South Shore Skin Center offers Teens Tips for Acne Flare-Ups

COHASSET AND PLYMOUTH, MA…As teens head back to school, many of them will have to face their peers while suffering from an acne breakout.

Acne affects almost everyone at some point in their lives, and teenagers can expect to experience at least one agonizing acne episode. The hardest hit are teenage boys. The good news is that eating chocolate or French fries does not cause acne. The bad news is that acne is typically caused by hormone fluctuations, which is something teens can’t control.

South Shore Skin Center offers these tips to help teens ward off acne flare-ups:

· Wash (don’t scrub) your face twice a day with a very gentle soap or water based skin cleanser. Oil and dead skin cells are typically the cause of pimples, so avoid any cleansers that contain oil such as cold creams.

· Never squeeze your pimples as it can cause an infection, worse acne and potentially scar your skin.

· Try using an over-the-counter product that is designed to unclog pores and dry up oil and blemishes (such as Clearasil or Stri-Dex). Be sure to follow the package instructions. Too much use of these over-the-counter medications may actually cause acne to become worse.

· Try not to touch your face. Although you can’t see it, your hands contain oil which is transferred when you touch your face and can cause a breakout.

· Your hair is another culprit that can transfer oil to your face. Find a hairstyle that keeps hair away from your face and do not use a lot of hair gel or other hair products because they tend to contain oil.

· Sunlight can actually aggravate acne. Try to limit your sun exposure. If you are going to be in the sun, be sure to wear (oil-free) sunscreen.

“Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum (oil), which is regulated by hormones, coupled with the obstruction of the pores. People can get acne at any age, but teens are most likely to experience it because it is triggered by hormone changes. Stress and some prescription medications can contribute to hormone fluctuation. Acne is not caused by foods such as chocolate and greasy French fries. In fact, severe acne is hereditary,” explained Ramzi W. Saad, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist at South Shore Skin Center.

While most acne sufferers’ breakouts are not serious and do not result in scarring, at least 40 percent of all cases need to be treated by a physician.

For severe acne (up to a hundred or so pimples covering face and body) that may potentially result in scarring, South Shore Skin Center offers several types of treatments.

Dr. Saad continued, “Most cases of teen acne are not severe and can be treated at home. For severe acne and scarring, medical treatment is advisable and we offer several innovative therapies to heal and improve the skin.”

South Shore Skin Center – Healthy Skin For Life

South Shore Skin Center is an award-winning, progressive dermatology practice for medical, surgical and cosmetic services. Led by Richard F. Eisen, M.D. and Ramzi W. Saad, M.D., South Shore Skin Center is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed aestheticians. These dermatology specialists all share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area

The practice is one of only two in Southeastern Massachusetts with a Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit that specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery. South Shore Skin Center’s Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit in Plymouth offers immediate surgical appointments and an expert surgical staff with a combined 30 years of experience.

South Shore Skin Center offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoo removal and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, ePrime (Evolastin procedure), eTwo (Sublime/Sublative), Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Clear + Brilliant /Permea, Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Belotero; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; Thermage; microdermabrasion; Hydro Wand Micro Infusion, medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels. Oncology esthetics and therapeutic massage are also offered.

South Shore Skin Center has been awarded South Shore Living’s Best of the South Shore in 2011 and 2012. They are located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

South Shore Skin Center Donates $3K To The One Fund Boston

In an effort to support the people most affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, South Shore Skin Center dermatology practice and award winning Medical Spa, made a donation of $3,000 to The One Fund Boston, Inc.

South Shore Skin Center donated a percentage of their profits from retail products sold and cosmetic treatments.

“Our hearts go out to the individuals and families who were victims of this terrible tragedy,” noted Richard F. Eisen, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist and founder of South Shore Skin Center.

About The One Fund

The One Fund Boston was formed to assist victims and families affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon. One Fund Boston has raised more than $60M for the victims and the families. Visit www.onefundboston.org for more information.

