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Patient Education

At the office of Dr. Irving Wolfe in Owings Mills, MD, we believe that a well-informed patient can make better decisions about his or her health. To better serve you, we have compiled additional information about dermatology below.


A dermatologist is a physician who treats skin conditions and diseases. In the United States, dermatologists are certified by the American Board of Dermatology following extensive education and internships. Maryland dermatologists treat everything from minor skin rashes to chronic skin diseases. They can also provide cosmetic dermatology procedures to improve the appearance of aging skin.
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Skin Anatomy

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and provides a protective layer against heat, injury, and infection. The skin also assists in the synthesis of Vitamin D and stores fat and water. The average adult has 18 to 20 square feet of skin weighing approximately six pounds.
The skin is made up of three layers: subcutaneous layer, the dermis, and the epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer and protects against foreign bodies. The dermis contains hair follicles, oil glands, sweat glands, and capillaries. The subcutaneous contains large blood vessels and nerves and is responsible for conserving body heat.

Skin Care

We don't recommend the use of tanning beds or tanning booths by our patients. According to the American Academy of Dermatology and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the ultraviolet radiation from sun lamps, tanning beds, and tanning booths can cause skin cancer. A person who uses these tanning devices before the age of 30 is 75 percent more likely to contract melanoma than someone who avoids them.
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To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call the office of Dr. Irving Wolfe today.