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Look Always Ready with Permanent Makeup

Tired of filling in your eyebrows with a pencil so they look fuller?
Do you have an active lifestyle and wearing makeup gets in the way?
Are you a busy mom who wants one less thing to do in the morning?
Do you have mobility problems and applying makeup is tricky?

Have you considered permanent makeup? It’s a new treatment available at Art of SKIN and we are excited to educate you on how it works.

What is Permanent Makeup?

Permanent makeup (also called: micro-pigmentation, derma-pigmentation, permanent cosmetics and cosmetic tattooing) is a specialized technique of cosmetic tattoo that is used to achieve a long-lasting look that mimics makeup.  The pigmentation is deposited within the upper dermal layer of the skin.

Although it is called permanent makeup, it does fade over time due to the structure of the pigment molecules changing. Touch up procedures may be necessary to maintain results over time.  Plus, individual colour tastes change over time as well, so the black liner might look better as dark brown or the dramatic red lips might look better as a softer neutral red 5 years later.

 Permanent Makeup Treatment Options

Micro-blading eye brows:
This is now one of the most common forms of permanent makeup currently being performed.  A blade is used to etch pigment into the skin. Mimicking a hair strand, strokes can be etched both fine and thicker, the deeper the pigment is etched into the skin, the broader the hair stroke.

Brow-fill treatments:

Achieved by using a permanent makeup tattooing machine to fill the area in fully. This is a longer treatment than Micro-blading and the pigment will last much longer as it is denser and placed deeper in the skin.

 

 

Lips:
Lips can be filled, lined, straightened, rounded and even create a pout illusion.  During your lip treatment, a permanent makeup tattooing machine will be used to deposit the pigment in linear fashion deeper in the skin. At Art of SKIN we don’t allow our patients to experience unnecessary pain. Before your treatment, we can give you a full dental block so the procedure isn’t uncomfortable.

Eye Liner:
Eye Liner is applied with a permanent makeup tattooing machine.  This area can also encompass lash enhancement.  Whether you are looking at a lash enhancement, permanent wet/dry pigment liner, a fine line or wing tipped liner all will save you time each morning.  The newest term in eyeliner is “En fleek” which is a well-defined line, instead of a fade or ombré look.  During the eyeliner treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin before and during the treatment.  After the treatment, you will be able to see the results immediately.

Educate yourself about these treatments:
We placed information on what to expect from permanent makeup on our website.
At Art of SKIN we use only Health Canada Approved Pigments.We are also an approved non-hospital surgical facility, we follow strict guidelines for sterilization procedures and the restriction of cross contamination. Learn more about our practice.

Let’s talk further : 403-675-0018 or Contact Us

CATHERINE LUBITZ

Art of Skin – Owner & Operations Manager
Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

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Winter Skincare Tips for Rosacea and Eczema

Living with chronic skin conditions like rosacea and eczema can be a tricky to manage during the cold winter months. It doesn’t help with Alberta temperature swings, cold dry air and warming up in hot ski chalets – the mix of extreme temperatures can make anyone with these skin conditions run for the hills.

The cause of these conditions is unknown. Rosacea often shows up as redness or flushing in the face and eczema as flaky patches of skin. But if you suffer from either condition, there’s hope; they can be effectively calmed and reduced with the right types of skin care.

 

 

How Winter Affect Rosacea and Eczema

Although rosacea is typically experienced year-round with additional flare ups in winter, eczema is often experienced only in the fall and winter. This is due to the drying effects of the season. Cold winds on exposed skin can aggravate these conditions. Strong heat inside can cause dryness of the skin and aggravate symptoms for sufferers of both skin conditions.

Winter Skin Care Tips for Rosacea and Eczema:

  • Use sunscreen. Year-round.
  • Wear layers of clothing.For some people, overheating of their bodies can worsen rosacea.
  • Use scarves or a ski mask to protect your face from the cold weather.This is especially important on windy days as wind is extremely drying on your skin.
  • Allow your beverages to cool down a little before drinking them.
  • Lower the temperature of showers and baths.
  • Take breaks from the kitchen.The heat in the kitchen can make rosacea symptoms flare.
  • Use a humidifier.

