Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Seborrheic Keratoses

What are seborrheic keratoses?

Seborrheic keratoses are benign skin growths that can be brown, tan, or skin-toned in color. They often have a warty rough appearance to them. They are also described as being "stuck-on". Many people come in to be evaluated for these lesions because they can be dark and irregular-appearing. However, seborrheic keratoses are completely benign and do not have the potential to turn into skin cancers. They are also not contagious. These lesions tend to occur as we get older. Some people have just a few, while some people have many. Seborrheic keratoses can also vary in size, from very small to very large. If one of these seborrheic keratoses becomes irritated, a simple treatment with liquid nitrogen (a cold spray) can be applied to the lesion to make it fall off.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Laser Hair Removal

Tired of plucking/waxing/shaving unwanted hair? There is still time to take advantage of our seasonal promotion for laser hair removal - 50% off all laser hair removal packages - going on until the end of August. Please call 239-561-3376 for more information.

At Florida Skin Center, we use the Nd:Yag laser, which is safe for treating all skin types. Laser hair removal works on dark hairs only. The laser emits highly concentrated light energy into the hair follicles. The pigment found in the root of the hair follicles absorbs the light, which then destroys the hair. It is advised to minimize plucking or waxing hair for several weeks before the laser treatment, as doing so temporarily removes the roots of the hairs. It is also important to avoid the sun and to wear sunscreen, to minimize the chance of adverse effects. Most patients will require several treatments for optimal results. Treatments are done every 4-6 weeks. There is no downtime with the procedure. There may be some redness and swelling, but patients can return to work after their treatment.

Hair will grow less frequently, and when it does grow, the hair will be finer and lighter in color.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris, also known as "chicken skin", is a common benign skin condition that usually occurs on the outer upper arms, thighs, and cheeks. The condition presents as small bumps that usually do not itch or hurt. These bumps are plugs of dead skin cells. Often, these bumps can be mistaken for acne or eczema. There is a genetic predisposition for this condition, as it often runs in families. There is no cure or prevention for keratosis pilaris. Generally, these bumps will smooth out with time, becoming less noticeable by age 30.  Dry skin can exacerbate this condition. Treatments to help minimize the appearance of these bumps include moisturizers and exfoliants.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition where the skin cells shed in days instead of weeks. It is caused by combination of a genetic trait that causes a quickened autoreactive immune response and exposure to specific external factors.  External factors such as infections, physical trauma, stress, and certain drugs (lithium, antimalarials, interferon, indomethacin, beta-blockers) can trigger a psoriasis flare. Psoriasis affects people from young to old, with a peak incidence around 22.5 years. 

Psoriasis can present in different ways. It very often affects the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back, but can also affect the buttocks, palms, soles, armpits, ears, groin, and nails. The two most common variants are chronic stable plaque psoriasis and acute guttate psoriasis, with the former presenting as large red plaques with silvery scale that can last for months, and the latter presenting as small pink or red scaly bumps that erupt suddenly and can spontaneously resolve. 10-25% of patients with psoriasis also have joint pains (psoriatic arthritis). The diagnosis of psoriasis is often made clinically, but a skin biopsy may be done to confirm the diagnosis.

There are many treatments for psoriasis, including phototherapy, topical medications, and systemic medications. Phototherapy involves exposing affected areas to artificial UVB light. Topical medications include glucorticoids, vitamin D derivatives, immunomodulators, and retinoids. Oral systemic medications such as glucocorticoids, oral retinoids, and oral immunosuppressants are used as well, but require bloodwork and close monitoring due to more serious potential side effects. Biologic medications are injected at specific weekly or monthly intervals and also require bloodwork and close monitoring due to more serious potential side effects. Sometimes a combination of therapies may be used.

Here at Florida Skin Center, we offer all choices of treatment outlined above, but will tailor the treatment based on age of the patient, site and extent of involvement, associated medical disorders, and previous therapies. Please ask a provider about treatment options.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

All About Makeup

  Do you know what’s in your makeup?  Makeup can make or break your skin care regime.

  Come learn about coverage, ingredients, and how your makeup can complement your skin care routine at our “All About Makeup” event this Saturday July 30th from 10AM-12PM in our Cape Coral office. 

  Our makeup experts will take you through a hands on learning experience where you are guaranteed to learn something new. During the event there will prizes, raffles, and product specials. Bring you mom,  grandmother, aunt, sister, or friend to learn “All About Makeup”. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Happy 15th Birthday Florida Skin Center

This month Florida Skin Center is celebrating its 15 year Anniversary. 


   15 years ago Dr. Badia opened the door of Florida Skin Center as a new graduate and new to South West Florida. Since then, Dr. Badia has become a pillar in the community. She stays very active in community and is always looking to give back. Every year Florida Skin Center host events such as Children's day and Hero's Day where skin checks are performed at no cost. On par with Dr Badia's philanthropic ways, Florida Skin Center will donate $15,000 in the community to celebrate the 15 year Anniversary. Three local organizations will receive equal donations of $5,000 and include Trafalgar Middle School who will use the funds to put up a sun shade for protection, Lee PACE for girls, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Lehigh Acres Post.

   Over the years Florida Skin Center has grown to include 2 office locations in both Fort Myers and Cape Coral, with a third location opening this summer. Dr. Badia has also added 3 Physician Assistants (PA's) to her staff to help accommodate patients.
   We would like to take the time to thank each and every patient for their loyalty to Florida Skin Center, and for letting us take care of your skin care needs!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Reversing Sun Damage: A Special Night for Education

    It seems like most people “know” they should wear sunscreen as an essential part of their skin health, but do not or have not in the past.

   Florida Skin Center will be hosting an event on Thursday July 21 , 2016 to discuss what can be done for skin that is already seeing signs of sun damage. Come get educated on how to protect yourself, and see what Florida Skin Center has to offer for reversing the clock on the damaging effects the sun has had on your skin.