Did you know…

sunscreen is the best way to prevent skin cancer and premature aging?

MAY IS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

With 3.5 million cases and over two million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. But, skin cancer is also the most preventable form of cancer!  HOW IS THIS?

BY LIMITING YOUR EXPOSURE: LESS IS BEST!

The incidence of cancer is associated with the duration and intensity of ultraviolet light exposure.

  • Seek the shade. Between 10am and 4 pm the sun exposure is the highest.
  • Do not burn.  Melanoma risk doubles when a person has had 4.5 or more sunburns.  Burns can cause permanent changes in your skin. Melanoma is the most lethal form of skin cancer.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.  UV radiation from tanning machines is known to cause cancer in humans. Of these people 74% of them will be Melanoma.
  • Cover up. Clothing, broad rimed hat, sunglasses.
  • Use abroad spectrum SUNSCREEN (UVA/UVB).  The FDA recommends SPF 15 or higher while the American Dermatology and Cancer Society’s recommend SPF 30 or more.
  • HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? 1 ounce of sunscreen to the entire body 30 min before UV light exposure. Reapply every 2 hours of exposure or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Newborns should be kept out of the sun.  Sunscreens should be used over the age of 6 months. Children are very sensitive to UV Radiation. Just one severe sunburn in childhood doubles the chances of developing melanoma later in life.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Many of us have had sever sunburns in childhood or used to tan on a regular basis. Science has helped us avoid risk but how do you undo previous exposures?  Just like breast exams, people should be encouraged to check themselves. 
  • What about your back side? Have someone you trust check it out. If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover a new one that looks suspicious, see a physician soon. To find out more about how to perform self-examination, visit www.SkinCancer.org/selfexamination.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

References: www.amer-derm-assn.org; www.SkinCancer.org.”

ACHIEVE HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL SKIN:

“I know it’s bad for me but… I feel so good when I am in the sun. How can I quit?”  This is an unspoken concern people face when deciding to have healthy skin. Sun exposure does make us feel better. Young and old alike get most of their Vitamin D from the sun. Our pineal gland is dependent on the sun to stimulate the release of certain hormones therefore reinforcing our behavior. We feel better, less pain and less fatigue. Our sleep is better.

Yes, we need the Vitamin D, normal sleep wake cycles and hormone metabolism.

So how do you make this change without losing the benefits? Pick a better time: before 10amand after 4pm. Go out for 20 minutes and sit in the shade or sun if wearing sunscreen. With these small changes, you can get your needs taken care of and maintain the health of your skin. If your doctor states you’re low in Vitamin D, improve your nutrition or supplementation.

Let your skin fade over time to your natural color. Proper cleansing morning and night will improve the brightness and clarity of your skin. Your cleanser does not have to lather to work. Use cleansing cloths to do most of the work for you. If you choose to exfoliate, do so after cleansing. Remember to apply sunblock before makeup or if you’re like me I do it all in one step with a pigmented sunblock, then finish with mineral powder. Mineral powders are an additional sunscreen, so talc should be avoided.

FOLLOW UP from previous blogs:

I have decided to update my readers on other patients’ experiences.

H.S. was pleased with her PRP cleavage correction: “I didn’t think there was anything that would help.” Not wanting to have breast augmentation, HS just wanted equally shaped cleavage and she was able to achieve the look with the Vampire cleavage treatment.

I. T. was not able to be placed on hormones, so she looked toward the O-shot to improve vaginal lubrication and help with painful intercourse. Smiling, she stated that not only was her pain resolved but she was able to reach climax faster.

R.C. was not able to have a face lift due to her current medications. She came to us for a liquid face lift and chose the level 2 Vampire facelift.  I saw her again after 6 months; she was very pleased and somewhat surprised at the improvement in skin color, texture and tone.