Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year's Healthy Skin Resolutions

Your skin is the largest organ of your body - don't forget to take care of it like you would for your other vital organs! Here are some New Year's Healthy Skin resolutions we should all be sticking to:

1. Wear sunscreen daily on all sun-exposed skin!
It doesn't matter if you are going outside for 10 minutes or 4 hours - make sure your skin is protected with a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, with a SPF of at least 30. Excess infrared rays (from heat) have also been shown to be harmful to the skin. Reapply every 1-2 hours. The most important reason to wear sunscreen is to protect against skin cancer. Secondarily, the sun ages our skin greatly, no matter what skin type and skin color. Excess sun exposure leads to dull skin, bad texture, fine lines, broken blood vessels, and brown spots. We recommend Colorescience Sunforgettable and Skin Medica Total Defense + Repair. 

2. Moisturize daily.
Even if you don't think you need a moisturizer, or have oily skin. Moisturized skin looks better and is healthier. If you are eczema-prone, moisturizing is even more important, to maintain that healthy skin barrier and to help soothe. If your skin tends to be oily, and you apply products to dry it out, you can have a rebound effect where the body produces more oil to compensate. We recommend Skin Medica Rejuvenative Moisturizer, Skin Medica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer, and Skin Medica HA5.

3. Have your specific skin problems evaluated by a dermatologist.
If you're having flares of acne, eczema, dandruff, rosacea,etc, be evaluated by a dermatologist. Many common skin problems are easily treated once you are using the correct medications. Self-treatment sometimes leads to worsening of your skin condition! 

Florida Skin Center wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2017!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

When should my child see a dermatologist?

When should my child be seen for a full body skin exam?

There is no hard and fast rule for this question. At Florida Skin Center, we recommend routine skin exams (at least yearly) regularly for everyone, including pediatric patients! Monthly skin exams at home should be performed as well. While melanoma is less common in children than in adults, that does not mean it does not occur. The incidence of melanoma in children 11-19 years of age has increased almost 3% per year from 1973-2001. Melanoma accounts for approximately 7% of all cancers diagnosed in individuals 15-19 years of age, and accounts for up to 3% of all pediatric cancers. The treatment of childhood melanoma is often delayed due to misdiagnosis, which happens up to 40% of the time. If you or your pediatrician notices a questionable mole on your child, have a dermatologist examine the mole - we have special tools that help us determine if a mole is suspicious and warrants testing. Even if a mole does not warrant testing at the time of the exam, close followup is recommended, to monitor for changes.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it is the most preventable. Most skin cancers form due to excess sun exposure when we were young. Genetics plays a role as well. Remember to minimize sun exposure and wear daily sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

When should my child's skin condition be evaluated by a dermatologist?

Most pediatricians recognize common skin conditions, such as eczema, seborrhea, exanthems (rashes caused by viral infections), and can initiate treatment for your child. However, if the skin condition is not improving or resolving, most pediatricians will refer out to a dermatologist. A skin biopsy may be performed to confirm the diagnosis and to better tailor the treatment. If the skin condition is something not commonly seen, most pediatricians will refer out to a dermatologist as well. When in doubt, have a specialist look at it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

What are milia?

Milia (singular: milium) are tiny cysts containing keratin. They appear as pearly-white bumps at the surface of the skin. These harmless growths affect both males and females, and affect all ages, from babies to adults. Milia occur commonly around the eyes and cheeks, but can appear elsewhere. These lesions do not need to be treated. Some spontaneously resolve in a few months. If treatment is desired, the milium can be treated with electrocautery or cryotherapy. Other treatment options include deroofing the lesion and squeezing out the contents, and also employing a topical retinoid. Chemical peels can also be used for widespread milia. Ask your Florida Skin Center provider what choice is best for you.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Laser Treatment for Brown Spots

Do you have brown spots on your hands, face, or chest that are unsightly? Are you tired of applying creams to help fade them? If so, laser treatment may be an option.

At Florida Skin Center, we offer the VBeam laser, which can be used to treat brown spots. The laser targets the melanin in the brown spot without damaging surrounding skin, making this one of the safest and most effective ways to eradicate brown spots. There is minimal to no downtime with this laser. The brown spots will likely become darker and may possibly bruise and/or peel after the treatment. We recommend 1-2 treatments spaced 1 month apart in most cases.