 

Try:  Fifth Element MD – Soothing Mask MD This cooling gel mask soothes rosacea-prone skin, and skin that has been stimulated by exfoliation or laser treatments. It also calms skin after it has been stressed by environmental conditions.

If you feel that you may be dealing with eczema, rosacea, or excessively dry skin, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us. We would be very happy to assist you and your skin survive the tough winter conditions. Contact us for more information: 403-675-0018
CATHERINE LUBITZ

Art of Skin – Owner & Operations Manager
Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

 

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Combining your calling with an entrepreneurial spirit

There are several traits all entrepreneurs share, one of which is a desire to challenge the status quo.

Founder of Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Paul Lubitz, has this trait in spades. When starting out as a dermatologist, rather than joining an established practice in an urban area, he opted to venture forth on his own and establish his first private dermatology clinic in Edmonton, Alberta in 2003. Dr. Paul Lubitz’s current clinic, Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, located in the picturesque town of Canmore, Alberta, has given the population there the chance to receive specialized dermatological services that they previously would have had to travel to Calgary or beyond for.

At Art of SKIN, Dr. Lubitz feels that he can make a genuine difference in both the standard of patient care and in empowering patients by educating them on the importance of skin care.

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The Secret to an Amazing Body

All the exercise in the world will not shrink loose abdominal skin. In many cases, such skin has lost its elasticity, has stretch marks and physically cannot snap back. Okay, the “Debbie Downer” moment is over. We are here to tell you that there is a solution and it’s called SculpSure!

This new light-based body contouring treatment uses laser-based technology to selectively target and destroy fat cells without affecting the skin’s surface, requiring no surgery or downtime.

Arrive at our boutique clinic, and in 25 minutes, with no sedation and no needles, experience this procedure, and then go right back to your normal routine.

With results that can be seen in as quickly as six weeks, it’s no wonder that this non-surgical fat-reduction procedure is increasing in popularity.

 

 

 

 

 

But how is it that easy? Here’s how:

What is SculpSure?

SculpSure is the first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive melting of fat (lipolysis).  SculpSure uses a sapphire laser diode to create a wavelength (1064nm) that penetrates through the skin, without causing damage to the skin. This is infrared light is the same light that heats the earth’s air.  This specific wavelength passes through the skin layers (epidermis and dermis) and heats the fat in the same way infrared light passes into your car without damaging the glass while creating heat inside the car.  Once the fat hits about 112F (45C), it breaks down. The fat cells that are damaged during the treatment are cleared away by your lymphatic system, the same way your body heals itself from a cut or bruise, and are eliminated as waste over time.  Macrophages, a type of cell that responds to injury, reaches the site at about 4 weeks, and digests the dead fat cells. Between 12-24 weeks, fibroblasts arrive and lay down new collagen, which explains the skin tightening effect. So, unlike older generation treatments that shrunk fat cells, these fat cells are dead and gone permanently.

Watch Catherine demonstrate a SculpSure treatment:

ScupSure Demo

Catherine demonstrates what a SculpSure session is like. With our very special offer, you can transform your body in just 25 minutes. Book an appointment today! https://www.artofskin.ca/specials/

Posted by Dr. Paul Lubitz FRCPC Art of SKIN Dermatology & DermaSpa on Friday, October 13, 2017

 

Is it safe?

This technology has been around since 1960, when the first visible light laser was created. Laser diodes are used in optical fiber Christmas trees, compact disc (CD) players, laser printers, remote-control devices, intrusion detection systems, etc.  The same laser technology is used to provide aesthetic services such as laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, photofacials, tattoo removal, and now SculpSure.

So, whether you’ve had a baby, lost weight, or want to complement your fitness routine –  we all have a reason to look and feel better about our body.

