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Skin Cancer Awareness – Melanoma Q & A's
Skin Cancer Awareness – Melanoma Q & A's Dr. Kjar & Candessa

This week we are educating on serious skin conditions to make us all aware of the possible side effects of sun exposure. This week we are hi-lighting an article from American Academy of Dermatology, talking about MELANOMA. Educate yourself and prevent!

Melanoma

Q. What is melanoma?
A.  Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells. Melanomas may appear on the skin suddenly without warning but also can develop on an existing mole. The overall incidence of melanoma continues to rise. In fact, melanoma rates in the United States doubled from 1982 to 2011.
Q.  Is melanoma a serious disease?
A.  Melanoma is highly treatable when detected early, but advanced melanoma can spread to the lymph nodes and internal organs, which can result in death. It is estimated that 7,230 people will die from melanoma in 2019.
Q.  What causes melanoma?
A.  Exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet light is a risk factor for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma. Research indicates that UV light from the sun and tanning beds can both cause melanoma and increase the risk of a benign mole progressing to melanoma.

  • Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80 percent.
  • Exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women 45 or younger.

The majority of melanoma cases are attributable to UV exposure. Other possible factors include genetics and immune system deficiencies.
Q.  Who gets melanoma?
A.  Melanoma can strike anyone. In fact, more than 1 million Americans are living with melanoma.
Caucasians are more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma than other races. Even among Caucasians, however, certain individuals are at higher risk than others. For example, men older than 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population. Your risk is also increased if you:

  • Have more than 50 moles, large moles or atypical (unusual) moles.
  • Have a family history of melanoma.
  • Have sun-sensitive skin (i.e., you sunburn easily, or you have red or blond hair, or blue or green eyes).
  • Have a history of excessive sun exposure or indoor tanning.
  • Have had a previous melanoma or nonmelanoma skin cancer, which is more common than melanoma.
  • Have had other previous cancers, such as breast or thyroid cancer.

Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color. In patients with skin of color, the disease is often diagnosed in its later stages, when it’s more difficult to treat. Research has shown that patients with skin of color are less likely than Caucasian patients to survive melanoma.

Q.  What are atypical moles?
A.  Most people have moles (also known as nevi). Atypical moles are unusual moles that are generally larger than normal moles and variable in color. They often have irregular borders and may occur in far greater number than regular moles. Atypical moles occur most often on the upper back, torso, lower legs, head and neck. It is important to recognize that atypical moles are not limited to any specific body area — they may occur anywhere. The presence of atypical moles is an important risk factor for melanoma developing in a mole or on apparently normal skin.
Q.  What does melanoma look like?
A.  Recognition of changes in the skin is the best way to detect early melanoma. They most frequently appear on the upper back, torso, lower legs, head and neck.

  • In females 15-29 years old, the torso/trunk is the most common location for developing melanoma, which may be due to high-risk tanning behaviors.
  • People with skin of color are prone to skin cancer in areas that aren’t commonly exposed to the sun, like the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, the groin and the inside of the mouth. They also may develop melanoma under their nails.

The American Academy of Dermatology urges everyone to examine their skin regularly. This means looking over your entire body, including your back, your scalp, your palms, your soles and between your toes.
If you notice a mole on your skin, you should follow the ABCDE rule, which outlines the warning signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: One half does not match the other half.
  • Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
  • Color: The pigmentation is not uniform. Different shades of tan, brown or black are often present. Dashes of red, white, and blue can add to the mottled appearance.
  • Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
  • Evolving: The mole or skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

If you notice a new mole, a mole different from others on your skin, or one that changes, itches or bleeds, even if it is smaller than 6mm, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible. 
Q.  Can melanoma be cured?
A.
  When detected in its earliest stages, melanoma is highly treatable. The average five-year survival rate for individuals whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent. The five-year survival rates for regional (lymph nodes) and distant (other organs/lymph nodes) stage melanomas are 64 percent and 23 percent, respectively.
Early detection is essential. Dermatologists recommend a regular self-examination of the skin to detect changes in its appearance.  Changing, suspicious or unusual moles or blemishes should be examined as soon as possible. A board-certified dermatologist can make individual recommendations as to how often a person needs a skin exam from a doctor based on individual risk factors, including skin type, history of sun exposure and family history. Individuals with a history of melanoma should have a full-body exam at least annually and perform monthly self-exams for new and changing moles.
Q.  Can melanoma be prevented?
A. 
   UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Here’s how to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays:

