Wear Your Sunscreen Properly

You may feel that you are pretty good about wearing sunscreen, but less than 25% of people apply sunscreen correctly or frequently enough for it to be truly helpful.   Here are some simple dos and don’ts to help you ensure that you are properly protecting yourself from the sun.

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Treatment Options For Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus (medically known as tinea unguium or onychomysis) affects nearly 10 percent of the world’s population and up to 32 million people in the United States alone.   Historically, treatment of toenail fungus has been disappointing for both doctors and patients who suffer from it due to poor cure rates and high reoccurrence rates.  Recently, the FDA approved some new topical treatments for toenail fungus.  Here is a list of current treatments for toenail fungus and how they stack up. 

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The Sunscreen Controversy

Sunscreens have been commercially available in the United States since the late 1960’s. We now use sunscreens with high sun protection factor (SPF) but this apparently has not been enough since the incidence of skin cancer has continued to rise. This has led at least one cancer center to postulate that the use of sunscreens may be partially responsible for the increase in skin cancer. What are the possible explanations for this apparent controversy?

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Answers About Contact Dermatitis

Many of us suffer from an itchy rash or dermatitis from time to time. These rashes can be due to having skin conditions such as eczema or seborrhea. However, many itchy rashes occur sporadically and on different parts of the body. One of the most common causes for an itchy rash is due to a condition called contact dermatitis.
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The Truth About Vitamin D

Information about vitamin D has become more prevalent in the media in recent years. While it has long been known that vitamin D can prevent a condition called rickets or osteomalacia (soft bones), there is mounting evidence that it can help prevent certain types of cancer, improve our immunity, cardiovascular health and more. We can synthesize vitamin D in our skin when we expose our skin to ultraviolet light. However, exposure to ultraviolet light can cause skin cancer. Is there a way to avoid skin cancer and insure that we have adequate amounts of vitamin D?
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How To Determine Your Skin Type

There are at least two different measurements to determine your skin type. A cosmetic skin type, in which you determine whether your face is oily, normal or dry which can help you select the right types of cosmetic products for your particular skin type. The Fitzpatrick skin type is the other measurement which is used by dermatologists to plan and advise you on medical care, and is important in determining your risk and propensity for developing skin cancer.
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Common Chemical Peels

One way to rejuvenate your face to look younger is by getting a chemical peel.  Typically, a chemical peel will remove the top layer of skin which also removes the pigmentation and dullness of the skin associated with aging.   Here is a list of the three most common peels and how they differ in their results.
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Skin Care Tips For A Beach Vacation

Going to the beach for summer vacation is a rite of passage for many families.  There are many hazards that our skin may encounter during a beach vacation.  Here are some tips to make sure our skin stays safe at the beach.
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Protecting Your Skin from Mosquito Bites

In the summer, many of us enjoy going outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather.  Unfortunately, summer is also the time when many insects, particularly mosquitoes, are also active.  At best, a mosquito bite will cause an itchy bump that lasts a few days.  However, mosquitoes can transmit diseases as well. Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis are rare but can be fatal in up to 30% of the cases and have been reported in the United States.  In other countries and occasionally in the United States, malaria, dengue fever and other more serious illness can be transmitted by these small insects.  What are the ways in which we protect ourselves from being bitten and how effective are they?
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Five Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunscreen

There are a lot of excuses why people refuse to wear sunscreen. “I want a deep, dark tan”, “I want to increase my vitamin D”, “I forgot to bring it”, “It gets in my eyes”, and “It’s too greasy” are just a few. Here are five reasons why you should wear sunscreen.
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