For more answers, visit our website for more Q & A.

SculpSure Promotion

SculpSure Summer Recovery Special

3 IPL treatments on 2 areas with SculpSure (repeated once) for $3,999 Hurry, it’s only available for a limited time – book before Oct 31, 2017.

Website link https://www.artofskin.ca/specials/

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It’s a SculpSure party, and you’re invited!

Thursday, November 30th 2017

Save the date! We’re planning a great event and will release more details soon.

CATHERINE LUBITZ

Art of Skin – Owner & Operations Manager
Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

 

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Facing The Truth About Sunscreen

Dozens of products for sunscreen and sunblock line the shelves of drugstores and supermarkets everywhere, not to mention the ongoing debate on the safety of using mineral vs chemical sunscreens. Confused? Not to worry, we’ve done our homework and have broken down the differences between these sunscreens; what we found may shock you.

Chemical Sunscreens

Commonly these are spray-on sunscreens and/or ones that are most readily available in stores.  A lot of them absorb the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, transforming UV rays into heat and infrared light.  Because there is an “exchange” that happens with chemical sunscreens they can break down over a 2-3 hour time period, which makes the protective qualities no longer viable.  Chemical sunscreens use only non-mineral, or chemical, active ingredients such as oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, and octisalate.

****Buyer beware: a sunscreen company can put a small amount of minerals in the sunscreen and still promote it as a mineral sunscreen even though the main active ingredients are chemical.

The Problem with Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens have been found to accumulate in body fat and breast milk, and have even been linked to such hormonal disruptions as early onset puberty, low sperm count, and breast cancer. They are also found to be associated with some allergic reactions.

Sunscreens analyzed by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) says chemical sunscreens can penetrate the bloodstream and present health hazards. The EWG recommends that consumers avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone.

It has also been shown that some chemical sunscreens oxidize under the sun, which could lead to premature aging. Other studies have shown that it can also endanger coral reefs.

Mineral Sunscreens (micronized minerals)

The term ‘chemical-free sunscreens’ list the minerals zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as their active ingredients. These minerals create a physical barrier on the skin, reflecting off both UVA rays (those that cause wrinkles and skin cancer) and UVB rays (those responsible for sunburn). They are a white chalky hue, think: white-nosed lifeguard, and are commonly available as a lotion.  Some mineral sunscreens are now produced with a tint, for women they can be used instead of a BB Cream under a mineral powder. They can help even out the appearance of pigmentation and redness in the skin.

Mineral active ingredients do not break down as readily in the sun, offering greater protection for longer. It’s also worth noting that organic sunscreens are mineral – but with an organic cream base.

Generally speaking, naturally derived ingredients used in mineral sunscreens are gentler on the skin than chemicals.

A study released in January of 2017 from the Australian TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) concluded that zinc does not get absorbed beyond the surface of the skin or the outer dead layer of the skin. A report from the German Federal Health Institute also concluded zinc stayed on the skin’s surface and was not absorbed.

There are now companies that are producing “ultra sheer” or “invisible” mineral sunscreens.  Consumers have to be careful when it comes these types of sunscreens as they are classically nano-sized particles, not micronized. What’s the difference? Nano-sized particles can potentially absorb through the skin into the body.  If these minerals are absorbing into the body they can’t be protecting your skin as they are no longer on the surface.

Spray-on Sunscreen

Spraying on sunblock may be a convenient way to protect you from the sun, but experts warn that inhaling the chemicals could trigger allergies, asthma and other concerns. They also make it difficult for users to tell how much they’ve applied or if they have missed any areas during application.

Spray on sunscreen also has nanoparticles. What are they? A nanoparticle is a piece of material that is so small it has to be measured in nanometers.

Some people are more willing to use mineral sunscreens in order to avoid a white tint on their skin. However, it’s best to avoid titanium dioxide (found in mineral sunscreen) in a powder or spray form; the EWG claims it’s linked to toxicity when inhaled.  In short, invisible or sheer sunscreens are the ones we recommend staying away from. And since labeling regulations of nanoparticles don’t exist yet, if you would like to know more you are encouraged to ask manufacturers directly about their policies.

