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    Understanding How Sunscreen Protects Your Skin

    Last updated 4 months ago

    You do not need to go to a dermatologist to know that it is important to wear sunscreen. Just because you know it is important to wear sunscreen, though, does not mean that you know why it is important. Keep reading to learn more about how this cream gives your skin a barrier of protection against dangerous UV rays:

    Ultraviolet Photons and Your Skin
    The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) photons that you soak up when you spend a lot of time in the sun. In fact, the more time you spend in the sun, the more these photons can affect your entire genetic makeup. Too much exposure to UV light like this might actually damage your DNA. If you only spend a short amount of time in the sun, this will result in a burn. If you constantly go outside without protection, though, these changes might lead to wrinkles and sunspots on the skin and increase your risk for skin cancer.

    Sunscreen’s Absorption Capabilities
    The UV photons are made up of both UVA and UVB rays. Although UVB rays do not make their way deeply into the skin, they are primarily responsible for serious conditions like sunburns and skin cancer. UVA rays encourage premature aging. Sunscreen has organic and inorganic components that actually absorb and scatter these UV photons. When they cannot reach or penetrate the skin, they cannot cause as much damage.

    Higher SPF for Higher Protection
    Every bottle of sunscreen comes with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF). This number shows how many photons are allowed to reach the skin. A sunscreen with an SPF of 10 lets 10 out of every 100 photons through to the skin. A sunscreen with a higher SPF, however, lets fewer photons through. When shopping for sunscreen, you should always buy one with a higher SPF.

    As the largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is here to help you take better care of your skin. From skin cancer to laser skin treatments, we provide the services you need to get healthier, younger-looking skin. Call (866) 608-9531 to schedule an appointment.

    New Apps to Aid Skin Cancer Detection

    Last updated 4 months ago

    In today’s technology-based society, it seems that there is a smart phone app that can do practically anything. In fact, there are apps that attempt to help people determine if moles have become cancerous.

    Dermatologists are wary about people using these apps instead of visiting a board-certified doctor, however. Skincare doctors are afraid that people will believe a misdiagnosis and not get treatment when they actually need it. Check out this video to learn more about skin cancer apps. 

    At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we understand the potential severity of skin cancer, which is why we offer our patients access to some of the best treatment options in the country. Call (866) 608-9531 to set up a skin cancer screening that could save your life.

    Common Summer Skin Care Mistakes

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Skin requires different kind of attention during the summer than it does during the winter. Try to avoid the following mistakes that might negatively affect the condition of your skin in the summer:

    Premature Shaving
    With all of the shorts, skirts, dresses, and bathing suits you plan to wear this summer, you will probably shave much more often than you do during other times of the year. A lot of people start to lather on the shaving cream as soon as they step into the shower, but this is actually a mistake. You need to give the water and steam some time to hydrate your skin before you shave.

    Not Enough Moisturizing
    You might be good about putting lotion on certain areas of your body, but there are particular spots you should pay more attention to during the summer. It is important to moisturize your armpits and bikini area because you shave them. After you shower, use a towel to pat your skin dry and then apply your moisturizer.

    No Sunscreen
    Some people skip the sunscreen if they do not spend a lot of time outside, but it is an important aspect of your skincare routine even when you are inside. You are still exposed to potentially dangerous UV rays when you drive or sit near windows. For the best protection, you should apply sunscreen every day, even if you do not plan to spend a lot of time outside.

    Improper Towel Drying
    A lot of people rub a towel across their skin to soak up water droplets after a shower. This harsh rubbing might actually irritate your skin, though. Instead of rubbing, just pat yourself dry with a towel.

    Schedule an appointment with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to talk to a dermatologist about the best way to care for your skin during the summer. Our skincare doctors give you the tools to get healthier, more attractive skin. To learn more about our products and services, visit us online or call (866) 608-9531.

    Night of Beauty

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your Guide to Preventing Eyelid Skin Cancer

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Seeing your dermatologist on a regular basis is important for finding skin cancer early, as skin cancer often develops in areas that seem unexpected. When most people think of skin cancer, they don’t usually think of their eyelids. However, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, five to 10 percent of all skin cancers impact that area. About 95 percent of skin cancers of the eyelid are basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas, but the remaining five percent are the most dangerous kind of skin cancer: melanoma. Continue reading to learn about skin cancer prevention.

    Understanding the Risk of Eyelid Cancer

    Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common kinds of cancer in the United States for both men and women, while melanoma is the sixth most common type. One in five Americans will experience skin cancer in their lives, and one in 55 will face melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are noted for being slow-moving and are often cured before they can spread to the lymph nodes. However, these cancers are particularly dangerous when they are on the eyelid because they can damage ocular structures and lead to blindness. The skin on the eyelid is very thin, which allows tumors to invade the bone around the eye and even the nasal cavity quickly.

    Preventing Eyelid Cancer

    Sunglasses play an important role in preventing eyelid cancer. It’s important to choose sunglasses with lenses that protect eyes from UVA and UVB rays. The way you wear your sunglasses also matters. They should be pulled completely up on your nose and sit snugly against your face. Sliding your glasses even slightly down your nose can expose your eyelids to significantly more sunlight. You should also apply sunscreen to your eyelids. Talk to your dermatologist about finding a formula that won’t irritate that delicate skin.

    Don’t ignore skin cancer symptoms. If you have a suspicious mark, have it checked by a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Make an appointment with a skin care doctor by calling (866) 608-9531.   

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