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Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology

The Dark Side of Tanning

The Dark Side of Tanning
by Dr. Corinne Howington

There’s nothing healthy about a tan. Simply put, a tan equals your skin cells in trauma trying to protect themselves from cancer. Just one sun-damaged cell can initiate the onset of melanoma, which can get into the bloodstream and spread. Even if melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is cut out, cancer may reappear months or years later, often in the lung, liver or brain.

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells in the epidermis of the skin. These are the cells that make the melanin that results in skin color. It is also the most serious and dangerous type of skin cancer because it can spread easily to other organs in the body. But since the sun’s UV rays cause 95 percent of all melanomas, the good news is that melanoma is largely preventable by avoiding over exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

While this is an important message for adults to heed for themselves, it is even more critical for their children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just a few serious sunburns or trips to the tanning bed can increase a young person’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Parents should know, too, that it can take as little as 15 minutes for unprotected skin to be damaged by the sun’s UV rays and that it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.

Here are five easy ways to avoid the dark side of tanning:

1. Seek shade. The strength of UV radiation is highest in the four-hour period around noon. That would be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or, during daylight savings time, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The best thing you can do for your skin is to plan your day to get out of the sun or seek shade when the sun is high in the sky.

2. Protective clothing. Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, especially your shoulders, arms and legs. Choose loose fitting, closely woven fabrics that cast a dense shadow when held up to the light.

3. Broad-brimmed hat. A hat with a wide brim is a great way to protect the top of your head and also your neck, ears and face. These are parts of the body where skin cancer often occurs.

4. Sunglasses. The most effective way to protect your eyes is to wear sunglasses that are labeled “UV400” or “100% UV Protection” and wrap around the sides of the face. Darker lenses do not provide better eye protection. In fact, lens color does not matter at all.

5. Sunscreen. Used properly, sunscreens are effective in preventing sunburn. This means generously applying SPF30 broad spectrum sunscreen to your skin 20 minutes before you head outdoors and re-applying every two hours. Studies have shown that SPF30 sunscreen decreases your chances of developing melanoma by 80 percent.

Sunscreen should never be used to extend the amount of time you spend in the sun and should not be used to help get a tan. You should also be aware that some drugs and medical conditions can make you more vulnerable to UV damage. These include Retin-A skin cream, antibiotics and cataracts.

Too much UV exposure may also result in structural damage to the skin – burning or scarring in the short term and premature aging or skin cancer in the long-term.

People with fair skin and light-colored eyes are usually more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays, but melanomas can occur in anyone. A July 2016 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed it is more deadly in people with darker skin. African American patients were most likely to be diagnosed with melanoma in its later stages than any other group in the study, and they also had the worst prognosis and the lowest overall survival rate.

Melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, including places that do not receive frequent sun exposure, and is likely to have a similar appearance to a mole. Unlike a mole, however, a melanoma will usually grow larger and become more irregular in shape and color. If you’re concerned about a mole or lesion on your body, talk to your doctor and learn the ABCDE rule, which is a useful guide for detecting potentially dangerous moles on your skin. Look for moles that are asymmetrical (not the same on both sides), have irregular borders, have changed color, are 0.5 centimeters or larger in diameter or have changed in size, shape, color or height. If you are worried about a mole or see any of the signs described above, see your doctor right away.

Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

 

Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology

Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology

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Dr. Howington of Low Country Dermatology Launches New Skin Care Line



(SAVANNAH, GA) Corinne M. Howington, M.D., of Low Country Dermatology has launched Howington Skin Care, a unique product line featuring 15 new, signature skin care products to treat a variety of skin types and conditions. Suited to individual preferences and skin care needs, these product solutions promote healthy aging, enhance skin moisture and reduce acne, redness, irritation and inflammation.

Howington Skin Care features acne treatments, anti-aging products, sun screens and moisturizers. The following list provides brief product descriptions for each piece of the collection:
Dermaglow
Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Exfoliating Cleanser
Barrier Finishing Cream
Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion
Retinol 50 Cream
Retinol 100 Cream
Refresh Toner Pads
Polish Mask + Cleanser
UV Silk SPF 30
Dermabright Exfoliating Pads
Hydrating Peptide Gel
Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin
Antioxidant Complex
Dermabright Cream

These products are available for purchase at Low Country Dermatology, 310 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 12A in Savannah. For more information or to schedule a skin consultation, visit lcderm.com or call Low Country Dermatology at 912-354-1018.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A, Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call 912-354-1018 or visit lcderm.com. To connect on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/LowCountryDermatology.

