Patient Question: I have brown, sun damage spots on my chest that are making me look older than I am. As a kid, we never wore sunscreen and even though I haven’t spent much time in the sun since, these spots seem to be gaining momentum. Is there anything I can do on my own like creams, serums, or diet? I’ve read on the internet that directly applying apple cider vinegar and lemon on these spots can fade them. Is that true or do I really need a more intense treatment? Dr. Robi
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it doesn’t have to be. What can you do to protect yourself? •Avoid excessive UV light exposure from both the sun and tanning beds. •Pay attention to changes to your skin and tell your doctor if you notice something different. •Get an annual full body skin exam with your dermatologist. C.N. (we use our patient’s initials to protect her identity) might have dismissed a change in a birthmark because she’d had it since childhood.
We want to emphasize the fact that knowledge is powerful, preventative, and life saving. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends annual full-body skin exams because early detection of skin cancer is the key to beating it. If we find something, we do a biopsy. It is truly better to know so you can take action. We urge you to set up an appointment today so you can keep on being the amazing person you are! Just like breast self-exams, checking your own skin every month sh
Patient Question: Does getting a base tan at a tanning salon protect and prepare me for my tropical vacation this winter? Robin Evans, MD Replies: No, it does not. I hope all my patients know how strongly I feel about protecting the skin from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. UVA radiation is so powerful it penetrates glass and can damage your skin even if you’re indoors or inside a car. To mimic these effects, tanning beds and booths emit ultraviolet radiation too. I do n