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Little Patients
Dr. Michael Contreras gave some head to toe advice on caring for newborn skin. Read the full article in Colorado Health & Wellness Magazine.
 
Laser Promo Extended!
AboutSkin's Aesthetician, Christine Negley, is in a giving spirit this holiday season and would like to extend her 1540 non-ablative fractional laser promotion through January for those who were not able to get appointments in December. 

Regularly priced at $600 for a full face treatment - Renew Advantage Members will receive $200 off! Non-members receive $75 off!
  
Schedule this rejuvenating treatment today!  
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Banishing Blackheads

Blackheads occur when skin cells and oil get trapped in hair follicles and partially block the pore. Whiteheads are similar, but involve a completely blocked pore. Squeezing will likely aggravate the problem. Unclog pores and loosen dead skin cells by using a cleanser based in salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide.

 

Try AboutSkin's Clarifying SA (salicylic acid) facial wash ($20), or our 10% BP (benzoyl peroxide) wash for the body ($24). When using BP, avoid contact with colored fabric - as this may bleach. Do not use SA or BP if pregnant or nursing. 

 

Use a topical retinoid and oil-free moisturizer. Treating acne is a gradual process and you are unlikely to see immediate results --give yourself two to three months before you see positive changes in your skin.

 
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Happy Holidays from AboutSkin Dermatology. Thank you for allowing us to be your preferred dermatological care team. We wish you a happy and healthy 2014!
Joel L. Cohen, MD * Michael E. Contreras, MD
Samantha G. Stoler, MD * Stephen E. Ho, MD
Understanding Skin Cancer

Make a new year resolution to take better care of your skin in the coming year. Unfortunately, we see the devastating affects of skin cancer every day. Understanding why it is so important to protect yourself may help you to keep your resolution all year long!

 

What Is Skin Cancer?

While normal skin cells grow, develop, and die in predictable cycles, skin cancer develops when skin cells grow out of control. Instead of dying, the damaged DNA within skin cancer cells causes them to continue growing and produce more abnormal cells. They also tend to invade other tissues. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US.

Causes of Skin Cancer

The primary cause of skin cancer is exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) light which damages the DNA with repeated exposure. People with chronic exposure to UV light, whether in the outdoors or in tanning booths, are at increased risk of developing skin cancer. The World Health Organization recently elevated tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category, the same rating it gives to cigarettes.

What Can YOU Do?

You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Checking your skin for suspicious changes can help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages. Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment. Apply sunscreen EVERYDAY (even in winter months) and reapply every 2 hours. It is recommended that people get their skin checked by a dermatologist at least once a year. For those who have had previous skin cancer, then at least twice a year. 

Fill Harmonics
Ever wonder how the doctors choose which facial filler to use for different areas of your face? Dr. Joel Cohen reveals his favorites in the December MedEsthetics article
Fill Harmonics.
Top Retinoid Myths
What ingredients have decades of research proving they can turn around aging skin? Only retinoids! But, there is a lot of mis-information out there.
  
Test your knowledge as Allure exposes the Top 11 retinoid myths.