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Common Misconceptions About Rosacea

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CosMed’s skincare experts use a number of treatments for rosacea depending on the severity of the condition

Does your face always appear blushed or sunburned? You may be suffering from a very common skin condition called rosacea. There are a number of ways that rosacea presents itself, but most commonly the face appears red and the cheeks are consistently blushed, there may be a burning sensation on the skin, or broken veins on the face become much more noticeable. While this is very frustrating and sometimes embarrassing, it is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. According to The American Academy of Dermatology, there are more than 14 million people in the United States currently living with rosacea. While rosacea can affect people of all skin color, age and gender, the highest number of instances occur in people between the ages of 30 and 50, among people with fair-skin, and among people with a family history of rosacea or severe acne. While women tend to have a higher number of reported instances of rosacea men tend to have more severe rosacea.

Common Misunderstandings Concerning the Condition

Despite rosacea being a common skin condition, there are still a number of misunderstandings that surround the condition, which may be why a large number of people end up never seeking treatment. The most common misconception about rosacea is that it only affects people with fair skin. While rosacea is more common among people with fair skin, it is certainly not uncommon among people of color. Many people also mistake rosacea for adult acne and seek treatment for acne rather than for rosacea. While acne and rosacea may coexist, medication designed specifically for the treatment of adult acne can aggravate the skin further, making the rosacea much more noticeable. Your doctor can easily diagnose rosacea by examining your skin, asking about your symptoms, and by examining your medical history.

Potential Remedies for Rosacea

There are a number of available remedies that dermatologists use in the treatment of rosacea depending on how the condition presents itself. Dermatologists may prescribe ointments or oral medications such as antibiotics that can help repair the skin. In other cases simply applying a sunscreen may reduce the severity of the condition. Dermatologists can also use a laser or light treatment on the skin or move forward with a dermabrasion treatment which removes some of the affected skin cells. Ultimately, there is no way to cure rosacea permanently, but there are ways to decrease the appearance of the condition that also make the skin feel much more comfortable. Treatments may also keep the condition from getting worse and may reduce the frequency of flare-ups.

Triggers that May Amplify the Severity of Rosacea:

Temperature and Hot Weather: Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, may cause flare-ups of rosacea so it is generally recommended to avoid exposure to these whenever possible.
Certain Foods/beverages: Certain foods may cause flare-ups, so keeping a food journal can help you determine if there are certain foods or beverages that aggravate your skin.
Alcohol: Alcohol does not cause rosacea, but it may cause flare-ups.
Stress: Stress can increased the redness of the skin, and if that is the case it may be a good idea to practice stress management techniques to reduce the number of flare-ups.
Certain Skin Care Products: Certain makeup and skincare products may irritate the skin, but using mineral based skin care and makeup may reduce irritation on rosacea prone skin. Please also note that facials are not appropriate measures for treating rosacea.

Need More Information About the Treatment of Rosacea?

At CosMed we offer a number of treatments depending on the severity of the condition. Following a full evaluation, Dr. de la Fuente will suggest the proper treatment, which could include topical treatments, oral antibiotics, or possible laser/IPL usage. Schedule a virtual consultation to get started today.

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drlafuenta_dermatologyDr. de la Fuente is a skin care expert. He has presented and published scientific articles available at PubMed,   Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Skin and Aging, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology and many more. He also serves as a Dermatology Professor at School of Medicine in Tijuana.

Our CosMed dermatologist Dr. de la Fuente is a skin care expert. He has presented and published scientific articles available at PubMed, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Skin and Aging, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology and many more. He also serves as a Dermatology Professor at School of Medicine in Tijuana. – See more at: http://cosmedclinic.com/blog/#sthash.3BWkuJ1y.dp

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New Trends in Non Invasive Treatments and Anti-Aging for 2012

By Dr. Alberto de la Fuente 

New Trends in Non Invasive Treatments and Anti-Aging for 2012

I just returned from the 2012 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. At the event, some new promissory treatments and technologies were introduced. Some of them show really nice results on the short term, while others lack long term benefits. As a safety and ethical policy to our CosMed patients, we only have devices and technology that have demonstrated beneficial results. We will not recommend a treatment just because it is the newest or trendiest thing on the market. We also know that just because a treatment is more expensive, it does not mean it is necessarily better. With that said, I would like to share some of the new and trending anti-aging technologies which everyone will be talking about soon. Please contact me directly if you’d like more information on any of these new procedures, or to find out if the treatment is right for you.

Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure for the face that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin. It stimulates the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin. Results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months.

CoolSculpting, not really new but trendy, uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain healthy. Once crystalized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

In the same field of body contour and fat loss, Liposonix uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to permanently destroy targeted subcutaneous fat and deliver uniform. It gets rid of targeted fat around the waistline (abdomen and love handles) without surgery. The average waistline reduction after just a single one-hour treatment is about 1 inch (2.5 cm). Results are typically seen in 8 to 12 weeks (which is the time needed for the body to naturally process the treated fat). It is important to mention that it is not liposuction or surgery, is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle and exercise, and is not a way to lose weight.

Zerona is a new body contouring diode laser procedure to effectively remove excess fat without the negative side effects associated with surgical methods. It utilizes cold laser technology which has been shown to emulsify fat and allow it to move to interstitial space. Although this technology was originally utilized to help assist tumescent liposuction procedures, it was found that the cold laser treatment alone helped patients to reduce inches from their waist, hip and thighs. There is no need to wear compression garments or bandage, and since there is no pain, there is no need for anesthesia.Some can see results after only a few treatment sessions as their clothes fit more loosely. Many actually see the difference after 4-6 sessions.

Fractional radiofrequency is a procedure that involves penetration of insulated microneedles into the dermis to deliver a high-tensioned radiofrequency pulse (heat) into the targeted tissue. This brings about the production of elastin and collagen fibers, making the skin firmer and healthier. This treatment could be more aggressive, invasive and with more side effects than classic radiofrequency (Thermage) which spares the microneedles, and obviously the pain.

New fractional lasers like Fraxel Dual, which uses a novel 1927 nm Thulium laser to target more superficial skin problems like dark spots, but mainly pre malignant lesions and with less downtime. A new option for patients suffering from hair loss is Fraxel re:store 1550. Even this laser is not really new, but its application on hair loss is. Recent studies showed that this laser could help in hair regrowth after 4-5 treatmens every 2 weeks, giving more hair density and thickness, both in women and men. Also the Clear + Brilliant laser which is a new anti-aging technology to treat and prevent signs of aging with no downtime, specially for younger patients, producing a visibly illuminated skin tone, a soft and smoother texture, an improved tone and radiance, and also a reduction in the appearance of pores. Also fractional lasers are now used as a medication delivery method instead of needles and syringes, especially for treating scars and nail fungal infections.

The trending in non invasive facial and neck procedures is now the combination of lasers and skin tightening devices, like the Thermage and Fraxel or “ThermaFrax”. Studies have demonstrated superior results that could last longer when combined together, especially in young patients, but this doesn’t means this could be a face or necklift substitute. Thermage delivers radiofrequency energy to the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers of your skin to stimulate new collagen growth and tighten and contour the skin. Fraxel laser skin treatment resurfaces your outer skin layers, the dermis and epidermis, to smooth the skin surface and erase unwanted brown spots and wrinkles. This results in the enhancing of the skin tightening, texture, tone and the duration of the results. Thermage continues showing good results with just one session, as compared to other radiofrequency technologies in which more than one treatment are needed.

Talking about nail infections, the traditional vascular Nd:YAG 1064 nm laser has also demonstrated acceptable results for treating toenail fungal diseases in patients that are not candidates for oral medication or are only partially responding to it, with an average of 30-40% improvement. This was so new, that the regimen of frequency and dosage are still under investigation.

