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Coronavirus Hand Washing Tips Skin Protection COVID-19

Coronavirus Hand Washing Tips Skin Protection COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and being in the deep trenches of an aggressive flu season, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending frequent handwashing to stop or reduce the spread of infectious germs. In our family we are prone to dermatitis, rashes, and ultra-dry skin from handwashing. We did what most families did when we started hearing about the coronavirus. We stocked up on soap, cleansing wipes. anti-bacterial gels, and prepping supplies. Before we bought out the local Super Target on the soap aisle, we called our dermatologist office. We quickly learned which products to purchase and the value of proper handwashing. In fact, the CDC calls handwashing a do it yourself vaccine and emphasizes that handwashing saves lives when it comes to removing germs and preventing illness. While it is not truly a vaccine, it does work on washing away bacteria and viruses.  Below are some lessons learned in my research and talking to dermatologists.

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What Dermatologists Recommend

1. Avoid antibacterial soaps and gels when possible. They can have an adverse effect to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These soaps have not been proven to be better than regular soap. They often contain harsh ingredients that may be harmful, especially to young children and toddlers.

Why avoid antibacterial soaps for handwashing

      • They contain harsh chemicals which can irritate your skin and may have other harmful effects.
      • They have not been shown to perform better than other soaps. Remember the flu and coronavirus are viruses. Antibacterial soaps have little to no effect on viruses. They are meant to kill bacteria.
      • They have been shown to help increase the number and types of resistant bacteria.
      • Studies show you wash you tend to wash your hands longer with regular soap.

Best Dermatologist-Recommended Handwashing Products

If you have a specific need to use antibacterial soap, such as when you do not have access to soap and water, our doctors recommend Softsoap Antibacterial Hand Soap with moisturizer, as it is less harsh on the hands.

2. Pay attention to ingredients that dry or irritate the skin. When possible avoid chemicals and the following ingredients: fragrances, parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), methylisothiazolinone, Cocamidopropyl betaine, triclosan, 1, 4-dioxane, and aluminum.

What are the top dermatologist-recommended handwashing soaps?

3. Some of the best dermatologists in the United States recommend a product made by a company called Puracy. The recommended soap is called Puracy Natural Foaming Hand Soap. The Puracy brand is dermatologist-tested and has been shown to be gentle on children and toddlers. It is a plant-derivative, is non-toxic and is sulfate free. This soap promotes hydration and avoids harsh chemicals. It is available for purchase from Amazon or Target.

4. A second dermatologist-recommended soap is Seventh Generation Free and Clean Unscented Natural Hand Wash. Our family already uses Seventh Generation for dishwashing and clothes washing. We were thrilled to learn that this product is a USDA-certified biobased product. We also learned it is a triclosan-free soap with no dyes or phthalates.
It is fragrance free and hypoallergenic. Staples, Walgreens, and Target all carry the soap.

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Our staff and dermatologists are happy to educate patients on the best handwashing practices, while supporting hand health and avoiding irritation.

Suncoast Skin Solutions dermatologists recommend washing hands for a minimum of 30 seconds in lukewarm water. The CDS recommends washing hands especially after using the restroom, blowing your nose, and before consuming food.

Which product is best for restoring moisture to skin after handwashing

Our dermatologists advise applying a moisturizer free of fragrance, dyes, and parabens, such as Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream to prevent over-drying of the hands.

Have a question or a concern about dry or irritated skin? Call our Florida dermatology locator service at 844-786-3376.

Melanoma Monday at Florida’s Suncoast Skin Solutions

Melanoma Monday is sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. Melanoma Monday gives new dermatology patients the chance to learn more about the dangers and risks of sun exposure that may lead to melanoma. Skin cancer caused by UV exposure is preventable with the wearing protective clothing and using broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen. Limiting time in the sun can also be a great form of melanoma prevention.

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May Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The month of May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology, is offering free skin cancer screenings as part of our Melanoma Monday program for 2020. Our dermatologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and support staff care deeply about identifying skin cancer early and providing early intervention treatments as needed. Melanoma is the most dangerous and deadliest form of skin cancer. Our team is very through and performs a full body skin examination to look for any unusual moles or growths. If you have noticed changes in moles or the size, texture, shape or color of your moles, please report to the physician during the exam. Also, any family history of skin cancer is helpful information.