This patient above saw good results with just one treatment with the VBeam laser.

We offer this laser treatment at all 3 of our office locations. Please call our office at 239-561-3376 to schedule an appointment. Ask your provider if you are a good candidate for this treatment. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Laser Treatments for Acne and Acne Scarring

Acne is a condition that affects over 50 million people a year in the US. Over 85% of the population of 12-24 year olds have experienced at least mild acne. Besides the common over the counter treatments, and prescription medications there are also many procedures that can help to reduce acne.

At Florida Skin Center, one of the procedures offered in all 3 office locations is the Vbeam Laser for acne, and post acne scarring and redness. 

The Vbeam laser:
  • Uses heat to reduce the amount of oil or sebum produced by the oil glands.
  •  Helps to destroy bacteria that cause acne and inflammation. 
  • Helps to treat redness in acne scars. 

There is minimal to no downtime after treatment with this laser. Most people will require a series of treatments based 2-4 weeks apart to see best results. 

The patient above was using prescription medications and had 2 Vbeam treatments to help with acne and acne scarring. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Florida Skin Center

Happy Thanksgiving from our Florida Skin Center family!

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!

Don't be a turkey.... and get you skin check before the end of the year if you haven't already.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Best Preventative Anti-aging Product Available

As a Dermatology office, we are frequently asked “what is the best anti-aging product?” The truth is simple… it’s sunscreen!

While the natural aging process will occur and cause loss of collagen in our skin, UV damage will most certainly cause the skin to age more quickly.  The sun and other UV sources such as tanning beds produce both UV-A and UV-B rays.

  •      UV-B rays are responsible for tanning/burning of the skin , and may lead to skin cancer. 
  •        UV-B only penetrates the epidermis (very top layer of skin).    
  •    UV-A deeply penetrates the skin in the dermis and causes the breakdown of collagen. Collagen is what gives our skin its support and youthful elasticity. UV-A induced breakdown is what can lead to wrinkly and leathery skin. 

Some interesting facts about UV-A (Aging rays) to make you think twice about applying your sunscreen daily.

  • UV-A is the same strength year round 
  • You don’t feel this UV ray as heat, and temperature does not dictate the amount of UV radiation being emitted.
  • 99% of the UV radiation that reaches the Earth's surface is UV-A
  • Up to 40 percent of the sun's UV radiation reaches the earth on a cloudy day.
  • Car windows can block approximately 97% of UV-B rays, but UV-A rays are only          blocked - out by 37%. 

You are getting UV-A exposure anytime the sun is out.  Any time of day, and any day of the year. UV-damage does not show up as sunburn, and will silently age your skin. While it is most important to get the first application on in the morning, it is also important to reapply if you know you will have longer periods of exposure. There are many choices for a great broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect against damaging UV-A and UV-B rays. Ask one of our knowledgeable staff members about these products during your next visit and Florida Skin Center

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Why the Sun Causes Skin Cancer

  Everyone has heard that too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but have you ever wondered why?

  1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with a skin cancer during their lifetime. UV light that comes from the sun and tanning beds are the main risk factor for developing skin cancer.
The two types of Ultra Violet radiation are UVA and UVB. Both of these UV rays penetrate the skin and cause damage to the underlying cells.

  UVA can penetrate more deeply in the skin causing damage to the normal genetics of our cells. This affects not only skin cells that can lead to cancer, but also breaks down the support structures in our skin. UVA leads to premature aging and wrinkling.

  UVB penetrates less deep, into the top layer of the skin causing damage to the cells there. The pain you feel when sunburned is actually the body’s response in attempt to repair the damage.  UVB causes cumulative damage to the DNA in our skin cells. While the body is good at repairing itself when damage occurs, some abnormal cells may be left behind. Over time damage to the genetic material can cause uncontrolled growth of these abnormal cells, resulting in skin cancer.

