How to Establish a Basic Skin Care Routine 

Most people know that they should wash their face. However, many people often underestimate the importance of a thorough skin care routine. There are certain products that you should use daily, weekly, and monthly, and there is a correct order in which to apply them.  Elements of a Basic skin care Routine Wash with a…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Oily Skin 

Dealing with oily skin? Don’t fret! Did you know that oil can actually be good for your skin? Naturally occurring oil can help preserve skin and people with oily skin often have thicker skin with fewer wrinkles. It’s only when your skin’s oil balance gets out of balance that oily skin becomes a problem, clogging…

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Caring for Hair Loss

Hair loss is a condition that affects over 80 million Americans. As a result, people may try to mitigate the appearance of hair loss by changing up their hairstyle, buying specialty products, or taking vitamins and supplements marketed to help hair growth. While these often promise results like more hair growth, healthier hair growth or…

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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a condition that causes the body to produce new skin cells more quickly than is normal (in days as opposed to weeks). As a result, these cells may build up on top of one another, resulting in patches that appear thick or scaly. These are called plaques. Although there are many types of psoriasis, the most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, which affects between 80% to 90% of psoriasis patients. 

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How to Treat a Sunburn

Your skin can burn if it is exposed to too much sun without proper protection from sunscreen and clothes.To heal and soothe stinging skin, it’s important to treat a sunburn as soon as you notice it.The first step you should take is to get out of the sun—and preferably indoors. Once indoors, these dermatologists’ tips…

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The Right Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Dirty makeup brushes can be damaging for your skin. Makeup brushes collect bacteria, product residue, dirt and oil. This can compromise your complexion, manifesting in acne breakouts and rashes. If you’re not regularly washing your makeup brushes it can also affect your health. Dirty makeup brushes can cause fungal infections or staph infections, which can…

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How to Treat Sun-Damaged Skin 

Are you worried you may have sun-damaged skin? Going outdoors without sun protection or using a tanning bed exposes you to ultraviolet (UV) light that damages your skin. Over time, this damage builds up and you may see changes to your skin. These changes can include: wrinkles, age spots and loose skin. Wrinkles Wrinkles are…

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5 Common Sunscreen Mistakes 

Skin cancer affects one in five Americans in their lifetime making this the most common cancer in the US. However, there are steps individuals can take to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thus reducing their chance of contracting skin cancer. Some simple steps that can be taken to reduce your risk…

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Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen: What’s the Difference?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting one in five Americans in their lifetime. Yet most cases of skin cancer can be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The best way to do this is by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying a broad-spectrum,…

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that approximately one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lives? Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and more than one million Americans live with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Because of this, the American Academy of Dermatology…

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Dealing with Dark Spots: For Darker Skin Tones

Hyperpigmentation occurs when something triggers skin to produce more melanin. Treating hyperpigmentation begins with finding the root cause of why these darker spots are occurring. By eliminating the cause, most spots will disappear and new ones will stop appearing. 

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Safe Sun Reminders

Safe Sun Reminders for Spring Break 

As the weather warms up and you start spending more time outside, remember to practice sun protection every time you are outdoors. By following these tips, you can better protect your skin and decrease your risk of skin cancer.  Seek Shade The sun’s rays are strongest during 10am – 2pm, so try to avoid being…

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Sunscreen FAQs

Sunscreen FAQs

Warmer weather is here and with it we know many of you will start resuming outdoor activities, vacations, and generally start spending more time in the sun. While you should apply sunscreen everyday, year-round, we want to answer a few frequently asked questions as we go into Spring.  What type of sunscreen should I use?…

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Retinol or Retinoid: What You Should Know

Retinols and products containing them may seem like the latest skincare fad. However, retinoids have been used as a topical acne treatment since 1971. Dermatologists and patients alike have flocked to retinoids for years due to their anti-aging properties and today, retinols and retinoids can be found in many skincare products, both those available from…

