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By Advanced Desert Dermatology
December 28, 2015
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Protection  

Skin Care in the SunIn the summer—or any season for that matter—protecting your kids from the sun’s harmful rays is a must.  According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it is estimated that 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood—that one blistering sunburn can double the risk of getting melanoma later in life.  Protect your children now so that you can protect them for a lifetime from skin cancer and other skin conditions.

The American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer five important steps to sun safety for children.  By following these tips, you can continue to protect your children from the harmful effects of the sun:

  • Limit outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,as this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest.  Even when it is cloudy or cool out, the ultraviolet (UV) rays continue to remain strong.  Shady areas can even be tricky because of reflected light. 
  • Apply sunscreen properly.  Thirty minutes prior to your child going out in the sun, it is important to apply sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher.  Scented or colorful sunscreens might appeal to some kids and can even make it easier to see which areas have been covered properly.  When applying sunscreen, don’t forget the nose, ears, hands, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck.
  • Cover up.  Wearing protective clothing is also an excellent choice in protecting your children from the sun’s harmful rays.  When wet, light-colored clothing transmits just as much sunlight as bare skin, so keep your kids covered in dark colors, long sleeves, and pants whenever possible.  Also, don’t forget the sunglasses and hats for added protection.
  • Understand your child’s medications.Some medications can increase your child’s skin sensitivity to the sun, so make sure to ask your doctor whether your child is at risk or not.  The most notorious culprits of this sensitivity tend to be prescription antibiotics and acne medications.
  • Set a good example.Remember, your children will often mirror your actions so make sure you follow these sun safety rules as well.  Skin protection is not only important for children, but it is vital for every member of the family—regardless of age.  Team up with your children and stay protected when life brings you outside to bask in the sunshine.

Contact your dermatologist for more information on how you can successfully protect your children from the sun’s harmful rays.  While it is not required to avoid the sun altogether, your dermatologist does urge you to take every precaution possible to protect your child for a lifetime. 

By Advanced Desert Dermatology
December 08, 2015
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Acne is one of the most common skin problems among Americans today, and it affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. It isn't just limited to Peoria teens; even babies and adults can suffer from acne and need a visit to see either Mackey, D.O. or Chan, D.O. Acneat Advanced Desert Dermatology.

Acne Causes

Despite the prevalence of acne among Peoria residents, many myths still surround this common skin condition. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by eating greasy foods, by not washing your face well enough or by wearing make-up. Instead, acne happens as the result of clogged pores.

Each and every day, your body sheds nearly a million skin cells. Typically, these skin cells fall off your body without any problem, but sometimes they stick together. This happens most frequently in the areas of your body that produce extra oil, such as your face, chest and back.

Sometimes it isn't just dead skin cells clogging your pores either. Bacteria can also join in the mix. When dirt, skin cells, oil and bacteria begin to congregate in your pores, acne forms as a result.

Acne Risk Factors

While everyone has dirt, dead skin cells, oil and bacteria, not everyone gets the same amount of acne. This is because other factors are at play. Both genetics and hormone levels can play a role in your likelihood of developing acne, as can your stress level, the medications you are taking, your diet and your environment.

Acne Treatment

Acne may be unsightly and embarrassing, but the good news is that it is often treatable when you call Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria and set up an appointment with either Dr. Mackey or Dr. Chan. Our highly qualified dermatologists can assess your current situation and offer you the treatment options you need.

Don't live another day with the embarrassment of acne. Call and schedule your next appointment today.