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Sunblock blocks sun: Sun damage causes damage to the skin which leads to skin cancer. Sun block and sun proof clothing prevent the damaging portion of light from damaging the skin's dna. It also prevents the premature aging of skin which occurs with sun damage. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is keratosis pilaris pre malignant or no? I know actinic keratosis is. How about keratosis pilaris?
No: Keratosis pilaris may be helped with some keratolytic creams like retin a, (tretinoin) glycolic acid, etc. Use of ipl (flashlamp laser) may help control the redness of the sites. Hot bathes with good exfoliation is good to help control bumpiness. This very common and is a dominant genetic condition, . Affecting almost half of the adult population worldwide. ...Read more
Melioidosis-bad news: Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by a Gram-negative bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. It's found in soil in certain areas like Vietnam, where many American GIs were exposed. The bacteria can enter the body through a break in the skin, inhalation (dust from a chopper for example), or swallowed - as in contaminated food/water. Protective clothing including shoes! could therefore help. ...Read more
Seborrheic keratosis: Appropriate skin hygeine is the answer along with the appropriate soap and medication. Consulting with a dermatologist to initiate the therapy would be in order. ...Read more
NO: It only accomplishes removal of the moles. One prevents melanoma by careful avoidance of sun damage as a youth (think of the teen years), not using tobacco products and having a negative family history. If you have many moles, it is wise to seek an annual dermatology consultation with biopsy of suspicious lesions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keratosis Pilaris: Very common in children. Rough, pimple-like patches on the upper arms. Try otc amlactin lotion 2-3x per day on the arms. Do not use pumice stones or any strong exfoliators. Let the amlactin go to work and give it at least 4 weeks before u call it a failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will laser hair removal effectively prevent hidradenitis suppurativa from getting worse/lesions from recurring/new ones forming?
It is one of the : treatments we use in the armamentarium to treat hidradenitis. By destroying the follicles, less cysts tend to form. However, other modalities are necessary to keep the condition under control. ...Read more
Not really: One option that can help is a more agressive prescription-strength skin care regimen. You can get recommendations from a local cosmetic dermotologist for a specific line. Another option is "microbotox." this involves injecting the skin with very small amounts of Botox in the area affected, spacing the injections about 1cm apart. The Botox targets the muscle of certain glands and can help. ...Read more
Does broad spectrum sunscreen help prevent skin cancer or does it just prevent sunburn and do nothing to prevent skin cancers?
Sunscreen: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of spf 15 - follow product directions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer