We know that exposure to UV rays damages skin, but in our foolish youth, we may have worshipped the sun. Now we’re seeing the consequences: wrinkles, loss of elasticity and those nasty brown spots that are no longer considered cute little freckles.
Jennifer Ashley Albus and Andrew Arthur Fehlman
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in a good skin-care regimen. Removing the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal the more glowing complexion beneath helps maintain a youthful appearance and keep the skin healthy.
Although our skin is still covered by sweaters and scarves, before long, we’ll be baring our faces, necks and arms to the sun. We all know that sunscreen is crucial to protecting ourselves from premature aging, pigmentation and—most important—skin cancer. Yet another aspect of prevention is early detection of potential problems, so now is the time to take a close look at your skin.
No matter how much we fight it, aging changes the skin. We no longer produce copious amounts of natural oils to keep things smooth; and decades of sun damage, from those tans that looked so good when we were in our 20s and 30s, takes its toll as brown spots and wrinkles become more prominent.
A younger-looking face may be a matter of seeing the light. Whether you call it photo rejuvenation, a photo facial, photo biomodulation or low-level laser light therapy, delivering various wavelengths of light energy to the skin can result in a more even tone, reduced discoloration, less visible pores and a more youthful glow.
During the summer, when we are all complaining about the hot, humid Midwestern weather, we yearn for cooler, drier air. Well, welcome to winter! Now the air is so dry it crackles, and our skin responds in kind.
Our face: its expressions help us communicate with the world. But as we age, wrinkles can get in the way, affecting our self-confidence, personal relationships and professional lives, says Dr. Joseph Muccini of Mid-America Skin Health & Vitality Center. “We equate our wrinkles with what makes us look old to other people.”
If you’ve ever noticed a bumpy, red rash on your upper arms and thighs, don’t worry—this is not ‘arm acne.’ In fact, the little red bumps are not pimples. They are caused by a common, harmless and easily treatable condition known as keratosis pilaris.
The sun worshippers are out in force. And every year, no matter how much public awareness is raised, some people still insist on intentionally increasing their cancer risk. Skin cancer is no joke: It can be fatal—and it is largely preventable.
When Nicki Myers’ son, Reece, was 18 months old, he itched so much he bled from scratching. Reece suffers from eczema, a non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition that may be caused by an array of triggers. “He had a moderate to severe rash on his lower legs and arms that became so inflamed and irritated he would scratch in his sleep,” says Myers. “He’d wake up with open wounds, and it was quite hard to manage.” The Ladue mom recalls slathering her child’s legs with various prescription and over-the-counter creams and ointments, and then wrapping them with gauze and compression bandages to prevent Reece from continuing to scratch.
I have no proof or reasonable explanation about some things veterinary—things that were never learned in school; rather, just acquired on the job. One of those things is that every five years or so, all animals in St. Louis shed at an even more alarming rate that usual: 2012 has been one of those years. In the summer, people told tales of living room tumbleweeds, even for cats that live indoors! Shedding is one of the peeves of all pet owners, especially for the head vacuumer in the household. Let us discuss what we can do about it:
If there’s one modern malady that everyone seems to share, it’s stress. The demands of everyday life—working, parenting, fulfilling social obligations—can make even the most organized person feel overwhelmed.
When it comes to wrinkles, it’s easier to prevent than erase these early signs of aging. Procedures ranging from laser resurfacing to Botox to dermal fillers are available weapons in the war on wrinkles, but no one can ignore the importance of a good skin care regimen and top-notch products to help postpone the need for more invasive tactics.
The war on wrinkles really is a war on aging, says Dr. Joseph Muccini. Beyond just wrinkles, the enemies in the fight include skin damage, laxity, changes in tone, surface and color. With more than 20 years of experience in dermatology, Muccini is equipped to help his patients wage that war at MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center. “Wrinkles don’t occur in isolation; you need to consider everything in context to find the best approach for the patient to achieve the desired results.”
May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. In Missouri, the topic even gained the attention of state legislators who considered a law (HB 1475) that would require in-person parental consent before anyone younger than 17 could use a tanning bed.
Whether you call it eczema or dermatitis, you’ll know if you have it from the red, swollen, itchy skin that characterizes this common dermatological problem.
A nip and a tuck may not be for everyone, but we still want to maintain a youthful glow for as long as possible. Aging gracefully means different things for different people, and slowing the natural process may be ideal for some. That’s why there are so many over-the-counter (OTC) anti-aging products. But are they all they claim to be?
When it comes to things that aren’t good for us, some are easier to eliminate than others. For instance, we can say no to French fries and stop smoking, improving our long-term health outlook with healthier lifestyle choices. However, stress is one part of modern life that seems pervasive and can be a challenge to control.
Sweating at the gym is good; sweating outside during a St. Louis summer is unavoidable. And hot flashes are in a class of their own. But sweating uncontrollably when there’s no obvious reason, such as physical exertion, temperature or stress, is a problem.
August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month, and local dermatologists want people to know that there are newer, more effective treatments than ever before to help control the red, scaly patches caused by the disease.
Spring and summer seem to bring out our natural instincts: We spring clean our homes, clearing out unnecessary items and making way for fresh, new things. Likewise, this is a good time to spring clean your cosmetics case, tossing out heavy, oily makeup to make way for lighter, brighter and healthier products.
When the spring sunshine finally warms the earth, it’s very tempting to want it to warm our skin, too. And that’s okay—as long as you remember the sunscreen. But going out unprotected can be dangerous, no matter how ‘healthy’ you think a tan looks.