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Maintain Healthy and Attractive Skin by Avoiding Photodamage
Date: April 4, 2017It has been said that nature gives you the face you have at 20 but it's up to you to nurture the face you have at 50. The first priority should be to guard your skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Skin aging is influenced by genetics, environmental exposures, hormonal changes, and metabolic processes. These factors alter skin structure, function, and appearance. While changes, such as thinning and loss of elasticity occurs on sun protected skin with the passage of time, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and tanning beds leads to photodamage which is known to be the single major factor responsible for premature aging. This specific damage occurs with chronic exposure of the skin to UV light and is called photoaging. Visually, the skin becomes coarse and gradually thins. Laxity, sallowness with wrinkles, and irregular pigmentary (color) changes are also noted. The pores of the skin are larger and often clogged. There is also an increase in development of benign growths, premalignant and malignant growths on chronically sun exposed skin.
Living in Southern California, the sun’s UV rays are powerful for most of the year. Strategies for protecting your skin and information about the best product you can apply to your skin to reverse the signs of photoaging will be presented in our May newsletter. Stay tuned!
Tip of the Month: Prevent Acne Scarring
Date: March 3, 2017Our appearance, especially during childhood and adolescence, can significantly influence our confidence and self esteem. Acne can be painful physically and emotionally. The inflammation from this condition can create scars. In spite of the emergence of new treatment modalities, it is impossible to completely reverse scarring. A recent study found that while scars were more likely in those with severe acne, 69% of individuals with acne scars had mild or moderate acne. The risk factors that correlated with an increased likelihood of acne scars include acne severity, time between acne onset and first effective treatment, relapsing acne, and male gender. Acne is a condition that can last for many years and requires management to prevent scarring. The bottom line: to avoid acne scarring, see your dermatologist to institute early treatment for acne.
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Tip of the Month: Avoid Tanning!
Date: February 1, 2017Our recent abundant rainfall and fewer days with sunshine may tempt some people to use tanning beds or lamps. Unfortunately, use of these devices, like exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, leads to premature aging of the skin and increases the risk of developing skin cancer. A recent study of white women students at Indiana University found that while almost 80 percent did not believe that indoor tanning is safe or any safer than outdoor tanning about seven out of 10 said they like to get a tan even though they know tanning may harm their skin. Nearly 84 percent said tanning makes them feel more attractive.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC), part of the World Health Organization, added UV emitting tanning beds and lamps to the list of the most dangerous forms of cancer causing radiation. The IARC report cited research showing that tanning is especially hazardous to young people; those who use sunbeds before age 30 increase their lifetime risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75 percent.
The bottom line is avoiding exposure to UV Radiation from the sun or tanning devices will help to make your skin look younger and healthier!
Tip of the Month: Earlobe Rejuvenation
Date: January 3, 2017Last month, we addressed rejuvenation of the aging lip and surrounding skin. If you aren't pleased with the way your earrings look when you wear them, it could be that your earring holes have elongated or your earlobes have lost volume and appear wrinkled, almost prune like. These alterations can make earrings look unflattering. Fortunately, there are remedies available to correct these issues. Torn or elongated earring holes can be surgically repaired and earlobe volume easily restored with hyaluronic acid based fillers (e.g. Juvederm, Restylane). If you'd like to discuss earlobe rejuvenation, please call 310-626-4631 ext. 227 to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians.
Tip of the Month: Lip Beauty
Date: December 1, 2016Full, well defined lips impart youth, vitality, and sexuality to the bearer. With age, lip volume decreases and the lips may become flat and thin. The lips also tend to droop and creases may develop in the skin around the lips and at the corners of the mouth extending along the sides of the chin. Fortunately, augmentation and correction with injectable hyaluronic acid based fillers (i.e.: Juvederm, Volbella, Restylane, and Restylane Silk) can help restore the aging lip and surrounding skin. These fillers stimulate the skin to produce collagen that may increase the longevity of the treatment. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is essential that the physician injector is well trained and experienced to achieve a natural result with minimal to no downtime. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling 310-626-4631 ext. 227.
Tip of the Month: Photo Aging of the Neck and Chest
Date: November 2, 2016In earlier newsletters, we’ve addressed prevention and treatment of sun damage. Many of our patient’s complain of color and textural changes of the neck and chest. Common manifestations include blotchy brown pigmentation, redness from fine blood vessels, and thinning/crepey skin. Individuals with fair complexions and those who spend a lot of time in the sun are predisposed. The changes of the skin on the chest are particularly common in women due to “V” neck shirts and other clothing styles that lead to increased sun exposure. Fortunately, simple remedies are available. First, avoiding sun exposure and sun protection are of paramount importance. Daily application of a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is advised. In addition, covering the exposed area when outside for prolonged periods with a scarf or other article of clothing is very beneficial. Photorejuvenation with Intense Pulsed Light is an excellent treatment for photo aging of the chest and neck. Finally, regular application of Tretinoin Cream is also helpful. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling 310-626-4631 ext. 227.
Tip of the Month: MANtenance: Simple measures to help you look your best
Date: October 4, 2016Aging of the face is influenced by internal factors such as genetics and hormonal constitution and external factors including ultraviolet (UV) exposure from sunlight, pollution, cigarette smoke, repetitive muscle movements, and diet. The greatest external factors are smoking and exposure to UV light.
In general, men are more likely than women to engage in high-risk health behaviors that contribute to aging. Men also tend to underutilize preventive health care services including dermatology care compared with women.
