Spring and summer are a great time to get out and get the daily recommended dosage of twenty minutes of sunlight for sufficient vitamin D production. Due to this, it’s also important to take the necessary precautions when protecting your skin against the sun’s harmful rays.
Application of sunscreen is critical, as the skin is susceptible to basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. While repeated exposure to UVA and UVB (ultraviolet) rays without adequate protection can lead to skin cancer; if much of this UV damage comes before the age of 18, that can put an individual at risk for melanoma, which is the most serious one. For these reasons, the good actions to take are to, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, matched with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) reading that is the most suitable for your individual skin type.
To give a little more insight as to how much protection specific SPF readings provide, SPFs 15, 30, 50 will typically re-absorb 93% 97%, 98% of UV-B radiation respectively. Also, be sure to reapply periodically, it is recommended that one should use one quarter to one half of an 8 oz. bottle of sunscreen during a long day at the beach and thirty minutes before sun exposure.
If you already have sun damage on your skin, a great treatment option is photorejuvenation. It removes redness and brown pigment by using light and heat to treat discolorations and promote collagen growth in your skin, stimulating fresh skin growth so that your skin tone becomes more even and develops a better, more youthful texture. It’s safe and effective, and in just a few sessions, there will be a noticeable improvement in your overall skin tone. Please call us at 716-688-0020 to get more information about treatment options.
Contact dermatitis is a common skin condition that occurs from exposure to a substance that irritates the skin. The effects are represented by redness and inflammation. This may be caused by certain soaps, deodorants, jewelry or even some plants.
The most infamous form of the condition stems from contact with Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy is a plant that secretes oil, which upon contact with the skin causes irritation leaving behind a rash. Although the rash is extremely uncomfortable, itching or scratching the infected area will cause the condition to worsen. Not only will the inflammation further increase, but it may also lead to scarring and darkening of the skin (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation). Within the first few days of contraction, the treatment methods tend to be more effective and efficient. For periods beyond that time, such as a week or two, options may include a topical steroid.
The most successful treatment options when dealing with any form of contact dermatitis include identifying what causes the reaction, avoiding it (if possible), and taking the corrective steps and it should improve within a few weeks. Although this condition can become quite serious it is not life-threatening, nor contagious. If you believe you may be experiencing contact dermatitis call our office immediately.
Musician Seal has been entertaining audiences since the early ’90s with hits such as “Crazy” and “Kiss from a Rose,” but what the singer may be most well known for is the marks on his face. Those marks are a result of a skin condition known as discoid lupus erythematosus. This is where the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue leading to long term inflammation causing sores. Generally affecting the skin above the neck, the sores can leave deep scarring.
Although no one knows exactly what causes the condition, there are ways to effectively manage it. Cortisone ointment and injections directed at the sores can help reduce the scarring associated with the condition. If you believe you may be suffering from discoid lupus erythematosus contact our office immediately.
After watching the Oscars last night, it may seem like celebrity skin is the epitome of perfection, but don’t be fooled, they struggle with the same issues that everyone else does. Whether it’s acne or wrinkles, they are always looking for the latest trends or products to keep their skin looking fantastic.
Actress Jennifer Garner is no different. Her secret to keeping her blemishes at bay is the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System. It improves skin tone, reduces the appearance of pore size, and helps other skin care products work that much better. The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System utilizes a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften, and smooth the skin. In just a minute, it removes six times more makeup and twice as much dirt and oil than cleansing with just your hands.
Jennifer has reaped the benefits from using Clarisonic, you should too! Call our office today to get yours!
With the huge success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), many people have become familiar with some of the franchise’s most popular superheroes. Between Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk, the superheroes have captivated moviegoers throughout the globe for the past ten years. With an incredible display of strength and power, the Hulk may be the one character that stands out the most.
Characterized as a large mutant monster with green skin, the Hulk developed his appearance from an exposure to gamma radiation. Although the concept of becoming a large mutant monster may not be feasible in real life, it is in fact possible for the color of skin to turn (or appear) green.
Some ways that skin can do that include:
• Exposure to strong chlorine levels in water.
• During the process of bruising there is a stage where the iron in the blood turns green and can become visible through the skin.
• Patients experiencing multiple organ failure may be at risk for unusual pigmentation effects from feeding tube dyes.
• Condition known as gangrene can cause the skin to appear green prior to turning black.
If you notice your skin pigment changing consult your doctor immediately, as it may be a sign of a more serious medical condition.