The American Academy of Dermatology cautions outdoor workers to be aware of an invisible hazard: the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Exposure to these rays for hours is a major risk factor for a number of skin cancers, including melanoma – the most serious form.
The academy notes that outdoor workers receive more UV radiation exposure than other workers.
It may be tempting to squeeze a large pimple, but doing so could make the zit worse, skin doctors say.
Up to 50 million Americans struggle with various forms of acne, particularly red, swollen, painful bumps that develop deep in the skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
There are better, more effective ways to manage acne, said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Meghan Feely.
Like anything that seems too good to be true, most of the claims made by over-the-counter skin-care products probably are. Because products like moisturizers, night creams, and foundation with supposed anti-aging properties are categorized as cosmetics, not drugs, their marketing claims are not held to the same level of scrutiny that medicines are. They may not even be required to undergo scientific trials at all.
That’s not to say everything on the market is a waste of your money and hope, however. We spoke to board-certified dermatologists to find out what can actually help stave off wrinkles and other signs of aging – and what you shouldn’t bother with.
Fighting age Opens a New Window. is like fighting gravity. But just as you can hop into an anti-gravity chamber to float weightlessly, you can start an anti-aging Opens a New Window. regimen to thwart fine lines, wrinkles Opens a New Window. , enlarged pores, dark spots, and loose skin. (There’s a lot to look forward to—as early as your 20s.)
We went to the experts to learn the best ways to prevent (and reverse) these superficial signs of aging. Here’s what our group of board-certified dermatologists suggest you do routinely if you want to look as young as possible—and naturally so—for as long as possible.
When it comes to treating the signs of aging, many women used to take a wait-and-see approach. As in, wait until they see a wrinkle or age spot, then do something about it. Not anymore.
According to dermatologist Harold Lancer, MD (whose Beverly Hills office is frequented by Kim Kardashian, as well as Margot Robbie and Brie Larson), his twenty- to thirtysomething patients have learned from their mothers and become the what-if generation.
As in, “I may not have forehead lines now, but what if I get them when I’m 40?” Here’s how they’re taking steps to slow aging skin.
Aside from avoiding the sun’s harmful UV rays, it can be incredibly confusing to figure out not only which products (like serums, moisturizers, and eye cream) we should use to prevent the signs of aging but also when to start incorporating them into our routines.
A number of dermatologists say it’s never too early to start an anti-aging regimen, but most agree that starting in your late 20s to mid-30s is a good time.
There’s no denying that being in the sun makes us feel better. It increases serotonin levels and depending on how strong the sun is, can help our bodies produce vitamin D.
But how much of your knowledge about tanning and sunburn matches the scientific consensus?
According to a study by German dermatological advisors derma.plus, New Zealand ranks the highest for new cases of skin cancer worldwide by population, closely followed by Australia.
The UK comes in the top 10, with 460 new cases by population.
Applying sunscreen at all is obviously better than skipping this step, but if you don’t know how to apply sunscreen the right way — like how much you should be using, when and how often to reapply, which SPF formula is best for your skin type, etc. — the odds of your skin coming out of the sun unscathed are slim.
The good news is, there’s no such thing as over-applying sunscreen — in fact, when in doubt, dermatologists suggest the best move is to actually apply more than what you think might be necessary.
According to researchers from King’s College sunscreen users receive less than half of the sun protection than they think. Use of higher SPF is required to block the cancer causing rays, as published in the journal Acta Dermato-Venereology.
Just how much sun protection people receive was assessed in this first of its kind experiment investigating DNA damage in the skin after lowering sunscreen thickness under 2mg/cm2 manufacturers SPF thickness rating.