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Summer Sun Safety

 

Jenny Potter PA-C discusses summer skin damage and how how to prevent it with WFMJ on the Morning Show.

 

Jenny Potter PA-C on WFMJ- Click the photo to watch her interview. 

 

Check out our Sun Protection Tips below!

 

  • What are the basics of sun safety?
  1. Wear sunscreen
  2. Wear protective clothing – New clothing brands with Ultraviolent Protection Factor (UPF) with bathing suits, wide-brimmed hats, shirts, pants, dresses, etc. (Coolibar, Cabana Life, UV Skinz, Columbia “Omni-Shade”)
    1. A typical T-shirt has SPF less than 15, and a wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection.
  3. Seek Shade. “If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.” The sun is strongest between 10AM and 2PM.

 

  • What’s the difference between sunblock and sunscreen?
    • All sunblocks and sunscreens are now called “sunscreens” per the FDA.
      • Chemical Sunscreens take about 15 min to take effect.
      • Physical blocker sunscreens use Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide and work immediately.

 

  • What kind of sunscreen should I use? How should I apply it?
    • Look for “broad-spectrum”, which means that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
      • UVB burns you, and UVA ages you (goes through glass and clouds). Both can cause skin cancer.
    • Use at least SPF 30. Higher SPF can block more UV rays; however, no sunscreen can block 100% of UVB rays. They all last the same amount of time.
    • Make sure it says “water-resistant” if swimming or sweating. No sunscreen can be called “waterproof” or “sweat proof” any longer.
    • Reapply every 2 hours, or more frequently if swimming/sweating.
    • The best sunscreen is the one you’re going to use.
    • FDA requires all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least 3 years (write the date of purchase on the bottle). If expired, throw it out.
    • Don’t use Sunscreen and insect repellant combination The sunscreen needs to be applied generously and more frequently than insect repellant; therefore, they should be used separately.
    • Avoid exposing babies younger than 6 months to the sun’s rays. Photoprotective clothing is a great option for infants. Sunscreens with Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide can cause less irritation to infants’ sensitive skin.

 

  • When should I wear sunscreen?
    • Wear sunscreen every day on your face and other sun-exposed regions.
    • Apply chemical sunscreens to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. Remember the lips with a lip balm with SPF and your eyes with Sunglasses!

 

  • Who should wear sunscreen?
    • Everyone needs to wear sunscreen. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race. It’s estimated that 1/5 Americans develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early.

 

  • What about getting a “base tan”?
    • There is no such thing as a “healthy” tan. Getting a “base tan” will not protect you from the damaging UV rays.
    • Please avoid tanning beds!!! We’re seeing younger and younger patients with melanoma and other skin cancers secondary to tanning bed use. And they cause you to age more quickly!

 

  • What about getting enough Vitamin D?
    • You can get your adequate Vitamin D through a healthy diet that may include supplements. Please discuss with your doctor.

 


Sebacia- In the News

Dr. Jenifer Lloyd discusses Sebacia and who can benefit from this innovative treatment with Cristen Manion on WFMJ.

Sebacia is the acne treatment we’ve been waiting for, and it’s offered right here in the Valley.

Lloyd Dermatology Center is one of 10 offices in the country performing this cutting-edge acne treatment. Sebacia consists of a series of 3 laser treatments at one week intervals, with each appointment lasting 30-40 minutes.


Click to follow the link to view Dr. Jenifer’s video interview on WFMJ

The Sebacia gold micro-particles are massaged into the skin and treated with a standard dermatology laser to selectively target sebaceous glands to treat mild to moderate inflammatory acne.

Current data shows average improvements of 65% after 3 months, 74% improvement at 6 months, and 85% improvement at 12 months.

Call our office to get more information on Sebacia or to schedule a consultation. 330-758-9189.

Lloyd Dermatology Launches Sebacia!

Doctors warn not to neglect your skin during winter

Click the photo for WKBN interview

 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The cold weather is here, and there are some things you may be doing that are damaging your skin.

Dr. Jenifer Lloyd from the Lloyd Dermatology Center in Youngstown warns that our skin dries out during the winter because of the cold elements and there is less humidity in the air. She says people also forget that the sun can damage our skin even in the winter and recommends always wearing a sunblock.

“The difference between sunblock and sunscreen is a sunblock that blocks out all of the sun’s rays whereas a sunscreen blocks out just the tanning rays. I recommend wearing a sunblock so you don’t get any sun hitting your skin and wear it every single day,” Lloyd said.

Lloyd says showering every day and the soaps we use are a marketing tool for skin care companies, but it’s important to make sure those soaps aren’t too harsh.

Lloyd offers the following tips to keep skin healthy during the dry, winter months:

  • Cool down your shower. Don’t take hot showers, it’s really hard on your skin
  • Change your soap. Switching to a milder soap such as Dove or Vanicream can make a big difference in your skin
  • Moisturize. Put some on every day, especially when you get out of the shower to help seal in moisture
  • Wear sunblock every day, even in the winter the sun comes through the clouds

Many people hit the tanning beds once winter sets in, but skin care experts warn about potential dangers.

Researchers estimate that indoor tanning may cause upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year.

We’ve all heard the warnings of how dangerous tanning beds can be. But what may surprise you is the number of cancer cases related to tanning beds.

Studies show a 59% increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning. To date, more than 40 states restrict access to indoor tanning equipment either through banning their use by minors or requiring parental consent.

