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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

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