  • Seek shade. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Wear protective clothing. This means wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
    • Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days.
    • Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. For more adults, this is about an ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
    • Don’t forget to apply to tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head.
    • When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Take care around water, snow, and sand. These reflect and intensify the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Avoid tanning beds. UV light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and early skin aging.
  • Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

 

Help! I’m sunburnt… What now?
Help! I’m sunburnt… What now? Dr. Kjar & Candessa

After a sun drenched holiday like the 4th of July, many of us are feeling the burn after a long day of playing in the sun. The damage has been done. So what can you do now?
Many of us are googling or heading over to Pinterest for all of the tips and tricks we can find. But you may find relief in some of the skincare products you already own!
Drops of Essence- Rhonda Allison: Rhonda Allison Drops of Essence provide the skin with Omega 6 essential fatty acids. Similar in structure to human lipids, they not only aid in healing process of peeling skin, but they also provide anti-inflammatory benefits, minimize scarring, and relieve pain. This moisturizer helps uneven, irritated, or scarred skin types, and  is perfect for burns, cold sores, and even shingles.
Smooth Affair- Jane Iredale: Jane Iredale’s makeup primer, and aloe based moisturizer is very calming and cooling post-sunburn. Lighteners and brighteners help to smooth the appearance of splotchy uneven skin.
Anti-Ox Ultra- Candessa: This powerful antioxidant serum packs a punch when it comes to preventing Free Radical damage. Free radicals are unstable cells caused by sun damage, that can eventually lead to the creation of skin cancers. The antioxidants provide the stability these damaged cells need to help prevent further damage in the skin. It also helps boost retinoid effectiveness.
SunSmart- Candessa, Dream Tint- Jane Iredale, Pressed or Loose Foundation- Jane Iredale: You’re already burnt. Let’s not make matters worse! We have numerous forms of sunscreen to help prevent further damage. Whether it’s our SunSmart moisturiver, or any of Jane Iredale’s foundations, make sure you’re loaded up on SPF and protected for the future!
Sheer Peptide: So now you’re peeling. How annoying, right? Sheer Peptide not only attracts and locks in more moisture for sun sensitized skin, but it also helps to smooth out flaky skin. The hyaluronic acid acts as a glue for lifted and dry skin, creating a smoother appearance.
Cucumber Aloe Facial- Our in-office facial is packed with cooling and healing ingredients.  A gentle papaya enzyme exfoliates and hydrates, our vitamin C add on helps to reverse free radical damage, our Soothing milk mask with our aloe booster helps to hydrate sensitized skin, as well as reducing redness and environmental stresses. Finished with a matte aloe moisturizer and sunscreen, your skin will be as good as new!

Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Skin Cancer Awareness Month Dr. Kjar & Candessa

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know? With 5.4 million cases and more than 3.3 million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early. These are the most recent statistics from The Skin Cancer Foundation.
 
