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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.

 


Skin Basic Membership Event

 

Skin Basic is hosting a “Keep It Up” event.   Members will receive 25% off all store products as well as 25% off Rejuvapen and Chemical Peel Services.

The Rejuvapen is a remarkable, non-laser, non-surgical treatment that causes skin to stimulate collagen production and fresh, new tissue. We recommend a series of 4 treatments for the improvement of fine lines, acne scarring and skin texture.

Skin Basic also offers a variety of chemical peels that address multiple skin imperfections. Chemical peels can improve sun damage, acne, skin tone and texture, melasma, freckles, and dry dehydrated skin.

Stop in or call 330-758-9189 ext. 122 to get more information on the discounted treatments available for the event.

New Members Welcome.

You can also follow the link below to get detailed information about the individual peels and treatments offered at Skin Basic.

Peels & Treatments


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Lloyd Dermatology Center

8060 Market Street
Youngstown, OH 44512

Phone: 330.758.9189Fax: 330.758.4487

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Monday, Wednesday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Thursday
7:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m

Friday
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m