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Posts for: January, 2022

By Dawson Dermatology
January 24, 2022
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Dry Skin  
Dry SkinFor most of the US, winter is here! Temperatures are dropping and snow is already falling. If you live in a wintry region of the country you may be finding that your skin is a little drier these days. If so, you aren’t alone. Dry skin is a common problem, particularly during the winter months. Here are some ways to improve dry skin on your own,

Pick the right moisturizer: Not all moisturizers are created equal but it’s important to quench your skin, particularly if it’s dry. Therefore, when you purchase a moisturizer look for one that contains lanolin or petroleum. These agents help to lock in moisture.

Other helpful ingredients to be on the lookout for include urea or lactic acid, which helps the skin hold water. However, those with eczema or sensitive skin may experience some stinging when applying products that contain lactic acid or urea.

Skip hot, steaming shower: While a hot shower after a long day might sound like heaven, it definitely won’t be for your skin. Hot water strips your skin of that much-needed moisture. The same goes for when you wash for face. Use warm water instead of hot and don’t linger in the shower.

Shave less frequently: Shaving can certainly be rough on skin, particularly if it is already dry. Therefore, it might be best to shave less frequently, if you can get away with it. On the days you do need to shave be sure to be generous with your shaving cream and to stick with warm, and not hot, water.

Use a humidifier: If you notice that your skin experiences more intense dryness during the winter months, then it might be time to invest in a humidifier. This household product can help add moisture back into the air, so your environment doesn’t suck all the healthy moisture from your skin.

Consider prescription medications: If you are suffering from extremely dry skin, then commercial moisturizers and other local drugstore skincare products just won’t cut it. You need to see your dermatologist for a topical prescription. We can prescribe corticosteroids and other medications that can help relieve the annoying itching and redness you experience with seriously dry skin. If over-the-counter products aren’t helping, talk to your dermatologist.

When to See a Dermatologist

It might seem strange to see a dermatologist for dry skin, but if your dry skin is severe, making you feel miserable and uncomfortable, or not responding to at-home treatments then it may be worth turning to a dermatologist for more effective treatment options.

Don’t let dry skin get you down this season when there are so many ways to get it under control. Remember that if dry skin and other issues are impacting your health, appearance, and confidence, a dermatologist can be the ideal doctor to help you feel better fast.

By Dawson Dermatology
January 11, 2022
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

How your dermatologists in Honolulu, HI, can help if you have skin cancer

Do you take a good look at your skin on a regular basis? Most people don’t but doing a self-check of your skin is a great way to prevent skin cancer. A quick check of your moles can do a lot to identify suspicious areas early. Your dermatologist can help.

The dermatologists at Dawson Dermatology offer a wide range of cosmetic and medical dermatology services, including diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. They have two convenient office locations in Honolulu, HI, to help you. Talk to Drs. Erin Fuller, Kevin Dawson, Douglas Chun, and Sarah Grekin today.

When you check your skin, you should look out for these signs and symptoms of skin cancer:

  • Moles that have poorly defined, ragged borders
  • Moles with an asymmetrical shape
  • Moles with a diameter of 6 millimeters or greater
  • Moles that have grown back after the previous removal
  • Moles that ooze or bleed
  • Itchy, scaly patches of skin

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms while doing a self-check of your skin, make an appointment with your dermatologist as soon as you can. Don’t delay, because early diagnosis and early treatment of skin cancer are critical to a good outcome.

In addition to doing regular self-checks of your skin, there are some other important steps to follow to prevent skin cancer. Remember to:

  • Avoid using tanning booths
  • Use an SPF of at least 15 every day
  • Use an SPF of at least 30 if you spend a lot of time outside
  • Avoid being in direct sunlight between 10 AM to 4 PM, because UV rays are the most damaging at these times
  • Wear protective clothing, a hat, and sunglasses

A skin cancer diagnosis can be scary, but there are several effective treatments for skin cancer, including:

Cryosurgery; the lesion is frozen using liquid nitrogen

Curettage and desiccation; the lesion is scraped and electric current is applied, which kills cancerous cells

Surgical excision; the lesion is completely cut out

Mohs micrographic surgery; the lesion is removed in layers and each layer is examined under a microscope

Radiation therapy; radiation is used to kill cancerous cells

Chemotherapy; used in combination with surgery and radiation to treat malignant melanoma

Your dermatologist can help if you have skin cancer, but you must take action. To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of skin cancer, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Erin Fuller, Kevin Dawson, Douglas Chun, and Sarah Grekin at Dawson Dermatology in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 599-3780. Call today!