Jane Iredale has seven SPF products approved by The Skin Cancer Foundation. Here are some tips and tricks:
PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, SPF 20 or SPF 15: For a soft natural matte bronzing powder with an SPF, choose a deeper shade of PurePressed Base. You will achieve a natural sun-kissed complexion, without the harmful effects of the sun.
Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder, SPF 20: By adding a mist of POMMIST Hydration Spray, you will provide a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radical production caused by sun exposure.
Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, SPF 25 or SPF 17: Achieve paparazzi ready complexion, for any indoor or outdoor event with our new Blending/Contouring Brush for a velvety finish. Extremely water-resistant, making this the perfect wedding foundation.
Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 15: For complexion, so smooth it glows, mix Dream Tint and a dime size amount of Golden Shimmer, apply with Blending Brush for a sophisticated radiant effect.
* Are you beach ready? Not unless Powder-Me SPF is in your tote bag! Protect your skin from the harmful sun rays, and enjoy your swim knowing it is water resistant up to 40 minutes *
Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen, SPF 30: Make the application of your sunscreen fun and more glamorous. Add some 24-Karat Gold Dust into the powder to achieve an all-over glistening effect or mix with Tantasia for an instant bronzing to your skin.
Your moisturizer or body lotion has no SPF? Create it by adding a little Powder-Me SPF into your moisturizer or body lotion. Your skin will appear smoother.
Forgot to apply sunscreen, and now you are sunburned? Apply Powder-Me SPF to help calm and soothe the skin.
HandDrink Hand Cream, SPF 15: It is the perfect companion for your handbag, especially when getting your manicure. Let the nail technician perform the hand massage with only the best.
Looking to show off those fabulous sandals or stilettos? Let HandDrink do more than just hands; it is also great for your feet. Next time you are due for a pedicure, have your nail technician massage the cream with a little 24-Karat Gold Dust. The result is an elegant visual effect to your legs and feet.
Lip Drink Lip Balm, SPF 15: Did you know? Lips have no oil-producing glands, which leaves them unprotected against the elements, causing dryness and aging effects.
In love with a particular shade of eyeshadow or blush, and wish, you could find it in a PureMoist Lipstick? Let LipDrink transform any eyeshadow or blush into a long-lasting SPF lip shade. Apply LipDrink in Sheer and lightly tap the color of your choice on top, seal it with a touch of lipgloss. Our personal favorite is Violet Eyes as a lip shade topped with Kir Royale PureGloss Lip Gloss, for a sparkling effect.
PureMoist Lipstick: Did you know? The average woman spends $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime- and of that amount, $1,780 goes toward lipstick. From lipsource.com, women will use up to 9 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime.
When choosing the perfect shade for spring, base it on your natural lip color, not your skin tone. 

  • Pale lips look great in cherry, red or coral. Give Gwen a try!
  • For naturally reddish lips, try a hot pink or vivid orange, like Renee.
  • For dark lips, you can have a lot of fun with deep vampy shade like Cindy or Margi. 

You can make your lipstick last longer if you blot with a tissue and reapply the lipstick again. A second coat will add shine and coverage.
Our aesthetician’s are always happy to do a complimentary color match for you to find a foundation, lipstick or gloss that you will want to wear all summer long! Stop in to try something new, or to pick up more of your summer makeup favorites! 
 

Why do we Love Our DermaSound Facials so Much?
Why do we Love Our DermaSound Facials so Much? Dr. Kjar & Candessa


 
What is a DermaSound? 
The DermaSound Elite is an ultrasonic clinical skin treatment system that uses low frequency sound waves to perform aesthetic services in a unique and highly effective way, the DermaSound Elite system provides superior exfoliation that intensifies and enhances the peeling action of chemical solutions. The DermaSound Elite has been used by Estheticians to treat a number of skin conditions from aging to acne, and everything in between.
Cavitation:
Cavitation is a process to remove the micro-damaged layer and dead skin cells using a gentle ‘micro-jet’ frequency with kinetic force that spins water molecules across the skin surface in vibrations of 28,000 times per second without trauma or inflammation. Using color blind technology, Cavitation is safe to use on all skin of color for excellent results in acne, pigmentation and aging skin.
Sonophoresis:
Sonophoresis is a bio-molecular penetration of skin care nutrients and other topical to the skin cells that can only be achieved if the correct frequency and power densities are synchronized. The DermaSound Elite frequency has been proven to enhance topical penetration by combining the established science of electrical signal, input of electrical current in watts and electromagnetic coupling factor and efficiency.
Microcurrent:
Research has found that a central factor in aging skin is the decay of the mitochondria, the biological engine that converts carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy. Microcurrent provides the skin care professional the ability to rebalance and repair cells for younger acting skin by assisting in the transport of nutrients, eliminating waste from the cells, AND influencing mitochondria to increase ATP energy. Results can be seen instantly.
 

 
Environmentally Safe:
DermaSound Elite is a clean, environmentally-safe device that utilizes water and low frequency sound waves instead of batteries, crystals, needles and other disposable waste particles which are typically used in other devices and can pollute the environment.
**This month, all facials are buy one get one 50% OFF! That includes DermaSound treatments.