Fun In The Sun

Mineral sunscreens are more popular than ever. They are effective the moment they are applied, unlike chemical sunscreens which require approximately 30 minutes to become effective after application.

How Much To Apply

Canadian Cancer Society says the average adult needs about 2 or 3 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover their body and a teaspoon to cover their face and neck.

Find these mineral-based sunscreens at Art of Skin:

Solar Protection Formula SPF 50+
LipTect SPF 45
Rubber Ducky Physical Sunscreen
CATHERINE LUBITZ
Art of Skin – Owner & Operations Manager

Catherine started her career path in the field of esthetics and quickly discovered that specializing in skin was the most rewarding and ultimately, her passion. As the mother of a cancer survivor, mom of two boys, and a cancer survivor herself, Catherine runs a growing medical aesthetics and dermatology business with her husband.

Dr. Paul Lubitz: Remember Melanoma Awareness Starts with “Me”

Art of Skin’s Dr. Paul Lubitz On What to Know About Chronic Sun Damage

As most of us know, young, healthy-looking skin is something that’s almost universally admired and desired. Unfortunately, long-term exposure to the sun can significantly lesson our chances of maintaining the appearance of clear, and healthy skin.

For many of us, especially those who enjoy exercising outdoors, some degree of sun exposure is a reality. However, that does not mean that we shouldn’t be aware of the effects of excessive sun damage on our skin or what can happen to our skin if we do not take steps to regularly protect it from sun exposure.

The reality is that significant long-term sun exposure causes premature aging and deterioration of the skin, the development of precancerous and skin cancer lesions and other consequences to one’s skin health and appearance. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, as for example when one goes tanning or sunbathing, is the most significant reason for premature aging of skin.

Long-term exposure to UV light is responsible for dramatic changes in the texture and composition of one’s skin by contributing to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers. For example, UV light exposure can in some cases cause dramatic thickening of the skin and the production of course wrinkles and a cobblestone appearance in some areas of the body such as the back and sides of the neck, forehead, upper lip and chin.

As many of us are well aware, sun exposure and UV light can also cause various color changes to our skin. Sun exposure can lead to the appearance of small blood vessels, called telangiectasias, in addition to various degrees of diffuse redness that are most often seen on one’s face, neck and upper chest. Long-term sun exposure can also yield changes to various types of pigmented (brown) spots such as moles, diffuse brown colour (melasma), freckles (known as ephelides), keratoses and liver or age spots, as well as solar lentigos.

The most serious medical consequence of significant chronic sun damage is the development of various forms of skin cancer, such as melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which can result in serious consequences requiring potentially disfiguring surgery and even death.

These consequences to sun exposure are what people want to avoid.

Clearly, the effects that chronic sun damage have to one’s appearance is not a good or desired thing. However, Dr. Paul Lubitz, a Canadian dermatologist that specializes in skin cancer prevention and treatment, with over two decades of experience and who currently practices in Canmore, is quick to point out that skin cancer concerns trump everything else.

“In Canmore, where I practice, we are at a higher elevation, which means greater UV radiation, and because of that, Canmore (and Bow Valley) residents need to be particularly mindful of sun damage and the fact that it can lead to increased skin cancer. Add to this is the added risk which comes with the very outdoors oriented lifestyle that is prevalent in the mountain communities such as the Bow Valley where I live or Boulder, Colorado in the USA. These two factors can increase the risk for sun damage and skin cancer significantly. But, regardless of elevation, everyone should take steps to regularly to protect themselves from the sun and UV rays by, for example, regularly wearing an adequate level of sunscreen, sun protective clothing, hats and sunglasses.”

