Posts for tag: Dermatologist

December 20, 2021
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist  

At the Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases, we can work with a dermatologist in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, to keep your skin healthy and clean. However, you can also take several steps to protect your skin from drying out and getting damaged. The following simple steps are all things you can do yourself. Each will provide noticeable benefits for your skin.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

This point may seem obvious but is more complex than you might think because people don't understand what makes their skin dry. Many factors can trigger dry skin, including a lack of proper hydration. Make sure you keep drinking water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. A good water bottle can help, mainly if you buy a model that keeps the water cool throughout the day.

Don't forget to use a moisturizer on your skin throughout the day. Add some to your skin after you shower and throughout the day as you feel it drying up. You may need to add more depending on where you spend time. For example, if your office has a very dry atmosphere, you may find your skin drying out more quickly and need more moisturizer here than you would normally.

Take Good Care of Your Skin

Exfoliation is a process that a dermatologist in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, can help you with at any time. However, you can also exfoliate at home by using a light scrub with warm water. This process opens up your pores, gets rid of dead skin, and helps the rest of your skin feel moist. You probably don't need to do an exfoliation more than once a week to get good results.

It would be best if you also avoided excessive temperatures when showering or washing. It does feel great to run that hot water every morning in your shower, but it quickly dries out your skin. Here's a cool trick you can use: keep the water very hot until it builds up steam in your room and wash with lukewarm water. This step makes your shower seem hotter without drying out your skin in the process.

Work With a Professional

Call us at Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases to work with a dermatologist in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, and keep your skin moist. Call our Sandy Springs office at (404) 252-4333, Roswell at (770) 751-1133, Alpharetta at (770) 664-5225, or Cumming at (770) 844-1902 to get started on the path towards healthier skin.

February 18, 2021
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Mole   Dermatologist  
When To See a Dermatologist for a Mole
Worried that all those years of sunbathing have caught up with you? Do you have a family history of skin cancer? If so, these might be reasons to turn to a dermatologist every year for skin cancer screenings. These dermatology screenings can help us catch cancerous lesions early on when they are highly treatable. Of course, you should also be performing your own monthly examinations, checking your skin from head to scalp, to look for skin cancer. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for,

Remember Your ABCDEs

This easy-to-remember acronym will help you spot those signs of skin cancer whenever you examine moles yourself. This is what it stands for,
  • A is for asymmetry: A healthy mole will be perfectly circular and symmetrical. If you find that half of the mole is shaped differently from the other half, this could be a sign of pre-cancerous growth.
  • B is for a border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border. If the mole has a jagged or an even or poorly defined border, it’s time to visit your dermatologist.
  • C is for color: A healthy mole will remain a singular color throughout your life. If the mole changes color or develops multiple colors this could be a sign of skin cancer.
  • D is for diameter: A healthy mole is typically smaller than a pencil eraser (under 5mm). Moles over 5mm, or larger than a pencil eraser, may be cause for concern. Large moles warrant seeing a dermatologist.
  • E is for evolving: A healthy mole will remain the same over the course of your lifetime. So, if you notice it changing at all then it’s worth having a dermatologist look at it.
Lookout for These Moles, Too

Along with remembering your ABCDEs, it’s also a good idea to look for,
  • New moles: Just because you develop a new mole doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s cancerous; however, if you start noticing any new moles developing past the age of 20 (particularly on the face, neck, shoulder, or other sun-exposed areas), this warrants an evaluation with a skincare professional.
  • Troublesome moles: Do you have a mole that bleeds, itches, crusts over, or is painful or tender? If so, the mole should be checked out.
If you have a growth that has you concerned, a skin doctor can easily examine and biopsy the growth to determine if it’s cancerous. If it is, we offer a variety of treatment options that can remove the cancerous growth and help you get back to living your life.