You can protect yourself by:
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays.) Use a sunscreen with a   SPF or sun protective factor of at least 30. Reapply approximately 1oz of sunscreen every 2                 hours.
If using a spray sunscreen, MAKE SURE TO RUB IT IN.
Limit sun exposure during hours when the UV rays are the strongest, between 10AM and 4 PM
Wear protective clothing, sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.
Avoid tanning beds
Have an annual skin exam performed by a dermatologist.
Do self-skin exams, using the ABCDE's every month, and look for new or changing moles.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Diabetes Related Skin Disorders

  Diabetes is a disease that affects a person’s blood sugars. This is due to either the body not producing enough insulin, or ineffectively using the insulin to help clear the sugars from the bloodstream. Diabetes can affect a person’s entire body if not controlled well with diet and/or medications.  The American Diabetes Association states, “As many as 1/3 of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives.”
  The skin can sometimes give the first clue that someone is having a problem with insulin resistance and may have diabetes. A skin condition called Acanthosis Nigricans is an area of skin that is darker and thicker that is most commonly seen around the neck, under the axillae, or in the groin. Some describe it as their skin looks dirty, but it won’t wash off. The discoloration usually improves with improved control of the blood sugars as well as weight reduction.

   People with diabetes often have dry skin due increased blood glucose(sugar) levels. Dry skin can lead to itching and scratching of the areas and increase risk of infection. It is important for diabetics to keep their skin moisturized daily with a gentle moisturizer. Diabetes also significantly increases a person’s risk of bacterial and fungal infections ,and slows wound healing. High blood sugars over time can lower a person’s immunity and can also affect the blood vessels necessary for healing wounds. If there are any areas where the skin is open due to injury, surgery, or compromised circulation it is important to follow up with a health care provider immediately.
  There are other rare skin disorders associated with diabetes such as Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum, Bullosis Diabeticorum, and Eruptive Xanthomatosis. These conditions are usually benign, but can lead to secondary infection.  A new onset of any of these conditions might signify a sudden change in control of blood sugar, and tend to improve with better diabetic control.

   Skin care is essential in people with diabetes. Most complications can be prevented or treated if recognized early. Maintaining blood sugars is crucial to help prevent skin and other systemic complications related to diabetes. Keeping the skin moisturized and self-inspection can help prevent rashes or wounds from going unrecognized and becoming more of a problem over time.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Teal Pumpkin Project

Having a child with food allergies can be hard to manage on a daily basis, but can be even harder to cope with come holiday time. With so many treats and goodies at every corner, it would be hard for any child not to want to indulge.  There is a way to make a difference though.  This Halloween season you can take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project.  The Food Allergy Research &Education organization (FARE) is asking families to paint a pumpkin teal as a sign for food allergy families that you have nonfood treats for children.  This can include stickers, glow bracelets, bookmarks, and crayons.  Get creative.

 If you suspect that your child may suffer from food allergies, testing is very simple.  At Florida Skin Center, we can test for a variety of food allergies.  Testing can we done on children older than 2 years of age and results are given within 20 minutes.  Allergy testing is covered under most insurance plans.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Injectables Workshop

Are you interested in treatments that will smooth out wrinkles and provide a natural, youthful look? Are you curious about Botox or Juvederm, but are wary of what the procedure entails? Do you have questions about these injectables? Do you want to see in person what the procedures are like? If so, come join us for our Botox & Fillers Workshop on Thursday, October 27th from 6-8 PM in our Fort Myers location.

The treatments will be explained and demonstrated by our experienced providers on models. This is a great opportunity to have any questions answered. We will also be offering special discounts for attending the workshop: 

    • Purchase 1 vial of Juvederm, receive 1 zone of Botox free*
    • 15% off all products purchased at the workshop*
* Juvederm must be purchased the day of the workshop in order to qualify for the free Botox. Zones of Botox are limited to the forehead, glabella, periocular, upper lip, chest, and neck.
* Procedures purchased during the event must be done by 12/31/16. Promotions and discounts only available to workshop attendees. 15% product discount not applicable to packages.

Please call our office at 239-561-3376 to RSVP for this event. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Importance of Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are key tools in medicine - they help advance medical knowledge and patient care. Clinical trials help determine what works and what doesn't work, and help guide allocation of resources into researching what does work. Besides aiding in furthering medical knowledge, participants in clinical trials may gain access to novel treatments before they are widely available.