South Shore Skin Center – Healthy Skin For Life

South Shore Skin Center is an award-winning, progressive dermatology practice for medical, surgical and cosmetic services. Led by Richard F. Eisen, M.D. and Ramzi W. Saad, M.D., South Shore Skin Center is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed aestheticians. These dermatology specialists all share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area.

The practice is one of only two in Southeastern Massachusetts with a Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit that specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery. South Shore Skin Center’s Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit in Plymouth offers immediate surgical appointments and an expert surgical staff with a combined 30 years of experience.

South Shore Skin Center offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoo removal and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, ePrime (Evolastin procedure), eTwo (Sublime/Sublative), Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Clear + Brilliant /Permea, Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Belotero; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; Thermage; microdermabrasion; Hydro Wand Micro Infusion, medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels. Oncology esthetics and therapeutic massage are also offered.

South Shore Skin Center has been awarded South Shore Living’s Best of the South Shore in 2011 and 2012. They are located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

Ramzi W. Saad, M.D. of South Shore Skin Center Attends International Dermatology Exchange Program

Ramzi W. Saad, M.D.

Ramzi W. Saad, M.D. of South Shore Skin Center, an award-winning, progressive dermatology practice for medical, surgical and cosmetic services with offices located in Plymouth and Cohasset, recently attended the International Dermatology Exchange Program (IDEP) of The Skin Cancer Foundation in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dermatologists from the U.S. and Puerto Rico met daily for sessions in a collaborative educational environment to cover advances in skin cancer management, including diagnosis and treatment, surgical techniques, and discussion of difficult cases.

“The IDEP is a key platform that enables us to exchange skin cancer treatment ideas and information with colleagues from around the world,” noted Dr. Saad. “Incidence of skin cancer continues to rise exponentially, particularly in the Northeast.”

South Shore Skin Center – Healthy Skin For Life

South Shore Skin Center is an award-winning, progressive dermatology practice for medical, surgical and cosmetic services. Led by Richard F. Eisen, M.D. and Ramzi W. Saad, M.D., South Shore Skin Center is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed aestheticians who are all specialists in dermatology and share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area.

The practice is one of only two in Southeastern Massachusetts with a Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit that specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery. South Shore Skin Center’s Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit in Plymouth offers immediate surgical appointments and an expert surgical staff with a combined 30 years of experience.

South Shore Skin Center offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoo removal and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, ePrime (Evolastin procedure), Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Clear + Brilliant, Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and other wrinkle fillers; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; Thermage; microdermabrasion; medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels. Oncology esthetics is also offered.

South Shore Skin Center has been awarded South Shore Living’s Best of the South Shore in 2011 and 2012. They are located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

Heidi Sanders, Licensed Massage Therapist Joins South Shore Skin Center of Plymouth

Heidi Sanders, Licensed Massage Therapist and resident of Plymouth, has recently joined South Shore Skin Center and will provide therapeutic massage to patients at the practice’s Spa in Plymouth. South Shore Skin Center is an award-winning, progressive dermatology practice for medical, surgical and cosmetic services with offices located in Plymouth and Cohasset.

Ms. Sanders has 14 years of experience and will provide South Shore Skin Center’s Spa patients with therapeutic massage treatments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Ms. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine from Keene State College in Keene, NH. While working in an outpatient physical therapy office, she discovered the efficacy of massage in treating patients and decided to continue her education in this field. Ms. Sanders went on to complete a 900-hour program specializing in Ben Benjamin’s muscular therapy technique at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA and obtained her massage license in 1999.

As an avid runner, Ms. Sanders understands the importance of regular massage treatments for athletes and offers customized therapeutic massage specific to each patient’s needs.

South Shore Skin Center is accepting new patients and scheduling therapeutic massage appointments with Ms. Sanders immediately.

South Shore Skin Center – Healthy Skin For Life

South Shore Skin Center is an award-winning, progressive dermatology practice for medical, surgical and cosmetic services. South Shore Skin Center is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed aestheticians who are all specialists in dermatology and share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area.

