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Dermatology Sarasota – Sun Damage and Skin Part 3

Dermatology Sarasota – Sun Damage and Skin – Part 3
What other effects on the skin are seen from sun exposure? There are many medical conditions which are caused or aggravated from sun exposure. These include acne rosacea, lupus, polymorphous light eruption, actinic porokeratosis, and a host of others. Some of these conditions can be diagnosed by an abnormal reaction to UV light. For example, lupus can present with a butterfly rash in the sun-exposed areas of the face. Some of the skin conditions, such as polymorphous light eruption, can show up with itchy bumps or rashes caused directly by sun exposure. Conditions such as acne rosacea are made worse by UV light. So, as you can see, it isn’t just the sun damage and skin cancers that we worry about with the sun.

In addition, some medications make people sun sensitive. These include common blood pressure drugs and antibiotics. Patients on these drugs can get an abnormal sunburn from just a small amount of UV light. Some of these can occur even through window glass. One […]

Sun and Skin Part One

I am often asked, “Is sunlight good for you?” or “Is there such a thing as a healthy tan?”

Now that summer is here I thought this would be a good time to talk about sunlight and skin. In the past, it was thought that healthy skin required a good tan. And, we know that sunlight is important for Vitamin D production. Unfortunately, as you will see, a good tan is damaging to the skin. Also, you only need a few minutes of sunlight to obtain your daily Vitamin D dose.

Sunlight is made up of many wavelengths, but the most important are UVA and UVB. UVA, or longer wavelength UV, penetrates deeper into the skin. These are considered the tanning rays. They are blocked by window glass. Chronic exposure leads to photo-aging of the skin which includes wrinkling, discoloration, lines, thinning, and solar elastosis (or yellow spots). UVB, or shorter wavelength UV, causes pre-cancers and skin cancers. These rays cause sunburn. The effects can be minimized by the use of sunscreen. Most sunscreens today have chemicals […]

Easy Clear Skin Tips

Here are some simple things that you can do in conjunction with your prescribed personalized treatment from Dr. Zamora. Whether you have severe acne or occasional breakouts, consistently following these steps could make a substantial difference. Change your pillowcase every couple days. Flip it over in between.  Keep your hair away from your face. Do not touch your face except to cleanse/moisturize. Anytime you must touch your face, make sure you first wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Cleanse and moisturize every morning and evening. Use lukewarm/cool water, never hot. We recommend Isaac Zamora MD medical grade Acne Defense cleanser and moisturizer. The Acne Correction Pads are also great for quick freshen ups throughout the day and to treat at bedtime. […] Read More