Dermatology: Expert Skin Care
Your skin is one of the most durable and hard-working parts of your body. It protects your other organs from disease and injury and regenerates in a way few other parts of your body can.
But as tough as it is, your skin requires a lot of care. UVA’s doctors are experts in treating skin diseases, and in short-term and preventive care that will help keep your skin healthy and strong.
Your Skin: Your First Line of Defense
Preserve Your Skin
Take steps to protect your skin:
- Avoid prolonged sun and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure
- Use sunscreen effectively
- Wear preventive gear (like gloves) when doing tasks that are demanding on your skin
- Stop smoking
- Properly clean your skin
- Regularly examine your skin for lesions and possible melanoma
Tanning Beds: No Safe Tan
Did you know? Research indicates that indoor tanning before age 35 increases your risk for skin cancer by 59-75 percent.
Not only that, but tanning beds can cause your skin to age faster than normal.
Make sure you know the dangers tanning poses to your skin.
Are You at Risk for Skin Cancer?
Know the ABCDs of Moles
Melanomas vary in appearance but here are things to look for:
- Asymmetry: Irregular shape; one half does not match the other
- Border: Ragged, notched, blurred, or irregular in outline; spreading pigment
- Color: Uneven color; shades of black, brown, tan,white, grey, red, pink or blue
- Diameter: Increasing size; melanomas usually grow larger than a pencil eraser
Could You Get Skin Cancer?
Your risk increases if you:
- Are fair-skinned
- Have a history of intense sun exposure, especially in childhood
- Have more than 100 moles or large, irregular or unusual moles
- Have close blood relatives — parents, siblings, children — with melanoma
Surgery for Skin Cancer
If you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, you’re probably wondering if the tumor can be completely removed and if your skin will heal without major damage. We use Mohs micrographic surgery to address both of these issues and treat many skin cancers.
Find out about getting Mohs surgery at the UVA Cancer Center.
Specialized Skin Treatments
Phototherapy: Light Treatments
Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can be harmful to your skin. But when it’s controlled and applied by a medical professional, UV and narrow band UVB light can have substantial health benefits. We use it to treat conditions like psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and mycosis fungoides. Learn about phototherapy.