Hand Sanitizers and Your Skin

Hand Sanitizers and Your Skin

Hand Sanitizer and Your Skin Hand sanitizers were created in the 1990s by medical professionals looking for a quick way to sanitize their hands between patients, especially when soap and water were not available. In order to kill bacteria, the sanitizers needed to contain at least 60% alcohol. The sanitizers worked well as an antibacterial…

dermatologist with mask and glasses on performing excision of melanoma

Excision of a Melanoma

Excision of a Melanoma By Candy Zhu In recent years, skin cancer has become increasingly prominent–far outnumbering all other types of skin cancers combined. One specific type of skin cancer is called melanoma which affects the pigment-producing cells in the skin. Melanoma can present in various ways, e.g. atypical moles. Although melanoma cancer accounts for…

Mohs surgery before and after of cancer removed next to ear

Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery By Hanna Sutton      “You get to keep all your skin today!” remarks certified nurse practitioner Kristen Wozniak (who works in Derick Dermatology’s Barrington and Elgin locations) after a successfully clear skin exam of a patient. After all, that is the best case scenario when a patient comes in for an annual…

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Treating Dry Winter Skin

Dry skin is part and parcel of our frosty winter months. When we’re outdoors, the cold air has far less humidity than warm air; when we’re indoors, we heat our homes and offices with warm, dry air. Between the two, our skin takes a beating. To combat dry winter skin, try the following tips: Bathing…

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How to Prevent Frostbite

Chicago area winters are brutal. Between the seasonal drop in temperature and the winds that blow off of Lake Michigan, we have more than our share of below zero days. Those frigid days and nights come with a number of unpleasant dermatological conditions including dry skin and hair, chapped lips, and the possibility of frostbite,…

doctor checking for skin cancer on patient's shoulder with magnifying glass

When to Worry About a Mole

Mole, beauty mark, or freckle – whatever you might call these dark spots on your skin, it’s often hard to tell if they are simple irregularities or potentially cancerous spots. According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are multiple forms of skin cancer: Basal…