Skin Safety

The Doctors share their top tips for keeping your skin safe, as well as provide cautionary advice for certain skin procedures.

Sunburn Care
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon  and Editor-in-Chief of Fitness Magazine, Betty Wong, discuss the best way to care for a peeling sunburn.

Dr. Ordon says that the blisters that form after a sunburn act as a natural dressing for tender, burned skin and advises against peeling it . He recommends soothing it with aloe straight from the plant and Betty recommends lavender oil.

"Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory qualities," Betty says. "Sit in the bath with a few drops of lavender oil, and voila, the pain is gon

Shield Your Skin with SPF

The most effective method of sun care is prevention, and when it comes to sunblock, there are a number of different options. Sun protection factor 30, or SPF 30, means you can stay in the sun 30 times longer than without SPF, but it is essential to re-apply it every two hours. Be sure to use SPF 30 or above anytime you're exposed to the sun.

Makeup containing SPF will not properly protect you from UV rays. Smooth on a layer of SPF 30 moisturizer as a base before applying foundation for a healthy, protected glow.

Babies are especially sensitive to the sun, as they lack the protective melanin that adults have in their skin, but sunscreen cannot be applied to the skin of babies under 6 months old. Some parents cover the carseat or stroller with a towel as a sunshade, but this can trap a dangerous level of heat. For a safer solution to shielding your infant from the sun, try the Babba Cover, a breathable, mesh fabric that has an SPF of 50
and fits over all standard carseat carriers. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears advises against using The Babba Cover on the carseat while driving, as you should be able to see your baby while on the road.

Some prescriptions, such as antibiotics and acne medication, can make the skin more sensitive to sun damage. Skin cancer develops in response to prolonged sun exposure and burning. Melanocytes in the deeper layers of the epidermis grow and form a tumor called a melanoma . The melanoma can then spread throughout the body and mutate into a fatal form of skin cancer . Adequate sunscreen and limited exposure to the sun are excellent weapons to fend off skin cancer.

UV Skin Protection
A new article of clothing not only protects against sun damage, but promises to treat it as well. Yelo Mod hat by Sun Soul uses fluorescent technology that allows the sun’s healthy rays to reach the skin, but blocks the harmful UV rays.

Practice sun safety! The most harmful UV rays of the day are 10a.m. –  3p.m. Whenever you’re out in the sun, always protect yourself with a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing.

Burn NoticeEric is a coffee shop barista who often burns his hands on steaming hot drinks. He asks The Doctors for the best way to treat the burns.

There are three types of burns: first, second and third degree:

First-Degree Burn
• Occurs when only the outer later of skin is burned. It is the least serious type of burn and can cause the skin to turn red, with slight swelling and some pain, such as a sunburn.
Second-Degree Burn
• This burn injures the outer layer of skin and extends to the second layer, which is called the dermis. It can cause the skin to turn red, blisters to develop and severe pain and swelling.

Third-Degree Burn
• This is the most serious type of burn and affects all three layers of the skin. It can char the skin or cause a dry, white appearance and can result in permanent tissue damage.  If a person is extremely burned, he or she may require a skin graft.

The Doctors demonstrate the right and wrong ways to treat a burn.

Tanning Beds
Some people believe it’s better to get a bronze glow from a tanning bed than spend a day outside soaking in the sun, but the truth is, the electric sun beds actually cause more harm. Studies have shown that the risk for melanoma can increase 75 percent if a person begins tanning in tanning beds before the age of 18.

“Kids don’t realize that when you get too much sun at an early age, that’s the sun that’s going to give you skin cancer down the line,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon cautions.

Oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro explains the dangers of tanning.

Tanning Health Scare Experiment The Doctors step in to help a teenager tame her tanning.  

More on skin cancer.

Spray It, Don't Bake It!
Go from pasty to tan with the Luminess, the first at-home airbrush tanning system. All natural and FDA approved, Luminess promises a safe, summer glow in 30 minutes that lasts up to two weeks.

Winter is here and it’s time to bundle up! Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause frostbite, which is when the fluid in the body’s cells crystallizes. The crystals then impede the flow of blood to the cells, and as a result, the tissue dies. Frostbite affects extremities such as the feet, hands, ears and tip of the nose first.

Learn the difference between frostbite and frostnip, and when you should be concerned about frostbite.

Chemical Peels Dos and Don'ts
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon is an old hand at chemical peels, a popular cosmetic procedure performed to refresh facial skin. Several different levels of peels are available, ranging in acidic intensity, and should always be performed by a medical professional.

Chemical Peels Can:
• Eliminate fine lines
• Correct sun damage and mild scarring
• Reduce wrinkles
• Even out skin discoloration
• Remove blemishes

Check out Dr. Ordon's dos and don'ts for chemical peels!

More on anti-aging procedures.