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Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology

The Dark Side of Tanning

The Dark Side of Tanning
by Dr. Corinne Howington

There’s nothing healthy about a tan. Simply put, a tan equals your skin cells in trauma trying to protect themselves from cancer. Just one sun-damaged cell can initiate the onset of melanoma, which can get into the bloodstream and spread. Even if melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is cut out, cancer may reappear months or years later, often in the lung, liver or brain.

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells in the epidermis of the skin. These are the cells that make the melanin that results in skin color. It is also the most serious and dangerous type of skin cancer because it can spread easily to other organs in the body. But since the sun’s UV rays cause 95 percent of all melanomas, the good news is that melanoma is largely preventable by avoiding over exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

While this is an important message for adults to heed for themselves, it is even more critical for their children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just a few serious sunburns or trips to the tanning bed can increase a young person’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Parents should know, too, that it can take as little as 15 minutes for unprotected skin to be damaged by the sun’s UV rays and that it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.

Here are five easy ways to avoid the dark side of tanning:

1. Seek shade. The strength of UV radiation is highest in the four-hour period around noon. That would be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or, during daylight savings time, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The best thing you can do for your skin is to plan your day to get out of the sun or seek shade when the sun is high in the sky.

2. Protective clothing. Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, especially your shoulders, arms and legs. Choose loose fitting, closely woven fabrics that cast a dense shadow when held up to the light.

3. Broad-brimmed hat. A hat with a wide brim is a great way to protect the top of your head and also your neck, ears and face. These are parts of the body where skin cancer often occurs.

4. Sunglasses. The most effective way to protect your eyes is to wear sunglasses that are labeled “UV400” or “100% UV Protection” and wrap around the sides of the face. Darker lenses do not provide better eye protection. In fact, lens color does not matter at all.

5. Sunscreen. Used properly, sunscreens are effective in preventing sunburn. This means generously applying SPF30 broad spectrum sunscreen to your skin 20 minutes before you head outdoors and re-applying every two hours. Studies have shown that SPF30 sunscreen decreases your chances of developing melanoma by 80 percent.

Sunscreen should never be used to extend the amount of time you spend in the sun and should not be used to help get a tan. You should also be aware that some drugs and medical conditions can make you more vulnerable to UV damage. These include Retin-A skin cream, antibiotics and cataracts.

Too much UV exposure may also result in structural damage to the skin – burning or scarring in the short term and premature aging or skin cancer in the long-term.

People with fair skin and light-colored eyes are usually more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays, but melanomas can occur in anyone. A July 2016 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed it is more deadly in people with darker skin. African American patients were most likely to be diagnosed with melanoma in its later stages than any other group in the study, and they also had the worst prognosis and the lowest overall survival rate.

Melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, including places that do not receive frequent sun exposure, and is likely to have a similar appearance to a mole. Unlike a mole, however, a melanoma will usually grow larger and become more irregular in shape and color. If you’re concerned about a mole or lesion on your body, talk to your doctor and learn the ABCDE rule, which is a useful guide for detecting potentially dangerous moles on your skin. Look for moles that are asymmetrical (not the same on both sides), have irregular borders, have changed color, are 0.5 centimeters or larger in diameter or have changed in size, shape, color or height. If you are worried about a mole or see any of the signs described above, see your doctor right away.

Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

 

Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology

Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology

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New Study Shows SPF 30 Sunscreen Can Reduce Onset of Skin Cancer By 80 Percent Data released as Melanoma Awareness Month gets underway. by Dr. Corinne Howington

Living on the southern shoreline has its advantages, but also comes with the risk of being exposed to dangerous UV rays, resulting in sun damage that is producing higher incidences of skin cancer, also known as melanoma, each year. According to the Melanoma Research Alliances, cases of melanoma have tripled in the last 30 years, at a time when cancer rates for other common cancers have declined.

But now, according to data just released by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the onset of skin cancer can be cut by a whopping 80 percent simply by applying a SPF30 (sun protection factor 30) sunscreen prior to sun exposure. The research is also being used to identify new, more effective melanoma-preventing agents.

It was well known that sunscreens prevent sunburns by creating a barrier from the UV sunlight, which is a major risk factor for melanoma. But this is the first time that researchers could present a clear connection between sunscreen and the prevention of melanoma, mainly because these are generally manufactured as cosmetics and tested in human volunteers or synthetic skin models.

The researchers at Ohio State University have now found a way to test the effects of sunscreen on mice. The mouse model allowed the group to test the ability of a sunscreen to not only prevent burns but also to prevent melanoma, which was a remarkable accomplishment. This model could lead to breakthroughs in melanoma prevention.

