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By North Mountain Dermatology
January 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer according to the American Cancer Society. If you are diagnosed with cancer, Dr. skin cancerTamela Tripp in Phoenix, AZ, can tell you type you have and supply you with the necessary treatment options.

Types of Skin Cancer:

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and often develops on the parts of the skin most exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, but people with light skin and who sunburn easily have a higher risk.

  • Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer: Both of these cancers are usually found in areas exposed to the sun, like your head, neck, and arms, as well as other areas. Although common, basal and squamous cell skin cancer are treatable. While light skinned individuals are most likely to develop Squamous Cell Skin Cancer, darker-skinned people can too.
  • Merkel Cell Skin Cancer: If you have Merkel cell carcinoma, you need to know what to expect and can help you cope. This cancer usually appears on your face, head or neck as a flesh-colored or bluish-red nodule.
  • Melanoma Skin Cancer: Melanoma develops in a mole or appears as a new dark spot on your skin. It doesn't develop as commonly as other types of cancers, Melanoma is more likely to grow and spread, and one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.
  • Lymphoma of the Skin: Rare lymphomas that start in the skin are called skin lymphomas (or cutaneous lymphomas). The main types are Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Lymphoma starts in the immune system's cells.

Preventative Measures and Screening:

Keeping an eye out for peculiar growths and discoloration on your skin. In addition to seeing your doctor for a screening, self-screening is important. Following the ABCDE rule may help:

  1. Asymmetry. One half doesn't match the appearance of the other half
  2. Border irregularity. The edges are ragged or blurred
  3. Color. The pigmentation is disproportional
  4. Diameter. Mole is greater than 6 mm
  5. Evolution. There are visible changes to the size, shape, symptoms, surface, or color of the mole

For more information about skin cancer and to speak to Dr. Tamela Tripp in regards to any worries you may have, call the North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ.

By North Mountain Dermatology
October 17, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

When it comes to your skin, there is a very broad range of normal. For this reason, diagnosing and treating rashes tends to be tricky. rashHowever, your dermatologist at North Mountain Dermatology can help you get to the root cause of your rash and find the best treatment for you. Find out more about treating your rash with Dr. Tamela Tripp in Phoenix, AZ.

What can cause a rash? 
A rash is the inflammation of the skin which causes an abnormal appearance. Rashes can come from many sources, including:

  • food allergy
  • medication allergy
  • contact dermatitis
  • eczema
  • plants
  • heat

Sometimes, rashes can come from underlying conditions or illnesses. While rashes are often nothing to worry about and clear up on their own, you should seek medical attention if you have a rash which covers the whole body, spreads rapidly, is accompanied by a fever, or you are in pain or think your rash is infected.

Diagnosing Rashes
Your dermatologist will use a physical examination to assess your rash visually. In addition to an examination, your doctor will gather your family and medical history, lifestyle choices, day-to-day routine, and other information to help pinpoint the cause of your rash. If your doctor finds that your rash comes from a virus or fungus, you will probably have different treatment than if your rash originated from an allergy or contact dermatitis.

Rash Treatments in Phoenix, AZ 
Treating a rash will depend on your diagnosis and the severity of the rash. In some mild cases, your doctor may suggest an over-the-counter cream to apply the area of the rash or simple lifestyle changes, like using a non-scented laundry soap. If this fails to provide results, your doctor may suggest a prescription cream. In some cases, treating the underlying condition causing the rash is the best treatment to get rid of the rash itself. Your doctor can help you find the best treatment for you and your condition during a skin examination.

For more information on rashes, please contact Dr. Tripp in Phoenix, AZ. Call (602) 944-4628 to schedule your appointment for an examination today!

By North Mountain Dermatology
August 23, 2017
Tags: Acne  

There are so many ways to combat your acne. Let us help!Acne


It’s never a great moment when you realize you’re getting another breakout. Typically, breakouts show up at the worst of times: before a date, a job interview or a major work presentation. Acne doesn’t pick and choose when to show up, but if you are trying to find ways to tackle your acne, then it’s time you let our Phoenix, AZ, dermatologist Dr. Tamela Tripp help you.

While our Phoenix skin doctor can offer up certain medications to help you tackle your symptoms, this isn’t the only way to reduce your acne breakouts. In fact, there are certain measures you can take every day to help keep your skin clearer, such as

Be Gentle

Most people think that the harder or tougher they scrub the cleaner their skin will be. Don’t believe this myth! Being gentle with your skin is the name of the game. Being too rough on your skin could actually just make acne symptoms worse. Opt for a gentle cleanser and wash with warm (not hot) water twice a day. Gently pat your skin dry after washing it.