Free Skin Cancer Screening Florida

This year the free skin cancer screening falls on May 4, 2020. All you need to do is call us at 844-786-3376 to schedule your appointment with our Florida dermatologist locator team. Book your appointment early as space is limited. At Suncoast Skin Solutions, we provide full dermatologic care with an emphasis on the prevention and cure of skin cancer.  Suncoast Skin Solutions has several fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons on our team serving various Florida locations.

What Causes Psoriasis – Is it Contagious

Psoriasis often presents itself after contracting strep throat or getting a serious sunburn or even a scratch or cut. Scientists believe if you have a psoriasis episode after such a trigger, it all likely started with genes and a predisposition to the disease. Imagine looking down and seeing red patches on your knees that are incredibly itchy after getting strep throat. Immediately, you try and stop the itch and put on some long pants. You wonder if maybe you are having an allergic reaction to an antibiotic or other medication. Which doctor should you see? Should I cancel all my plans? Should you go to a primary care doctor or a skin doctor?

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Other questions arise in your head.

Am I contagious? Will I possibly infect my family?

Will over-the-counter medicines work?

What will people think when they see these lesions?

Will they go away on their own?

I may be pregnant. Will my child inherit psoriasis?

Ultimately, you will be referred to a dermatologist if you do in fact have psoriasis. There is no real test for the disease, yet dermatologists are trained to identify it. If you are diagnosed with psoriasis, your dermatologist will share treatment plan options. Psoriasis can often be controlled with treatment and by being aware and avoiding triggers. You are not alone. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates eight million people in North America have psoriasis.  As for you passing on psoriasis to your children, yes you will likely pass the genes to your child. The child may or may not ever show signs of psoriasis.

Do take it seriously as other health conditions could result such as cardiovascular disease or depression.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an auto-immune (immune-mediated) chronic skin disease in which red raised scaly patches appear on the skin. Psoriasis shows up in different forms and severity levels.  It may be itchy and sting or burn. There are different types of psoriasis. Some show up on the skin as small red spots or pus-filled red bumps.

The most prominent form of psoriasis is:

Plaque psoriasis

With plaque psoriasis, patients develop thick red patches and some white scaly skin appearance, also referred to as lesions. These lesions can develop anywhere over the body, but the most typical appearance of lesions is over scalp, knees, elbows, or lower back area. The raised red patches can crack and bleed.

According to an estimate, more than 7.5 million population in the United States is suffering from this skin condition.

Is Psoriasis Contagious?

Psoriasis shows up as an auto-immune reaction on the surface of the skin. You cannot get psoriasis from coming into contact with someone with the disease. That includes skin to skin contact or a swimming in the same water.

Causes on Psoriasis: Research

According to AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), WebMD, and the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is not contagious. Instead, it is an auto-immune disorder in which specific human genes are responsible for the development of the disease. Just because you have the genes associated psoriasis does not always mean that you will develop the disease. Still, some environmental triggers can also cause or exacerbate psoriasis, which is as follows:

  • Reactions to drugs or medicines
  • Erosional stresses
  • Cold weather
  • Skin injuries and infections
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

The severity of psoriasis:

Psoriasis is usually measured in terms of the emotional and physical impact it causes.

Psoriasis has following severities:

  1. Mild – less than 2% of the body is affected
  2. Moderate – 3 to 10% of the body is affected
  3. Severe –more than 10% of the body is affected

In these categories, the percentage is measured as the palm of the hand representing one percent.

The severity of psoriasis is also tied to how it impacts one’s quality of life. If psoriasis encroaches to extremities like hands and feet, then its intensity is considered as severe because, in these cases, it can affect daily life functions.

Treatment Plans

Your dermatologist will recommend treatment based on the type and severity of the disease. Treatment can be challenging, as it is a chronic condition with unpredictable flare-ups.

See Suncoast Skin Solutions treatment plans

Colleen Ursic, PA-C is a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation and works out of our Daytona Beach office.  Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate psoriasis and offer treatment options.

Call us to help you locate an experienced dermatologist near your area of Florida.


Relief from Hives

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Hives are raised, red welts on the skin resulting from an itchy rash, usually triggered by an allergen.

Approximately 20% of us will experience hives at some in our lives. Knowing how to achieve relief from hives when they occur is key to comfort and reduced family stress and anxiety.

