Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses study that found indoor tanning causes more cancer than smoking

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the study that found indoor tanning causes more cancer than smoking It’s no secret that indoor tanning is dangerous. To see just how harmful tanning beds can be, researchers recently compared prolonged UV exposure with other negative habits. The study results suggest that indoor tanning may result in more cases of cancer than smoking alone.

Tanning beds are often linked to skin cancer, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger strongly urges his patients to avoid indoor tanning. The UV lamps in tanning beds give off 10 to 15 times more radiation than the sun, which puts users at an even higher risk of developing melanoma.

The study included research that showed how common indoor tanning is among adults and teenagers. Out of the 500,000 people who participated, nearly 36 percent of the adults and 20 percent of the teenagers admitted to using a tanning bed.

Researchers also examined cancer rates and found that the number of skin cancer cases outweigh the number of lung cancer cases each year. While smoking causes around 363,000 cases of lung cancer annually, there are an estimated 419,000 cases of basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Additionally, there are around 11,000 cases of melanoma that could be linked to the use of tanning beds.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is passionate about proper sun protection.

As a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a strong advocate for practicing healthy skin care. He supports the ban of tanning beds for all minors in hopes that it will save future generations from melanoma and other skin cancers.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also recommends wearing sunscreen every day, even if you aren’t exposed to direct sunlight. He is especially supportive of the use of sunscreen in schools, where many administrators have banned the use of sun protection for children.  Dr. Joel Schlessinger appeared on the Huffington Post last year to discuss the implications of this ban.

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A new study shows daily sunscreen use could slow signs of aging. Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

A new study shows daily sunscreen use could slow signs of aging. Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Wearing sunscreen every day may help prevent photoaging of the skin, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine titled “Sunscreen and Prevention of Skin Aging: A Randomized Trial.” The study found that regular sun protection helps prevent signs of aging, helping people look younger longer.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger isn’t surprised that sunscreen could be beneficial in more ways than one.

Daily sun protection is something Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other dermatologists have stood by for years, but this is the first large-scale study to support this advice.

The study had one group of participants use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day while another group used the product at their discretion. After four and a half years, the people who wore daily sun protection were 24% less likely to show more rapid signs of aging.

The importance of a daily sunscreen is something Dr. Joel Schlessinger stresses to all his patients. A broad spectrum sunscreen is essential because, while all sun protection products fight UVB rays that burn the skin, not all formulas protect against UVA rays that age the skin. Shielding your skin from both aging and burning rays promotes a more youthful appearance.

It’s also important to apply sunscreen correctly, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

UV damage can reach your skin even if you’re inside all day. For optimal results, apply sun protection to your face, neck, arms, hands and any other exposed areas every day. Additionally, most people only apply about 25% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. A full ounce, or the equivalent of a full shot glass, is enough to completely cover your skin. The product should also be reapplied after swimming, heavy sweating or whenever you spend more than a few hours outside.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger supports the ban of tanning beds for all minors

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger supports the ban of tanning beds for all minors
A recent report noted that Maine lawmakers are considering banning the use of tanning beds for all people under the age of 18. If this bill passes, Maine will be the third state to ban those under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed.

The current law permits minors to tan indoors if they have a signed note from a parent or guardian. The new bill would ban all tanning for minors. Other states that currently have this ban are Vermont and California.

Other states have made similar restrictions, such as prohibiting tanning among children under the age of 16 or requiring parental supervision.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is very happy to see these bills beginning to become more popular.

“I am so happy to see that these bills are proceeding,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “This is a hugely important concern to all dermatologists and worth passage to guard our children from harm.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has always been a strong supporter of protecting all people from damaging UVA and UVB rays that can cause skin burns, premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer.

“In Nebraska, I am proud to be a supporter of the same sort of bill and hope that this will save future generations from melanomas and skin cancers they might have developed.”

Find out other measures Dr. Joel Schlessinger has taken for enhanced sun protection safety.

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is very passionate about healthy skin that is well-protected from the damaging effects of the sun. He recommends wearing sunscreen every day, even if you aren’t exposed to direct sunlight. Discover Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite sunscreens here.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is also a strong advocate for the use of sunscreen in schools. Many schools have banned the use of sunscreen for children, yet these children are still exposed to direct sunlight during outdoor recess. Dr. Joel Schlessinger appeared on the Huffington Post this past summer to discuss the implications of this ban.

Would you support a ban of tanning beds for all minors? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Learn more about SkinMedica LYTERA Skin Brightening Complex from Joel Schlessinger MD

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

This new, non-hydroquinone hyperpigmentation treatment addresses concerns like melasma, age spots, photoaging, pregnancy mask and sun damage. SkinMedica LYTERA Skin Brightening Complex diminishes dark spots by lightening existing hyperpigmentation and preventing future damage to the skin. It also smooths rough skin through exfoliation and supports the moisture barrier to prevent dehydration. LYTERA is ideal for most complexions and uses a patented blend of non-irritating ingredients to provide improvements in:

  • Skin tone
  • Overall appearance
  • Radiance and clarity
  • Severity of hyperpigmentation

Joel Schlessinger MD suggests this non-hydroquinone treatment for a more even skin tone.

