Posts for: August, 2017
There is a wide variety of sunscreens available, including lotions, sprays, creams, gels, wipes, and lip balms, to name a few. These topical products absorb or reflect some, but not all, of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin to help protect against sun damage. But which one is right for you? Our practice can help you find the best sunscreen for your needs and lifestyle.
SPF - what's in a number?
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) provides an indication of how effectively a sunscreen can protect your skin from the ultraviolet-B (UVB) light - the rays that cause sunburn and skin cancer. A higher SPF number represents a higher level of protection. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen products with a sun protection factor of at least 30.
Today, sunscreens with SPFs as high as 100 are available, but a higher number doesn't necessarily mean more protection. For instance, many people believe a sunscreen with SPF 45 would give 3 times as much protection as one with an SPF of 15. This is not true. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%. SPF 50 sunscreens filter approximately 98% while SPF 100 provides 99%. The higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. No sunscreen can provide complete protection.
Apply Sunscreen Properly
Regardless of the SPF rating, sunscreen should be reapplied often for optimal protection. A majority of people do not apply a layer of sunscreen thickly, so the actual protection they get is less. For best results, most sunscreens must be reapplied at least every two hours, more often if you are swimming or sweating. Apply sunscreen generously, paying close attention to face, ears, arms, neck and all other areas exposed to the sun. Sunscreens do expire, so always check the expiration date to make sure it is still effective.
The Choice Dermatology Basking Ridge office is excited to add the full-body narrow band UVB booth form Daavlin to our collection of treatments! This device helps treat conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, and more. Since this is a fairly unknown treatment, let's learn a little bit more.
What is Phototherapy?
Phototherapy is the use of a medical device that emits specific wavelengths of ultraviolet light to treat skin diseases. The Narrow Band UVB is the most commonly used type of light and is very effective. With more research being done every day, Narrow Band UVB continues to show its versatility with its promising results.
What is the treatment like?
A typical treatment regimen is three exposures per week, but your dermatologist will suggest what is appropriate for your condition. Initial treatments may last seconds long but will gradually increase in length. With psoriasis, clearance will require 25-30 treatments if the therapy is consistently used. With vitiligo, the repigmentation is generally a slower process. After ending the treatment, symptoms may gradually reappear after several months of remission.
What are the benefits?
Research confirms that patients may enjoy longer remission period after treatment with the NB-UVB booth. Remission periods are markedly superior to those of broad band UVB treatments. Studies show that 38-40% of NB-UVB patients require no additional therapy for at least 12 months after treatment.
Although this isn't a perfect "cure" for chronic skin conditions, 85% of psoriasis patients achieve significant clearing with Narrow Band UVB.
We all know what it's like to stand in the cosmetic aisles of Sephora, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, or even drugstores. Hundreds of products, all promising to tighten this and brighten that, with almost no proof of their supposed benefits. You don't know what's in these "miracle" products that make them so amazing. You hope it's a drop of youth elixir, but it's usually just water and a few vitamins if you're lucky.
Marko & Lane, created by Dr. Meulener and his sister, Elena Schloss, is here to get rid of what I call "Aisle Anxiety". No more product overload, no more guesswork, just a personalized skincare regimen created just for you by board-certified dermatologists. Marko & Lane marries green beauty with proven science -- these products work while being safe, natural, and effective. Using Marko & Lane's free Virtual Consultation, you'll be asked to answer a short questionnaire and upload photos of your face (all from your smartphone!). After careful review, you'll receive a full skin report that will include a customized daily regimen of hand-selected natural products.
Check our their Website, Instagram, and Facebook page to learn more about the brains behind Marko & Lane and how you can get started on your new look in the new year!
With our annual Holiday Special closing out, we at Choice Dermatology wanted to give you a little extra something to get you through the cold winter months - 10% off all laser hair removal until February 28!
If you have a warm beach vacation to look forward to, a winter wedding coming up, or you just can't stand shaving and waxing yourself raw, laser hair removal may be the treatment you've been searching for. But we still understand if you're a little cautious about it, so here is some additional information to get you more comfortable.
Let's review some things you should know before getting lasered:
- What skin types can be treated? Our laser at Choice can treat all skin types (from very fair to very dark), but some darker skin types may need to use a lightening cream over the desired area before starting treatment.
- Is it painful? There is some pain but our Nd:YAG laser by Cynosure follows each spot with a cold stream of air to minimize pain (a big plus for those of us with low pain tolerances!)
- How long will it take? While each treatment takes between 30 minutes to an hour, 5 or 6 treatments are needed for optimal results. Treatments should also be scheduled every 6 weeks for optimal results.
- What areas can be treated? Laser hair removal can be used on basically any part of the body: back, chest, bikini line, face (including the upper lip and chin), neck, and shoulders. For the more intimate areas, feel free to ask for our female physician Sydne Miller, PA-C.
Have more questions about laser hair removal? Call our office at (908) 766-7546 to schedule a consultation or message us on Facebook! We're happy to answer any questions, comments, or concerns. And remember, all laser hair removal treatments are 10% off until February 28th!
p>We all want it - a defined jawline, strong profile, and chiseled chin. But what seems to always get in the way? Submental fullness that sits right under your otherwise gorgeous profile! This submental fullness, or "double chin", can have many causes and affects both men and women. Some of these causes include weight gain, genetics, or aging.
You do not have to be overweight to have fullness under you chin, and sometimes diet and exercise won't make the condition go away. If you find yourself bothered by the fat beneath your chin, it may be time to look into Kybella.
Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under your chin to improve your profile. Once these cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Once you reach your desired aesthetic goal, you're done! After treatment, you can expect swelling, bruising, or numbness beneath your chin, and each treatment is administered at least one month apart.
Check out these beautiful before-and-after pictures of Kybella patients, and read their real stories here!