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Posts for tag: tanning

By As reported recently by " The Dermatologist" medical journal
September 20, 2016
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: skin cancer   melanoma   tanning   women  

    A  new American Academy of Dermatology survey revealed that 71% of 18 to 34 year old women know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan, and 66% know that getting a bade tan is not a healthy way to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays. The survey also indicates 98% know that skin cancer can be deadly. 

    "Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the second most common cancer in young women, and we believe this may be due in part to their tanning habits. It is alarming that young women are continuing to tan even though they're aware of the danger."

    "Exposure to UV radiation, whether it's from the sun or an indoor tanning device, is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Women need to take their knowledge and turn it into action by protecting themselves from the sun and staying out of tanning beds."


By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
February 24, 2016
Category: Melanoma
Tags: skin cancer   melanoma   sunscreen   tanning   spray tan  

Sometimes in the evening after work, I enjoy watching the entertainment news shows to stay up on my pop culture. One of the stories this week was about Witney Carson. She is a dancer on "Dancing with the Stars." She revealed that she was recently diagnosed with the potentially deadly form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, on her foot.

She is just a young woman at 22 years old.

Luckily, it was caught early and she was able to undergo a surgical procedure to remove the cancer. She did admit in an interview that she used to go to tanning beds to get "that glow" to her skin. This is just further supporting recent statistics that tanning beds are increasing melanoma rates in young women. This also shows, that melanoma affects us all.

It doesn't matter if you're a regular person or a famous dancer. It's always important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis and if you are looking for that glow to your skin then opt for a spray on tan!

By Peter Accetta M.D
March 27, 2014
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: skin cancer   sunscreen   tanning  

As reported in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • Educational videos focusing on premature aging caused by sun exposure were more effective in convincing teens to use sunscreen than videos focused on skin cancer risks.
  • An aged appearance is of more concern to a teen than the risk of skin cancer.
  • Sunscreen use by teens who watched the "appearance" video increased more than those teens who were only shown the video explaining skin cancer risks.
By Susan Peterson, RPA-C
January 08, 2014
Category: Skin Care
Tags: sunscreen   tanning   myths   laser   acne   antiaging  


Skin Care Myths and Beliefs

We always hear about new, must-have products, antiaging treatments and skin care advice.  It is often difficult to separate hype from reality.  Here are some facts to aid you:

Belief:  Tanning booths are safe as long as they don't contain UVB rays.

We all know that tanning in the sun is unhealthy and can lead to skin cancer.  But what about tanning booths?  Many tanning booth companies say that they filter out the sunburning UVB rays.  When you go to a tanning booth you are still being exposed to UVA rays.  UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and cause damage that can lead to premature aging and skin cancers. 

So avoidance is best.

Belief:  The higher the SPF, the better the protection.

UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply enough to alter pigment to produce a tan.  UVB rays are the rays that are primary for producing a sunburn.  These rays also damage DNA to cause photoaging, pigment changes and skin cancers.  There are also UVC rays that are absorbed by the atmosphere and do not make it to the ground.

The SPF on a sunscreen refers to the amount of protection against UVB rays abd sunburns.  Most sunscreens now protect against UVA and UVB rays.  That is why on the package you will read broad spectrum.

When purchasing a sunscreen, look for an SPF of 30 containing 6% zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for maximum protection.

Belief:  You don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day.

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth's surface.  So sunscreen is a must each and every day.  Reapplication is also important especiaally after perspiring heavily or swimming. 

Remember that make-up that contains SPF is not enough.  Make-up should be applied over your sunscreen.  Most make-ups would require that you use about 15 times the amount of make-up that you normally do to provide the labeled SPF coverage.

Belief:  Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and acne free.

When you scrub your face you actually remove some of the protective oils and barriers.  Instead use a gentle cleanser and your fingertips and followed by a moisturizer if needed and then your sunscreen. 

You will never scrub away acne.

Belief:  It is better to get the pus out of a pimple by popping it.

It feels really good to release the pus from a pimple, but unless done properly it can be pushed deeper causing further inflammation and possibly scarring. 

If you absolutely feel it is necessary to pick at a pimple, use a comedone extractor.  These are inexpensive and can be purchased at your local pharmacy.  The proper way to use this instrument is to apply it firmly and roll it across the pimple.  This will help to prevent further damage, inflammation and spread to adjoing pores.

Belief:  Facials are good for your skin care routine.

Facials may actually cause acne breakouts in 80% of people.

Facials feel great and offer an advantage as far as relaxation, but exfoliation of the top layer of the skin by microdermabrasion and peels do better for revealing healthy skin and clearing pores of oil and debris.

Belief:  Expensive skin care products work best.

Most active ingredients found in over the counter products are similar whether purchase in a local store or a fancy boutique.

Physician strength products will be more beneficial because of higher concentrations of active ingredients.  These can be purchased at your dermatology office usually.  The cost may appear slightly higher, but usually less product is necessay to achieve effectiveness.

Beliefs:  Antiaging products and wrinkle creams can erase wrinkles

Most creams for antiaging and wrinkles simply hydrate the skin.  This plumping by attracting moisture to the area will make lines appear better temporarily.

However, products containing reinols and retinoids have science behind them that will reverse some fine lines.  These products penetrate the skin and increase cell turnover.  They will also be effective against acne and cause some reversal of photoaging or sun damage.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C will also help in the prevention of environmental damage.  Sunscreen applied daily and year round will prevent the signs of aging due to UV exposure.  Many physician strength sunscreens include antioxidants.

Belief:  Lasers can make you look 20 years younger.

Lasers have improved over the years, but patients need to be realistic about what can be achieved. Most lasers specifically target certain aspects of photosdamage. Some will target dark lesions, while others may be more specific to vascular or red lesions. Some lasers will penetrate to deeper tissue in an attempt to stimulate collagen to diminish fine line and wrinkles.

Some lasers require healing time, while some will have lessened healing time. Be aware of what your desired goal is and remember to include sunscreen as a strategy to prevent damage and to continue to look as young as possible.

By Peter Accetta, MD
December 11, 2013
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: skin cancer   wrinkles   melanoma   tanning  

Dangerous Tanning Habits Persist in Young Women

As recently reported by the Skin Cancer Foundation despite the well-established dangers of indoor tanning, young adult women continue to use tanning beds at an alarming rate.  More than 29% of female high school students, and 25% of women between 18 and 34 engaged in tanning at least once.

The bottom line; physical appearance may be more important to some young women than the long-range health effects.  A recent study advises that young adult women be made aware that tanning causes not just skin cancer, but age spots and wrinkles.

The Skin Cancer Foundation also reports that just one indoor tanning session…

●     increases the risk of melanoma by 20%
●     increases the risk of basal cell carcinoma by 29%
●     increases the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 67%

In all more than 170,000 cases of skin cancer are linked to indoor tanning each year.

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