Ingredients like niacinamide, squalane, retinol, algae extract and licorice root extract work to rehydrate, soften, lighten and strengthen your skin. The LYTERA formula causes little to no irritation, making it ideal for even the most sensitive complexions. With regular use two times each day, you can experience visible improvements in as few as four weeks with noticeable changes continuing over six months.

To experience best results, apply SkinMedica LYTERA Skin Brightening Complex to the face, neck, décolletage or other affected areas twice daily. When used each morning and night on only the face, one bottle should last approximately 60 days. LYTERA can also be paired with other SkinMedica products like TNS Essential Serum.

Learn more about hyperpigmentation and how to prevent it from Joel Schlessinger MD.

To learn more about the different forms of hyperpigmentation, read:

Prevent discoloration and sun damage with recommendations on the best sunscreens from Joel Schlessinger MD.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger supports complaint against Jersey Shore TV show

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger supports complaint against Jersey Shore TV showThe Skin Cancer Foundation recently lodged a formal complaint against the Federal Trade Commission about the television show, Jersey Shore. The Skin Cancer Foundation claims that this television show is a “health-hazard” because the “still available episodes of the show promote tanning, especially in tanning beds, which encourages young viewers to engage in a cancer-causing habit.”

Jersey Shore is a reality television that follows eight housemates spending their summer at the Jersey Shore. In the show, the eight stars consistently use tanning beds to darken their skin.

The Skin Cancer Foundation would like to see the Federal Trade Commission look into this claim while MTV puts warning labels on all reruns and online episodes. They would also like to see warning labels on all products, advertisements and games tied to the television show, warning of the dangers of tanning.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is very passionate about this issue and supports The Skin Cancer Foundation’s efforts.

“Shows like this end up encouraging young people, including children, to take up a habit that has been shown to cause cancer,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“Just like television and the film industry essentially toned down the appearance of smoking in their movies and shows, this can do the same for tanning.”

MTV has responded to the request, saying that while it does not plan to include warnings on the show, it does applaud the organization’s “efforts to bring attention to these issues, which are important to our audiences and the public health.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger hopes to see a change in the portrayal of tanning beds on television.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has high hopes for this complaint as he sees this as a serious issue in our society today.

“I hope it succeeds and wish Dr. Sarnoff and the Skin Cancer Foundation success!”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is passionate about stopping the spread of skin cancer, especially in adolescents. Learn more about Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s involvement in the fight for skin cancer.

Do you think Jersey Shore leads to more tanning bed use? Tell us your opinions in the comments.

Click here to read the article “‘Jersey Shore’ still promotes tanning, group says,” featured in USAToday. 

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about melasma

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation often caused by uncontrolled exposure to sunlight or pregnancy. This patchy discoloration, usually appearing on the cheeks, nose, upper lip and chin, is a common skin condition for many women between the ages of 20 and 50. Fortunately, there are several products available to help diminish these dark spots.

Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation on frequently asked questions about melasma discusses the causes of this condition and highlights several recommendations for products proven to help minimize dark spots. For specific treatment options, you should make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

How do you treat melasma? Share with us in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD gives advice about topical wrinkle treatments

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Joel Schlessinger MD gives advice about topical wrinkle treatmentsAs we age, our skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner. Eventually creases and lines form in the skin. Similarly, when our skin is damaged by the sun, free radicals or other harmful environmental factors, furrows and folds begin to develop in the weakened skin. These creases, folds and furrows are also known as wrinkles.

To many, wrinkles can be seen as unsightly. While there are many cosmetic and plastic surgery options to fix these wrinkles, many people may want a less evasive way to treat and prevent future wrinkles. Joel Schlessinger MD tells us what topical products can be used to treat wrinkles.

What causes wrinkles? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

“Wrinkles can take the form of a crease or can simply be evidenced by accelerated sun damage,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Joel Schlessinger MD says it is important to note that what works is often dependent upon the patient.

“What is important for a 25-year old is clearly not the same for a 45-year old,” he said. “The region of the country matters, too – someone in Florida, with the humidity and sun, is going to be more concerned about sun protection than someone in Minnesota, for example.”

It’s very important to note factors that have caused wrinkles in people before selecting a proper topical treatment. However, generally speaking, there are several products that have been known to make a difference in wrinkles.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares his recommended topical wrinkle treatments.

“When I see a person with wrinkles in the office, I always encourage them to try Retin A or some form of it,” said the doctor.

Retin A is a prescription cream that improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other common skin ailments like acne and dark spots. It promotes the turnover of healthy skin and the growth of collagen, leaving your complexion looking younger and smoother.

Make an appointment with Dr. Joel Schlessinger to learn more about Retin A.

“Additionally, if a patient has pigmentation issues such as brown spots, melasma (splotches) or roughness along with their wrinkles, I encourage them to try the Obagi regimen.”

