In the field of dermatology, cosmetic enhancement has slowly positioned itself as the most in-demand area of interest amongst both patients and doctors alike. And with the popularity of aesthetic skincare never having been greater, dermatologists are looking to cash in on the plethora of patients willing to pay cash for cosmetic enhancement. As healthcare often dictates, doctors, like everyone else, must go where the money is. But despite recent trends towards cosmetics, dermatology is still one of the most important areas of medicine, as our skin, the body’s largest and some would say, most vital, organ, is susceptible to a host of skin disorders and conditions. One such skincare issue on the consciousness of many has been skin cancer. Within the past 20-30 years, more individuals were diagnosed and treated for skin cancer, than any other cancer combined – and with such alarming statistics, more research is being done on the harmful effects of the sun, UV rays, and their harmful exposure to our skin. Amongst many Manhattan dermatology patients, sun exposure has been a huge area for concern for years. While not so much for the health and wellness issues, but as tanning has a resurgence in the early 2000’s, many men and women in the city began to notice issues with the appearance of their skin, including things like hyperpigmentation, sun spots, wrinkles and more. As one of the foremost skincare experts, Manhattan dermatologist, Dr. Ritu Saini or NY Medical Skin Solutions, specializes in the treatment of skin cancer. And despite the recent shift towards sun exposure and skin cancer safety, the Manhattan dermatologist still believes many individuals lack the proper education on how to keep themselves safe from the sun’s harmful UV rays, especially all-year-round. Its easy to remember to wear sunblock during the summer, on a trip to the beach, but many Manhattan dermatology patients forget that despite their area’s cold climate half the year, that UV rays can often be more concerning in the winter months. To better educate you on skin cancer, skin cancer treatment, and the proper ways to protect yourself, here are a few vital facts to know.
· Indoor Tanning Still Isn’t Safe
While tanning and beach tanning had become quite popular during the early 2000’s, its use has since curtailed due to fears of skin cancer and sun exposure. But while many has since substituted this practice for the use of indoor tanning beds, Manhattan dermatologist, Dr. Ritu Saini and other experts in the field have presented research that shows that tanning beds can increase your chances of developing melanoma by upwards of 20-25%. Tanning beds often use UVA rays (long wavelength) without using UVB rays – which have a higher risk of causing burning. But while less likely to cause a sunburn, UVA rays are known to degenerate collagen faster and is more oncogenic – and thus has a much higher risk of causing skin cancer.
· Medications Can Increase Your Sensitivity to the Sun
One thing that is important for Manhattan dermatology patients before their next trip to the skin doctor, is to make a list of any and all medications they are taking or have taken recently. Often times, drugs like anibiotics or even skincare drugs like Accutane, can cause the skin to become far more susceptible to sunburns. Some medications are known to cause phototoxicity or photo allergy, which can explain certain adverse reactions to the sun’s UVA & UVB rays. Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Ritu Saini, ensures all her patients provide a complete and thorough list of all medications they are or have been taking recently.
· Not All Sunscreens Provide the Same Protection
Often times patients will opt for spray on sunscreens, but these options may not provide the protection you need. They might seem convenient, but they are often inhaled accidently, and the spray-on nature can leave patients with many empty, exposed areas. Also beware of any product that advertises a triple-digit SPF (100 or more), as these products are rarely ever provide the protection of a normal, quality SPF 30 cream sunscreen that is rubbed into the skin properly.
· Cloudy Days Aren’t Your Friend
This is often the case for patients in a city like New York, as they think that because of the lack of sunny days means their skin is protected from the sun’s harmful rays. However, this is very untrue. Even on cloudy days, behind the cloud cover, the sun’s harmful UVA rays are able to penetrate the clouds and make their way down to your skin. While the clouds do help in certain circumstances, in some the moisture within the clouds can act as a means of even amplifying the sun’s UV rays and cause them to beam down on you.
Skin cancer is a serious skincare issue, that must be taken seriously – both in terms of treatment and prevention. Be sure to take the proper steps to ensure your skin is not only protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, but regular skin cancer screenings and skin checks overall are a vital part to maintaining overall dermatological health and wellness. To schedule a skin screening of your own, be sure to contact Dr. Ritu Saini and her team at NY Medical Skin Solutions today.