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Treat Skin With Care

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer accounts for the largest number of cancer diagnoses in the United States. Each year, nearly five million Americans are treated for skin cancer, with most cases being nonmelanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.

However, skin cancer is not the only condition that can affect the skin. The skin can be affected by numerous conditions, many of which can be both uncomfortable and even painful. There are many things men and women can do to protect their skin and get proper treatment for any ongoing skin conditions.

• Schedule annual routine visits to a dermatologist. Many people ignore this advice, but dermatologists are able to spot anything on your skin that may seem suspicious and provide treatment options for other skin conditions. As with any specialist, dermatologists are well versed on new and innovative care.

• Inspect skin regularly. Routinely check your skin for any changes, and if you have any concerns, see your dermatologist right away.

• Protect yourself from the sun. Not only can a lifetime of sun exposure cause wrinkles and age spots, it can lead to cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

• Follow a proper skin care regimen. Our skin acts as a barrier to protect the body from environmental dangers such as the sun’s harmful rays. By having a consistent routine, this will help keep your skin healthy and glowing.

• Lifestyle factors such as hydration, adequate amounts of sleep, minimizing stress, exercising, and proper nutrition play a major role in keeping your skin healthy.

• Quit the habit. Smoking narrows tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This robs the skin of oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Smoking also can damage the collagen and elastin in the skin, which promotes elasticity.

• Be gentle to the skin. Use mild cleansers and limit showers and baths to warm water. Moisturize dry skin if it is problematic. Pat skin dry after washing and do not tug or rub skin excessively.

Taking these steps can help you maintain healthy skin and prevent ailments in the years to come.

For more information, you may contact the Dermatology and Mohs Surgery Institute at 309-451-DERM (3376) or dermatologistbloomington.com. Dr. Leone and Dr. Schupbach, both residents of Bloomington, are board-certified dermatologists, specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology, including the treatment of skin cancer, moles, acne, rashes, warts, and all skin disorders. Dr. Leone is one of the few Mohs-trained surgeons in the area. Their practice is located at 3024 E. Empire St. 2nd floor, in the Advocate BroMenn outpatient center.



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