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By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
May 26, 2020
Category: Dermatology

Are You Keeping a Good Skincare Routine?

If you want to keep your skin young and healthy-looking, you need to maintain a good skincare routine. Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke H. O'Steen are dermatologists at Anderson Skin and Cancer Clinic located in Anderson, Abbeville, and Seneca, SC. They can help you with your skincare problems.

Top Tips For Caring For your Skin

Rehydrate: Drinking enough water is vital for helping your liver and kidneys flush toxins from your body. Ideally, you should drink 6-8 glasses of water each day. Avoid substituting your glasses of water with sugar and additive-laden carbonated beverages.

Exfoliate: Using skin exfoliants will help to prevent a buildup of dead skin cells, which can cause blocked pores and lead to irritating skin conditions. You can use either a body scrub in the shower or a soft-bristled brush to slough off dead skin.

Exercise: Physical activity boosts your metabolism and will help release toxins from your body. It doesn’t matter whether you spend an hour at the gym, run for five miles or walk for twenty minutes each day, you will soon feel the benefits.

Cleanse: Using a skin-cleansing mask, such as bentonite clay will help draw the impurities from your skin. It will cleanse your pores, soften your skin and leave you with a healthy glow.

Visit your dermatologist: Anderson residents who have ongoing skin issues such as psoriasis or eczema benefit from regular visits to their dermatologists.

Relax: Excessive stress very quickly has a negative effect on your body that will soon show up in the form of dry and pale skin, dark circles, and puffy skin around the eyes.

Eat well: A balanced diet is essential for healthy skin. Eliminate refined sugars, saturated fats, and processed foods. Eat plenty of organic fruit and vegetables every day.

Are you looking for a dermatologist? If so, call Dr. Quarterman or Dr. O’Steen at their Anderson office on (864) 224-7577, at there Seneca office on (864) 882-7747, and at their Abbeville office on 1-800-922-SKIN.

By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
April 22, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Shingles  

According to research, one in three Americans will have shingles in his or her lifetime. It's a painful rash that typically develops on one side of the face or whole body. It consists of blisters that scab over within a few weeks, and the condition fully heals within two to four. Symptoms progress over time, and before the rash even appears, people often notice pain, itching, or tingling in the area where it will emerge. In rare cases, shingles on the face can cause vision loss. This condition is only treatable by a dermatologist, and at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, we have three convenient locations for patients near Anderson, SC, Seneca, and Abbeville.

Signs and Symptoms

Shingles require a medical diagnosis because signs and symptoms are often associated with other conditions, like hives, psoriasis, or eczema. When contracting shingles, our Anderson, SC, Seneca, and Abbeville patients can expect to experience oversensitivity or the sensation of pins and needles inside the skin. They may also notice the following:

  • Blisters, scabs, ulcers
  • Itching and burning
  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • Fever, headache, chills

What Are My Treatment Options?

Shingles are preventable by vaccine, and treated by your dermatologist should they occur. Several antiviral and anti-inflammatory medications are available for treatment, and the type administered will depend on the severity of the condition. Calamine lotion and colloidal oatmeal baths will soothe rashes, itching, and scratching. You may also find it beneficial to apply ice to reduce pain and discomfort. If blisters arise on the skin, cleanse them daily to decrease your risk of infection.

Anyone who's had chickenpox can contract shingles. If you're experiencing symptoms of this torturous condition, consult with our dermatologist to discuss treatment. For more information about shingles, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with our staff, please call (864) 224-7577 for our Anderson, SC, location, (864) 882-7747 for our Seneca office, and 1-800-922-SKIN for our Abbeville location.

By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
February 19, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rashes  

Find out what could be causing your rash and when to see a doctor.

Rashes come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are itchy, red, raised or painful. Just about everyone will experience a rash at some point in their lives and most rashes will go away on their own; however, sometimes it’s important to pinpoint the cause of your rash so you know when it’s time to seek treatment from one of our Anderson, SC, dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman or Dr. Luke O’Steen.

Some common types of noninfectious rashes include,

  • Contact, atopic and seborrheic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Drug-related rash
  • Miliaria (heat rash)

Common types of infectious rashes include,

  • Athlete’s foot (fungus)
  • Ringworm (fungus)
  • Shingles (viral)
  • Herpes simplex types 1 and 2 (viral)
  • Impetigo (bacterial)
  • Pityriasis rosea (viral)
  • Scabies (parasitic)
  • Chickenpox (viral)
  • Folliculitis (bacterial)

While these are not all the causes for rashes these are the most common types that our Anderson, SC, skin doctors examine and diagnosis more often. If you are noticing a new rash it’s best to play it safe and schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists to make sure that you are treating the rash properly.

