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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 Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
February 18, 2015
Category: Anti-aging
Tags: wrinkles   Retinol   sunscreen   skin care   brown spots  

We would like to make you aware of a promotion we are running for all of February! If you purchase any strength Skin Medica Retinol this month, then you receive a free sunscreen! Retinols are important for maintenance of healthy skin! They are creams that can have a powerful impact on your skin. If you don't know, they are a topical form of vitamin A and when used they help slough off our skin cells more rapidly than normal. Retinols can help reduce brown spots on your skin and make it more even toned. They can minimize fine lines and wrinkles and also stimulate collagen production over time! That's why it's an important step in skin care! It is important to wear sunscreen daily while using a retinol because they make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. That's why we paired a sunscreen with a purchase of a retinol this month!

By Peter Accetta, MD
April 11, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: wrinkles   sunscreen   photoaging  

A study from Australia published in the June 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine.  The principle findings are:

  • Among the 600 patients using daily sunscreen a majority showed no detectable increase in skin aging after four and a half years. Some actually showed an improvement in skin texture over the baseline.
  • Daily sunscreen use is much more effective than discretionary use.
  • Even if started in middle age, daily sunscreen use still has an impact.
  • This impact can be seen in as little as four years.
By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
January 29, 2014
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin cancer   wrinkles   Retinol   anti-aging   sunscreen   fine lines  

With the New Year upon us, we've made resolutions. Some of us want to be healthier or make more money. Perhaps your resolution is to take better care of your skin! I hope that it is! You may not know where to begin though, with all of the different products that are on the market. You may also wonder how to start a skin care regimen without spending alot of money, as some products are very expensive. I am going to share with you how to begin a skin care regimen that will cost about $100!

Skin care doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. The first product that you should invest in is a good sunscreen! It is a proven fact that sunscreen not only prevents skin cancer but slows down the aging process of our skin. You should use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide alone or in combination of at least 6%. These are mineral sunscreens that sit on the surface of our skin and don't disappear until we sweat, swim or wash them off. We carry a very elegant sunscreen made by SkinMedica. This sunscreen also contains antioxidants that help fight free radical formation on our skin. We carry a variety of other sunscreens as well by Blue Lizard and Solbar. All are inexpensive and you can pick them up in our office, no appointment needed.

The second product you should invest in is a retinol. Retinols are commonly used anti-aging products. They are a topical form of vitamin A that help to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, help smooth the skin, even out pigmentation and give you more radiant skin. We carry three prescription strength retinol formulas in our office made by the company SkinMedica. If you have sensitive skin, you should slowly begin using a low strength retinol. There are many retinols that are over-the-counter as well. The retinols we carry are inexpensive and prescription strength but you don't need a prescription to pick them up in our office. Retinols can make your skin more sensitive to a sunburn so, it is very important that you use your sunscreen everyday!

These two products are the best and most inexpensive way to begin a skin care regimen. Together these products are about a $100 investment! By using these two products you'll be on your way to beautiful, healthy, glowing skin!


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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