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Dr. Schultz's Tips & Tricks

SPF Myths Debunked

By the time spring rolls around, we’re ready to get outside and live in the sun. If you’re spending time in the great outdoors, there are a few very important sun-safe habits to remember. Not to mention, there’s a lot of misinformation out there including sunscreen’s potency often coming into question. To really enjoy the summer months in all their glory and know you’re safe, it’s vital to fact check the truth... Read more >

Are Small Amounts of Sun Exposure Helpful to Your Skin?

Many people assume that spending time out in the sun will help increase their vitamin D level and, of course, give them that ever-elusive sun-kissed glow. But are you foregoing sun-safe habits for a little extra vitamin D you may not even need? Before soaking up those extra rays without adequate sun protection, weigh the potential hazards of premature skin aging and even skin cancer against the small gains of... Read more >

The Ultimate Guide to Sunless Tanning

Do you look and feel better when you have a tan? You’re not alone. Even some of the most skin-conscious people, dermatologists included, agree. But a tan is a major sign of skin damage, which can ultimately have dangerous results. Our summer secret for glowing, radiant tan skin is also our safest suggestion: self-tanner. Here’s how sunless tanners work. The formula temporarily stains the dead cells on the surface of... Read more >

Do You Really Need to Wear Sunscreen on an Airplane?

A 2014 study from JAMA Dermatology showed that pilots and flight attendants are twice as likely to suffer from melanoma when compared to the general population. That's potentially because the intensity of UV radiation, which increases by 15 percent for every 3,000 feet above sea level. And since airplanes typically fly over 35,000 feet, the radiation exposure is much higher than for those on the ground. So what does that mean for jet setters making... Read more >

The Truth About Alcohol and Your Skin

That pounding headache, nausea, and overall awful-feeling isn't the only side effect of overdoing it on the vodka tonics. Your skin suffers, too. Have you ever noticed how puffy and sallow your skin looks after a night of heavy drinking? Alcohol dehydrates your body, and your skin, causing small blood vessels to dilate and widen, allowing more blood to flow close to the skin's surface. That's where puffy eyelids and... Read more >

The Rules for Detecting Precancerous Growths

The ABCDE Rule A: Asymmetry—The two halves of your mole should match; if they don't, the mole may be precancerous. B: Border—A precancerous mole often has uneven borders with scalloped or notched sides. C: Color—Precancerous moles may be found in a variety of colors, such as shades of brown, tan and/or black. A melanoma can be red, blue, or other colors. D: Diameter—A mole that is larger than the size... Read more >

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