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February 2017 Newsletter...Sunscreen, AK's and SK's
 
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At Advanced Dermatology you will find that our exceptionally well-trained team of board-certified dermatologists, physician assistants, certified adult nurse practitioner and aestheticians take exceptional care of your skin.

                                                                                                                                          

Sunscreen can help reduce the risk of skin cancer.  Choosing the right one can seem like a challenge.

What does SPF mean?  SPF, sun protection factor, mainly measures protection against UVB (the wavelengths that cause sunburn). UVA radiation also  increases the risk of skin cancer.  According to the FDA, sunscreens with UVA protection and a SPF, of at least 15 may state:  “if used as directed with other sun protection measures, may decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.” When a sunscreen protects from both UVA and UBV it is a broad spectrum sunscreen.   We recommend using a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 or higher.

What does water resistant mean?
If you are swimming or sweating it is also important that the sunscreen is water resistant.  It will state on the label if it is water resistant and for how long.  Water resistance will last either 40 or 80 minutes.
 
How to apply sunscreen?
Sunscreen should be applied to all areas of exposed skin.  Do not forget ears and tops of feet if wearing sandals.  Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure.  This will give the sunscreen time to absorb and be more effective in preventing sunburn.  Be sure to apply enough sunscreen.  One ounce or a palmful is enough to cover  exposed areas of skin.  Ask someone to apply to your back.  Another option is to use a spray sunscreen to get to those hard to reach areas.

Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or right after swimming or excessive sweating.

Be sure to check expiration dates. The sunscreen from last summer may not be effective enough this summer to protect you from sunburn.

Learn more at:
https://adaltd.com/new-patients/faq/sunscreen/


 

    Actinic Keratosis

 
What are Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic keratosis (AK's) are a very common skin condition.  However, they are considered precancerous lesions.  AK’s are scaly, tan or red patches and itching and burning can occur.  The most common areas for AK's to occur are on the sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as scalp, face, chest, back, arms, and back of hands. 

What causes Actinic Keratosis?
In general, they are caused by many years of exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.  They are more common in fair-skinned people.  Another factor is a history of sunburns over your lifetime may predispose you to the development of AK’s.

How are Actinic Keratosis treated?
Actinic keratosis can be effectively treated with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) in the office.  Persistent and/or recurrent AK’s, or  involve a large surface area of the skin, can be treated with a variety of topical chemotherapeutic agents.

What can you do to prevent Actinic Keratosis?
  • Minimize your exposure to the sun
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Wear sunscreens
  • Avoid tanning salons 
  • Encourage your children to wear sunscreens
  • Examine your skin on a periodic basis for any changes
  • See your doctor promptly if suspicious lesions appeal

     Seborrheic Keratosis


What are Seborrheic Keratosis?

These are common and harmless skin growths that tend to accumulate with age.  They can be big and dark-colored and often concerning for patients.

What causes Seborrheic Keratosis?
The cause of SK's is unknown. One of the factors about SK is that it seems to be a hereditary condition.  These growths do tend to multiply and spread, but are not contagious. And the growths seem to appear on skin that is exposure to sun.

How are Seborrheic Keratosis treated?
In some cases because SK's are harmless treatment is not needed.  SK's will be treated if the patients request removal, if the lesion gets irritated when rubber against from clothing or jewelry or if it is difficult to distinguish it is from a skin cancer.

SK's can be effectively treated with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) in the office.

Seborrheic Keratosis removal is often considered cosmetic procedure which may not covered by most insurance plans. Not to worry, removal of SK's is easy and affordable.

 
Visit us on-line:

http://www.adaltd.com/
 
Advanced Dermatology and Skin Revitalization Center offers you a wide variety of minimally invasive and non-invasive services to help achieve a younger-looking you.
  • Botox®          
  • Facial fillers (Juvéderm® VOLUMA™, Sculptra®, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Perlane®)
  • Chemical peels
  • YAG laser (brown spots & tattoos)
  • HydraFacial MD®
  • Exilis Elite™ (skin tightening/body contouring)
  • Photofacials (IPL for facial redness/blood vessels/light brown spots)
  • eCO2 (laser resurfacing for rejuvenation/deep wrinkles)

Set up an appointment today to learn about our full selection of services.

610-437-5433

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