Rosacea

A term almost all of us have heard of when filling out a skin-care input form. More than 16 million Americans suffer from it and don’t even know it.

What is Rosacea? Rosacea is a rash of adulthood. Any adult is at risk, but rosacea is most commonly seen in light-skinned women between the ages of 30 – 50.

Persistent redness of the rounded areas of the face including cheeks, nose, chin, and mid-forehead.

There are several types of rosacea.  It’s an inflammatory condition.  The pattern of the inflammation determines the type it is.

Sunblock or Sunscreen?

sunburn11/6/2014 – You should be wearing sunscreen during the fall and winter months, even when it is cloudy.  Your skin will thank you.

Please do not get sun burns.  Your chance of getting melanoma increases by 45% if you have had 4-5 sun burns in your life.  I saw this on a poster at KAISER just this week when I was getting suspicious growths cut off my face and arm.  Thank goodness they were not cancer!

Rhonda

Many people don’t realize there’s a difference between the two.

True to its name, sunblock reflects the sun’s rays, thereby blocking them from reaching your skin. Sunblock such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are highly effective in protecting against both UVA (aging) rays and UVB (burning) rays (the types that cause sunburn and skin cancer).

Sunscreen absorbs rather than reflects Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They usually contain Benzophenones which protect against UVA and UVB rays. It is recommended to use sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15. People with fair skin or at high risk for skin cancer may want to go higher.

Two new sunscreens: AntheliosSX and Helioplex, provide longer lasting protection against UVA and UVB rays.