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Alternatives to Sunscreen for Kids

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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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