It’s important to be able to spot the warning signs of skin cancer.
From the office of Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen located in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Here is what to look for when it comes to skin cancer and when you should come into our office for a consultation.
Know Your ABCDEs
The ABCDE method is one of the best methods that you could follow for determining whether or not a mole requires further medical attention. While this method tends to refer to skin changes associated with melanoma, remember that there are other types of skin cancer, as well.
Asymmetry: In a healthy mole, you should be able to draw an imaginary line down the middle and see that both sides are mirror images in terms of size, shape and color. If one side has an uneven or ragged border, then it is time for the mole to be examined.
Border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border that is even and smooth. If you notice that the mole’s border is poorly defined or is jagged or oddly shaped, then it is worth investigating further.
Color: Moles come in many different shades of brown; however, a healthy mole should only be a single color. If you notice multiple shades or colors in a mole, this could be a sign of skin cancer.
Diameter: While not always the case, most healthy moles are usually less than the size of a pencil eraser. Melanoma is often larger than 6mm; however, early-stage melanoma can be smaller.
Evolving: It is important that you examine your skin regularly so that you are able to spot changes to your moles. Healthy moles do not change much over the years, it is the ones that do change that need a closer examination from a medical professional. If you notice any growths that itch, crust over or bleed, then you need to make an appointment.
Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offers clinics in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Regardless of whether you are noticing changes to a mole or you just want to schedule a routine skin cancer screening, don’t hesitate to call our office today. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.
Psoriasis is a genetic condition that affects the skin. Symptoms include patches of redness, flakiness, and white scales. There is no cure for psoriasis, but effective treatments are available for alleviating psoriasis symptoms. A dermatologist can discuss treatment options with you. At Anderson Skin and Cancer Clinic, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen are your dermatologists in Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson, SC, for the treatment of psoriasis.
Children and adults can both be affected by psoriasis. Following the first psoriasis flare-up, symptoms will continue returning periodically throughout a person’s life. Symptoms of psoriasis include the appearance of red patches and white flaky scales on the skin. Symptoms are often the result of an overactive immune system, which causes the growth cycle of skin cells to speed up. That means new skin cells are maturing at a faster rate than normal so the body is not able to shed them quickly enough. Skin cells build up and cause redness, flakiness, and scaling.
Flare-ups most commonly occur on the elbows, knees, and trunk of the body. It is possible for a flare-up to appear in other areas of the body, as well. Although psoriasis is genetic, various factors can trigger a flare-up, including:
- Skin injuries
- Allergic reactions to medications
Treatments for Psoriasis
Several prescription and over-the-counter options are available for treating psoriasis. Over-the-counter remedies can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of mild psoriasis flare-ups. Over-the-counter products include anti-itch lotions and creams, bath solutions, and special moisturizers. Moderate to severe cases of psoriasis are best treated by a Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson dermatologist who can prescribe an oral medication, light therapy, or biologics. Biologics are injected and work by suppressing the immune system, which tends to be overactive in patients with psoriasis.
You do not have to struggle with the symptoms of psoriasis. There are several effective treatments that can help. A dermatologist can recommend one for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Quarterman or Dr. O’Steen, call one of their three office locations. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.
Are you one of the 50 million Americans who struggles with acne? It's a chronic skin condition that causes bumps, pimples, and scarring on the skin. If you’re tired of looking in the mirror only to see a new acne pimple forming, it may be time to get help from a dermatologist at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic in Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson, SC.
Acne: What Causes It?
Preteens and teenagers are usually the most common victims of acne, as the skin tends to flare up when their hormones are raging, but this skin condition can also show up in adulthood. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 80 percent of people ages 11 to 30 have breakouts. It’s an aggravating and unpredictable problem that can affect a patient’s self-image and self-esteem. It’s caused by the overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands in the skin. The oil mixes with bacteria and old skin cells, causing irritation, raised red bumps, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Acne Treatment Options
Washing your skin with an over the counter acne cleansing formula at home may not be enough. See a Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson dermatologist for the latest treatments to get better results, faster. They include:
- Grading the acne to determine the severity of the case so that it can be treated properly.
- Prescription-strength topical medicine (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or antibiotic treatment).
- Oral antibiotic therapy to neutralize bacteria.
- Isotretinoin (a medication for severe acne).
- Recommendation for birth control pills for some patients.