Consider Acne-Fighting Products

Remember that there is no miracle product that will be able to instantly zap away pimples. It will take several weeks for your skin to get acclimated to the new product you are using and respond accordingly. One issue that happens too often is that people give up on a product because they don’t see results immediately. If you are going to try an acne-fighting cleanser or product that contains salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide, give it at least six weeks of consistent use before you decide to switch products.

Look At Your Labels

Before using any product, it’s a good idea to know what specific ingredients are actually going on your face, as some ingredients could just end up clogging your pores or make acne worse. Whether looking for hair products, lotions or sunscreen, look for the word “non-comedogenic”. This means that the product will not clog your pores.

If you want more tips and treatments for tackling your acne then turn to the experts at North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ, who just can’t wait to help you get clearer skin. Schedule your appointment with us today.

By North Mountain Dermatology
June 27, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin protection  

You can still enjoy the beautiful weather just make sure to keep your skin safe, protection

Summer is just around the corner. While you may have visions of lying in the sun dancing in your head, it’s still important that you consider ways to protect your skin from the sun’s powerful rays. Our Phoenix, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Tamela Tripp offers up some tips on how to keep your skin protected all summer long.

Wear Sunscreen Everyday

No matter whether you are only going outside for a half hour or it’s cloudy out, you should still apply sunscreen before going outside. Even if it’s an overcast day, the sun is still present, exposing you to harmful rays. Opt for a sunscreen that has at least an SPF of 30 and that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outside.

Know When to Reapply

Most people don’t know exactly how to use sunscreen properly. Maybe you dabbed on a touch of sunscreen before you went outside and assumed that would be enough for the day. You want to be generous when applying sunscreen and you’ll want to reapply about every two hours. If you’ve been sweating or swimming you’ll want to reapply sunscreen immediately after.

Wear Protective Clothing

Remember that the skin around your ears and eyes are thin and delicate. You certainly don’t want skin to burn, particularly in these areas. That’s why you should always wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat whenever you are outdoors. These items may seem silly, but they won’t be when you are protected against skin cancer.

Visit Your Dermatologist

Whether you noticed that a new mole cropped up or you just want to be preventative, it’s always a good idea to visit our Phoenix skin doctor at least once a year for skin cancer screenings. It’s painless and won’t take long, and the exam could just end up saving your life.

You may want to talk to us about how often you should come in for these exams, particularly if you have a personal or family history of melanoma or other forms of skin cancer. You should also be performing self-exams once a month to check for any new growths or changes in your skin.

Do you have questions about proper summer skincare? Want to find out which skin products are right for your skin type? Whatever your questions or concerns may be, turn to North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ, to get the care you need.

By North Mountain Dermatology
April 12, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: botox   wrinkles   anti-aging   Juvederm  

Sometimes all it takes is a simple cosmetic dermatology procedure to give you the look you crave.wrinkles

Did you know that you can take years off your appearance without the need for invasive cosmetic dermatology? Most people worry that without face-lifts and other aggressive treatments that they can’t get beautiful results, but this simply isn’t true. In fact, our Phoenix, AZ cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Tamela Tripp, can tighten skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with great non-invasive options like Botox and Juvederm.

What is Botox?

Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Botox before, whether through TV commercials or magazine ads. This cosmetic procedure uses a purified form of botulinum toxin that is then injected into certain muscles of the face to temporarily stop muscle contractions, thereby smoothing out lines and wrinkles that appear as a result of smiling, frowning or laughing. Botox is great for targeting mild-to-severe crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and laugh lines.

Here are some things you should know before getting Botox:

  • There is no recovery time after treatment. Once you get your injections you are free to go back to your daily activities
  • There isn’t usually more than a slight pinch felt when the injections enter the skin. You may talk to your Phoenix cosmetic skin doctor about using a numbing gel beforehand to reduce any discomfort you may experience during your treatment.
  • Botox results don’t show up right away. It will take a few days for results to set in.
  • Results are only temporary and last about 4 to 6 months. You can choose to get Botox again once your results start to wear off.

What is Juvederm?

Unlike Botox, which targets lines and wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, Juvederm is great for targeting lines, wrinkles, folds and even superficial scars. It can also be used to plump up thin or thinning lips. Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance already found in the body but begins to deplete as you get older. This substance is great for keeping the skin firm and plump. Just like Botox, there is no downtime after treatment.

Here are some things you should know about getting Juvederm:

  • The procedure only takes a couple of minutes to administer with minimal discomfort. These very thin needles also contain a local anesthetic that, when injected into the skin, also helps to reduce pain and numb the area.
  • Results appear within one week and last anywhere from 4 to 9 months, depending on the type of Juvederm filler you choose. Like Botox, you can get maintenance injections to continue to refresh your appearance.

Do you want to learn more about what Botox or Juvederm could do for you? Then why don’t you call North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ to book a consultation? You won’t be sorry.

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