What You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Treatment

Lasers, over the several decades that they have been used in medical treatments, have been proven to be one of the most effective ways to reverse changes to the skin caused by sun damage.  They can effectively treat skin conditions including dark pigmented spots, broken blood vessels, and a crêpey and irregular texture.

Using the concentrated beams of various wavelengths of light which is laser, we at Maine Laser Skin Care can do many things to your skin.  We can:

  • collapse broken vessels so they can be reabsorbed by your body
  • cause age spots to exfoliate and lighten
  • stimulate and tighten collagen to improve skin texture

While we use different laser wavelengths for various purposes, there are a number of commonalities that you should know before having a laser procedure.  Knowing these three simple pieces of information will make your treatment experience and your post-treatment recovery easier.

1.)  Lasers do not have to hurt to be effective.  With the majority of laser treatments, we here at Maine Laser Skin Care will numb the area to be treated with a topical numbing cream that will lessen and often eliminate any discomfort from the procedure, similar to the effects of Novacaine.

Most people after the first treatment will say, “That was not too bad!”  Usually every treatment thereafter is also comfortable.

2.)  There can be some downtime.  Following most laser treatments, there will be some redness produced by the heat of the laser that may persist for up to several hours.  We try to reduce this inflammation by applying cold gels to the skin before the procedure, a chilled tip to the laser itself, and a cold compress applied after.

Age spots may be darker for three to four days before gradually lightening.  In each case, we will discuss the likelihood and length of any downtime prior to treatment.  In most cases, makeup can be applied the next day without problems.

3.)  After laser treatments, you have to be careful about sun exposure.  Laser energy is a form of light energy, like sunlight.  Similarly, you don’t want to get too much of either, or of a combination of these energies, together on the skin.

When treatments are done, you have to remain very careful about sun exposure, especially in the summer.  I recommend applying a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen combined with wearing hats and utilizing other sun-protective measures (e.g. sitting in the shade, using an umbrella).  If sun avoidance is not practiced, you could burn or worsen skin pigmentation, thereby undoing the benefits of the treatment you just received.

4.) After laser treatments, maintenance is important.  As I frequently say to patients here at Maine Laser Skin Care, we can figuratively turn back the clock with some of our treatments.  However, we cannot stop the clock of aging and its effects on the skin.

Obviously, daily sun protection with sunscreen is important.  Early treatment of any other signs of aging or skin disease that arise is also crucial.

In the specific case of rosacea, we can improve and even eliminate the embarrassing redness, but we are not curing you of the cause, which is still unknown.  So, when more blood vessels appear on the face, they need to be treated again.

Hopefully, these pointers will give you more of an idea of what you will encounter in the course of laser treatments in our Augusta or Scarborough offices.  The technology of laser skin procedures is remarkable and continues to improve.

At Maine Laser Skin Care, one of foremost centers for aesthetic medicine in Maine, we pride ourselves on bringing the latest proven strategies to “beautify Maine one face at a time.”  Call us at (207) 873-2158 (Augusta) or (207) 303-0125 (Scarborough) to schedule your next free consultation and see how we can help you achieve your skin care goals.

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Getting Your Perfect Pout

Lip augmentation procedures have become among the fastest growing and more popular treatments on our menu.   People of all ages come to Maine Laser Skin Care seeking lip enhancement.

Frequently, as we get older, the pink portion of our lips gradually loses volume.  The tissue surrounding the lips also changes.

These changes can result in lines radiating out from the mouth that some people refer to as “smoker’s lines,” even if the person doesn’t smoke (which is more often the case these days).  In these situations, the volume within the lip and the lines around the lips both need to be addressed to get an aesthetically-pleasing result.

Many assume that those who request these services are seeking more full and youthful appearing lips.  However, we have found that the goals of lip improvement can actually vary from person to person.

Patients under the age of 35 tend to want increased volume in order to mimic the larger lip size of some celebrities.  Many people in this age group want others to notice the difference in their fuller lips, and they want to look better in their selfies.

Those patients over the age of 35 also want more luscious lips.  Mainly, though, they want to maintain a more natural appearance.

No matter what the person’s age is, we here at Maine Laser Skin Care have to make a judgment based on what would look best on that individual patient.  We also have to take the patient’s specific goals into account for that area of their face.

