cancer. Here’s how:

  • Avoid tanning beds. The same dangerous ultraviolet light from the sun is used by tanning beds.
  • Seek shade during the sun’s apex (10am – 2pm). If your shadow is shorter than you, get out of the sun.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses whenever possible.
  • Near sand, snow and water? Use caution, as those surfaces reflect and intensify light and can cause skin damage regardless of the temperature.
  • Wear sunscreen. Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen on your skin before sun exposure (Sun Protection Factor of 30 or higher). Reapply every two hours regardless of the weather.

 

Along with lifelong dermatologic surveillance, we may recommend that you undergo a skin cancer screening. This screening is a visual inspection of your skin, performed by a dermatologist. These screenings are performed before any symptoms are found, if something appears abnormal during the screening a biopsy will be taken. A pathologist will evaluate the biopsy and determine if the growth is benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).
To schedule a skin cancer screening appointment with Derm Clinics Charleston, contact us at (843) 795-7546.


Derm Clinics – Accepted Insurance Companies

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In order to help you better your medical experience, we have compiled a list of insurance companies that we currently accept:

Aetna

AARP

Beech Street

BC/BS

BC/BS State

BC/BS Federal

Blue Choice

Care Improvement Plus

Cigna

CWI – employees of Roper St. Francis Hospital

GEHA

Humana

Medcost

Multiplan

Medicare

Medicaid

Mailhandlers

NALC – National Association of Letter Carriers

United Health Care

Tri Care – Standard

If you have any further questions or would like more information, please comment below or give us a call at 843-795-7546.


Rosacea 101

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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin disease that usually begins with having a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The National Rosacea Society has designated this upcoming April as Rosacea Awareness Month, so we find it an apt time to help you & the general public understand this condition.

More than 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, so taking the time to help create awareness of this common skin disease is crucial.

Rosacea Symptoms

FIrst, rosacea is a very complex skin disease that has numerous symptoms. Aside from excessive blushing or flushing in the face, the redness can also spread beyond the nose and cheeks, reaching the forehead and chin, and even the ears, chest and back all at the same time.

However, rosacea is much more than just redness; the many signs and symptoms of rosacea are so diverse they have consequently been assigned to four subtypes. If you’re concerned that you may have any of the following symptoms, contact us immediately.

Subtype 1: Facial Redness

Medical name: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea

Symptoms: Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels, stinging, burning and swelling

 

Subtype 2: Bumps and Pimples

Medical name: Papulopustular rosacea

Symptoms: Redness, swelling, bumps (papules), acne-like breakouts or pimples (pustules), red patches

 

Subtype 3: Skin Thickening

Medical name: Phymatous rosacea

Symptoms: Excess tissue, skin thickens and has bumpy texture, often results in enlargement of the nose and irregular surface nodules (bump-like lesions)

 

Subtype 4: Eye Irritation

Medical name: Ocular rosacea

Symptoms: Red, irritated, watery, or bloodshot eyes, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, sty-like effects, and recurrent styes

Talking About Rosacea

As with discussing any visible disease, talking about rosacea and insensitive questions can be frustrating and embarrassing. Don’t worry – you’re not alone when it comes to experiencing these situations. Trust us, many individuals feel uncomfortable and humiliated, but that’s why we’re here for you!

Because April is Rosacea Awareness Month, we’re here to educate the public on how to talk about the condition and to create awareness on this common skin disease. Here are some tips to follow when talking about rosacea or trying to share information:

  • Many adults have it (16 million Americans), so you are part of a very large group. You are not alone, not everyone is aware of rosacea and may not know how common it truly is.
  • Often times people confuse facial redness with heavy drinking or poor hygiene – both of which are untrue about rosacea. Point out these facts to anyone who is confused. Let them know the condition is unrelated to cleanliness, and although heavy drinking can aggravate the disorder, the symptoms can be just as severe in someone sober.
  • Rosacea is a condition that comes and goes and is worse during flare-ups. This fluctuating nature is due to specific triggers, so let people know of personal triggers you are avoiding and that you are helping control the condition with medication.
  • Subscribe to Rosacea Review and encourage others to educate themselves on the topic. You may know someone with rosacea or have a friend who should see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment – encourage them to be knowledgeable about the condition.

 

How to Treat Rosacea

If you believe you may have rosacea or have previously been diagnosed, the following tips can help:3

○      At the first sign of symptoms, treatment often controls the disease and eliminates the visible effects and feelings such as burning or itching.

○      Treating it early can stop the condition from getting worse – before it becomes more difficult to treat.

○      Rosacea may not go away on its own and tends to worsen as time goes on.

○      Different types of rosacea (see ‘Rosacea Symptoms’ above) need different treatments.

○      Over The Counter treatments may worsen your rosacea, as some contain ingredients that cause rosacea to flare up. Prescription treatments from your doctor are specific to your individual’s needs.

  • Learn what triggers your rosacea. There are many everyday things that can cause flare-ups, including sunlight, stress and many foods and beverages. Every individual has different triggers, which is why it’s crucial to determine your personal triggers so you can avoid them.
  • Follow a rosacea skin care plan. Also an important role in controlling rosacea, the right skin care regimen can help keep rosacea under control. There are products that are too harsh and can worsen your condition.

In additional, there are support groups available and other resources that help many with the disorder live more comfortably.

Do you think you have any of the following symptoms or need help controlling your rosacea? We’re here to help, so please contact us for any concerns you may have. We offer laser treatments for blood vessels and generalized redness and can prescribe topical or oral antibiotics.

If you have any friends who you may want to share this information, or want to help create awareness with the general public, please feel free to comment below or to share this post.


A Dermatologist’s Guide to Eyelash Loss and Treatment

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Many may not think to turn to a dermatologist for hair loss, but this is an issue Dr. Myers can help address. Additionally, hair loss is not isolated to the follicles on a person’s head – eyelash thinning can be a traumatic experience and cause the individual to become self-conscious of their appearance.

From thyroid conditions to allergies and blepharitis (explained below), there are many varying reasons why your eyelashes may be thinning or falling out.

Some of the main causes of eyelash loss include:

  • Chemical Allergy to Mascara – This can actually be quite common. The chemicals used in popular mascaras can cause itchiness, swelling and watery eyes.
  • Blepharitis – Commonly known as inflation of the eyelids, this is one of the most common reasons for eyelashes falling out and is usually caused by infection, trauma or allergies.
  • Alopecia Areata – Also known as AA, this physical condition is where the immune system breaks down and attacks hair follicles on the body.
  • Thyroid Condition – There are two varying types of thyroid conditions and both can have a negative effect on your eyelashes. If you see dull, coarse or brittle eyelashes, seek the opinion of a doctor.
  • Trichotillomania Tangle – A psychological condition when someone knowingly or even unknowingly pulls out their eyelashes due to stress or tension.

Natural eyelash loss can also occur, so it is important to avoid panicking. Weak lashes usually fall out and are then quickly replaced with new, healthy lashes. As long as your eyelashes are steadily growing back, you have nothing to worry about.

No matter the cause of eyelash loss, we look at ways that everyone can improve their lashes, in length and in volume. In some cases, even if your eyelashes grow back steadily, people like to enhance their lashes using prescription treatments, such as Latisse. This is a product we carry and are able to provide a prescription.

If you are located in Charleston and are interested in eyelash treatments or have concerns about hair loss, make an appointment with us – we provide next day appointments with our dermatologist and specialists.


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