You should also come in for a checkup if the rash,

  • Covers most of your body
  • Continues to spread
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Appears suddenly and is severe
  • Is painful
  • Looks infected
  • Develops blisters

A board-certified dermatologist can diagnose the rash and provide you with fast, effective treatment. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the cause of your rash. Some rashes may require antibiotics or antifungal medications while over-the-counter medications (e.g. antihistamines) may be all you need. If the rash isn’t caused by an infection, our doctors can provide you with ways to manage your symptoms.

Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic has offices in Seneca, Abbeville and Anderson, SC, to serve you better. If you are dealing with a painful, widespread or worsening rash then call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.

By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
October 29, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

Find out when it’s time to see a dermatologist about your acne symptoms.

Are you having trouble getting your acne under control? Do you feel like it’s a losing battle between you and your acne? There are many Acnereasons people turn to our Anderson, SC, dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen for help. Whether you are feeling embarrassed by your appearance or your acne outbreaks are getting worse it’s important that you have a doctor you can turn to for more effective skin care.

 

What causes acne?

While hormones can certainly cause acne there are other reasons acne can surface including:

  • Certain medications
  • Genetics
  • Overactive glands
  • Emotional stress
  • Diets high in dairy

All of these factors can contribute to breakouts. Also the type of acne you’re dealing with can also give our Anderson, SC, skin doctors some insight into what could possibly be causing your breakouts. Determining the cause will help us determine the best approach for treating the type of acne you have.

 

How can you reduce breakouts?

There are simple measures you can take everyday to protect your skin from acne. Some of these habits include:

  • Washing your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day
  • Not popping or squeezing pimples, which can make them worse or cause scarring
  • Keeping your hands off your face
  • Disinfecting your cell phone screen twice a day
  • Washing bedding (including pillowcases) at least once a week
  • Wearing sunscreen before going outside
  • Using makeup and hair products that are oil-free and are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores
  • Managing your stress
  • Staying hydrated

Any over-the-counter acne product you use will take time to work. There is no miracle or overnight cure; therefore, if you don’t see results right away this doesn’t necessarily mean that the product doesn’t work. It can take up to 12 weeks to see whether an acne medication or product is effective.

 

When should I see a dermatologist?

It’s a good idea to see a qualified skincare professional for acne treatment if:

  • You haven’t officially been diagnosed with acne before (there are a lot of other skin conditions that can resemble acne)
  • Your acne is getting worse
  • You have deep, painful nodules or cystic acne
  • Your acne could be caused by certain medications (e.g. steroids)
  • Your skin makes you feel self-conscious or embarrassed

If you are looking for a dermatologist in Anderson, Seneca, or Abbeville, SC, who can get your acne outbreaks under control then call Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic to schedule a consultation.

By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
May 30, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin cancer   Melanoma  

How your dermatologists in Anderson, SC, can help treat your skin cancer

There are many types of skin cancer, each with a different level of seriousness. While melanoma is one of the more serious types of skin cancer, it is indeed treatable if it is coupled with early detection and early treatment.

With several convenient office locations in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, the dermatologists here at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offer a full range of cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments including melanoma treatment. Read on to learn more about their life-saving treatments!

More about melanoma treatments

The first step in dealing with skin cancer is prevention. Always put on a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, and SPF 30 or higher if you spend a lot of time outside. In addition to sunscreen, you should do a self-check of your skin regularly and look for moles or discolorations that have:

  • A change in color
  • A change in size or height
  • An irregular, asymmetrical shape
  • Irregular, poorly-defined borders
  • A diameter larger than 6 millimeters

You should also pay attention to any moles, discolorations, or abnormalities that are painful, itchy, or bleeding. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, seek out the services of your dermatologist for a comprehensive skin examination, and skin biopsy (a type of screening that determines which kind of skin cancer you have). If you are diagnosed with melanoma, it’s vital that you begin treatment immediately.

Some of the most common treatments for melanoma and other skin cancers include:

  • Surgical excision to remove the cancerous tissue
  • Radiation therapy to kill cancerous cells
  • Chemotherapy used in combination with surgery and radiation to eliminate cancerous tissue
  • Mohs micrographic surgery to remove skin cancer layer-by-layer
  • Medicated creams to boost your body’s ability to fight skin cancer

 

Give us a call!

To find out more about treatment for melanoma and other skin cancers, call the dermatologists at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, with offices in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, South Carolina. Call today!