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A Pill to Protect You From the Sun? Don't Believe It, FDA Says

Posted 2 days 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – If you think popping a pill will somehow keep your skin safe while you tan, think again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to companies marketing supplements that they claim will counter the effects of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. "We've found products purporting to provide protection from the sun that aren't delivering ...

Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

Posted 25 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids aged 11 to 17 years. The investigators found that parents who are less likely to believe that indoor tanning is harmful for teens include: Fathers. Parents who'd used indoor ...

It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

Posted 11 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 – Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you're safe from sun-related skin damage. "The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days," said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "In fact, many people don't ...

Health Tip: Avoid UV Radiation

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation coming from the sun is a major cause of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests how to minimize the effects of UV rays: UV rays are strongest between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. If you must be outside during this time, stay in the shade as much as possible. Always wear sunscreen when you're outside. Cover most parts of your skin with clothing. Wear a hat ...

Almost 4 in 10 Tanning Salons Flout State Laws

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – Nearly 40 percent of indoor tanning facilities ignore state laws that curb teen tanning, a new survey finds. To protect teens, most states have laws that prevent or create obstacles to using tanning salons, but nearly 2 million high school kids still get indoor tans, said the researchers who conducted the survey. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified ...

Timely Tips for First-Degree Burns

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – First-degree burns are common and many can be treated at home, a dermatologist says. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, first-degree burns involve only the top layer of skin and often occur after contact with hot surfaces, like a curling iron or a stove. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. A first-degree burn may cause red and painful skin and mild swelling. ...

1 in 5 Young Women Who Tan Indoors Get Addicted

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – More than 20 percent of young white women who've been to a tanning salon become addicted to tanning – even though doing so raises their risk of deadly skin cancer and premature skin aging, a new study reports. These women seem to depend on tanning to feel attractive and often show symptoms of depression, the researchers said. "Indoor tanning remains a public health ...

Start Skin Cancer Prevention Early, Health Experts Say

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – How to keep from developing skin cancer should be something all doctors discuss with the parents of their young, fair-skinned patients, suggests the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Those conversations should begin much earlier than previously recommended – starting when a child is just 6 months old, according to new recommendations from the task force. "Providing ...

How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen?

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – It may be easier than ever to find sunscreen with all the right stuff, but be sure to read the label or you could still get burned. Most sunscreens sold at major U.S. retailers and their websites now offer broad-spectrum protection, are water-resistant and have an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends, a new ...

Health Tip: Don't Use Sunscreen on Newborns

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Applying sunscreen on infants aged 6 months and younger isn't a good idea, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Chemicals used in sunscreen can harm newborns, who should avoid the sun altogether. Young babies can't regulate body temperature properly, making them especially prone to overheating and dehydration, the agency says. The FDA recommends: Keep infants out of the sun as much as ...

Melanoma Isn't the Only Serious Skin Cancer

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – A type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is increasingly common in the United States, so people need to be alert for signs of the disease, an expert says. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. "While other skin cancers may be more lethal, they're less ...

Health Tip: Getting Too Much Sun?

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Applying sunscreen liberally and often helps protect you from a nasty burn and damage to your skin. The American Academy of Family Physicians says failure to use sunscreen can lead to: Changes in your skin, including moles and freckles that may turn into skin cancer. Premature aging of your skin, including emergence of dark spots, a leathery appearance and wrinkles. A weaker immune system ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes During Summer

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- To prevent skin damage, you apply sunscreen. But how can you protect your eyes from the summer sun's glaring rays? The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) light. Look for glasses labeled as "100% UV protection." Styles that wrap around your head may offer added protection. Wear a hat with a wide-brim. Keep yourself and your kids out of direct ...

Smart Steps for Sun Protection

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – You know you're supposed to slather on a high-SPF sunscreen before going out in the sun, but these five steps will help you double up on that protection. First, it's important to know that there are two types of harmful ultraviolet rays. UVA rays cause lasting skin damage and aging. UVB rays cause sunburn along with skin damage. Both can lead to skin cancer, so your ...

4 Ways to Look Younger Longer

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – There's no escaping the fact that there'll be another birthday candle on your cake this year, but that doesn't mean your skin has to give away your age. These four steps can help stop the wrinkles – and you're never too young to start. The main culprit behind aging skin is the sun's ultraviolet rays, including UVAs that penetrate your skin and damage collagen fibers. ...

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