Finally, also robotics are getting into the medical aesthetic field, the ARTAS system is an interactive, computer assisted system utilizing image-guidance to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting. It has the potential to solve most of the technical challenges inherent in the manual follicular unit extraction technique. The system is operated under the direction of a physician, and includes an interactive, image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches and a computer interface. After the system is positioned over the patient’s donor area of the scalp, it is capable of identifying and harvesting follicular units. The follicular units are stored until they are implanted into the patient’s recipient area using current manual techniques.

As for today, these are the latest updates for anti-aging and non invasive treatments. As soon as new technologies are launched into the market, we will keep you informed and updated about their indications and beneficial results, and also if they will be available at CosMed.

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Dr. Alberto de la Fuente García, M.D

Dr. Alberto de la Fuente García, M.D

Dr. Alberto de la Fuente García, M.D. is a Dermatologist experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology. Contact Dr. de la Fuente or visit http://www.cosmedclinic.com to learn more about the best procedures to improve your skin.

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The Thermage Experience: A Non-surgical Way to Improve your Skin

Interested in having a more attractive body for your next vacation?  Call 1-877-235-1968

By Dr. de la Fuente, CosMed Dermatologist

Thermage, a safe and simple non-surgical procedure, can reduce the appearance of aging and sagging skin by applying radiofrequency energy to the skin. In the past, surgeries such as face lifts, liposuction, and body contouring were performed to remedy problems like sagging facial skin, loose body skin and stretch marks. For many people, Thermage has been an alternative to surgery with results that have been remarkable. Plus, there’s absolutely no down time or scarring. It is often used for non-surgical brow lifts and non-surgical tightening of facial wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, the face, the neck and, most recently, for tightening loose body skin on the arms, legs, abdomen and buttocks. It can be performed on all skin colors.

Here’s how it works:

  • Deep heating. The deep heating of Thermage helps tighten the collagen in your dermis and subcutaneous tissue, while also stimulating the formation of new collagen. As a result, you’ll see tighter, smoother skin and improved tone and texture, starting immediately and continuing in the months following treatment.
  •  Integrated cooling. At the same time that Thermage heats the deep layers, it also cools the epidermis, keeping the surface of your skin safe during the procedure. As a result, your skin needs no recovery time, so you can quickly resume your daily routine. There’s no need for anesthesia.
  • All from a single treatment. Best of all, you need only one Thermage treatment to get the full benefits. In fact, because it heats so deeply, Thermage is the only non-invasive procedure that helps tighten and contour skin in a single treatment with little or no downtime, as compared to other radiofrequency technologies which require multiple treatments because of their lack of heat uniformity and control.

In 2002, Thermage pioneered the radiofrequency technology for non-invasive skin tightening and contouring. Today, as a result, patient satisfaction is at an all time high, and physicians consider Thermage the industry standard for safe, effective tightening and contouring.
Thermage track record speaks for itself:

  •  More than 500,000 Thermage treatments performed in 80 countries—and counting
  • More than 50 patents for advanced technology
  • The most clinical evidence in the non-invasive aesthetic industry
  •  The longest history of safe and effective radiofrequency treatments
  •  FDA clearance for the non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite
  • The first and only FDA clearance for non-invasive eyelid treatments

In other words, when you get a Thermage treatment, you can feel confident you’re receiving a safe and effective procedure. Interested in having a more attractive body for your next vacation? Contact CosMed to schedule your appointment

 

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Dr. Alberto de la Fuente García, M.D. is a Dermatologist experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology. Contact Dr. de la Fuente or visit http://www.cosmedclinic.com to learn more about the best procedures to improve your skin.

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Anti-Aging Skincare Terms Defined

Understanding top Skincare terms

With so many different skin care terms and techniques, the quest for great skin can get confusing. This list of common terms helps you sort through the information-overload.

In the quest for flawless skin, anyone can get overwhelmed with all the latest terms and trends in skincare and anti-aging techniques. CosMed Clinic’s Dermatologist, Dr. de la Fuente has put together a list of dermatology terms to help answer some common questions.

Botulinum toxin: The product of a bacteria named Clostridium botulinum. The growing bacteria produce the neurotoxin (botulinum toxin), which inhibits the release of acetylcholine and results in the flaccid paralysis of the affected muscles. The available types of botulinum toxin type A are named OnabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®/ BOTOX®Cosmetic) and AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport). Botulinum toxin has beneficial effects only on wrinkles caused by muscular contractions.

