#ASKDRKAPLAN - Dr. Kaplan Answers Your Most-Asked Questions

Have an appointment with a dermatologist? Here’s what to expect:   Before You Arrive Gather your family history, and make it a point to note any family history of skin cancer. Remove all makeup and lipstick, so the doctor has a clear view of your face for suspicious moles or pre-cancerous lesions. Remove nail polish on fingers and toes, so...

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While there are many treatment options for skin cancer, such as topical medications and light-based treatments, I still believe the most effective solution is cutting them out. For the most common types of skin cancer, such as Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, I use MOHS, which is a precise micrographic surgical technique. It is an outpatient procedure that...

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Absolutely not. Ultraviolet radiation, whether from the actual sun or from a tanning bed, is a carcinogen (similar to cigarettes). And just like there is no safe amount of smoking, there is no such thing as a “safe tan”. The damage it does, even if only sporadically, contributes to advanced aging as well as skin cancer. Anyone who has ever...

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Certain sunscreens can feel greasy or half a chalky finish, so it’s understandable you don’t want to wear it on your face, however, it is 100% necessary to prevent sun damage, advanced aging, and various types of skin cancer. Luckily, there are several quality sunscreens that are made especially for the face, and are labeled “Oil Free” and/or “Non-Comedogenic” so...

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Washing your face twice a day is an essential step to maintaining clear skin. However, cleansers (no matter how gentle) and tap water disrupt the skin’s natural pH. Without proper skin balancing, it leads to skin issues.  Skin’s optimal pH is 5.5, which is slightly acidic. This inhibits bacterial growth on the skin, and keeps skin calm and blemish-free. To...

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Skin is skin. There is no need for men and women to use different skincare products. When a person goes to the doctor with a medical problem, the doctor does not prescribe male and female versions of an antibiotic or high blood pressure medicine. When you walk into a drugstore, there is no section for men's aspirin versus women's aspirin....

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It spreads rapidly and can develop anywhere on the skin, even on places that are never exposed to the sun. There is no replacement for visiting a dermatologist every year for a full-body check-up, but when checking yourself, there is an easy way to remember what to look for. When observing moles,...

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In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we will be featuring a 3-part blog series on the best ways to be diligent about protecting yourself from skin cancer. Skin Cancer 101  Most people assume that all skin cancer is melanoma (the most dangerous) and that you are safe if you are naturally tan or have dark skin tone. To kick...

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Exfoliating your face 2 to 3 times per week is essential to remove dead skin cells and to reveal softer, smoother, more radiant skin. Here are the ingredients I find to be the most effective at gently revealing a brighter complexion. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a very gentle exfoliant, which is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. As a bonus,...

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During the Spring and Summer months, there's humidity in the air so while your skin is absorbing moisture from the atmosphere, a heavier moisturizer may become too heavy for most skin types. While your skin does get a dose of hydration from the warmer climate, sweat and sun exposure actually dehydrate the skin, so moisturizer is still necessary, however, you...

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