The Obagi skin care line offers condition-specific skin treatments that work aggressively yet gently. With regular use of the regimen, you’ll see a dramatic improvement in skin texture and tone.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger conducted a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal that confirmed increased benefits of the Obagi regimen when used in conjunction with Botox injections. After 120 days:

  • 89 percent of participants were satisfied or extremely satisfied with overall facial appearance
  • 93 percent of participants were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the treatment regimen
  • 100 percent of participants wished to continue treatment after close of the study

For the best wrinkle treatment for your skin, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends visiting your local dermatologist for a catered skin care regimen.

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Joel Schlessinger MD shares his recommendations on the best sunscreens

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Joel Schlessinger MD shares his recommendations on the best sunscreens
Although the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping, the sun is still emitting harmful UVA and UVB rays that can cause burns, premature aging and skin cancer. To shield your face and body from these rays in the cooler months, it’s still a necessity to wear sunscreen every day. Dr. Joel Schlessinger gives us his recommendations on the best sunscreens to use daily.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends Obagi sunscreen for general everyday use

If you have normal skin, a great daily sunscreen is Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50. Joel Schlessinger MD says this is a great sunscreen with excellent coverage that doesn’t look white on the skin.

Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 is a sheer, elegant formula that leaves a matte finish while it gives you incredible protection. This sunscreen contains both physical and chemical sunscreens so rays will both absorb and deflect.

For oily or acne prone skin, Dr. Joel Schlessinger applauds ultra-light, oil-free sunscreens.

For acne prone skin, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends EltaMD UV Clear or La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.

“These are both great options with good UVA and UVB coverage that won’t irritate acne prone skin,” the doctor says.

These sunscreens are also gentle options that work for a variety of other skin conditions like rosacea and hyperpigmentation. Recommended by many dermatologists, these sunscreens are perfect for skin that is easily irritated.

Brush-on sunscreens are also one of the doctor’s favorites.

Colorescience Sunforgettable products contain broad spectrum protection in the form of a makeup brush. Simply sweep these products on your skin for a touch of color and superior protection. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends these products for quick touch-ups throughout the day, as they make a perfect companion for your purse or pocket.

Find more excellent sunscreen options for all skin types at LovelySkin.com.

Joel Schlessinger MD says that he recommends sunscreen based on the skin conditions a patient may have. If you have a skin condition that may prevent you from using a general sunscreen, it is best to get advice from your dermatologist.

What’s your favorite sunscreen? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger on the best ways to stay safe from the sun

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Dr. Joel Schlessinger on the best ways to stay safe from the sun

There is more than one way to shield you skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends using a combination of sunscreen, sun protection hats, clothing and other innovative methods to protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation.

The cardinal rule of sun protection is to always wear a sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15 and to reapply it throughout the day. Protecting yourself from premature aging and skin cancer can be more complicated than just applying a lotion, however.

“Sunscreen is a great start, but in order to provide the most protection, other measures should be implemented,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger said.
One such measure is sun protection hats. Tilley Hats are a best-seller at LovelySkin.com – their wide brims offer shade from the sun and an added layer of defense for your scalp. Tilley sun protection hats also come in a wide range of styles, sizes, colors and materials, so you can easily find an option that suits your lifestyle.

Sun protection clothing is another option. While long sleeved shirts and lightweight pants are a few dermatologist-recommended styles, many companies are coming out with specifically designed sun protection clothing. For fair and sun-sensitive skin types, clothing with a Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) value enhances their protection against sun damage and related health risks. Sun protection clothing carries a UPF rating between 15 (good) to 50+ (excellent).

Other innovative treatments are also hitting the market. One such treatment is Heliocare, a sunscreen pill that offers supplemental protection against excessive sun exposure. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends that it be used along with sunscreen two or three times a day. He also suggests this sunscreen pill for patients with a sun allergy or vitiligo.

To purchase your daily SPF lotion, sun protection hats, the Heliocare sunscreen pill and more, visit the sun protection product section at LovelySkin.com.

What is SPF? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains broad spectrum sunscreen and new FDA rules

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Everyone should wear sunscreen every day to protect skin from the damaging rays of the sun. But how much do you know about your sunscreen from the label? And what is SPF?

SPF, also known as sun protection factor, is a measure of the effectiveness of your sunscreen products. The higher the number, the more protection your skin will receive against the sun rays.

UVA and UVB radiation are two different kinds of sun rays that cause different problems for your skin. UVB rays cause skin burns while UVA rays cause premature aging, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer.

“SPF only pertains to UVB rays, not UVA,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Both can cause skin cancer, so it is a good idea to get a broad spectrum sunscreen if possible.”

Federal sunscreen rules are undergoing many changes, as mandated by the Federal Drug Administration. The FDA is requiring all sunscreen manufacturers in the United States to disclose if they protect against UVA and UVB radiation.

Sunscreens that do not shield against UVA rays or that have an SPF less than 15 will be required to have a warning label that they do not reduce the risks of skin cancer. The highest number of SPF will now be an SPF 50+. For a product to be a broad spectrum sunscreen, they must now guard against both UVA and UVB radiation.

Learn more about what is SPF and the new FDA regulations in regard to sunscreen here.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite broad spectrum sunscreen brand is EltaMD. For acne prone individuals, he recommends the EltaMD Clear sunscreen, now available in a lotion and a spray.

What is SPF to you? What’s the most important think you look at when choosing a sunscreen?