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Why You Should Leave In-Door Tanning in 2021

Did you know that using indoor tanning beds can increase your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Researchers estimate that indoor tanning may cause upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year, with the use of tanning beds…

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Easy Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy in 2022

As we move into another year, we often make resolutions about getting healthier. This year, don’t forget about your skin! Try incorporating these tips into your skincare routine this year. Always Apply Your SPF Water-resistant SPF should be part of your everyday skincare routine – not just something you apply during the summer! We have…

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5 Reasons Your Scalp Itches

Everyone has an itch once in a while. But is it just dry skin or is it something worse? There are many reasons why your scalp might be itching this time of year. Read about these five common causes for an itchy scalp.  Dandruff  Seeing white flakes in your winter toboggan? Dandruff may be the…

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Winter Skincare Survival Kit

Winter Skin Survival Kit

Winter weather can be hard on your skin. The air outside is cold, the air inside is warm, and everywhere the air is dry. These conditions can cause itchy skin for everyone, but especially for those who deal with conditions like eczema and psoriasis. So how do you survive the winter? Use these products in your winter skin survival kit! 

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Relieving Dry Winter Skin

Colder weather is approaching and as temperatures drop and humidity naturally decreases, you may notice your skin becoming dryer than normal. This is what we recommend for maintaining healthy skin during winter months.  Prevent baths and showers from drying out skin by using warm water instead of hot and limiting shower or bath time to…

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Gel Manicures and Your Nail Health

Gel Manicures have become all the rage in recent years due to their long-lasting nature and beautiful appearance. However, they can have negative effects on your nail health. Repeated treatments can cause nail brittleness, peeling and cracking as well as increase the risk of skin cancer and premature aging in hands (AAD). Stay on top…

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Dealing with Head Lice

Dealing with Head Lice

Back to school is an exciting time for kids and parents alike! However, once the excitement of the first few weeks is over, you may find your child coming home with the sniffles, a scraped knee from the playground, or even head lice. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that about 6 to 12 million…

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Eczema Awareness Month

Eczema Awareness Month

October is Eczema Awareness Month! According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, around 16.5 million adults in the U.S. have atopic dermatitis (AAD). Of this number, 6.6 million report moderate-to-severe symptoms. This month we want to take a moment to share facts about eczema and how to alleviate symptoms when possible. Atopic dermatitis…

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FAQs About Stretch Marks

What is a stretch mark? A stretch mark is a type of scar that appears on skin when it grows or stretches rapidly, causing collagen and elastin in skin to rupture. When skin heals, the red lines that appear are called “stretch marks.” Stretch marks are most likely to appear during times when your body…

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How to Treat a Poison Ivy Rash

Spending time exploring the outdoors, we can sometimes cross paths with new plants or objects that elicit a reaction or irritation in our skin. A big culprit in warmer months, poison ivy, can cause particular irritation in the form of an itchy, blistering, red rash for many people. This is caused by an oil found…

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Treating Chronic Hives

Do you suffer from hives? Appearing as welts or reddish/pink blotches or bumps on the skin, hives can appear on the skin in many sizes and flare up periodically or last for long periods of time. If your hives occur daily or last longer than six weeks, you may have chronic hives, or ““chronic urticaria.”…

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Acne Do’s and Don’ts from your Dermatologist

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your pores become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Symptoms range from inflamed blackheads to pus-filled pimples or large, red, and tender bumps. While acne is a fairly common condition, there are lots of myths out there about how it should be treated. Here are our…

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Our Favorite Skincare Products

You already know you’ll receive beyond great medical care when you step inside our doors at Savannah River Dermatology. But, have you ever stopped to check out our line of amazing skincare products? We’re sharing some of our provider’s favorites that are all available for purchase right from our office!  Revision Skincare Intellishade TruPhysical Anti-Aging…

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Practice Safe Sun and Prevent Skin Cancer

