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Do facial chemical peels increase or decrease skin cancer risks?

Do facial chemical peels increase or decrease skin cancer risks?

May decrease: Deep chemical peels are generally used to treat moderately to severely sun-damaged skin that exhibits lines and pigment changes. Medically, they are also used to treat superficial cancerous lesions and pre-cancerous lesions and have been shown to decrease the appearance of these cancers. However, your overall risk is still related to sun exposure, genetics and other medical risk factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Do chemical peels increase skin cancer?

Do chemical peels increase skin cancer?

No: There's no data to support that concern. If anything, they actually might help by taking off some early, superficial pre-cancerous lesions. ...Read more

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Could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

No: Chemical peel, ultrasound and other ways of manageing skin conditions essentially are unable to cause cancers especially of skin. The latter is causes by carcinogenic exposure, chronic exposure to ultraviolet light, and skin lesions such as cutaneous fistulas of long standing duration where viral involvement may be responsible. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Please tell me, could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Not really: Skin cancer is caused by errors or mutations in the dna of skin cells. This then causes the cells to grow out of control leading to cancer. This can be from exposure to uv light from the sun or tanning beds or from exposure to toxic substances. Certain types of laser resurfacing is actually beneficial to actinic damage or even precancerous lesions. ...Read more

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I found a spot on my nose that looks like it could be skin cancer but I was able to peel it off like a scab is it?

I found a spot on my nose that looks like it could be skin cancer but I was able to peel it off like a scab is it?

Possibly: Sounds more like skin damage from the sun called Actinic Keratosis. Go to your primary care physician and they should be able to freeze it off. ...Read more

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Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Sun protection: Sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but this happens over many years of exposure. It is important to have good sun protection at all times. However, for severe sunburns, it does take time to heal from the exposure. Please see your doctor if these spots do not clear up in 2weeks as he or she may have some recommendations for helping your skin heal. ...Read more

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How often is it safe to get chemical peels? How many times a month is it safe to get a chemical peel without harming the skin? .

How often is it safe to get chemical peels? How many times a month is it safe to get a chemical peel without harming the skin? .

Peels are safe: Micropeels of any sort can be repeated monthly because they are very superficial. A minimum of 8 months should pass before a repeat deep peel. Mid-level peels can be repeated every 4-6 months, depending on the peeling agent and how deep the peel went in the mid-level of the skin. ...Read more

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How often is it safe to get chemical peels? How many times a month is it safe to get a chemical peel without harming the skin? .

Depends!: The safely depends on your skin type and type of peel. Most aesthetic peels are mild fruit acid peels that are repeated every 30-45 days, which is how long it takes to regrow a new layer of dead skin cells. You will not accomplish much with more frequent peels. Deeper peels are repeated less often. Find a physician skilled in skin care for specific recommendations! ...Read more

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How does the sun protection clothing possibly reduce melanoma and skin cancer risks?

Decrease UV exposure: Uv exposure from the sun causes melanoma. Sun protection clothing will reduce your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers by decreasing your exposure to the harmful uv radiation. ...Read more

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How much will my skin cancer risk rise if I spend 10 minutes in the sun each day to get vitamin d?

How much will my skin cancer risk rise if I spend 10 minutes in the sun each day to get vitamin d?

Hard to quantify: But you probably don't need to bother with the 10 minutes of sun a day. Most people in the us don't need to seek out sun exposure for vitamin d. If you are really concerned discuss with your pcp and consider a supplement. ...Read more

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Where do you draw the line between a healthy dose of natural vitamin d and skin cancer risk?

Where do you draw the line between a healthy dose of natural vitamin d and skin cancer risk?

Don't burn: There's no perfect answer. It depends on your risk factors for developing skin cancer. There are also many sources of vitamin d other than the sun including some vegetables as well as vitamin supplements. The main thing is, don't intentionally go out to get a suntan, and don't burn. You will produce vitamin d even if you wear some sunscreen. ...Read more

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Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Chemical peels,: Laser resurfacing, and dermabrasion are all methods of removing a portion of the skin surface that stimulates healing, and development of collagen and elastic fibers (along with a new skin surface) that reduces (but does not remove) scars. If your skin is sensitive, the treatments designed to reduce acne scarring will need to be less severe (and will be less effective). Laser may be most precise. ...Read more

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Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

There: There are a few options when it comes to skin resurfacing for acne scar and pigmentation issues. Chemical peels and lasers are two options. Another option that works well for treating just portions of the face is dermabrasion. This produces more of a physical sanding of the skin. The idea with all 3 procedures is to remove the outer layer of skin cells. New skin then regrows into the area to create a smoother, more even pigmentation. ...Read more

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Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Is skin resurfacing always done with chemical peels? I want to have my skin resurfaced to help get rid of my acne scars and sun spots, but I feel like a chemical peel might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. Are there any other skin resurfacing options th

Not always: Skin resurfacing is performed by a variety of techniques - chemical peels are only one option. Other options include dermabrasion and laser resurfacing (done with a variety of lasers depending upon degree of scarring). The best option for you would depend upon the how deep your acne scars are and how extensive your "sun spots" are. ...Read more

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Can living on a tropical island increase or decrease risk for skin cancer?

Depends: Skin cancer is related to intensity of sun exposure. length of exposure and the susceptibility of the individual. If you have moved from highly sun bathed area, to a tropical island that alone might lower the risk. If you have moved from a shady or cloudy area, then the risk might increase. Will you spend most of your time under a palm tree, or out in the open? ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more