We already know that if you have a family history of melanoma – for example, if you have a parent or sibling with melanoma – you are at a higher risk for getting melanoma yourself.

But, there is a new study that shows you might also be at a higher risk for other forms of cancer as well, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. These types of skin cancer can look completely different than melanoma! What do these types of cancer look like?

Basal cell: This is the most common type of skin cancer and although it most common in people with fair skin, it can occur in people with darker skin tones. BBCs are common on your head, neck, and arms, but you should have your whole body checked. Early diagnosis is so important because this type of cancer can spread into surrounding tissue and bones.

Squamous cell carcinoma: This is the second most common form of skin cancer. Again, it is also more common in people with lighter skin, but can absolutely develop in people with dark skin. Look for a red, firm bump or a sore that heals and then re-opens. I see these in my office frequently. SCC can grow deep in to your skin and even spread through your body if left undetected!

The take home message – be sure to tell your derm about your family history of skin cancer so that your derm is on the lookout not only for melanoma, but for ALL types of skin cancer!

Let’s keep our skin healthy and sun safe – summer is all about fun in the sun, but there are some very accessible and easy ways to stay healthy this summer!

Here are some helpful links:





Dr. Whitney

I joined Good Morning America to share my Must-Have Summer Sun Crash Kit! With the 4th of July holiday weekend approaching, these are the things you will want to have on-hand in case you get a little too much sun.

I also share some ways to start repairing sun damage to restore your skin’s health.

This morning on Good Morning America, I showed how one of the hottest new facials – the HydraFacial – works. One reason this treatment is so incredibly popular is because, unlike many types of facials, it is so gentle. I have been getting a lot of questions on this treatment, so I wanted to answer some of them here for you!

Is it safe for all skin types?

This is a very gentle, non-irritating treatment and I am comfortable recommending it to my patients with sensitive skin, eczema, rosacea, and even melasma.

How does the HydraFacial compare to other facials?

This treatment infuses your skin with hydrating serums while a gentle vacuum simultaneously pulls out the debris clogging your pores. Although you are getting a very deep clean, the process is more forgiving than most manual extractions and many forms of microdermabrasion, especially for people with very sensitive skin.  When it comes to aggressive manual extraction techniques used during certain types of facials or deep cleaning procedures, I have seen patients come in with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and red, blotchy skin afterwards. This is just not the case with the HydraFacial.

How long does it take and is there downtime afterwards?

This treatment takes about thirty minutes and no, there is virtually no downtime afterwards. Actually, you will see and feel an immediate improvement in your skin’s appearance.  My most sensitive patients might experience a bit of redness that lasts about 20 minutes after the procedure, mostly because it’s stimulating blood flow. That diffuse redness and plumped up appearance to the skin is very different from the blotchy, bloody irritation you can get with some types of aggressive facials.  My patients all go back to work or back to their lives immediately after the treatment.

Can I get Botox on the same day as a HydraFacial?

In my office, I recommend waiting at least 20 minutes after a HydraFacial before you receive any Botox injections. As I mention above, your skin can have a slight flush after the HydraFacial and I like to be sure it is completely resolved prior to administering any injections. If you get fillers or Botox injections immediately after a HydraFacial, I believe it can increase your risk of bruising. Your blood vessels are dilated from the procedure, and that’s what gives you that blush and the plump, healthy appearance to the skin. But dilated blood vessels are a recipe for bruising if you try to inject before they’ve had a chance to constrict back to normal.  So, in my opinion, I would either schedule your injections for a different day, or wait about 20 minutes between your HydraFacial and your injections.  Again, this is my personal experience, so of course I recommend consulting with your doctor regarding your own needs.

How often do you recommend getting a HydraFacial?

I recommend this treatment about once per month because it’s such an effective tool from a preventative and maintenance perspective. It is highly complementary to other procedures that I offer in my office, which is also very beneficial when patients would like to come in for multiple procedures which work synergistically. For example, some lasers and even microneedling can have a drying effect on the skin while the skin heals.  Coming in a week or two after those treatments for a HydraFacial is a recipe for success if time and budget allow!

