Florida Skin Center is a dermatology office located in Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Fort Myers, FL. We treat adults and children of all ages for all skin, hair, nail, and cosmetic concerns.
We are excited to keep you up to date on everything that is going on with our office!
In an attempt to help patients better understand sunscreens
and how they protect you from the sun, the FDA began an initiative to
streamline sunscreen labels. Currently, sunscreen labels contain wording
that can be misleading and confusing: sunblock, sun protection, UVA, UVB, broad
spectrum, sweat proof, water proof, water resistant, and the list goes on!
Fortunately, new regulations will make it much easier for you to quickly
identify and select the best sunscreen for your needs. Below are the key
terms you need to understand when deciphering the new sunscreen labels:
Broad Spectrum: There are two types of radiation from
the sun that can harm skin, resulting in premature aging and skin cancers, UVA
and UVB. Broad spectrum suncreens have been proven to protect against
both of these harmful types of radiation. In order for a
product to claim it protects against skin cancer, it must be broad spectrum AND
contain a minimum SPF 15. If a product does not meet both of these
criteria, the package is required to have the following warning: “This
product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early
skin aging.” At Florida Skin Center, we suggest going a step beyond these
recommendations, by using broad spectrum suncreens with a minimum SPF 30.
Water Resistant: With the new regulations, companies
will no longer be allowed to claim a product is waterproof , sweat proof, or
sunblock. Instead, a product may be classified as “water
resistant”. Again, if the product is not water resistant, the label must
contain a warning alerting the consumer.
With so many sunscreens available today, choosing the best
one can be difficult. The new regulations should streamline the process
and increase your awareness of which products are best and why. Ask FSC
which sunscreen is most appropriate for you and will best meet your needs!
Remember, it is important to wear sunscreen EVERY day, reapplying regularly, in
order to prevent the damage that can easily result from the Florida sun.
Summer has quickly come to an end and the kiddos are
back to school.Hurray!With the new school year upon us, there is
one phone call every parent dreads “Sorry but your child has head lice.”Don’t worry you are not alone.Unfortunately, head lice are a very common
problem that affects millions of people each year.We know that doesn’t necessarily make you
feel better, but at least you are not alone. The CDC recommends the following
steps to prevent and control the spread of head lice.
Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play
and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities,
playground, slumber parties, and camp).
Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats,
sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs
and brushes used by an infected person by soaking them in hot water (at
least 130°F) for 5-10 minutes.
Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or
stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infected
Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other
items that an infected person wore or used during the 2 days before
treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat
drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned
OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the
infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on
housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid re-infestation by lice
or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or
Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not
necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed
through the skin.
Ok you did everything you could to
prevent them, but now your child has head lice.What should you do? Most over the counter lice shampoos (Nix or Rid)
work well to combat lice. Using the medication as directed is often all that is
needed.If that does not do the trick,
your dermatologist can prescribe a prescription shampoo or cream to treat the
lice, although these prescriptions are not always suitable for children. There
are many home remedies that can be used as well, although there have been
limited studies on their effectiveness. Home remedies include combing the lice
out or smothering the lice out by treating the hair with essential oils,
coconut shampoos and or Cetaphil.We
hope you do not get that call this year, but if you do there are very effective
OTC treatments available.
A new study has demonstrated a meteoric rise in melanoma
rates in young adults. Over the past forty years, young men between the
ages of 18-39 have seen a 400% increase in melanoma, while young women
have an 800% increase! Melanoma is a potentially fatal skin
cancer, but it can be prevented by following sun safety precautions and having
routine skin checks. Experts believe this alarming increase is due to
indoor tanning usage among young women. People who use tanning beds are
74% more likely to develop melanoma when compared with those who never tanned
indoors. Any amount of indoor tanning increases the risk of melanoma, as
well as the risk of squamous and basal cell carcinomas. Many states have
even passed legislation banning indoor tanning in minors. It is
imperative people of all ages avoid any indoor tanning and use sunscreen with a
minimum SPF 30 daily. Also, routine checks with the providers at FSC can
identify and treat potential problems. Following these precautions can
help you maintain young, and, most importantly, healthy skin.
right. There is an app for that. Check out these cool dermatology apps.
is a free mobile app that allows users to track moles for changes over time. It
also allows users to set notifications and reminders to preform self-skin
exams.It also has informational videos
and literature on skin cancer prevention, healthy skin as well as a skin cancer
Effects Booth-Predict Your Skin Future is free mobile app
that simulates the potential effects of sun exposure on your skin. It will also
help you predict how you might age as well as give you the UV index for your
location.Take the quiz to find out more
about your skin health.
Symptom Monitor is a free app that allows users to
monitor their psoriasis symptoms and flares. It will allow users to work with
their health care providers to help assess treatment progress.
All of these apps can be downloaded via iTunes for
free.Always remember if you
have any concerns about a lesion on your skin or your current treatment
regimens, it is best to speak with your health care provider.