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18/Jun/2018

New technology, powered by SkinIO, helps track changes in skin over time to help prescreen for skin cancer and reduce unnecessary invasive procedures.

[LA GRANGE, ILL.], [DATE] – To better care for its patients, Dermatology Associates of La Grange is among the first in the nation to offer mobile full-body imaging, powered by SkinIO, to track changes in skin over time to help improve diagnoses and reduce unnecessary invasive procedures. This technology allows patients to create Skin Health Records (SHR), similar to Electronic Health Records (EHR), which can add visual context and history to in-person skin/mole checks.

[“Tracking changes in skin over time to identify whether something is new or how it has changed—as opposed to one-off lesion-specific imaging—is one of the best ways to detect skin cancer early and save lives,” explains Dr. Shelley Halper, founding dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of La Grange. “We are proud to offer our patients an inexpensive, non-invasive, fast and reliable way to keep their skin in check.”]

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “Total body photography, or mole mapping, is an effective means of monitoring pigmented lesions over time.” Historically its use has been limited, because it was very costly and time-consuming. Now, SkinIO’s mobile technology—which has been proven to be highly effective in detecting new or changed lesions—is making such imaging available to more patients at a greatly reduced cost.

“Our technology augments the clinical examination and aids in clinical decision-making,” explains Kyoko Crawford, CEO, SkinIO. “By providing a persistent visual timeline of a patient’s skin, we aim to help dermatologists determine whether or not more invasive medical procedures are necessary.”

How It Works

During a patient’s first SkinIO session, the clinician runs the SkinIO app on an iPad and is guided through the process of taking a baseline set of 13 photos in under five minutes. SkinIO’s state-of-the-art image processing and mole-mapping algorithm immediately makes the patient’s photos available for the dermatologist to reference during any subsequent in-person exams. The photos can help educate patients about what to look for, and patients also have access to them at any time so that they can refer to them during their own skin self-exams.

During follow-up SkinIO photo sessions, skin changes are accurately tracked by directly comparing the initial baseline photos to new photos through the use of SkinIO’s comparative image processing algorithm. The artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled solution automates mole-mapping and matching in order to flag new or changed spots, providing a visual reference for the dermatologist to better target areas of interest during in-person exams.

All photos are encrypted and stored in a secure, cloud-based HIPAA-compliant infrastructure.

About Skin Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate of new melanoma cases among adults has tripled since the 1970s, from 7.9 per 100,000 people in 1975 to 25.2 per 100,000 in 2014. Along with the elevated threat of skin cancer has come an increase in biopsies. Approximately 5.9 million skin biopsies were performed on Medicare Part B patients in 2015—an increase of 55 percent from a decade earlier (New York Times).

Timely detection is the key to saving lives. According to the American Cancer Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), if melanoma is caught in its very early stages, more than 98% of patients survive at least five years. Survival for melanoma that has spread to the nearby lymph nodes is 62% after five years, and if it has spread to other parts of the body, survival is just 18%.

SkinIO aims to make it easier to catch cancer in its nascent phase—when treatment is much more likely to yield favorable outcomes—while simultaneously helping to avoid invasive biopsies whenever possible.

About Dermatology Associates of La Grange

Dermatology Associates of LaGrange is a comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice in LaGrange, IL under the direction of board certified dermatologist Shelley J. Halper, M.D.. Founded in 1991, our practice provides high-quality skin care services using the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and state-of-the-art technology. Every treatment is customized to fit each patient’s needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://www.dermlagrange.com.

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18/Jun/2018


Protecting yourself in the sun is of the utmost importance. With 1 in 5 people developing skin cancer in their lifetimes, prevention should be at the forefront of your mind whenever you head outdoors.

Summertime is for getting outside and having fun with family and friends, but it’s also about being aware of what you’re doing to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. They may feel warm and soothing to your skin, but those rays are doing more harm than good.

That’s why using sunscreen and sun protective clothing is crucial for avoiding skin cancer and other ailments the sun can cause.

Our very own Laura Collins, APRN, DCNP, weighs in on some very impactful information about sun protective clothing and how it can help you.