The same treatment is not going to work for everyone.  Sometimes, a combination of therapies and different types of fillers will need to be used to reach an individual’s goal.

In general, if someone wants purely volume in their lips, we tend to choose Juvederm UltraPlus.  UltraPlus is a thicker formulation of filler, and never fails to plump up the lips without looking like the patient has had the more notorious kind of work done.

If someone wants some volume, but a more subtle look with more definition to the lip borders, Volbella is a less thick choice, but its smooth texture looks very natural.  Volbella is also the product of choice for “smoker’s lines,” or perioral lines, as it lifts up these thinner lines without looking lumpy.

Although we use fillers predominantly around the mouth, there is a limited but definite role for small doses of Botox in this area.  When the muscles around the mouth are very strong, they can cause fine lines to radiate from the lips.

Botox can be injected into these muscles to relax them, and the fine lines become greatly reduced in appearance as a result.  If these lines persist even with Botox, Volbella can still be used to complement the effect on these lines.

Downtime is always a concern for our patients, especially in a very visible area like the lips.  Swelling and bruising are always a possibility with lip injections because the lips have a very generous blood supply.

To reduce these possible side effects, we try to minimize the number of injection points in the upper and lower lips.  It is also best for a patient to apply a cold pack to the area during the several hours after the treatment.

Thinning lips and pesky lip lines can be banished with proper application of dermal fillers and/or Botox individualized for the patient’s desires for volume and enhancement.  If you have any questions about your lips and how they can become enhanced, please feel free to call  our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 or our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 for a free consultation.

Your lips will thank you for it.  Meanwhile, we will continue our mission to “beautify Maine one face at a time!”

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Don’t Believe These Eight Sunburn Myths

Any reader of my blog posts knows very well how much I stress the importance of sun protection.  I don’t think I stress enough how vital it is to protect yourself from the sun, beginning with wearing sunscreen every day.

However, there are persistent myths about sunburns and the potential long term damage they leave in their wake that need to be addressed, especially in this summer season.  I have some of the big ones listed here in no particular order:

1.)  My makeup has SPF, so I don’t have to worry about sunburns.

Wrong.  Many cosmetics now have some sun protection built in.  However, the majority provide an SPF of only 15 or so, which is not sufficient protection against the sun, especially on the face.  You still need the extra layer of protection from  sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater.

2.)  Diet changes can prevent sunburn.

Wrong. While some foods that have high levels of niacin, such as turkey, tuna fish, avocados, and mushrooms, theoretically reduce sun sensitivity, no diet alone will really protect you from sun damage.  Eat what you want, but you still need to apply your sunscreen.

3.)  You can’t burn on a cloudy day.

Wrong.  When I say, “Wear sunscreen every day,” I’m not saying it for nothing.

Ultraviolet rays from the sun can penetrate clouds, so you can definitely receive sun damage especially on cloudy days.  That’s why we recommend sunscreen every day regardless of the weather forecast.

4.)  You can’t get a sunburn if you aren’t outside.

Wrong.  Unless you are in a building with no windows, or your windows or auto glass are treated or tinted to block UV rays, you can still get sun damage even while inside your home, office, or car.

In fact, most Americans tend to have more sun damage on the left side of their faces, arms, and hands due to sun exposure while driving.  If you know what the main difference is between American cars and British cars, you can probably figure out why most British, Irish, and Australian drivers tend to have more sun damage on their right sides.

5.)  If I use a higher SPF, I don’t need to reapply.

Wrong.  If you use a SPF of 100 for example, you can stay out longer before reapplying,but you still need to eventually reapply.  At an SPF 100 level, you should still reapply every 2 hours.

6.)  Tanning beds are a safer way to get color because you can’t burn.

Wrong on several levels!  First, no tan is safe unless it is a spray tan or bronzing lotion.  Second, if you stay in a tanning bed long enough, you will burn.

7.)  A base tan will protect me from sunburns.

Wrong.  This is a very common myth and has been studied extensively.  Having a tan is the equivalent of a SPF of 3-4, which is insufficient protection from the sun to alone prevent a sunburn.

8.)  An occasional sunburn is OK.

