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

Monday, December 14th, 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.

Asmmetrical Image 2

 

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.

B is for Border

 

 

 

 

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).

C is for color

 

 

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.

D is for diameter

 

 

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.

E is for evolving

 

 

 

 

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

 U is for Unusual

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

 

What Is Salicylic Acid?

Friday, 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.

 

 

 

Kill bacteria on contact

Friday, February 21st, 2014

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  • 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.

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