Clinical trials are led by a principal investigator, who is usually a physician. A principal investigator is often someone with many years of experience and expertise in the subjects being researched. This is beneficial in ensuring that the investigation is valid, with appropriate subjects being recruited for the study, and study protocols being met and followed.

Here at Florida Skin Center, we are active participators in clinical trials. We believe that they are vital in helping discover information regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases or conditions. They are another way we strive to provide you with the best dermatological care.

If you are interested in becoming a participant in one of our clinical trials, please visit these websites: Florida Skin Center or Clinical Study Center.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Ideal Skin Cancer Screening

Why should we have skin cancer screenings?
The statistics for skin cancer are daunting, and speak to the importance of regular skin cancer screenings. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma rates in the United States have doubled in the past 20 years. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, has a good prognosis if detected early. However, this type of skin cancer can spread quickly to other parts of the body, making it deadly. Quite often, there are no symptoms, and patients are not even aware of the cancerous growth until it is too late. The 5-year survival rate for melanoma that has been detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98%. However, when melanoma is detected in the later stages, the prognosis can be grim. The 5-year survival rate for regional and distant stage melanomas drops to 63% and 17%, respectively. On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour. The most common skin cancers, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, are highly curable if detected early. These types of skin cancers are usually not life-threatening, but can invade deeper tissues and cause scarring.

If you have no personal or family history of skin cancer, no personal history of dysplastic nevi (abnormal moles) or actinic keratoses (pre-cancers), a skin cancer screening by a qualified dermatology medical professional is recommended yearly. If you have a history of any of the above, a skin cancer screening is recommended more frequently - at least every 6 months. Self-skin-checks at home are recommended monthly, regardless. You should also have an eye exam yearly by an ophthalmologist, as melanoma can also occur in the eye.

Preparing for your skin cancer screening
Do your self-skin-check at home and make note of any new or changing moles, growths, or marks. Make sure to point these out to your healthcare provider at the visit.

Wear clothing that is easy to remove. Try not to wear makeup or anything that can make it more difficult to evaluate the skin. Remove nail polish from the fingernails and toenails. Melanoma can occur under the nails, so these areas should not be overlooked.

The skin cancer screening
At the office, you will be given a gown and asked to undress. Ideally, all clothing, including underwear, should be removed, as well as shoes, makeup and jewelry. All parts of the body will be examined, from head to toe. Your healthcare provider will most likely use a dermascope to aid in examining lesions that need special attention. The dermascope has a magnifying lens and light so that your provider can see pigment patterns and characteristics of the lesion that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Some characteristics of moles that your provider will be evaluating can be summarized in the ABCDEs of melanoma, which is also a good guideline for your self-skin-exams at home.

A     A is for asymmetry - if one half of the mole does not match the other half.
B     B is for borders - if the border is irregular.
C     C is for color - if the color is not uniform, or if the color is very dark.
D     D is for diameter - if the size of the lesion is greater than 6mm (pencil eraser).
E     E is for evolution - if the lesion is changing, especially suddenly.

Other types of lesions that your healthcare provider will be looking for include red or pink growths or patches that can be scaly or bleeding. A growth or patch that started off looking like a pimple or injury but has not healed in the normal expected time is worth testing, to rule out basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Sun protection and sun avoidance can help minimize your risk of skin cancers. It is important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily, on sun-exposed areas. It is also important to reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours. Regular skin cancer screenings by a trained dermatology provider are important to ensure that skin cancers are not overlooked and are treated in a timely fashion should they arise.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beware of Home Remedy for Skin Cancer

   In the age of this internet, we are bombarded with all kind of “remedies” and “at home fixes” for certain medical conditions. Skin cancer is no exception. One of the most publicized and dangerous over the counter treatments in the dermatology field recently is a compound called Black Salve.  It is a corrosive topical cream that destroys any skin it touches.  This product is not regulated by the FDA, and has the potential to cause infection and scarring. It is marketed as a cancer cure, but can actually lead to a delayed diagnosis and worse prognosis if area is actually cancerous.

   If there is any area for concern when doing your self-skin exam, you should see a Dermatologist for evaluation.  Often times a new concern can also be benign and no treatment warranted. A head to toe skin exam performed once yearly at the Dermatologist is sufficient for a person without history of skin cancer or abnormal growths.  Prompt diagnosis and treatment is the key to the best prognosis and outcome. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall is here, What do you plan on doing to correct the sun damage and brown spots from this summer?

