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What to Look For in a Good Sunblock

Hyperpigmentation such as age spots, acne scars, and melasma are darkened spots or patches on the skin. It is caused by an overproduction of melanin. Sun exposure is the main cause of overproduction of melanin in the skin. It can also occur after damage to the skin by conditions such as acne and eczema or injury such as a burn and after picking at the skin. Although no one likes to hear it, aging skin is also more prone to hyperpigmentation in the form of "age spots."

Prevention is key! All causes of hyperpigmentation are affected and worsened by sun exposure, therefore a good sunblock is essential. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends looking for 3 essential traits when shopping for sunblock.
1. SPF 30 or higher
2. Broad spectrum protection (UVA/UVB)
3. Water resistance
In general mineral based sunblocks offer superior protection with less sensitivity. These sunblocks contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The EltaMD brand of sunblock offered at Paradise Dermatology contain these ingredients and offer sun protection without clogging your pores. For acne prone skin or for the active person concerned about sweat, the ColorScience mineral powdered sunblock is a favorite at Paradise Dermatology.
To help minimize the appearance of hyperpigmented spots one of the many options is the Sciton BBL photofacial. With fast results and minimal downtime the BBL treatment can help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and also redness on the face.
As always, ask your specialist at Paradise Dermatology what you can do to keep your skin healthy and youthful!

Preventing Hyperpigmentation

While living in paradise has its advantages, most of us struggle with the effects of the hot, sunny climate and the Florida lifestyle on our skin. A common issue facing most people is hyperpigmentation. This is because hyperpigmentation is most often caused by UV exposure.

Hyperpigmentation is a usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. UV stimulates the pigment cells (melanocytes) in our epidermis to start making melanin. Sadly, most of the hyperpigmentation you have now you probably actually earned 20 years ago. It takes an average of 10 years for sun damage to translate into brown spots and it’s just being encouraged and worsened by current UV exposure.

There are other causes worth mentioning, including heat, hormones and injury or trauma to the skin known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). While these can and usually do have other contributing factors all types of hyperpigmentation will benefit from following the steps below to manage and improve the condition.

  1. PROTECTION: It’s absolutely imperative to protect your skin from UV rays. When staying out of peak sun is not an option, wear hats and sun protective clothing and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects from UVA and UVB. Today there are a wide variety of formulations from clear to tinted lotions, powders, water resistant formulas, natural sun blocks and sprays. One of my favorite products is Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50, a brush on mineral powder that makes reapplication super easy. Remember sunscreens only last a couple of hours!
  2. ACTIVE TOPICALS WITH NATURAL LIGHTENERS: Skin-brightening products use antioxidant vitamins and plant based extracts that not only improve hyperpigmentation but also deliver anti-aging benefits and boost skin function and health. Look for ingredients such as Vitamin C, licorice root, kojic acid, bearberry extract (alpha arbutin) and Niacinimide that work by inhibiting tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for the formation of skin darkening melanin and/or lightening skin. Nia 24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands contains Pro-Niacin (Vitamin B3) and a plant based brightening complex to visibly improve the appearance of sun damage on the chest, shoulders, hands and arms. As for Vitamin C, don’t miss Revision’s 30% Vitamin C lotion! It’s one of our most popular products.
  3. VISIT AN AESTHETICIAN: In office treatments such as HydraFacial, Dermaplane and Microneedling are excellent for lightening, brightening and tightening your skin as well as improving the penetration of your products. Come in for a complementary cosmetic consultation to talk about the best options available for your skin or take advantage of our 95.00 SUMMER HydraFacial Special and enjoy an amazing treatment while we analyze and get to know your skin.
  4. SEE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL REGULARLY: Your using a high quality Vitamin C, skin brightening and hydrating ingredients, and enjoying regular skin treatments and your skin’s appearance has really improved but you’re still dealing with stubborn discoloration. High potency lighteners such as Hydroquinone can be prescribed for maximum benefit. Paradise Dermatology Rebritaylize Pads are compounded in the office in 2%, 4% and 6% formulations. Advanced treatment such as laser is non-invasive and over the course of several sessions gives excellent results! Annual skin checks are a good idea for everyone and if in doubt it’s always best to check it out with a medical professional.

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Mole or Melanoma?

Summer is fast approaching and that means more fun in the sun! It is time to get sun-smart to prevent UV radiation from causing skin cancer. It is estimated that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from changes in our melanocytes, the pigment producing cells in our skin. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body. If left untreated, melanoma can spread to organs inside the body and ultimately lead to death. Melanoma is estimated to claim 10,000 American lives this year and is considered the most deadly type of skin cancer. However, if detected early, melanoma can be easily treated with a five-year survival of 98%! It is important to check yourself monthly and receive annual full body skin exams.

