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Posts for: July, 2013

By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
July 25, 2013
Category: Skin Care

Want to know some secrets to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant? There are many non-prescription products you can use to keep your skin looking fantastic and these products are actually no secret. In fact, two go-to products were featured this month in Allure magazine. Skin Medica Tri-Retinol Complex was one of those featured products. For those who don't know, retinols are a gold-standard treatment to minimize fine lines, wrinkles and reduce hyperpigmentation! The second product featured is Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum! This product is packed with growth factors, peptides and anti-oxidants to fight free radical formation. It is advanced technology for your skin to rejuvanate it, minimize wrinkles and improve the texture and tone of your skin. Not only do we recommend these products for you, we use them too! These powerful products are available to you in our office without a prescription and are necessary skin care products for your anti-aging arsenal!

By Susan Peterson, RPA-C
July 23, 2013
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: Sunbathing  

Many people perceive that they look thinner when tanned.  We live in a time when physical appearance is important and many think that being bronze is associated with being healthy which can ce a "weird contradiction."

With the American Cancer Society predicting 77,000 new cases of skin cancer and 9,000 deaths in 2013, we know that skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United States.  In addition, there is a rapid incline in melanoma rates. 

So why do people still sunbathe?  There are three main possibilities according to most physicians. 

One:  A brain high is achieved that makes them feel happy.

Two:  A vitamin D issue for strengthening bones.  (Not enough of a benefit to risk skin cancer.)

Three:  An invincible feeling that nothing will happen to me especially among young adults.

Remember the next time you want that tan, some of the statistics and the potential outcomes of being diagnosed with a skin cancer.

If nothing else, think of the aging effects and wrinkling that occur on unprotected skin with sun exposure.

By Susan Peterson, RPA-C
July 23, 2013
Category: Sun Protection

Be sure to check with your physician or pharmacist concerning your medications for photosensitivity - both prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Photosentizing ingredients may cause a rash, itching, swelling and a bad sunburn.

Some types of these products include:



chemotherapeutic agents






Be safe and protect your skin.  Always wear sunblock and/or protective clothing.

July 22, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

It's official as reported in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal it has finally been proven that sunscreen does indeed prevent wrinkles.

By Emily Gottstein RPA-C
July 16, 2013
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: UV   Driving   car   skin cancer   wrinkles  

I recently went to a conference for the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. While listening at one of the lectures, the speaker reminded us that front windshields of cars are often polarized. That helps protect against UV rays while driving. However, it is too expensive for car manufacturers to polarize the side windows. This means that you are getting UV exposure to the left side of your face and body while driving. Remember, sun damage is cumulative, so all that driving is UV exposure. Not only are you at higher risk of getting skin cancer but those damaging rays cause premature aging, wrinkling and brown spots on the left side of your face. Don't believe me? Check out this picture I found of a gentleman who has been a truck driver for 28 years! His years of driving has caused significant aging to the left side of his face. Apply your sunblock every morning and you'll fight premature aging while driving!

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