The other day I was having lunch with my cousin who is a baseball player at a local college in the area, and he mentioned that he avoids wearing his baseball hat as much as possible because he heard that wearing it often can cause hair loss. Although it is a common belief that wearing a baseball hat can cause hair loss, it in fact can not. The only way that it can possibly cause hair loss is in the form of traction alopecia (constant tight pulling on the scalp, usually occurs with braided hairstyles). This discussion though, did bring up an interesting topic about the many myths in relation to the field of dermatology.
Below are just some of the many dermatology myths.
Myth #1 – Foods can cause acne.
As discussed in a previous article, what you eat does have an influence on the health of your skin, but in regards to acne that is typically related to genetics. Foods cannot cause you to contract acne, but it is possible though for them to contribute to it.
Myth #2 – Genetics determine how your skin will age.
Another common myth is that genetics play a large role in how your skin ages. Although genetics can play a role, a larger role is played by lifestyle and health choices.
Myth #3 – If I get a base tan at a salon, I won’t sunburn outdoors.
This one couldn’t be further from the truth. A tan is actually a sign of damage to the skin and in no way prevents further damage to future sun exposure. The best way to prevent sunburn is to avoid tanning and use a sunscreen.
Myth #4 – Any sunscreen will adequately protect my skin from the sun.
A sunscreen must have an SPF of at least 30, combined with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This will help to block both UVA (long-wave radiation which can lead to wrinkling and aging) and UVB (short-wave radiation which can cause sunburn) rays, both of which can lead to skin cancer.
Myth #5 – Once I apply sunscreen it is not necessary to do it again that day.
Sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours or after exposure to water (which can wash it off).
Myth #6 – If I shave my hair it will grow back thicker.
Unfortunately for people with thinning hair this is not true. Hair may indeed appear thicker after shaving but this is just an optical illusion. The hair is the thickness it was before shaving.
As you can see there are a lot of myths in relation to dermatology, but hopefully being aware of some of them now will help you have healthier skin and hair in the future.
It is a common misconception that a tan is a sign of good skin health, this is not the case. A tan is actually a sign of damage to the skin and can be just as dangerous as a sun burn. It can cause skin to age prematurely as well as contribute to skin cell damage. Indoor tanning salon booths and beds in particular pose an even greater threat, delivering up to 15 times more UV radiation than the sun.
On average, more than 1 million people tan in tanning salons each day in the US alone. These statistics are alarming considering the serious health risks involved. Not only can tanning lead to unsightly brown spots and wrinkles, but it can also significantly increase the possibility of developing skin cancer. Many tanning salons avoid those facts though, and instead promote the idea that tanning is a great source of vitamin D. Adequate vitamin D however can be obtained in a number of healthier ways, whether through the consumption of fish, milk, orange juice or supplements.
Though a tan may look good now it can have harmful effects on the health of your skin later. Simply put, there is no such thing as a safe tan especially when it comes to indoor salons.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
As we get older, it is natural for wrinkles to appear as our skin loses elasticity and thickness. Although, aging is a major cause of the formation of wrinkles, there are other contributors as well.
Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that serve as good tips in preventing wrinkles.
• Improve your diet. Eating healthier, especially more fruits and vegetables, can improve the overall tone, texture, and clarity of your skin.
• Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause your skin to appear dull and lifeless. Try to get between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep each night.
• Wear sunscreen. Regularly wearing a SPF of at least 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays will significantly help prevent wrinkles.
• Use retinols. Retinols stimulate collagen production, which improves the overall look and quality of your skin.
• Use a moisturizer. Moisturizers plump up the skin by sealing in moisture giving a wrinkle-free appearance.
• Drink lots of water. Your body not only needs moisture on the outside to prevent wrinkles, but on the inside as well. It is recommended to drink 6-8 glasses a day to keep your skin hydrated.
• Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can significantly improve the appearance of your skin by providing it with nutrients and oxygen.
• Treatments such as micro-needling, microdermabrasion, facial or chemical peel. These treatments not only improve and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, but also fine lines, superficial scarring, and pigmentation as well.
• Lay out in the sun. The leading cause of wrinkles, more than heredity, is sun exposure. Also, it can slow down collagen production.
• Squint. Squinting can cause wrinkles around your eyes. To avoid squinting on sunny days try wearing sunglasses, this will also protect the thin, sensitive skin around eyes from the sun.
• Stress out. Stress can show on your skin, leading to permanent fine lines and wrinkles etched in the face.
• Eat too much sugar. Sugar and processed foods can break down collagen, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.
• Sleep on your side. When you do sleep make sure to sleep on your back to avoid bed lines that can lead to permanent wrinkles.
• Smoke. Takes away oxygen and nutrients from the skin.
• Drink alcohol. Alcohol removes the skin’s hydration causing wrinkles.
• Chew gum. The act of constant chewing can lead to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
If you are interested in any of the treatments listed above to reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin contact the Neiman Dermatology Building today at 716-688-0020.
Today marks the 34th anniversary of the death of reggae music pioneer, Bob Marley. He was not only instrumental in popularizing reggae music worldwide, but also the Jamaican and Rastafarian culture. Tragically in 1981, at the age of only 36, he died from a cancerous brain tumor. It is believed that the tumor may have been the result of an untreated case of a malignant melanoma.
According to sources, the first indication of Marley’s melanoma occurred while playing in a soccer game in the summer of 1977. During the game he badly injured his right big toe. Thinking it was just a bruise, he chose not to have it looked at further. With the injury not improving and actually worsening, Marley had a biopsy done on his toe. This confirmed a diagnosis of a malignant melanoma (type of skin cancer). The medical staff recommended that the toe, and possibly even the foot, be amputated to avoid the condition from spreading. Marley refused the amputation, stating that it was against his religious beliefs. With the condition continuing to worsen, Marley agreed to have an orthopedic surgeon perform a skin graft on the toe. The treatment was believed to have successfully removed the cancerous lesion. A few years later in September of 1980, Marley was diagnosed with a brain tumor. This was thought to have been the result of the melanoma in his toe spreading before it received treatment. Eight months later on May 11, 1981 Bob Marley passed away.
While melanoma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, if it is found early it can be one of the most treatable. This makes early detection essential, so if you haven’t had your skin checked in a while make sure to set up an appointment today!
NBA Superstar LeBron James has donned a headband throughout his entire career, but after ditching it in the second quarter of a March 7th game against the Phoenix Suns, the headband has remained noticeably absent. This has caused many to wonder why after so many years the four-time MVP decided to get rid of the accessory. Was it affecting his play? Was it uncomfortable? Or did he just want a different look? One theory out there is that he had a hair transplant last season and the hair has now grown in. He liked the results of the procedure so much that he wanted to show it off, thus getting rid of the headband.
For years, LeBron’s hairline, or lack thereof, has been regularly joked about and many believe that’s the reason he wore it in the first place. The headband was a way for him to cover up and camouflage his hair loss. In recent years, his hairline continued to recede considerably and something needed to be done about it. Either go the route of Michael Jordan and shave it off completely, or restore it permanently with a hair transplant.
Recent photos of the back of his head may further support the theory that he had a hair transplant. The back right side of his head clearly shows a linear scar, this is usually where the donor hair is taken from and is a telltale sign of a follicular unit transplant (although usually not as easily detectable). With the procedure being a gradual process it is also quite simple to hide that it was done (the full results may not be seen until about 8-12 months after).
Whatever you choose to believe, his team the Cleveland Cavaliers look prepared for a deep playoff run. So it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of the new headband-less James.