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13/Dec/2018


Protecting yourself in the sun is of the utmost importance. With 1 in 5 people developing skin cancer in their lifetimes, prevention should be at the forefront of your mind whenever you head outdoors.

Summertime is for getting outside and having fun with family and friends, but it’s also about being aware of what you’re doing to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. They may feel warm and soothing to your skin, but those rays are doing more harm than good.

That’s why using sunscreen and sun protective clothing is crucial for avoiding skin cancer and other ailments the sun can cause.

Our very own Laura Collins, APRN, DCNP, weighs in on some very impactful information about sun protective clothing and how it can help you.



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What is sun protective clothing?

While many different types of clothing can protect you from the sun’s rays, there are fabrics specifically made to protect your skin more so than normal materials.

“Garments manufactured with certain types of fabrics, dyes, weave structures, and thread counts with the intention of shielding a person’s skin from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation are known as ‘sun protective clothing.’

Over the past decade, sun protective clothing has become an important addition to our defense against UV radiation. These special garments are available for infants through adults in a variety of products. Examples include hats, scarves, rash guards, cover ups, jackets, as well as bathing suits, and more recently resort wear such as dresses, pants, and shirts.”



Why is it important to wear UV protective clothing?

You may be thinking that you don’t really need sun protective clothing if you have sunscreen but that’s just not the case. More often than not, individuals apply sunscreen once in the morning and then either forget to reapply or simply don’t know they need to.

Laura expands upon this important point:

“Sunscreens remain the first line recommended daily defense from the sun, however people who live in or vacation in sunny locations or are involved in many outdoor activities and sports during the summer may benefit from more complete coverage.

It is recommended to re-apply sunscreens at least every two hours because they wear off and sweat off during our activities, leaving our skin with inadequate protection if sunscreens are not re-applied. This is where sun protective clothing can help bridge the gap of protection.

While it is not generally recommended to use sun protective clothing as a substitute for sunscreen, it can provide additional coverage for outdoor activities because the protection remains effective throughout the day or during sports such as golfing or swimming, etc.”


What is the best UV protective clothing?

Just like there are more beneficial brands and types of sunscreens, there are UV protective clothing that protects better and is more effective than others.

“The best sun protective garments are the ones that a person will wear regularly and suit their specific needs. A quality garment will be labeled with the amount of Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) that rates how well it can shield from the UV rays:”

  • UPF of 15-24 is considered “good” with 93-96% UV radiation blocked.
  • UPF of 25-39 is considered “very good” with 96-97% of UV radiation blocked.
  • UPF of 40-50+ is considered “excellent” with 97-98% of UV radiation blocked.”

Where can you buy sun protective clothing?

UV Protective clothing might just be right in front of your face when you’re shopping at your local department stores. Start looking a little closer and you’ll find some that’s perfect for you.

Sun protective clothing can usually be purchased seasonally at most local department stores and year-round with online retailers such as:

Avoiding skin cancer should always be your top priority when you know you’ll be out in the sun all day. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself more and have peace of mind if you take the leap and buy yourself some effective sun protective clothing.


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13/Dec/2018


April is known as Rosacea Awareness Month! You’ve probably heard of this before, but do you really know what rosacea is and just how it can impact lives? This month our very own Laura Collins is tackling this skin condition and spreading awareness for those who suffer through it every day.

There’s a very high chance you know at least one person in your life who suffers from rosacea. It’s a very common skin condition that affects nearly 14 million Americans in a negative and uncomfortable way.



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What are the common symptoms of rosacea?

Although rosacea is so common, it’s not always well known. It’s actually a chronic skin condition that causes acne-like pimples, redness in the face, swelling, and visible small blood vessels on the face. The inflammation can also affect other areas of the face like your cheeks, nose, forehead, and even your chin.

Rosacea typically emerges in individuals after the age of 30 and often goes through cycles of flare-ups and remission. It can worsen over time if left untreated and it’s recommended to seek help as soon as you can to control this condition.


What causes Rosacea?

While experts aren’t positive about what causes this, there are many factors that may lead to an individual suffering from rosacea. Those with lighter skin tend to be at a higher risk along with those with facial blood vessel abnormalities, a family history of rosacea, and those with a higher number of Demodex folliculorum, a facial mite that resides on the skin.


