Skin Care Doctors, P.A., founding partner, Michael Ebertz M.D, talks healthy summer feet on a recent Wellness Feature from Lake Minnetonka Magazine with Madeline Kopiecki.
‘Tis the season for sandals, flip flops and barefoot walks along the shore—and paying closer attention to our feet. After a long winter bundled up, you may feel tempted to treat your feet to a spa pedicure, or, perhaps you’ve already taken a pumice stone to them at home. Aside from beautification, now is also a good time to check the overall health of your feet.
Michael Ebertz, MD, a founding partner of Skin Care Doctors in Orono, says that feet are arguably one of the most overlooked parts of the body, as well as one of the most important. For healthy summer feet, a few key steps include proper footwear along with foot care.
“Wear shoes that allow good air and blood circulation,” Dr. Ebertz says. “Occlusion hurts your feet [and] can cause corns, calluses, blisters and foot sores.” While sandals and flip flops may not be supportive enough for most summertime sports, they can be helpful in preventing infections from community pools or locker rooms. “People commonly can acquire viral warts, fungus or other bacterial infections when their bare feet are directly exposed to these surfaces,” Dr. Ebertz says.
As far as foot care is concerned, that pumice stone or pedicure may be useful in preventing painful skin cracking due to dry patches. Even foot massages have medical benefits, with Dr. Ebertz pointing out that they help to stimulate blood flow and can relieve tension of foot muscles and joints.
While you’re giving your feet the royal treatment, make sure you’re also checking for any unusual pigmentation or new moles. “Having moles on your feet is pretty rare,” Dr. Ebertz says. “If you have one that’s been there your whole life, it’s not changing, it’s most likely okay. But if you get a new mole or a change to an existing mole, you need to get in to be seen right away.”
New moles or changes to an existing mole are a potential indicator of a sun-induced skin cancer, such as melanoma. “If you have any evidence of changing or new moles on your feet, reach out to a dermatologist to have them evaluated,” Dr. Ebertz says. This also means that the next time you’re visiting your dermatologist for a check-up, the socks should come off, too.
Two types of carcinoma skin cancers also found on the foot, basal cell and squamous cell, are caused by long-term sun exposure and present with unusual skin pigmentation. But regardless which of these three cancers you may develop, the treatment is the same. “Skin cancers have to be excised or removed with a scalpel. It’s a surgical procedure,” Dr. Ebertz says.
Prevention is easier than treatment, which is why it’s so important to wear proper sunscreen protection when you’re wearing sandals, and why it’s a good idea to limit the about of time your feet spend soaking up the sun.
Just What the Doctor Ordered
The following are Dr. Ebertz’s recommendations for sunscreen to protect your feet along with the rest of you:
- EltaMD SPF 46
- EltaMD SPF 50 spray
- La Roche-Posay SPF 50
- Neutrogena Sheer Zinc SPF 50
Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as waterproof sunscreen, Dr. Ebertz says. If you’re coming out of the water, don’t forget to reapply.
Sunscreens can prevent sunburn, reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, and help prevent early signs of skin aging. We want to share how to select a sunscreen, along with our Top 3 Sunscreen Pick for 2021!
Choosing the right sunscreen doesn’t have to be difficult. We have chosen 3 dermatologist recommended sunscreens for all skin types that meet the American Academy of Dermatology’s criteria for ultimate skin protection:
Our Number 1 Pick:
ELTA UV DAILY SPF 40 TINTED
EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays to help combat the visible signs of aging. The lightly tinted formula evens tone, creating a smooth, flawless-looking complexion. It infuses your skin with lightweight moisture for a healthy look and comfortable wear.
Our Number 2 Pick:
ELTA UV CLEAR SPF 46 TINTED
UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 by EltaMD provides protection to your complexion to shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Fragrance-free, this face sunscreen’s smooth formula includes sodium hyaluronate to moisturize while lactic acid refines the skin to clear pores and reduce shine.
Our Number 3 Pick:
REVISION INTELLISHADE TRUPHYSICAL
Intellishade® TruPhysical – Award-winning, first-of-its-kind, all-inclusive moisturizer designed to deliver the power of 5 anti-aging products in 1. With over 20 anti-aging ingredients and true 100% mineral sunscreen that is free of hidden chemical sunscreens, this 5-in-1 anti-aging moisturizer helps to correct, protect, conceal, brighten and hydrate skin to deliver clinically-proven results.
A proprietary blend of 3 peptides, botanical extracts, and antioxidants help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps skin appear firm and lifted while providing antioxidant benefits against environmental stressors with groundbreaking 100% all-mineral technology. Provides broad-spectrum UV protection. Not formulated with parabens, alcohol or artificial fragrances.