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What is sun protective clothing?

While many different types of clothing can protect you from the sun’s rays, there are fabrics specifically made to protect your skin more so than normal materials.

“Garments manufactured with certain types of fabrics, dyes, weave structures, and thread counts with the intention of shielding a person’s skin from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation are known as ‘sun protective clothing.’

Over the past decade, sun protective clothing has become an important addition to our defense against UV radiation. These special garments are available for infants through adults in a variety of products. Examples include hats, scarves, rash guards, cover ups, jackets, as well as bathing suits, and more recently resort wear such as dresses, pants, and shirts.”



Why is it important to wear UV protective clothing?

You may be thinking that you don’t really need sun protective clothing if you have sunscreen but that’s just not the case. More often than not, individuals apply sunscreen once in the morning and then either forget to reapply or simply don’t know they need to.

Laura expands upon this important point:

“Sunscreens remain the first line recommended daily defense from the sun, however people who live in or vacation in sunny locations or are involved in many outdoor activities and sports during the summer may benefit from more complete coverage.

It is recommended to re-apply sunscreens at least every two hours because they wear off and sweat off during our activities, leaving our skin with inadequate protection if sunscreens are not re-applied. This is where sun protective clothing can help bridge the gap of protection.

While it is not generally recommended to use sun protective clothing as a substitute for sunscreen, it can provide additional coverage for outdoor activities because the protection remains effective throughout the day or during sports such as golfing or swimming, etc.”


What is the best UV protective clothing?

Just like there are more beneficial brands and types of sunscreens, there are UV protective clothing that protects better and is more effective than others.

“The best sun protective garments are the ones that a person will wear regularly and suit their specific needs. A quality garment will be labeled with the amount of Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) that rates how well it can shield from the UV rays:”

  • UPF of 15-24 is considered “good” with 93-96% UV radiation blocked.
  • UPF of 25-39 is considered “very good” with 96-97% of UV radiation blocked.
  • UPF of 40-50+ is considered “excellent” with 97-98% of UV radiation blocked.”

Where can you buy sun protective clothing?

UV Protective clothing might just be right in front of your face when you’re shopping at your local department stores. Start looking a little closer and you’ll find some that’s perfect for you.

Sun protective clothing can usually be purchased seasonally at most local department stores and year-round with online retailers such as:

Avoiding skin cancer should always be your top priority when you know you’ll be out in the sun all day. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself more and have peace of mind if you take the leap and buy yourself some effective sun protective clothing.


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18/Jun/2018


April is known as Rosacea Awareness Month! You’ve probably heard of this before, but do you really know what rosacea is and just how it can impact lives? This month our very own Laura Collins is tackling this skin condition and spreading awareness for those who suffer through it every day.

There’s a very high chance you know at least one person in your life who suffers from rosacea. It’s a very common skin condition that affects nearly 14 million Americans in a negative and uncomfortable way.



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What are the common symptoms of rosacea?

Although rosacea is so common, it’s not always well known. It’s actually a chronic skin condition that causes acne-like pimples, redness in the face, swelling, and visible small blood vessels on the face. The inflammation can also affect other areas of the face like your cheeks, nose, forehead, and even your chin.

Rosacea typically emerges in individuals after the age of 30 and often goes through cycles of flare-ups and remission. It can worsen over time if left untreated and it’s recommended to seek help as soon as you can to control this condition.


What causes Rosacea?

While experts aren’t positive about what causes this, there are many factors that may lead to an individual suffering from rosacea. Those with lighter skin tend to be at a higher risk along with those with facial blood vessel abnormalities, a family history of rosacea, and those with a higher number of Demodex folliculorum, a facial mite that resides on the skin.


What’s the best makeup for rosacea?

Those struggling with rosacea have an even harder time using everyday facial care products than the average person. Because their skin is more sensitive, they need to make sure they’re using gentle products on their face.

“The makeup that I highly recommend for rosacea patients is IT Cosmetics. Most of their makeup and products are gentle to the skin, contain sunscreen and also can camouflage some of the redness that rosacea sufferers may experience. You can find IT Cosmetics at Ulta or with online retailers.”