  Fall is here, what do you plan on doing to correct the sun damage and brown spots from this summer?

  Melanin is a dark brown pigment that is found in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye. It is responsible for tanning or darkening of skin exposed to sunlight. It is also responsible for melasma, age spots or liver spots.

    Lytera is a safe lightening and brightening regimen that contains licorice extract to inhibit an enzyme that causes dark spots from sun exposure. Lytera is a natural skin lightening alternative to chemical hydroquinone. It can help to control redness, flushing, and other types of inflammation as well as diminish the dark pigmentation in scars.

Even up is an amazing 3-in-1 product that helps to treat brown discoloration of the skin while providing coverage and protection.

  • Vital ET helps to treat existing pigment
    • Antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties
    • Improves UV- induced erythema if used before and/or after sun exposure
    • Calms inflammation and slows melanin activation.
  • LUMIRA Skin Brightening Complex Immediately diffuses the appearance of discoloration
  • Helps to Prevent and Protect from future hyperpigmentation with:
    • 11% Zinc Oxide 
    • 8%Titanium Dioxide
    • Physical UV Protection with SPF 50
    • Reflects and refracts UVA and UVB rays
  • Venuceane 
    • Defends skin against IR heat induced inflammation

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Glaring Truth about UV Exposure Risk for Eyes

  While we know how important it is to protect our skin from damaging UV rays, we often forget about the effect the sun can have on our eyes.
  It is a known fact that excess UV exposure to our eyes can lead to many issues including cataracts, melanoma cancer, and even bothersome growths. Some of these problems can show up early in life for those who spend long periods outdoors in intense UV conditions. Other diseases like cataract and most eye cancers develop over many years of repeated UV exposure.
  The UV exposure leading to damage of the eye can occur not only in direct sunlight, but can also occur from reflection from water, sand, and snow. Prevention is the same in any climate, and should include both eye protection and hat.
  The recommendation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology is to “Wear sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection": Use only glasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and that are labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection. Choose wraparound styles so that the sun's rays can't enter from the side.”

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Dirty Truth on Why a Good Facial Cleaner is So Important for Skin Care

Our parents have always told us to wash our face, but what is the purpose? Besides cleansing the dirt and makeup off from throughout the day, it also helps to get rid of oil, pollutants, dead skin cell buildup, bacteria and viruses. When our pores our blocked with the debris accumulated from throughout the day, inflammation, acne, and increased pore size can follow.

There is evidence that night while sleeping, cell rejuvenation and DNA repair take place. Sleeping with your makeup on or without washing debris off deprives it of this oxygen which the skin needs to repair itself.  Also when makeup and daily debris is not cleansed from the skin, it blocks the natural exfoliating process. This will lead to dull and dry appearing skin.

Also at night, the blood flow in the skin is higher. With increased blood flow is increased absorption and penetration of products. Without cleansing the buildup doesn’t let products penetrate appropriately and are less effective.

Evaporation of water from the skin increases at night due to a rise in skin temperature.
Applying moisturizer to the skin after cleansing will help to keep skin hydrated as you sleep.

After the skin has gone through its rejuvenation process and increased cell turn over at night, you wake up with more dead skin cells that needs to be exfoliated from the skin, and more oils to remove.
And if you need one more reason to wash your face with a good cleanser… Water alone removes only about 65% of oil and debris from the surface of the skin!!!

Florida Skin Center carries a variety of Facial Cleansers that are tailored to every skin type and concern. Ask one of our knowledgeable staff members what is best for you!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Red Face

From a dermatological standpoint, redness of the face can be caused by a variety of different conditions. Common skin conditions that can cause redness of the face include acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and allergic contact dermatitis. Less common skin conditions that can cause redness on the face include psoriasis, infections (tinea - fungal, impetigo - bacterial), lupus, and keratosis pilaris. Some of these conditions are treated with topical and/or oral anti-inflammatory medications, while others are treated with topical and/or oral antibiotics/antifungals. In this day and age, most people like to do online research and try to self-medicate before seeing a health care professional. This is not advised, as many of these skin conditions can be worsened by using the wrong treatments.

