Want to know what’s new in the world of dermatology or at Central Ohio Skin and Cancer (COSC)?

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.

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With the addition of the PicoClear laser, the Central Ohio Skin and Cancer now has the most technologically advanced laser tattoo removal tool in Columbus, OH.

skincare routine

Having a good skincare routine is a pivotal part of maintaining healthy skin. Despite its importance, many people skip this daily regimen because they think it’s too time consuming and unproductive.

Here are three key elements for maintaining a skincare routine that doesn’t feel like a chore and will keep your skin looking great.

skincare products

The ingredients in your skin care products play a major role in their effectiveness.

Whether your skincare goals are to reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten and even tone and texture, or control blemishes, here are some important ingredients to look for when buying skincare products.

Retinol

This vitamin A derivative is ideal for treating wrinkles, sun spots and blemishes. When applied after washing your skin, retinol is easily absorbed and helps improve the turnover rate of skin cells. Retinol works best in the dark, so apply it before going to bed.

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.

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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.