How to Practice Safe Sun and Prevent Skin Cancer

May is skin cancer awareness month! As we gear up for summer sun, we want to take a few moments to remind our patrons to protect their skin while they’re out and about. Not only does doing so prevent premature aging, it also significantly lowers your risk of skin cancer. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet…

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FAQ’s About Chemical Peels

FAQ’s About Chemical Peels At Savannah River Dermatology, we use PCA Skin professional treatments for all of our chemical peels. Chemical peels are safe for all skin types, and our staff is  trained to identify what treatment combination is safe for each person’s skin in order for patients to reap the greatest benefits. We know…

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How to Apply Self-Tanner

How to Apply Self-Tanner

How to Apply Self-Tanner Warm weather is here! If you’re gearing up for a spring break vacation or some time at your local pool, you’re probably wanting to show off a bronzed tan as well. This year, skip the tanning season in favor of self-tanner and save your skin some damage. Self-tanner is a method…

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How to Care for Your Skin During Menopause

How to Care for Your Skin During Menopause Menopause is a life-cycle stage all women go through at some point. If you’ve landed on this article you are probably experiencing this life change for yourself. For many women, the hormonal changes menopause brings with it can cause noticeable changes to your skin and hair. However,…

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How to Perform a Skin Self-Exam

How to Perform a Skin Self-Exam As spring weather begins to arrive and we start to shed our winter layers here in Augusta, we want to take a moment to remind our patients to take a moment to perform a skin self-exam. Detection is key when it comes to skin cancer; most forms of skin…

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Eczema: Symptoms, Triggers, and Treatments 

Eczema: Symptoms, Triggers, and Treatments    According to the Cleveland Clinic, Eczema, or Atopic Dermatitis, affects approximately 15 million Americans each year. So, if you find yourself suffering from chronic, red, itchy skin, you are not alone! But how do you know if you have eczema? What triggers symptoms? When should you see a dermatologist?…

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Skin Tips

4 Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love 

  4 Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love Love is in the air! It’s time to show your skin some love! This February, we’re focusing on 4 ways to give your skin a little extra TLC. Use these skin tips to get a healthy glow you’ll love.    Wash Your Face   While this…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Caring for your Baby’s skin

Do’s and Don’ts for Caring for your Baby’s Skin Your newborn baby is precious and so is their skin. Newborn and infant skin is especially delicate and needs special care-taking attention. Follow the motto “less is more,” and adhere to the following do’s and don’ts for good baby skincare.    Do gently wash your baby…

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Botox Injections

10 FAQs About Botox

10 FAQs about Botox Are you considering a Botox Cosmetic procedure and have questions? Check out our dermatologist’s answers to frequently asked questions.   What is Botox? Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, is an FDA-approved medical injection used by dermatologists and doctors to aid in treating a variety of conditions. You’ll be most familiar with its use for the…

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5 Tips for Chapped Lips

5 Tips for Chapped Lips

The temperatures have dropped and the air is drier outside meaning you’re probably experiencing dry or chapped lips as the air pulls the moisture from your saliva off freshly-licked lips. How do you ease dry, cracked lips? Try these 5 tips for chapped lips.   Use non-irritating lip products. This seems like a no-brainer, but…

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Dry winter skin

Caring for Dry Skin During the Winter 

  The summer season in the CSRA has faded away and cooler temperatures are upon us! With the decrease in humidity and cooler weather, you may find your skin becoming dry, flaky or cracked. How do you care for dry skin during the winter months? A few simple changes can help to soothe your skin. …

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5 Tips for Healthy Skin

5 Tips for Healthy Skin

  Your skin is your largest organ, and is just as complex as other vital organs of the body such as the heart and lungs, however many of us don’t pay it as much attention as we do those other organs. In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, Savannah River Dermatology has five tips for…

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Identifying Your Skin Type

November is National Healthy Skin month! Perhaps the best thing you can do to ensure your skin is healthy is to schedule your yearly comprehensive exam. At Savannah River Dermatology we want to ensure you’re doing everything you can to keep your skin healthy on a daily basis. This includes making sure your skin gets…