With that caveat in mind, technological advancements in dermatology and a greater understanding of skin physiology and disease have allowed dermatologists, as accredited skin specialists to be ideally trained to effectively treat the various effects and degrees of chronic sun damage, both medically ie skin cancer, and cosmetically ie redness, brown spots and wrinkles.

With that in mind, Dr. Paul Lubitz opened in September 2014 a new and advanced dermatology and dermasurgery clinic called Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Canmore, Canada.

Part of the inspiration for the opening of Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery was to bring the latest technology, clinical expertise and advanced treatment options to Canmore and region residents for the treatment of chronic sun damage and skin cancer.

One of the greatest areas of technological advancement for the treatment of chronic sun damage is in the field of lasers, machines that use light energy to specifically and safely remove particular target substances such as hemoglobin in blood vessels, pigment in different types of brown lesions, and even damaged tissue in wrinkles.

Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery provides a variety of treatment options for improving the effects of chronic sun damage using a wide range of lasers, including the Icon IPL, the Elite MPX IPL, the long pulse YAG (1064 nm), and the Alexandrite (755nm) to name a few. Several of these are lasers that can be used individually or in what’s called a multiplexed or MPX mode, a technological breakthrough that offers synchronous treatment using two different light sources or wave lengths simultaneously for greater results.

Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery also offers the new SmartSkin Fractionated CO2 laser which incorporates advanced fractionated technology allowing improved treatment results, less unwanted side-effects and less downtime as compared to conventional and older Co2 lasers, for the removal of many types of benign skin lesions, for wrinkle reduction, improving unsightly scars and skin resurfacing.

Precancerous lesions can now be effectively removed by a variety of methods including conventional cryotherapy, by the application of several topical (applied as a cream) medications that cause the patient’s own immune system to destroy the precancerous cells, as well as by photodynamic therapy and TCA chemical peels. Even some skin cancers can now in some cases be treated by topical medications however the gold standard in most cases still remains surgical excision. All of these very successful treatment options are now available under the direct care of Dr. Lubitz at his new Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Centre in Canmore.

However, in the end, even though technology is advancing in the area of treating chronic sun damaged skin, people need to remain vigilant about proper skin care throughout their lives. The more prevention we can incorporate into our daily lives, and ideally starting early in life, the less correction we will have to be faced with later on. And with the level of UV light and radiation only increasing, people should be constantly aware of the negative consequences of prolonged sun exposure and should regularly take steps to protect their skin from the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure.

One last important point to mention is that people that are concerned about their skin and health of their skin definitely benefit from routine skin examinations by an accredited dermatologist in addition to regular self, skin exams. A dermatologist is specifically trained in all aspects of skin disease and not only can effectively examine your skin for dangerous and potentially life-threatening lesions and provide important treatment options, but they can also provide valuable education for the patient on ways to better take care of their skin in addition to teaching the patient about what they should look for when examining their own skin.

Dr. Lubitz discusses: How stress affects the skin

Dr. Paul Lubitz discusses: How stress affects the skin

A recent medical study out of Philadelphia shows an even greater correlation between anxiety and common dermatological conditions.

We have all heard stories about a student stressing out about an exam and waking up with a giant pimple, or of executives being so exhausted from work they experience mild hair loss. Stress and anxiety may be internal emotions. However, they often manifest themselves through our skin and hair health.

The relationship between dermatological health and anxiety was a focus topic at this year’s annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Meeting, where the study’s results were made public. The authors of the report examined how patient’s mental health issues often went undiagnosed when they sought dermatological outpatient services.

“Anxiety disorders are common, yet often undiagnosed, in patients presenting to outpatient dermatology clinics,” Dr. Laura Dixon, researcher at the University of Mississippi and study co-author wrote. “Anxiety symptoms may contribute to a number of adverse outcomes in dermatology patients.”

Dr. Dixon then listed some of the results, which included poor coping strategies, engagement in maladaptive behaviors, reduced quality of life, increased suicide risk and diminished social functioning.

