Skin Cancer Screenings: What to Expect and How to Prepare

What does it mean if you call and schedule a “skin check” with me? That term can be interpreted in many ways. To a dermatologist at Florida’s Skin Wellness Physicians, a skin check signifies a head-to-toe examination looking for skin cancers, precancerous growths, and atypical moles. Most of the time and effort of the visit is …

Understanding Jimmy Buffet’s Merkel Cell Carcinoma: A Rare but Aggressive Skin Cancer

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), although rare, is a highly aggressive and potentially life-threatening form of skin cancer. Named after its discoverer, Dr. Friedrich Merkel—who identified it in 1875—MCC has gained increased attention in recent years due to its rapid progression and challenging treatment options. This post aims to shed light on this lesser-known skin cancer for …

Understanding Vitiligo Causes Symptoms and Treatments

Vitiligo is an autoimmune skin condition that causes your skin to lose its color or pigment. This medical condition happens when the body’s immune system destroys melanocytes. Melanocytes are skin cells that make melanin, which is the chemical that gives skin its color or pigmentation. When someone has vitiligo, they develop milky-white patches on their …

Healthy Aging Month: 5 Tips for a Healthy Aging Face

September is Healthy Aging Month, and while this topic alone could fill a large textbook, here are five tips from Florida’s dermatology-focused Skin Wellness Physicians to help us move through time more slowly and healthfully: 1) Sunscreen The most important intervention one can do for the health of the largest organ of the body would be …

Which Skin Conditions Get Mistaken for Skin Cancer?

It’s common to notice a weird-looking mark on your skin from time to time—especially after spending plenty of time outdoors exposed to the sun’s rays—and ask yourself, “Is it skin cancer or something else?” There’s no need to panic and assume the worst. Sometimes these changes on your skin may be nothing to worry about. …

What Can Your Skin Condition Tell You About Your Health?

When your skin is acting up, it could be that you’re using a product that’s irritating it and need to make some adjustments to your routine, or it could be a symptom of an underlying health issue. Either way, it’s important to pay attention to skin irregularities and see a dermatologist if there’s anything that …

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