Lloyd agrees that using a tanning bed is a terrible option for getting darker skin. She says spray tans and bronzers are a safer alternative. She offers the following tips for those:

Find one you like and practice with it. Don’t try a new one for the first time before a big event, there is an art to it

  • Bronzers tend to pick up around the knees, elbows and places with a little bit more rough skin. It can look streaky, so there is definitely a practice to it
  • If you have dry skin, try a heavy cream or lotion that you are used to

Finally, always apply sunscreen. Snow reflects the sun and can damage your skin.


Alternatives to Sunscreen for Kids

With the emphasis on chemical free, and natural products, some parents show concern over putting sunscreen on their child, however, dermatologists say there are natural alternatives.

The summer months see more children outdoors, playing, partying, and diving into the water.

If these children aren’t properly protected, they could be exposed to dangerous UV rays.

It takes only a few moments for a child’s skin to start to burn, but with concerns over chemicals and toxins, many doctors do say that children cannot tolerate many of the chemicals in sunscreen as well as adults.

The FDA has recommended that children under 6 months old, do not use sunscreen, however, dermatologist Jennifer Lloyd has an alternative to conventional sunscreen.

Dr. Lloyd told 21 News, “So sunblock technically contains zinc and titanium init, so it blocks the skin. Zinc and titanium are what is in Desitin.”

Dr. Lloyd said to avoid sunscreens that contain harsh chemicals like avobenzone and other parabens that can irritate a little one’s skin.

In addition to zinc and titanium sunblock, Dr. Loyd suggests parents consider clothing that’s rich in SPF.

Dr. Lloyd said, “I think for kids sun protective clothing is the easiest thing to do.”

If buying a new summer wardrobe is not in the budget, there is an alternative that is as easy as tossing clothes in the washer.

“You can buy RIT Dye, which has a sun-protecting wash in it, that you can wash into your clothing.” Dr. Lloyd continued.

These are tips that can protect children for the summer, and for the rest of their lives.

 


Could your phone or laptop be harming your skin?

 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Memorial Day is in one week and the kickoff to summer is the prime time to wear your sunscreen. But there’s something else you should think about when it comes to protecting your skin.

How many hours a day do you spend on a device?

Dylan Berg said she uses her phone frequently.

“I’m on my phone until like, 2 in the morning. It’s the first thing I check when I wake up,” she said.

Berg isn’t alone.

Many people can’t do without their phone, tablet, and laptop. Frequent use of those devices may come at a cost, however.

Dermatologists said the LED glow is damaging the delicate skin on our faces. That glow is called High Energy Visible Light, or HEV light.

“It’s visible light, so the sky is blue because of the blue light. You find it outside, you find it on your computer screens, you find it on your tablets and things like that,” Dr. Jenifer Lloyd said.

Lloyd runs a dermatology practice in Boardman. She said HEV light can cause premature aging.

“Now associating tablets from High Energy Light from those devices, it starts with freckles and age spots, premature wrinkling, things like that.”

Lloyd said HEV light hasn’t yet been associated with skin cancer, just minor aging damage. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about it.

“It wasn’t until years after tanning and sun exposure that we made the connection of skin cancers, and I think the same will be true of the younger generation who are growing up spending hours and hours of their total lives in front of these devices,” she said.

So how can you protect yourself from the light coming from your cell phone, tablet, or laptop?

One way is with a special lotion — not just regular sunscreen.

“A sunscreen only protects you from UVA and UVB, and does not protect you from visible light. So you want to switch over to something with zinc, titanium, or iron oxide,” Lloyd said.

There are also some antioxidant products that claim to help protect from HEV rays.

Aside from what you can put on your face, you can also get a screen or filter for your phone or tablet that will protect you from exposure. Lloyd said those items are inexpensive.

Most smart devices have an option to go into night mode. If you enable it, the screen has more of an orange glow.

For consumers interested in looking for the products that help protect from HEV lights Dr. Lloyd mentioned, a variety of stores carry those special lotions, from big-box stores, to beauty suppliers, to online retailers.

Look for products that specifically claim to help protect from HEV light. They typically range in cost from $12 to around $55.

 


How safe and effective are charcoal masks, really?

 

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – People will go above and beyond to get rid of acne and other blemishes on their face. The newest trend is using a charcoal face mask to literally pull off unwanted imperfections.

The masks are made of a mixture of activated charcoal and liquid glue, or people can buy them online. After the mixture is applied to the face, you wait a couple of minutes for it to dry before pulling it off.

But, how reliable and safe can this new method be?

“What it’s doing is actually ripping off your stratum corneum, and by doing that it’s stripping your skin of what it needs to protect itself,” said Boardman dermatologist Jenifer Lloyd.

The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis. It’s composed of 15 to 20 layers of dead and flattened cells.

Lloyd works at The Lloyd Dermatology and Laser Center, which was founded by her father. She is not a fan of the masks.

“The screaming that people do in the YouTube videos is because you are actually ripping out the little vellus hair follicle and it can cause folliculitis,” Lloyd said.

Folliculitis is when these tiny hair follicles get infected.

“When you pull it off, you actually see the little hair casts, and that’s why they think they are pulling off blackheads and things like that,” Lloyd said.

She says the best thing you can do is go to your dermatologist and get long-term products that can keep blemishes from forming in the first place.


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Lloyd Dermatology Center

8060 Market Street
Youngstown, OH 44512

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Tuesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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