Wrong.  Every sun exposure in your life, including every sunburn, increases your lifetime risk of skin cancer and adds to your cumulative photoaging.

If you see any myths on this list that you still believe, I hope I have changed your mind.  If your family or friends actually say any of these myths to you or anyone around you, please inform them otherwise.  You can also forward them this blog post.

If I haven’t stressed it enough already (and I don’t believe I have), remember this: Wear your sunscreen every day while you are out enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

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Create A Summer Cocktail For Your Skin

Last year, we started highlighting one of our skin care products as a Product of the Month.  This promotion had proven to be so instantly successful that we continue it every month to this day.

This month, however, our Product of the Month for July is not one particular product.  Instead, it is actually our suggestions for various combinations of our skin care products that would be best for your unique skin concerns during the summer months.

In the summertime, humidity levels are generally higher, which inevitably increases a person’s skin moisture levels.  Because of this factor, most people do not need a moisturizer in the summer (except those with exceptionally dry skin).

Therefore, for the summer months, you can substitute a skin serum for your moisturizer in the morning and at night.  If you have very dry skin, you can also only use your moisturizer at night.

Aestheticians use the term “cocktail” to describe when topical skin treatments are combined together.  Our aesthetician Denise Gidney in our Augusta office recommends the following cocktails for your summertime skin care:

  1. Create a cocktail to replace your moisturizer by using one pump of C-Stem and one pump of Vita-Soothe.  Just mix them together and apply the combination to your face during the day and/or at night.
  2. To get a lighter feeling cocktail when it is hot and humid outside, use one pump of C-Stem and one pump of Vita-C 20- Brightening Creme in combination.  Combine and apply them the same way you would the first cocktail on this list.
  3. If you have oily skin, rosacea, excessive redness, or acne breakouts, use a cocktail of one pump of Vita Soothe and one pump of Green Tea Antioxidant Serum.
  4. As always, finish off any daytime skin care regimens, including the cocktails listed above, by applying sunscreen.

You can order any of the products mentioned by clicking on the product name above, and you will be taken directly to the listing in our online store.  Of course, on a hot summer day, you may choose the cocktail with which you are probably more familiar, an adult beverage cocktail, to refresh yourself internally.  At least now you have the information to create a favorite cocktail for your skin as well.

Enjoy the beautiful weather while we have it.  We deserve it after this long, harsh winter.

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Microneedling Improves Acne Scars

Anyone who has suffered through teenage or adult acne knows that having acne is bad enough.  The same people also know that scarring is a common complication that comes with acne.

Even more unfortunately, scarring can occur even when the acne is relatively mild and self-limited.  In other words, the scars that acne leaves behind can be worse than the original infliction, and they last longer.

Over the years, a number of treatments have been offered for improving acne scarring.  However, all of them have had limitations to varying degrees.

Usually I don’t start these articles on a seemingly hopeless note.  However, the hopeful part of this inevitable scarring is the fact that there is one particularly effective treatment for reducing the appearance of these scars.

A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology was conducted to assess the technique of microneedling.  Researches chose to study this specific technique because of its reputation for having very few complications, and its ability to also help reduce hyperpigmentation, which is the darkening that occurs with some acne scarring.

The results of this study showed a statistically significant improvement in their degree of scarring and in post-acne hyperpigmentation as soon as two weeks after the first treatment.  Unlike other previous treatments, none of the patients experienced any worsening of their scarring or hyperpigmentation.

During the study, all patients did experience the expected redness and dryness of the treated areas after the procedure.  However, these side effects disappeared within a few days.

I have been performing the latest generation of microneedling techniques for patients with acne scars for several years now, also with excellent results.  While this study show improvements after just one treatment, it is important to realize that the deeper or the darker the scar, the more treatments and the deeper the depth of needling will probably be needed.

The other nice feature of microneedling is that the downtime is limited. The person is very red and scratched in appearance immediately after the procedure and for 4 hours after until the initial medication is washed off.

Generally, the next day, the treated area looks slightly wind or sunburned, and then it gradually improves each day thereafter.  Women can apply makeup to their faces on the day following treatment.

