NY Dermatologist Joshua Fox Supports Call to Protect Baby’s Skin from the Sun

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NY Dermatologist Joshua Fox Supports Call to Protect Baby’s Skin from the Sun

Tips to keeping your baby’s skin safe this summer and for a lifetime.

Roslyn, NY (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

There is nothing to compare to a warm spring day to shake off the seclusion of winter and beckon families to outdoor fun. But according to N.Y. dermatologist Joshua Fox with Advanced Dermatology PC, “parents need to be particularly cautious to protect their babies’ delicate skin from the sun while doing so.” The skin may be more prone to sun damage and early genetic damage. Dr. Fox advises that parents follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Dermatology and take every effort to keep babies age 0-6 months out of the sun altogether if possible.

“Babies’ skin is thinner than adults and therefore absorbs the UV rays even more rapidly than adults’ skin,” Dr. Fox explains. “In addition, human skin develops melanin, the pigment which gives color to skin, over time. Babies have less melanin than adults and this is another reason they have less protection from the sun.”

Professional Organizations Agree on Need to Protect Babies’ Skin.

There is agreement between the numerous professional organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, US Environmental Protection Agency and National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, as well as the American Cancer Society, Skin Cancer Foundation and the New Age Skin Research Foundation, all of which promote public awareness about comprehensive sun protection.

Dr. Fox shares these tips to protect babies’ skin from the sun.

Infants 0-6 months:

 

    • Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of the sun altogether when possible.

 

    • Use removable mesh window shields in the car, or UV window film to block ultraviolet radiation from entering the car.

 

    • Walk with your baby before 10 am or after 4 pm. A sun protective cover on the stroller will help block the damaging sun rays from baby even further.

 

    • Dress baby in clothing that is lightweight, but covers the legs and arms.

 

  • Select a wide-brimmed hat to protect the baby’s face, ears, and neck. “If you put a hat on your baby in the first few months of life, she will get used to wearing it,” Dr. Fox offers.

Babies 6-12 months:

    • It is safe to use sunscreen. It is important to continue all the above precautions as well Dr. Fox advises.

 

    • Dr Fox reinforces the need for a minimum of a broad-spectrum, SPF +15 sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection.

 

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and then reapply every two hours or after swimming or excess sweating. Apply to any areas left uncovered by clothing.

The first sunscreens were alcoholic solutions which offered modest protection against the sun and washed off easily. “We’ve come a long way with sunscreen protection since the 60s,” Dr. Fox explains. We advise our patients to use of a good sunscreen with SPF of higher than 15 on their babies at 6 months when going outside and hope that it will become second nature to regularly apply sunscreen.

UV Rays

Ultra Violet Rays (UVR) are composed of UVA rays, UVB rays, and UVC rays. The upper atmosphere filters out the UVC rays, but UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and are the rays that can damage human skin. Intense and intermittent exposure to UVR and sunburn during childhood and infancy are linked to increased risks of melanoma.

“There is more research needed to understand the effects of sun on babies’ skin, as most research has been done on adults. But the important guidelines for protecting babies’ skin are sure ways to reduce the risks and protect babies’ skin for a full and healthy lifetime.”

Skincare Myths—Debunked

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Skincare Myths—Debunked

Protect your face and body by learning the facts behind these popular misconceptions

By Marlisse Cepeda, 3/8/13

Fact or Fiction

There are a slew of skincare dos and don’ts, but following all of this supposedly sound advice may do more harm than good. And knowing the whole story on skin will get you closer to the glowing, flawless complexion you’ve always wanted. With help from top experts, get the scoop on nine easy-to-fall-for skin myths that are actually far cries from the truth.

Greasy foods and chocolate cause breakouts.

Bingeing on pizza and candy bars obviously isn’t good for your health—or your waistline—but are they the acne-causing culprits they’re rumored to be? According to Dr. Ostad, studies have proven that neither type of food is responsible for breakouts. The false association may exist because stress hormones lead to zits—and they’re the same things that call you to the nearest cookie jar, says Michele Green, MD, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. That’s not to say acne and diet are unrelated. If you have pimple problems, limit foods high in carbohydrates and dairy, suggests Joshua L. Fox, MD, founder and director of Advanced Dermatology, PC, of New York and New Jersey. Those are more likely to cause breakouts.
Makeup with built-in SPF is as effective as sunscreen.

As convenient as sunscreen-infused products are, relying on them for sun protection is a big no-no, says Dr. Fox. “Due to makeup’s thickness and how it binds to the skin, it would take almost 14 times the normal amount of powder used and seven times the normal amount of foundation used to get the desired amount of SPF,” he explains. Although proper sun coverage varies for everyone, a good rule of thumb: Pair SPF 15 sunscreen with SPF 15 cosmetics.

Use separate day and night creams.

Although evening is primetime for your skin’s repairing process, what’s best for your skin type is more important than whether a cream is marketed for use at a certain time of day. Have dry skin or eczema? Try a cream containing peptides or Vitamin C antioxidants, says Dr. Fox—and use it day and night. If you use anti-aging products, apply those at night, since retinol—their key ingredient—is sensitive to sunlight. Have oily skin? Too much moisturizing can clog pores and result in acne. To rejuvenate skin without the negative side effects, opt for a prescription retinoid, like Retin-A or Differin gel.

Buy skincare products labeled as containing only natural ingredients.

Thanks to clever marketing, anything “natural” is assumed to be better for you. But there’s no evidence that natural products are more effective or safer. In addition to there being no regulation on what’s labeled natural, Robyn S. Gmyrek, MD, Director of Cosmetic Dermatology at ColumbiaDoctors Midtown, reminds that “while naturally occurring ingredients aren’t synthetically produced, they still can cause allergic reactions and be harmful.” Dr. Fox’s advice: Find the right product for your specific skin issues with the help of your dermatologist—whether or not the ingredients are all natural.