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By Robert K Dyer, MD
August 16, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Sun DamageToo much exposure to sunlight can be harmful to your skin. Dangerous ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays damage skin, which leads to premature wrinkles, skin cancer and other skin problems. People with excessive exposure to UV radiation are at greater risk for skin cancer than those who take careful precautions to protect their skin from the sun.

Sun Exposure Linked to Cancer

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. To limit your exposure to UV rays, follow these easy steps.

  • Avoid the mid-day sun, as the sun's rays are most intense during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Remember that clouds do not block UV rays.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps which emit UVA and UVB rays.
  • Wear hats and protective clothing when possible to minimize your body's exposure to the sun.
  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your exposed skin. Re-apply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and area around your eyes.

Risks Factors

Everyone's skin can be affected by UV rays. People with fair skin run a higher risk of sunburns. Aside from skin tone, factors that may increase your risk for sun damage and skin cancer include:

  • Previously treated for cancer
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Several moles
  • Freckles
  • Typically burn before tanning
  • Blond, red or light brown hair

If you detect unusual moles, spots or changes in your skin, or if your skin easily bleeds, make an appointment with our practice. Changes in your skin may be a sign of skin cancer. With early detection from your dermatologist, skin cancers have a high cure rate and response to treatment. Additionally, if you want to reduce signs of aged skin, seek the advice of your dermatologist for a variety of skin-rejuvenating treatment options.

By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
November 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Protection   Fair Skin  

Care for Fair SkinIf you have fair skin, you are often told to stay out of the sun, or to at least wear sunscreen with the highest SPF. Fair skin ranges from being extremely dry to very greasy, but the most common denominator is a susceptibility to irritation, sensitivity and damage caused by UV exposure.  

A smart skin-care regimen should largely depend on the type of skin you have—whether it is oily, dry, combination or normal. With fair skin, it is important to be familiar with conditions you might face. For starters, if you have fair skin, you may tend to sunburn easily, which makes you more susceptible to skin cancer.  
 
While it is important for everyone to practice smart sun protection, it is crucial for those with lighter skin. Your dermatologist urges you to be extremely diligent about applying, and even reapplying, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 year-round. Wearing protective clothing can also add additional layers of defense from sun damage. Alert your dermatologist immediately if you notice any changes in your skin and be sure to schedule annual skin exams and mole checks for added protection.  
 
Other skin care tips for those with fair skin, include:
  • Choose a good cleanser that is gentle and won’t dry out your skin.
  • Use a good moisturizer that replenishes the skin without clogging pores.
  • Protect your skin from the elements.
  • Schedule routine skin checks with your dermatologist
While proper skin care is essential no matter what color or type of skin you have, it is vital that those with fair skin take extra precautions to protect their skin from the harmful effects of the sun and other elements. Your dermatologist is available to help you properly care for your skin all year. 
By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
November 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Protection   Sunburn   Sun Damage  

Sun SafetyIn the summer—or any season for that matter—protecting your kids from the sun’s harmful rays is a must. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it is estimated that 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood—that one blistering sunburn can double the risk of getting melanoma later in life. Protect your children now so that you can protect them for a lifetime from skin cancer and other skin conditions.

The American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer five important steps to sun safety for children. By following these tips, you can continue to protect your children from the harmful effects of the sun:

  • Limit outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Even when it is cloudy or cool out, the ultraviolet (UV) rays continue to remain strong. Shady areas can even be tricky because of reflected light. 
     
  • Apply sunscreen properly. Thirty minutes prior to your child going out in the sun, it is important to apply sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher. Scented or colorful sunscreens might appeal to some kids and can even make it easier to see which areas have been covered properly. When applying sunscreen, don’t forget the nose, ears, hands, feet, shoulders and behind the neck.
     
  • Cover up. Wearing protective clothing is also an excellent choice in protecting your children from the sun’s harmful rays. When wet, light-colored clothing transmits just as much sunlight as bare skin, so keep your kids covered in dark colors, long sleeves and pants whenever possible. Also, don’t forget the sunglasses and hats for added protection.
     
  • Understand your child’s medications. Some medications can increase your child’s skin sensitivity to the sun, so make sure to ask your doctor whether your child is at risk or not. The most notorious culprits of this sensitivity tend to be prescription antibiotics and acne medications.
     
