We are working on resolving the issue.
Update: This issue has been resolved (8/8/17).
We are working on resolving the issue.
Update: This issue has been resolved (8/8/17).
The physicians at Commonwealth Dermatology encourage everyone to make both self-skin exams and regular skin exam’s with a board certified Dermatologist a part of their health care routine.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It is very curable when caught early.
Monthly self-skin exams: is an important factor in early discovery of these lesions. Getting to know your own skin, is key to noticing changes early.
To learn more about how to do a Self Skin Exam visit our post here: http://ow.ly/10EMBU
Baseline Skin Exam with a Dermatologist: It is recommended that everyone see a dermatologist to have a baseline skin exam. At this exam, they will look over all your spots, freckles, and moles with you. They will assure you which ones are normal and begin a treatment plan on any that may be of concern.
To learn more about what is involved in a full Skin Exam with your physician we have written a great article here: http://ow.ly/10EN7c
To schedule a skin exam, please call our office at 804-440-SKIN (7546).
The Physicians of Commonwealth Dermatology welcome Dr. Matthew Sage! Dr Sage graduated from the University of Richmond, and Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA, and his Dermatology residency at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York, NY Dr. Matthew Sage joins Commonwealth Dermatology and brings expertise in both general dermatology and medical cosmetic procedures. Dr. Sage took a particular interest in mastering Botox and fillers. He enjoys restoring a youthful and very natural appearance to the aging face using a combination of Botox, dermal fillers and lasers. Commonwealth Dermatology patients will enjoy his caring manner and individual approach to each of their general skin health and cosmetic concerns. To schedule an appointment, you may visit our website or call us at : (804) 440-SKIN (7546)
We all look forward to the summer! Children and babies love nothing more than to be outside. Spending time outdoors is healthy for all of us, but it is important to remember to protect our skin while enjoying our outdoor time.
Baby skin is extremely sensitive to the sun, and can burn very quickly. We know that exposure to UV light contributes to skin cancer and aging skin in the future, so it is important to protect our little ones from the sun’s harsh rays.
The question is, how do we protect our babies from the sun?
Is it safe to apply sunscreen to my infant?
The answer is simple, keep your baby in the shade. Baby skin doesn’t have the thick protective outer layer that adult skin has, which makes it more susceptible to burning. It is not advisable to apply sunscreen to babies less than 6 months of age. Baby skin is much more sensitive to chemicals and irritants than adult skin. The American Academy of Pediatrics does say that sunscreen can be applied to limited areas of the body if shade is not available, however this should be used in extreme situations only.
Once your baby is over 6 months of age: sunscreen use is encouraged, however, this doesn’t mean that they don’t need the sun protective clothing, hats and the shade any longer. When looking for a sunscreen for your baby, try to find one with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients are less likely to irritate sensitive skin. These chemicals are called physical blockers, which means that they sit on top of the skin and deflect the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and work by absorbing or scattering the harmful rays. Since the chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, they have the potential to be more irritating. When trying sunscreen for the first time, look for a sensitive skin formula and apply a small amount to the wrist. Wait 24 hours and see if a rash develops, if it does, look for another sunscreen.
Keys to Enjoying the Summer Months with your babies:
· Staying out of the direct sun between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm
· wear sun protective clothing including a hat, long sleeves and pants and sun glasses
Sun protective clothing is easy to find these days and can be found at most major stores in the bathing suit section. Remember, the protection you provide for you baby while they are young sets the stage for their skin health as an adult. We know how to prevent skin cancer!
Our goal should be zero sunburns!
The physicians of Commonwealth Dermatology are pleased to welcome Dr. Erin Reese to the practice. Dr. Reese graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, where she also completed her preliminary internship in internal medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida where she also served as chief resident. Following residency, she came back to Virginia Commonwealth University where she was an assistant professor for 5 years. Dr. Reese is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. In medical school, she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and the Pathology Honor Society. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the VCU School of Engineering. She is also the author of several publications. Dr. Reese grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is married with 2 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, jogging and reading. Dr. Hazle Konerding, founding partner of the practice states: “We are so pleased to have Dr Reese join our practice. She is a great addition and we are excited to be able to expand our patient services with a highly qualified additional physician.” She joins Drs. Konerding, Hazel Vernon, Laurie Shinn, Camille Haisley-Royster, Raj Agarwal, in addition to nurse practitioners Maggie Constante, Amy Black, Tamara Stephens, and Lynne McElroy Wold. Commonwealth Dermatology offers:
To make an appointment call 440-SKIN (7546)
There has been an epidemic of skin cancer for several years. The principle cause is the increase in sun exposure in the past half century. A frightening portion of the increase in ultraviolet light exposure has come from tanning bed use, especially in young people.
Most parents end up at one point needing to get chewing gum out of their childs hair. You may have heard of lots of ways to get it out, and you may be tempted to just cut it out! There is no need to get that drastic. Try this easy method for clearing out the sticky mess.
Preventing the First Burn of the Season
Spring break is approaching. After this dreadfully dreary winter, we all dream of sunshine and tropical beaches. If you are one of the lucky ones who is going on a sunny, warm vacation, this post is for you. Beware of sunburning or you could ruin your entire week after just one short hour in the sun!
Follow these helpful tips to help you have an enjoyable week:
Commonwealth Dermatology offers its patients useful information about the top recommended sunscreen products. We also provide product recommendations tailored to individual circumstances during your visit with one of our medical professionals. Some of the more commonly recommended products are also available for purchase in office. Schedule your visit or consultation with The Center For Healthy Skin today by calling 440.SKIN!
The 2014 Southern Women’s Show Richmond features the best in fashion, health, beauty, cooking and more. And this year Commonwealth Dermatology joins the show as an exhibitor in booth #408. Visit us each day for professional skincare demonstrations and a chance to win a Healthy Skin basket to keep your skin glowing and looking its best.
Parking is free. Adult tickets may be purchased at the show for $10.00 each. Advance tickets are available online now for $9.00 or visit any area Martin’s store for $7.00 discounted tickets.
Does your child struggle with eczema?
Do you, as a parent, struggle with dealing with your child’s eczema?
Are you frustrated or just looking for more answers?
The Eczema Clinic may be just what you need. During Eczema Clinic, you will meet with the nurse practitioner for a longer than usual appointment. Maggie has a special interest in eczema and works closely with your doctor or nurse practitioner. She is trying to find better ways that we, as your healthcare providers, can help children and parents to manage eczema better. The appointment is not for education alone, but is also a regular appointment where medications are reviewed and your child is examined like any typical appointment.
Maggie is currently conducting a research study to find better ways that we can help parents to manage eczema by using different forms of education, communication, and support. The final month to enroll in this Eczema Clinic study is November of 2013. Join us in our efforts to help you and other eczema children and parents who struggle with eczema.
If you have a child who is diagnosed with eczema (ages 0 – 17 years old) and either you or your child could benefit from this longer Eczema Clinic appointment and/or you are interested in participating in the study, please let the receptionist know to sign you up now so we can schedule your appointment before all the appointment slots fill up. You can also ask to talk to Maggie or Maggie’s nurse if you have further questions about the study. Also, please let us know if you are interested, but have special scheduling or other needs so we can try to accommodate you.