I look forward to sharing more innovations in skin health and skin care with you guys very soon!

Dr. Whitney

Dr. Bowe shares her favorite products and DIY tips for healthy, radiant skin and hair all winter long on Good Morning America.

With the frigid weather officially upon us, “Good Morning America” tapped dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe for her top tips on how to keep skin and hair hydrated during the winter.

Thanksgiving is over so you may think it’s time to cut down on certain fats, but eating healthy fats are essential to healthy skin, especially during the winter, according to Bowe.

Bowe recommends searching for skincare products with fats such as ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids — the key ingredients to restore the essential fats your skin needs this time of year.

If you are looking in your pantry — Bowe recommends going for the olive oil because it’s naturally rich in Vitamin E and polyphenols, and intensely moisturizing.

Dr. Whitney Bowe Good Morning AmericaFats like olive oil can be beneficial for healthy hair and skin, according to dermatologist Whitney Bowe.

You can make your own shimmery olive oil body moisturizer at home by mixing olive oil with a shimmery eye shadow or highlighter that you break apart with a fork on a piece of paper. Turn that paper into a funnel and put the powder into your olive oil then spread the mixture onto your body.

If you are going to use an oil on your face, Bowe recommends mixing it with a little moisturizer to give your skin an extra boost of hydration while still not overdoing it.

Bowe also recommends using coconut oil in the winter, but not on the face for people with acne-prone skin.

Dr. Whitney Bowe Good Morning AmericaFats like coconut oil can be beneficial for healthy hair and skin, according to dermatologist Whitney Bowe.

Coconut oil has amazing benefits for the hair, however, according to Bowe.

A DIY way to use coconut oil on your hair is to add two to three tablespoons of coconut oil to a spray bottle and fill the rest with warm water so that the coconut oil melts. Shake well and spray all over your hair and scalp before you shower, as a pre-wash, and then wash it out with shampoo in the shower.

One last trick to moisturize your whole body without putting anything on is to get a cool mist humidifier, according to Bowe. The humidifier will help your skin and hair pull moisture from the air.

Dr. Whitney Bowe shares her expertise on acne – how to treat it, how to prevent it, and whether popular social media posts offer a one size fits all solution.

Keep your skin hydrated and healthy in the dry, cold winter weather with Dr. Whitney’s top drugstore product picks for $10 or less!

Dr. Bowe shares her freshest New Year’s tips on Good Morning America for healthy skin, hair and nails in 2018!

Keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter long with Dr. Bowe’s easy, DIY recipes and tips for nourishing your skin from the outside in and the inside out! From her favorite DIY avocado, honey and yogurt mask to locking in your skin’s moisture through an ingredient you can find right in your pantry, Dr. Bowe has you covered in this cold, dry season!

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I had so much fun working with my Good Morning America family this morning and sharing some of my go-to, DIY facial masks for glowing, healthy skin. I’ve had a lot of requests for more information on the masks we featured, so here you go!


  • Coffee: The caffeine in coffee grounds helps to reduce swelling and puffiness.
  • Yogurt: Soothing, emollient
  • To make: Combine 3 tablespoons of greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee and mix together (using a fork) until you have a paste. Apply to face using gentle, circular motions. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water and a soft wash cloth. Pat dry!

COMBAT REDNESS: Green Tea and Honey Mask

  • Green Tea: Soothing, removes impurities, reduces inflammation
  • Honey: Antibacterial, soothing
  • To make: Cut open 2 green tea bags and empty contents into mixing bowl. Add a few drops of water and mix with fork just to dampen. Then, mix in 3 tablespoons of honey (I use a fork to mix, which seems to work better than a spoon). Apply mask to face. Rinse off after 15 -20 minutes with warm water and a soft wash cloth. Pat dry!

The harsh and cold winter air can leave your skin feeling so chapped. These easy masks with ingredients you can find right in your kitchen are a quick fix to rehydrate and nourish your skin!


Dr. Whitney



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