How Many Types of Skin Cancer are there?

There are three major skin cancer types. They are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma is caused by your skin being overexposed to sun. The tumors usually take the form of small, shiny bumps. Waxy, hard skin growth can also be a warning sign of basal cell carcinoma. While this is the least deadly type of skin cancer, and it is unlikely to spread to other parts of your body, it is possible for it to cause disfigurement and even death if not treated early enough.

Squamous cell carcinoma is also caused by being exposed to too much UV radiation, and often takes the form of red scaly patches, open sores, or crusty warts. If these tumors are allowed to grow, they can become deadly, but is fairly easy to treat if caught early enough.

Melanoma is the most serious and the most deadly type of skin cancer. Most melanomas are black or brown, but they can be pink, red, purple, blue, or white. The best way to identify melanoma is to use the ABDE method. This means that any mole that displays asymmetry, uneven borders, a variety of colors, a large diameter, or seems to be evolving should be evaluated by our skin doctor in Encino.


Pros and Cons of Facial Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have an aggressive name, if not reputation, and that can frighten away people who could really benefit. In fact, chemical peels are safe in the hands of a qualified esthetician, and can take years off your appearance.

Do not be dissuaded by the use of chemicals on your skin. When you receive a chemical peel from our expert in facial chemical peels in Encino, the exact concentration of acids and coverings has already been calculated for your exact case. Your progress will be monitored, and your comfort level kept as highest priority.

As with any dermatological procedure, there are pros and cons to facial chemical peels. Pros include:

• A genuine boost of youth—peels expose the brighter, fresher skin underneath for an overall revitalized appearance.
• Just through exfoliation alone, your face sheds dead skin cells which can increase the likelihood of you looking younger. The process also works extremely well against acne and irregular pigmentation.
• Deeper chemical peels firm up the skin, reducing minor to moderate wrinkles.

Here are some cons of facial chemical peels:

• Even the deeper peels do not completely remove deep wrinkles.
• The acidic solution may have side effects, such as redness or dryness.
• They are not cheap, if you want expertise.
• Contact our Encino dermatologist for more about facial chemical peels.