What are the common symptoms of rosacea?

Although rosacea is so common, it’s not always well known. It’s actually a chronic skin condition that causes acne-like pimples, redness in the face, swelling, and visible small blood vessels on the face. The inflammation can also affect other areas of the face like your cheeks, nose, forehead, and even your chin.

Rosacea typically emerges in individuals after the age of 30 and often goes through cycles of flare-ups and remission. It can worsen over time if left untreated and it’s recommended to seek help as soon as you can to control this condition.


What causes Rosacea?

While experts aren’t positive about what causes this, there are many factors that may lead to an individual suffering from rosacea. Those with lighter skin tend to be at a higher risk along with those with facial blood vessel abnormalities, a family history of rosacea, and those with a higher number of Demodex folliculorum, a facial mite that resides on the skin.


What’s the best makeup for rosacea?

Those struggling with rosacea have an even harder time using everyday facial care products than the average person. Because their skin is more sensitive, they need to make sure they’re using gentle products on their face.

“The makeup that I highly recommend for rosacea patients is IT Cosmetics. Most of their makeup and products are gentle to the skin, contain sunscreen and also can camouflage some of the redness that rosacea sufferers may experience. You can find IT Cosmetics at Ulta or with online retailers.”


Are some moisturizers better than others?

Yes. One of the best thigs someone with rosacea can do is use a reliable, gentle moisturizer to soothe redness and inflammation.

“My favorite daytime moisturizers are the Skin Medica Total Defense and Repair as well as Neutrogena Healthy defense and Aveeno Positively Radiant. My favorite night-time moisturizer is Skin Medica HA5. I also like Cerave PM lotion for night time use.”


What are some triggers for rosacea breakouts?

Unfortunately, there are many things that can trigger rosacea in those who have it. Sun exposure, excessive amounts of stress, wind, heavy exercise, hot baths, humidity, indoor heat, and certain skincare products are among a few.

Laura Collins also adds, “There are many foods that can trigger symptoms, however most notable are hot beverages, wine and other alcohol, as well as spicy foods and foods that contain caffeine.”


What’s the difference between rosacea and acne?

Many people assume that those with rosacea are actually suffering with acne when in reality, they’re very different ailments. Even using products designed for acne can make rosacea worse.

For that reason, it’s important to understand just how these two skin conditions differ.

Rosacea, like acne, is inflammation of the skin but they’re caused by very different things. Acne is a result of excess oil and skin cells built up in a pore. When bacteria is introduced to the clogged pore, it can cause an infection, which leads to inflammation, redness, pimples and acne in general.

Rosacea, on the other hand, is skin inflammation that results in overall redness that’s not specific to a single lesion. While rosacea can result in acne-like pustules, they are usually far smaller than acne pimples and are not the result of clogged pores or blackheads.


What’s the best treatment option for rosacea?

As with almost anything else, prevention is really the best treatment option, especially since there is no exact cure for rosacea. While you can’t exactly prevent rosacea as a whole, you can limit your symptoms and even treat them in a number of different ways.

Laura suggests that keeping a food diary can make a difference.

“Sometimes keeping a food diary is helpful when newly diagnosed to help someone recognize the specific triggers in his or her diet.”

As for other treatment options, Laura weighs in:

“Rosacea treatment depends on the type and severity of the condition. I recommend everyone wear a sunscreen SPF 30+ daily with re-application every two hours when outside. If the rosacea is mild, treatment can simply be a topical prescription medication.  If it is more severe and the patient has pimple like lesions, sometimes a topical medication in combination with an oral medication may work best. We also have lasers and other devices that we can use to address the redness and superficial blood vessels that are present with the condition.”

Rosacea is an uncomfortable and chronic condition that affects so many lives every day. We hope that through these answers, you’re more enlightened as to what this skin condition is and just how widespread it can be.



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18/Jun/2018


Skin 101: Everything you wanted to know about your SKIN, but were afraid to ask!

Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:00pm – 6:30pm
5201 Willow Springs Rd., #430
La Grange Highlands, IL 60525


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18/Jun/2018


Join us for an exclusive Coolsculpting event at Orangetheory Fitness!

Orangetheory Fitness – 862 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Thursday, April 5, 2018
5:00pm – 6:30pm


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18/Jun/2018

If your “rosy cheeks” have not dissipated with the arrival of Spring, perhaps it is time to call our Lombard location to set up an evaluation with one of our providers. Educate yourself about this chronic condition by making yourself aware of some of the warning signs, courtesy of The National Rosacea Society:

Primary Signs of Rosacea

  • Flushing
    Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness may come and go, and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.
  • Persistent Redness
    Persistent facial redness is the most common individual sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away.
  • Bumps and Pimples
    Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often develop. While these may resemble acne, blackheads are absent and burning or stinging may occur.
  • Visible Blood Vessels
    In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin.”

Read more on Rosacea.org


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18/Jun/2018

If you suffer from psoriasis, we at Dermatology Associates of LaGrange may have a solution for you. We now offer Xtrac (trademark symbol) laser therapy at both our LaGrange and Lombard locations.

Here is more information about XTRAC courtesy of Health Line

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  1. This therapy works by penetrating the skin and breaking up the cells that form plaques.
  2. With this therapy, it’s possible to have long remission periods in between outbreaks.
  3. Mild side effects are possible.

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the XTRAC laser for psoriasis therapy in 2009. The XTRAC is a small handheld device that your dermatologist can use in the office.

This laser concentrates a single band of ultraviolet B (UVB) light on psoriasis lesions. It penetrates the skin and breaks the DNA of the T cells, which are what have multiplied to create psoriasis plaques. The 308-nm wavelength was found to be the most effective in clearing psoriasis lesions.

What are the benefits of XTRAC therapy?

  1. Each treatment takes only minutes.
  2. The surrounding skin isn’t affected.
  3. It may require fewer sessions than some other treatments.

XTRAC laser therapy is said to clear up mild to moderate plaques from psoriasis faster than natural sunlight or artificial UV light. It also requires fewer therapy sessions than some other treatments. This reduces the cumulative UV dose.

Because it’s a concentrated light source, the XTRAC laser can focus only on the plaque area. This means it doesn’t affect the surrounding skin. It’s also effective on areas that are hard to treat, such as the knees, elbows, and scalp.

Treatment time can vary depending on your skin type and the thickness and severity of your psoriasis lesions.

With this therapy, it’s possible to have long remission periods in between outbreaks.

What the research says

One 2002 study reported that 72 percent of participants experienced at least a 75 percent clearing of psoriasis plaques in an average of 6.2 treatments. About 50 percent of participants had at least 90 percent of their plaques clear after 10 or fewer treatments.

Although XTRAC therapy has been shown to be safe, more long-term studies are necessary to fully assess any short- or long-term effects.”


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18/Jun/2018

Run for Kelli and Team LaGrangeDermatology Associates of LaGrange has created a team for the run for Kelli September 18th 2016. The 3 mile walk will start at 9am and the 1 mile walk begins at 9:30am.

Cost of registration is 30.00 per person children under 8 do not need to be registered.

As an office we have a fundraising goal of 500 dollars.


We have set up a fundraiser page. To sign up please:Run for Kelli

  1. Visit kellijoyolaughlinmemorialfund.com
  2. Click on the purple run for Kelli Square on the side of the page
  3. Choose join team
  4. Search team name Dermatology associates of LaGrange and register for the run or walk
    (We are hoping to walk as an office in support of our many patients who are scholarship winners or friends of Kelli’s.)
  5. Follow check out prompts.

Can’t Run or walk? You can still help by sponsoring our team. Donations are tax deductible.

To donate:

  1. visit kellijoyolaughlinmemorialfund.com
  2. Choose The RUN for Kelli link.
  3. Go down to fundraiser teams and choose Dermatology Associates Of Lagrange
  4. Choose donate now and choose the team member you would like to sponsor and the amount you would like to donate.

Thank you for your support!


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