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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.

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Treating diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes, and preventive care to help preserve the skin.

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
Skin Cancer

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 of tanning 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

    Find out what you can do to prevent skin cancer.

Skin Treatment at UVA

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.

Treatment Near You

Dermatology Clinic

Get maps, location, directions, contact information for your visit to the dermatology clinic.

Facial Redness

Is your face red all the time? Especially on your nose and cheeks?

Dermatologist Barbara Wilson, MD, explains the treatment options for the most common causes of facial redness.

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