Skin Matters: The Importance of Sunscreen/Sunblock Use in the Summer

Posted by Jack Gibbon on Jun 30, 2017 9:28:47 AM


The skin is the body’s largest organ and is home to millions of blood vessels, hair follicles, and nerve endings. Thus, our skin matters and proper protection is needed begining in childhood. This protection can be as easy as using a high quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen or sunblock that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

Made for Shade Awards Over $20K to Community of Shade Structures

Posted by Madison Dusek on Jun 19, 2017 3:27:41 PM

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Rapid City Medical Center was happy to support the 11th Annual “An Evening Made for Shade” wine tasting dinner and silent auction on June 14, 2017. Over 150 people attended this year's event in support of Made for Shade, a non-profit organization founded by Skin Institute at Rapid City Medical Center dermatologist Lycia Scott-Thornburg, MD. The organization raises funds to provide shade structures to protect local children from the sun’s dangerous rays. The dinner and auction, which took place at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, raised funds for next year’s grants through ticket sales, sponsorships, auction items and raffle ticket sales, making this the foundation’s most successful event to date.

Ask a Dermatologist: What Lip Balm Ingredients to Avoid

Posted by Madison Dusek on Apr 19, 2017 4:55:01 PM


Your lips are comprised of extremely thin layers of delicate skin which makes them prone to dryness and chapping. Lips do not have sebaceous glands and cannot produce the oils necessary to self moisturize. This causes lips to become dry, leaving you with painful chapped lips. Hydration is key to combatting painful chapping but most people don’t know that most lip balms contain ingredients that cause adverse effects.

Ask a Dermatologist: Fleas

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Sep 13, 2016 11:14:01 AM

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Fleas. We all know they're out there, but we think of them as a problem for the dogs and cats--not so much as a problem for us. However, there's more to a flea infestation than discomfort for Fido. Fleas can cause serious health problems for humans, too, so it's important to know what you're up against.

Advice from Dermatologists: Preventing Sunburns

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jul 5, 2016 9:00:00 AM


It's a well-known rule of humanity: when the sun comes out, so do the shorter clothes, the longer outings, the lounge chairs, the beach balls, and, hopefully, the sunscreen. This last one is, of course, the most important. As the weather gets warmer, it's crucial to know how to prevent those uncomfortable and potentially-dangerous sunburns.

Tips From Dermatologists: Dandruff

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Jun 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM


In the scheme of things, dandruff is a fairly small skin problem--but still, it is not to be underestimated. Dandruff is uncomfortable, itchy, and embarrassing, and it can be difficult to get rid of, too. Luckily, our expert dermatologists know a thing or two about dandruff and how to take care of it!

Ask Dermatologists: Tattoos and Tattoo Removal

Posted by Nikki Wardle on May 1, 2016 11:30:00 AM


Many of us calculate the riskiness of a risk based on the safety net--the backup plan that will help us retrace our steps and make a better decision if we don't like the outcome of our first choice. Luckily, many choices come equipped with this safety net; it may be expensive, it may be tiring, it may be difficult, but we can fix our mistakes. However, other choices--especially the big ones--don't exactly come with a safety net. Most of the time, it's easy enough to tell before we make a decision whether or not we will have this safety net. Tattoos are one exception to this rule. It's difficult to calculate the risk if we don't fully understand what, if any, safety net exists--so today, our Dermatologists are going to explain tattoos and tattoo removal.

Ask Dermatologists: Skin Care

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Mar 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM


How much do you think about your skin? Most of us only pay attention to our skin when we need to take care of it. In the teenage years, skin is considered a battlefield, a waging war between creams, soaps, and that infamous acne. Later on, our attention shifts, and we begin to pay more attention to things like sunscreen and moisturizers. After that, we bring wrinkle creams into the picture--and yet, somehow, the skin itself still isn't the "star of the show." How can we change this? They key is to pay more attention to the nature of our skin: what it needs, what it wants, and what actually causes those issues we pay so much attention to.