When we receive patients at our Florida dermatology clinics with hives, they invariably ask, “Are hives contagious?”  We wish there were a simple answer. Actually, there is. Hives themselves are not contagious. This means if you come into contact with someone who has broken out with hives, you will not all of the sudden have hives too. The key here with the contagious question is what caused the hives. If it was simply an allergen or too much time in the sun, there is nothing contagious to spread. If the hives were caused by an infection or viral condition, the person with the hives may be contagious. Infections that may induce hives can be the following:

Hives Causes that are Contagious

Hives usually subside within 48 hours of an outbreak. An exception to this is for those with chronic hives. These 48 hours of having hives can be excruciating. We have provided some handy tips on how to get relief after a hives outbreak.

The following tips will help you reduce the irritation from hives:

Tips to improve comfort during hives outbreak

  • Wearing light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid scratching
  • Use mild soaps when bathing
  • Cool the affected area with lotion, cold water, a fan, a cool compress, or a shower
  • Take an oatmeal bath with tepid water.
  • Avoid additional triggers

It is important to know when to see a doctor with any of these symptoms.

When to See a Physician for Hives

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate hives and offer treatment options.

Call us to help you locate an experienced dermatologist near your area of Florida.

*Thank you to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for the use of the hives photo.


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What You Should Know Before Getting Microneedling

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So you have done your research and are ready to move forward with microneedling. You set time in your schedule and make an appointment. You have everything set even the downtime away from friends to avoid the “What did you have done?” questions. If you find out you cannot move forward for some reason, it can be a real disappointment. Imagine arriving and checking in, getting settled in a comfy chair and being told by your dermatology clinic that you have to reschedule.

This failure and disappointment can be completely avoided. Some more obvious things to avoid prior to microneedling are retinol treatments or product use the day before your scheduled service. What may not be so obvious is regularly taking ibuprofen or naproxen.

Here is a list of things that will prevent you from receiving microneedling services with Rejuvapen:

Things to Avoid Before Microneedling

  • Received spa or cosmetic treatments to areas of face or neck that would increase skin sensitivity or compromise skin integrity.
  • Used tanning booths or received extended amount of sunlight exposure.
  • Recent use of products or medications containing retinoid or Vitamin A derivatives.
  • Used autoimmune medications or therapies
  • Chronic use of NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen.
  • Received Botox treatment within the past 2 weeks
  • Received filler treatment within the past 2-4 weeks

Come with a clean face and no makeup.

Any other questions? Ask your local dermatologist.

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Most of our locations offer microneedling and other cosmetic services.

Call us to help you locate an experienced dermatologist near your area of Florida.


Is Rosacea Contagious?

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When you first notice frequent flushing on your face, you may have a condition called rosacea. If your dermatologist confirms you do have rosacea, your first thought may be, “I don’t want anyone to see me like this.” The good news is, it’s treatable. The second thought you will likely have is the following: “Is it contagious?” You definitely don’t want to expose your friends and family if it is.

What if you are not the one diagnosed? What if a friend or acquaintance tells you a confirmed diagnosis was received? Most people wonder immediately if it is a contagious condition and err on the side of caution by keeping a distance from the person with rosacea.

What is Rosacea: Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the central portion of the face causing redness (flushing) that may be accompanied by pimples, visible blood vessels, eye irritation or other signs. Flare-ups often occur with triggers of the condition. Remission is also commonly experienced.

Rosacea most commonly affects adults over the age of thirty. If a friend or family member shares a rosacea diagnosis, you may wonder if there is any risk with minor physical contact such as hand shaking or hugging at social functions.

To answer the question, “Is rosacea contagious?”

rosacea pimples redness face photos NRS - Is Rosacea Contagious?Rest assured, rosacea is not contagious. There is no medical evidence that rosacea is contagious. You cannot pass the infection by physical touch or by airborne contact such as breathing in bacteria from someone who has been diagnosed with rosacea.

Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea can worsen over time. The good news is that it is treatable. Seek out a dermatologist as soon as possible if you have some or all of the warning signs of rosacea.

Some key signs include the following:

Facial redness that continues over time

Frequent flushing of the face

Small red bumps with possible pus

Blood vessels which show through the skin

Increase in skin’s thickness

Coarseness of the skin

Watery or red eyes (irritation)

Be sure to seek medical attention if your skin shows signs of rosacea.

Did you know that rosacea affects millions of people in the US?  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this skin condition affects more than 14 million people in the United States. That number translates into 1 in 20 people being affected in the United States. In all likelihood you know several people who have this condition. The total number or cases may actually be understated. The National Rosacea Society (NSR) estimates two million more for a total of 16 million with the condition in the US.