Although microneedling is very good on the face for acne scars, we here at Maine Laser Skin Care also use it frequently for other types of scarring including traumatic scars, post-surgical scars, and stretch marks.  Both our Augusta and Scarborough offices have the equipment and expertise to perform microneedling for any of your scarring needs.

If you have any questions about dealing with old acne scars or the microneedling treatment specifics, call our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 or our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 to schedule a consultation or treatment.  As always, the consultation is absolutely free, and we give you a cost estimate for treatment at the end of the session with no strings attached.

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Longest Days of the Year Are Here

On June 21st, we celebrated the summer solstice, which astronomically means that the daylight hours in the northern hemisphere are the longest of the year.  For those of us in Maine specifically, this is to compensate for all the long, cold, dark nights of winter.

However, with this great opportunity and chance for better weather comes the danger of increased possible ultraviolet light exposure.  Despite all the benefits of solar power, the sun is not our friend as far as our skin is concerned.  We must consider the sun’s rays as harmful for the skin and protect the skin by wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen every day.

Sunscreen has been proven to not only prevent skin cancer, but also to prevent the aesthetically displeasing effects of photoaging.  Photoaging includes early crêpiness or wrinkling of the skin, visibly broken blood vessels, and age or sun spots in sun exposed areas.

Even though you have read and heard many of these recommendations in the past from me and others, I will reiterate them on the occasion of the summer solstice:

  1. Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine.
  2. Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure to allow a protective barrier to form.
  3. Choose only sunscreen that is labelled “broad spectrum”, meaning that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  4. Use about one ounce of sunscreen to effectively cover the sun-exposed areas of the average adult.  Many people say “about enough to fill a shot glass”, apparently for the bartenders among us.
  5. SPF, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, should be at least 30 on the sunscreen you used in order to prevent the effects of photoaging.  You may use a sunscreen with a higher level of SPF for added protection time.
  6. Sunscreen re-application is just as important as putting sunscreen on in the first place.  You should reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours, especially if you are going to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time.
  7. Even though some sunscreens are labeled “water resistant”, that term is not synonymous with waterproof.  Waterproof means that the sunscreen cannot come off when water is applied, whereas water resistant sunscreen comes off with water eventually.  Therefore, you should always reapply water resistant sunscreen after swimming or heavily sweating in the sun.

Now go out there and have some fun!  We waited all winter for this.  You deserve it, but just make sure you protect your skin so you don’t have any long term regrets.

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Don’t Forget Your Décolletage!

It is very common for people who come to Maine Laser Skin Care to address sun damage and aging issues on their faces.  In fact, we do a great deal of work on the face using lasers, Botox, and fillers to correct damage from years of neglect with great success overall.

After addressing the highest priorities areas of the face, women in particular frequently then look at their lower neck and upper chest.  When they look at that area, which is not hard to miss, they also see the negative effects of the sun and aging that have accumulated there over the years.

The skin on that upper-chest area, best known as the décolletage area, is distinctly different from other areas in that it is thinner and very susceptible to pigmentation changes.  This is especially evident when you compare the sun-exposed versus the non-sun-exposed areas of the décolletage.

There is a serious tendency to develop broken blood vessels and small darkened patches that concentrate in a triangular pattern.  The thinner skin in this area also tends to look crêpey over time if the collagen has thinned due to damage forces as well.

While the appearance of the décolletage may not be a problem during the winter, when this area is guaranteed to be covered up, it is a big problem during the summer, when people, especially women, tend to wear open neck shirts that expose that area.  Luckily, there are treatments to correct these sequelae of the sun and time.

Laser treatments can collapse broken blood vessels and reduce redness.  Lasers can also target age spots, freckling and sun spots and make the color and tone of the skin blend in better over a series of treatments.

The lasers can effect some skin tightening.  Ultimately, however, crêpey décolletage skin may require more aggressive therapy.

For the thinner crêpey skin look, we have used the more intense Fraxel laser, which resurfaces the skin in that area over a series of treatments.  We have also had excellent results with the use of micro needling, which tightens the skin similarly with less downtime.

Still, with all these medical treatments that treat these skin conditions, prevention remains the best medicine.  With the warmer weather and clothing that will expose the décolletage more regularly, sun protection with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 should be used daily.

Sunscreen with a high SPF will obviously prevent ongoing damage.  After you have done one or more of the treatments above, it will also protect your investment in your skin.