The practice is one of only two in Southeastern Massachusetts with a Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit that specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery. South Shore Skin Center’s Skin Cancer Mohs Surgery Unit in Plymouth offers immediate surgical appointments and an expert surgical staff with a combined 30 years of experience.

South Shore Skin Center offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoo removal and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, ePrime (Evolastin procedure), Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Clear + Brilliant, Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and other wrinkle fillers; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; Thermage; microdermabrasion; medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels. Oncology esthetics and therapeutic massage are also offered.

South Shore Skin Center has been awarded South Shore Living’s Best of the South Shore in 2011 and 2012. They are located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa Dermatologists Provide 5 Sun Protection Tips for Babies & Toddlers

Every time we go outdoors, we’re exposed to Ultraviolet (UV) rays and the repeated exposure builds over time. The delicate skin of babies and toddlers is particularly susceptible to sunburn and UV damage.

According to Dr. Ramzi W. Saad, Board Certified dermatologist and partner at South Shore Skin Center and Spa, “UV damage can happen at any age, but it begins to occur during childhood. The more frequent the exposure to Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays without protection, the greater the risk of developing melanoma or skin cancer as an adult. Parents and caregivers are responsible for protecting the very young, so knowing HOW to best protect them is key.”

The dermatologists at South Shore Skin Center and Spa provide the following expert advice to parents and caregivers for protecting the skin of very young children from harmful UVA/UVB rays from the sun (which are present even on cloudy days):

1. Apply a chemical-free sunscreen containing an SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen may be applied to babies older than six months and toddlers. Look for products that are chemical free and have 10 percent micronized Zinc Oxide such as Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby SPF 30+ or Solbar Shield SPF 40.

2. Dress young children in sun protective clothing. Covering up the skin with clothing is one of the most effective ways of protecting the sensitive skin of babies and toddlers. Sun hats with wide brims and flaps to shade ears and neck, lightweight long sleeved shirts, sun rompers and swim bodysuits provide good coverage. Brands such as Coolibar offer 50+ UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing. Other sun protective clothing brands may be found online or at retailer REI.

3. Sunglasses help protect the delicate eye area. Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including eyelids. Because sunscreen cannot be applied on or around the eyes, it’s important to shield the eye area from UV rays. For young children, opt for rubber or flexible frames and shatterproof lenses. To ensure that lenses provide UVA/UVB protection, look for the statement “100% UVA/UVB protection” label on the lense when making your purchase.

4. Seek shade. Shady areas not only offer some cool relief on a hot summer day, but some protection from UV rays.

5. Block UVA/UVB rays in babies younger than six months. Sunscreen should not be applied to babies younger than six months of age, yet exposed skin is left vulnerable without sunscreen. So, how do you protect your baby’s skin from UV rays? Follow tips 2, 3 and 4.

Dr. Saad continued, “As children become more independent, parents and caregivers have a greater challenge of ensuring their tweens and teens wear sunscreen every day, seek shade and wear protective clothing. That is one reason why it is imperative that children learn ‘sun safe’ habits at a very young age because they will have a better understanding of the importance of protecting their skin as they grow older.”

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young white women ages 25-29 and second only to breast cancer in women ages 30-34. New England has the highest concentration of melanoma cases in the United States.

“It cannot be stressed enough that one of the key ways to minimize melanoma mortality is to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, starting in early childhood,” noted Dr. Saad.

About South Shore Skin Center and Spa
South Shore Skin Center and Spa is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services.

Founded in 1984, South Shore Skin Center and Spa is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants, and licensed estheticians who are all specialists in dermatology and share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area. In addition to the medical dermatology office and Mohs Surgical Unit for skin cancer, South Shore Skin Center and Spa offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoos and more using the Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, DEKA SmartXide DOT, Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG, and Alex lasers. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and other wrinkle fillers; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; microdermabrasion; medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa is located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3, in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.