UV Safety Awareness Month: Essential Skin Protection Practices

The month of July is celebrated as UV Safety Awareness Month bringing attention to the many harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure and underscoring the importance of sun-safe habits, skin protection, and other sun damage preventions strategies. With over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed per year in the United States alone, skin …

Cutaneous Cancer Metastases in Surgical Scar

Discovered in approximately 1.3% cases at the time of primary tumor presentation, cutaneous metastases of cancers are extremely rare. The phenomenon generally occurs several years after primary diagnosis or resection of the primary tumor, commonly secondary to malignant melanoma, cancer of the lung, or breast cancer. Cutaneous metastases occur in 4% to 6.5% of metastatic …

Serum Vitamin D Levels Linked to Acne Disease Severity

The multifactorial skin disorder, acne vulgaris, is known to have many causes, including hormonal fluctuations, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and more. A factor currently under further investigation is vitamin D deficiency, which has been evaluated in previous studies yielding contradictory results. In some cases, serum 25 hydroxy vitamin D (25-OH vitamin D) levels were associated …

Supplements in Dermatology: Assessing the Safety and Efficacy of Common Dietary Supplements

Many over-the-counter supplements available to consumers today market themselves as beneficial for skin, hair, and nail health, including a growing number of peptide-infused products. Often, dermatologists prescribe zinc, biotin, vitamin D, and other compounds as supplements to treat a variety of disorders. Designated by the Food and Drug Administration as “supplements”, they rarely undergo rigorous …