By Dawson Dermatology
January 10, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Vitiligo  
VitiligoAccording to the National Vitiligo Foundation, around 70 million people around the world have vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that causes white patches of skin. This condition is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person, but the white patches can be a source of embarrassment or isolation for some patients. If you are living with vitiligo, or know someone who is, a dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment options for improving the appearance of vitiligo.

How is vitiligo treated?

There is currently no cure for vitiligo but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to target and add pigment back into these depigmented patches of skin. Some of these treatment options include:

UVB Light Therapy

This is one of the oldest and most commonly used treatment options for vitiligo, which exposes areas of the body to light therapy multiple times a week. This narrow-band light therapy works by triggering the production of melanocytes, a skin cell responsible for producing pigmentation in the skin.

Topical Medications

Various topical creams can repigment the skin. Your dermatologist will look at the size and location of your vitiligo patches to determine the best topical medications for the job. Common topical medications include corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors, calcipotriene, and depigmentation medications.

Steroids are topical anti-inflammatories that can slow vitiligo and allow the body to produce more melanocytes. It can take up to a month to start seeing results. When steroids aren’t the ideal option, which is particularly common if a patient has patches of vitiligo in more sensitive areas such as the genitals or lips, your dermatologist may recommend calcineurin inhibitors.

If the majority of your body contains vitiligo patches, the best option may be to lighten the rest of your skin to reduce the appearance of these depigmented patches. This can be done with a topical depigmentation medication or light therapy. Medications are often recommended in conjunction with light therapy, but if light therapy isn’t being used then your dermatologist may recommend two or more medications to be used at the same time.

You don’t have to deal with vitiligo alone. A dermatologist can be the best medical specialist for helping you treat and manage your vitiligo symptoms. To learn more or to schedule an evaluation, call your dermatologist today.

By Dawson Dermatology
January 05, 2022
Category: Dermatology

A simple, painless skin cancer screening could just save your life.

Anyone who lives in Honolulu will tell you how much they love the warm, sunny weather. It really is glorious to get to enjoy a day surfing the waves or simply lying on the beach; however, those years spent in the sun could increase your risk for skin cancer, so it’s important that you are protecting your skin, too. One way to do that is by turning to our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists Dr. Erin Fuller, Kevin Dawson, Douglas Chun, and Sarah Grekin for routine skin cancer screenings.

How often should I get a skin cancer screening?

It’s important that everyone sees our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists at least once a year for a comprehensive skin check. These exams can help our team spot cancer early when it’s easily treatable. Those at high risk for skin cancer may want to talk to us about how often they should come in for screenings, as they may want to come in more than once a year.

What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

It’s important to recognize your risk for developing skin cancer over your lifetime. Risk factors for skin cancer include,

  • History of severe sunburn
  • History of using tanning beds
  • Not using sunscreen
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Fair skin and hair
  • Freckles
  • Extended periods spent out in the sun (e.g. gardening; construction worker)
  • Being immunocompromised

What are the warning signs of skin cancer?

It’s important that along with visiting our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists for annual or biannual screenings that you also are examining your skin regularly. What should you be looking for when you perform self-skin cancer screenings? Look at all moles from head to toe. Check for asymmetry, irregular border, changes in color (or multiple colors), changes in size, or moles that look different in any way. Moles that itch, bleed, or are red should also be examined by our team.

Is it time you turned to our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists for a skin check? If it’s been more than a year since your last one, or you’ve never had one before, it’s time to call Dawson Dermatology at (808) 599-3780 to schedule yours. Schedule an appointment with Drs: Erin Fuller, Kevin Dawson, Douglas Chun, and Sarah Grekin today.




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