According to the NSR, any skin type may be affected, yet those who tend to easily flush are more likely to be diagnosed. It affects women and men differently. Women tend to have a concentration of affected areas on the chin and cheeks. For men, the nose is a predominant area for flare-ups.

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to treat clinical conditions, such as rosacea.

Call Suncoast Skin Solutions to help you locate an experienced dermatologist in your area of Florida.


*Photos courtesy of the National Rosacea Society

5 Common Skin Rashes in Adults

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Imagine waking up Monday morning with a rash that covers most of your face? Getting it evaluated moves to the top task on your priority list for the day. Most of us have had periodic rashes as adults. Seeing a rash appear on your skin can be alarming. Rashes call also be painful or severely itchy. In many cases, you will have no clue what may have caused the rash, when to see a doctor, and how to get rid of the rash. If your skin suddenly develops a rash, you will want to know what it is. Below are some descriptions of common rashes. Be sure to see a dermatologist if you suspect you may have a serious rash. As you will see, symptoms can overlap. A rash can be a sign of something more serious occurring in the body. Getting your rash properly identified and treated right away can bring rapid relief.

Is your rash contagious?

Let this blog article be a reference for some of the most common conditions that result in adult rashes and whether the rash may be contagious.

According to the dermatologists at Suncoast Skin Solutions, a rash is defined as any type of skin inflammation in which the skin shows a change in texture, color, or appearance, resulting in scaly, dry, cracked, itchy, red, discolored, or bumpy skin. Not only can rashes be painful, they can also have a negative psychological effect on patients. Early evaluation is the key to addressing and treating the root cause.

We will periodically include additional articles about adult rashes and conditions that often result in the appearance of skin rashes. For this blog article we have included five.

The following 5 conditions commonly cause rashes among adults:


  • Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by facial flushing, and a broad spectrum of clinical signs, including erythema, telangiectasia, coarseness of skin, and an inflammatory papulopustular eruption that presents as pimples or red bumps.
  • Flare-ups can be triggered by a number of stimuli such as alcoholic beverages, spicy foods, stress, sunlight, medicines, and other factors.
  • There are several types of rosacea. Treatment options vary for each type and can involve surgical or laser interventions.
  • Some symptoms and signs common of rosacea include raised, red bumps or pimples, facial flushing skin sensitivity, facial redness, thickening of the skin, and eye irritation.


  • Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus or VZV.
  • If you have had chickenpox in earlier years, you have a chance of developing shingles. They are caused by the same virus.
  • The varicella virus is contagious when it reaches the blister form, prior to crusting over. A person with shingles blisters can transmit the virus onto another person, which could result in the development of chickenpox
  • Before the rash surfaces, pain or itching may occur in the area that will be affected.
  • The rash generally appears on one side of the face or torso.
  • The rash itself is painful with blisters similar in appearance to chickenpox. Shooting pain may accompany the rash. According to the CDC, the blisters scab over in a week to ten days and the rash goes away in two to four weeks.
  • Shingles symptoms may include headache, chills, fever, a stomach pain, and fatigue.
  • A person can develop shingles anytime after having the chicken pox. Shingles is more common in older adults. The CDC recommends people 50 years and older receive a shingles vaccine called Shingrix®.

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  • Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection characterized by scaly rashes, with a circular shape and a raised border.
  • Clear and healthy skin usually appears in the midsection of the ring.
  • Topical treatments can be effective treatments.

Contact Dermatitis

  • Contact dermatitis results from an allergic reaction to a substance or direct contact with an irritating substance.
  • The rash usually manifests itself a few hours or even minutes of coming into contact with the allergen or irritant and can last for weeks.
  • Contact dermatitis is not contagious.
  • The skin rash is red and usually accompanied by scaly, dry, and/or itchy skin. Some blisters may appear and ooze, weep, or become crusty. The rash usually has distinct borders.

Rashes resulting from Flea Bites

  • Flea bites can occur anywhere in the body. They commonly occur on the feet and ankles because fleas often jump on humans from the ground, such as the grass outside or carpet indoors.
  • The resulting rash is characterized by red, itchy bumps with a central red spot. These bumps may be surrounded by a red halo.
  • Flea bites have a risk of becoming infected.
  • Fleas carry diseases such as marine typhus.
  • Symptoms usually manifest immediately a person is bitten by the flea.

If you have a rash that is concerning to you, the best thing to do is get it checked out by a dermatologist experienced with clinical skin conditions and their treatments.

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate rashes and offer treatment options.

