Tag: skin health

GUEST BLOG: 5 Steps a Teenager Can Take When Faced with Acne

GUEST BLOG: 5 Steps a Teenager Can Take When Faced with Acne

Being a teenager is tough. You’re just starting to grow into yourself and your body is changing and developing. We can all recall our days as teens, and my guess is that for most of us, at least some of…

Guest Post: 7 Things you Should Know about Sauna Etiquette

Guest Post: 7 Things you Should Know about Sauna Etiquette

The basic rules of sauna-going for beginners are here!

Guest Post: Face-Washing 101: Cardinal Cleansing Sins

Guest Post: Face-Washing 101: Cardinal Cleansing Sins

Shedding light on the biggest and most common mistakes you make when cleansing!

Diet Choices & Healthy Skin: How Are They Connected?

Diet Choices & Healthy Skin: How Are They Connected?

By now you surely know that genetics has the biggest impact on your skin’s health. But no worries, this doesn’t mean your skin’s issues are completely dependant of it. Other factors such as diet, lifestyle and products influence your skin’s…

Skintributes 101: Pigmentation

Skintributes 101: Pigmentation

Uneven complexion is one of the most common concerns in the world! It can appear in different forms and for various reasons. Most commonly, when we have pigmentation issues, we’re thinking about brown patches on our face, shoulders, hands or…

Guest Post: Skin Cancer & the ‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman Touting Sun Protection

Guest Post: Skin Cancer & the ‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman Touting Sun Protection

Actor Hugh Jackman’s recurring bouts with skin cancer have attracted attention to what national medical organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Skin Cancer Foundation say is already an epidemic. Jackman, best known as the star of the X-Men movie franchise, recently took to Twitter to encourage people to use sunscreen after undergoing treatment for the fifth case of skin cancer on his nose since 2013.

The type of skin cancer Jackman had is called basal cell carcinoma. It’s the most commonly diagnosed form of skin cancer, followed by squamous cell carcinoma. Both are rarely fatal, but they can be highly disfiguring and may spread if left untreated. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it makes up only about 5% of all skin cancer cases diagnosed annually.

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All types of skin cancer are on the rise despite efforts to increase awareness about the importance of protecting skin from the sun. A 2015 study published in JAMA Dermatology estimated that more than 5 million skin cancers are treated yearly in the U.S. in approximately 3.3 million people. This number continues to rise, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

Dr. Brett Coldiron, founder of the The Skin Cancer Center in Cincinnati, told the Skin Cancer Foundation that be believes significant increases in the number of nonmelanoma skin cancer cases is due to a number of factors. For one thing, he says, the number of skin cancers reported is probably more accurate now than in the past.

He adds, “I think the increase is due to sun exposure, both incidental and intentional, and the growth of tanning parlors. Also, the baby boomer generation is aging, and most skin cancer patients are over 65.”

Baby boomers make up the largest part of our population. Not only are baby boomers living longer, but they are spending more of their life out in the sun.

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Jackman, at 48, doesn’t quite fall into the baby boom demographic. But he underwent a treatment to remove a skin cancer tumor that is becoming increasingly familiar to aging patients, who make up the vast majority of individuals diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell cancers. That treatment, Mohs micrographic surgery, is widely regarded as the most effective for nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Mohs surgery involves a meticulous process in which an extremely thin layer of tissue is removed by a surgeon, who then examines it under a microscope to determine whether any cancer cells remain. The process is repeated until all cancerous tissue is removed. The outpatient procedure may take several hours, but it has a cure rate of about 99% for patients diagnosed for the first time and up to 94% for recurrent tumors.

It’s also preferred for treating skin cancer in areas where the cosmetic outcome is important, such as the nose, lips, and other areas of the face, because Mohs spares more healthy tissue than other treatment methods. When the treatment is performed by an American College of Mohs Surgery member, Mohs surgery recovery is typically smooth.

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“Because American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) members perform the procedure in an outpatient setting using only local anesthesia, immediate recovery generally involves little more than resting and simple wound care,” says the ACMS website. “Some patients may experience mild discomfort, bleeding, redness, or inflammation, but these are typically temporary and easily manageable.”

Specialists who belong to the ACMS complete rigorous post-residency fellowship training from highly qualified instructors. Completing the fellowship includes participating in at least 500 Mohs surgery cases and demonstrating an ability to accurately interpret slides of tissue samples removed during the procedures.

