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Skin Cancer Prevention May 31st, 2020

With the warmer months just around the corner you may be getting ready to plan some fun in the sun. The summertime always finds children spending hours outside playing, as well as beach-filled family vacations, backyard barbeques, and more days just spent soaking up some much-needed vitamin D. While it...

TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS Apr 8th, 2020

Dr. Freeman is now offering TELEHEALTH Visits New and established patients can connect with us from the comfort of home for routine office visits consultations.  Receive a diagnosis, treatment plan, and prescription electronically submitted to your pharmacy – all through a virtual dermatology visit! HOW TO GET STARTED Go to...

Coronavirus Update Mar 15th, 2020

  TO OUR VALUED PATIENTS: We are very aware of the concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus. We are taking every precaution possible to make our offices as safe as possible. We have no known patients that have been exposed to or have been tested for Coronavirus. Good hygiene...

SMILE! Feb 29th, 2020

Research shows that a smile makes people look three years younger, and there is also evidence that smiling lowers stress levels and heart rates and increases immunity. It’s a shame, therefore, that many people avoid smiling because they fear it causes wrinkles. When you look beyond this old wives’ tale,...

Scar Issues Jan 31st, 2020

            When a skin injury only involves the “epidermis” (top layer of skin), a new layer of skin will simply form to replace it. However, if the damage extends down into the “dermis” (the thick layer of tissue beneath the epidermis), the body will produce “collagen” (the main structural protein...

Shade Offers Relatively Little Sun Protection Dec 26th, 2019

SHADE OFFERS RELATIVELY LITTLE SUN PROTECTION   If you think you can forego an application of sunscreen in favor of sitting in the shade, your skin may not agree. New research reinforces the fact that, when it comes to sun protection, people who rely on shade have a much higher...

Are You Thin-Skinned? Nov 27th, 2019

Skin is composed of several layers, all of which become thinner as we age. Aside from environmental factors such as sun exposure, there are several other circumstances that contribute to thinning skin. As far as women are concerned, menopause can make it more difficult for their skin to retain moisture,...

Bacteria and Acne Oct 31st, 2019

The areas of the body most prone to acne have high numbers of sebaceous glands, which produce an oily substance known as "sebum." When these glands produce too much sebum, skin pores can become clogged, which leads to bacterial growth and acne development.  The bacterium Propionbacterium acnes is considered to...

Stretch Marks Aug 22nd, 2019

When skin expands rapidly (due to growth, pregnancy, or weight gain) the abrupt changes can cause elastin and collagen to rupture. As the ruptures heal, underlying blood vessels show through, leaving behind the telltale red or purplish marks called “stretch marks.” While the marks will fade to a white or...

Rising Melanoma Rates Apr 30th, 2019

Even as rates of most other cancers are declining, the rate at which people develop melanoma continues to rise yearly. According to a recent report from the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC, the rates of this deadliest form of skin cancer have doubled in the United...

What do your fingernails have to say? Feb 28th, 2019

WHAT FINGERNAILS HAVE TO SAY   While harmless changes in fingernails such as vertical ridges that run the length of the nail are not concerning, other changes may indicate certain common medical conditions or severe diseases. For instance, indentations that run across the nail’s width, called “Beau’s lines,” can appear...

Looking for New Moles Jan 20th, 2019

While everyone is urged to regularly examine his or her skin for suspicious moles and lesions, those with fair skin and/or a history of sunburn should be particularly vigilant. Recent research supplements this self-examination recommendation with the finding that moles that have most recently appeared pose more of a melanoma...

Men and Melanoma Nov 29th, 2018

MORE OLDER MEN WITH MELANOMA               While melanoma rates are declining among younger people, recent research also suggests that the incidence of this potentially deadly form of skin cancer is rising among older adults, especially older men. According to data from two large registries on melanoma rates among non-Hispanic...

Acne, Acne, Go Away Oct 30th, 2018

ADULT ACNE   Adult women, in particular, may be distressed that they continue to deal with pimples well into their 40s and beyond. In cases of “persistent acne,” adolescent acne continues into adulthood, while “late-onset acne” appears for the first time in adulthood. Much in the same way that teenagers...

Dandruff Oct 1st, 2018

BEYOND DANDRUFFWhen sebaceous glands in the scalp produce too much “sebum” (oil), greasy scales can develop that cause an overgrowth of an otherwise normal skin fungus (Malassezia). As the Malassezia fungus irritates the sebaceous glands of the scalp, the body’s immune response is triggered, and flakes of skin on the...

What to do about Rosacea Sep 3rd, 2018

TREATING THE RED OF ROSACEA There are new treatments to help treat the redness of rosacea, a common skin disease that often begins with a tendency to blush easily and progresses to skin redness that can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. For mild or...

To Remove or Not to Remove Jul 19th, 2018

SHOULD YOU REMOVE THIS TAG YOURSELF? The non-cancerous, flesh-colored growths that protrude from the skin and often take the form of narrow stalks are called “skin tags.” These soft flaps of skin may range in size from very tiny to the size of a pencil eraser tip; most appear around the...

Back Acne Jun 26th, 2018

BACK ACNEAccording to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), 40 to 50 million Americans have acne at any given time, making it the most common skin condition in this country. For most people, acne starts in puberty and resolves itself in the late teens or early 20s. For others, acne...

Patchy Skin Jun 18th, 2018

“Tinea versicolor” is a common skin infection in (sub)tropical areas that occurs when an overgrowth of yeast cells leads to discolored patches of skin. Also common during the summer months when higher temperatures and humidity may cause the fungus to grow and form small colonies on the skin’s surface, the...

What Do You Know About Sunscreen May 9th, 2018

If you think that cloudy skies preclude the need for sunscreen, you should know that clouds block as little as 20% of ultraviolet (UV) rays. It’s also important to know how sunscreens are categorized. The “sun protection factor” (SPF) is a measure of how long it takes skin to burn...

A Tomato A Day Apr 30th, 2018

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin are the most common cancers in the United States. Commonly referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers, these cancers are increasingly being more accurately referred to as "Keratinocyte carcinoma" (KC) skin cancer, with basal cell carcinomas accounting for around...