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Skin cancer

Skin cancer awareness month: B for Border

As we introduced to you in the last blog post, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. During this month a lot of people contribute to the mission of raising awareness of skin cancer risk to as many people as possible. To support this cause, we will publish a series of blog posts dedicated to the most common signs of skin cancer. When you are aware of those signs, it’s easier to know when you can perform a self-check or visit a doctor. We focus on the ABCDE-method and continue today with B for Border.

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Skin cancer

Skin cancer awareness month: A for Asymmetry

You might not be aware (yet), but May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. During this month a lot of people contribute to the mission of raising awareness of skin cancer risk to as many people as possible. To support this cause, we will publish a series of blog posts dedicated to the most common signs of skin cancer. When you are aware of those signs, it’s easier to know when you can perform a self-check or visit a doctor. We focus on the ABCDE-method, and start today with A for Asymmetry.

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Skin care tips

Can you actually ‘shrink’ your pores?

Take a walk through the beauty or skincare section of any drug store, and you’ll find product after product claiming to shrink or minimize pore size. It seems that a lot of beauty advice these days centers around this nebulous quest of making this seemingly harmless part of your skin disappear. But what does shrinking your pores actually mean and can it even be done? We investigate below.

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Skin cancer

World Health Day: The skin cancer threat and what we can do

On World Health Day we are made aware of the most pressing health threats. And therefore we going to talk about skin cancer today – the fastest growing cancer in the world. We are going to show you how big it actually is (and that you are also at risk, without trying to scare you), and also what we can do to fight this skin cancer threat together.

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Skin cancer diagnosis
Skin cancer

Skin cancer diagnosis

At SkinVision, we focus on detecting signs of skin cancer in the early stages so that you get to a doctor in time to follow up, and start treatment if necessary. But before any intervention, an official diagnosis needs to be made. So how does the skin cancer diagnosis take place? Let’s take a look.

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How to get clear skin fast
Skin cancer

Why is skin cancer so common?

Skin cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers in the world. The incidence numbers have been rising for decades now, and with summer temperatures around the world reaching (or breaking) records, these numbers do not seem to decline soon. So why is skin cancer so common? That’s an important question to answer if we want to fight this threat globally. Let’s take a look at the most pressing skin cancer causes.

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Daily skincare routine for all skin types and ages
Skin care tips

Daily skincare routine for all skin types and ages

From age to skin type, finding your ideal daily skincare routine can come with a lot of questions. Is your skin oily or dry? Are you in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s? What kind of environment do you live in? How much time do you (intend to) spend every day to take care of your skin? With so many questions to answer and factors to take into consideration, it can often feel overwhelming to know where to start with your skincare.

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What type of moisturiser is best for your skin?

When you wander the aisles of your favorite health and beauty store, you are probably amazed by the sheer numbers of available moisturizers. Each of them claims to be better than the other, and they all seem to have specific ingredients that might be challenging to understand. But when it comes down to choosing the right moisturizer, it is the texture that we should look for, because this is what makes it feel right on our skin. What types of moisturizer textures are there and why should we choose one over the other?

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Skin care tips

Best shower temperature for your skin

We all love a hot shower at the end of a long day, but even though it feels nice, hot water is not our skin’s best friend. While hot steam helps open up our pores, which can be good for cleansing, overall, hot water is extremely drying. In an article for Women’s Health, Sejal Shah, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City, explained that “hot water strips the skin of its natural oils leading to dry, itchy skin.” So what is the best shower temperature for your skin?

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melanoma is increasing
Melanoma

Why melanoma skin cancer is increasing and what we can do

The global incidence of melanoma is increasing. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the incidence of malignant melanoma skin cancer in most developed countries has risen faster than any other cancer type since the mid-1950s. This increase is especially noticeable when looking at statistics from the US and UK.

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How much magnesium do you need for your skin?
Skin care tips

How much magnesium do you need for your skin?

The amount of magnesium you need varies widely depending on your age, sex, and other factors. Magnesium is an essential macro-mineral our body needs for many biochemical processes. It helps us digest food, prevents migraines, eases menstrual cramps and is vital for proper muscle functioning. It is also a mineral that many of us are lacking. Magnesium deficiency is very common. In the US, some reports show that up to 80 percent of the population is magnesium deficient, and when we are magnesium deficient, our skin is also missing out.

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melanoma in situ
Melanoma

What is melanoma in situ?

Melanoma begins in melanocyte cells found in the innermost layer of the epidermis. It occurs when those cells behave abnormally, clustering together, growing excessively and taking over surrounding tissues. Melanomas can develop from existing moles or skin growths. More commonly, they will start as a new growth that can be classified as melanoma in situ.

