Doc Talk: Dr. Kimberly Jerdan, MD: How to Take Precautions Against Skin Cancer

We've made it our goal to ensure sun protection is never an after thought. In this series of Doc Talk we sit down with Dermatologist Dr. Jerdan to discuss how to take precautions against skin cancer.
Dr. Kimberly Jerdan, MD

UV Skinz has created partnerships with medical professionals to broaden our scope in our mission to provide affordable sun protective clothing and swimwear and raise awareness about the damaging effects of the sun's UVA and UVB rays.

We believe sun protection shouldn't be an after thought and want to educate as many people as we can about how to avoid getting skin cancer and melanoma.

Our partnerships are so valuable and helpful, which is why we are happy to expand our relationships and bring you a dermatologist's perspective for this month’s Doc Talk.

Introducing Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Kimberly Jerdan, MD

Dermatologist have one-on-one experience with the effects of the sun's UV rays and what UV exposure can do to us when our skin is left unprotected. They definitely have their own stories to tell.

Dr. Kimberly Jerdan, MD is a board-certified dermatologist with an emphasis on skin examinations, cosmetic dermatologic surgery, and lasers, and she's here to tell us how to take the necessary precautions when it comes to UV exposure. 

Q&A with Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Kimberly Jerdan, MD

What Sunscreen Should Our Readers Use to Keep Their Skin Safe from UV Exposure?

I like an SPF 30 sunscreen that is a physical blocker with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Make sure you reapply this sunscreen every two hours.

Listen to your dermatologist's recommendations and invest in your skin, the first time around. It's the only skin you will ever have, after all. 

What Is the Best Advice to Give to Someone Who Thinks Skin Cancer Won’t Happen to Them?

I once had a patient referred to our clinic for stubborn acne. After gathering a thorough history and taking biopsies, since the story didn’t match the typical acne story, we were able to prove she in fact had a form of lupus.

Plenty of times I’ve seen patients who want moles lasered off because they didn’t want an excision scar, but we’ve convinced them to cut it out anyway because that weird mole was actually deep melanoma, or that stubborn eczema was actually a form of lymphoma.

I can't stress how important it is to have full-body skin examinations done by a board-certified dermatologist.

How Are You Making a Difference in the Dermatologic Field?

“Strong, confident women surrounded me my whole life, and I have carried that mission in my dermatology pursuits to help a woman’s beauty shine through. I have three sisters and a Peruvian mother who have varying skin types and issues. Coming from a multicultural family and having done a medical rotation in India, I hope to empower women worldwide…”

We couldn’t agree more that strong, confident women can empower and make a difference in any field. Helping women and men to truly love and protect their skin is just as important as teaching our youth to do the same. We are role models no matter what, especially when it comes to staying in the forefront of raising awareness around sun protection and healthy skin.

You Focus a Lot on Dermatologic Surgery, What Approach Is Best When it Comes to This Branch of Dermatology?

Dr. Jerdan believes in a synergistic approach to the practice of cosmetic dermatologic surgery by complementing a maintenance program with the latest advances in dermatologic surgery and technology.

Dr. Jerdan believes this unique skill set should be done by those with an artistic eye with an emphasis on natural beauty to make the patient become a healthy, more rejuvenated and refreshed version of his or herself.

With an emphasis on pigmented lesions in skin of color, Dr. Jerdan provides skin cancer checks, and management and counseling of skin care conditions with a keen eye. (Her work can be seen on Dr. Jerdan’s instagram account DrSkinberly.)

Dr. Jerdan incorporates a fresh perspective into her practice and we are excited to share with you some of her insights.

When not working, Dr. Jerdan enjoys spending time with her husband and family, doing yoga, playing tennis, and eating Peruvian food. Follow her @drskinberly on Instagram.