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Check this page often for the latest information on the skin care services we offer to our central Ohio patients, as well as updates on new treatment options, breaking dermatological news and insights from our team of physicians. You also can access our Glossary of dermatology terms.

womens facial hair

Have you noticed lately that coarse hairs have started to sprout from your chin or neck? Is the hair on your upper lip darker or thicker than it used to be?

You’re not alone.

Facial hair is a common occurrence for many women, especially as we get older, thanks to hormonal changes. Birth control, pregnancy, and menopause are just a few of the factors that can change your hormone levels and cause these hairs to appear. They’re are much coarser than vellus hairs (peach fuzz) because they are actually a different type of hair that is similar to men’s facial hair.

The good news is that there’s no truth to the myth that plucking these hairs will cause them to grow back thicker and darker.

spider veins edit

Spider veins can be unsightly when they begin to develop on your legs. The primary cause of spider veins is poor circulation throughout the body, which leads to blood pooling in the legs.

Genetics plays a major role in whether you’ll develop them or not, including:

  • Being female
  • Becoming pregnant
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time
  • Being obese
  • Age

stretch marksIf you search “stretch marks” on the internet, you will find hundreds of articles on this subject.

The overall take-home point is that stretch marks are very genetic and sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent them.

The best treatment is to avoid them, if possible, because treatments are not very effective in many cases.

Stretch marks are most common for a woman who’s been pregnant with more than one baby (twins, triplets etc.) or has experienced rapid weight gain.

Coconut

The dermatologists at Central Ohio Skin & Cancer have put together a simple guide that explains different ways to use coconut oil in your skincare routine.

Why use coconut oil for skincare?

questions for your dermatologist

Have you always wondered about certain aspects of your skin or healing but never remembered to ask? Today, a few of your burning dermatology questions will be answered.

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If 2016 was as much a whirlwind for you as it was for us, you probably missed out on important healthcare checkups with your doctor, dentist and dermatologist! Take time in January to schedule your appointments for 2017.

Best time to see the dentist: May and November are typically slower months for dentists, so practices may offer incentives like free teeth whitening. Plus, school is in session, so you won't fight for an ideal time slot with parents and students. Mondays historically see the shortest wait times, so skip your lines and book your appointment first thing in the morning (before 9am) or later in the afternoon (after 3pm).

skin2017Great skin care can keep your skin healthy for years to come. When coupled with healthy lifestyle choices, skin care can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. And you don't need to spend hours a day on an intensive care regimen to see results, either.

Get started with these tips from the dermatologists at Central Ohio Skin & Cancer in Columbus, Ohio. 

1.Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important things you can do to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun, even in the winter months. Over time, excess sun exposure might cause premature wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. When outdoors, achieve complete sun protection by using SPF 30 sunscreen or higher sunscreen and seeking shade between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

kybella 1Do you hate your double chin?

We now have another treatment besides liposuction to get rid of excess fat under the chin! Kybella is a non-surgical, injectable treatment that eliminates the fat cells that cause the appearance of a double chin. The active ingredient in Kybella, a chemical called deoxycholic acid, is produced by the human body to break down the fats in our diet. When we inject Kybella into the fat under the skin, it breaks down and destroys those fat cells, permanently.

questions skin healthEvery day at work, I get to become a detective. In fact, putting clues together, both visual and factual, is the reason I chose dermatology as my calling in life. 

I've always loved television shows where detectives solve crimes/mysteries or scientists discover new theories about prehistoric animals/humans or the galaxy. Similarly, dermatologists use clues about the history of a rash or hair loss or a lump on the skin to determine the most likely cause.

Here are 21 things to think about with regard to your skin rash, new lump/bump, etc. before visiting your dermatologist. If you can answer these types of questions at your visit, you'll be more likely to discover the correct diagnosis with your doctor.

molluscum contagiousum

Summertime is prime time for picking up the Molluscum Contagiosum virus, a very common rash.

The characteristic molluscum rash appears as flesh-colored or pink, smooth, dome-shaped bumps as seen in the first photo. They often occur in clusters on the stomach, back, buttocks, thighs, or armpits. It's often itchy, and scratching it can cause it to spread. Many children can develop some red, scaling rash adjacent to their molluscum rash. This is “molluscum dermatitis” -- basically eczema -- caused by irritation of the molluscum bumps on the child’s skin.

The second photo above shows a pathology image of a molluscum bump that was biopsied. (It sounds funny, but I think it looks pretty under the microscope!)