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Foods to avoid
Skin care tips

Foods to avoid and foods to get more of when it comes to your skin

The old saying “you are what you eat” rings truer than ever when it comes to your skin’s health. Your skin is a reflection of your lifestyle — from what you eat to how often you exercise. Certain foods and substances can be especially damaging to the skin, while others can keep it youthful and glowing. That’s why it’s important to know what to avoid and what to get more of. Read on for what you should, or should not consume when it comes to food for the skin.

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Skin cancer

Who treats skin cancer?

While many doctors may be involved in skin cancer treatment, there are a few that typically deal with it directly, such as a General Practitioner (GP) and a dermatologist. It’s important to know who treats skin cancer so that you refer to the right health specialist for help with skin cancer treatment.

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doctor for melanoma
Melanoma

Melanoma: when to see a doctor

A Doctor for Melanoma? You may often ask yourself when to see a doctor. The short answer is any time you notice a changing or suspicious mole or spot on your body as this is typically the first sign of melanoma. So when to see a doctor?

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Skin cancer moles on your back
Melanoma

When melanoma comes back

Melanoma recurrence is when melanoma returns after treatment. It can happen that melanoma comes back at the original site of the primary melanoma, in the skin and tissue area around the original site, in the lymph nodes or in other places in the body such as internal organs.

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Melanoma

Dermatology: the complete story

If your doctor has sent you for an investigation by a dermatologist due to concerns they may have regarding your skin, you may feel a little worried about what this could mean. Dermatology is a complicated and important specialism and considering that the skin is the largest organ in the body, it is wise to have a good understanding of what dermatology is and what a dermatologist does before you head off to your appointment. So exactly what is dermatology?

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How to get rid of red spots on skin
Red spots

How to get rid of red spots on skin

Red spots and blemishes are one of the most common skin issues we all inevitably deal with at some point or another. While most red spots will clear up on their own over time, when you have an important upcoming event or meeting, you don’t have time to wait. Not to worry, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and red spots on the skin so they go away quickly. We go over the most common fixes for redness below.

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Skincare routine for combination skin
Skin care tips

Skincare routine for combination skin

Combination skin can be challenging to care for. It can be oily and dry, flaking and breaking out — all at the same time. While it can be frustrating to essentially treat more than one skin type at once, there are some ways to make it work. Below we go over a basic skincare routine for combination skin that will help minimize breakouts in oily areas and help keep dry areas supple and hydrated.

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Skin cancer moles on your face
Skin cancer

Skin cancer moles on your face: what they can look like and how to check

Skin cancer is on the rise around the world. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2 to 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed each year. Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, but especially on areas that are regularly exposed to the sun. This makes the face a vulnerable area. Find out the warning signs of skin cancer moles and how you can make sure your face is safe.

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Skin care tips

Natural skin care tips

Natural skincare may bring to mind dubious mud treatments or green, plant-based concoctions. But natural skincare is more than hippie-inspired treatments or earthy packaging. There are many natural skincare tips that we would all do well to follow, especially if we care about the ingredients going into our body and on our skin. Below we go over a few of the best natural skincare tips to make your daily routine a little simpler and a little cleaner.

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Round skin lesions
Skin lesions

Round skin lesions and what they mean

A skin lesion is an area of skin that is somehow different from the surrounding areas. Skin lesions can come in the form of a bump, a mole or a scar. They can be a sign of a simple allergy or a more serious skin condition. They can take the form of a spreading plaque or appear as a rounded welt. With so many kinds of skin lesions out there, it’s important to understand the common types so you have a better idea of what could be causing yours. Below we look at the most common types of round skin lesions and some potential causes that could explain them.

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Skin care tips

Sensitive combination skin: how to treat it

If you were asking how to treat sensitive combination skin, the reply would probably be “very gently”. Combination skin is tricky enough to look after as the mix of oily and dry patches can lead to problems getting the balance just right. But throw sensitivity into the mix and you have a whole new kettle of fish. So what are the best ways to treat sensitive combination skin?

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Pinpoint red spots
Red spots

Pinpoint red spots on skin: this could be the cause

Red spots on skin can occur for a variety of reasons. In many cases, red spots or bumps aren’t a sign of a major problem; they could be caused by a simple rash or bug bite. Other times, red spots could be a sign of a more serious issue. Below we list some common causes of red spots on the skin. This list is meant to give you an idea of what the red spots could be a symptom of, but be sure to see a doctor for a true diagnosis.

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