Summer 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 2)

Perry Robins, MD

A Message from
the President

While announcing his Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer in a press conference last summer, then Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak recalled a recent family beach trip where he “got sloppy” and neglected to reapply sunscreen after swimming. Despite being under an umbrella, Lushniak woke up from a nap with a sunburn. On a subsequent beach trip, he was determined to be more careful.

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Sun & Skin News: Summer 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 2)

  • As America Modernized,
    Sun Exposure Soared

    Step back in time to a beach day in the early 1900’s. The men are wearing trousers, overcoats, and wide-brimmed straw boaters. The women are in floor-skimming skirts and wraparound bonnets, holding parasols. Showing too much skin or tanning is taboo.

    As America modernized over the past century, however, clothing and swimwear styles evolved to show more and more skin.

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  • Young Mom’s Viral Selfie
    Warns against Tanning

    This spring, former tanning bed user Tawny Willoughby posted a graphic selfie to Facebook with her face covered in red sores and scabs. These horrifying marks were side effects of topical treatment she was undergoing for the skin condition actinic keratosis (AK). Crusty lesions caused by too much ultraviolet (UV) exposure from the sun, AKs can lead to skin cancers if left untreated.

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  • 5 New Sunscreen Products
    Do a Little of Everything

    Sunscreens have become impressive multi-taskers. You can still find pure sunscreens that just protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, but the latest offerings do that and more.  They moisturize, reverse aging, set makeup, and bond with the minerals in water to boost UV protection.  As skin care and cosmetic companies have recently made daily sun protection a priority, you now can find a variety of products—such as moisturizers, eye creams, and lipsticks—all with added sunscreen.  Check out some of the latest innovations.

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  • Ask the Expert

    After a long winter, my skin is pretty pale, and I want to get ready to spend summer outdoors. Should I start by doing some indoor tanning to develop a “base tan” to protect myself against sunburn? Or, should I acclimate my skin simply by getting a few minutes of direct sun exposure each day? Should I use a low-SPF sunscreen to prevent sunburn while trying to start a tan?Read More