In the study, melanomas appeared more rapidly and with more tumors when mice were exposed to a single dose of UVB light a day after researchers applied 4OHT (the chemical 4-hydroxytamoxifen) to the skin. The researchers reported that melanoma-free survival was reduced by 80 percent, to about five weeks. But when researchers tested the ability of numerous SPF30 sunscreens to prevent melanoma they found that they all delayed melanoma onset and reduced tumor incidence.

According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease. An estimated 76,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2016, and that more than 10,000 will die. The disease is 20 times more common in white people than black people, but no group is immune. The risk increases with age but skin cancer is also one of the most common cancers in young adults, especially women.

Abstinence from the sun is often not practical or desirable, but everyone should apply sunscreen before and while in the sun. In observance of Melanoma Awareness Month this May, it’s also important to review some common sun protection misconceptions:

1) Sunscreen is necessary on overcast days. Although clouds block some of the sun’s skin-damaging ultraviolet radiation, up to 80 percent still reaches the Earth’s surface.

2) It’s all about SPF. Not all sunscreen formulations have the same “sun protection factor” and some with higher SPF values offer misleading assurances. Make note of how long the UV protection lasts and reapply frequently, especially after swimming and exercise.

3) While fair-skinned people are more prone to burning than others, anyone can develop melanoma. Though skin cancer rates in African Americans and latino people are lower than other groups, their survival outcomes are poorer, partially because more aggressive skin cancers disproportionately strike them.

4) Sunscreens expire because their ingredients lose their power over time. Check the expiration date and replace your sunscreen if it is out-of-date.

5) The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) regulates all sun block products sold in the US. The chemicals in the sunscreen are not toxic.

When caught early, melanoma is highly curable but survival rates for late-stage skin cancer are still low. That’s why taking steps to prevent melanoma and identify it early are key. Know your skin and examine it regularly, being watchful for the ABCDEs of Melanoma. Pay attention to moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or have evolved in size or thickness. If you notice one or more of these signs, see your healthcare provider.

Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She can be reached at (912) 354-1018

Dr. Howington of Low Country Dermatology Launches New Skin Care Line



(SAVANNAH, GA) Corinne M. Howington, M.D., of Low Country Dermatology has launched Howington Skin Care, a unique product line featuring 15 new, signature skin care products to treat a variety of skin types and conditions. Suited to individual preferences and skin care needs, these product solutions promote healthy aging, enhance skin moisture and reduce acne, redness, irritation and inflammation.

Howington Skin Care features acne treatments, anti-aging products, sun screens and moisturizers. The following list provides brief product descriptions for each piece of the collection:
Dermaglow
Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Exfoliating Cleanser
Barrier Finishing Cream
Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion
Retinol 50 Cream
Retinol 100 Cream
Refresh Toner Pads
Polish Mask + Cleanser
UV Silk SPF 30
Dermabright Exfoliating Pads
Hydrating Peptide Gel
Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin
Antioxidant Complex
Dermabright Cream

These products are available for purchase at Low Country Dermatology, 310 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 12A in Savannah. For more information or to schedule a skin consultation, visit lcderm.com or call Low Country Dermatology at 912-354-1018.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A, Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, call 912-354-1018 or visit lcderm.com. To connect on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/LowCountryDermatology.

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS:

Dermaglow

This product exfoliates skin to reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion. Dermaglow hydrates and locks in moisture in addition to providing antioxidant benefits.

Gentle Foaming Cleanser
The Gentle Foaming Cleanser effectively removes oil and pollutants without the use of harsh detergents. It contains soothing ingredients to help calm and reduce redness.

Exfoliating Cleanser

Without over-drying skin, the lactic acid in this product gently removes oil and debris. Ideal for patients with acne, this exfoliating cleanser contains anti-inflammatory green tea extract which also helps alleviate puffiness and under-eye darkness.

Barrier Finishing Cream
The Barrier Finishing Cream promotes microcirculation, reduces redness, inflammation and irritation. Use this product to leave skin feeling smooth and hydrated without leaving heavy or greasy residues.

Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion

This Voluminizing Antioxidant Lotion nourishes the skin, stimulates collagen production and provides antioxidant protection, lasting hydration and barrier repair. Shea Butter, including vitamins A, E and F, is a key ingredient.

Retinol 50 Cream

By advancing texture and tone and balancing oil production, Retinol 50 Cream improves the overall health and appearance of skin. Use one pump for the entire face.

Retinol 100 Cream
Similar to Retinol 50 Cream, Retinol 100 Cream contains a half percent more Vitamin A for optimal performance. A key ingredient is Ginger Root Extract which can increase skin radiance and decrease inflammation.

