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Six Skin Care Myths – Debunked

 

Debunking The Myths About Your Skin

How do you know the information and advice you get about your skin is true? Skin care product brands spend millions marketing their products. Your friends probably have as much medical knowledge as WebMD.A�With so much misinformation out there, wea��re debunking six skin care myths.

6 Biggest Myths About Your Skin CareA�- Debunked.

Tanning is harmless:A�Exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB, accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Both UVA and UVB radiation can cause skin damage including wrinkles, lowered immunity against infection, aging skin disorders, and cancer.

Acne is caused by what you eat:A�Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum (oil) and obstruction of the pores. The amount of sebum produced by the skin is regulated by hormones only, not food. This includes chocolate, greasy food, soda, and fast foods. These foods do not have any effect on the hormones that regulate sebum production.

Topical antioxidants reverse wrinkles:A�Free radicals play an important role in creating wrinkles. Therefore, it makes sense that antioxidants will make skin more youthful. Unfortunately, there are no good scientific studies that show what type of topical antioxidant is effective. This research is being conducted now, but it is still too early. Right now the only topical product that has been proven to improve wrinkles is Retin-A.

a�?All-naturala�? skin care products are best:A�What exactly does a�?all-naturala�? mean? Unfortunately, this term can mean just about anything, and cosmetics companies use it any way they want. All cosmetics and skin care products have synthetic ingredients in them. Because a skin care product is made from a plant does not mean that it is better for the skin than a product created in a lab.

Expensive skin care products are better than inexpensive ones:A�The cost of a skin care product or cosmetic is absolutely NOT an indicator of effectiveness. The consumer industry would like people to believe that more expensive product have some special ingredient in it that makes it more effective. However, there are many products in every category that are effective and dona��t come with a high price tag. a�?Retinol is one of thema��so much science has been done on the value of it. Vitamin C and Vitamin A, have all been proven by science to work.

Men dona��t have as many skin problems as women:A�Untrue, men wrinkle as much as women and they get skin conditions such as acne, seborrhea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis just like women. Men also have additional concerns surrounding facial hair. It can be argued that men dona��t use sunscreen and protect their skin properly.

Six Biggest Myths About Your Skin Care. (Advanced Dermatology Associates & Dr. Larry Jaeger)

What is the Link Between Breast Cancer and Dermatology?

Link between breast cancer and dermatology is melanoma. Breast Cancer Awareness.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A�Breast cancer is the second most common formA�of cancer in women.A�About 1 in 8 women born today in the United StatesA�has aA�chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life. You may be wondering a�?But what does breast cancer have to do withA�dermatology?a�?A�What is the link between breast cancer and dermatology?

As a matter of fact, there is a direct correlation between breast cancer andA�melanoma. For many years, there has been only speculation as to

why the two cancers are linked.

According to a study by theA�Irish Journal of Medical Science, there is a strong association between breast cancer and melanoma. A�Women with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and women with melanoma are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.

a�?In general, patients with melanoma or otherA�skin cancersA�are always at higher risk of developing other malignancies,a�? Dr. Murphy commented. a�?But this is about a fourfold increase, which raises the possibility of a genetic predisposition linking the two cancers.a�?

The four-fold increase gives a greater likelihood of the two cancers being linked by a genetic predisposition. Additionally, it is found that women under 50 with breast cancer are at a higher risk of melanoma as are breast cancer patients who have been treated with External Radiation Therapy

The Irish Journal of Medical ScienceA�study corroborates the findings of journals such asA�Annals of Oncology and Breast CancerA�Research and Treatment, which reported that breast cancer patients have between 1.4 and 2.7 times the risk of developing melanoma. In addition, TheA�International Journal of CancerA�noted that female melanoma patients have a 1.4 times greater chance of developing breast cancer.

a�?All of these studies reinforce the importance of routine breast cancer exams for melanoma patients and annual skin exams for breast cancer survivors,a�? said Perry Robins, MD, President ofA�The Skin Cancer Foundation. a�?It is particularly alarming for young women as melanoma rates are increasing rapidly among this demographic.a�?A�MelanomaA�is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old. Women under the age of 39 have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.

The Foundation recommends that high-risk patients undergo an annual full-body skin screening by a physician. And self-exams are just as important, coupled with the practice of rigorous sun protection methods. Performed regularly, self-examination can alert you to changes in the skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer.

On behalf ofA�Dr. Lawrence JaegerA�and the medical staff at Advanced Dermatology Associates, wea��re concerned about your overall health. As the leading Dermatologist provider network in New York City, we strongly encourage both men and women to educate themselves with the proper knowledge and to seek the necessary medical care for decreasing the incidences of breast & skin cancer.

Visit Dr. Larry Jaeger and theA�Advanced Dermatology AssociatesA�at 200 Central Park South a�� Suite 107 in Central Park South/Columbus Circle neighborhood of Manhattan; or in the Bronx (Grand Concourse,A�Parkchester,A�Co-Op CityA�andA�Third Avenue) or contact us at (212) 262-2500 or toll-free at 800-545-7546 (SKIN) to schedule yourA�appointment.

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