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912.665.0005
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PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS:

Dermaglow

This product exfoliates skin to reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion. Dermaglow hydrates and locks in moisture in addition to providing antioxidant benefits.

Gentle Foaming Cleanser
The Gentle Foaming Cleanser effectively removes oil and pollutants without the use of harsh detergents. It contains soothing ingredients to help calm and reduce redness.

Exfoliating Cleanser

Without over-drying skin, the lactic acid in this product gently removes oil and debris. Ideal for patients with acne, this exfoliating cleanser contains anti-inflammatory green tea extract which also helps alleviate puffiness and under-eye darkness.

Barrier Finishing Cream
The Barrier Finishing Cream promotes microcirculation, reduces redness, inflammation and irritation. Use this product to leave skin feeling smooth and hydrated without leaving heavy or greasy residues.

Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion

This Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion nourishes the skin, stimulates collagen production and provides antioxidant protection, lasting hydration and barrier repair. Shea Butter, including vitamins A, E and F, is a key ingredient.

Retinol 50 Cream

By advancing texture and tone and balancing oil production, Retinol 50 Cream improves the overall health and appearance of skin. Use one pump for the entire face.

Retinol 100 Cream
Similar to Retinol 50 Cream, Retinol 100 Cream contains a half percent more Vitamin A for optimal performance. A key ingredient is Ginger Root Extract which can increase skin radiance and decrease inflammation.

Refresh Toner Pads
Perfect as a gentle daily exfoliating cleanser, Refresh Toner Pads mildly exfoliate to smooth skin. This product can be used as a water-free cleanser to remove oil and debris from the face or body.

Polish Mask + Cleanser
The Polish Mask and Cleanser contain eco-safe silica beads to micro-exfoliate while gently cleansing skin. This product can serve as a hydrating masque when left on skin for 3 – 5 minutes.

UV Silk SPF 30
For daily use, UV Silk SPF 30 contains iron oxides which provide a mineral tint that aids in masking redness and imperfections. This chemical and fragrance-free SPF is for all skin types and conditions.

Dermabright Exfoliating Pads
By moderately inhibiting melanin production, the Dermabright Exfoliation Pads brighten the complexion and gently exfoliate to reveal smoother skin.

Hydrating Peptide Gel
Hydrating Peptide Gel enhances skin moisture to help plump and firm the face. This product reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Three drops is recommended for the entire face.

Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin
This Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin is a lightweight, oil free lotion with barrier repair ingredients. Its powdery, mattifying finish removes the appearance of oil.

Antioxidant Complex
Antioxidant Complex provides potent, daily antioxidant protection against sun damage and pollutants. Use nightly to brighten skin.

Dermabright Cream
Dermabright Cream is a gently exfoliating moisturizer that helps reveal a brighter, more reflective complexion. Use this cream twice daily or as a nightly treatment and watch your skin transform from a dull rough complexion into a bright healthy looking glow.

Howington Skincare, Low Country Dermatology

Howington Skincare, Low Country Dermatology

Low Country Dermatology Releases New User-Friendly and Interactive Website

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology has unveiled a brand new website, http://lcderm.com. The new site, created and managed by Speros, includes a fresh design, improved functionality and easier navigation.

“I am thrilled with the form and function of this new site,” said Dr. Cori Howington, “The site is designed for those who are searching for a new dermatologist as well as for our established customers who may have a question or need product information.”

Created to address three distinct areas of dermatology needs, the site is organized by services offered, products available and patient education. The re-design provides a wealth of information in a very clean, user-friendly fashion.

“There is a great deal of inaccurate information at everyone’s fingertips. So my number one goal was to provide thoughtful and honest answers to a wealth of skin care topics through our online education library,” said Howington.

The education library revolutionizes the way customers may interact with the new site. Topics covered include everything from symptoms someone may be experiencing to self care and prevention tips by condition.

Low Country Dermatology specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services. For more information, visit the new site at www.lcderm.com.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call 912-354-1018 or visit lcderm.com. To connect on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/LowCountryDermatology

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912.665.0005
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Savannah Dermatologist Presents Donations to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology held a holiday donation drive through Monday, December 21, in an effort to collect much needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. Dr. Howington and her daughters presented the items collected to Bill Sorochak.

“Having been blessed with a healthy family, I can only imagine what the residents must be facing,” said Dr. Howington. “The holiday season is such a time for giving, and I am so thankful to my patients and our community who came together to help us spread some cheer to these deserving families.”

