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Sunscreen: Recommend waterproof 50 spf - but remember you will still need to reapply it. ...Read more
I am 20 weeks pregnant and going to florida next month. Is it harmful to the baby to go to a tanning salon prior to vacation? I understand tanning altogether is harmful to my skin but usually go every year for a week prior to vacation to avoid sunburn whi
No problem: Whether you get sun outside or go to the salon, the fetus is none the wiser. The process involves the outside shell of your body, not the metabolism inside which influences babies growth and development. I detest these salons and what they do to your risk of skin cancer, but it has no direct effect on your pregnancy. ...Read more
Will vitiligo make me more susceptible to sunburn? Am I more likely to become sunburned with vitiligo, and should I avoid sun exposure?
Is sun bad in general for the skin or sunburn? Do I have to avoid getting a tan or can I have it gradually? What is the bestsunscreen (mineral-natural?)
Moderation: Everything in moderation sun exposure like everything else in life has positive and negative effects on the body as we all know over exposure of the sun causes melanoma, the benefits is the sun naturally synthesizes vitamin d in your body which is vital for proper function, I personally recommend all natural lotion less toxins in your body the better! ...Read more
Yes: A small percentage of patients can develop a photo toxic reaction to the sun with severe burning and blistering to exposed areas, especially hands and face. Plus, no amount of sun is safe and if you are taking Doryx (doxycycline) for acne, the acne that resolves is going to want to tan 10x faster than normal skin and you will be left with brown polka dots on your face if you don't avoid the sun. ...Read more
Sunburn damages the surface layer of your skin. This outermost area is loaded with special nerve fibers called c-fibers, that respond to itch. (itch is a mechanism to protect us agains insects and other minor injuries that aren't significant enough to register as pain).
Because sunburn skin damage happens in this surface layer, these nerves fire furiously until the skin is healed over again. ...Read more
Simple Care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more
HC 1% cream: It will fade over a long time. Hydrocortisone cream (HC 1% cream) is over-the-counter, and helps when used 2-3 times a day for 4-5 days on new mild sunburns. If the skin is blistered, cracked up, or oozing, one should see a primary doctor or a dermatologist. Hydrocortisone cream is ok to use on sunburned lips, and Aquaphor or plain Vaseline can be used on the lips in between hydrocortisone doses. ...Read more
Superfast healing: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more