What’s the best makeup for rosacea?

Those struggling with rosacea have an even harder time using everyday facial care products than the average person. Because their skin is more sensitive, they need to make sure they’re using gentle products on their face.

“The makeup that I highly recommend for rosacea patients is IT Cosmetics. Most of their makeup and products are gentle to the skin, contain sunscreen and also can camouflage some of the redness that rosacea sufferers may experience. You can find IT Cosmetics at Ulta or with online retailers.”


What are the common symptoms of rosacea?

Although rosacea is so common, it’s not always well known. It’s actually a chronic skin condition that causes acne-like pimples, redness in the face, swelling, and visible small blood vessels on the face. The inflammation can also affect other areas of the face like your cheeks, nose, forehead, and even your chin.

Rosacea typically emerges in individuals after the age of 30 and often goes through cycles of flare-ups and remission. It can worsen over time if left untreated and it’s recommended to seek help as soon as you can to control this condition.


What causes Rosacea?

While experts aren’t positive about what causes this, there are many factors that may lead to an individual suffering from rosacea. Those with lighter skin tend to be at a higher risk along with those with facial blood vessel abnormalities, a family history of rosacea, and those with a higher number of Demodex folliculorum, a facial mite that resides on the skin.


What’s the best makeup for rosacea?

Those struggling with rosacea have an even harder time using everyday facial care products than the average person. Because their skin is more sensitive, they need to make sure they’re using gentle products on their face.

“The makeup that I highly recommend for rosacea patients is IT Cosmetics. Most of their makeup and products are gentle to the skin, contain sunscreen and also can camouflage some of the redness that rosacea sufferers may experience. You can find IT Cosmetics at Ulta or with online retailers.”


Are some moisturizers better than others?

Yes. One of the best thigs someone with rosacea can do is use a reliable, gentle moisturizer to soothe redness and inflammation.

“My favorite daytime moisturizers are the Skin Medica Total Defense and Repair as well as Neutrogena Healthy defense and Aveeno Positively Radiant. My favorite night-time moisturizer is Skin Medica HA5. I also like Cerave PM lotion for night time use.”


What are some triggers for rosacea breakouts?

Unfortunately, there are many things that can trigger rosacea in those who have it. Sun exposure, excessive amounts of stress, wind, heavy exercise, hot baths, humidity, indoor heat, and certain skincare products are among a few.

Laura Collins also adds, “There are many foods that can trigger symptoms, however most notable are hot beverages, wine and other alcohol, as well as spicy foods and foods that contain caffeine.”


What’s the difference between rosacea and acne?

Many people assume that those with rosacea are actually suffering with acne when in reality, they’re very different ailments. Even using products designed for acne can make rosacea worse.

For that reason, it’s important to understand just how these two skin conditions differ.

Rosacea, like acne, is inflammation of the skin but they’re caused by very different things. Acne is a result of excess oil and skin cells built up in a pore. When bacteria is introduced to the clogged pore, it can cause an infection, which leads to inflammation, redness, pimples and acne in general.

Rosacea, on the other hand, is skin inflammation that results in overall redness that’s not specific to a single lesion. While rosacea can result in acne-like pustules, they are usually far smaller than acne pimples and are not the result of clogged pores or blackheads.


What’s the best treatment option for rosacea?

As with almost anything else, prevention is really the best treatment option, especially since there is no exact cure for rosacea. While you can’t exactly prevent rosacea as a whole, you can limit your symptoms and even treat them in a number of different ways.

Laura suggests that keeping a food diary can make a difference.

“Sometimes keeping a food diary is helpful when newly diagnosed to help someone recognize the specific triggers in his or her diet.”

As for other treatment options, Laura weighs in:

“Rosacea treatment depends on the type and severity of the condition. I recommend everyone wear a sunscreen SPF 30+ daily with re-application every two hours when outside. If the rosacea is mild, treatment can simply be a topical prescription medication.  If it is more severe and the patient has pimple like lesions, sometimes a topical medication in combination with an oral medication may work best. We also have lasers and other devices that we can use to address the redness and superficial blood vessels that are present with the condition.”

Rosacea is an uncomfortable and chronic condition that affects so many lives every day. We hope that through these answers, you’re more enlightened as to what this skin condition is and just how widespread it can be.



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