Keeping your skin healthy

Keeping your skin healthy

RIGBY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - It's important to take care of ourselves. One thing that often gets neglected is skin care. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and needs to stay protected. In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, we spoke with a Dermatologist and Esthetician at Dermatology of Eastern Idaho and Medical Spa.

The dry weather plays a factor in your skin.

"Dry, low humidity along with the cold weather where we used forced heat it's really hard on your skin and people get dry itchy cracked skin another thing that makes it worse is long hot showers," says Dr. Colby Bingham, MD.

It's not just the weather, you may be using products that are drying you out as well.

"Make sure you're using gentle skin care products so some soaps out there are too strong for the skin and dry people out to much."

It's important to cleanse your skin twice a day.

"Cleansing twice a day is really important, especially us women who wear makeup. It's really not very good for your skin," says Charlee Poulsen, Esthetician

Skincare isn't just for women.

"It's definitely not feminine because we all suffer from the same elements as women. Men, especially a lot of men around here have jobs outside and are working hard and they need their skin to be healthy so they can keep working and provide for their families," says Dr. Bingham.

Especially when it comes to Skin Cancer. Skin Cancer can affect either gender.

"Another big issue with men is they tend to neglect their skin cancers. So a lot of people will come in having a sore like that but they'll let it go for months and years. Almost all skin cancers if you catch them early enough you can basically cure it surgically. The real tragedies happen when people neglect their skin cancers for months and months and years."

Make sure you're not ignoring the signs.

Here are some skin cancer symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic:

Basal cell carcinoma may appear as:

  • A pearly or waxy bump
  • A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion

Squamous cell carcinoma may appear as:

  • A firm, red nodule
  • A flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface

Melanoma signs include:

  • A large brownish spot with darker speckles
  • A mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds
  • A small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black
  • Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina or anus

Other, less common types of skin cancer include:

  • Kaposi sarcoma. This rare form of skin cancer develops in the skin's blood vessels and causes red or purple patches on the skin or mucous membranes.

    Kaposi sarcoma mainly occurs in people with weakened immune systems, such as people with AIDS, and in people taking medications that suppress their natural immunity, such as people who've undergone organ transplants.

    Other people with an increased risk of Kaposi sarcoma include young men living in Africa or older men of Italian or Eastern European Jewish heritage.

  • Merkel cell carcinoma. Merkel cell carcinoma causes firm, shiny nodules that occur on or just beneath the skin and in hair follicles. Merkel cell carcinoma is most often found on the head, neck, and trunk.
  • Sebaceous gland carcinoma. This uncommon and aggressive cancer originates in the oil glands in the skin. Sebaceous gland carcinomas — which usually appear as hard, painless nodules — can develop anywhere, but most occur on the eyelid, where they're frequently mistaken for other eyelid problems.

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