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A, B, C, D, E’S of Skin Cancer U need to know

July 1st, 2015

A is for Asymmetrical

The benign mole below  is not asymmetrical. If you draw a line through the middle, the two sides will match, meaning it issymmetrical. If you draw a line through the malignant mole, the two halves will not match, meaning it is asymmetrical, a warning sign for melanoma.

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B is for Border

A benign mole has smooth, even, borders unlike melanoma. The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.

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C is for Color

Most benign moles are all one color— often a single shade of brown. Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, white or blue (black).

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D is for Diameter
Benign moles usually have a smaller diameter than malignant ones. Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the eraser on your pencil tip (¼ inch or 6mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

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E is for Evolving

Common, benign moles look the same over time. Be on the alert when a mole starts to evolve or change in any way. When a mole is evolving, see a doctor. Any change — in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting — points to danger.

 

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The last letter is not sequential…but neither is the skin cancer:

 U is for Unusual

 

Skin cancers are evolving.  Sometimes the cancers won’t be as obvious as they are here.  Amelanotic melanomas don’t fit the classic ABCD criteria.  They appear as a small waxy looking mole or even a pearlized whitehead that bleeds.  Clinically, these are among the toughest to diagnose, but also of the utmost importance.  Because they are often so unimpressive to look at, they are presumed to be of little consequence, whereas in fact, they are every bit as dangerous (if not more so) than pigmented melanomas.

Be safe! See your dermatologist anytime you find and unusual mole on your skin. Better yet, get an annual skin and mole check. 

Photos and definition ABCE courtesy of SkinCancer.org

 

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Reversing Summer Sun Damage

June 24th, 2015
Freckles from Sun Damage

Freckles from Sun Damage

You know the importance of a good sunscreen, you know how to apply and use the sunscreen….but what happens that one time you forgot this      summer, and you ended up with sunburn?  Or you just got a “tan” not even a burn (i.e. tan = skin damage)

Unfortunately, sun damage isn’t only skin-deep. And your skin has a very long memory when it comes to sun exposure.  The UV radiation from  the sun can change the actual DNA of your skin cells and cause lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and even cancer.   Here are some tips to minimize the   long term damage and even help repair your skin:

1)      MOST important:  Burn no more.  Protect yourself.  This is always the best way to stop accumulated damage.   Use a good sunscreen  faithfully every day, year round, even on cloudy days.  Be especially vigilant on days that you will be outdoors.  If you are around water or direct sun, reapply your sunscreen periodically.  Our sunscreen is the best broad spectrum sunscreen on the market today.  To maximize the sunscreen’s protection, apply it 30 minutes before exposure.

2)      To smooth out your skin, and get rid of those dead skin cells that accumulate, Exfoliate with a good chemical exfoliator, like the A-Cute Derm rejuvenating lotion.  An non-buffered glycolic acid.  Call or email to find the right strength for your skin.  Bear in mind, that you must use a sunscreen in conjunction with any glycolic acid to protect your skin.

3)      If you find you have acquired brown spots, use a good skin bleach like the Pro-C Skin Lightening Crème.  An extremely effective formulation combining AHA’s  Salicylic Acid, Hydroquinone, Bearberry and Kojic Acid.  It goes in deep to  get to the root of the discoloration.  This works much better than Hydroquinone “only” formulations.

4)      Arm your skin with antioxidants and vitamins.   We have a number of products that will heal your skin and actually can reverse some sun damage. Topping the list is the A-Cute Derm Grape Seed Serum.  This natural antioxidant has the highest bio-availability in the industry.  It enhances dermal Vitamin A performance and reduces the premature destruction of Vitamin C.  It also stabilizes collagen and elastin while protecting dermal connective tissue.  It will repair damage from the sun.

We hope you have a lot of “fun in the sun” this summer.  Just remember to practice “safe sun” and protect your skin every day to look and feel your best year round.

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A Thanksgiving Story

November 26th, 2014

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. 

The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?” The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.” 

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? 

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear. 

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling. And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!

Author: Unknown, story from goodtimestories.com 

As we observe Thanksgiving Day this year, let us take stock and consider the sheer magnificence of our blessings. Stop and reflect on why we have so much. Remember our rich national history, and those who fought to preserve this great land. 
 
Thank you for sharing this time with us.  We appreciate all of you!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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What makes Emu Oil so special?