It’s common knowledge that our overall health is a direct factor on our skin and hair health. However, as the researchers discovered, there is a lack of definitive research on the topic.

“Despite alarming rates of co-occurrence and deleterious consequences of anxiety within this population, there is a paucity of research focused on specific anxiety symptoms and anxiety-related vulnerabilities associated with skin disease,” notes the study.

There are some tell tale signs to look for that will let you know if stress and anxiety is taking a toll on your external health.

There are some tell tale signs to look for that will let you know if stress and anxiety is taking a toll on your external health.

Dr. Paul Lubitz: List of Dermatological Anxiety Signs

    • One of the most common ways that stress affects the skin is through an increased level of skin irritation and sensitivity. Stress can also aggravate and worsen pre-existing conditions, including rosacea, psoriasis, acne and eczema.
    • Dehydration is also a stress-related side effect. Skin that is dehydrated is more susceptible to allergens, bacteria, and pollutants, which in-turn will further irritate the skin.
    • Anxiety and stress can also lighten skin. When people are stressed, they are often referred to as looking pale or drained. This occurs because blood rushes away from the skin toward the heart, which causes the body to lose some of its natural pink pigmentation. This appearance of lighter, pale skin can happen throughout the body, not just the face.There is also some research that indicates severe, repetitive and chronic stress and anxiety can cause varying degrees of liver dysfunction, which may lead to jaundice a condition where the skin becomes yellow.
    • Hair and the delicate follicles of the scalp are also vulnerable to stress. There is even a term for hair loss induced by significant stress, physiological or psychological, including anxiety, known as Telogen Effluvium, which left unchecked can become so severe that half to three-quarters of the hair can fall out.

What are ways of reducing the impact of stress on hair and skin?

Dr. Lubitz states “As always, I recommend drinking lots of water and eating a well balanced diet to keep skin and hair in the best health possible. Healthy skin is likely to not be as strongly impacted by stress as skin that is dehydrated, and poorly nourished.

Also, I recommend implementing effective stress coping strategies like yoga, nature walks, exercise, meditation or even silent reading and use these tools to manage stress effectively and stay healthy”.

Dr. Paul Lubitz at Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery: When to book a skin cancer screening and what to expect

Dr. Paul Lubitz: When to book a skin cancer screening and what to expect

As Cancer Awareness Month (March) draws to a close and the weather begins to warm up, it’s a particularly appropriate time to highlight the importance of protecting against and early detection of skin cancer. Many people are still unaware that skin cancer is the most pervasive form of cancer. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over the last three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

This shocking statistic is attributed to all the multiple forms of skin cancer, with the most invasive and serious form being melanoma. Even though melanoma accounts for roughly 1 percent of skin cancer cases, it carries the highest mortality rate. An estimated 1,150 Canadians die annually from the disease and it’s reported that every 52 minutes an American dies from melanoma and related complications.

To avoid being one of the new diagnoses, it’s crucial that you protect and monitor your skin. When found early enough, almost all skin cancers are treatable and not life threatening.

Dr. Paul Lubitz – Guide to Skin Cancer Self Screening

First, for a successful self-exam, you need to know what to look for. Take note of any new moles or skin growths and any monitor existing growths that begin to grow or change significantly. Lesions that itch, change, bleed, or don’t heal are also warning signs you should be aware of.

An easy way to remember what to look for with respect to moles is with the acronym: ABCDE.

Asymmetry – Refers to the shape of a mole. A malignant mole is often asymmetrical where if the lesion is cut in half, one side does not look like the other side while a benign mole is symmetrical.

Border – Again referencing shape, border refers to the outer edge of a mole. Malignant moles tend to have a rough, non-uniform edge or border. Moles that have an irregular border are often an indication of early melanoma.

Colour – A mole that is multiple colours within the same lesion or demonstrates different shades other than brown is often an indicator of skin cancer. Melanomas often appear to have hues of red, white, black or blue.

