Monday, May 23, 2011

What Makes Us Different from the Rest

As a patient of Florida Skin Center, you not only get excellent dermatology care, but you become part of a practice that believes in giving back.   Dr. Badia and her staff at Florida Skin Center believe strongly in giving back to our community.  Throughout the year, you can see Dr. Badia and her staff involved in various projects and community events. In fact, Florida Skin Center has a volunteer committee which is made up of dedicated staff members that find projects and collect donations throughout the year to help those less fortunate in the community. 

Please visit to see what we are collecting for this month.

We annually work with March of Dimes, which is a national organization that helps raise money and awareness for preventing premature babies, and most recently attended their March of Dimes Walk.  We also are involved in Adopt a Highway, Edison Junior Parade and the Hispanic Chamber of Fort Myers.  Each year we hold our Grab a Gobbler event where we give out over a 100 turkeys to needy families.

Dr. Badia is involved in an organization called Girls Going Places.  This is an organization that educates young women about the financial and entrepreneurial opportunities available to them in the community.  Dr Badia also goes to local elementary schools once a month to educate our youth about the importance of protecting their skin from the sun.

The event that we hold most dear to our hearts is an annual event called Children’s Day: Dermatology from the Heart.  Dr. Badia thought what better way to give back to her community than to use her expertise in dermatology for those who need it most.  On Children’s Day, Dr. Badia and her providers give free pediatric skin exams from 9am-3pm free of charge. This year’s Children Day event will be held on June 18th.  The event is open to any child, because it is never too early to have your child’s skin evaluated by a dermatologist, especially for those of us growing up in Florida.  For more details about this event please go to .

These are just a few of the events we are involved in throughout the year.  Please visit our website to get updated on our newest project or event.

We hope to see you soon.
Florida Skin Center.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Test your Sun Safety Savvy

Summer is almost here.   That means it's time to hit the beach, breakout the barbeque and most importantly slather on that sunscreen. With summer closely approaching us,  it is important to protect our skin from the sun. How much do you really know about protecting your skin from the damaging affects of the sun? 

Let’s put it to the test. Take this quiz and see how you do.

1. The best way to protect your skin if you have to be outside on a sunny day is to:

a. Wear an SPF 15 sunscreen (or greater) and re-apply every two hours
b. Wear a hat
c. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants
d. Wear sunglasses
e. All of the above

The answer is E. It is extremely important that sunscreen gets reapplied every 2 hours. If you have to be out in the sun, seek shade periodically, wear a wide-brimmed hat to help protect your face, and cover up with a lightweight long-sleeved shirt or pants. Strong sunlight can also damage your eyes and the tender skin around them. Choose sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of ultraviolet radiation, and that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

2. If I only get a sunburn once or twice a year, I don't need to worry about skin cancer.

True. Getting as little as 1-3 bad sunburns as a child increases your risk of getting a skin cancer in adulthood.

3. The safest way to get a good tan is:

a. Slowly, using an SPF 30 sunscreen and avoiding midday sun
b. Laying out for 30 minutes before applying sunscreen
c. A tanning booth
d. There is no risk-free way to get a tan

Answer is D. There is no such thing as a safe tan.  Going to tanning beds as little as once a month can increase your risk of skin cancer by 50%.  It is always important to wear sunscreen whenever going outside especially here in Florida. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.

4. A good application of sunscreen will last all day.


False. Sunscreen gets broken down in the sun and needs to be reapplied every two hours for maximum effectiveness

5. Which provides more protection from the sun?

a. A dark colored tee shirt
b. SPF 15 sunscreen
c. A white T-shirt
d. A wet T-shirt

Answer is A. Tightly woven, darker-colored fabrics provide more protection than sunscreen or a T-shirt. Most T-shirts, in fact, provide only about the equivalent of SPF 4 protection, and even less than that if they are wet.

6. At what age can I start putting sunscreen on my child?

a. 1 month
b. 6 months
c. 1 year
d. 5 years

Answer B. Because of the chemicals used in sunscreen lotions, most dermatologists recommend not using sunscreen on babies younger than six months old. Instead, keep your baby in the shade and use protective clothing and hats.

7. When should sunscreen be applied?

a. Right before you go outside
b. After you get your beach towel laid out and find an attractive person to do the honor
c. 30 minutes before you go outside
d. An hour after you've been out, depending on your skin type

Answer is C. For maximum protection, sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before exposure so that the chemicals in the lotion have a chance to absorb into your skin. Sunscreen works by interacting with the skin to absorb, reflect or scatter the sun's UV rays.

So how did you score?  May is National Melanoma Month. If you have not had your annual skin check now is a great time.  And remember, it's never too early to get your kids checked as well.

We hope to see you soon.

Florida Skin Center