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Posts for tag: sun protection

By Dr. Peter Accetta, M.D.
February 21, 2017
Category: Sun Protection


    A patient brought to my attention that a frequently recommended sunscreen now comes with a warning label.

           Warning: This product contains a chemical know to the State of California to cause cancer.

     The state of California bases their decision on a study performed on mice that were fed Zinc Oxide over a period of time. The mice experienced anemia, renal and liver damage.

    Zinc is however, an essential metal needed by all mammals and commonly found in nutritional supplements. There is no evidence that micro or nanoparticle zinc oxide reaches the blood stream when applied to skin. Studies with electron microscope shows zinc particles confined to the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of skin.

    Unprotected exposure to the sun or indoor tanning booths is the major risk factor for skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology continues to recommend titanium and zinc oxide products as safe and effective sun protection. 


By Dr. Peter Accetta, M.D.
January 26, 2017
Category: Skin Cancer

    Did you know that regular use of sunscreen at any age reduces the incidence of all skin cancers and decreases the incidence of squamous cell cancer by a whopping 40%. Surprisingly in the United States only 30% of women and 15% of men use sunscreen regularly and 39% of American households have never purchase sunscreen.

    Each year we treat more than 1000 skin cancers in our office mostly on patients who readily admit to not wearing sunscreen. Sunscreens are also proven to prevent brown spots and wrinkles so why not get into the habit, reduce your risk of getting skin cancer and keeps looking good while doing it.

By Dr.Peter Accetta, M.D.
January 11, 2017
Category: Skin Care

    Environmental skin aging resulting in wrinkles, irregular pigment spots and sagging has long been attributed to excessive sun exposure but new evidence shows that airborne particulate matter and noxious gases in air pollution are also damaging to exposed human skin. 
    The World Health Organization has declared that air pollution (outdoor and indoor) is the largest single environmental health risk and most of it comes from fuel combustion. Studies regarding effects on cardiovascular and pulmonary systems looked at exposure to traffic related particle emissions and this prompted researchers to also look at effects on the skin.
    They found that women living within 100 yards of a busy road had more facial brown spots and wrinkling than women living further away from traffic. Similar findings were found in Chinese woman cooking indoors with solid fuels and we have also known for a long time that tobacco smoke causes wrinkles by degrading collagen.
    Fortunately advances in sunscreen technology are keeping pace with these new findings. Better sunscreens have long incorporated physical blockers like zinc and titanium dioxide to protect against environmental pollutants and now the best sunscreens contain potent antioxidants as well.
    Products like SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair protect us from both ultraviolet light and airborne pollutants with zinc oxide and also contain potent antioxidants to help repair aging skin.
    If you want to maximize your home both skin protection and skin repair schedule a consultation with our esthetician today.


By Susan Peterson RPA-C
October 04, 2013
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: sun protection   melanoma   sun health  

In the May 2013 Glamor Health this phenomenon of why 
so many women are still getting skin cancer was investigated.

The top 4 reasons were:

1.       Because we’re just not that worried about skin cancer… and we should be.
We are now aware of the risks of sunburns and tanning yet they are often ignored.  We need to take skin cancer seriously.  If you are out all day you not only need to apply your sunblock initially, but you need to reapply every 40 to 80 minutes.

2.       Because we need dermatologists [not just doctors].
Dermatologists are best when early detection is so important.  Researchers have found that Primary Care Physicians are less skilled at spotting cancer as well as, being less comfortable screening for it.  People need to be screened once a year, even if you think that your skin and you are safe.

3.       Because lots of us have tanning bed pasts [or presents!].
Indoor tanning is a Class I carcinogen.  Just a single tanning session increases your life time risk of developing melanoma by 20%.  Tell your dermatologists if tanning beds are in your history and if you are still tanning – STOP!

4.       Because we’re forgetting our family history.
A first degree relative with melanoma is the most important risk factor for developing melanoma.  This surpasses even your past sun history.  Ask you parents and siblings about their skin.  Your dermatologist wants you to be active and healthy.

So wear your sunblock and reapply!

Some extra credit protection includes:

·  Eating a Mediterranean style diet that guards against UV damage by high levels of antioxidants. 
·  Use NSAIDS like aspiring and Advil the next time you have a headache.  These drugs block certain enzymes that help cancer cells to multiply. 
·  Drink caffeinated beverages, studies are showing that caffeine may decrease your risk of skin cancer by helping eliminate UV damaged cells before they become malignant.

Important points to remember:

·  In the past few decades, the incidence of melanoma has increased by 800% among women ages 18 to 39.  That is twice the rate of men in the same age group.
·  Basal cell and Squamous cell skin cancers have climbed 300% in the past decade.

Wear Sunscreen
Avoid prime sun hours
Cover up

Save your skin and possibly your life.

By Emily E. Gottstein, RPA-C
September 17, 2013
Category: Sun Protection

Now that football season has arrived, we all want to to be at the stadium or outside tailgating with friends. Even though there is a chill in the air, don't forget that the suns UV rays are just as strong. It is just as important for you to apply your sunscreen that contains zinc oxide. So, before you tailgate or cheer at the stadium, make sure you apply that sunscreen! Remember to re-apply if you sweat! Go Bills!

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