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™

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™.

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!

National Award-Winning Practice Right Here in Colorado

colorado springs dermatologyColorado Dermatology Institute is proud to have been the first dermatology clinic in the nation to receive this recognition, the status came after a rigorous review of CDI’s policies, procedures and outcomes. Not content with just being committed to what they believed were best medical and patient care practices, CDI requested that their practice be scrutinized as a whole by an outside nationally recognized third party to ensure the best quality patient care possible. Through the evaluation process, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) determined that CDI goes above and beyond to deliver outstanding medicine to its community.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition distinguishes practices that communicate, collaborate and integrate care in ways that patients want and that improve quality,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend the team at CDI for their achievement and for their commitment to continuous improvement.”

To maintain their Level 3 Recognition, CDI must continue these best practices. To do so, CDI’s procedures, philosophy and its commitment to communication and coordinating care with other providers are designed to promote the best possible outcome for each patient.

“Being recognized by the NCQA is such an incredible feeling and knowing that we were the first dermatology clinic in the nation to receive PCSP Level 3 recognition is truly an honor. This wouldn’t be possible without our amazing team,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O. of CDI. “Our team strives to ensure that every patient that comes through our doors feels that sense of quality patient care that we aim to provide every single visit.”

Keep Your Skin Glowing & Healthy This Spring

dermatologist skin care colorado springsSkin conditions fluctuate season-to-season. Sun exposure, temperature and humidity all contribute to the varying quality of our skin. In Colorado, generally beautiful weather promotes outside activity, and the abundant sunshine we enjoy here means that our skin needs to be protected from sun damage year-round.

Should you change your skin care regimen from season to season? Colorado Dermatology Institute’s Dr. Reagan Anderson says “Absolutely. It’s important to protect your skin from sun damage even in Spring’s mild weather.”

Here are a few of his expert tips on how to keep your skin healthy and healthy this spring:

 

Choose the Right Skin Cleanser

Dry skin typically comes with the change of weather and less moisture, so you’ll want to use a cream-based cleanser with Glycerin to create an additional barrier of moisturizer.  

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

We encourage our patients to use a quality moisturizer and when going outdoors, always use a sun block which contains Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide (or both) with a minimum SPF 30- this is a great way to reduce your risk of skin cancer.


Apply Lip Balm Regularly

Continuing to protect the delicate skin on your lips is just as important. Colorado Dermatology Institute recommends using a lip balm containing sunscreen.

About Dr. Anderson


Dr. Reagan Anderson is an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) who specializes in general Dermatology and in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO.

Springs Dermatology Clinic Offers Leading Medical Skin Cancer Treatments

skin cancer colorado springs

An estimated 9,940 melanoma deaths occur each year in the U.S. alone. That’s approximately one death every hour from. A shocking realization, especially when you live in such a sunny and outdoor driven state such as Colorado.

“By taking part in research projects, the Colorado Dermatology Institute (CDI), is not only helping to develop new treatments and protocols, but it also assures patients that they will have access to the most effective treatments available,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O.

One such treatment is known as Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. Mohs Surgery is highly precise and the most effective method for removing the visible tumor. It also allows the specially trained doctor to see the surface and the roots of the skin cancer.

“This is important because skin cancer is much like a plant in that what you see on the surface can be just the tip,” said Anderson. “What can’t be seen by the naked eye are the roots of the skin cancer that must be removed to be sure that the cancer will not grow back in the same spot.”

Here are a few tips for preventative measures you can take to limit your chances of developing skin cancer:

  • Perform a skin self-exam once a month
  • Check skin immediately after a shower/bath
  • Use a well-lit room, full-length and a hand-held mirror
  • Learn where your birthmarks, moles and blemishes are
  • Know what they usually look and feel like
  • Have someone help examine hard-to-see areas regularly

What’s New

As part of our continuing emphasis on providing the most efficient, effective, and convenient treatments for our patients, we now offer Levulan Photodynamic Therapy for non-surgical treatment of Actinic Keratosis, a very common condition that can lead to Squamous Cell Cancer development. We now offer this treatment at both clinic locations!

Quality

ncqaColorado Dermatology Institute is the first and only dermatology clinic in the nation to be recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) at the highest level (Level 3) of NCQA Recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) for quality patient-centered dermatologic care.”

Ten Facts About Acne

Acne is a common condition that can occur to anyone at any age. Here are ten facts about acne that will give you a better understanding of what it is, and what the recommended practices are for dealing with it.
  1. Everyone can expect to get acne at least once during their teenage years. Although acne is most common in teenagers, all people have the potential to develop it regardless of race, age or gender. This is because a variety of factors may contribute to the appearance of acne????
  2. Treating acne early helps prevent scaring. Scaring is a common result of acne when the person mistreats the affected area. Best practices are to avoid picking lesions, and consult a dermatologist.
  3. Women are more susceptible to acne during pregnancy. This is due to an increase in hormonal activity. It also means that women are susceptible to it at other times as well, including about one week before their menstrual cycle, and when beginning or stopping the use of birth control pills.
  4. Washing your face excessively can actually make acne worse. It is important to wash your face regularly, however, washing it more often does not make acne go away more quickly. In fact, it could lead to irritation, and dryness, which will cause your acne to worsen. Wash your face no more than twice a day, or as directed by a dermatologist for best results.
  5. Acne is not caused by diet Although a well-balanced diet is recommended for the health of your skin overall, scientific studies have shown no direct link between diet and acne. These studies include the consumption of such foods as chocolate, pizza, and other foods thought to contribute to acne.
  6. Cosmetics and skin products can cause acne to get worse The use of cosmetic products can lead to clog pores, preventing the natural oils that are produced by the skin’s glands from draining, which leads to further skin irritation.
  7. Getting extra sun doesn’t help your acne Sun does not improve your acne. Studies have shown that ultraviolet radiation actually worsens your acne.
  8. It is very important to give acne medication time to work. Just like any other medicine, acne medication should be used as directed, and for as long as directed. Not using acne medication in this way could result in it failing to work. Even if you do not see results at first, you should continue to use the medicine as directed.

Mohs Surgery

Initially, when Dr. Mohs introduced his procedure it was not as refined as it is today. The initial procedure involved the dermatologist removing a thin layer of affected skin from the affected area, dressing it with a zinc chloride paste to allow it heal for a few days, then asking the patient to come back in a few days, after the skin had time to heal from the surgery, for re-evaluation. At this point the patient would have one more layer of skin removed for analysis, the affected area would be redressed with the zinc chloride paste, and if the test results showed any more cancer cells on the edge of the skin the whole procedure would be repeated. In this way, the process could take days or weeks. This first model of Mohs surgery was met with scrutiny from the medical community, and dubbed controversial. The reason for this are partly because until that time dermatologists had never performed surgical operations. However, the other problem with it was that the zinc chloride paste used to treat the skin in between surgeries caused a great deal of pain and discomfort among patients. A couple decades later, in the 1950s, a new variation of Mohs surgery started to become popular: rather than removing a layer of tissue, dressing the area with the zinc chloride paste, then asking the patient to come back for re-examination, the doctor would use local anesthesia on the affected area, then simply remove one thin layer of tissue at a time, examining each layer right away to see if the edges had cancer cells. This process would be repeated until there was no more cancer cells upon examination. Today, Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate for certain types of skin cancer. It is a procedure that is used on large skin lesions, rapidly growing lesions, and cancer lesions with poorly defined borders. This procedure helps preserve as much healthy skin on the patient as possible. This is especially useful if the cancer is on a sensitive area such as the hands, feet, or face. Colorado Dermatology Institute is the leading dermatology organization in Colorado Springs. Please contact us to schedule an appointment today.

Sun Tips For Colorado

Colorado is one of the highest-elevation locations in the country, and as such we have less protection from the sun than places closer to sea level. In fact, since we are so much higher up in the atmosphere here in Colorado we generally get about 25% less protection from the sun than people do at sea level. sun1With this in mind here are some tips to help you avoid the potentially dangerous rays from the sun when you are hiking or doing anything in the sun for a prolonged period of time here in Colorado. Let’s get started.
  1. Choose sunblock which contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (or both) instead of sunscreen. Sunblock has broad-spectrum protection which means it physically blocks UVB as well as UVA rays, whereas sunscreen uses chemicals to absorb the sun’s rays. These chemicals can cause irritation to people with sensitive skin.
  2. Also, sunscreen needs to be applied about 20 minutes before going out into the sun. Sunblock, by contrast, physically blocks the sun’s rays with only a couple of active ingredients, and is effective immediately. This is why sunblock is a more effective choice over sunscreen.
  3. Wear lip balm. Your lips can get sunburned just like your skin can, so apply lip balm. Most lip protection products are effective. Some cosmetic lip products, like lip gloss and some lipsticks, can actually protect your lips from the sun’s rays, but other products, such as shinny lipstick with no color can actually direct the sun’s rays to your lips. Try to avoid those products.
  4. Remember to bring plenty of water and cover up your skin as much as possible, including with hats and sunglasses, and to take advantage of the shade when you can.
These tips are obviously useful in the summer, however they are perhaps even more useful in the fall because people tend to think that since the temperature is cooler they can simply disregard the potential hazard of the sun’s rays, and that is simply not true, especially at high altitudes. Something you might not have known is that most ordinary aging effects on the skin is caused by sun exposure, so apply these tips above, and if you suspect that your skin is developing any symptoms caused by overexposure to the sun, feel free to call Colorado Dermatology Institute for an appointment.