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May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and here I will discuss this subject in more depth, and give you tips on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones, and help prevent this deadly disease.
The latest statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology show that skin cancer affects one in five Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year.
Of these cases, more than 65,000 are melanoma, a cancer that claims nearly 11,000 lives each year.
However, if detected and treated in its earliest stages, melanoma is often curable with various skin cancer treatment options.
Studies reported by the American Academy of Dermatology have confirmed that sun exposure is responsible for the development of at least two-thirds of all melanomas.
Furthermore, it is estimated that 80% of a person’s lifetime sun damage occurs before the age of 18, a significant portion of which occurs during peak sun hours and in the summer.
Studies have shown that sunburn is often the result of incorrect use of sunscreen. Since people frequently apply only 20 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen, they only receive 20 to 50 percent of the SPF
UV exposure is greatest when the sun is highest in the sky between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is also greatest in the summer, at higher altitudes, and nearer the equator.
And remember that up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog.
Follow these sun protection guidelines:
• Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest
• Seek shade whenever possible
• Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
• Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses
• Follow the “Shadow Rule” — if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to burn
In addition, I recommend that you conduct a monthly self exam to check for changes in moles, warts and other blemishes on the skin, especially areas which are exposed to the sun.
Detection is still the most important tool for catching skin cancer early—and treating it effectively.
In her article The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions, Part 1 and Part 2, Dr. Tess discussed the problems that each skin type can present to an anti-aging program. Now Dr. Tess will look at the actual benefits that the different types of skin color offer.
Regardless of a person’s chronological age, what is known as “photoaging” varies according to skin color, which, in turn is determined by the amount of pigment that is produced in the skin, and that is based on your racial heritage.
Many of you have probably noticed that people with brown skin, especially African-Americans, seem to age better than the rest of us – at least as far as how the years show up in the face.
The darker the skin, the larger the pockets in skin cells known as melanosomes, that contain the pigment melanin. In brown and black skin the melanin is packed so tightly that it absorbs and scatters more light, giving more protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The greater quantities of melanin give people with darker skin some protection against both wrinkles and skin cancer.
One study found that on average 55% of ultraviolet A rays penetrate Caucasian skin while fewer than 18% get through African-American skin. This is why photoageing is delayed in people with dark skin.
People with medium skin have beautiful exotic skin with moderate natural protection from the sun. Your aging will be slower and you will find you stay away from wrinkles and sagging compared to your friends with fair skin.
Everyone knows that Asian skin ages well. The skin’s dermis is thicker so there is less sagging that happens with aging and the skin stays tight, which is why pores appear smaller.
Asian skin also is oilier and over time, this keeps the skin from getting dry and wrinkled. In people with Asian skin photoageing is delayed and many people notice very few lines on their faces before they reach their fifties or sixties.
Very pale skin produces almost no melanin which means you basically have little or no protection against the harmful effects of the sun. There is no such thing as a safe tan. A tan is an indication that there has been sun damage on your skin cells.
Most people all over the world who were not born with fair skin go through extremes to lighten their skin. Hence, the skin lightening and skin whitening treatments and products that are readily available. It may be shocking to learn but fair skin is considered the standard of beautiful skin for most of the world.
So start appreciating your fair beautiful skin even at a young age and keep it fair for the rest of your life and you can keep yourself looking younger longer!
In this 2-Part series, Dr. Tess is sharing the advice she gave on her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,”about the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the skin care products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.
In Part 1 Dr. Tess looked at the skin colors of brown, medium, and olive. Now in Part 2 Dr. Tess discusses light and fair skin colors.
4. LIGHT SKIN – APPLY PRODUCTS WITH LICORICE EXTRACT AND CHAMOMILE
Soothe a light complexion with an anti-redness lotion or moisturizer. These use ingredients like licorice root extract and chamomile to calm ruddy skin over the long term.
Licorice extract and chamomile (also called bisabolol) both have anti-inflammatory properties. Some anti-redness products are tinted green so they temporarily neutralize redness.