  • Set a good example. Remember, your children will often mirror your actions so make sure you follow these sun safety rules as well.  Skin protection is not only important for children, but it is vital for every member of the family—regardless of age. Team up with your children and stay protected when life brings you outside to bask in the sunshine.

Contact your dermatologist for more information on how you can successfully protect your children from the sun’s harmful rays. While it is not required to avoid the sun altogether, your dermatologist does urge you to take every precaution possible to protect your child for a lifetime. 

By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
August 15, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Protection   Sun Damage  

Reverse Sun DamageSun damage, also known as photo aging, refers to how repeated sun exposure over time alters the appearance and feel of the skin. Too much time spent in the sun can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin tone and even cancer, making you appear older than you really are.

Like the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And the good news is that by protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays now, you can actually put a halt to additional skin damage and even start to reverse the damage you’ve already accumulated.

  1. Be Sun Smart
    It may seem like a no-brainer, but the first step to reversing sun damage is to get out of the sun. Limit your amount of exposure to the sun—especially during peak hours—and always apply sunscreen. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, and cover up with a wide-brimmed hat.
     
  2. Hydrate
    Too much sun exposure can dry out your skin. Apply a high-quality moisturizer daily to replenish dry skin and stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its smooth texture and appearance.
     
  3. Exfoliate
    While showering, exfoliate your skin to remove the dead skin cells from the top layer of your face and body. This will help to improve skin tone and minimize fine lines.
     
  4. Healthy Diet
    Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet high in vitamins and antioxidants. Antioxidants help repair damaged skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fade skin discoloration.
     
  5. Consult Your Dermatologist
    Depending on the extent and type of sun damage, you may want to talk to a trained dermatologist for treatment options. Visiting a dermatologist is not only important to look for precancerous cells, but a professional can also make recommendations for treatment to reduce the appearance of sun damaged skin.

    Cosmetic treatments, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser therapy and fillers are just a few procedures that can reduce visible signs of sun damage and restore the youthful appearance of your skin.

    The sun can do a number on your skin, leaving it depleted, dull and damaged. Don’t expect immediate results, but regular care, prevention and treatment will lead to the reversal of sun damage and improve your skin complexion for the better over time.
By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
June 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Protection   Sun Damage  

Sun DamageMany people enjoy basking in the sun and spending extra hours outside, especially in the summertime. Unfortunately, too much time spent soaking up the sun’s rays can be damaging to our skin, as evidenced by a dull, wrinkled complexion that makes us appear older than we really are.

Premature skin damage and wrinkling from sun exposure is known as photoaging. Unlike natural aging, photoaging causes dry, leathery and discolored skin, as well as deep wrinkles and sunspots. Talk to your dermatologist for easy ways to minimize sun damage and restore your youthful appearance. There are many ways we can help you soften and remove those unwanted wrinkles brought on by sun exposure.

Here are a few tips for improving sun damaged skin:

Moisturize. Because the sun is very drying, it is important that you rehydrate your damaged skin by applying moisturizer daily. This is an easy way to restore the moisture lost from over-exposure to the sun and improve dull, leathery looking skin.

Chemical Peels. Chemical peel applications are effective for removing fine lines, minimizing sun damage and smoothing out the skin. This procedure removes the damaged upper surface of the skin to expose newer, brighter skin.

Mircodermabrasion. This nonsurgical procedure involves exfoliating the top layer of aging skin to stimulate new skin growth. This procedure works best on mild to moderate skin damage and may require multiple treatments. Following treatment, fine lines appear softened and wrinkles are shallowed. Your skin will be rejuvenated, smoother and younger looking.

Laser skin resurfacing. This laser treatment uses high-energy light to remove a thin layer of damaged skin. As the skin is dissolved, it also minimizes wrinkles, sunspots and scars. New, blemish-free skin grows back smoother and tighter, which results in a younger looking you.

Prevention. Remember, prevention is key to addressing sunspots, wrinkles and other types of sun damage. Be smart when you’re outdoors, and limit the amount of exposure you get to the sun. Prior to stepping outside, always apply sunscreen, wear hats and sunglasses and seek shade when possible.

The good news is that with proper prevention and a treatment plan to repair signs of sun damage, you can restore your youthful glow. Talk to a qualified dermatologist and find out if you are a candidate for any of these cosmetic procedures.