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June 21, 2016
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This month’s Beauty Tip…Applying Sunscreen!

Sunscreen is one of the most important products that you put on your skin.  Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 prevents signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.  Your application of sunscreen is also an important part of protecting your skin.  Add these simple steps to your daily sunscreen application…

 

1. When:  The best time to put on sunscreen is 30 minutes before sun exposure in order to allow sunscreen to bind completely with the outer layers.  This is important to do every day of the year, whether sunny or cloudy. 

 

2. Where:  Common area of the body like face, arms, and chest are important.  Don’t forget your ears, the back of your neck, or even the top of your hands.

 

3.  How much:  One full ounce should be applied to all exposed parts of your body.  One-half teaspoon will cover your face. 

 

4.  How often:  After the initial application, it’s a good idea to apply a second layer upon arrival at the pool or an outdoor activity.  Reapplication should be followed every couple hours, or after extended time swimming, perspiring or toweling off. 

 

As you might know, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Here at Narra Dermatology and Aesthetics, we would like to encourage you to perform regular self-examinations as skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with approximately 3.5 million cases diagnosed annually.

Although anyone is susceptible, you are at the highest risk for skin cancer if you are over 40 years of age, have fair skin, have experienced prolonged sun exposure, and/or have utilized tanning beds. Cancerous growths can appear anywhere on the body, so it is crucial that you examine yourself thoroughly.

These are the four main varieties of skin cancer and their biggest indicators:

  • Actinic Keratoses (AK) takes the form of dry, scaly skin patches caused by years of sun exposure often to places like the head, neck, and forearms. They are precancerous and often give way to SCC.
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC); this is the most common type of skin cancer and takes the appearance of raised, pinkish bumps. If left untreated, it can cause damage to nerves and bones.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) usually looks like a firm, red bump or persistent sore, and like BCC, if left untreated it can cause disfigurement by spreading to internal structures.
  • Melanoma first appears as a mole that is irregular in shape and/or color. It is imperative to seek early diagnosis and treatment, as melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
    • SPOT Skin Cancer™ at The American Academy of Dermatology suggests evaluating suspicious moles with the ABCDE's of melanoma:
      • Asymmetry
      • Border (irregular)
      • Color (varied, inconsistent)
      • Diameter (usually greater than 6mm when diagnosed, but can be smaller)
      • Evolving

The good news is that you can considerably reduce your risk of developing skin cancer by taking these precautionary measures:

  • Apply at least one ounce of sunscreen when expecting to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time (even if the sky is overcast)
  • Wear protective clothing and take advantage of shade where possible
  • Take vitamin D supplements as opposed to seeking it from the sun
  • Use self-tanning product instead of harmful tanning beds (the World Health Organization considers tanning beds to increase one's cancer risk as dramatically as tobacco)
  • Perform regular cancer self-checks and most importantly, if you spot any sudden abnormalities in the appearance of your skin, seek immediate medical attention from a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Narra.

 

 

Rosacea was the subject of numerous scientific sessions at the recent American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in San Francisco. Read more:

http://www.rosacea.org/weblog/physicians-discuss-treatments-and-concerns-aad

Like a mosaic slowly gaining definition and becoming clear, so too is the scientific understanding of the potential causes of rosacea: 

http://www.rosacea.org/weblog/rosacea-awareness-month-focuses-potential-causes

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) designates April as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on the impact of this chronic and widespread facial disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. Here are 3 things you can do to spread the awareness! 

http://www.rosacea.org/weblog/3-things-you-can-do-during-rosacea-awareness-month





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