Chemical Peels: Substances that produce an accelerated exfoliation or skin damage induced by caustic or acid agents that cause controlled damage, followed by the release of cytokines and inflammatory mediators, resulting in thickening of the epidermis, deposition of collagen, reorganization of structural elements, and increases in dermal volume. This process decreases solar elastosis and replaces and reorients the new dermal connective tissue. The result is an improved clinical appearance of the skin, with fewer rhytides and decreased pigmentary dyschromia.

Visia: A complexion digital analysis software and camera used for the face as a cosmetic tool to measure and track spots, pores, wrinkles, evenness, redness, porphyrins, UV spots and photodamage.

Laser: This word is an acronym derived from the phrase “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” A laser-equipped device can generate a high-intensity light that is monochromatic, unidirectional, and parallel. These unique characteristics make the laser useful for medical applications. Lasers work by selective photothermolysis on the skin. This is a method for localizing tissue damage to a specific chromophore or target (pigment, blood or water on the skin) at the cellular level; therefore, it can be used to minimize undesired thermal damage to the surrounding tissue caused by thermal diffusion.

Ablative laser: So – called “ablative” or skin resurfacing lasers briefly direct an intense burst of laser energy onto the surface of the skin. This energy heats water within the surface layers of the skin, causing both the water and the tissue of the skin to turn to vapor. Every time the laser passes over the skin, all the outermost layers of the skin are removed in a precise and controlled way to the appropriate depth.

Non-ablative laser:  These lasers have lower energy levels than ablative lasers (which resurface or remove the outer layer of skin completely), and try to cause damage within the dermal layer of the skin without removal of the outer epidermal layers. That is to say that the laser treats the layers of skin under the surface without damaging the surface too much.

Fractionated laser: Also named fractional photothermolysis, seeks to only damage certain zones, (producing many tiny dot-like treated areas on the skin), leaving the other zones within it perfectly intact; hence only causing fractional damage. This allows the skin to heal much faster than if the whole area was treated.

Non-fractionated laser: Also known as continue wave lasers, they produce a single beam where the whole of the selected target area is damaged.

CO2 laser: An ablative laser with a 10,600-nm wavelength which main target is the water content from tissues, hence used for resurfacing or destroying the superficial skin layers in a non-selectively way.

Fraxel Re:store laser: A non-ablative laser that produces fractional photothermolysis, based on creating spatially precise microscopic thermal wounds using a 1550-nm erbium fiber laser that targets water-containing tissue to effect the photocoagulation of narrow, sharply defined columns of skin known as microscopic thermal zones. It is used for facial and nonfacial photodamage, atrophic acne scars, hypopigmented scars, and dyspigmentation.

Intense pulsed light: A high-intensity light source like a laser, but instead of a single wavelength of light, it uses a bright light in front of which filters are placed which filter out most wavelengths except those taken up by pigment and blood vessels, depending on the filter used. The light energy penetrates just below the skin’s surface, damaging either the melanin (skin pigment) or blood vessels.

Thermage: A noninvasive nonablative device that uses monopolar radiofrequency energy to bulk heat underlying skin while protecting the epidermis to produce skin tightening. It is used for the treatment of rhytids on the face including the periorbital region and lower face, and more recently, for off-face applications. Radiofrequency energy passed through cooled epidermis allows for radiofrequency-induced thermal damage to the dermis and deep dermal collagen (fibrous septae). The remodeling of the collagen leads to clinically discernible improvement in the sagging skin and skin quality; the remodeling of deep dermal collagen (fibrous septae) allows modeling of contours and improvement of the cellulite appearance. It is an efficacious and safe nonsurgical alternative for treating mild skin laxity.

Cryotherapy: Also known as cryosurgery, is a commonly used in-office procedure for the treatment of a variety of benign and malignant lesions by the use of a freezing substance. The most commonly used is liquid nitrogen. The mechanism of destruction in cryotherapy is necrosis, which results from the freezing and thawing of cells.

