As winter continues those with psoriasis are likely experiencing a flare. Psoriasis tends to worsen during the cool, dark days of winter. This is due to several causes, including dry air, low vitamin D levels, and stress, just to name a few. A couple of helpful hints: use a mild non-alkaline soap that won’t dry …

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Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a great option for treating precancerous skin lesions called actinic keratosis. This review of prior research, published on August 27th in JAMA Dermatology, found that people who underwent PDT were 14 percent more likely to have the lesion completely cleared three months later than those who had the freezing treatment known …

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Have you ever wondered why you might have brown spots on your face? It could be a condition called melasma, which usually affects women and people with darker skin types more commonly. It is important to avoid the sun and use appropriate skin care products when you have this condition. You can read more about …

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Chikungunya Fever?

Traveling to the Caribbean this summer? Watch out for Chikungunya Fever, which is spreading throughout the Caribbean. This tropical disease is characterized by fever, rash, nausea, and joint aches. It is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito so it is important to use effective insect repellants and long sleeves/pants as well as mosquito netting.

Poison Ivy

Watch out for poison ivy this summer! This is a great article from the New York Times with what to do when exposed and how to prevent the rash. Did you know that mangos and cashews also contain the same poisonous resin as poison ivy? More information here:

Laser Dates

At TDLS we are able to offer treatments using the pulse-dye laser (red birthmarks, spider angiomas, scars), Apogee Elite (leg veins, venous malformations, hair removal), and Erbium Yag (laser resurfacing, scar revision, acne scars). We are excited to post the following dates for laser for the second half of 2014: Monday Laser Dates with available …

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Sunscreen Ban

We have recently discovered that some schools do not allow sunscreen use. This is concerning due to the increased risk of skin cancer with childhood sunburns. You can read more below. Please let us know your comments on this important issue.

Tanning and Vitamin D

We often get questions about tanning and vitamin D levels. We have always discouraged tanning as a means for increasing vitamin D because of the increased risk for skin cancer. Furthermore, vitamin D can be easily obtained from dietary supplements. Now this article exposes how one tanning bed user actually developed toxic levels of Vitamin …

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