Diameter – Unlike A and B, diameter relates to the size of the mole. Non-cancerous moles usually have a smaller diameter than malignant ones. A good rule of reference is the size of an eraser tip of a pencil; melanomas are usually larger in diameter than the 6 mm eraser tip.

Evolving – This characteristic or trait of a mole requires the monitoring of moles for change over a period of time. Be on the alert for any changes in size, shape, color, elevation, other traits, or any new symptoms such as bleeding, itching or crusting. If you recognize any of these characteristics, it is important to book a screening examination with a certified dermatologist, an accredited skin specialist.

“What should I expect from a professional skin cancer screening, Dr. Paul Lubitz?”

A skin cancer screening is easy, painless and relatively quick. A regular and complete skin screening should be a regular part of a health care regimen, especially for those people who spend a lot of time outdoors, or for people that live in a high-risk area such as the Bow Valley because of the higher elevation.

    • First, an initial assessment is conducted where information about a patient’s history and predisposition to skin cancer is gathered. Questions are related to: your family and personal skin history, skin cancer history, frequency of sun exposure, history of sunburns, whether you’ve ever used indoor tanning beds and how often and the type of sun protection you use.
    • From there, a physical examination is conducted carefully examining any moles, lesions or skin growths. In some cases, your dermatologist may use a magnifying lens, magnifying glasses or a sophisticated instrument called a dermatoscope in order to better examine questionable skin lesions.
    • If there is an area of concern, the doctor will then discuss his findings with you, at which point you both can decide on an effective course of action which might include a skin biopsy, digital imaging or careful observation of the skin lesion.

 

Performed regularly, self-examinations and professional screenings can alert you to changes in your skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. Self-exams should be done at least once a month and a complete skin examination ideally by a board certified dermatologist should be booked annually or sooner if you notice any of changes listed above.

Dr. Lubitz: Warm weather doesn’t lessen skin’s importance

Dr. Paul Lubitz: “warm winter doesn’t lessen skin’s importance”

The unseasonably warm fall and early winter has caused many to fall behind in their winter skin care maintenance. With temperatures forecasted to continue to dip below or hover around zero in the mountain regions over the next few weeks, the time has never been better to pay attention to a winter skin care regimen.

Most of us know of the importance of gentle skin exfoliating and moisturizing. However, both are particularly important during winter months for reasons you may not have even thought of. Exfoliating sloughs away dead skin cells, leaving smooth, healthy skin that’s free to breathe and soak in moisturizer. Experts recommend using a gentle exfoliant at least twice a week during the winter (November through March) to prevent dead skin build up.

While exfoliating is a crucial pre-moisturizer routine that ensures maximum absorption of moisturizer, many of us don’t realize there is a small window of time when it is paramount to apply an appropriate moisturizer. While the majority of us dry our faces completely before applying our moisturizing creams and gels, dermatologists actually warn against this. Instead, dermatologists recommend that moisturizers be applied to damp skin within three minutes after washing and cleansing your face.

“Wait any longer and moisture starts to disappear from skin before you can lock it in,” Jeannette Graf, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, told Allure Magazine.

Locking in as much skin moisture as possible is crucial during winter months and will prevent chapping, cracked and bleeding skin.

In addition to moisturizing damp skin, sunscreen is another skin care must for the winter. People often forget that the sun’s rays are just as powerful during colder months as during the summer. Thus, the skin needs to be protected from harmful rays year round.

Dermatologist Dr. Paul Lubitz, who runs Art of SKIN Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Canmore, Canada, advises all his patients to add sunscreen to their daily skin care routine. “Sunscreen is just as important in the winter for the obvious skin protection reasons. But, also winter skin is oftentimes more sensitive and paler and therefore more susceptible to the sun’s harsh UV,” explained Dr. Paul Lubitz.

The Alberta-based dermatologist also reinforces the benefits of drinking lots of water. “Hydration is fundamental to maintaining skin health”. Dr. Lubitz continued, “I also tell my patients to eat pomegranates, which are full of antioxidants that improve the blood flow to the face.”