Now that you are more aware that treatment is available to your décolletage, assess your skin and call us for a free consultation to address your concerns before the summer season gets in full swing.  You may call us at our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158, or our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 to begin your journey to a new and improved and younger looking décolletage.

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CoolSculpting Is So Cool, It’s Hot

Since we at Maine Laser Skin Care have been performing CoolSculpting, the revolutionary body contouring technology, at both of our locations in Augusta and now in Scarborough, demand for the treatment has been extremely hot.  The recent national TV ad campaign, and people finding us through CoolSculpting’s official website, have also driven more demand to us in recent months.

CoolSculpting’s ability to reduce unwanted fat by up 25% in targeted areas that have been resistant to previous efforts at diet and exercise certainly helps its popularity.  It’s an added bonus that CoolSculpting can do all these things gently, effectively, and, perhaps most importantly, non-surgically.

As you may know, CoolSculpting works by precisely targeting low temperatures to fat cells beneath the skin.  This process freezes the fat within the fat cells.

When fat is frozen, it creates fat crystals that pierce the outer membrane of the fat cells, effectively killing them.  Amazingly, because of the precise nature of CoolSculpting technology, no other tissue is damaged besides the fat cells.

The latest generation of CoolSculpting technology, which is available in both our offices, has the advantage of being faster with each individual applicator treatment taking only 35 minutes.  During the treatment, most patients sit back and relax while reading, listening to music, or even sleeping through the process.

Once the treatment time is completed and the suction applicator is released, you will see what is essentially a block of frozen tissue and has been described by other patients as looking like “a frozen stick of butter.”  The aesthetician on duty then massages that area, and the patient will probably experience a “pins and needles” feeling as circulation returns to the treated zone.

Except for the superficial changes described above, you will not see any immediate difference following the treatment.  Your body needs to naturally remove and process the crystallized and damaged fat cells, and this process takes a little bit of time.

As the treated fat cells are eliminated from the body, the fat pockets will simply appear to fade away.  Some people notice changes as early as 3 weeks, but maximal results are seen in two to three months.  Fat elimination in a treated area can continue for up to six months after the procedure.

CoolSculpting should not be seen as a weight loss program.  It does, however, address troublesome areas of the body that many times do not respond easily to the rigors of diet and exercise.

While traditional weight loss does result in the shrinkage of fat cells, the number of fat cells remains the same.  They can even grow larger again if a person regains her weight.

The ultimate key to CoolSculpting is that this technology reduces the number of fat cells by cold destruction.  Once the killed fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.  Yes, they are gone permanently.  Even if you gain weight after the CoolSculpting procedure, you will not gain fat back within the treated area.

I always emphasize that the CoolSculpting process is much less costly and considerably safer than the surgical alternatives with virtually no pain or downtime.  You will be able to walk out after a treatment session and resume your normal activities without restriction.

Our CoolSculpting trained and certified aestheticians, Denise in Augusta and Tori in Scarborough, will perform a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for the treatment.  They will give you an estimate of the number of applicators or treatment zones needed to accomplish your goal, not to mention the associated cost.

If you want to join the hot trend of CoolSculpting, call Denise in Augusta at (207) 873-2158 or Tori in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125 for a free and confidential consultation.  They will answer all of your questions about this procedure and address your individual needs to see how this groundbreaking technology can help you.

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Facial Redness Affects Self-Esteem

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by persistent redness or erythema of the face.  It affects over 16 million adults in the United States alone.

More women tend to develop rosacea in their lifetimes than men.  The usual age of onset, regardless of gender, is when a person is in their 30s.

The most common symptoms of rosacea include persistent facial redness, temporary blushing and/or flushing, and pimple-like breakouts.  These symptoms predominantly develop on the central portions of the face, including the nose and cheeks, in 80% of rosacea cases.  A smaller percentage of more severe cases additionally have redness extending into their chin, forehead, and, in some extreme cases, even their eyes.

The redness is obviously the most striking and embarrassing of the symptoms associated with rosacea.  Of the women who have rosacea, 43% report having to use increasing amounts of makeup to cover up this increasing redness over time.