November 14th, 2014

E2 Serum

  • Reduces inflammation of the skin.
  • Superb for patients with Eczema, Psoriasis or Rosacea.
  • Burns – promotes faster healing.
  • Minimizes pain and possible scarring. Wonderful for kitchen and curling iron burns.
  • Joints – reduces pain, swelling and stiffness. Arthritis patients love it!
  • Wounds – when applied to recent wounds it accelerates healing and reduces scar tissue formation.
  • Anti-inflammatory – quickly dissipates redness.
  • Insect bites crave this! Stinging and itching are quickly stopped when applied. 

E2 Lipid Crème

  • Highly effective moisturizer – greaseless, mild to the skin and rapidly absorbed by the skin.
  • Loaded with Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids
  • Fragrance-free – Use day or night. Fabulous under makeup
  • Skin remains moist 3-4 times longer than traditional moisturizers.
  • Great after shaving!
  • Improves the body’s normal healing process.

Try one or both of these amazing products.  You will love it, too!

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Keeping Your Summer Skin Radiant This Fall

November 7th, 2014
As fall weather approaches cooler, drier air will play havoc with our skin. Just like the summer clothes that fill your closet, it is time to put a few pieces away that simply do not work with the change in weather. It is no different with your skin care products and even your regimen. Here are tips for fall to keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy.
  • Reassess your body cleanser:  you want moisture laden ingredients like ahas (lactic acid), vitamin B…Give our Smooth As Silk Cleanser a try.
  • Use a body polish:  you want to exfoliate more often due to the more drying effects of fall.  Do not use scrubs as they scratch the skin.  Our Exfoliating Cleanser is loaded with jojoba spheres in a moisturizing base.
  • Moisturize daily: Hydrate your skin as cooler, drier air saps your skin of water and oils.  Serums are perfect.  Try Grape Seed Serum and E2 Lipid Hand and Body Lotion.
  • Mask weekly: Hydrating Masks will deliver nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins to your face. Try Hydrofusion™  Strawberries & Crème or Pro-C® Moisturizing Masks.
  • Sunscreen: Your #1 nemesis for healthy skin never stops. In fact UVA radiation is always at 100% potency from sunrise to sunset, rain or shine. Use Pro-Tect® SPF20 or SPF30+.
  • Remember Your Feet: sandals, open toe shoes or simply going barefoot are replaced with closed toe shoes and boots. Take care of them so you can pop back in your sandals when the time comes.  Power Beads Body Polish is perfect.
  • Nail care needs help too: One tell-tale sign of cold weather is dry cuticles. Use our N2S Cuticle and Nail Conditioner 10 seconds three times a week can quickly take care of the cracked skin and nails and will keep a painful issue at bay.
  • Treat your hair: Hair becomes drier and more brittle. Use hair dryers less often or shorten your usage time as they dry out the scalp. A great trick is to add 1 drop of our Grape Seed Serum to your shampoo when you wash your hair.
  • Lips need help, too: Do not lick your lips as they will chap faster. Keep our Pro-Tect® SPF20 Lip Balm in your pocket or purse.
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What Is Salicylic Acid?

October 31st, 2014

Salicylic Acid (SA) is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) derived from willow tree bark, used to help clear and prevent acne pimples and blemishes. SA is in a class of medications called keratolytic agents, which are exfoliating ingredients. It actually penetrates into pores, dissolves dead skin build-up and sheds the top layer of skin and prevents pores from becoming trapped.

SA also treats acne by reducing swelling and redness and is effective at clearing mild acne without drying the skin. However, it has no effect on Propioni bacteria found in acne.

You can expect to see full results within a few weeks of using topical SA to treat acne or certain other skin conditions, Your condition may worsen during the first few days as the cleanser begins to open and cleanse the pores. It should be applied even after the acne has cleared to continue its exfoliating and cleansing benefits.

To prevent dryness or irritation, apply less often at first, and then gradually increase the application process after your skin has adjusted to treatment. Carefully follow the directions on the package label as it will tell you how to prepare your skin before you apply the cleanser.

Since salicylic acid can be slightly drying to the surface of the skin, it is advised not to use it with topical acne prescriptions, aggressive cleansers or astringents. For the best results, a balanced acne regimen with moisturizing and soothing products is recommended. Pregnant and nursing women should check with their physician about using salicylic acid since some advise against it.
B-Kleer™ Salcid™ Acne Face & Body Wash is a light, uplifting and refreshing cleanser that helps control and possibly eliminate mild to moderate breakouts. This gentle yet powerful formula utilizes a long-proven acne fighting ingredient that can prevent breakouts without over-drying or irritating your skin. This wash will rinse clean while leaving your skin feeling fresher, softer and smoother. is a light, uplifting and refreshing cleanser that helps control and possibly eliminate mild to moderate breakouts. This gentle yet powerful formula utilizes a long-proven acne fighting ingredient that can prevent breakouts without over-drying or irritating your skin. This wash will rinse clean while leaving your skin feeling fresher, softer and smoother.

