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01/08/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDermatology

Affecting close to 7.5 million Americans, Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country. What is Psoriasis and what causes it? Psoriasis is a persistent, chronic skin disease that is autoimmune in nature. It causes skin cells to build up quickly on the surface of the skin forming thick silvery scales that are itchy, dry red patches that can sometimes be painful. Although the cause is unknown for Psoriasis, researchers know it is directly linked to the immune system and an environmental…

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Fun in the Sun

07/23/2013 | Treatments & ServicesDermatologyIU Health Physicians

With summer in full swing, here are some mid-season skincare reminders to help you enjoy the sun safely. Difference between “sunscreen” and “sunblock” – Chemical sunscreens filter ultraviolet light and reduce penetration into the skin. These include avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, oxybenzone and oxtinoxate. Most chemical sunscreens now protect from both UVA and UVB rays, but be sure to check labels for “broad spectrum coverage.” Physical sunblocks include…

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Laser Skin Treatment

07/18/2013 | Dermatology

Laser Skin Treatment Could Give You the Skin You Want. As the largest organ our body has, our skin can take a beating.  Through sun exposure, viruses and aging, our skin no longer looks like it did when we were younger.  Wouldn’t you love to change that?  Do you have unwanted blemishes, birthmarks or spider veins?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, laser skin treatment at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery could be your…

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Spending more time outside?

05/10/2012 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesDermatology

Don’t forget to protect your skin with these helpful tips. As we head outdoors to enjoy the warm spring weather, now is the perfect time to review the best ways to protect your skin from sun damage. It’s important to wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (spf) of 30 or higher when exposed to the sun for an extended period. Sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide provide the best protection and should be applied to your entire body before going outside. It’s best to…

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Winter Skin Care Tips

12/14/2011 | Treatments & ServicesDermatologyWellness

With winter comes the promise of merry outdoor activities like sledding and cross-country skiing, as well as a slew of opportunities for family activities and holiday celebrations in the toasty indoors. And along with all the enjoyable festivities of the winter season also comes exposure to dry, frigid wind and arid indoor heat, which can both be harmful to your skin. The effects of the dry winter air on your skin can range from the mild discomfort of dry, itchy skin that peels and flakes off,…

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How to Fight Acne

10/06/2011 | WellnessDermatology

It’s every teenager’s (and adult’s) nightmare: acne. Blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of pimples can be embarrassing, especially when they happen on your face or places that are visible to the public. The most common spots for breakouts are the face, chest, shoulders and back. Mild forms of acne can be treated and may improve with over-the-counter treatments. More severe forms of acne should be treated by a dermatologist. What is Acne? Both blackheads and whiteheads are caused…

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The C word: Know Before You Go Outside

07/13/2011 | SafetyCancerDermatology

Did you know that just one bad sunburn before the age of 18 can double your chances for cancer? It does. Your skin is like an elephant. It never forgets. Skin cancer, malignant melanoma, is a tumor that starts in your skin cells, which give your hair and skin color. It can spread like a wildfire through your body to your liver, your lungs, eyes, your hands, feet, tongue, feet and brain. It is the second most common cause of cancer in children and teenagers and one of the most common in young adults.…

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Slather, spread, whatever: Just wear sunscreen

05/31/2011 | CancerDermatology

I’m not sure I’d quite describe myself as a sunscreen slather-er yet. But I’m definitely becoming a regular sunscreen wearer. Before bike rides, I’ll apply some trusty SPF 30 to my arms, legs, my neck and ears. I love the outdoors, but also want to protect myself against skin cancer. Indiana had an estimated 1,200 new cases of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society. An estimated 8,700 in 2010 Americans died from melanoma…

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