Could Staying Away from the Sun Increase the Risk of Melanoma?

February 17th, 2017


Perhaps you’ve been told to slather on the sunblock and keep a safe distance from those ultraviolet rays to prevent skin cancer. Recent studies prove this information is incorrect and can actually increase our risk of melanoma. We know this may sound confusing, but allowing yourself more time outdoors is actually beneficial to your health, and here’s why.

Facts about Vitamin D
The powerful rays the sun creates have the potential to increase your vitamin D levels, this means sunscreen is blocking sunburn and vital nutrition your body needs to survive. Studies have proven that low levels of vitamin D almost always leads to melanoma. Our bodies are unable to create this crucial vitamin on their own and require healthy amounts of sunlight to complete the process. Adequate vitamin D levels are critical in preventing melanoma. They co-function with organs to convert Vitamin D into calcitriol, a vitamin which repairs cell damage and effectively protects against cancer.

When it Becomes too Much Sun
Too much sun could result in sunburn, which is uncomfortable, so we need to find the right balance of outdoor time. The trick is utilizing nature’s gift to maximize your vitamin D production and minimize negative effects. You should aim to experience the great outdoors between ten in the morning and two in the afternoon for the optimal vitamin D intake. While it was once believed only your hands and face required exposure, it’s wise to allow as much skin as possible to bask in the sun’s warm rays. About twenty minutes outside should brighten your spirits and allow your skin to soak up the sun!

    • More Tips for Using Sun Wisely.
    • If you’re outside all day, use a sunscreen with zinc.
    • For those dreary days, be sure to take supplements and eat your veggies to stay healthy.
    • Take a book or favorite activity outside to bask in the sun’s generous rays of vitamin D.
    • Once your skin starts turning a healthy shade of pink, your vitamin D intake has been maximized for the day.

Why choose Advanced Dermatology, PC
While increasing your time in the sun can certainly prevent melanoma, it’s a great idea to visit a dermatologist regularly. If you feel you’re at risk for melanoma or are noticing irregularities on your skin, please schedule a visit at one of our offices to explore options for melanoma screenings.

Can my skin really self-clean?! Ideal tips to washing your face and body.

February 13th, 2017

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Spring is winking at us through the bleak, cold days of winter, but icy temperatures are still rattling in our bones. Winter's breath leaves an indelible impression in the form of dry, itchy and reddened skin. In attempts to momentarily seek refuge from this chilling reminder, we immerse ourselves in tepid water and embrace solace in the form of long, hot showers. Though these brief escapes feel amazing, the chemicals which flow through our water supply wreak havoc on our sensitive skin. Luckily, our body remarkably withholds its own secret: the innate ability to cleanse itself.

Facts About How Often Your Face/Body Should Be Washed
Due to the high concentrations of chlorine in water, lengthy showers produce an unhealthy drying effect which irritates your supple skin. Soapy showers and bubbling baths feel amazing, but deplete our bodies of vital bacteria which protect us from infection. Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve to help you stay clean without harsh soaps and a chemically infused water supply. Logically speaking, your body doesn't require daily cleansing and let's face it, our water bills would appreciate the self-restraint. While our faces should be gently cleansed twice a day, showers can certainly be shortened to several times a week.

Facts About How Skin Can Clean Itself
Your body naturally creates essential nutrients, barriers and lubricants to protect the skin's intricate layers. Maybe you perceive the after shower tight skin feel to mean squeaky clean, but it actually means your skin is being starved of vital nutrients. Frequent showers reduce the skin's base level of nutrients and can result in irritation, pimples, discoloration and dry skin. Your skin is a living, breathing organ which utilizes pores and biology to create and dispel essential bacteria. When robbed of topical oils via chemical ridden soaps or water, the body isn't quite sure how to respond.

Managing Skin's Oils Without Overdrying
We all have basic hygienic needs, but showering once a day simply isn't one of them. If you absolutely must soothe yourself with a soak daily, try a luke-warm oil bath to lock in the moisture without zapping out nutrients. Unless you've been out running a marathon, showering tri-weekly is efficient. Be sure to adequately moisturize after each shower to protect your skin from the harsh elements.

Why choose Advanced Dermatology, PC
We can help you attain the skin-care goals you've been searching for. Our expert team of dermatologists utilize cutting-edge research, years of training and advanced equipment to provide you with solutions for all skin types. With Advanced Dermatology, each patient can achieve the best skin of their lifetime. Please contact our clinical team today for your complimentary dermatological consultation.

Which Tattoo Colors can be Effectively Removed?

February 3rd, 2017

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According to recent studies, twenty percent of adults who have tattoos regret getting the ink. Whether you’re ashamed of your tattoo or have simply outgrown the rebellious years of your youth, we have a solution for you. Advanced Dermatology specializes in laser tattoo removal, a safe and effective method which breaks down sections of pigment in your skin. Machinery relies on the delegation of wavelengths to target certain areas of coloration. This factor lends to the greater effectiveness of laser technology on specific tattoo colors as opposed to others.
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Myths and Truths Behind Facial Hair in Women

January 30th, 2017

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A smooth, ultimately hairless face goes a long way to promote your beauty and boost confidence levels. Unfortunately, sometimes mother nature has other ideas in mind which may add a little extra work to your daily routine. Over twenty million women purchase over the counter depilatory products annually, in an effort to remove the hairy situation from their lives once and for all. For women struggling with unwanted facial hair and unsatisfactory solutions, Advanced Dermatology has a few suggestions to help separate the truth from the lies. More »

Your Face Feels Oily? Here Is What You Can Do About It

January 16th, 2017

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While being the owner of an oily complexion may feel like a curse, there is something you can do about it. We understand your dismay at not being able to reduce the amount of oil your pores produce, but for every problem there is a solution. Though it may be true oily skin is a lifelong battle, there are precautions and steps you can take along the way to keep the oil at bay. Advanced Dermatology has a few tips to help you feel more confident about yourself. More »