Walnuts, soy, yogurt, oatmeal and green tea are also excellent at soothing, repairing and protecting the skin especially in the winter. “Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity,” David Bank, a dermatologist in New York, told Fitness Magazine. “The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production.”

Last but not least, do not forget your lips and scalp. The cold weather can dry out your lips and scalp and in the worst case scenario can lead to dryness, cracking and bleeding. Applying a lip balm or ointment generously will protect lips from harsh winds and hot beverages.

For the scalp, an intense conditioner with deep moisturizing qualities will prevent your scalp from getting dry and flaky and keep your hair shiny and healthy. Hats worn in the winter not only protect the hair and scalp from the cold and dry air, but also protect the scalp skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Dr. Paul Lubitz discusses: How Canadians can care for their skin year round

Dr Paul Lubitz – How Canadians can care for their skin year round

Living in Canada is amazing. Not only do we have universal healthcare, we also get to experience the natural wonder of all four seasons in a country of incredible physical beauty. From the cool breezes of spring with their promise of warmth, to the blankets of snow winter brings, Canadians get to experience it all.

While being able to enjoy every season in its full glory is a treat, constant weather fluctuations can be rough on one’s skin and make it more difficult to create and maintain an appropriate skin care regimen.

Despite each season offering its own distinct weather conditions, there are steps one can take to ensure one’s skin is beautiful and stays healthy year round.

Dr Paul Lubitz’s Skin Care Tips

Spring — The season of renewal is a great time to start prepping your skin for the summer months. Spring is also the perfect time to get out of that winter slump and start eating healthier.

I recommend you start spring by drinking plenty of water to moisturize your skin from the inside out. Drinking lots of water also helps to flush toxins out of the body and can increase improved organ function. Skin is 64 percent water so it is crucial you replenish it from the inside and the outside.

“If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to irritation and wrinkling,” notes the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health website.

Summer — The season of sun. It is crucial you protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, as well as keep it hydrated over the summer months. A sunblock of at least 50 SPF should be applied to your skin every time you are going to experience prolonged sun exposure (ie greater than 20 minutes). It is even more important that you wear appropriate sunscreen and utilize sun protective clothing as much as possible if you live and play in geographical areas of increased UV risk. Areas of increased risk would include areas at higher altitude such as in the Bow Valley region of Alberta.

Protection is not only vital to keep skin beautiful, but it is imperative for its ability to help fend off dangerous skin cancers. According to the Skin ancer Foundation, “about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.”

Soothing moisturizers with aloe are also fantastic during the summer to keep skin in its best health.

Autumn — The season of change. The fall is a transitional season, when the weather can fluctuate from summer-like warmth to brisk winds with an arctic chill. Depending on where you live in the country will determine how you care for your skin in the fall. As always, lots of water is paramount. However, sun protection is also important during the fall. Sloughing off dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliant can aide in the skin’s seasonal transition.

You can also switch from a moisturizing lotion to a heavier cream at this point. As the air becomes drier, the skin is prone to drying out, and a thick cream can help prevent dryness, flaking and itching.

Winter — The coldest season of the year. Winter is also, by far, the harshest time for the skin, with things like dry, cold air drying and chapping delicate skin and sun and snow glare creating dangerous UV rays and skin damage.

For the wintertime, especially on sunny days (and everyday if you live in an area of high risk such as the Bow Valley), a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50 is highly recommended. Protection during the winter also means covering up when possible; a good quality pair of sunglasses protects the eyes, and scarves are great to protect the soft skin of the face, lips and the neck which can prevent over drying and cracking.

To keep skin hydrated and protected a skin cream, ointment or body butter is a better choice than lotions. Regular bathing for 15 – 20 minutes in the winter is also a much better choice than showering if you find that your skin is more dry and irritated in the cold winter months. Follow your bath with a good quality moisturiser while your skin is still moist and you will find your skin much healthier, and happier in no time.