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Common Sunscreen Myths Debunked

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As the warm rays of the sun beckon us outdoors, you cannot overstate the importance of sun protection. Sunscreen plays a crucial role in shielding our skin from harmful UV rays and preventing conditions such as sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer. However, amid the wealth of information available, several myths and misconceptions about sunscreen have emerged. In this blog, we will debunk these myths and provide clarity on proper sun protection practices.

Mole Check: Spotting The Signs Of Melanoma Early

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Introduction: When it comes to your skin, moles are common. Most people have at least a few, and they’re usually harmless. But sometimes, a mole can be a sign of melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer. It’s important to know what to look for, so you can catch any problems early. This blog will guide you through the steps to identify suspicious moles that could potentially be melanoma.

Skin & Nail Issues Associated With Children’s Sports

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Children’s sports come with a host of benefits, both physically and socially. If your child plays sports, you want to remain aware of how the sport can impact their body. Along with muscle issues and general body aches, a child may deal with problems associated with their skin and nails.

As a child spends extended time in sports, you may notice a wide variety of issues that you may seek the services of a dermatologist for. Below are some of the more common issues to look for and the many reasons why a routine check-up could benefit children who play sports.

Protect Your Skin: 7 Signs of Hormone-Related Skin Problems

Face With AcneHormones have a significant impact on your skin’s health and appearance. Fluctuations in hormone levels can disrupt the delicate balance of your skin. This can lead to various skin concerns. Understanding how hormone imbalance affects your skin can help you maintain healthy skin. Here are seven common ways in which hormone imbalance can affect your skin:

Onycholysis: Causes and Treatments

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Onycholysis is a condition where the nail separates from the nail bed. It can affect both the fingernails and the toenails, and it can have various causes. Some of the common causes are trauma, infection, allergic reactions, psoriasis, thyroid disorders, and certain medications. Onycholysis can also be a sign of more serious health problems, such as diabetes, anemia, or heart disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Traction Alopecia

Woman Holding Her Hair — New Bern, NC — East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC Alopecia (hair loss) can occur for a wide variety of reasons, from hormonal changes and chemotherapy treatment to genetic predisposition or even unconscious hair pulling. However, another type of hair loss, traction alopecia, can sneak up on you if you regularly wear your hair in styles that place the follicles under tension.

Fortunately, you can protect your hair against this problem once you understand exactly what causes it, what symptoms to watch out for, how medical treatment can help, and how to avoid damaging your hair follicles. Take a look at the answers to some frequently asked questions about traction alopecia.

Common Causes Of Hair Loss

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Have you noticed your hair is thinning, your hairline is receding, or an excessive amount of hair falls out while brushing or showering? If yes, you’re likely suffering from hair loss, also called alopecia.

While some hair loss is normal, excessive hair loss can cause feelings of self-consciousness. If you’re concerned about hair loss, you need to visit a dermatologist who will determine the cause and explore possible treatments.

But to help you narrow down the possible causes of your hair loss, we’ve listed the most common causes below.

Reasons Sunscreen Is Important for the Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the body and shields your body from the sun’s rays — your skin needs adequate protection, too.

Adding sunscreen to your daily routine can help you protect your skin. Sunscreen, also known as sunblock, protects the face and body by absorbing  some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Generally, the higher the Sun Protection Factor (SPF), the better the sunscreen.

Your skin will benefit from the daily use of sunscreen in the following ways.

How to Screen for Skin Cancer at Home

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer today, affecting about 20% of Americans at some point. With early diagnosis and treatment, even the deadliest skin cancer (melanoma) has a 99% survival rate when caught and treated early.
Monthly skin exams, which you can easily perform at home, are the best way to check for skin cancer in its earliest stages. Fortunately, home skin exams are easier than you might think. Read on to learn how to evaluate your skin for signs of skin cancer in the convenience and privacy of your own home.