A dermatologist practicing in South Florida, Dr. Gary L. Marder is well aware of the consequences of too much time in the sun for his patients. He is the medical director of Marder Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Center in Port Saint Lucie and Okeechobee, Florida, and is one of the few dermatologists in Florida that is state licensed to treat skin cancer with radiation therapy in his office. His practice comprises cosmetic as well as medical dermatology and he specializes in many cosmetic procedures, including filler and muscle relaxing injections, mini facelifts, laser surgery, chemical peels, and treatment of spider and varicose veins. In addition, he has created a hair-care line called Dr. Marder Scalp Therapy™, which targets the sensitive issue of dandruff.
As a dermatologist in South Florida, what are the main concerns your patients express about their skin?
Having been in practice for over 25 years in South Florida, I have discovered that many of my patients have the same concerns. Most commonly, individuals are worried about sun damage and the possibility of skin cancers forming. Skin cancer has become epidemic and I constantly educate my patients on skin cancer protection. Often I provide free skin cancer screenings in order to help individuals with early detection.
Who is a candidate for skin cancer radiation therapy and what are the advantages of this treatment?
Radiation therapy may very well be the TREATMENT OF CHOICE for those individuals who cannot tolerate surgical excision due to:
- Location i.e. inner canthus, lower extremity, nose, ears;
- Use of blood thinners;
- Edema of the lower extremities;
- Cardiac disease;
- Inability to tolerate epinephrine;
- Tumor size (excellent for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of hands with large field cancerization).
How do you advise your patients to protect their skin in sun-filled Florida?
To prevent skin cancer, sunscreen should be applied on a daily basis. It should be applied every 40-80 minutes based on the recommendation of the directions on the back on the sunscreen bottle. Daily moisturizers with a SPF of 30 or more are good when one is not going to be out in the sun for more than 10 minutes at a time. Make sure to apply 1 oz. of sunscreen, the size of a shot glass, each time that sunscreen is applied. Remember, sunscreen alone is not the only answer. One should seek shade, wear protective clothing, use sunglasses and a hat, and avoid peek sun hours whenever possible.
What are the biggest trends in skincare and hair care now?
Many skincare products are now incorporating vitamins and herbs. Individuals are using more lasers, more Botox, and more fillers. The most important thing is to remember the basics. Wash your face every morning and evening. In the morning, apply a daily facial and body moisturizer that contains an SPF of 30. At night use a moisturizer on the face; you may want one that contains retinol or glycolic acid. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy, and exercise, and your skin will look better than ever.
The biggest trends in hair care right now are all things involving chemicals. From Keratin treatments to hair dye, people are putting more chemicals in their hair now more than ever. It is essential that you take care of the scalp in the process. When you go to the salon always bring your Dr. Marder Total ReliefTM Shampoo and Conditioner with you.
What inspired you to develop your own hair-care range, Dr. Marder Scalp Therapy™?
Throughout my career as a dermatologist, I have stumbled upon many obstacles in treating patients. Sometimes a patient cannot afford prescription medication and therefore their condition never improves. I believe there is even a larger group of people who never go to the doctor at all because they cannot afford to do so or they may not have time in their schedule. In those situations there is not always a medication available to appropriately treat their condition. As a doctor, I always feel passionate towards my patient and wish for their ailments to improve. I was inspired to create a new product to bridge the gap in available over-the-counter treatments for many dermatological conditions. Offering patients new products that will be both therapeutic and cost effective is important to me. My new products will be cutting edge treatments to assist in bridging the gap in available over-the-counter treatments and will hopefully aid people worldwide.
What are some of the misconceptions about dandruff and how can women cope with this embarrassing problem?
There are many misconceptions regarding dandruff. It is important for women to know that dandruff is a medical condition with many different causes and it does not mean you are a dirty person if you have dandruff. Here is what you need to know about dandruff:
- First of all, the scalp may become too dry. Sometimes the cold weather will dry the scalp out just as it does elsewhere on the body. For example, eczema on the hands and body will flare in cold weather.
- Excess sebum production may be the reason for dandruff and in severe cases the condition will progress to a condition known as seborrheic dermatitis. This can spread beyond the scalp onto your face and behind the ears; it is itchy and very noticeable. Seborrheic dermatitis is sometimes found to have a hereditary component.
- Not washing your hair often enough may trigger dandruff because there could be excess oil accumulated on the scalp. This can also cause thinning of the hair.
- Certain hair products can cause a chemical or contact dermatitis, which will cause the scalp to become dry, irritated, itchy, and flaky.
- Malassezia Furfur is a fungus that can be present on the scalp and an overgrowth of the fungus can cause dandruff.
Dandruff is not life threatening or contagious although if left untreated, secondary fungal or bacterial infections can develop, which are contagious. Dandruff can affect one psychologically and can be very disconcerting and uncomfortable. It may be very embarrassing to an individual to have large visible flakes or to have to scratch their head in public. Dr. Marder Scalp Therapy Total Relief™ Shampoo and Conditioner will 100% attack the dandruff and prevent further outbreaks. This unique two-step process treats any of the causative agents of dandruff leaving one itch free and flake free. My hair care line’s motto is “Stop Itching. Start Healing” and I truly believe that.