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    Dermatology Sarasota – Sun Damage and Skin Part 2

    Dermatology Sarasota – Sun Damage and Skin Part 2

    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 of the reasons we don’t recommend tanning booths is that people on medications can have a dangerous, toxic reaction to the UV light that is used. In addition, someone with a condition such as lupus can have a flare-up with the tanning treatment. The American Academy of Dermatology has made a stand against the use of tanning booths because of these factors and the fact that this causes sun damage and premature aging.

    In these short articles, I hope that I have conveyed some of the dangers associated with sun exposure in general. This is not to say that you can’t enjoy the sun, just that one should use appropriate sun protection when outdoors.

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    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 that effectively absorb UVA and UVB wavelengths. In addition, there are sunscreens containing titanium dioxide which physically block these wavelengths effectively. The use of sunscreens can save the skin from many of the effects listed above.

    So is sunlight good for you? Only in small amounts. Is there such thing as ‍‍‍a healthy tan? No.

    Stay tuned for Sun and Skin Part 2.

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    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.

    • Change the hand towel in your bathroom often. Do not use the same towel that you use for your hands to dry your face after cleansing. Use tissues to blot your face and leave it slightly moist before applying serum/moisturizer.

    • Sanitize your smart phone with antibacterial wipes. If you use it a lot, do this every night. Same for the phone you use at work or home.

    • If you wear make up, always cleanse thoroughly before bed. Never go to bed with make up on your skin.

    • Clean and sanitize makeup brushes every two weeks. If you’re breaking out a lot, do this every week. Same for tweezers/razors/electric shavers.

    • Buy lightweight and oil-free products with “non-comedogenic” on the label. Avoid heavy, greasy products that contain ingredients like mineral oils and cocoa butter.

    • Avoid shampoos and conditioners with fragrance/chemicals.

    • Pay attention to what you are eating and how your skin responds. Try removing chocolate from your diet for a couple weeks and see if it helps. Then remove dairy and see if that makes a difference. Be sure to cut out sodas/colas/pop.

    • Pay attention to your time in the sun. A little sun while wearing a lightweight, non-comedogenic sunscreen is okay, but too much can cause breakouts.

    • Exercise. You’ll find tons of research online on why this is so helpful for clear skin.

    • Drink more water. Water helps get rid of the toxins that cause blemishes. If you have an aversion to drinking water, add lemon, mint or other natural and healthy flavorings.

    • Give your prescription treatment and new products time to work. Do not expect a miracle overnight. Be regimented. Stick with it and you will see results!