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Meet Ansley Coffey, PA-C

What made you interested in dermatology? I began my career as a Physician Assistant in the hospital realm of caring for patient’s suffering from burns, wounds, life threatening skin infections and rashes. Skin has always been on the forefront of my physical exam and care plan as it is the largest organ of the human…

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Meet Dr. Allison Paine

What made you interested in dermatology ? I loved the fast pace and the variety that dermatology offered. I love seeing different people and different problems every day. Dermatology also offers a great blend of pathology (microscope work), surgery, and clinic, which keeps things interesting. When I rotated as a medical student at MCG, I loved…

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Skin Cancer Statistics

Skin Cancer Statistics By Savanna Perry, PA-C   Melanoma is so prevalent, and that it even has it’s own month.  Every year, May is Melanoma Awareness Month.  It’s perfect because it’s the very beginning of summer when everyone is starting to shed their layers and show a little more skin, which means it’s also a…

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What to Expect at a Dermatology Visit

If you’ve never been to a dermatology visit, it’s normal to be a little nervous or not know what to expect. Make sure you arrive early to your appointment to fill out any paperwork and update your insurance information. You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your medical history while waiting so…

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5 Sunscreen Recommendations

The sun is finally coming out!  We are ready for spring, summer, warm temperatures, baseball games, picnic lunches and a trip to the beach.   However, there is a darker side to the sun. May is skin cancer awareness month. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the sun causes 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers and…

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5 Facts About Eczema

When it comes to skin rashes, eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is the most common type of inflammatory skin disease. What can start as just itchy skin may develop into a skin rash with redness and scaly skin. While there is occasionally an identifiable cause, like poison ivy, oftentimes eczema is just a skin…

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Meet Tracey Shaffer, PA-C

What made you interested in dermatology? When I was in my early 30’s , I was diagnosed with melanoma. It was a frightening time for me, my husband was deployed to Iraq and I had two young children at home. A Derm PA answered all my questions, removed my skin cancer and provided regular skin…

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Meet Sarah Cely, MD

What made you interested in Dermatology? My answer is simple, it satisfied me in a way that no other specialty did throughout medical school.  I left each day of my dermatology rotation ready to go back the next day.  Not every rotation provoked that response.   You may not be aware, but the skin is the…

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Product Spotlight: Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer

Let’s talk about Revision’s Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer! This is the “kitchen-sink” for skin care and a daily must-use product. The chemists at Revision have formulated a moisturizer that gives you a daily dose of ingredients to help combat the aging process. First and foremost, sunscreen. There are both chemical and physical blockers in Intellishade that…

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5 Facts About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. Skin cells are triggered to grow at an abnormally fast rate. It most often develops on the elbows, knees, or scalp. However, it can affect any location, including the nails. Psoriasis is not something you “catch,” and it is…

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3 Facts About Acne

Acne isn’t just for teenagers.     While acne most commonly occurs during puberty, and usually clears towards the end of adolescence, that’s not always the case.  Acne can appear in younger kids at the very beginning of puberty, even at ages 9-11.  Acne can also appear in adulthood, particularly in women.  Both males and…

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Meet Dr. Anna Kay Duckworth

    What made you interested in dermatology? Dermatology offers a great deal of variety. I enjoy seeing children, adults, males and females. I am able to perform surgical procedures, cosmetic procedures and routine skin examinations.  As part of my residency, I was trained to identify disease both clinically and histopathologically with the microscope.  Every…

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Welcome to the Savannah River Dermatology Blog!

Savannah River Dermatology started in 2008, and has served the patients of the CSRA in their dermatological needs for many years. After starting on Furys Ferry Rd, we have recently moved to their newly constructed building at 575 Furys Ferry Rd.  The practice has continued to grow, and more space was needed to accommodate the…

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