If you would like to purchase any of our products, or need recommendations on a sunscreen that is right for you, please call us at 952-898-1600
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Together with the American Academy of Dermatology, we want to help you protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure.
Follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer:
- Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
- Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection, when possible. For more effective sun protection, select clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) label.
- Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days.
- Apply enough sunscreen to cover all skin not covered by clothing. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
- Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head.
- When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
- Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
- Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.
- Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
- Perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, and see a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding.
*A tan is a sign that your skin has been injured- Whether you’re exposed to the sun’s UV rays or visit an indoor tanning salon, every time you tan, your skin is damaged. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
If you have any questions about skin cancer prevention, detection, and or treatment please call Skin Care Doctors, P.A. at 952-898-1600.
Article Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/prevent/how
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with millions of cases diagnosed each year. It’s also one of the most preventable cancers and highly treatable when found early.
The type of skin cancer a person gets is determined by where the cancer begins. If the cancer begins in skin cells called basal cells, the person has basal cell skin cancer. When cells that give our skin its color become cancerous, melanoma develops.
Here you’ll see what the most common types of skin cancer can look like and who tends to develop each type.
What does skin cancer look like?
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
This is the most common type of skin cancer.
- BCC frequently develops in people who have fair skin. People who have skin of color also get this skin cancer.
- BCCs often look like a flesh-colored round growth, pearl-like bump, or a pinkish patch of skin.
- BCCs usually develop after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning.
- BCCs are common on the head, neck, and arms; however, they can form anywhere on the body, including the chest, abdomen, and legs.
- Early diagnosis and treatment for BCC are important. BCC can grow deep. Allowed to grow, it can penetrate the nerves and bones, causing damage and disfigurement.
Basal cell carcinoma: This is the most common type of skin cancer. It looks like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump, or pinkish patch of skin.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin
SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer.
- People who have light skin are most likely to develop SCC. This skin cancer also develops in people who have darker skin.
- SCC often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens.
- SCC tends to form on skin that gets frequent sun exposure, such as the rim of the ear, face, neck, arms, chest, and back.
- SCC can grow deep into the skin, causing damage and disfigurement.
- Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent SCC from growing deep and spreading to other areas of the body.
Squamous cell carcinoma: The second most common type of skin cancer. Often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens.
SCC can develop from a precancerous skin growth
Some people develop dry, scaly patches or spots on their skin called actinic keratoses (AKs). Also caused by too much sun, an AK isn’t skin cancer. An AK is a precancerous skin growth that can turn into a common type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.
- People who get AKs usually have fair skin.
- AKs usually form on the skin that gets lots of sun exposure, such as the head, neck, hands, and forearms.
- Because an AK can turn into a type of skin cancer, treatment is important.
Actinic keratoses: These dry, scaly patches or spots are precancerous growths.
Melanoma is often called “the most serious skin cancer” because it has a tendency to spread.
- Melanoma can develop within a mole that you already have on your skin or appear suddenly as a dark spot on the skin that looks different from the rest.
- Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
Melanoma: The deadliest form of skin cancer. Frequently develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.
Knowing the ABCDE warning signs of melanoma can help you find an early melanoma.
Skin Care Doctors, P.A. provides total body scans to check your skin for potential areas of concern. Contact us today to schedule your skin cancer exam. 952-898-1600
April is here and we couldn’t be more excited to soak up the rays! As we know, with the sunshine, comes an extra need for sun protection. That’s why we’re here to share with you some helpful information from the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
Did You Know?
- Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., but it is also one of the most preventable cancers.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
- Nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every day.
Reduce your risk of skin cancer by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Follow the tips in the infographic below and #PracticeSafeSun every time you are outdoors. Check out the American Academy of Dermatology Association for more information at https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/prevent/sun-protection
To learn more about how Skin Care Doctors can help you, visit our website at https://www.skincaredrs.com/contact/ and contact us today.
Listen to our very own Dr. Heidi Foster discuss skincare on the Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson HERE
To our patients,
We are committed to supporting our community and our patients during the emergence of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus. We wanted to announce upcoming schedule changes to better accommodate our patients and our staff during this time.
Our offices will be providing limited services next week, March 23rd through March 27th.
- Our offices will be closed to the public
- We will only be seeing patients if there is an emergency
- Our offices will have staff providing phone support during business hours for rescheduling, refills, and patient inquiries
- Should patients have questions about an emergency situation, our nurses will be available by phone to address inquires
We apologize for any inconvenience. Our staff will reach out via phone to reschedule patients with appointments next week.
We hope you understand that this is a fluid situation and we continue to monitor the situation to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff.
If you need to reach us please call 952-898-1600.
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