Visit Your Dermatologist at Least Once a Year
People with light skin may have growths on their skin that are rough, scaly and do not go away, no matter how many times you peel or apply products on them, you may have “Actinic Keratoses” or AKs, which must be treated before they turn into skin cancers.
You should also have your moles checked regularly.
Even though the signs of aging are accelerated when you have light skin, there are so many technologies, like lasers to reverse the signs of sun damage, that works so much better and safer on light skin.
5. FAIR SKIN – BUY SKIN PRODUCTS LABELED “HYPOALLERGENIC”
Look for products formulated for sensitive skin and those labeled “hypoallergenic,” meaning it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
Fair skin was not designed to enjoy the California sun or be tanned. There is very little natural protection from ultraviolet exposure and sun damage, so the aging process is accelerated. If you’re out in the sun, wear over-sized hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your fair skin from burning.
Skip cosmetics and skincare items containing fragrances, soap and alcohol. Fair skin is easily aggravated and can sting or burn in response to these products. Avoid tanning – get used to spray tanning instead, if you like that look. There is no such thing as a safe tan.
On her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,” Dr. Tess discussed the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.
Her advice from the TV show is being shared here in a two-part series. Part 1 looks at brown, medium, and olive skin colors.
1. BROWN SKIN – EXFOLIATE AND USE SHEA BUTTER
Browner skin is more prone to irritation, dry skin, and scarring. African Americans tend to develop thick scars called keloids sometimes from as little trauma as acne on the chest and it can be very difficult to treat.
Dark skin can really benefit with regular exfoliation to avoid ashy and dry cracking skin.
I recommend using a body scrub (you can make your own at home) in the shower and immediately apply moisturizers afterwards to keep skin from drying. Exfoliate your skin to reveal a layer of fresh, smooth skin.
Put a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt in a bowl, and add enough orange juice to make a paste. Apply to skin by rubbing gently in a circular motion. Rinse with cool water to tighten pores.
Moisturize with shea butter to complete the process.
2. MEDIUM SKIN – FIND NON-HYDROQUINONE SKIN BRIGHTENING PRODUCTS
Find and use a non-hydroquinone skin lightening and brightening product on a regular basis to even the skin tone and reveal glowing skin. People with medium skin should not use products with hyrdoquinone because it will make their skin color uneven.
Most of the signs of aging that happen with medium skin involve discoloration, blotchy uneven pigmentation so if you start early you may be able to help prevent this from happening.
People with medium skin and some Latinos are prone to getting a very challenging condition called melasma where there is gradual darkening of the skin usually in a map-like fashion on the cheeks, and can involve the upper lip and even look like a mustache. This tends to occur during pregnancy and, for some, remains for the rest of their lives. It can be a very difficult condition to treat.
3. OLIVE SKIN – WASH YOUR FACE WITH GLYCOLIC ACID CLEANSER
Use glycolic acid cleanser and use products with vitamin C to constantly exfoliate, deep clean pores and minimize oiliness. This will help prevent breakouts and minimize the discoloration from acne before they even happen!
Because of the extra oiliness, olive skin tends to also break out more – some women are breaking out all the way to menopause. And because olive skin has a strong tendency to create pigmentation, acne is not only a bigger problem but worse yet, once the pimples are gone, we are left with dark scars that can last a long time.
As much as we would all like spring to pop, winter is still with us for a little while longer.
And in the winter time our skin needs a lot of TLC. Here are 5 tips for anti-aging winter skin care that you may not have thought about:
1. Turn down the heat. Everyone has the heater running in the house, and you need to turn that on low because as the moisture is being sucked away from the air it’s dehydrating our skin, especially when our windows and doors are closed.
A humidifier is great to reverse that. Also get some beautiful green houseplants, put them around because not only do they purify the air, but they also add natural moisture back.
2. Avoid scented body washes and lotions during the colder months. I know that everyone has gotten scented, perfumed lotions during the holidays, but stay away from them during the winter time because this is the time when our skin is most prone to dryness, and you can actually get skin irritations, even allergies, from the chemicals used to make the scents and perfumes.
I recommend gentle cleansers, and stick with unscented moisturizers, and even unscented detergent for your clothes.
