Thinning Lashes Latisse

cosmetic dermatologist colorado springsHave you struggled with short or thinning lashes? Have you been looking for Colorado Springs cosmetic dermatology services near you? Ditch the mascara and look no further!

As part of our Comprehensive Continuum of Care, we offer patients LATISSE®. This cosmetic service is an FDA-approved treatment to grow eyelashes for patients with inadequate or not enough lashes. Enjoy fuller and thicker lashes in just a few short months by giving us a call at 719.531.5400 to book your appointment.

The Importance Of Skin Cancer Self Examinations

skin cancer self examsDo you know how to perform a self-exam skin check? The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends doing a self-exam every month to look for signs of skin cancer.

The best time to examine your skin is immediately after a shower or bath. Check your skin in a well-lit room using a full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror. It’s best to begin by learning where your birthmarks, moles and blemishes are and what they usually look and feel like, so you can better practice skin cancer prevention.

If you believe you may have skin cancer, call to schedule a skin exam with one of our board certified dermatologist. Learn more here: https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/early-detection/step-by-step-selfexamination. Credit: Skin Cancer Foundation.

Non-Surgical Skin Cancer Options

non surgical skin cancer treatmentsWe’re proud to be the only dermatology clinic in southern Colorado to offer patients an effective non-surgical treatment option for select non-melanoma skin cancers. using Superficial Radiotherapy with the SRT-100™.

The device is small enough to fit into regular exam rooms and has short treatment sessions as well as an excellent cure rate. This system serves as a crucial medical role in the treatment of select non-melanoma skin cancers and our specially trained dermatologists in Colorado Springs are always happy to help.

Do you believe you may have skin cancer? We can help! Call us to schedule your appointment today at 719.531.5400 or visit CoDerm.com

Does Indoor Tanning Increase The Risk Of Skin Cancer?

skin cancer screaningsThinking about getting tan this summer? Think again. Colorado’s high altitude means the UV rays are more intense than in other parts of the country and this makes it very easy to get overexposed. But did you know that some of the most harmful rays come from indoor tanning beds?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, even one indoor tanning session can increase a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%. Be aware of possible warning signs and treatment options, call us today 719.531.5400.

Learn more from a former tanning salon employee about the dangers of tanning here:

https://blog.skincancer.org/2018/05/31/confessions-former-tanning-salon-employee/. Credit: Skin Cancer Foundation.

Tips For Reducing Sun Damage To Your Skin

skin sun damage tipsExercising outside physically and mentally makes you feel great. But extended time outdoors makes you vulnerable to damage caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can lead to skin cancer. So, if you compete in team sports or just love to walk, run, swim, or play golf or tennis outside, it’s important to make sun protection a daily habit.

Look for 30 SPF sunblock that contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide in the ingredients and reapply often.

Reapplying sunblock every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating is crucial. Sunblocks can come in small sizes you can keep in a pocket to reapply often while you’re active. Be careful to cover spots that are easy to miss, such as hands, ears, back of the neck and lips.

Don’t forget to keep in mind that the dangerous days aren’t just the ones that are hot and sunny. Up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate clouds so you can easily get burned on those overcast days also.

Understanding Your Skin

skin specialist colorado springsAs skin specialists, we strive to exceed your expectations with every visit! It’s our job to actively educate you and talk about treatments and explain how to use medicine so that you can become Comfortable in Your Skin™.

With a variety of skin care treatments designed to restore, refresh and rejuvenate the health of your skin, your treatment regimen will be individually created to specifically address your concerns to safely and efficiently give you results.

You will be amazed at the difference trained professionals can make in your aesthetic skin care. We pay attention to you, the patient, not just treat the symptoms. All of our guests are given a relaxed, peaceful environment, and given unbelievable, unsurpassed customer care.

Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer

skin cancer protection colorado springsIt’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month! More than 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, it’s the most common cancer in the nation. Fortunately, it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. By raising awareness of the dangers related to exposure and encouraging sun-safe habits, together we can save lives.

8 Ways To Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer Right Now

  1. Generously apply a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunblock with a SPF of 30 or more to all exposed skin when outdoors. The most effective sunblocks will include Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.
  2. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses where possible.
  3.  Seek shade. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am – 4pm.
  4.  Protect children from sun exposure by playing in the shade, wearing protective clothing and applying sunblock.
  5. Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.
  6. Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements.
  7. Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling.
  8.  Do a yearly self skin-exam. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, contact a dermatologist. Don’t forget to schedule your annual skin check. Be aware of possible warning signs and treatment options, call us today 719.531.5400.

Popping Acne Myths with Dr. Anderson

myths about acneAt some point in your life, you’ll likely have some form of acne. And as likely as you’re to experience acne at some point, you’re just as likely to be the recipient of some pretty bad advice. Here are some of the most common myths surrounding your acne popped by our Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Reagan Anderson:  

You’re getting acne because you’re not washing enough.

Often people with acne err on the side of washing too often, or with too harsh of soaps, than they do with not washing enough. The gentler you are with your sin, the happier you’ll be with your skin, the less acne you have, and the less problematic skin you will experience throughout your life.  

My diet has nothing to do with my acne.

While it’s hard to run a controlled study on what foods contribute to acne, common sense will tell us that what we eat absolutely effects every part of our body. Acne is no different. I recommend limiting your consumption of dairy (especially milk), fried foods and processed foods. Eating as many fruits and vegetables as well as having a well-balanced diet that includes lots of fiber is also something I recommend to patient.  

Pimples and blackheads should be popped.

Absolutely not!!! The more you pick, pop and are aggressive with your sin, the more scars you will develop. Please NEVER pop your pimples. If you must do something to help relieve pressure, I recommend trying a warm, not hot, compress to the area. When the washcloth cools, put it under the warm water again and repeat the application to your skin. You can do this for 15 minutes, 3 times a day for up to 3 days. If it’s still a problem, see a dermatologist.   If you have any further questions on acne myths or taking the first steps towards acne treatments, call 719.531.5400 to schedule an appointment.

Non-invasive Skin Cancer Treatment With SRT-100™

non invasive skin cancer treatment colorado srpingsPatients suffering from Basal and Squamous Cell cancers now have another option when it comes to skin cancer treatment that is precise and non-invasive. Our Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Reagan Anderson, D.O. states that patients will receive a safe and highly effective non-surgical alternative for skin cancer treatment using Superficial Radiotherapy with Sensus Healthcare’s SRT-100™.

Non Invasive Skin Cancer Treatment Options

For years the mainstay of treatment for Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers) has been surgery. While Colorado Dermatology Institute continues to offer surgical options to treat the ever-increasing numbers of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers they are excited to offer patients a non-invasive treatment option.

“As part of our Comprehensive Continuum of Skin Cancer Care, we are proud to be the only Dermatology clinic in Southern Colorado to offer Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) to our patients with select basal and squamous cell carcinomas,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O.

With a cure rate of 95% for select Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers, treatment with the SRT-100™ is performed in the clinic to treat lesions on the head, neck, eyelids, lips, mouth, nose, ears, arms, legs, back and trunk in just minutes!