Some forms of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma & squamous cell carcinoma) and pre-cancers (actinic keratoses) can also cause red spots on the face.

A simple skin biopsy can confirm the diagnosis that is causing redness of the face.

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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Old Bar Soap is Not the Answer for Facial Cleansing

 While it might seem like a good idea to get your face “squeaky clean” by using a bar of soap for cleansing, it can actually wreak havoc on your skin.

    Bar soap is very drying and can remove your natural oils, proteins, fats and ceramides from the skin. A common misconception is that getting rid of all the oil is good, but in reality your skin has its own fine balance. Drying the skin too much sends a signal to the body to produce more oil which can produce more breakouts.

   Bar soap also will change the pH or acidic balance of your skin. This can cause the protective barrier of the skin to become weakened. This can cause your skin to become dry, red, and/or itchy. When skin becomes dehydrated, wrinkles and pore size also become more evident.

  Treat your face to any Skin Medica or SkinCeuticals Facial cleanser the month of July and get 25% off.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Reveal Camera: What is hiding beneath your skin?

At Florida Skin Center we strive to provide the best care for our patients. This includes hosting educational events to help patients understand more about skin health and their specific underlying skin conditions. 

This summer we will be hosting 2 special events 

Evening of Education: Sun Damage- July 21st at our Cape Coral location from  6-8PM
 This is event it to help shed light on prevention and treatment of sun damage.

Chemical Peel Event- August 13th at our Fort Myers Location from  8AM-12PM

During these 2 events, patients will also have the unique opportunity to have their photo taken with the Reveal Camera. This is a powerful visual tool to help recognize problem areas and/or underlying sun damage you may or may not know about under the skin. This camera is able to highlight brown and red pigment under the skin. 

Brown – Spots are lesions on and deeper within the skin such as hyperpigmentation, freckles, lentigines, and melasma. Brown Spots occur from an excess of melanin, often associated with sun damage. Melanin is produced by melanocytes in the bottom layer of the skin. Brown Spots produce an uneven appearance to the skin, and are visualized by the Reveal Camera.

Red - Areas can represent a variety of conditions, such as acne, inflammation, rosacea or spider veins. Blood vessels in the skin are visualized by the Reveal Camera. Acne spots and inflammation vary in size but are generally round in shape. Rosacea is usually larger and diffuse compared to acne, and spider veins typically are short, thin and can be interconnected in a dense network.

Each event will also have special discounts on certain products and procedures the day of. 
Please call 239-561-3376 to reserve your spot to one of these events today!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What are the white spots on my body?

While everyone will have fungus naturally on their skin, it’s not normally evident. During summer months when there is an increase in the temperature and amount of sweating, there can be an increased amount of yeast (fungus) on our skin. This manifests itself as tinea versicolor. Most commonly it appears as light or dark colored spots on the skin. These spots are scaly and can sometimes be itchy. The rash is treated by topical and/or oral medications, but it can and often does reoccur.  Prevention includes wearing cotton or other breathable clothing. Washing weekly with an anti-fungal shampoo can also be helpful in some cases. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What is going on with my toenails?- It Could be Onychomycosis

    It’s the time of year for flip flops and bare feet. It’s also the time of year where we see many people who are concerned with the look of their toenails. Onychomycosis or a fungal infection of the toenails can result in yellow or white, thickened toenails. Certain people are more likely to have onychomycosis, and risk factors include: diabetes, psoriasis, decreased immune system, nail trauma, increasing age, peripheral vascular disease, and fungal infection of the feet.

     There are other conditions that can also make nails look poorly, so it is important to confirm the diagnosis of fungus (tinea). An easy and painless procedure called a nail clipping biopsy can be performed to confirm growth of fungus in the nail. There are different treatment options depending on the severity of the infection and the health of the person. Options include: topical creams or polishes, oral medications, and laser treatments. Duration depends on the treatment chosen, but in all cases it takes between 9-12 months to see full results of treatment. This is due to the slow growth of the toenails. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Zika: What You Need to Know

The Zika Virus has been in the news for months, but it seems like there are still many questions about the implications.