Since rosacea can be aggravated by certain behaviors or activities known as “triggers”, many rosacea patients avoid these behaviors.  Such “triggers” include sun exposure, hot baths/saunas, and consumption of alcohol.

A recent survey of rosacea patients in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology showed that:

  • 75% felt low self-esteem due to their condition
  • 70% reported being frequently embarrassed by their skin condition, with
    • 26.9% worried about how others react to their redness
    • 42.8% feeling unattractive due to rosacea
  • 72% cited the visible blood vessels and persistence of redness as the most bothersome symptoms.

Based on the above results , it is no surprise that the negative self-perception of rosacea patients increases with the severity of their redness.  More than 80% of those diagnosed with rosacea have visited a dermatologist or skincare physician for their condition.

25-50% have used topical products and/or oral antibiotics to treat their condition.  However, most of these survey respondents were frustrated with their treatment and its lack of long-term effectiveness.

Because of this dissatisfaction with current medication-based therapies, patients frequently come to our offices for laser-based therapies.  Increasingly, I am also receiving calls from dermatologists who are referring rosacea patients to us in order to help with complaints they receive of persistent redness and visible blood vessels.

Since the vascular lasers we use at Maine Laser Skin Care cause the blood vessels on the face to collapse, the body then reabsorbs the vessels and the redness is incrementally reduced with each treatment.  I can unequivocally say that the laser treatments we do for rosacea have a high satisfaction rate among patients which, based on the aforementioned study, is obviously resulting in improved self-esteem.

I do emphasize to rosacea sufferers that there is no cure for rosacea.  However, the good news is that we can manage it with periodic laser treatment after the initial redness is controlled.

If you have facial redness or a diagnosis of rosacea and frustrated with current treatments, call us in Augusta at (207) 873-2158, or in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125.  We can schedule you for a free and confidential consultation to see how laser therapy can help you.

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What You Need To Know About Sun Protection

The weather has suddenly become warmer.  With more layers of clothing being shed after this long winter we have had, more of your skin is inevitably being exposed to the environment.

Weather scientists (i.e. meteorologists) have documented a diminishing of the ozone layer and greater warming of the planet.  These findings mean that now more than ever, all of us need to be more aware of the sun and its increasing dangers.

Unfortunately, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that only 25-50% of people use the recommended amounts of sunscreen on a regular basis.  Surveys show that there is much misinformation out there about sunscreen that inhibits the greater use of this important protection mechanism.

May happens to be Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  Because of this fact, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit some common questions and dispel common myths.

First and foremost, sunscreen does not cause harmful side effects or cancer.  In the USA, sunscreens are regulated by the FDA as drugs, and undergo rigorous testing for safety and efficacy before being approved.

Multiple studies have proven that none of the compounds in sunscreen can cause cancer in humans.  The major fact to consider with this evidence is that the risk of getting skin cancer from sun exposure, including deadly melanoma, far outweighs the infinitesimal risk from the use of sunscreen.

Second, sunscreen is important for every skin type and skin tone.  Some people claim that because they have a darker skin tone and because they tan easily, they do not have to use sunscreen.

Even the darkest skin tones of people from, or who have ancestry tracing back to, places like Africa or India are only equivalent to an SPF of 6.  Those who never have sunburns will actually receive sun damage over the years that increases their risk of contracting premature skin aging and skin cancer.

Please, by all mean, enjoy the outdoors.  However, also remember the following points as you go outside in the coming months:

  1. No one should ever skip wearing sunscreen.  Apply it to all exposed areas of the body even on cloudy days.  Minimum use should be one ounce of sunscreen per application.
  2. If you are active outdoors during the day, reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours at a minimum.
  3. Wear more sun protective clothing such as wide brim hats, and some of the new varieties of SPF clothing.
  4. If you feel the need for vitamin D, take a supplement.  It is much safer than exposing yourself to the sun for the equivalent vitamin D production by your skin.
  5. Never ever use tanning beds!  Feel free to read one of my earlier blog posts for more information on why you should avoid tanning beds.

If you are in search of a great sunscreen that will not block your pores but will still be strong enough to protect you, check out our selection of sunscreens that we have for sale at Maine Laser Skin Care.  Each of these sunscreens has been chosen for its safety and effectiveness.

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