Call us to help you locate an experienced dermatologist in your area of Florida.


  • Photos courtesy of the National Rosacea Society

What is a Pediatric Dermatologist

As parents, we look over our child’s skin regularly for rashes, irritated areas, or anything that appears abnormal. When we see something new or unusual, we often consult our primary care pediatrician, which is a good first step. When is it time to visit a pediatric dermatologist? Learn about what pediatric dermatologists do and when it makes sense to book your first appointment in this article.

Pediatric dermatologists see patients from birth through their teenage years with skin conditions.

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What is the best age to start seeing a dermatologist?

The best age to see a dermatologist is when a skin condition is present. Skin conditions can appear in newborns. Your child can see a pediatric dermatologist as early as a few days after birth.

Pediatric dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat the youngest of patients.

Common Newborn Skin Conditions


Baby Acne

Cradle Cap


Toxic Erythema (common newborn rash)

About our Pediatric Dermatology Practice

  • The best age to start seeing a dermatologist for a regular exam when no known skin issue exists is the mid-twenties. In your twenties, you may start seeing more moles and sun damage to the skin.

A child’s skin differs from the skin of an adult. It is thinner and can be ultra-sensitive and prone to hormonal fluctuations.

If your child has problems with his or her hair, nails, or skin, whether it is adolescent acne or a diaper rash that won’t go away, a pediatric dermatologist can help. These doctors are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of various pediatric skin issues.

Pediatric dermatologists carefully determine whether the skin condition affecting your child reflects some underlying disease or health condition, or whether it increases the child’s vulnerability to other health conditions. For example, a child who is affected by eczema may be at risk of food allergies.

Skin Conditions Treated by Pediatric Dermatologists

  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Infections including warts and molluscum contagiosum
  • Hair loss
  • Skin cancer
  • Ringworm
  • Vitiligo
  • Vascular and pigmented birthmarks

No child is too young to be examined for skin cancer. If you are concerned about your child, you make an appointment with a dermatologist. Treatment can be more effective when it is diagnosed earlier.

What kind of treatments are offered by a pediatric dermatologist?

  • Surgery and excision (Mohs surgery is used to treat skin cancer.)
  • Injectable and topical immunotherapy
  • Excimer and pulsed dye laser therapies
  • Photodynamic therapy and phototherapy (using UVA and UVB treatments).
  • Topical medications

Pediatric dermatology: There’s no better care for your child

Children differ from adults. They may be unable to express their concerns and symptoms. Pediatric dermatologists are trained to gather information from both children and their caregivers.

Many pediatric disorders do not occur in adults. Common disorders, like psoriasis, are uniquely expressed in children. Experienced pediatric dermatologists are able to accurately diagnose and treat skin conditions affecting children, including the management of medications.

Suncoast Skin Solutions has several dermatologists on staff who see both children and adults. Call our Florida dermatologist locator line for more information at 813.321.1786

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Our doctors take a personalized approach to patient care for both children and adults. Our pediatric dermatologists are focused on providing treatments that meet your child’s personal, cultural, and developmental needs from birth and all through the period of adolescence. If your pediatrician refers your child to a pediatric dermatologist in Florida, rest assured that Suncoast Skin Solutions will provide the ultimate care and take the time to explain the details of your child’s condition and treatment options.

How to Tell if Moles Are Cancerous

Did you know self-examinations can help detect cancer early?

It is as easy as ABCDE.

Dermatologists suggest regular skin examinations for early skin cancer detection, but did you know that a skin self-examination between dermatologist visits can help catch early or precancerous growths? Learn how to examine your skin in this article from the skin cancer experts at Suncoast Skin Solutions. The exam is simple; just follow the steps in this article. Early detection can give you or a family member the chance to catch and treat the cancer before it has the chance to spread. The key to an effective skin self-exam is being able to identify moles that are abnormal.

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Patient Melanoma Success Stories

A client in our Lutz, Florida office reported some unusual growths to us in a recent visit after a self-exam. We froze off the suspicious ones and sent some of them off after performing a punch biopsy for the pathologist to review. All ended well.

Another Florida patient reported Suncoast’s dermatologists catching her melanoma early and being cancer-free for the following five years.

Identifying Normal vs Abnormal Moles

Typical or normal moles are usually one color, ranging from light to dark. Common mole colors are lighter browns such as tan, medium or dark brown, or black. They generally have a border which clearly distinguishes them from the adjacent skin. Their shape may be oval in or circular. They are relatively small in size and on average measure less than a quarter of an inch or six millimeters in diameter.