Electrosurgery: It is a surgical technique used to destroy benign and malignant lesions, to control bleeding, and to cut or excise tissue. Modern, high-frequency electrosurgical devices transfer electrical energy to human tissue via a treatment electrode that remains cool. The electrical resistance of human tissue helps convert this electrical energy into molecular energy, which causes denaturation of intracellular and extracellular proteins, resulting in coagulation or desiccation effects.

Skin biopsy: It is a surgical technique in which a small amount of skin is cut and removed for its microscopic analysis by a Pathologist. It can be done under local anesthesia with a regular surgical blade (excisional or incisional) or with a round blade (punch).

AHAs, alfa hydroxy acids: Organic elements that improve skin tone by clearing dead skin cells and lightening spots, and also can induce the production of collagen (glycolic acid and lactic acid are most common).

BHAs, beta hydroxy acids: Organic elements that help shed dead skin cells and serves as an anti-inflammatory agent (salicylic acid and ascorbic acid are most common).

Retinoids: Vitamin A derivatives with anti-acne, anti-wrinkle, anti-sun damage and anti-skin cancer properties that help in the regularization of the skin’s cell cycle.

Sunscreen: Any substance or material that protects the skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

SPF, sun protective factor: It is a rating system only for UVB protection. It is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to producesunburn on protected skin to the amount of time needed to cause a sunburn on unprotected skin.

Actinic keratosis, solar keratosis: Precancerous dry, rough and adherent scaly lesions that occur on sun exposed skin of adults, usually on a background of photodamage. They can progress to skin cancer if not treated.

Skin cancer: The developing of malignant cells arising from the skin. It is the most common form of cancer worldwide. They are classified as non-melanoma skin cancers (basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas) and melanomas. The most common form is basal cell carcinoma.

Lentigos, sun spots: Circumscribed 1- to 3-cm brown spots resulting from a localized proliferation of pigment cells due to acute or chronic exposure to sunlight.

Nevus, mole: Benign skin tumors or spots usually less than 1 cm formed by the accumulation of circumscribed pigment or “nevi” cells. They can be congenital (since birth) or adquired.

Rosacea: A common chronic inflammatory acneiform disorder that is coupled with an increased reactivity of facial blood vessels leading to flushing and telangiectasias.

Photodamage, sun damage: Repeated solar injuries from overexposure over many years without sun protection. The skin appears wrinkled, wizened, leathery, with spotty despigmentation or darkly pigmented, giving a “prematurely aged” appearance.

Mesotherapy: A series of nutraceutical injections to the middle layer of the skin to dissolve fat and reduce cellulite. Mesotherapy is a non-invasive procedure that must be administered by a medical professional.

Stretch Marks: Streaks or stripes on the skin, specially on the abdomen, caused by distension of the skin from gaining weight or during pregnancy.

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Dr. Alberto de la Fuente García, M.D. is a Dermatologist experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology. Contact Dr. de la Fuente or visit http://www.cosmedclinic.com to learn more about the best procedures to improve your skin.

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True Sunscreen Secrets from the Experts (taken from the American Academy of Dermatology)

The Importance of Sunscreen

Even so-called "water-resistant" sunscreens may lose their effectiveness after 40 minutes in the water. Sunscreens rub off as well as wash off, so if you've towel-dried, reapply sunscreen for continued protection.

Who needs sunscreens? Everyone! More than 2 million nonmelanoma skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Many studies have found an association between sunburns and enhanced risk for melanoma. Sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays: ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVA rays (which pass through window glass) penetrate deeper into the dermis, the thickest layer of the skin. UVA rays can cause suppression of the immune system, which interferes with the immune system’s ability to protect you against the development and spread of skin cancer. UVA exposure also is known to lead to signs of premature aging of the skin such as wrinkling and age spots. The UVB rays are the sun’s burning rays (which are blocked by window glass) and are the primary cause of sunburn.

