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Micropeels: The Next Step in your Treatment Plan

Tips for Winter Skin

Vitamin A: The Queen of Anti-Aging

Products Can Improve the Signs of Aging

Fraxel: The Leader in Skin Rejuvenation

How Strong is Your SPF?

Isolaz: The Acne Eraser

Thermage For The Body

Managing Menopausal Acne

Melasma Explained

Laser Hair Removal: Your Questions Answered

The Best in Anti-Aging Ingredients

Recognizing Suspicious Moles

Tips for Acne Flare-ups

The Not-so-Fun Side of Summer: Insect Bites and Poisonous Plants

Are You Ready for Warm Weather?

The Tanning Phenomenon

Breaking Down Vitamin A

Wintertime Woes: Caring for Psoriasis, Eczema
and Irritated Skin

May is Melanoma Awareness Month - Protect Your Skin

Understanding Chemical Peels of Today

Skin Cancer Awareness: What You Should Know

Signs of Sun Damage and How to Avoid It

Renew Dermatology Combines Thermage and Fraxel Treatments for Dramatic Results

The Tanning Phenomenon

If you ask a dermatologist about the worst thing you can do to your skin, most would say using a tanning bed. Indoor tanning not only ages the skin, it increases one's risk of developing skin cancer. Indoor tanning equipment uses artificial light that emits both UVA and UVB radiation. This type of radiation has been declared a carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer categorizes UV tanning devices in the top category of the most dangerous cancer causing substances, alongside plutonium and cigarettes! Yet, more than one million people, primarily women and teen girls, visit a tanning salon every day in the United States. Because of these staggering numbers, skin cancer is on the rise in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five people will develop skin cancer at some point in their life. Additionally, people who tan indoors are 75% more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

As a small, single-doctor dermatology practice, our rates of skin cancer match those being reported by the American Academy of Dermatology. Last year, 20% of our office visits resulted in a skin cancer diagnosis. The numbers are staggering. Still, many people ask us what they can do for a healthy glow. One of the best options for a safe, healthy glow is to use a self tanner. Our office has tested many self tanners-we've done the work for you so you don't experience orange streaks or endure the unpleasant smell of most self tanners. Our favorite new self tanner is Tantasia from Jane Iredale. Over a period of three days, the ingredients in Tantasia work with your own melanin to produce a tan that uniquely matches your natural skin tone. This self tanner has a light citrus smell, does not streak, is sensitivity tested for face and body and provides natural hydration to the skin. As the warmer weather approaches, do your skin a favor and try a self tanner for a natural glow!

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