Any mole that does not meet the criteria of normal, is atypical. There is an even easier way to distinguish abnormalities in moles in a self-exam. Follow the ABCDE guide developed and provided by the American Academy of Dermatology.

In case you notice a mole that doesn’t resemble any other, be sure to make an appointment with an experienced board-certified dermatologist for a skin evaluation.

When in doubt, have it checked out.

Melanomas are dangerous, especially if detected late or in advanced stages. They can appear anywhere on your body, even in places that are not commonly exposed to the sun’s rays. Book an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist if you suspect one or more skin growths to be abnormal. When it comes to melanoma, the simple rule is: When in doubt, have it checked out.

ABCDE is a method to detect whether your mole might be cancerous.

  • Always consult a dermatologist to evaluate potentially cancerous moles. The self-exam is a good practice to do in between visits to the dermatologist. Each letter of the acronym is listed and described below:

A Stands for Asymmetry

Most cancerous moles have an asymmetrical or irregular shape. That means that if you were to draw a straight line across the mole, the two halves formed would not match. Thus, it isn’t an oval, circle or symmetrical mole. If you notice an irregular shape to one or more moles, consult your dermatologist for a full-skin evaluation.

B Stands for Border

Cancerous moles tend to have notched or scalloped borders which are uneven. Normal moles have smooth and even edges.

C stands for Color

Benign moles often have a single shade throughout. Identify any moles that have multiple colors or have colors with varying shades within the same mole.  Note: While considered rare types, there are melanomas which are colorless.

D Stands for Diameter

Normal moles should have a diameter which is no more than six millimeters or a quarter of an inch. Look for larger moles that exceed the size of a pencil eraser.

E Stands for Evolving

Be sure to identify moles that are changing on your skin. They may change in color, size, shape, or even texture. Make note of any mole changes you notice over time.

Ugly Duckling Melanoma Identification Strategy

The Skin Cancer Foundation provides a second effective strategy for identifying moles in a self-examination. The so-called ugly duckling strategy focuses on finding the moles that stand out from the others on a person’s skin. The moles on your skin should resemble one another. Melanomas will often stand out and look different from the rest of the moles. When a mole shows that variance, take note and advise your dermatologist.


Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology practice. We have dermatologists available on the West Coast, East Coast, and Central Florida. Call our dermatologist locator line to find a provider near you at 813.321.1786.

3 Surprising Benefits of Microneedling

For years, we have seen the results of microneedling in reducing the signs of aging on the faces of celebrities and on reality television shows. What might surprise you is some of the unexpected benefits of the procedure. In addition to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, microneedling has these three natural healing benefits:

3 Surprising Microneedling Benefits

  • Acne Treatment
  • Acne Scar Reduction
  • Burn Wounds and Scarring Repair

Yes, the increased collagen production from this treatment helps with natural healing process. Note: For acne scarring, the treatment is best used for depressed scars, rather than raised scars.

What is Microneedling

Microneedling is a minimally invasive dermatological procedure in which fine sterilized needles are used to create microscopic punctures to the skin using a specialized tool. The induced trauma to the skin triggers the skin’s healing process to produce collagen and elastin, resulting in a healthier and more youthful appearance. Another benefit of the procedure is that it enables the skin to better absorb anti-aging products. Microneedling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT). It is a popular choice by both practitioners and patients due to its effectiveness in rejuvenation using the skin’s natural healing ability.

History of Microneedling

Microneedling is not a new cosmetic procedure. In fact, its origin dates back to ancient history. Microneedling was first introduced thousands of years ago as an acupuncture-type protocol in China and Asia. The first record of an actual procedure being performed was in 1905 by a dermatologist in Germany who used it to treat both scars and birth marks. In 1995, a physician in Philadelphia began using microneedling for scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Suncoast Skin Solutions uses one of the best tools on the market for microneedling results. Rejuvapen is a high-performing tool that has built-in precision and safety features.  Below are some of the pre-treatment considerations recommended by Suncoast Skin Solutions’ dermatologists.

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Avoid microneedling within 2 weeks of a Botox treatment, as this may affect the distribution of the Botox beyond the injection site.

Avoid microneedling for 2-4 weeks after filler treatment to avoid an inflammatory reaction.

Looking for microneedling in Florida? Our locator service is available by calling Suncoast Skin Solution’s main appointment center. Many of our dermatology clinics offer microneedling.