A good way to remember it is that UVA rays are the aging rays and UVB rays are the burning rays. Excessive exposure to both forms of UV rays can lead to the development of skin cancer. Sunscreen should be applied every day to exposed skin, and not just if you are going to be in the sun. For days when you are going to be indoors, apply sunscreen on the areas not covered by clothing, such as the face and hands. Sunscreens can be applied under makeup, or alternatively, there are many cosmetic products available that contain sunscreens for daily use. Sun protection is the principal means of preventing premature aging and skin cancer. It’s never too late to protect yourself from the sun and minimize your future risk of skin cancer.

Don’t reserve the use of sunscreen only for sunny days. Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can pass through the clouds. In addition, sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays and snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays.

Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. When using sunscreen, be sure to apply it to all exposed areas and pay particular attention to the face, ears, hands, and arms. Coat the skin liberally and rub it in thoroughly — most people apply only 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly. Don’t forget that lips get sunburned, too, so apply a lip balm that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreens should be reapplied approximately every two hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily. Even so-called “water-resistant” sunscreens may lose their effectiveness after 40 minutes in the water. Sunscreens rub off as well as wash off, so if you’ve towel-dried, reapply sunscreen for continued protection.

Also, there are a number of combination cosmetic products, such as moisturizers that contain sunscreen, but it is important to remember that these products also need to be reapplied to achieve continued UV protection. There are so many types of sunscreen that selecting the right one can be quite confusing. Sunscreens are available in many forms, including ointments, creams, gels, lotions, sprays, and wax sticks. The type of sunscreen you choose is a matter of personal choice. Creams are best for individuals with dry skin, but gels are preferable in hairy areas, such as the scalp or male chest. Sticks are good around the eyes. Creams typically yield a thicker application than lotions and are best for the face. There also are sunscreens made for specific purposes, such as sensitive skin and for use on babies.

Ideally, sunscreens should be water-resistant, so they cannot be easily removed by sweating or swimming, and should have an SPF of 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB light. Unless indicated by an expiration date, the FDA requires that all sunscreens be stable and at their original strength for at least three years.

But what does SPF stands for? It stands for sun protection factor. Sunscreens are rated or classified by the strength of their SPF. The SPF numbers on the packaging can range from as low as 2 to greater than 50. These numbers refer to the product’s ability to deflect the sun’s burning rays (UVB). The sunscreen SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to produce a sunburn on sunscreen-protected skin to the amount of time needed to cause a sunburn on unprotected skin. For example, if a sunscreen is rated SPF 2 and a person who would normally turn red after 10 minutes of exposure in the sun uses it, it would take 20 minutes of exposure for the skin to turn red. A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 would allow that person to multiply that initial burning time by 15, which means it would take 15 times longer to burn, or 150 minutes. Even with this protection, sunscreen photo degrades (breaks down) and rubs off with normal wear, so it needs to be reapplied approximately every two hours. At present, there is no FDA-approved rating system that identifies UVA protection. UVB protection does not actually increase proportionately with a designated SPF number. For example, an SPF of 60 screens 98 percent of UVB rays, and an SPF of 30 screens 97 percent of UVB rays, whereas an SPF of 15 screens 93 percent of UVB rays, and an SPF of 2 screens 50 percent of UVB rays. In Europe, the COLIPA (European Cosmetics Association) method assigns a 50+ SPF for high protection sunscreens, regardless if they have a SPF of more than 50.  However, inadequate application of sunscreen may result in a lower SPF than the product contains. Whichever SPF you choose, wearing sunscreen should not provide a false sense of security about protection from UVB exposure. No sunscreen can provide 100 percent UVB protection. Using a higher SPF provides greater UVB protection than a lower SPF, but it does not mean that you should stay out in the sun longer.

CosMed Clinic Dermatologist Alberto De La Fuente García

CosMed Clinic Dermatologist Alberto De La Fuente García, M.D.

This blog post was contributed by CosMed Clinic’s Dermatologist Dr. Alberto De La Fuente García. To learn more about how you can improve the appearance of your skin, you can contact him at www.CosMedClinic.com

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