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Celebrating Dermatologists: EltaMD Establishes March 13th as First Annual Observation of National Dermatologist Day


The newly-established observation is a recognition of the commitment of dermatologists to serving the public and aims to bring awareness to the role of dermatology visits, skin checks, and more.

EltaMD Skin Care, a leading dermatologist-recommended sunscreen brand in the US, has today announced the establishment of the first annual National Dermatologist Day, a day dedicated to honoring the vital contributions of dermatologists in promoting skin health and combating skin cancer.1

Now planned to be recognized annually on March 13, the initiative aims to recognize the expertise and dedication of dermatologists who play a pivotal role in early skin cancer detection and public education on sun safety.

EltaMD has previously supported various educational dermatology-related initiatives such as The Sun Bus, a mobile skin cancer screening program, and American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)'s SPOT Skin Cancer program. Additionally, EltaMD was the official sunscreen sponsor of AAD's Skin Cancer, Take a Hike! event.

To commemorate National Dermatologist Day, EltaMD plans to collaborate with renowned board-certified dermatologists, Mona Gohara, MD, FAAD; Muneeb Shah, MD, FAAD; Sheila Farhang, MD, FAAD; Laura Scott, MD, FAAD; and Claire Wolinsky, MD, FAAD. This collaboration will involve the sharing of insights on the significance of dermatologist visits and offer skin care tips via social media platforms.

Dermatologists, as board-certified medical professionals, undergo extensive training to diagnose and treat over 3,000 skin, hair, and nail conditions, EltaMD said.

They detect millions of skin cancers annually, emphasizing the importance of regular skin checks for early detection and improved survival rates, especially for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. By advocating for regular sunscreen application, dermatologists contribute to reducing the risk of developing skin cancer by approximately 40%.1

Echo Sandburg, chief brand officer of CP Skin Health, underscored the profound impact of dermatologists.

"As the #1 Dermatologist-recommended professional sun care brand in the US, the dermatology profession is embedded in our DNA and at the heart of what we do," Sandburg said.1 "With more people being diagnosed with skin cancer than any other cancer in the U.S. each year, we are committed to supporting the Dermatologist community at all levels to ensure skin health is accessible to all, so every body can live freely under the sun."

Seemal R. Desai, MD, FAAD, the new president of the AAD, acknowledged the unparalleled expertise of dermatologists and their role in empowering patients to prioritize preventive care and early detection.

"No one knows skin better than a board-certified Dermatologist and we are proud of the unparalleled training we receive to ensure patients are getting the best care possible," Desai said.1 "This recognition elevates the importance of skin health and seeking expert care which ultimately empowers patients to prioritize their well-being through preventive care and early detection. We are grateful for this spotlight."

For more information about EltaMD and National Dermatologist Day, visit eltamd.com/nationaldermday.


  1. EltaMD establishes March 13th as National Dermatologist Day, building a healthier future for all. News release. PR Newswire. March 13, 2024. Accessed March 13, 2024. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/eltamd-establishes-march-13th-as-national-dermatologist-day-building-a-healthier-future-for-all-302087401.html
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