Look better and stay healthy by avoiding exposure to the sun, especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, wearing hats and sun protective clothing, applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30, and refraining from smoking.
In addition, there are many non and minimally invasive treatment options for rejuvenating the aging face including topical skin care, photo rejuvenation, lasers, botulium toxin injections (Botox, Dysport), Filler injections, Kybella injections, and Coolsculpting. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling 310-626-4631 ext. 227.
Tip of the Month: Is Your Sunscreen Effective?
Date: September 1, 2016
In a previous post we discussed sunscreen safety, but did not address sunscreen efficacy. A recent study of top rated sunscreens sold on Amazon.com revealed that 40% of the 65 top rated products didn’t meet all three of the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) recommended criteria:
1. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or greater
2. Broad Spectrum (UVA &UVB) protection
3. Water and/or sweat resistance
These components are particularly important when spending a significant amount of time outdoors.
It’s advisable to check your sunscreen’s label to confirm it satisfies the AAD criteria. In addition, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s website, www.skincancer.org, has lists of safe and effective sun protection products including sunscreens that carry its “seal of recommendation.”
It's important to apply enough sunscreen to optimally protect your skin. This means applying the equivalent of a shot glass (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to the exposed areas of the face and body –a nickel-sized dollop to the face alone. Finally, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently after swimming, heavy perspiration, or toweling off.
Do Biotin Supplements help hair and nail growth?
Date: August 2, 2016
Biotin, also referred to as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, is one of the B complex vitamins, important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
While there is no recommended daily allowance of biotin in the United States, most people ingest enough biotin through their diet. Biotin is found in brewer's yeast; cooked eggs (especially egg yolk), sardines, nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts) and nut butters, soybeans, other legumes (beans, blackeye peas), whole grains, cauliflower, bananas, and mushrooms. In addition, bacteria in our intestines produce biotin. Biotin deficiency is usually recognized by its symptoms, including hair loss, dry scaly skin, cracking in the corners of the mouth, swollen and painful tongue, dry eyes, loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia, depression, and tingling of the arms and legs. Aside from certain medical conditions/medications (alcoholism, some epileptic drug therapies, individuals with kidney failure who are on dialysis, individuals with Crohn’s Disease and overconsumption of raw egg whites which binds biotin), biotin deficiency is rare. Regarding its use in healthy individuals, there is weak evidence to suggest that biotin supplements may improve thin, splitting, or brittle toe and fingernails, as well as hair. According to the National Institutes of Health, there is not enough evidence to recommend biotin for hair loss.
Tip of the Month: Protection from Mosquito Bites
Date: July 5, 2016Summer travel may take you to areas where mosquitos are carriers of disease inducing viruses including Zika, Dengue, or Chikungunya. To minimize the risk of mosquito bites, it's important to choose an insect repellent that works well and that you are comfortable with. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
DEET: Some brand names: Off!, Cutter, Sawyer, Ultrathon
Picaridin, also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin : Some brand names: Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus,
Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD): Brand: Repel
IR3535 : Some brand names: Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition, SkinSmart
Additional protective measures include:
Covering up: Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Keep mosquitoes outside: Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
If you're bitten, try to avoid scratching. For itch relief, apply a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to the bite several times daily. Ice or cold pack applications may be helpful as well as oral antihistamines such as diphendydramine (Benadryl and Cetirizine (Zyrtec). If mosquito bites are associated with more-serious warning signs including fever, headache and body aches, contact your doctor.
Adopted from http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/
Tip of the Month: How Much Sunscreen Should I Apply?
Date: June 1, 2016We’re often asked how much sunscreen should be applied to protect the skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) exposure. To achieve the SPF (Sun Protection Factor which protects against the sun’s UV radiation) listed on a bottle of sunscreen, an average sized adult should use the equivalent of a shot glass (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to the exposed areas of the face and body – a nickel-sized dollop to the face alone. Remember that sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently after swimming, heavy perspiration, or toweling off. The SPF should be 30 or higher for extended time spent outdoors and there is no evidence that using a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 50 conveys more protection. Newborns should be kept out of the sun and it is advisable to apply sunscreen to children over 6 months of age.
In addition to using sunscreen, seek shade whenever possible, minimize the hours spent in the sun (especially between 10 am and 4 pm), wear sunprotective clothing, broad-brimmed hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Tip of the Month: How to Detect Early Signs of Skin Cancer
Date: May 4, 2016May is skin cancer awareness month. In addition to periodic examinations by your dermatologist, monthly self skin exams can also pick up early signs of skin cancer. Our patient's often comment that they have difficulty recognizing the particular features of skin cancer (see www.skincancer.org for photos and descriptions of melanoma and the more common and generally less serious non-melanoma skin cancers.) Here are a few simple tips:
- If a skin lesion is new or changing, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist for evaluation.
- Skin lesion(s) that appears significantly different from your other skin lesions should be evaluated by your dermatologist. This is commonly referred to as the "ugly duckling sign" or "funny looking mole sign."
- Any skin lesion with bleeding, crusting, scaling, or irritation that doesn’t heal within a couple of weeks should be evaluated by your dermatologist.
We also recommend that you protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation by using sunscreen (more on this next month), seeking shade whenever possible, minimizing the hours spent in the sun (especially between 10 am and 4 pm), wearing sun-protective clothing, broad-brimmed hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses.