FOREVER YOUNG: WHY STARTING AN ANTI-AGING PROGRAM EARLY MAKES SENSE

Tick Tock..Is it time for an anti-aging program yet? We all want to get old of course, but none of us want to look the part – and with a solid anti-aging strategy, we don’t have to. The key is to start your anti aging program early and never let up. Anti-aging skincare should start as early as your 20s (if not well before), and it starts with just saying no to tanning. “Exposure to the sun’s UV light does more than increase our risk of skin cancer,” explains Beverly Hills Dermatologist Sameer Bashey, MD. “It…

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Skin Cancer Detection

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer, as it can spread quickly throughout the body if not treated at an early stage. The good news is that early detection is the best defense against deadly skin cancers. Regular check ups and screenings every 6-12 months with your Dermatologist can literally be life-saving. Consult with your dermatologist immediately if you see any abnormal changes to your skin, such as new moles or irregular dark spots. And don’t forget…

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Ditch the Dark Spots

Discoloration is a fact of life. The sooner you see dark spots and brown patches has a lot to do with heredity and lifestyle, but by a certain age, we all get some. There are several factors that cause skin to become darker (hyperpigmentation), starting with an increase in melanin, the substance which regulates pigment. Primarily, hyperpigmentation is caused by exposure to the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. But dark spots can also appear due to melasma and after acne or other skin trauma. Of course, the worst culprit is cumulative sun exposure, says…

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – and it is also the start of the summer season when most of us will be spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. According to Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc, New York plastic surgeon, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and the rates of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer,  have been rising steadily for the past three decades. Basal Cell Carcinomas (most common form of skin cancer) and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (the second most common form) are caused primarily by sun exposure,…

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First Signs of Spring

The first day of Spring is finally in our sights. In many parts of the country, the first sign of tulips and green leaves on the trees with birds chirping will bring a welcome relief from a cold, harsh winter. And the anticipation of spring making its way is also a reminder that it’s time to step up your skin care regimen as the seasons are changing. Springtime will naturally be about spending time outdoors, running, jogging, playing sports and taking the kids and dogs to the park. So your first defense against UV rays and…

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What’s Growing on Your Skin?

As a dermatologist, Dr. Zein Obagi will always recommend that you monitor all the bumps and growths on your skin for changes. Doing a simple body check on yourself at home every few months can literally save your life – especially when you consider that early detection is the most important weapon we have against deadly skin cancer. So go see your dermatologist for an annual skin check or sooner, if you find something that looks suspicious or is changing or if you have a family history of any form of skin cancer. However, not all…

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