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Posts Tagged ‘sunscreen’

White Patches On The Skin

Monday, July 4th, 2011

During the summer months I get frequent phone calls or an occasional office visit, with the chief complaint being, “my child has white patches” on their face. I even remember someone calling my attention to my own son’s white patches when he was a little boy playing baseball and another mother was concerned that he had ringworm all over his face and might be contagious to all of the other players!! (more…)

Baby’s Sun Exposure Could Mean Cancer Later

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

If too much sun is bad for adult’s skin, can you imagine what it’s doing to a baby? According to a review in the July issue of Pediatrics, it could be setting a child up for melanoma or other skin cancers later in life. (more…)

Sunscreen Safety Tips

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Most parents and caregivers understand the importance of applying sunscreen to their children to protect them against sunburn. However, a couple of questions may still linger such as, what is a safe age for a child to start using sunscreen, and what ingredients should I look for? (more…)

Winter Skincare & Sun Protection

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Even though winter is upon us in full force, you want to make sure you don’t forget skin care and sun protection. Due to the drier air and the need to turn up the heat, it is important to protect your skin and keep it from drying.  In general, you need to use a gentle bath soap such as Vanicream or Cetaphil during this time of year. (more…)

Moles On A Child’s Skin

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Everybody gets moles, even people who use sunscreen routinely. Moles can occur on any area of the body from the scalp, to the face, chest, arms, legs, groin and even between fingers and toes and the bottom of the feet.  So, not all moles are related to sun exposure. (more…)

Summer Series: How to Treat a Sunburn

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Seeing that we have discussed sunburn and its prevention, this unfortunately brings us to the topic of  ”what to do if you forgot the sunscreen and are now dealing with a sunburn?”  Sunburn is no fun for anyone and can cause significant problems. A sunburn by definition is an “acute inflammatory reaction that follows excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation.”  In other words it is not a thermal burn, but an ultraviolet burn. (more…)

Summer Series: Break Out The Sunscreen!

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

As the temperatures continue to warm up across the country and everyone is spending more time outdoors, it is time to break out the sunscreen.  The majority of a child’s sun exposure (somewhere between 50 – 80%) occurs before the age of 20. (more…)

Why All Kids Need Sunscreen

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

It certainly felt like summer in Texas today. Most of our schools are out and children are already heading to the pool. Unfortunately, I have already seen several rather severe sunburns on children who had forgotten to use sunscreen and came in with blistered shoulders or noses and ears.

The majority of our sun exposure occurs before the age of 20, somewhere between 50 – 80 % is the number often quoted. Sun exposure is directly related to the risk of melanoma, and melanoma is on the rise in youth. (more…)

Stay Sun Safe

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
With the long Memorial Day weekend here, it is another good time to discuss the importance of using sunscreen. Sunscreen labeling is about to undergo some changes which will probably make it easier for all of us to read labels and understand how to use sunscreen appropriately. The FDA has been working for over a decade on standardizing labels as to the amount of UVA sun protection each sunscreen product provides. UVA rays, are not the ultraviolet rays that lead to sunburn, but they are the rays that contribute to skin cancer and sun related skin aging. (more…)

Kids Given Photos of Sunburn Damage Covered Up Better

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Showing middle-school students ultraviolet photographs that reveal the sun damage to their faces makes them less likely to get sunburns in the months following, new research says.

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine recruited 111 students aged 11 to 13 from Quincy, Massachusetts. The area has a melanoma rate higher than expected from 1999 from 2003. (more…)