Treatment alternatives such as excising the tumor, radiation, or cryogenic surgery (freezing the tumor off) are still being used, but expect to learn more about Mohs surgery as its benefits become apparent to more celebrities and regular folks alike.

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Bio: Emmy Owens is a health & beauty blogger who loves everything related to looking your best! She is a mother and wife who loves staying fit by chasing her young children. With age, she is not opposed to a cosmetic enhancement here or there, but the specifics remain in the vault.

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This post is a result of collaborative efforts of mySkin and American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).

GUEST BLOG: Cultural Significance – Tribal Tattoos

GUEST BLOG: Cultural Significance – Tribal Tattoos

Some people tend to think of tattoos as a fad that’s just recently become popular. Others think back to what they consider the origin of popular tattoos: the wartime sailors, heading off for adventure with freshly-inked anchors and birds in…

Unbiased Skincare: From mySkin.com to OKU

Unbiased Skincare: From mySkin.com to OKU

How mySkin, Inc. has progressed in creating technologies that empower people to make informed skincare decisions!

OKU Availability Update

OKU Availability Update

Where’s my OKU?   Many of you have been asking when OKU will be ready to ship, so we decided to share an update about where we are with OKU right now. Since OKU is a first of its kind…

GUEST BLOG: The Best Tips For Naturally Rosy Skin

GUEST BLOG: The Best Tips For Naturally Rosy Skin

A naturally glowing, rosy skin is the epitome of beauty as it makes you look glamorous. However, the skin is a reflection of internal health and being the largest organ of the body requires a lot of pampering and caring…

Chemical Peels 101

Chemical Peels 101

If you’ve been wondering what chemical peels are, how they work and whether you should get one done, we’ve summed up a short guide through this treatment technique to help you stay informed and make up your mind! Chemical peels…

Aromatherapy Oils & 5 Ways To Use Them

Aromatherapy Oils & 5 Ways To Use Them

If you’re into skincare, wellness or beauty products in general, you’ve probably heard a lot about essential oils, aromatherapy and the benefits it has to our health. If all those stories weren’t clear enough or sounded like bogus to you,…

How To Choose The Right Skincare Product

How To Choose The Right Skincare Product

With so many options lying around, how can you be sure you’re making the right choice?

GUEST BLOG: 6 Ways to Get Naturally Glowing Skin

GUEST BLOG: 6 Ways to Get Naturally Glowing Skin

Acne, pigmentation and most of the other skin issues we generally have are easily manageable with a few natural tricks. Try these out before you decide to visit a dermatologist for your next visit, or try them in conjunction with your physician’s medication.

How Solid Sleep Helps Your Skin

How Solid Sleep Helps Your Skin

Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffiness and dark circles after a few nights of sleep. It’s normal and it happens to all of us. But how does lack of sleep impact your overall skin health?

GUEST BLOG: Recreate Perfection – Beauty Amplifying Procedures

GUEST BLOG: Recreate Perfection – Beauty Amplifying Procedures

There’s no such thing as the perfect body, and whether we like to admit it or not, plastic surgery taken to the extremes can cause more harm than good. And yet there’s nothing wrong with cosmetic surgery – surgical and non-surgical – provided that you don’t exaggerate.

Create A Perfect Running Plan

Create A Perfect Running Plan

Whether you’re an experienced runner wanting to upgrade his endurance or a first-time jogger trying to start working out regularly, here’s a way to plan your run.

GUEST BLOG: The Reason Behind Losing The Glow At 30

GUEST BLOG: The Reason Behind Losing The Glow At 30

As aging progresses, different changes appear inside and outside the body. These changes are particularly visible on the skin. As you near the age of 30, tired skin manifests itself and you can’t seem to stop it. To better understand why this happens, read down below.

GUEST INFOGRAPHIC: Best Shower Practices

GUEST INFOGRAPHIC: Best Shower Practices

Showers do a lot of work for us. They clean us, they relax us, they comfort us even. But could you be stripping away the benefits of the shower’s atmosphere in your shower routine?

Mighty Green: Try Out These 5 Avocado DIY Face Masks!

Mighty Green: Try Out These 5 Avocado DIY Face Masks!

Cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world, avocado is one of the most nourishing fruits out there. It is packed with skin friendly minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, etc., vitamins A, E, B and K and unsaturated fats. But what can it do for your skin?