- Laser therapy to reduce bacteria.
- Chemical peel (removes a layer of skin).
- Drainage and extraction of acne cysts.
It may seem impossible to avoid acne, but there are daily steps you can take to reduce the chances of a major breakout. Take better care of your skin and overall health in these ways:
- Improve your nutrition (eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods). Avoid junk and processed foods.
- Use a skin moisturizer and gentle cleanser that is designed specifically for your skin type (your Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson dermatologist can help you with that).
- Reduce your exposure to the sun and avoid tanning beds.
- Avoid picking at, squeezing, or touching the skin, even when acne sores appear. Stick to the treatment steps recommended by your skin doctor.
Controlling Your Acne
It may take some time and patience, but with assistance from your dermatologist, you can reduce the appearance of acne on your face. Call Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic in Seneca, Abbeville, or Anderson, SC, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Quarterman or Dr. Luke O'Steen.
How can Botox help you look younger?
When you smile, do you see fine lines and wrinkles forming in your face? These are the early signs of aging, and fortunately, there is something you can do about them. It’s called Botox, and it’ helps to smooth your wrinkles and fine lines. Your dermatologists at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic want to share the magic of Botox and what it can do for you. They have several office locations in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC to serve all of your dermatology needs.
Your body changes as you age, and so does your skin. The result is the development of fine lines and wrinkles along lines of expression around your eyes, forehead and other areas of your face.
Botox works beneath the skin's surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow's feet to form over time. Botox is injected into the muscle to temporarily reduce their activity. It smooths out the skin, giving you a more youthful look. It will reduce the appearance of:
- Lines at the corners of your eyes, known as crow’s feet
- Lines between your eyebrows, known as glabella
- Lines running across your forehead, known as furrows
Botox is injected using a tiny needle, with minimal to no discomfort. The amount of injections you need depends on the areas being treated. You can expect to see results in 3 to 7 days, and results usually last up to 4 months.
For more detailed information about Botox, please visit the Botox page on the website at https://www.andersonskinandcancerclinic.com/botox.html
It’s time to say goodbye to the early signs of aging and hello to Botox. You deserve to look your best so call your dermatologists at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, with offices in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC. Call today!
Find out simple yet effective ways to protect your skin and keep it healthy.
Whether you spend a lot of time outside soaking up the sun’s rays or you suffered from some pretty nasty sunburns as a child, there are many factors that can increase your chances of developing skin cancer. Fortunately, our dermatologists at Anderson Skin and Cancer Cilnic in Anderson and Seneca, SC, are here to provide you with a plethora of ways to protect your skin and reduce your chances of skin cancer:
Know When to Seek Shade
The sun’s rays are their strongest between the hours of 10AM-4PM, so if you want to truly protect your skin you’ll want to stay in and avoid the sun during these hours. Of course, we understand that it isn’t always possible to hide out (particularly if you work outdoors), so we offer some other helpful hints for when you do have to go outside during these peak times.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun and it’s such a simple step you can take. Wearing sunscreen that provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays is necessary. Also look for a sunscreen that contains at least an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside and be generous when it comes to putting it on. Be sure to always reapply after sweating or swimming.
Protect Against Sunburns
One of the worst things for your skin is to get sunburned. While this happens to a lot of people, make sure that you and your family always wear protective clothing, hats and sunscreen when outside. It’s always a good idea to keep newborns out of the sun as much as possible. Once your little one turns six months old you can start applying sunscreen whenever your baby goes outside.
Stay Away from Tanning Beds
It should go without saying that using a tanning bed is so very dangerous for the health of your skin. Decades ago people didn’t quite understand the extent of damage tanning beds could cause their skin, but now we do. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people who have used a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their chances of developing melanoma by about 75 percent.
Get Professional Screenings in Anderson and Seneca, SC
It’s always a good idea, even if you do stay out of the sun often enough, to come in once a year for a professional skin cancer screening. While you should be performing self-exams every month so that you can detect changes that might warrant a trip to our office, it’s best to play it safe and visit us annually, too.
Skin cancer can be scary, but it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can trust to make sure that you get the quality skin care you deserve. Whether you want to schedule a skin cancer screening or you have questions about your skin care regime, call Anderson Skin and Cancer Clinic, your dermatologist in Anderson and Seneca, SC who can help.
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