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Skin Protection. Sunscreen types.

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Summer is almost here! Better weather means you need great sun protection to prevent a number of unsightly skin conditions.

There are so many options on the market today, it can be a bit confusing. When it comes to taking preventative skin care measures into your own hands, sunscreen is up high on the list.

Here is a break down so you can choose what you feel is best for your skincare needs!

 

The main two types of sun protection are physical and chemical.

 

Chemical sunscreens are what you see most often on your shelves at your local stores, beaches and pool decks. They most often come in lotions or sprays. They are easily absorbed, hydrating to the skin and need about 20 minutes of curing time before sun exposure. These are designed to prevent sunburns but not to prevent tanning. They absorb the UV rays and then transform them into heat which is why it sill causes tanning, freckling, age spots and melasma.

 

Physical Sunscreen act differently creating a barrier on the skins surface that shields and reflects the UV rays. This type is best for problematic skin and works immediately when applied. The downside is it often leaves a white residue on the skins surface and is more easily rubbed off.

 

If your looking for the strongest preventative measure, in my opinion, physical sunscreen is the best option with proper usage in conjunction with internal and external antioxidants! We offer this powerful combination for you at Dr Yates Lifestyle Med Office for you to take home. Start your summer off with this new healthy habit!

Protect Your Scalp This Summer

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Protect Your Scalp This Summer

As we get into August, we are entering what is usually the hottest month of the summer and many people look to spend as much time outside as possible to soak up those rays and top off their tans. Although it is good and healthy to get your dose of Vitamin D and spend time outside, you need to make sure that you are protecting your skin.

One of the worst feelings is a burn and a bad sun burn can leave you feeling pain all over your body, including on your scalp. Most people are good at remembering to slather their body with SPF before going outside to make sure that their face and body does not get burned, but for those with thinning or balding hair, it is easy to forget to protect your scalp too. Getting a sun burn on your scalp can be extremely painful and you should take care to avoid this.

If you are experiencing thinning or balding hair, it is incredibly important that you put SPF on your scalp, since hair loss leaves your scalp more exposed and is therefore, an easy target for getting burned. In addition to being extremely painful, excessive sunburns can lead to skin cancer. Clinical professor Dr. Paul McAndrews of the USC School of Medicine believes that skin cancer is becoming more and more common for those both men and women who have thinning hair, since more of the scalp is exposed than for those who have thicker hair.

Sun exposure has been known to lead to two different types of skin cancer. Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and Melanoma is the deadliest type. Melanoma usually presents itself in unusual or suspicious looking moles. If you are prone to developing moles, it is especially important that you wear a higher SPF when outside. If you are planning a day outside, you can avoid the most harmful rays if you are outside before 10 am and after 4pm. The most intense heat will be avoided, along with the deadliest rays.

It may seem a little strange to rub suntan lotion right onto your hair. You may want to take some lotion and combine it with a little water and then spray it onto your hair once it has dissolved. They also make spray suntan lotions, although there have been complaints that these are not as effective and do not last as long. If you want to protect yourself without using SPF, you can simply wear a hat.

There is no reason to avoid the rest of the summer and enjoy the nice, warm weather. Just take simple precautions of protecting your skin and scalp to avoid getting a sunburn.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.