Refresh Toner Pads
Perfect as a gentle daily exfoliating cleanser, Refresh Toner Pads mildly exfoliate to smooth skin. This product can be used as a water-free cleanser to remove oil and debris from the face or body.

Polish Mask + Cleanser
The Polish Mask and Cleanser contain eco-safe silica beads to micro-exfoliate while gently cleansing skin. This product can serve as a hydrating masque when left on skin for 3 – 5 minutes.

UV Silk SPF 30
For daily use, UV Silk SPF 30 contains iron oxides which provide a mineral tint that aids in masking redness and imperfections. This chemical and fragrance-free SPF is for all skin types and conditions.

Dermabright Exfoliating Pads
By moderately inhibiting melanin production, the Dermabright Exfoliation Pads brighten the complexion and gently exfoliate to reveal smoother skin.

Hydrating Peptide Gel
Hydrating Peptide Gel enhances skin moisture to help plump and firm the face. This product reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Three drops is recommended for the entire face.

Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin
This Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin is a lightweight, oil free lotion with barrier repair ingredients. Its powdery, mattifying finish removes the appearance of oil.

Antioxidant Complex
Antioxidant Complex provides potent, daily antioxidant protection against sun damage and pollutants. Use nightly to brighten skin.

Dermabright Cream
Dermabright Cream is a gently exfoliating moisturizer that helps reveal a brighter, more reflective complexion. Use this cream twice daily or as a nightly treatment and watch your skin transform from a dull rough complexion into a bright healthy looking glow.

Howington Skincare, Low Country Dermatology

Howington Skincare, Low Country Dermatology

Staying in the Game: Know the Specifics on Skin Problems Among Athletes By Dr. Corinne Howington

Athletes are known for training hard and playing hard. From youth to professionals, they compete in close proximity to one another and are at a high risk of spreading both common and serious skin infections. Approximately 56% of infectious diseases in competitive sports are skin related. After all the sweat and tears the players put into practice and the game, no athlete wants to be sidelined due to a skin irritation.

Skin-to-skin contact, heavy sweating, sharing equipment and open cuts all set the stage for infection. Professional athletes may be at a greater risk, but skin infections are prevalent in student athletes and even the recreational sports enthusiast. Skin conditions or infections are typically categorized as bacterial, fungal or viral.

Education is the key to prevention, so let’s examine how to identify, treat and most importantly prevent skin diseases among athletes of all ages.

Bacterial
Many types of bacteria can infect the skin, ranging in seriousness from harmless to life threatening. One of the most dangerous among athletes is known as methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. This type of bacterial disease has been on the rise in recent years.

MRSA is harder to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as staph. In the early stages, it may appear on the skin as a pimple, minor skin issue or boil. This bacterial skin infection is resistant to some commonly used antibiotics and researchers are continuously searching for new varieties to treat the ever-changing MRSA strains. Treatment may require intravenous antibiotics in a hospital setting.

Fungal
Fungal skin infections are typically found in moist, warm areas of the body where skin surfaces meet. The fungi like to live between the toes, in the genital area and under the arms. Fungal infections of the skin are very common and include athlete’s foot, jock itch and ring worm.

Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is very common for those using community baths and locker rooms. Basically, this is a fungal infection of the feet. Symptoms include itching, redness and peeling. Jock itch, also called tinea cruris, is a common fungal infection that affects the genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. Infections occur more frequently in the summer or in warm, wet climates. Tinea corporis, commonly known as ring worm, is not a worm, but rather a fungal infection of the skin. It can appear anywhere on the body and it looks like a circular, red, flat sore. All of these infections can typically be treated with the application of topical medication.

Viral
Finally, viral skin infections are the last area of concern among athletes. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 is the most common viral form, accounting for 47% of skin issues in collegiate athletes. This is spread from skin-on-skin contact and typically appears on the head, neck and face. HSV usually takes the form of raised blisters and requires oral antiviral medication.

Prevention is key to avoiding these annoying and painful skin irritations. Here are my top five tips for athletes:
1. Athletes should shower immediately after any sports related activity.
2. All athletic clothing should be laundered after each use.
3. Sports equipment, mats and gym bags should be washed and/or disinfected on a daily basis.
4. Athletes should not share towels, water bottles, helmets, razors or other personal athletic equipment.
5. Athletes should keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered with sterile bandages.

Follow these steps to stay competitive and in the game. If you do experience a skin rash, irritation or burning sensation, please seek medical assistance to determine the seriousness of the issue. Knowledge is key with these type of topical problems.

Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.