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Dr. Mariam Amin, MD: Stresses Skin Care and Protection

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Warm spring days are here and the need to wear layers is quickly diminishing as we approach hot summer days in the Central Valley. As you shed your layers and you’re tempted to allow your skin to be kissed by the sun, remember to take precautions to minimize your risk of the damaging effects that come along with summer days and activities. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the timing is a great reminder to protect our delicate skin. 

I recently caught up with Dr. Mariam Amin of Golden State Dermatology and she shared some of her best tips for sun protection and overall skin health. “With every five sunburns, your risk of non-melanoma skin cancer doubles,” stated Dr. Amin. She recommends minimizing time in direct sunlight, applying and reapplying sunblock with a minimum SPF30. Wearing protective clothing, hats and sunglasses is also recommended. “I tell my patients about the importance of applying sunblock in their everyday routine. I encourage families to make it a habit by leaving sunblock by the front door or in your purse,” she continued. “Having a family sunblock routine and getting your children involved helps build healthy habits, but also keeps everyone accountable,” she shared. 

Establishing Rapport
Dr. Amin joined Golden State Dermatology in September 2020 and works out of the San Mateo and Tracy offices. Golden State Dermatology is a leading and comprehensive dermatology group with 23 locations and over 60 providers. The practice is led by a team of board-certified dermatologists with a mission to deliver the highest-quality care and patient, provider and staff experience. “I share a deep level of respect with the people I work with. I had a sense that it would be a great fit and I truly enjoy working with the amazing staff and patients,” Dr. Amin shared proudly. As a female provider and a person with skin of color, Dr. Amin has quickly grown her patient base in Tracy. “I believe there is a level of trust that comes with working with a provider you can relate to,” she continued. 

Serving a patient population of people with skin of color was important to Dr. Amin. She completed her residency in a diverse environment at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. “I knew I wanted to train in an area that would provide exposure to wildly different conditions,” Dr. Amin commented. She continued to share the occupational hazards she encountered as well as limited access to care during her residency. “Teledermatology is becoming more prevalent and opening opportunities for patient care,” she continued. “Golden State Dermatology has been a leader in telehealth in our area and will continue to focus on expanding access to care,” Dr. Amin explained. 

Get Your Skin Checked!
“With skin cancer awareness month, we want to remind people about the importance of seeing a dermatologist. Beginning as early as your 20s or 30s, you should get checked by a dermatologist every two years if you don’t have a family history of skin cancer,” explained Dr. Amin. Dermatologists can provide specialized care for problems that are often overlooked by a primary care physician. “Itchy skin, sweaty hands and discoloration are a few examples of skin conditions that patients often complain about it and we can help find solutions to relieve symptoms,” Dr. Amin further explained. She also pointed out that catching any cancerous or pre-cancerous spots early is so important for the skin because of common locations such as the face and nose, where there is limited “real estate” to work with. “Getting into the habit of seeing a dermatologist regularly can help catch any problems early but we also teach our patients what to look for and point out what is normal versus abnormal.” 

Basics First

The advances in cosmetic dermatology are also contributing to medical advances in treatments for skin cancer, melasma and other skin conditions. Dr. Amin guides her patients to a skin care routine that may seem fairly basic, but she stands behind quality skin care regimens before leaping into cosmetic treatments. “A tinted sunscreen, vitamin C and a retinol product at night are the basic ingredients to the skin care regimen I guide my patients to,” she commented. As we advance further into 2021 and the heat rises, remember to care for your delicate skin by applying sunblock, reapplying throughout the day, wearing protective clothing, hats and sunglasses. Be smart about your time in the golden California sun and remember to schedule a visit with a dermatologist.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amin or her colleagues, please visit goldenstatedermatology.com.

Dr. Mariam Amin was born and raised in Austin, Texas, before attending the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. From there, she went on to complete her undergraduate and medical education at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the eight-year program in Liberal Medical Education. After completing medical school, she completed her residency in dermatology at Emory University, where she served as co-chief resident. While at Emory, she also pursued extra training in Quality Improvement. Her professional interests include general dermatology and cosmetics, health technology, quality improvement and teledermatology.