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for melanoma. It is recommended that you use an SPF of 30 or greater daily and to reapply often. Other risk factors for the development of melanoma include light skin and hair, many moles or freckles, those with a 1st degree relative with the diagnosis of melanoma, a personal history of a previous melanoma, or immune suppression. Melanoma is usually black or brown but can be multicolor, blue, black or colorless. When checking your own skin, it is important to remember the ABCDE’s of melanoma.


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Yes, men come to the dermatologist for more than their annual skin check. Here are some of the top skin concerns I hear from men and some of my recommendations:

1. Dry, flaky skin – most of the time this is a seborrheic dermatitis – a common rash that causes dandruff in the scalp, dry skin in the ears and dry, flaky skin around the nose, beard and eyebrows. It is a reaction to common yeast on the skin. Some patients improve with using dandruff shampoo to wash the effected areas. Others improve with prescription treatments like Promiseb or Alocortin A, which treat the overgrowth of yeast and calm irritated skin.

2. Oily skin – men don’t have powders and make up to cover up oily skin. They are looking for treatments to reduce the shine and oil. Many acne treatments reduce oil, so I usually start with those. Benzoyl peroxide (BP) washes and retinoid (aka Retin-A) products reduce oil production. Proactive and Panoxyl are two readily available BP washes. Now there is a topical retinoid available without a prescription – Differin is a gentle form of retinoid available over the counter. I also like the Revision Retinol Complete treatment – it is gentle and effective.

3. Aging skin – fine lines, crow’s feet and brown spots. Sun exposure is primarily responsible for signs of skin aging, so I always remind men to wear sunscreen everyday and wear a hat when outdoors. Revision Intellishade is a great Super Sunscreen – it SPF 45 with antioxidants and peptides to reverse skin aging. Popular treatments with men include Botox for crow’s feet and frown lines, Forever Young BBL laser to even out brown spots and redness, and Kybella to reduce the double chin.

My aim with my treatments and recommendations is to maintain good skin health, keep things simple, and deliver results.MEN BFW DEJE MPC wise guys 1505 CC

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As we age, one of the most common concerns we have is the appearance of wrinkles. And although the formation of wrinkles is a natural part of the aging process, we’d all like to find the best techniques for diminishing them. At Paradise Dermatology, a few of our favorite treatment options are Restylane® Refyne and Restylane® Defyne. These new next generation fillers are used to smooth wrinkles and folds that may form at the sides of your nose down to the corners of your mouth—AKA, your “laugh lines”. The key thing to know about these fillers is that they are safe, easy and produce lasting results.

Let’s dig a little deeper. Here are the main reasons why these fillers are at the top of our list.

  • These fillers are flexible and stretchable so they move within the face as facial expressions are made
  • This new XpresHAn technology™ produces very natural results
  • Results last 12 months
  • There is minimal discomfort associated with the procedure

Our providers; Sue McCann, ARNP-BC and Dr. Michelle Pennie have mastered their skill of injectables over many years of experience. They are happy to share this expertise with you in order to produce the most effective and natural looking results possible.

If you’d like to learn more about Restylane® Refyne and Restylane® Defyne, please give us a call.

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If you haven’t heard: April is National Rosacea Awareness Month. And while we’ve all heard about rosacea, surprisingly, 95% of Americans suffering from it know little to nothing about it—or its signs and symptoms. This may be due to the fact that it’s often mistaken for acne or other common skin conditions. So let’s break down what it is, what causes it and treatment options.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness in your face and often produces small red bumps similar to acne. Most people with rosacea seem to flush or blush more often than the average person. Rosacea can’t be cured, but can be controlled. Left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time. Using your medications faithfully can give you much clearer skin and help keep the symptoms from coming back.

What Causes Rosacea?

This is unknown! There are many theories about what can cause rosacea, though:
• Bacteria
• Blood vessel abnormality
• Neurologic abnormality
• Demodex (follicle mite)

What Triggers Rosacea?

There are many potential trigger factors, but they do not affect all people with rosacea. Here are the most common ones:
• Alcohol
• Spicy foods
• Stress
• Exercise
• Extremes of heat or cold
• Some fruits; including tomatoes, citrus and bananas
• Irritants applied to facial skin (soaps, astringents)

What Are Treatment Options for Rosacea?

• Oral antibiotics to reduce inflammation
• Topical antibiotics to reduce red bumps (Metrogel, Finacea)
• Laser ablation of dilated blood vessels
• Mirvaso cream to minimize appearance of redness and flushing
• Soolantra cream to reduce inflammation and provide anti-parasitic properties

Have further questions about rosacea? Give us a call or make an appointment today. We’re always happy to help!

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