3. Don’t blow dry your hair with hot air, because hot air dries the scalp. This can cause the scalp to flake, you can get dandruff, and even weaken the hair follicles. Use the blow dryer on “cool.” It may take a little bit longer to dry your hair, but the moisture will stay in, and it will make your hair shinier.
If you really can’t get away from blow drying your hair on hot, use products such as oils and conditioners that will put back moisture in your hair.
Hot baths, and showers, actually strip our skin of its natural oils. It’s very important to keep the skin lubricated, especially in the winter.
5. In my book California Total Beauty I talk about the structure and function of the skin. I recommend a weekly exfoliation, if you don’t have eczema. This will help keep your skin soft and supple, especially during the winter.
Come in to any of our four MBeauty by Dr. Tess clinic locations to learn more about what you can do to have beautiful skin.
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In this 2-part series we’re looking at the 5 beauty tips that Dr. Tess talked about on CBS’s The Talk TV show. There’s a right way and a wrong way to work with your body on the anti-aging process. Below is Part 2.
3. Train yourself to sleep on your back.
Resting your face on the pillow in the same way every night for years on endleads to wrinkles. Called sleep lines, these wrinkles eventually become etched on the surface of the skin and no longer disappear when the head is not resting on the pillow.
Women, who tend to sleep on their sides, are most likely to see these lines appear on their chin and cheeks. Men tend to notice these lines on the forehead since they usually sleep with the face pressed face down on the pillow.
People who sleep on their backs do not develop these wrinkles since their skin does not lie crumpled against the pillow.
4. Pull down the shade in an airplane.
You’re much closer to the sun in a plane than on land, so it stands to reason that solar rays, which can penetrate windows, are more intense at higher altitudes. This may explain why pilots and flight attendants have been found to be at an increased risk for melanoma and other skin cancers.
Plus, the air up there is notoriously dry—and without moisture, skin, like any living tissue, simply shrivels.
Drink as much water as you can in flight; avoid alcohol and salty foods, which are dehydrating.
Apply a rich moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before boarding, as sunscreen needs time to be absorbed before it’s effective.
And if you’re sitting next to a window, pull down the shade.
5. Avoid drinking through straws.
I’m sure many of you drink dark sodas, tea and coffee through a straw to prevent staining your pearly whites or to avoid putting your mouth on a can or bottle, right?
Do Not Sip From a Straw! It’s causing fine lines around your mouth, a sign of premature aging to your facial skin area. Over the long-term, pursing your lips to sip out of a straw causes extra wrinkles around the mouth.
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A 2-part series looks at 5 beauty tips that Dr. Tess talked about on CBS’s The Talk TV show. Doing the wrong thing can certainly speed up your skin’s aging process, and you might be surprised at what some of those no-no’s are. Here’s how to do the right thing, Part 1.
1. Maintain a healthy weight.
Packing on pounds can make your skin look plumper on the surface, but carrying excess weight can cause your body’s levels of insulin (a hormone made by the pancreas that controls the amount of sugar in your blood) and cortisol to rise, which can break down collagen. You’ll see increased sagging from putting and keeping on as little as 10 to 15 extra pounds.
If you’ve lost a lot of weight, beware! Yup, there is a downside to being too thin! Loss of facial fat causes sagging and a gaunt, aged appearance. In addition, repeatedly gaining and losing weight can take its toll on the skin’s elasticity, leaving behind stretch marks and jowls. Yo-yo dieting also causes premature aging. The repeated weight gain and loss stretches your skin and makes it loose and saggy.
Maintain a healthy weight with proper diet and exercise. Aim to keep your weight in the normal range, with a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9.
2. Avoid beauty creams with toxic ingredients.
Yes, exposure to some beauty cream chemicals do more harm than good. You may be surprised to hear this, but many ingredients in beauty creams actually speed up the aging process.
Avoid buying beauty creams that contain parabens, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, dimethicone, and other toxic ingredients.
When buying a beauty cream, read the label carefully and talk to your dermatologist before experimenting with a new facial product.
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