What should I look for in an abnormal mole?
The guideline for checking moles is the "A,B,C,D',E's"
'A' - Asymmetry (Moles should be symmetrical,
one half should look the same as the other).
'B' - Border Irregularity (The borders of a
be smooth, not jagged, scalloped or irregular).
'C' - Color (The color of a mole should be
Moles with multiple colors or very dark in color
should be checked).
'D' - Diameter (Make the size of a pencil
guide point. Any mole much larger,
especially if one
of the other ABC's is present, should be evaluated
a dermatologist). Changes or symptoms to a
should be reported.
'E' - Evolution or change
recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology
self exams of your skin be performed to monitor
moles for change.
If a mole bleeds, does it mean it is melanoma?
Not always. Fortunately, the majority of
moles are benign. Like any area of the skin,
a mole can become irritated and
however, our office recommends that you schedule
an appointment with a dermatologist upon any
change in a mole.
What is the best sunscreen to use?
There are so many good sunscreens available.
We suggest a
broad spectrum sunscreens that
contains Parsol 1789 or Helioplex and an SPF of 15 or higher.
The best sunscreen is the one that is used.
It is important to remember to reapply sunscreen
every 90 minutes in the sun for long periods of
time. Activities such as swimming, fishing
or doing yard work justify the need for
reapplication of sunscreen. Even if your
sunscreen states that is water or sand
proof/resistant, reapplying will help in avoiding
Are tanning beds safe?
No. There is no such thing as a safe
tan. (Unless it comes
from a bottle).
Purposely exposing yourself to artificial light
for the purpose of tanning is just as risky as
natural light exposure.
Does having acne mean my face is dirty?
No. Acne is caused by enlarged oil
glands which cause the pores to become clogged.
Though most people associate acne to
only be on
the face, it is also common on the back, chest and
shoulders. Treatment for acne can be
frustrating since each persons responds
differently to treatments and medication
options are vast.
Seeing a dermatologist will help
in determining which treatment plan will work best
for the patient.
Do foods such as chocolate, candy and
increases acne breakouts?
No. There is no scientific link to
caffeine, sugar or
chocolate to be a causing
factor associated to acne breakouts.
However, if certain foods seem to make breakouts
worse, we recommend the patient avoid them.