Basics of Skin Care

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Skin Care

Having the best skin possible at any age requires preventative maintenance. Ultraviolet light prematurely ages the skin causing damage to the tissues of the dermis which supports the skin resulting in wrinkles. Blotchy pigmentation or dyschromia occurs from stimulation of pigment cells (melanocytes). Linear redlines cause by sun are enlarged blood vessels near the skin surface. The worst damage comes from chronic radiation to the DNA of skin cells. The results are pre skin cancers (Actinic Keratosis) and skin cancers Basal Squamous and Melanoma.

To a large extent much of this can be prevented. The earlier you start the better. Besides avoiding sunlight, the use of sunscreens or sunblocks reduces a large percentage of the damaging radiation. Your sun protection should be designed to protect you from both UVA and UVB and should have a “protection factor” of 30. As regards to the face, your protection should be applied daily since the face is exposed more than any other part of the body.

Sun protection comes in two general types. Sunblocks are applied and remains on the skin surface and reflects all ultraviolet rays. This protection can wash off quickly if swimming or perspiring. Sunscreens are chemicals that absorb various wavelength of ultraviolet radiation. It is important that this product protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. This product is more durable to washing off, but should be reapplied frequently and liberally if you are out all day.

If you have any of the above sun damaged issues, much can be done to reverse or improve these defects, either at Dermassociates for medical surgical problems and DermaLuxe for cosmetic problems.