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June 24, 2013
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Floridians and visitors flock to the Florida beaches during the summer. Unfortunately, spending hours in the sun leads to skin damage and an increased risk of developing skin cancer. At Sand Lake Dermatology Center, we are dedicated to the prevention, treatment and management of skin cancer. Recent studies estimate that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers; however, we can all enjoy a day at the beach while staying safe in the sun by following a few simple guidelines:

· Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon or evening to avoid peak hours of the sun.  The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

· Wear a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to exposed areas of skin and reapply every 90 minutes or after swimming or sweating. Make sure you cover often-missed spots such as the hands, feet, back of the neck and ears.  Some of our favorite sunscreens are Elta MD UV Aero SPF45, Vanicream SPF50+ and Celazome Waterproof SPF30.

· Apply sunscreen before you leave the house so it doesn’t get washed off easily in the pool or at the beach. You should have to rub it in pretty well—otherwise, you are not using enough.  Follow the guideline of one ounce (or enough to fill a shot glass) which is considered the average amount of sunscreen needed to cover exposed areas of the body.

· Do not deliberately tan.  Buy or rent a good umbrella or tent and start a new trend with your friends.

· Wear protective clothing and glasses outdoors and stay in the shade when the sun is the hottest.  If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.

· Check the UV Index provided by the EPA and National Weather Service.

Go ahead and enjoy your summer—spend time outdoors with your friends and family. However, be sure to monitor your skin for moles that change color, shape, size, itch, or bleed.  If you are concerned about a spot, call Sand Lake Dermatology Center at 407-352-8553 to have it checked.

While men have traditionally spent less time and energy caring for their skin than women, growing social acceptance of cosmetic procedures and increased awareness of nonsurgical cosmetic options has resulted in more men pursuing these treatments.  Since 1997, men’s cosmetic procedures have increased 106%. Concerns may range from looking tired to specific complaints about deep expression lines, uneven complexions, excessive hair, shaving rashes, sweating or age spots. More men are undergoing facial rejuvenation to look and feel younger. The following treatment options specifically address common concerns among men:

  • Volume loss is one of the most noticeable characteristics of aging in men, and dermal fillers are great tools to reduce the signs of wrinkles and restore a youthful appearance.
  • Skin resurfacing—with chemical peels, microdermabrasion or lasers—is used to improve fine wrinkles, uneven skin tones, age spots and acne scarring.
  • Botox injections have become a popular way to soften facial expression lines (crow’s feet and furrowed brows) and treat localized sweating. Botox is administered via tiny injections into the muscles that cause facial lines to form.
  • Laser hair removal is one of the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed for men, with a common treatment area being the neck.

In addition to cosmetic procedures, men should consult a board-certified dermatologist about establishing a skin-care routine based on their individual skin type and their goals for slowing the aging process. In the meantime, the following basic skin care tips can be incorporated into any man’s routine:

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more as part of your daily skin care regimen
  • Wash your face daily and after working out using a mild cleanser
  • Moisturize daily
  • Add a topical retinoid at bedtime to stimulate collagen production, reduce sun spots and smooth the texture of the skin

There is still time to visit Sand Lake Dermatology Center for a complimentary consultation and/or to pick up a gift or gift certificate for a special man in your life. Call us at 407-352-8553 if you'd like more information or to set up an appointment. Happy Father's Day from Sand Lake Dermatology Center!


Summer is here and as Jimmy Buffett says: “The weather is here, wish you were beautiful.” A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who diligently use sunscreen every day can slow or even prevent the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. Although dermatologists have long told people to use sunscreen to prevent aging, this is the first research to show an actual effect on the appearance of skin.

The study involved 900 people ages 25 to 55 in Australia, where daily sun exposure is intense. Half of the study participants were told to continue their usual sun protection practices and the other half were told to slather on a broad-spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen daily. Those assigned to use sunscreen had their bottles weighed to make sure they were using it!

After four and a half years, results showed that those assigned to use sunscreen every day had noticeably more resilient and smoother skin. Dr. David R. Bickers, a dermatology professor at Columbia University who was not involved in the research, said “this makes it clear that extensive, consistent use of sunscreen can alter a pattern of what would be an inevitable progression of photo-aging.”

Furthermore, participants agreed to let researchers make silicone cases of their skin at the start and the end of the study to assess how their skin had aged. Assessors, who did not know whether the subjects were using sunscreen or not, examined the lines in the silicone molds and graded them from 0 to 6. A score of 0 meant no photo-aging at all (“like a baby’s skin”) and a person with a score of 6 has severely aged skin with no elasticity and deep lines. At the start of the study, the median score of both groups of subjects was 4, which means they had moderate photo-aging. At the end, those assigned to daily sunscreen use still had a median score of 4 but those in the control group had a median of 5.

So, Central Floridians, start slathering on sunscreen daily in order to prevent skin aging. Let’s show Jimmy Buffett that while the weather will always be here, our skin can stay beautiful! 

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