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Cold Weather Skincare: 5 Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy When It’s Cold

11/17/2015 | Dermatology

As late fall weather rolls into the Midwest, the temperature starts to drop. Cold weather can have adverse effects on your skin. Specifically, it can cause your skin to dry out. As autumn gives way to winter, you need a cold weather strategy to keep your skin healthy. Here are 5 ways you can keep your skin moist and healthy when it’s cold. 1. Moisturize. A good moisturizer can be your best friend in the colder months of the year. Find one you like, and make sure to apply at least once a day.…

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When is a Mole Not a Mole? 4 Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

07/01/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDermatology

Most people have moles on their bodies somewhere. Generally, you probably do not give your moles a second thought. They are a feature of your skin that maybe you have always had. Sometimes however, moles can be telltale signs that something is wrong. Here are 4 warning signs that a mole may actually melanoma, a form of skin cancer. 1. An oddly shaped mole. If you have a mole that has an asymmetrical shape, or an uneven outline, it could be a melanoma. 2. Cluster moles. Moles are usually…

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Skin Care for Sunny Days

06/03/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDermatology

Summer brings more people outside and it is important to review the consequences of extended exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. While skin cancer is on the rise, it can be prevented by limiting and avoiding exposure to the sun’s radiation and by monitoring changes in one’s own skin. It is also important to catch in early development. Some people are at a higher risk for sun damage than others. Risk factors include: Fair skin History of sunburns Excessive sun exposure Presence…

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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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