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You Don’t Have Wrinkles – Yet

Posted 10/27/2014 by UHBlog

Concerned about a change in your skin? Schedule a dermatology appointment today. When it comes to skin aging, there’s nature (the risks you are born with) and nurture (the risks you acquire through your behavior and exposures). “We can’t change our genetics,” says dermatologist Elma Baron, MD, “but we can do something about our exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. In addition to causing skin cancer, it also greatly contributes to skin aging and, specifically, the fo...

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Ditch the Itch – Avoiding Poisonous Leaves

Posted 7/2/2014 by UHBlog

Camping, gardening, hiking and other relaxing pastimes may be the highlight of your summer. But there’s one thing that can quickly spoil the fun: an itchy, scratchy, burning rash. Dermatologist Susan Nedorost, MD, explains that this reaction to certain plants is what’s known as contact dermatitis, and the most common culprits are poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. “These plants are widespread in the U.S.,” says Dr. Nedorost, “and the resin causes strong allerg...

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Everything You Need to Know About SPF

Posted 6/27/2014 by UHBlog

Towel, magazine, sunglasses, flip-flops, Frisbee. What’s the missing item in this beach bag? Sunscreen. This summer must-have always seems to come with a series of confusing questions. Who needs it? What kind? How does it even work? Dermatologist Elma Baron, MD, shares the hard facts and her expert advice on all things SPF. What does SPF mean? Dr. Baron: SPF stands for sun protection factor. This is a measure obtained through laboratory testing of how well a product prevents sunburn. Th...

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The 7 People Who Need an Annual Dermatology Appointment

Posted 5/5/2014 by UHBlog

Most people know the importance of regular visits to primary care physicians and dentists – but do you need an annual dermatology appointment, too? Dermatologists specialize in the health of your skin. They can treat common skin conditions like acne, eczema and scars. But they are also able to prevent and detect serious problems like melanoma through regular full body screenings. Melanoma is an especially dangerous form of skin cancer, but if found early, it can usually been removed compl...

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