   Zika is a virus that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, rash,headache, joint pain, muscle pain, and/or red eyes (conjunctivitis).
    Most people have a mild illness and may not even realize they are sick. Symptoms usually last approximately 1 week, and treatment is symptomatic.    
 Currently there is no vaccine or curative treatment for the Zika virus. The biggest concern at this point is that when a pregnant woman contracts Zika it can be passed to her unborn child causing birth defects. Zika can also be spread through sexual contact and blood transfusions.
   Currently, there are no known long term effects on a persons health from contracting Zika, however there is a short term risk for women and men planning pregnancy. Once someone has been infected with Zika, it's  recommended by the CDC that women wait at least 8 weeks to become pregnant and men wait 6 months before planning pregnancy,

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Dreaded Head Lice

 Head Lice are small insects that lives on human hair and feed on blood from the scalp. Lice are a very common problem, especially in school aged kids. They're very contagious, and can sometimes tough to get rid of. Lice cannot fly and move by crawling. It is most commonly spread by person-to person contact, but can also be transmitted by clothing, brushes, towels, and bedding.

The most common symptom of head lice is itching.  Lice eggs hatch within 1 to 2 weeks after they're laid and mature to an adult in approximately 7 days. At this point an adult louse lays about 8 eggs a day. Head lice infest the hair of the head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft.

Dogs, cats, and other pets do not cause or spread lice. 
Seek treatment if you believe you have head lice, as the reproduction cycle occurs every 2-3 weeks. Most times a combination of topical therapy along with sanitation measures helps to cure these pesky parasites.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What Are Your Cosmetic Concerns?

According to a poll done by the American Society for Dermatological Surgery, the biggest cosmetic concerns in decreasing order are:

1. Excess Weight
2. Skin Texture/Discoloration
3. Lines and wrinkles around and under the eyes
4. Excess fat under the chin/neck
5. Sagging facial Skin

Do you have any of these same concerns?

If so, Florida Skin Center has non-surgical treatment options to address each and every one of these cosmetic concerns.

We realize that not everyone wants and/or needs surgical or even noninvasive procedures. For that reason we offer a variety of medical grade products to help target your concern. We offer product consults, and each one of our staff members are highly knowledgeable on the products we carry.

Did you know that we specialize in:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Micro needling 
  • Kybella for Submental fullness or fat under the chin
  • Botox 
  • Fillers
  • Liquid Facelifts
  • Exilis for Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening
  • Hand Rejuvenation
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Scar Treatments
  • Stretch Mark Treatment
  • Telangiectasia (broken blood vessels) Therapy
  • Age Spot Treatment
  • Online Consultation 
Call and Schedule with one of our knowledgeable professionals to take care of your concerns today !

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Art of Applying Sunscreen

     This picture has made it on TODAY, and has since been shared all over social media as a funny and common mistake. It sheds light on the importance of the correct application of sunscreen. A sunburn not only causes pain, but it’s also bad for your health.

    About 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. A person’s risk for developing melanoma doubles if they have had one or more blistering sunburns, or 5 or more sunburns.
    A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology states, 37% of people rarely or never applies sunscreen to their back and 43% of people rarely or never ask someone else to help them apply sunscreen to their back. Sunscreen application and examination of the back are important because the back is THE most common area for diagnosed Melanomas.

You can protect yourself by
        Use a broad spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays.) Use a sunscreen with a SPF or sun protective factor of at least 30. Reapply approximately 1oz of sunscreen every 2 hours.
        If using a spray sunscreen, MAKE SURE TO RUB IT IN.
        Limit sun exposure during hours when the UV rays are the strongest, between 10AM and 4 PM
        Wear protective clothing, sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.
        Avoid tanning beds
        Have an annual skin exam performed by a dermatologist.
Do self-skin exams, using the ABCDE's every month, and look for new or changing moles

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's Not Too Late to Register For Miles for Melanoma

Miles For Melanoma | WINK NEWS

Check out Jesmarie, our Cape Coral Office Manager on WINK News this morning, promoting our Miles For Melanoma 5K walk/run this weekend May 14,2016. It's still not too late to register online. We will be accepting online registration until Thursday evening, and day of the race registration begins at 7AM. If you are unable to participate this year, but would like to make a donation to the Melanoma Research Foundation, visit:  

Also, please make the time for yourself to have an annual skin check this year. Melanoma has a high cure rate and good prognosis when detected early.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Please Join us for the 2nd Annual Miles for Melanoma Walk/5k Run May 14, 2016

    Our 2nd Annual Miles for Melanoma Walk/5k Run is quickly approaching, and will be held on May 14, 2016 at Sanibel Outlets. Registration is between 7-8AM, and walk/race begins at 8AM. For early registration or if you cannot join us , but would like to donate to a great cause you can visit :  

   All proceeds go to the Melanoma Research Foundation for education, advocacy and research. By making a donation today, you can make a difference in the fight against melanoma.