 

 

 

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Hair Regrowth That Works

October 24th, 2014
Hair Regrowth That Works

There are many forms of hair loss with treatments galore that claim to restore a full head of hair and we should not underestimate the stigma associated with hair loss. The good news is that as long as you have some hair, or if dealing with radiation and cancer, once your treatments end, regrowth can occur.

Most programs today are expensive and range from topical products, specialized lasers that stimulate the scalp to oral prescription medication. Our policy has always been to offer high quality and high efficacy at moderate pricing.

Within the first two weeks you will begin to have a much cleaner scalp from the build-up of waxes [created by shampoos and other hair care products] and  there will be a significant drop-off of hair fallout. Over the next three to six month you will see real hairs, not just peach fuzz, as your hair will grow in fuller and thicker.

For our cancer patients, due to skin sensitivity which often accompanies chemotherapy, we recommend using these products two weeks following your last round of chemotherapy. Our products will help your hair come back faster and in the healthiest condition possible, though it will often return in a different color due to the damage to the hair cells by the chemo.

Our Professional Hair Growth System Kit is simple to use. We have 4 essential products that need to be used daily and will require 4 – 6 minutes during and following your bath or shower.

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Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam

October 16th, 2014

Step 1

Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your  shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.  Here’s  what you  should look for:

*Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
*Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion  or swelling.

If you see any of the following changes,    bring them to your doctor’s attention:

* Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
* A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple  (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
* Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

Step 2

Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

Step 3

While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky,  yellow fluid or blood).

Step 4

Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side – from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage. Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you’ve reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your rib cage.

 

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Kill bacteria on contact

February 21st, 2014

Antisepation™ Antimicrobial Cleansing Gel

Think that most antiseptic and/or antimicrobial cleansers KILL all or most bacteria? Better think again.

  • FACT: Most antibacterial agents and cleansers take 30 seconds to work.
  • FACT: Most do not kill anywhere near 99% of harmful bacteria
  • FACT: Most contain drying alcohols, which leaves skin vulnerable.
  • FACT: Most people only cleanse up to 5 seconds.
  • FACT: This all results in increased harmful bacteria.

Worried about H1N1, MRSA, or the seasonal flu? Anticipate it and fight it! Antisepation™ gel now comes in a new size, a 2.0 oz. travel bottle, as well as a 1.7 oz. foamer, both perfect for your purse, backpack, pocket or carry–on at the airport. Antiseption also kills 99.6 percent of MRSA within 2 minutes!

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Should We Be Scared of Every Ingredient?

February 21st, 2014

worriedPresent-day alarmists who utilize scare tactics by telling you how bad every ingredient is for you may be doing so purely for personal gain. We receive calls daily from medical patients to our professional accounts asking why we use ingredients that are ‘bad for you’. But, are they really bad for you?

First, are they legitimate questions? The proper answer is typically an emphatic ‘no’. Are they good questions? Yes, so let me explain as briefly as possible.

In the vast majority of ingredient questions, we tend to find individuals asking about ingredients based on something heard, read, or seen. My first question is where did the information come from and was there a legitimate, double-blind study to support it. Then, who or what is the source of the information. That being said, I can honestly state that most (70%) information on the internet and what we see in the media from tabloids to newspapers to talk-shows is not accurate.

Now, as an FDA registered firm, we must abide by the FDA regulations from packaging to text to what we use and can say about those ingredients. Are you aware that more than 80 percent of the skin care and make up industry is not regulated by the FDA! Companies can say whatever they want when they want until they hurt someone, or someone within the industry turns them in to the FDA for inaccurate ads or comments, at which time the FDA will being to investigate.

  • We are very concerned and critical of raw materials that we can and do use.
  • We do not use ingredients that are toxic.
  • We are very critical of using the least amount of anything that can cause contact dermatitis. Remember, everything we do starts with Dermatology and Oncology patients in a professional medical setting.
  • We utilize pharmaceutical-grade (99.9% pure) in most instances. We prefer not to use ‘cosmetic-grade’ ingredients as most firms do simply to save money. These already, by law, many contain up to 70 percent contaminants (bacteria) when they are made.
  • I can go on-and-on but it will be easier to address ingredients each and every month to give you the truth about what an ingredient is, does along with the medical and scientific studies or lack of them offer.

Should you have any question on a skin care  ingredient, whether we use it or not, please email me directly at bill@a-cutederm.com and I will try to answer your question.

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