Donation items included: disinfectant wipes; individually wrapped snacks; paper plates and bowls; plastic utensils; toilet bowl cleaner; windex; white wash cloths; dreft Laundry detergent; the Free and Clear Laundry HE detergents; 60 watt light bulbs; and measuring cups.

“We aim to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at one of the local hospitals,” said Bill Sorochak, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire’s Executive Director. “The items that Dr. Howington collected will help us support the thirteen bedroom house we run.”

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates on a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

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Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
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912.665.0005

Mason Howington, Dr. Corinne Howington and Meg Howington (kneeling) drop off donated items to Bill Sorochak at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Mason Howington, Dr. Corinne Howington and Meg Howington (kneeling) drop off donated items to Bill Sorochak at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Know the ABCDE Rule to Recognize Melanoma Warning Signs

(SAVANNAH, GA) May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Dr. Corinne M. Howington, board-certified dermatologist at Low Country Dermatology, offers tips to prevent or minimize chances of getting skin cancer.

Skin cancer prevention is important because the American Academy of Dermatology discovered that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. Melanoma is the deadliest and most aggressive form of skin cancer.

“If Americans learn how to recognize the warning signs of skin cancer, then we can prevent one person from dying every hour from melanoma,” said Dr. Howington.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests learning the ABCDE rule to recognize the warning signs of melanoma.

The ABCDE rule says “A” stands for asymmetry. “If a mole does not look the same on both sides, then you need to see a Dermatologist immediately,” said Dr. Howington.

“B” stands for border irregularity. Border irregularity is when the edges of a mole are ragged, notched or blurred.

“C” stands for color. “If the color of a mole differs from one area to another, then you should get a skin cancer screening immediately,” said Dr. Howington.

“D” stands for diameter. If a mole is the size of a pencil eraser, it could be malignant.

“E” stands for evolving. A mole is considered evolving if it changes in size, shape or color.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or if your skin is changing, itching or bleeding, you should seek medical advice from a Board certified dermatologist.

Skin cancer screenings and sitting in the shade between the hottest time of day, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., can prevent melanoma, a common type of skin cancer. You can also prevent skin cancer by wearing protective clothing, using “broad-spectrum” sunscreen, avoiding tanning beds, and exercising caution around water, sand and snow because these elements intensify the sun’s heat.

Sunscreen should be applied every two hours or after swimming or sweating. It is best to use one ounce of sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be applied any time you go outside if your skin is not covered by clothing.

To encourage early detection monthly self exams are recommended. You can check your skin for skin cancer by following these six simple steps:

Step 1: examine every part of your body in the mirror.

Step 2: record what each of your moles, freckles and age spots look like. Keep in mind that it is normal for moles to be black, red or blue.

Step 3: look at the back of your legs and feet and the spaces between your toes and soles.

Step 4: inspect the back of your neck and scalp with a mirror by parting and lifting your hair to feel for bumps.

Step 5: check your back and buttocks with a mirror to feel for bumps.

Step 6: check for changes every year by using the ABCDE model. If you notice any changes, then see a dermatologist immediately.

Early detection is key. Follow these steps to safely enjoy your time in the summer sun and minimize its dangers.

ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY DR. CORINNE M. HOWINGTON OF LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call (912) 354-1018 or visit www.lcderm.com.

Courtney Zechman Joins Low Country Dermatology

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology is pleased to announce that Courtney Zechman joined the company as a licensed esthetician. In her new role, Zechman will be performing facials, SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, chemical peels, waxing, Dermaplaning, laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, and laser facial treatments.

Zechman comes to Low Country Dermatology from Lavender Hill Spa Salon in Richmond Hill, GA, where she gained experience performing facials, waxing, and makeup.

Zechman attended the Aveda Institute in Covington, LA for Esthiology. She is originally from Louisville, KY.

“I’m excited to be working with Dr. Corinne Howington and her staff at a quality company like Low Country Dermatology,” said Zechman, “I plan on bringing a spa like experience to our guests here at the office by adding some warmth and relaxation to our treatments.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (912)354-1018.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

Media Contact
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
crusso72@gmail.com

Learn how to protect your skin from the summer sun with Dr. Corinne Howington’s free information session

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of skin cancer awareness month in May, Dr. Corinne M. Howington, board certified Dermatologist at Low Country Dermatology, is hosting a free information session Wednesday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dr. Howington will discuss five tips to prevent skin cancer at her Low Country Dermatology office located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. Participants will also receive complimentary sunscreen lotion.

“I am eager to share this information with the public this month,” said Dr. Howington, “because 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime and skin cancer is preventable.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (912)354-1018.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

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KHartley@lcderm.com
912.354.1018