Melanoma: What You Need to Know 
    Melanoma is a skin cancer that starts in the melanocytes, or the cells in our skin that produce the pigment that gives us our color. A melanoma can be any color including: brown, black, grey, red , blue , or any mixture of these colors. Melanoma can start as a new spot on the skin, or it can grow within a mole or skin lesion that was already present.

    The incidence of melanoma is on the rise, and it is important to become educated about melanoma because if diagnosed early it has a higher survival rate. The American Cancer Society estimates on average, 41200 people are diagnosed yearly with melanoma skin cancers in Florida. Eighteen melanomas were diagnosed in 2015, here at Florida Skin Center by our providers.

    There are different risk factors for developing a melanoma, some of which can be controlled and others that cannot. Fair skinned individuals and those who burn more easily are at an increased risk. Also are individuals with red or blonde hair and/or blue or green eyes. Someone who has many moles on their body or has had a dysplastic nevus or changing mole is too at an increased risk for developing a melanoma. A family history of melanoma in one or more first degree relative such as a parent, brother, sister, or child, increases a person’s risk. In fact, approximately 10% of those diagnosed with a melanoma, have a family history. Someone who has personally had a melanoma has approximately a 5 percent chance of developing another. A weakened immune system is another factor that may increase person’s chances of developing a melanoma skin cancer.

  Overall, men have a higher incidence of developing melanoma. The average age melanoma is diagnosed is 61, although we are starting to see melanomas grow in the younger populations. In fact melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults aged 25-59 years old. Women are more likely to develop this diagnosis before age 40, whereas men are more likely to develop melanoma after the age of 40.

    One of the preventable risk factors is UV or ultraviolet light exposure. About 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the DNA of the cells, which can cause melanoma. Most UV light is from sun exposure, but can also come from tanning beds. A person’s risk for developing melanoma doubles if they have had one or more blistering sunburns, or 5 or more sunburns from any UV source.

    When found early, melanoma is highly curable. When detected early, the overall 5-year survival rate is approximately 98 percent in the US. Melanomas become more of a concern when they spread to regional lymph nodes or other organs. This is why early detection is so crucial.

     As the old quote goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Although there are some risk factors that can’t be changed, there are some precautions that can be taken to reduce your risk of developing a melanoma.

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays.) Use a sunscreen with a SPF or sun protective factor of at least 30. Reapply approximately 1oz of sunscreen every 2 hours.
Limit sun exposure during hours when the UV rays are the strongest, between 10AM and 4 PM
Wear protective clothing, sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.
Avoid tanning beds
Have an annual skin exam performed by a dermatologist.
Do self-skin exams, using the ABCDE's every month, and look for new or changing moles.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

When Cosmetic Procedures Go Wrong

We have all seen people who have gone a little extreme with surgery or cosmetic procedures.  The dreaded duck lips and full cheeks that give people a very unnatural look. Let’s be honest, how many of us have indulged in watching the show Botched, which is dedicated to cosmetic procedures gone very wrong? 

When cosmetic injections are done by a skilled provider, the risk of getting a bad outcome is greatly reduced, but with any procedure things can always happen.  What if we told you though that there could be a way to UNDO what was done?
Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Voluma can be dissolved using a medication called Hyaluronidase.  It is an injectable enzyme solution that speeds the natural breakdown of hyaluronic acid and is used to counteract the effects of hyaluronic acid-based fillers. 
It can be injected right into areas that were over treated with filler. 

Now keep in mind not all fillers contain hyaluronic acid and not everyone is trained at how to inject this medication.  Make sure to ask your dermatology provider if you could benefit from this treatment.