At Vanguard, we spend an incredible amount of time discussing the dangers of melanoma skin cancer. Many of these conversations are had behind closed doors during one-on-one exams with our patients. We also strive to educate the public through blogs, local news segments, and annual events and fundraisers. The reason we tend to give melanoma […]
How Do You Know if Your Sunscreen is Working?
As the days continue to warm and we find ourselves spending more time outdoors enjoying the sun, it’s important that we make sure we are applying high-quality sunscreen in a manner that offers all-day protection from harmful UV radiation. In this blog we will discuss a few tips for ensuring that your sunscreen is working […]
Nasal Tanning Spray – Just Stay Away
When did tanning become such a trend? It seems that more and more people are willing to do anything to get a golden sun-kissed look. Should they? Throughout much of history, pale skin was associated with wealth and royalty, and tanned skin was associated with lower social economic status and manual labor outdoors. Therefore, pale […]
What is the Difference Between Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas?
When discussing the risks and potential signs of skin cancer, melanomas tend to hog the spotlight. Due to its severity and the potential for a life-threatening prognosis, this form of skin cancer is the most dreaded of all. However, with melanoma diagnoses accounting for only 1% of total skin cancer cases, it’s important that we […]
Is Accutane (Isotretinoin) Worth It for Acne?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually.” Severity and duration of acne vary widely based on factors such as genetics, hormone changes, puberty, oil imbalance in the skin, stress, poor diet, application of certain cosmetic products, side […]
Is It a Tumor or a Cyst?
The experience of discovering something new growing on our skin is unsettling. As common as skin growths are, our first thoughts tend to veer toward the extreme: that our newly discovered bump or abnormal lesion is a sign of skin cancer. While this is a possibility that should always be taken seriously and assessed by […]
How to Select the Best Dermatologist
Outside the obvious deciding factors when choosing any medical professional (proximity to where you live, hours of operation, referrals from friends, online reviews) there are a few tips you can follow to find the best dermatologist for you who not only suits your personal tastes for professionalism and bedside manner but who has also been […]