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3 posts tagged "Dr. Robert J. Friedman"

Dial Your Derm: How Often Should You Put In A Call To Your Doctor?

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ ellenberg@ condenast.com.

How often should someone with relatively normal skin see a dermatologist?
A routine total body skin exam should be done on most individuals on an annual basis. Those with a family history of skin cancer, such as melanoma, or who have been diagnosed previously with skin cancer may need to see their dermatologist more frequently and should consult their doctor regarding what examination schedule makes sense based on theirindividual personal/family history and/or diagnosis. Other reasons people may opt to see their dermatologist more frequently outside of their maintenancecheckups include concerns such as acne, rosacea, or chronic conditions such as psoriasis.

During these maintenance checkups, dermatologists are focused on assessing any abnormalities that could indicate skin cancer such as changes in appearance to moles on the body and any other signs or symptoms that could indicate the possibility of skin cancer. The ABCDEs are a simple mnemonic tool that dermatologists employ to detect early warning signs of skin cancer during a routine appointment. A is for Asymmetry: a spot is not symmetrical and one half of a pigmented lesion is different from the other; B is for Border: the edges of a spot are poorly defined and irregularly shaped; C is for Color: the color is not uniform and may have different shades of tan, brown, black, and possibly red, white, and blue; D is for Diameter: the spot is growing and oftentimes may be the size of a pencil eraser or larger; and E is for Evolution: the spot is changing in any of [these ways].”

Dr. Robert J. Friedman is a clinical professor ofdermatology at the New York University School of Medicine. The co-editor of the seminal textbook Cancer of the Skin, he is an expert on melanoma and the chairman, CEO and founder of MD Solar Sciences, a product range devoted to advancing the science of sun protection.

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The Pigmentation Picture That’s Worth 1,000 Words

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ ellenberg@condenast.com.

I recently got one of those skin photographs at a MediSpa that shows you how the pigmentation that has already built up beneath the surface of your skin will reveal itself over the next five to ten years—and it was terrifying. How accurate are these things—and is there anything I can do now to reverse the photograph’s seeming inevitability?

“The use of a specialized light—Wood’s Lamp—can depict hidden UV damage that is not easily seen with a standard lamp. The specialized light indicates damage that has already been done. While it is possible to improve the appearance of the hyperpigmentation associated with sun damage by lightening the pigmentation with topical treatments, this is not undoing the damage that has been done to the skin; it is simply improving the appearance of the pigmentation resulting from the damage. While it can be alarming to many patients to see images of the sun damage on their skin, it is important to remember that these images are not necessarily an indication of skin cancer. Only your doctor can diagnose skin cancer, so consult your dermatologist if you have concerns and schedule regular checkups. Physical treatments such as laser ablation may have some effect on improving damage, but patients need to consult their doctor on whether this procedure is appropriate for them. Use of routine broad-spectrum sunscreen products can also help reduce damage associated with chronic UV exposure.”

Dr. Robert J. Friedman is a clinical professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine. The co-editor of the seminal textbook Cancer of the Skin, he is an expert on melanoma and the chairman, CEO, and founder of MD Solar Sciences, a product range devoted to advancing the science of sun protection.

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The Sunscreen/Tinted Moisturizer Hybrid: Does It Really Work?

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ ellenberg@condenast.com.

Is the SPF 15 in my tinted moisturizer enough to protect me from UV damage? Should I be layering an actual sunscreen with a different cosmetic product?

“The quick answer [to the first part of the questions] is generally no. Keep in mind that SPF protects against UVB radiation. UV-induced skin damage, photo-aging, and skin cancer is influenced by both UVA and UVB. Most tinted moisturizers with SPF 15 do not contain an adequate amount of UVA protection. Thus, be sure that your moisturizer/sunscreen contains broad spectrum UVA + UVB protection [and] be aware of ingredients when you choose your daily sunscreen/moisturizer.”

Dr. Robert J. Friedman is a clinical professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine. The co-editor of the seminal textbook Cancer of the Skin, he is an expert on melanoma and the chairman, CEO and founder of MD Solar Sciences, a product range devoted to advancing the science of sun protection.