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

Thanks to internet resources and a greater awareness of the risks of sun exposure, people have become much more proactive about protecting their skin. However, while patients remember to apply sunscreen to their face, chest and arms, they forget that skin cancer can affect the entire body. Here are the top 5 body parts that patients commonly forget, and unfortunately,...

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Everyone has heard of them and (unfortunately) a lot of people are using them. We are talking about lip scrubs. We asked Dr. Kaplan for the inside scoop on lip scrubs and whether or not they're helping in the long run.   Scrubs by nature are abrasive. We all know what happens when we pull dead skin off our lips...

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The benchmark of a dermatologist you can trust? Whether or not they ask you to strip down for your exam. Skin cancer doesn't only show up on areas not typically covered by clothing, and a good derm will be sure to check every square inch of skin to be safe. Here are 9 unusual places skin cancer can show up,...

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Ah, springtime. The sun is out, the flowers are blooming ... and you're sneezing up your lungs, unleashing a flood of tears every two seconds and scratching your skin repeatedly. Yes, allergy season is officially upon us and allergists say we're in for a doozy this season, thanks to the atypically long winter. Fortunately, allergy season doesn't have to mean...

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Scientists have discovered that a person's processed food intake is one of the strongest predictors of cancer development—above age, sex, body mass index, height, level of physical activity, smoking and drinking habits, calories consumed, and family history. This groundbreaking finding comes courtesy of a nine-year study out of France that followed just shy of 105,000 adults aged 18 or older,...

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Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume. But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating...

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One of the oldest fruits known, lemon is commonly used in cooking as well as for therapeutic purposes. Lemon is abundant in nutrients and antioxidants vital for proper body function. Its high nutrient content and unique taste have rendered lemon juice an integral part of many recipes and home remedies. It’s scientifically proven that lemon has a wide range of...

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Trainer to the rich and famous Harley Pasternak isn't like other celebrity trainers. You won't see him demanding you spend hours working up a sweat in the gym – in fact, he'll even discourage you from it if you're just starting your transformation. The Canadian-born trainer, 43, spent more than 10 years studying various master degrees before being recruited recruited...

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When you exercise, the pores and sweat glands in your skin open up to help cool down your body. So whatever is on your face - makeup, sunscreen, and even bacteria from gym equipment - is going to clog your pores and lead to skin blemishes. I’ve been telling my patients for years to wash their face before exercising. However,...

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Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday. Working with mice in a laboratory, British scientists used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage caused by acetaldehyde, a harmful chemical produced...

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When 40 greeted Danielle Pergament with her first-ever cystic breakouts, she learned a thing or two about isotretinoin (a.k.a. Accutane). I’m not saying I drink too much. What I’m saying is that if I did drink too much, a little heads up would have been nice. See, here’s what they don’t tell you right off the bat about isotretinoin: no...

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There is no time like the New Year to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Eating right, taking care of your skin and exercising are all excellent ways to achieve a healthier you - inside and out. If you're sticking to your resolutions and getting some quality exercise in at least three times a week, then good for you! You're on...

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We all want to look our best this holiday season, but with demanding schedules, hectic shopping and, let’s face it, stress that comes with plenty of family time, last-minute skin emergencies have a way of arriving at the most inconvenient moment. From sudden breakouts before your holiday office party, to embarrassing cold sores before reuniting with old friends, Dr. Kaplan...

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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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"Dr. Kaplan - Sunscreen always makes me breakout, can I skip it on my face?"   The short answer is unfortunately, no.   Certain sunscreens can feel greasy or have a chalky finish (especially sunscreens that contain Titanium or Zinc Oxide, which are preferable for sun protection), so it’s understandable you don’t want to wear it on your face, especially...

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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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